Prodigy Early Learning brings early childhood education to Wellen Park

VENICE, Fla. (July 18, 2023) – Wellen Park continues to introduce more educational options for all ages with the announcement of Prodigy Early Learning, an innovative preschool for 200 children from infants to kindergarteners. The center will break ground in fall 2023 on two acres at 11511 Mezzo Dr., near the new College Preparatory Academy at Wellen Park, and is expected to open in fall 2024.

“Parents love the vibrancy and energy of Wellen Park, its safe family-friendly environment and our emphasis on community connections, nature and outdoor recreation,” said Rick Severance, president of Wellen Park. “Our community shares the same values they remember from childhood with neighborhood schools, playing outside with friends down the street and riding their bikes. Parents are also attracted by the area’s robust growth which is driving new jobs as more businesses and employers open in the area.”

Operated by Charter Schools USA, Prodigy Early Learning is designed to provide a nurturing educational environment encouraging children to investigate and create, explore their interests, collaborate with classroom friends openly, and learn from experiences inside and outside the classroom. Charter Schools USA, one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., is also managing the College Preparatory Academy at Wellen Park, a K-8 tuition-free charter school opening August 2023.

The Wellen Park center will offer 12 classrooms and specialty learning spaces, including a STEM lab, arts atelier and outdoor garden. With an emphasis on exercise and well-being, it will also have a wellness studio for yoga and mindfulness, age-appropriate playgrounds and open spaces.

“Prodigy fits perfectly within the Wellen Park community due to its commitment to high-quality education and prioritization on personal wellness,” said Denise Gallucci, president of Prodigy Learning. “Wellen Park is an A-rated school district that promotes academic and personal growth. Prodigy’s mission is to build a strong foundation for life-long learning by nurturing the natural curiosity in each child through intentional interactions, purposeful play and active learning.”

Prodigy Early Learning joins three other neighborhood schools necessitated by Wellen Park’s rapidly growing student population. Sarasota County Schools is building a new high school for 2,100 students and a 1,500-student K-8 school off South River Road in Wellen Park. The three-story high school is expected to open in August 2025; the K-8 school for the 2026-27 school year.

The College Preparatory Academy expects to welcome the inaugural class of kindergarten through sixth grade Aug. 10, 2023. It will phase in seventh and eighth grades in subsequent years for a total 800-student enrollment.

Prodigy Early Learning will offer after-school programs for school-age children until 6 p.m. It will also incorporate Wellen Park’s natural setting into student learning to encourage investigation, discovery, social and emotional development. The learning center provides unique educational experiences and a learning environment tailored to each child backed by research indicating children develop their personality during the formative early years.

To learn more about Prodigy Early Learning at Wellen Park, visit  or email [email protected].

About Wellen Park

Consistently ranked among the U.S.’s top-selling communities annually by prominent real estate consulting firm RCLCO, Wellen Park offers a mix of single-family and multifamily residential, commercial and recreational options. The community currently has approximately 9,500 residents, and at full buildout will have more than 50,000 residents and 22,500 homes within its three distinct districts: West Villages, Downtown Wellen and Playmore.

Wellen Park’s expanding residential choices include new-construction single-family homes in picturesque neighborhoods, a bundled golf and country club community, paired and attached villas, coach homes and condominiums. Rental options offer one- to three-bedroom luxury apartments and single-family homes, an apartment community for active adults 55 and older, and world-class independent, assisted living and memory care.

Wellen Park is close to top-ranked beaches and the area’s many attractions.

To learn more about Downtown Wellen and living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Jennifer Hamilton, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, [email protected]

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