New School Year, New Charters

September 19, 2012

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Students across California headed back to school in the past few weeks, with several charter schools opening their doors across the state. Despite precarious budgetary times, we have seen tremendous effort and commitment from these new charter schools, and communities are realizing the value charters are bringing to their students. CCSA will be releasing the number of new charter schools for this school year later on this fall. However, we wanted to showcase some of the newest charters already making headlines.

One of the most highlighted schools has been the conversion Clayton Valley Charter High, featured in a recent article in the Contra Costa Times that described preparations for the first day of classes, and detailed the incoming freshman student transition program. Read the article here.

In Sacramento, William H. Lee College Preparatory Academy also opened its doors, aiming to close the prevalent achievement gap and prepare students for college. The school is part of the Fortune Schools group, and was named after the Sacramento Observer's founder. Read the article in that publication and also check out a story in the Sacramento Business Journal, which spotlighted the school's innovative facilities.

And speaking of closing the achievement gap, The 100 Black Men Community School, a new all-male charter public school joining Oakland Unified, aims to do just that with African American boys. The school's mission is to reverse the trend that African American male students have in regards to high dropout rates, low test scores, and low expectations. The San Francisco Chronicle visited the school on the first day of classes.

High expectations is a culture that another new charter school in the Los Angeles region will be instilling in students. The USC-backed charter school is aiming to achieve 100% graduation rates by being open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, and offering courses both in learning labs and online. Check out stories in CBS L.A. and the Daily Trojan.

Also, San Luis Obispo County's first ever charter school, Almond Acres Charter, began classes a few weeks ago. The school hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and invited the community to celebrate with them. The story was featured in the Paso Robles Press.

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