The Central Florida Leadership Academy, the Hyde-affiliated charter school in Orlando, Florida, has had an exciting school year. We opened our doors in August, our third year of operation, to 160 students, including grades 6-9 this year (we have been adding one grade per year until we serve grades 6-12). The fledgling high school is off to a strong start and the middle school is full, with a waiting list. We’ve added the high school sports of wrestling and swimming, and have even won a few events and matches, showing courage and leadership while competing against older and larger teams.
Our new sixth graders went camping in December, staying in cabins at a local park, fishing, star-gazing, cooking their own meals and, of course, enjoying smores over the evening campfire. It was a great opportunity for students to form deeper relationships with their classmates and faculty members.
Most significantly, CFLA has applied for accreditation with the prestigious SACS-CASI organization, the largest educational accreditation body in the world. We underwent a readiness evaluation last spring, undertook a lengthy self-assessment process in the fall, completed our three day on-site review in early December and have received a favorable recommendation for full accreditation when the SACS Board meets in January. Students, parents, staff, faculty and community partners all worked hard to make this possible and we are delighted to have our efforts recognized.
A final highlight this fall was our Fall Family Weekend, where we were assisted by two area HAPA, Chris Aronski and Don Terry. We appreciate all of our Hyde support as we continue to implement family-based character education here in Florida.