Gateway College Preparatory School may be able to enroll more students next school year with the opening of a high school annex building.

In August, the Georgetown charter school will open a $7.4 million high school annex with 15 classrooms and a special education wing. The project will also add more parking lots.

The context

The expansion comes as Gateway College Preparatory has outgrown its learning center for grades 9-12 and needed more space for special education services, said Adam Price, director of community relations and development for Orenda Public Charter School District.

The high school has 455 students enrolled despite being built for 400, Price said. The new annex may open up an additional 350 seats, he said.

“We’re bursting at the seams with our current location,” Price said.

Stay tuned

Orenda plans to open Gateway School of Arts & Sciences adjacent to its existing campus in future years. The new school would allow Orenda to expand its performing arts and science offerings, including engineering, and meet the growing need for charter schools in the area, Price said.

The charter school district’s board of directors would need to approve funding to move forward with the school, he said.