California Charter School Association Honors Two Charter Schools With Hart Vision Awards

March 3, 2010

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PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release March 3, 2010

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA (415) 505-7575

California Charter School Association Honors Two Charter Schools With Hart Vision Awards

Life Learning Academy, from the San Francisco Unified School District, serves high-risk high school youth; LAUSD'S Renaissance Arts Academy serves an ethnically diverse population

SACRAMENTO, California.--The California Charter Schools Association today honored individuals and schools for their positive contributions to the charter movement and growth over the past year with the Hart Vision Awards.

Two schools received the Hart Award for Charter School of the Year for their commitment to students of all backgrounds, and for making a true difference in their communities. Awards were presented at the 17th Annual California Charter Schools Conference.

Founded in 1998, Life Learning Academy (LLA) is a San Francisco Unified School District charter school that serves high school-aged youth who have been involved in the juvenile justice system, or who face challenges, including serious school failure, gang involvement, poverty, abuse, and substance abuse. LLA keeps class sizes small, and offers an integrated curriculum to its students that combines traditional academic classes with vocational activities and training.

"Life Learning Academy goes beyond the call of duty, and brings a safe, nonviolent environment for students that truly need a positive influence in their lives, that would not be possible in a traditional school setting," said Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association.

LLA welcomes students into an "extended family" which motivates everyone to give and receive support, develop responsibility and judgment, and build the academic, vocational and social skills necessary to be successful.

The second Hart Vision Charter School of the Year, Renaissance Arts Academy from Los Angeles, excels at providing students of all ethnic and economic backgrounds a well-rounded education that interlaces performing arts with a classical education for middle and high school aged students.

Other Hart Vision Awards presented this Wednesday:

  • Charter Teacher of the Year: Danielle Diaz from Coastal Academy in Oceanside, CA.
  • Charter Leader of the Year: Diane Tavenner, CEO of The Summit Institute in Redwood City, CA.

The Hart Vision Awards were established in 1995 in honor of Gary K. Hart, retired California State Senator and former California Secretary of Education. While serving as state senator, Hart sponsored the legislation that established California charter schools. The goals of the Hart Vision Awards are to recognize and honor annually individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education.

For more information on the 17th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, please visit

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 809 charter public schools that educate more than 341,000 charter school students in the state of California. The mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to lead the charter public school movement in California in order to increase the number of students attending high-quality charter schools.

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