Venice will have a new charter school when Cornerstone Prep Middle School opens Tuesday, September 7th, at the Boys & Girls Club in Venice.

The ocean-themed middle school is an extension of Cornerstone Prep School, a public charter school approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The middle school is nonprofit and will initially enroll students for grades six and seven and expand to the eighth grade in September 2005.

The middle school plans to use the ocean as an integrating theme in the study of traditional subjects such as reading, math, social studies and science.

The school has an alliance with The Boys & Girls Club of Venice and the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence.

The school is having an open house for families of prospective students at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15th, at the Boys & Girls Club, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

Information, (310) 636-2774.