Santa Clara County
Santa Clara county is home to more than 60 charter public schools serving over 29,000 public school students. Located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, Santa Clara County is the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology capital of the world. Santa Clara is the most populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area region, and one of the most affluent counties in the United States. With the backdrop of technology, the county also provides one of the most ethnically diverse regions from which springs an ideal landscape for charter public schools. From a focus on STEM to language specialization, charters encompass a broad range of options for families who wish to provide quality education for their students.
Charter School of Morgan Hill and Discovery Charter Schools are two great examples of charter public schools that are succeeding in Santa Clara County.
Charter School of Morgan Hill
The Charter School of Morgan Hill (CSMH) is the result of the work of a diverse group of educators, parents and community members with a shared vision for an alternative public school with an emphasis on "project based learning, strong family involvement, and community interaction." The founders were committed to creating a school that not only provided a rigorous academic program but that also provided a whole child education. The school initially opened its doors in August of 2001 to 167 students. Today, Charter School of Morgan Hill serves over 600 students in K-8.
Discovery Charter Schools
Discovery schools are transitional kindergarten through eighth grade schools based on developmentally appropriate teaching methods that successfully integrate the whole child with respect to individual learning styles, developmental readiness, and rates of achievement. Multi-age classrooms, small class sizes, team teaching, a high level of parent participation, and community involvement greatly contribute to developing Discovery Charter Schools into a world class learning community. Currently there are two discovery charter schools in San Jose.
In San Jose, charter leaders have come together to create the San Jose Charter Schools Consortium specifically to reform education in San Jose and increase college success for all students. For more information about Santa Clara, contact Adan Lupercio, Regional Director, Santa Clara County.
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