Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and other elected officials attended an official ribbon-cutting Oct. 21 for the new College Park Academy, located in Hyattsville, according to a news release.
The public charter school opened Aug. 19 for sixth- and seventh-graders, and will add a new grade each year until it becomes a 6th- to 12th-grade school.
The school aims to prepare students for college through a rigorous college preparatory program, according to the school website.
The school began as a partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park, and the city of College Park, and is expected to relocate to the city as its student population grows, according to city officials.
“This is a new school, and they have embraced this new future of learning with fearlessness and readiness that makes me really proud of them,” O’Malley said in a news release. “Working together with our educators, academic partners, parents and students, we can make better choices to invest in our children’s future by giving them the tools they need for the jobs of tomorrow.”