The Board of Directors for Spokane Public Schools voted on three charter school proposals Wednesday night.
Pride Prep was the only proposal to be approved, with a unanimous vote of 5-0. Two other proposals from iLEAD and Academy of Arts and Sciences were both rejected.
Brenda McDonald is the driving force behind Pride Prep. She has two decades of educational expertise under her belt, both as a teacher and, most recently, as Principal of Garry Middle School.
"I think it's been a really long time coming to be able to put students first and try to match learning experiences with student needs," McDonald said after the vote. "This is really marking the start of an era of what I think is going to be an incredible opportunity for Spokane kids."
Pride Prep will be a sixth through 12th grade school offering traditional classes but with an emphasis on math, science and world languages. The school will also be technology driven with a tablet or laptop for each student.
McDonald hopes to open Pride Prep by fall of 2015. She hasn't chosen a location yet but hopes it will be near the University District or a community college.