The Lutz Learning Center is looking to expand operations into Pasco County.
The school, located on a 1-acre campus at 621 Sunset Lane in Lutz, is seeking an additional site to accommodate more families, said Kimberly Wilson, the school’s director of innovation.
“We’re bursting at the seams,” she said referring to the current campus.
The independent private school currently has an enrollment of 120 students, ranging from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade.
Wilson noted grades seven and eight will be added next year, with an eventual goal of serving high school students once the expansion is in place.
The school uses a “Limitless Potential” philosophy and a “Differentiated Instruction Curriculum” model, in which students are advanced based on where they belong socially, emotionally and academically.
For example, a student may be in their first grade year, but understands concepts equivalent to a third-grader.
“We look at education like the rungs on a ladder,” Wilson said. “Our model is very different, so we don’t use grades, meaning just because a child is in their second grade year doesn’t mean that they’re only around second grade kids. Basically, every child is two years academically advanced.
“We plug a child in where they belong…and encourage them to just climb as high as they can.”
Annual tuition at the school ranges from $7,700 to $8,500.
The original campus — built in 1980 — will still remain, Wilson said.
Published May 25, 2016