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Four new Wake County charter schools recommended for 2016

Four new charters have been recommended for opening in Wake County in 2016 – including two in western Wake.

The N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board has recommended giving preliminary approval to 17 schools statewide to open in 2016, including Cardinal Charter Academy of Knightdale, Central Wake Charter High School, Peak Charter Academy and Pine Springs Preparatory Academy.

The State Board of Education will discuss the recommendations Wednesday. The vote on granting preliminary approval is scheduled for June.

There are 19 charter schools open in Wake County, including Dynamic Community Charter School, which is facing revocation of its charter. PAVE Southeast Raleigh Academy was approved to open in August.

All four recommended new Wake charter schools are affiliated with management companies.

Cardinal Charter Academy of Knightdale would be a K-8 school affiliated with Charter Schools USA. It’s the same organization that is managing Cardinal Charter Academy that opened in Cary in August.

Cardinal’s application cites how academic performance in eastern Wake lags behind western Wake.

Central Wake Charter High School would target at-risk high school students. It’s potential target area includes much of Raleigh and Knightdale. It’s affiliated with Accelerated Learning Solutions, which works with charter schools in Florida and North Carolina.

A group with the same board of directors as Central Wake Charter also applied to open Capital City Charter High School. The advisory board voted to delay acting on Capital City’s application until January, which means it likely wouldn’t be able to open until 2017 at the earliest.

Peak Charter Academy is a K-8 school in the Cary/Apex area. The school’s applications cites the crowding in western Wake schools and the uncertainty caused by student assignment with reasons why it should be approved. It would be affiliated with National Heritage Academies.

Pine Springs Preparatory Academy is a K-8 school that organizers hope to locate in Holly Springs. It’s affiliated with Ignite Learning Partners and Newpoint Education Partners.

Pine Springs’ proposed board of directors includes Kristen Stocking, who was a founder of Wake CARES, the group which fought mandatory year-round schools in Wake and helped elect the Republican school board majority in 2009.

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