Project Case Study
South Florida Autism Charter School
Project Description
Incubator Space for Start-Up School
Location
Hialeah, FL
Campus Opened
2009-2010
Total Project Costs
$0
Building Hope Investment
$200,000
Project Size
5,638.9 sq. ft.

Incubator Space

South Florida Autism Charter School (SFACS) was formed by a group of parents and professionals who had been touched by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and who wanted to provide the best possible individualized education for children with ASD.

In 2009, the City of Hialeah agreed to lease space to the school for two years in its Education Complex at Slade Park which is also the home of The City of Hialeah Educational Academy, another public charter school.  Before SFACS could begin operating it needed to make modifications to the space and needed to purchase furniture fixers and equipment.

Building Hope provided a $200,000 line of credit to finance the set-up and start-up operations of the South Florida Autism Charter School.

The school opened serving 81 students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.  In 2011, the school acquired its own facility five miles from the City of Hialeah Education Complex which serves 163 students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Today South Florida Autism Charter School operates under the sponsorship of Miami-Dade County Public School.