Charter school enrollment has skyrocketed and the need for more classroom space in commercial districts might prompt the Medford City Council to amend its code Thursday.

Charter school enrollment has skyrocketed and the need for more classroom space in commercial districts might prompt the Medford City Council to amend its code Thursday.

Logos Public Charter School has seen a 200 percent increase, from 300 to 900 students, since it started in 2010 and is running out of room at its 9,500-square-foot campus.

Officials at Logos have asked the city to change its code to allow schools in commercial area of Medford rather than in just residential neighborhoods.

"It will open up a whole lot of new opportunities for us," said Joseph VonDoloski, executive director of Logos.

The council will take up the ordinance change at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the council chambers at City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St.

If the council approves the code amendment, Logos can begin negotiating for a new commercial space.

Logos is currently located in a commercial area on Earhart Street, but the building use is grandfathered because it was formerly Medford Opportunity High School.

Homeschooled students are one of Logos targeted populations. Its slogan is "Home school with support."

The school provides programs to meet the individual needs of students and families. About 30 percent of LOGOS students take advantage of on-campus classes, particularly electives such as art and music, he said. The classes are offered one or two days a week by licensed teachers.

The Medford Planning Department has recommended that schools with conditional use permits be allowed in commercial zones.

— Damian Mann