CCSA Statement Applauding Charter Schools Recognized with the Title I Academic Achievement Award

April 11, 2012

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For Immediate Release

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

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement today applauding the 17 California charter schools recognized with the 2011-12 Title I Academic Achievement Award:

"We proudly applaud these charter schools for their achievement, and their tremendous contributions to public education across California, particularly among socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Having 17 charter schools be recognized with the Title I Award is encouraging; charters will continue to ensure all students have access to quality public education choices."

The charter schools receiving the 2011-12 Title I Academic Achievement Award are:

  • American Indian Public Charter School II, Alameda County
  • Lighthouse Community Charter High, Alameda County
  • Aspire Junior Collegiate Academy, Los Angeles County
  • Hawthorne Math and Science Academy, Los Angeles County
  • Animo Jackie Robinson High, Los Angeles County
  • Aspire Antonio Maria Lugo Academy, Los Angeles County
  • CA Academy for Liberal Studies Early College, Los Angeles County
  • California Academy for Liberal Studies, Los Angeles County
  • Dr. Olga Mohan High, Los Angeles County
  • KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory, Los Angeles County
  • Willow Creek Academy, Marin County
  • El Sol Santa Ana Science and Arts Academy, Orange County
  • Sol Aureus College Preparatory, Sacramento County
  • King/Chavez Primary Academy, San Diego County
  • KIPP Bayview Academy, San Francisco County
  • KIPP San Jose Collegiate, Santa Clara County

The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Title I funds assist schools in meeting the educational needs of students living near or at the poverty level.

The criteria to qualify for the Title I Academic Achievement Award have become more rigorous in recent years. To meet the criteria for this distinction, a school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards and the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

Learn more about the Academic Achievement Awards. See the list of 2011-12 Academic Achievement Award Recipients.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 982 charter public schools and more than 412,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit

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