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Charter school gets new campus

New campus provides more space; library is planned

Posted: June 3, 2009 9:24 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2009 6:30 a.m.

Santa Clarita Valley International School has a new home for the 2009-10 school year. It found that home at the Hasley Crossroads Center in Valencia, the school’s founder said Thursday.

The independent charter school, which will serve grades K-8 at the start of the new school year in September, currently runs out of a location on Smyth Drive in Valencia.

The new location is available through June 2011 and there is an option to extend the lease for up to four years, said Amber Raskin, founding board president.

The independent school, which is overseen by the William S. Hart Union High School District, is expected to serve 240 students for the 2009-10 school year, a jump from the 135 students enrolled in the current school year, Raskin said.

To meet the needs of its students, SCV International School will add an additional third- and fifth-grade class and offer a K-8 independent home-study program, she said.

The additional space will allow the school to go from five classrooms to 15 classrooms, she said.

Plus, the second-floor spot at Hasley Crossroads Center provides students with more on-campus space.

“We’ll be able to have lunch on our campus,” Raskin said, adding that the new space allows for a multipurpose room.
Students are currently shuttled off-campus to eat lunch.

One of the rooms at the new building will be turned into a science lab and there are plans for a library, she said.

Students will also have access to a play area behind the building, and Live Oak Elementary School is less than half a mile from the school, she said.

The charter school, which opened its doors for the 2008-09 school year, models itself as an alternative to the public-school system.

The school focuses on small classes and hands-on projects for its students.

Despite the immediate move, a long-term, permanent solution is planned.

“Our goal is to own our own building,” she said, adding that meetings have begun to find a permanent space in the Santa Clarita Valley.

While there is some concern among SCV International families about the lack of a central location for the school, most are just ready to move to a bigger spot for students.

“Most people are happy because it’s a nice, new building,” she said.



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