9/10/10 Charter News Round-Up

September 10, 2010

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Blue Ribbon Awards

Five outstanding charter schools in California were named Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this week. This award recognizes elementary and secondary schools that have demonstrated increased student achievement in economically disadvantaged areas. For more on the winners, check out stories in L.A.'s Daily Breeze, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Oakland Tribune.

California Charter Schools Grow In Demand, Popularity

California will see an explosion in the growth of charter schools this school year, as more than a dozen plan to open their doors in the Northern Region in the coming days and weeks. Other regions are seeing significant growth as well, including the Palm Desert area.

Stockton Collegiate International Opening Day

Another new school gaining attention is Stockton Collegiate, which opened its doors this week in the downtown of the northern California city. The school will offer a rigorous International Baccalaureate program, and already has an enrollment of 670 students. The Stockton Record reports that tarents are thrilled with the new option, as are teachers.

New Combination Charter in San Francisco

A new charter school in San Francisco will offer a hybrid education model by combining online instruction with a traditional classroom curriculum. The popularity of hybrid schools is growing because they give students the opportunity to learn on their own time, while also meeting educational targets. For more, watch the ABC7 story.

Largest Known Independent Charter School Start-up in California History Opens

A new K-8 charter school in the Chino Valley opened last week, but students got the chance to meet their very own "college professor" even before school started. Hundreds of students wandered the halls of the new Oxford Preparatory Academy, lining up to meet their teachers in front of the school's university-themed classrooms days before the start of the school year. The Daily Bulletin was there to cover it.

Journalist Learns from Pittman Charter School

A journalist immersed himself in a Spanish-immersion school in San Joaquin County. After first gaining "some small sense of the disconnection and confusion every English-language learner must feel upon being dropped onto a strange school site with no command of the native tongue," Roger Phillips reflected on his day at Pittman Charter School in this Stockton Record article.

Inland Empire Charter School Expands Campus, Offerings

Construction has begun on a $34 million campus that will triple the capacity of Excelsior Education Center and help the charter school expand course offerings. According to the Victor Valley Daily Press article, Excelsior, which enrolls about 1,350 students in grades 7 to 12, has launched a new site-based program this year in preparation for the expansion. The 87,000-square-foot project will be built in two phases.

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