Central Charter School was the second charter school to open in Broward County. Dr. Rosa Lawson, founder, and CEO saw an opportunity to start a school to address the academic and social needs for at-risk students in the Lauderdale Lakes and surrounding cities. As a result, Central Charter School opened its doors in August 1997 and served approximately 159 students in grades K-2.
The Mission stated:
"Central Charter School provides an enriched innovative educational program focusing on reading, writing, mathematics, and language arts for at-risk students in the Broward County School District. The curriculum shall emphasize proper manners and behavior in an environment that is positive and safe. It shall further emphasize high expectation for success of all students enrolled. Finally, the curriculum shall provide opportunities to enhance parenting skills for the parents of students enrolled at Central Charter School."
Central Charter School had its humble beginnings in a strip mall surrounded by other businesses and two churches. The school occupied two (bays) in the southernmost buildings (Buildings 1 and 2). In addition, the administration was comprised of Dr. Rosa Lawson and Mrs. Tracy Nessl, then principal. There were six (6) teachers and six (6) classrooms.
Today, Central Charter School is a K-8 (Kindergarten through the Eighth Grade) Center. It has become an essential organization in the community. Enrollment increased to approximately 1,200 students. Furthermore, the instructional staff grew to 75 teachers. It has served numerous students who have gone on to make their mark in society. For example, some of our former students are pursuing degrees in medicine, education, and law. Moreover, we attribute our success to the dedicated administration, faculty, and staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that students get a well-rounded education. It is our determination to stay on the path of excellence in education.
Central Charter School provides all employees with the opportunity to receive full medical, dental, vision and free life insurance. In addition to this, we also give all employees an opportunity to receive supplemental incurance such as accident, short-term and long-term disability, and many others. We also provide all employees with an opportunity to receive discounted wireless phone service through T-Mobile for $25/month.