Granada Hills Charter High School Acquires Additional Campus
April 8, 2013
According to the schools' press release:
Pinecrest Northridge, which currently offers toddler and preschool through 5th grade programs on the campus, will continue to operate through the 2014-2015 school year without interruption. The school is currently enrolling for summer camp and the 2013-2014 school year.
"The Pinecrest Northridge campus is a leased property and the owner decided to sell the property prior to the end of our lease. Consequently, Granada Hills Charter High School is now our new landlord. We are pleased that the new owner of the Northridge property is an institution that is completely aligned with our mission of providing high quality education. Pinecrest has no intention of selling any of the other seven campuses we own. We do not own the Pinecrest Lancaster campus, but we have no reason to believe that a sale of this property is under consideration. We remain completely committed to providing high quality, individualized education and childcare at an affordable cost to children and students in Los Angeles and Ventura counties," said Jeri Dye Lynch, President and CEO of Pinecrest Schools.
Brian Bauer, Executive Director of Granada Hills Charter High School, said, "Granada Hills Charter is one of the leading public high schools in the state of California and our purchase of this campus aligns with our mission to serve more families in our community. We acquired the school property with a tax-free Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) - the first of its kind in the history of charter schools - that we secured based on our strong financial track record and AAA credit rating."
Granada Hills Charter has not determined specific plans for the campus or school programs for the 2015-2016 school year. The leadership team of Granada Hills Charter plans to meet with the community to discuss options to best leverage the six-acre campus to serve more students.
Pinecrest's administrators will be working closely with families, teachers and staff to formulate transition plans. Options for the 2015-2016 school year could include enrolling in one of the seven Pinecrest schools or enrolling in Granada Hills Charter should they choose to offer preschool and K-5 programs. As new information becomes available, both Granada Hills Charter and Pinecrest will be providing updates on their websites, respectively www.ghchs.com and www.pinecrestschools.com.
About Granada Hills Charter High School
Granada Hills Charter High School, the largest charter school in the nation, is an independent public school in the San Fernando Valley. Granada Hills Charter made history ten years ago when almost all of its employees - teachers, classified staff and administrators - along with over 2,000 parents, signed its charter petition for independence from Los Angeles Unified. As a fiscally independent conversion charter school, Granada Hills Charter has a student enrollment this year of approximately 4,300 and an annual student wait list of over 2,000. The School's student body is considered one of the most diverse, with more than 40 languages other than English spoken at home and over 60 nationalities represented. Nearly 50 percent of its student body is eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Along with an API of 878 - the highest of any public comprehensive high school in Los Angeles - Granada Hills Charter is a 2011 California Distinguished School. More information is available by visiting www.ghchs.com/.
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