Region Overview: Inland Empire


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Widely considered to be the fastest growing region in the state for high quality charter schools, the Inland Empire region includes more than 60 schools in Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties. Charter schools programs in these counties include dual immersion, S.T.E.M, performing arts, independent study, career academies, and much more.

San Bernardino and Riverside: 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. Also included: a list of local community leaders and resources that may be helpful.

Growth and Performance

Fact Sheet: San Bernardino USD Charter Schools

Recent accomplishment by charter schools and their students and staff in the region include:

The Grove High School: The Grove School's mission is to provide a unique learning environment consistent with a Montessori vision for secondary age students. The secondary program provides students with two crucial components: an environment that fosters self-responsibility trough an individualized curriculum; and core course work that ensures each student's ability to master individual and state competency goals.

Academy for Academic Excellence: features a $4.5 million Technology Center with a 34-meter radio telescope located at NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, CA in the Mojave Desert. Used with students across the Country, via the Internet, doing actual deep space research. Students have the opportunity to participate in a simulated terrestrial planet explored via the Internet, controlling a rover. The campus sits in 100 acres of Mojave River Wildlands and is considered an environmental study area.

Encore Jr/Sr High School for the Performing and Visual Arts: With campuses in Hesperia and Riverside the school provides a creative, challenging and nurturing environment that offers students innovative preparation for a University education and pursuit of the arts. First opened in August 2008, Encore has developed a balance of a strong academic education with an amazing arts program that includes music, drama, dance, visual arts, technical arts, and creative writing. Encore is the only school in the region with a 24-hour radio program featuring parent information and student shows.

Santa Rosa Academy: is a preK-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) charter school that is both WASC accredited and an Apple Distinguished Program. Nestled in the heart of Menifee the school services students from throughout Riverside County through a site based, home study and combination home study/on-site programs. Featuring small classroom sizes, 25-1 for site based programs students now enjoy studying in state of the art facilities that span over 63,000 square feet of land. Community Service minded, students are required to complete a community service project for graduation.

Contact Fatima Cristerna-Adame, Regional Director, Inland Empire, for more information about the region.

Start a Charter in the Inland Empire

As CCSA's designated School Development and Support representative for the area, Jennifer Reiter-Cook 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.

Regional Links

For more information about some of the charter authorizers in the Inland Empire region, check out links to:

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