Public Academy not adding 10th grade this fall

The Federal Way Public Academy won’t be adding 10th grade this fall after all.

Academy administrators have been searching for a new facility in which to expand, but things were too up in the air by the deadline last Thursday for the academy to commit to adding two grades and doubling the number of students at the school.

Principal Ray Griffin said staff wanted to give interested 10th-graders as much notification as they could to find another school. The deadline for choice enrollment is April 15.

The news could come as a disappointment for some of the academy’s ninth-graders and other students across the district who already have applied for 10th grade at the academy.

The Federal Way Public Schools board of education agreed last December to allow the academy to expand from seventh through ninth grades to sixth through 10th — provided the district could find a larger facility to house the additional students.

Under that plan, academy administrators were expecting to phase in the sixth- and 10-graders, with 10-graders joining the student body this fall and sixth-graders in 2003.

Despite the setback, the academy is still looking for a new location. Administrators now are hoping to add sixth and 10th grades at the same time, doubling the number of students from about 150 to about 300 students, in 2003.

“We are pleased with the board’s progress,” Griffin said. “Things are moving forward.”

The final Public Academy open house for seventh through ninth grade registration is at 9:30 a.m. today at Community Christian Church, 36004 First Ave. S.

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