After six years of serving students in a private, college-preparatory format, The Caepe School will be closing. A year ago the Caepe was seeking charter status. But in a recent email, head of the tuition-based school, Tamara Lee, said, “We are not going to pursue a charter and, in fact, we are closing the Caepe School.” The school originally opened in 2008 with grades K–8. Grades 9–12 were added in 2009, but were eliminated by November 2011 due to lack of enrollment.
Not is all lost however as the Caepe spun-off the preschool to become its own entity August 2013 with the name Brighter Beginnings. Lee said the preschool, which offers full- and half-day options and extended care, will continue operating in the Caepe’s current location in Anthem Commerce Park.
Additionally, the program will expand this fall with the addition of a Kindergarten class. Brighter Beginnings implements a “responsive classroom” technique, targeting social and emotional development. Components of the curriculum include language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, Spanish, PE and a community and earth awareness program with an emphasis on community service and recycling programs.