Lafayette’s two charter schools enroll 1,300 students

About 1,300 students plan to start classes Aug. 12 at two new charter schools on opposite sides of Lafayette Parish.

Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy and the Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy are managed by the same company, Florida-based Charter Schools USA, with oversight by a local board of the Lafayette Charter Foundation.

The board received an update on enrollment and hiring at both schools during its monthly meeting Thursday.

So far, 688 students are registered to start classes at Acadiana Renaissance, with a waiting list of five students, and the registration tally for Lafayette Renaissance is 611 students, with a waiting list of 44 students. Both schools, which also can accept students from outside the parish, exceeded their target enrollments.

“The fact we’re fully enrolled is wonderful,” Christina Stoudt, Acadiana Renaissance’s founding principal, told the board.

Stoudt and LaTonia Harris, Lafayette Renaissance’s founding principal, are in training this week with their teachers.

Stoudt told the board all her classroom teaching positions are filled, though she has four positions that she’s still interviewing for: a co-teacher, a reading specialist, a food service worker and a part-time position for the before and after care program.

Harris said she has a few more classroom positions open: one kindergarten teacher, one first-grade teacher, a middle school math teacher and three special education teachers. She also has two co-teacher positions.

Construction is wrapping up at both school sites, with move-in days planned in early August.

Lafayette Renaissance is off of Pont des Mouton Road inside the Couret Farms, a new residential neighborhood in northern Lafayette. Harris said she and her staff can start moving into the building Aug. 2.

Acadiana Renaissance is in the southern part of the parish near Sugar Mill Pond, a residential development in Youngsville. Move-in day for the school is Aug. 5, Stoudt said.

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