Charter board to ask for seven new schools
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The Utah State Charter School Board will recommend that the Utah Board of Education approve seven new charter schools plus enrollment and grade additions for nine existing schools.

The changes will create space within the public charter school system for 7,216 additional students.

The charter school board had received requests that would have created space for 9,000 students, but it is restricted by law from approving growth exceeding 1.4 percent of the previous year's public school enrollment, which meant it could approve requests for no more than 7,300 students.

"There are a limited number of seats, and schools are competing for those," board chairwoman Julie Adamic said.

New charter schools recommended for approval would open for the 2009-2010 school year. They include:

* American Preparatory Academy satellite: Based in Draper, APA would build a campus, likely in South Salt Lake, to serve K-9 and enroll 570 students.

* Vista at Entrada: Based in St. George's Washington School District, it would serve K-8 and enroll 675 students.

* Open High School of Utah: This would be a statewide online high school.

* Hawthorn Academy: Based in the Jordan School District, it would serve K-8 with an enrollment of 675 students.

* The Early Light Academy: Based in the Jordan School District, it would serve K-9 and enroll 750 students.

* Excelsior Academy: The first charter school based in the Tooele School District, it would serve K-8 and enroll 648 students.

* Oquirrh Mountain Charter: Based in the Davis School District, it would serve K-9 and enroll 720 students.

Charter schools that will be allowed to expand include Venture Academy, Ogden; Syracuse Arts; Ogden Preparatory Academy; Entheos Academy, Kearns; C.S. Lewis Academy, Santaquin; Dual Immersion Academy, Salt Lake City; Soldier Hollow, Midway; Legacy Preparatory Academy, North Salt Lake; and Utah Virtual Academy, a statewide online school.