New classical charter school breaks ground in Pleasant View

Friday , February 02, 2018 - 5:00 AM

PLEASANT VIEW — A new charter school in Weber County broke ground Thursday and is expected to open its doors in the fall.

The groundbreaking event for Capstone Classical Academy was held on Feb. 1 in Pleasant View and school officials said they will take ownership of the building on Aug. 1.

The school will enroll students in grades 6-12 and follows the classical curriculum, which focuses on ethics, rhetoric, logic and Latin.

Susan Goers, the school’s director, said the school offering is different from other charter and public schools in the area.

“We are trying to attract students that want to learn,” Goers said. “We are looking to take those kids and develop their social capital.”

The Utah State Board of Education unanimously voted last February to approve the school. The campus will sit on 14 acres at 3885 N. U.S. Highway 89.

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Goers said she is excited for the construction to start and for students to start benefiting from a classical education. The first day of school is scheduled for Aug. 27.

“Students that are just looking to glide through are not going to perform well,” Goers said. “We want them to take full advantage of their education.”

Every Friday, students will have the opportunity to participate in Socratic seminars where they will be able to apply the lessons learned during the week to debate and defend their arguments.

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In order to graduate from the school, students need to present an acceptance letter from a university or college, Goers said. They can also present a certificate from the Ogden-Weber Technical College in order to fulfill the requirement.

Pleasant View Mayor Leonard Call said he is excited about the new school.

“I support charter schools,” Call said. “I think it’s a wonderful thing for the community.”

Rebecca Gurnee, a coordinator at Capstone Classical, said the building will allow 360 students the first year, 505 students the second year and 700 students the third.

Gurnee said administrators will start evaluating applications on Feb. 5. If the number of applicants exceeds the maximum number of students allowed, she said a lottery system will be used to accept students.

“If we are not exceeding that (number), then everyone is accepted into the school,” Gurnee said.

The school will hold an informational meeting at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 at 1390 Canyon Road.

Those interested in attending the school can visit CapstoneClassical.org.

Contact Education Reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán at smartinezbeltran@standard.net or 801-625-4274. Follow him on Twitter @SergioMarBel and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/STANDARDEXSergio.

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