Founding principal selected to lead Don Soffer Aventura High School

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Veteran leader chosen to open new school

AVENTURA, Fl (Nov. 8, 2018) – Veteran educator, David McKnight, has been selected as principal of Don Soffer Aventura High School located at 3151 NE 213th Street in Aventura. McKnight brings more than 16 years of educational experience and leadership. He started his career at Coral Springs Charter School, a high performing 6-12 municipal charter school. He has served in numerous leadership capacities including principal at a K-8 and a K-12 charter school, a regional director for South Florida and North Carolina schools, director of New Schools Opening Team and most recently, senior director of education at Charter Schools USA (CSUSA). Prior to his time at CSUSA, he provided counseling as a children and family therapist and owned and operated a small business.

“Mr. McKnight has been an important part of our team for many years and I can honestly say there is no better leader to bring to Don Soffer Aventura High School,” said Jon Hage, president and CEO of CSUSA. “His knowledge spans every aspect of the school environment from the classroom to the boardroom and everything in between.  Our students and parents are certain to benefit from his experience, compassion and passion for excellence.”

McKnight earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University and his Master of Science degree in counseling from Nova Southeastern University.  He earned his Education Specialist degree in education leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

While leading North Broward Academy of Excellence, he was awarded a Turnaround Award by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for dramatically improving the school’s grade from a C rating to an A rating in just one year. As principal of Keys Gate Charter School and Keys Gate Charter High School, a 3,300 K-12 school in Homestead, he led the high school to achieve A and B grades from the FLDOE.

“I am excited to be chosen as the principal of Don Soffer Aventura High School,” said McKnight. “The Aventura community has been so supportive of our students over the years and I am anxious to get to know the parents and students. I look forward to leading our academic pursuits that will serve students in high school and beyond.”

Don Soffer Aventura High School is a municipal charter school governed by the City of Aventura. The governing board includes City of Aventura Mayor, Enid Weisman and Commissioners Linda Marks, Denise Landman, Howard Weinberg, Robert Shelley, Gladys Mezrahi, and Marc Naratosky.  CSUSA, the first education management company to receive corporation system-wide accreditation through AdvancED is one of the nation’s leading charter school management companies. CSUSA currently manages 83 schools in six states serving more than 70,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. CSUSA innovative educational advantages include advanced technology, meaningful parental involvement, student uniforms, consistent and fairly-enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus, integrated character education and high academic growth and performance.

Enrollment for Don Soffer Aventura High School is underway. It is on track to open fall 2019. Those interested may apply online at

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