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New Public Charter School Partners with Hillsdale College to Offer Classical Education in Martin County

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January 18, 2019
Treasure Coast Classical Academy, a K-12 public, tuition-free classical charter school will open in Martin County this August.
 
Founded by a group of Martin County citizens who care deeply about classical education, Treasure Coast Classical Academy (TCCA) will open as a K-6 school and add one grade per year until it reaches K-12. It is an affiliate of the Hillsdale College Barney Charter School Initiative, which will continue to assist TCCA in creating and implementing its academic program, and provide the curriculum design and teacher training that will serve as the foundation for a liberal and civic education. 
 
“The aim of classical education is the dissemination of knowledge, which should be purposeful and begin at an early age,” explains TCCA Governing Board Chair Lynda Daniel. “The model empowers students to go beyond critical thinking skills, to furnish their minds and imaginations. We have seen great demand from parents in our community for this education model.”
 
The curriculum developed by Hillsdale College emphasizes the core disciplines of math, science, history and language arts with significant attention to music, art and foreign languages, including Latin. Each of these disciplines is taught with an emphasis on the history and traditions of American citizens as the inheritors of Western Civilization.
 
TCCA has also named Janine Swearingin as its first principal. She brings more than 20 years of teaching and administrative experience to her new role. Ms. Swearingin most recently served as the assistant principal of a K-8 charter school in the greater Tampa area. She worked as a teacher and principal in classical charter schools in southern California for more than 16 years and served on several committees to offer increased academic choices to students in the area. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a master’s degree in teaching from National University in San Diego.
 
“I am an advocate for classical education and believe that this curriculum best develops students’ knowledge, moral character and civic virtue,” Swearingin said. “. I believe it is the best available option for young scholars, and I am eager to help bring this academic opportunity to Martin County students and families.”
 
TCCA is currently accepting applications for enrollment. If the number of applications exceeds the number of available seats, enrollment will be determined by a lottery.
 
For an enrollment application or for more information on Treasure Coast Classical Academy, visit TreasureCoastClassical.org or call 772-783-3680.
 

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