Miami, FL - September 9, 2019

Students, parents, staff and teachers come together for the Ribbon Cutting ceremony

Miami, FL – Somerset Academy Bay hosted a ribbon cutting event on Monday, September 9th, 2019, to celebrate its new facility located at 9600 SW 97th Avenue, Miami, FL.  Somerset Academy Bay, a K through 8 tuition-free public charter school serves over 600 students in its state-of-the-art facility.  The structure was designed by award-winning architecture firm, Civica Group. The facility is approximately 40,000 square feet, offering a sprawling campus with lush botanical gardens designed by Lucas David Landscape.  Governing Board members, design and construction team members, Somerset Academy Governing Board members, Miami-Dade County Public Schools charter school operations representatives and State representatives were present to honor the school.

Somerset Academy, Inc. Governing Board Chair, Todd German, shared his excitement to finally bring this building to the “SoBay” students and families.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was a tribute to the collaborative efforts of an entire community for making the school a reality. “We are committed to building opportunity and equitable learning environments that serve the needs of all students while working in partnership with our community,” expressed German.

Principal of Somerset Academy Bay, Saili Hernandez, exclaimed that this was really a twofold celebration. Not only were they commemorating the new building, but also a special praise was given to the students and staff on earning an “A” grade for the 6th  year in a row, and for being recognized as the top Middle School in the stare for the 2018-2019 School ratings !  “It truly is an honor to be part of this amazing school community.  This campus has always been very special.  For the last six years Somerset Bay has been a wonderful community were a sense of pride, family and support fills the air! This beautiful building is an extra bonus, which has allowed to open our doors to many new families and welcome more students to join our top educational program!

The SoBay PTO President, Susie Lopez, also shared how the special atmosphere of Somerset Bay is home to her and her two children who have attended the school since its inaugural year in 2013.

The attendees of the event enjoyed the musical sounds of the SoBay Dolphin Band and a special performance by the SoBay Glee Club.

Somerset Academy Bay has highly-qualified, state certified teachers with cutting-edge learning tools that are used in all classrooms along with programs designed to cultivate responsible leaders in all students.  Designated a top middle school in the State of Florida, SoBay offers a  STEM curriculum offered to students.  The elementary school provides before and after care along with strong parent-teacher partnerships.  The middle school offers a higher level preparatory curriculum in technology-rich classrooms. The school also be an array of clubs and sports for students to participate in, such as Student Council, National Honor Society, volleyball, soccer, cheerleading, to name a few.

About Somerset Academy, Inc.

Founded in 1997, Somerset Academy Charter School opened in Miramar, Florida, to humble beginnings.  Appropriately named Somerset Neighborhood, the school was housed in a two-room schoolhouse and served 50 students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. To meet parental demand, the school expanded in the years to follow but was careful to maintain a nurturing, tight-knit learning environment and multi-age/multi-level classroom philosophy that parents love and in which students thrive.

Somerset Academy now offers high-quality K-12 educational programs in Florida, Nevada, Texas and Spain that have, and continue to achieve, academic success. Although all Somerset Academy schools share a vision, each campus has a unique and enriching educational program that is tailored to the community they serve.  This formula, along with incredible support from parents, has made Somerset Academy a nationally recognized, award-winning family of high quality public charter schools.

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Somerset Academy Bay is supported by Academica. Academica is one of the nation’s longest-serving and most successful charter school service and support organizations.  Academica works with over 200 successful charter schools across the US that have been recognized on a local, state and national level.

Contact: Saili Hernandez

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