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Impact Charter Elementary celebrates third year of operation in Baker

Impact Charter Elementary School, on Lavey Lane in Baker, celebrated its third year of operation under its charter status from the state with a Founder’s Day celebration and convocation Oct. 5. As the first school to be chartered in Baker and the first new school to be constructed in the Baker community in over 30 […]


BASIS Independent McLean School Opens in Tysons

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — Nearly 300 students have enrolled at a new private school that has opened its doors in Tysons, the school announced Monday. More than 40 teachers welcomed the students to the school, called BASIS Independent McLean, a pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade private school. Located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive (see map below) at […]


Charter School Facility Developer Announces Strategic Hire: Amy Ruck Kagan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Patrick Beausoleil Tel. 616.717.0484 patrick@highmarkschools.com Charter School Facility Developer Announces Strategic Hire: Amy Ruck Kagan   Salt Lake City, UT: August 30, 2016 – Highmark School Development—the nation’s leading, facility developer for charter schools—has announced the hiring of Amy Ruck Kagan as its Director of Portfolio Management. Ms. Ruck Kagan brings […]


Expansion to nearly double size of Wilson Prep

Wilson Preparatory Academy recently broke ground on a new wing that will nearly double the size of its existing building. According to Daryl Woodard, founder and executive director of Wilson Prep, the new wing will add 25,000-28,000 square feet to the already 30,000 square-foot building. He said the wing will house high school-age children as […]


Cirrus Academy gearing up for first school day

On Monday, Sheldon Hart and other organizers will see their vision become reality as Cirrus Academy opens its doors to students for the first time. The state-funded charter school is located in the old Hamilton Elementary School site on Pio Nono Avenue, and Hart — chairman of the school’s governing board — said things were […]


Hillsdale College Nurtures Charter Schools in its Image

PALM BAY, Florida—A large electronic welcome sign outside Pineapple Cove Classical Academy scrolls: ” An old-fashioned education.” Located in Palm Bay, on Florida’s mid-Atlantic coast, this public charter school serves a diverse community of lower- and middle-income families. Pineapple Cove quickly has become an educational gem in Brevard County. Its 23 classrooms feature directed instruction, […]


What’s Going on with Cirrus Academy on Macon’s Pio Nono Avenue?

With just six weeks until the first day of classes, Cirrus Academy is making final preparations to open its doors to students. The state-approved charter school announced Ashanti Johnson, an assistant vice provost and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, as its CEO and head of schools on Friday. Johnson is set to […]


2016 Utah EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Construction

Salt Lake City, UT: June 7, 2016 – EY announced that Glenn Hileman, CEO of Highmark School Development, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Construction category in the Utah Region.


Talk to Us at the 2016 National Charter School Conference

Highmark School Development and our investment partner EPR Properties will be attending the 2016 National Charter School Conference June 26th – 29th in Nashville Tennessee. The event will be hosted by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. This years Keynote speakers will be Nina Rees President & CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, […]

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