CCSA Highlights Five Outstanding Charters for National School Choice Week

January 20, 2017

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Today marks the beginning of National School Choice Week (NSCW), a week designed to raise public awareness about all types of effective education options for children, including traditional and charter public schools, magnet, private, online and homeschools.

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is proud to celebrate this week dedicated to empowering families to select the best school to meet their child's educational needs, as charter public schools are schools of choice that welcome families and community members as partners in their children's education.

To celebrate National School Choice Week, CCSA is recognizing five outstanding charter public schools around California.

Check out a few school profiles below, and help congratulate them on social media using the hashtags #SchoolChoice and #SCW.

Additionally, please share your enthusiasm for #SchoolChoice on social media by utilizing this social media toolkit featuring sample Twitter and Facebook posts as well as shareable graphics.

Northern California

Language Academy of Sacramento (LAS): LAS is a charter public school in Sacramento County that emerged from a desire by parents and teachers to address the academic needs of their students, most of whom were English Language Learners (ELL). LAS began as a Two-Way Spanish Immersion Program (TWSI) at Fruit Ridge Elementary School established in 1995 where students could choose to become bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English. On February 19, 2004, the Sacramento County Unified School District (SCUSD) School Board unanimously voted to approve the charter petition for LAS to become a K-8 independent charter school.

To learn more about LAS, visit http://www.lasac.info/index.html

Central Valley

Sycamore Valley Academy (SVA) in Visalia: SVA became the first independent charter public school authorized by Visalia Unified School District in 2011. The school's unique approach to teaching and it's alternative, innovative program are what parents seek out for their children. SVA focuses on providing hands-on, project-based learning - a learning-by-doing approach. Giving its teachers space to develop and share teaching methods is a critical component to the school's success. SVA has also changed its academic calendar to allow for more preparation time and collaboration for teachers.

To learn more about Sycamore Valley Academy, visit http://www.sycamorevalleyacademy.org/

Bay Area

Summit Public Schools: Summit Public Schools began in 2003 with Summit Preparatory Charter High School. The school was prompted by a group of parents in Silicon Valley who wanted a personalized high school experience for their children. Summit's culture is embedded in an innovation cycle that focuses its efforts on building, measuring, and learning - a constant process. Summit Public Schools is nationally renowned for it's learning model and hosts a "Summer of Summit" program designed to share Summit's model with educators from across the country and provide them an actionable plan on how to bring it back to their organization.

To learn more about Summit Public Schools, visit http://summitps.org/

Los Angeles

CHIME: The CHIME Institute is a national leader in the development and implementation of a unique model of inclusive education for students with special needs. The school, which stands for Communities Honoring Inclusive Model Education, operates on the credo that everyone can learn in the same classroom at the same time. The institute began with an early childhood program based at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The success of the early childhood program, coupled with the needs of the community and sound research, prompted a group of parents and CSUN faculty to develop a charter elementary school in 2001 and a charter middle school in 2003. In 2016, CHIME was named one of nine Hart Vision Award Winners at the Annual California Charter Schools Conference for their excellence in education. Learn about their award here.

To learn more about CHIME, visit http://www.chimeinstitute.org/

San Diego

Coronado Pathways Charter School: Coronado Pathways provides online learning so that students can learn at their own pace. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the curriculum is University of California/California State University A-G certified. Students take two classes during a six-week period to allow for mastery of the subjects. While they are given the flexibility to create their own schedules, the school offers one-on-one time with highly qualified, credentialed teachers Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

To learn more about Coronado Pathways Charter School, visit http://coronadopathways.com/