FALCON, Colorado, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Fast-growing Falcon School District #49 will have a newly-constructed K-8 charter school in place to begin its fall 2006 school year. The Banning Lewis Ranch Management Company, with support from the development's homebuilders and bond financing, has begun construction on the school, which will serve elementary and middle school students. "Education is one of our cornerstone goals, an important element in our overall vision for Banning Lewis Ranch," said John Cassiani, Vice President of Project Operations for the management company. "We want to be able to provide a school system that is integrated into the fabric of the community -- and we've taken that first step by helping to build this school." The charter school will sit at the heart of the Inaugural Village in Banning Lewis Ranch. It will be adjacent to a community recreation center where it will share sports fields, parks and facilities. The school itself will have almost 60,000 square feet of classroom and activity space. Enrollment will be available to Banning Lewis Ranch children as well as children from outside the Ranch. "This effort was a way for us to immediately begin to address the overcrowding issues in this school district," added Cassiani. "In addition, the company chosen to run the school has extensive national experience and a strong track record for high academic achievement." Mosaica Education, Inc., http://www.mosaicaeducation.com, one of the nation's leading educational service providers, was selected to operate and manage the school. Mosaica manages 70 charter schools -- serving roughly 13,000 students -- in eight states, the District of Columbia and the Persian Gulf country of Qatar. The company also provides after-school tutoring services to students attending traditional public schools at 140 sites around the country. Mosaica-managed schools have yielded superior academic results by using a proprietary curriculum called Paragon, state-of-the-art technology, and sound fiscal practices. WestEd, a nonprofit research agency designated by the U.S. Department of Education to provide leadership in educational assessment, was engaged to determine whether students in Mosaica-managed schools improved their academic performances, and according to WestEd, last year, the average Mosaica student exceeded his or her expected academic growth by more than 17 percent. "These are impressive statistics and with their longevity in this field, we felt very comfortable with the selection of Mosaica Education," added Cassiani. Along with school construction, Banning Lewis Ranch Management Company currently is working on neighborhood transportation improvements. The company calls this its "Roads First" program, and this is some of the work that you see being performed onsite now. The Inaugural Village sits at the northwest corner of the Ranch, near Woodmen and Marksheffel roads. For more information on the charter school program or to enroll online please visit http://www.blracademy.org. To join the Banning Lewis Ranch interest list and stay informed about the latest developments at the Ranch, visit us at http://www.BanningLewisRanch.com.
SOURCE Mosaica Education, Inc.