HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A major expansion will allow Holly Academy to add 100 more students to its roster, The Flint Journal reported. Officials at the K-8 public charter school said the new wing will be open for the 2012-2013 school year, according to the report.

Fall enrollment stands at 849, with 39 students on a waiting list, Director Julie Kildee told The Journal. The academy recently was reauthorized as a School of Excellence by the Michigan Department of Education based on standardized test scores, according to a separate report in the Tri-County Times.

“We’re thrilled. This has been our dream for many years and we’ve worked really hard to grow our enrollment, our academic programs so we could see this day,” Kildee told the Journal.

In all, the expansion will create space for four new classrooms, The Journal reported.

The Flint Journal, “Holly Academy breaks ground on 15,000-square-foot addition to make room for growing enrollment,” June 15, 2011

Tri-County Times, “Holly Academy receives distinguished award from Michigan Department of Education,” June 12, 2011

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Charter school demand continues to rise,” Feb. 8, 2010