Principal Alfred de la Rosa of the Miami Arts Charter School (MAC) announced Monday April 22 that the school would close by June 30.
The Homestead campus of the school opened in 2014 in the Park of Commerce south of SW 328th Street. Miami Arts Charter runs another school with a campus in Wynwood.
De la Rosa said 1200 students were expected to attend by 2019 but enrollment remained steady at six hundred students a year.
“The school entered a long-term lease agreement that could only be satisfied with regular annual enrollment increases,” said the Principal. “After numerous lease amendments reducing rent payments, we were very recently notified by our landlord that no further lease modifications would be approved.”
“There is a loan on the building,” he said. “The only way to meet the expected financing was to sell the building.”
The closing announcement said students can attend the MAC Wynwood campus next year without having to re-apply or re-audition.
Principal de la Rosa said he provided a list of MAC Homestead students to the Miami-Dade school district so they could contact prospective students about school choice options for 2019-2020. A parent meeting is planned for May 2 early evening at the school to answer questions.
He said two schools contacted him about availability next year. Everglades Preparatory Academy in Homestead and Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts in Goulds (a traditional magnet public school) are interested in enrolling MAC students.
The Mays Conservatory announced it was holding auditions for MAC students on May 9 at 1 pm.
Somerset Academy plans to operate at the MAC building at 3000 SE 9th Street. De La Rosa said the school district must approve that move. Somerset operates two schools in Homestead since 2012. The Somerset network of schools is owned by Academic which lists its 164 schools throughout Florida on its website.
The Principal said he was working with teachers for transfers, some to the MAC Wynwood School, and putting others in contact with district schools looking to hire.
MAC literature said the school features two instrumental rehearsal halls, two choir rooms, four ensemble rooms, a percussion rehearsal hall and three recording studios. In addition to two dance studios and a visual arts and sculpture room, there is a photo studio with dark room, a computer editing room, a lobby gallery, a 450 seat theatre plus science labs, a media center and large classrooms.
De la Rosa said standardized testing is now taking place at the school. “We remain completely engaged with our students to ensure they perform at their best,” he said.