Region Overview: Northeastern California
Spanning inland from San Joaquin County to the Oregon border, the northeastern California region is home to more than 120 charter public schools in 18 counties. Each school is unique in its governance, school culture, and educational program, offering parents and students a wide variety of choices. School leaders from diverse organizations work together to tackle common problems, like securing equitable school facilities, serving the most vulnerable students, and developing constructive relationships with local school districts.
Growth and Performance
Recent accomplishment by charter schools and their students and staff in the region include:
Sacramento: 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.
Sacramento County Charter Teacher of the Year Venessa Belair, a 4th grade teacher at Delta Elementary Charter School, 2014 Sacramento County Teacher of the Year was nominated by CCSA. View her video profile.
Oak Park Preparatory Oak Park Prep was the highest performing stand-alone middle school in the Sacramento City Unified School District, with 73 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in reading and 78 percent in math, according California Department of Education. "These results prove that hard work pays off, and we are incredibly proud of the tireless efforts of our students, families and staff," said Jim Scheible, Superintendent for St. HOPE Public Schools.
Sacramento City Charter Leader Collaboration The leaders of eight independent charter schools authorized by Sacramento City Unified School District meet to discuss common issues and develop solutions supported by all. Principals and Directors from Aspire Capitol Heights Academy, Capitol Collegiate Academy, Sacramento Charter High School, PS7, Oak Park Prep,S.A.C. Prep, CMP Capitol Campus, Yav Pem Suab Academy, and the Language Academy of Sacramento have been meeting periodically for nearly two years. View a video here. This collaboration was the result of working together to become one of 15 school districts in the nation to sign a district-charter compact with a shared goal of increasing student academic achievement for all students.
Aspire Port City Academy, St. HOPE Public School 7 (PS7), Westside Preparatory Charter, Aspire River Oaks Charter, and Aspire Rosa Parks Academy received the 2010-11 Title I Academic Achievement Award. To meet the criteria for this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards and the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.
Aspire Langston Hughes Academy was named a 2011 California Distinguished School.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation awarded Rocklin Academy a three year grant to support the growth of enrollment at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy.
Brian Martinez, principal of Grass Valley Charter School, was named Middle Schools Principal of the Year by the Nevada County chapter of the Association of California School Administrators.
Sherwood Montessori, a K-8 charter school in Chico, was invited to take part in the celebrated "Chefs Move! to Schools" program by national nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America.
Caleb Buckley, the director of Yuba River Charter School, was named president of the national Alliance for Public Waldorf Education. Established in 1994 as the first Waldorf-methods charter school in the United States, Yuba River Charter School is a public institution that has become the model for Waldorf charter schools nationally.
Timothy Strauch, who teaches at Gateway's Community Outreach Academy, a charter school in Sacramento County, was named Teacher of the Month December 2010 by ABC News10.
Aspire Capitol Heights Academy was named a 2010 Blue Ribbon School. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement especially among disadvantaged and minority students.
Start a Charter in Northeastern California
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.
For more information about some of the charter school authorizers in the Northeastern California region, check out links to:
- Sacramento City Unified School District
- San Juan Unified School District
- Chico Unified School District
- Rocklin Unified School District
- New Castle Unified
- Gateway Elementary
- Twin Rivers Unified School District
- Stockton Unified School District
- El Dorado County Office of Education
- Nevada County Office of Education
- Placer County Office of Education
- Sacramento County Office of Education
You might also wish to check out one of the most innovative SELPAs in the state--the El Dorado County Charter SELPA, located right here in the Northeastern California region.
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