The City and Somerset Academy Inc. invite the community to explore this page to learn more about Somerset Career Academy Port St. Lucie.(SCAPSL).
SCAPSL is a proposed new public charter school aimed at preparing the local workforce to meet the growing demands for qualified personnel in construction, manufacturing, healthcare and other industries important to the City’s growing and diverse population.
As part of its strategic goal to promote quality education for all residents, the City Council is finalizing negotiations for SCAPSL to construct the school on land leased through the City in the Southern Grove section of Tradition.
SCAPSL will be the gateway to fulfilling the demands for a skilled workforce in the region. SCAPSL is working with leading experts in growth industries to create tailored educational pathways that will equip graduates not only with a Florida high school diploma, but also highly specialized industry-recognized certifications in construction trades, welding, health sciences, logistics, and manufacturing, among others.
In Port St. Lucie’s 2018 Citizen Survey conducted by the National Research Center, 80% of respondents indicated they believe creating a vocational/technical high school to prepare students to enter the workforce was essential or very important. The City Council will be finalizing a contract and lease by mid-2019 to advance meeting the need for skilled workers. A follow-up survey in 2019 indicated strong support for the City’s efforts to lease land for this purpose.
SCAPSL has filed an application for the award of a Charter with the St. Lucie County School Board which is currently under review. The resources found below will provide additional information about this City initiative and partnership with SCAPSL.
- 2017 Treasure Coast Skills Gap Study
- SCAPSL Brochure
- City Council Meeting (10/22/18)
- Press Release (4/30/19): PSL City leaders applaud School Board support for Somerset Career Academy
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