National Charter School Resource Center Releases Case Study of El Sol Science and Arts Academy, Highlighting Promising Effort to Reach English Learner Students

January 13, 2015

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As part of the National Charter School Resource Center's (NCSRC) effort to create case studies on high-performing and innovative charter schools to share best practices, NCSRC is excited to release the multimedia case study on El Sol Science and Arts Academy, serving 750 students in Santa Ana, California. In 2013, 76% of their students qualified for free and reduced meals.

El Sol Academy.jpgThe mission of El Sol is to provide a rigorous academic environment that prepares students for entrance into a college-preparatory track high school and to create a culture that will permit their graduates to assume leadership roles in the 21st Century. To serve their students, El Sol provides dual bilingualism and bi-literacy programs in Spanish and in English. The focus areas highlighted in the case study include dual language immersion, extended learning programs, and El Sol's wellness center. To see El Sol's innovative program in action, NCSRC has produced four videos at El Sol's campus.

The full case study and videos can be accessed here.

About the NCSRC
The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC), supported by the U.S. Department of Education, gathers, develops and makes accessible a wide range of high-quality resources to support the charter school sector; enables successful planning, authorization, implementation, and continuation of high-quality charter schools; and increases the national understanding of the charter school model. The center has produced a wealth of resources on a diverse range of topics including: students with disabilities, English learners, district-charter collaborations, military families, blended learning, Common Core, facilities, authorizer quality and evaluations, and charter operations. For more information, visit

Education consulting firm Safal Partners operates the center, with partners including the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools (NAPCS), American Institutes of Research (AIR), Colorado League of Charter Schools (CLCS), and Public Impact. NCSRC's Advisory Board includes Andrew Broy, President of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools; Mashea Ashton, CEO of Newark Charter School Fund; Ana Ponce, CEO of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy; Kathleen deLaski, formerly of the Walton Family Foundation; and Robin Lake, Director for the Center on Reinventing Public Education.

About Safal Partners
Safal, meaning "good outcomes" in Sanskrit, is a mission-driven education-consulting firm that provides strategy and project management expertise to bridge the gap between ideas and outcomes. We bring deep domain knowledge in the charter sector, human capital management systems, and next generation learning. Founded in 2010, Safal Partners has grown in scale and scope and developed a track record of success in engagements with some of the most influential organizations in education reform. For more information, visit