The school received unanimous approval to open under the S.C. Public Charter School District last spring. School organizers and parents are now raising funds to renovate a building on Palmetto Pointe Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. While the school will be located in Horry County, CLA also will be able to serve students from Georgetown County because it was not chartered under a local school district.
Despite the uncertainty facing fledgling charter schools, several are operating in the area, and statewide interest in opening them is growing quickly.
Four charter schools have opened under Horry County Schools in the last 10 years, including Bridgewater Academy in 2003 and Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success in 2010, both serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Academy of Hope, a year-round school, opened in 2011 and serves students in K-5, but an additional grade will be added each year up to eighth grade.