Fresno Charter Schools Recognized for Civics, Arts, and Character

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March 23, 2014 Recently, the Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership (ACEL) Charter High School, Fresno was named one of only thirteen California High Schools to be awarded the Civic Learning Award of Distinction for the school's research-based proven practices in preparing students for participation in democracy. ACEL will be recognized by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson and Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye at a state reception this June. Congratulations to Principal Stephen Morris and Head of the ACEL Sustainability Council, John Minkler.

And in addition to recently being recognized by the Bonner Center at CSU Fresno as a leader in Character Education, Valley Preparatory Academy in Fresno will also be the recipient of the Fresno County Superintendent's Model Arts (SMART) Award for in recognition of VPA's commitment to arts education. VPA students and teachers will receive a package of arts education benefits, admissions to arts events, and arts education materials--and VPS will recognized at a public awards ceremony with invited guests from local media. Congratulations to Principal Shelly Lether, Art Director Mary Nixon, and Fourth-Grade teacher, Kristen Kirby.