CCSA Commends Antioch Unified School Board for Closing R.A.A.M.P. Charter Academy

April 23, 2014

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On Wednesday, April 9 the Antioch Unified School Board voted 4-1 to deny the renewal of R.A.A.M.P. Charter Academy, upholding the staff recommendation for denial. The executive director of R.A.A.M.P. publicly stated that the school will not appeal the decision to the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

The closure supports CCSA's academic accountability efforts as R.A.A.M.P. was one of the six schools on our public call for non-renewal list this year. CCSA staff also spoke at several Board meetings urging the closure of R.A.A.M.P. citing its record of low academic performance. CCSA is aware this decision was difficult, had significant impact on the Antioch community, and was not done lightly but with a commitment to ensuring high accountability standards and successful academic outcomes for students.

R.A.A.M.P. is an autonomous K-8 school that serves approximately 150 students since it opened in 2009. Unfortunately, data for the last five years shows that the school has not delivered on its mission to support at-risk, struggling students and prepare them for success in high school and beyond. The school was performing far below every other elementary and middle school in Antioch Unified. In 2012-13 it had an API score of 623 and a growth score of -20.

CCSA will support and work with district staff and community leaders regarding possible programmatic options for families and students impacted by the closure to help them receive the highest quality education possible.

Learn more about CCSA's Public Call for Non-Renewal.