The Charter School of San Diego Receives the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

November 17, 2015

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Today, the United States Commerce Department awarded The Charter School of San Diego, the flagship school in the Altus Network, with the highly prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Charter School of San Diego (CSSD) is the first charter school in the nation to ever receive the award over its 28-year history. This is the country's highest honor recognizing quality and performance excellence in innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

As the first charter school in San Diego, The Charter School of San Diego (CSSD) serves 7th through 12th grade students at risk of dropping out. Recognized by the Baldrige award, CSSD's achievements have led to outstanding results, including:

  • Despite starting out often three to four grade levels behind, 80 percent of CSSD students pass the California High School Exit Exam, a state-required graduation assessment of student achievement.
  • Student and parent satisfaction levels at CSSD have remained at nearly 100 percent over the past five years.
  • CSSD has sustained a student retention rate above 80 percent over the past five years and has retained 80 to 90 percent of its instructional staff over the past six years.
  • Audits of the school's finances and operations for the past five years have shown sound business principles.

For more than two decades, CSSD has served as the model for the Altus Network of Charter Schools, the premiere charter management organization for disadvantaged students. Serving more than 8,000 students throughout five counties, Altus has retained or redirected back to the traditional school system over 90 percent of its students.

Read the full press release.