Florida Prep Academy acquired by Newopen USA

Florida Preparatory Academy, a day and boarding US high school, has announced acquisition by California-based investment company Newopen USA.

The school, located in Melbourne, Florida, said the investment would help it to move beyond the traditional boarding model to offer a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programme to both international boarding students and the local day student population.


Commenting on the deal - which marks the end of 57 years of ownership of the school by the founding Dwight family - President, James Dwight, said, "Obviously this was a critical decision for our family, but we believe Newopen USA is an exceptional fit for Florida Prep, for our students and our community."


James, who will remain in position as President, added, "The Florida Prep administrative team has already begun creating a new three-year strategic plan with Newopen that includes a shared vision of maintaining the unique charm of our campus while adding new construction to include state-of-the-art buildings and facilities campus wide. We will be setting new standards for secondary schools in the 21st century, transforming the campus to support innovative learning opportunities for students at every level."


Dr Marshall D. Willman, General Manager of Newopen, said of the partnership, "Florida Prep is located in one of the fastest-growing locations for advanced technology companies in the USA. The Space Coast boasts not only a booming economy, but a strong infrastructure and business community that align well with our plans for a network of schools throughout the United States.


"We considered many schools elsewhere in the USA," added Willman, "but with its solid record of enrolment, and its student diversity, Florida Prep offered an ideal that fits well with our vision of an outstanding 21st century college preparatory education."


Established in 1961, Florida Prep currently welcomes students from 30 countries, and offers dual enrolment at FIT University and Eastern Florida State College as well as a surfing elective at Cocoa Beach.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor