Charter Schools Make the Mark, Preparing All Students for College

May 1, 2013

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Contact: Vicki Grenz
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U.S. News released its prestigious ranking of the nation's best high schools. One third of the nation's top 100 schools are charter public schools, including the following 9 California schools shown with their rankings:

  • Pacific Collegiate School (Santa Cruz, CA) state:1 nation:11
  • The Preuss School (La Jolla, CA) state:4 nation:30
  • American Indian High School (Oakland, CA) state:5 nation:38
  • Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy (Lennox, CA) state:6 nation:39
  • University High School (Fresno, CA) state:7 nation:42
  • Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy (Arcata, CA) state:7 nation:72
  • Hawthorne Math and Science Academy (Hawthorne, CA) state:12 nation: 89
  • Summit Preparatory High School (Redwood City, CA) state:11 nation:82
  • Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School (Los Angeles, CA) state:14 nation:95

California charter public schools comprise one in five of the top 100 California high schools and one in three of the nation's top performing charter schools. According to Jed Wallace, President and Chief Executive Officer of California Charter Schools Association, charters are known for their strength in educating all students. "Charter public schools are guided by the premise that all students have a right to attend schools that cultivate academic achievement," said Wallace. "I am delighted that charter school success is creating a bright future for so many students."

Home to one in seven of the nation's charters, demand for California charter schools is strong. With more than 1,000 charter schools, an estimated 70,000 California students were on charter wait lists last fall. "Success is ensuring student success, and parent choice for a better future for their children is spurring charter growth," reports Wallace. "Families That Can provides all parents with information about the charter movement, but you don't have to be a parent to sign up and support innovation in education," welcomes Wallace.

The US News 2013 Best High Schools report is designed to "evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work."

Schools in the Gold category are among the nation's top 500 high schools. Here are the additional charter high schools from California that made the U.S. News & World Report list of top schools listed:

  • Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science School (Los Angeles, CA) state:21 nation:143
  • Community Charter Early College High School (Van Nuys, CA) state:26 nation:172
  • Magnolia Science Academy (Reseda, CA) state:30 nation:184
  • Downtown College Preparatory (San Jose, CA) state:36 nation:210
  • Gertz-Ressler High School (Los Angeles, CA) state:41 nation:243
  • Animo Oscar de la Hoya Charter High School (Los Angeles, CA) state:47 nation:172
  • Roseland University Prep (Santa Rosa, CA) state:49 nation:290
  • Palisades Charter High School (Pacific Palisades, CA) state: 64 nation:339
  • Leadership Public Schools-Hayward (Hayward, CA) state:88 nation:459
  • Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy (Oakland, CA) state:92 nation:475
  • Wallis Annenberg High (Los Angeles, CA) state:93 nation:497
  • University Preparatory School (Redding, CA) state:94 nation:498

There are additional 16 California charters recognized in the 500-school Silver category that honors the nation's top 1000 high schools. "We congratulate all the charter schools that were named on the U.S. News & World Report List, along with their students, teachers and families, as they truly embody the spirit of the charter school movement, and the positive impact charter schools are having in transforming public education across the nation," concluded Wallace.

About the California Charter Schools Association The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,063 charter public schools and more than 484,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to empower parents and educators to unleash a new era of innovation within public education so that highly autonomous and accountable schools of choice provide quality learning opportunities for all California students.