Construction on the building interior on Ruthar Drive near Newark will allow the school to accom-modate about 250 more students, and the academy hopes to reach a capacity of 800 students in the near future.
The renovations included new classrooms, two new science labs, new back en-trances and foyers, a new middle school entrance and foyer, new acoustical ceilings, audio/visual systems and a new HVAC system.
Emory Hill & Company began the construction this past February and rapidly worked to finish so that the school could open on time.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the construction process and the results,” said Greg Panchisin, ASPIRA’s director of school operations. “We are proud to welcome the students and parents back into a brighter, more vibrant facility and look forward to even more growth in the future.”
.Las Américas ASPIRA Academy was established to provide students with a world class education that prepares them through a dual-language, project-based learning curriculum.
The Delaware school is one of 11 charter schools affiliated with the national ASPIRA Association.
ASPIRA has had more than 50 years of experience creating and implementing formal and informal education programs that build up youth self-esteem, cultural awareness, and leadership abilities
Originally founded as a Puerto-Rican organization, ASPIRA Associate Offices in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida and Illinois and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico now serve a diverse population of youth, with the specific mission to empower the Puerto Rican and Latino community through advocacy and the education and leadership development of its youth.