Region Overview: Central Valley


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The Central Valley region includes nearly 100 charter schools located throughout 12 counties. Together these schools serve both urban and rural communities and provide a variety of choices to families. The region boasts site-based and independent study schools; academies specializing in arts, science, math, civic leadership, project based learning, college preparatory, dual language; and virtual education programs providing personalized learning experiences. region-cv.jpg Recent accomplishment by charter schools and their students and staff in the region include:

  • University High was named a 2011 California Distinguished School.
  • ACEL Fresno Executive Director/Principal Dave Childers and board member Alice Keeler were accepted to the Google Teacher Academy in Seattle in late July. The two were among the 50 educators that were selected from over 4,000 applications from around the world.
  • Sharon Waller of Gilroy Prep was named One of the "Top 10: Faces of Gilroy" by The Gilroy Dispatch.
  • The School of Unlimited Learning was one of five California charter schools that will share in more than $36 million in Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Competitive Grants.

The Central Valley: Telling the Charter School Story

Despite high levels of awareness and support for charter schools, not enough Californians have experience with charters schools nor do they know how charters are changing lives and communities. We need to change that. Members, learn how you can help Share the Truth About Charters.

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Start a Charter in the Central Valley

As CCSA's designated School Development and Support representative for the area, Norman Gonzalez understands the unique charter school landscape you face and can support you with the necessary skills and resources to start a high-quality charter school. Learn more.


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