6/15/12 Charter News Round-Up Special: Graduations

June 15, 2012

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For many of our state's charter schools, the end of the school year has already come. For high school seniors, this time marks more than just the beginning of summer break, but the time when they walk across the stage in their cap and gown, and into adulthood.

Over the past few weeks, California media statewide have profiled graduations and students, both capturing and reflecting on the indelible mark this moment leaves in families. We put together this Special Charter News Round-Up to show our followers what people are saying about our high school graduates.

For instance, KGO-TV in Oakland profiled the story of the seniors of Aspire Golden State College Prep., who will all be attending college in the fall. Check out that story here. In a city where dropout rates are significant, Aspire Golden has shown that instilling a culture of hard work and high expectations truly pays off.

Speaking of high expectations, all 44 seniors of the Temecula Prep Charter have also been accepted to college, fulfilling the mission and vision of the school, which is to prepare students for a higher education. The North County Times wrote about that.

Another Aspire school, this one in Lodi, made headlines for their Benjamin Holt Graduating Class. That's because eight of the 60 graduates have been together at Aspire since Kindergarten. The Stockton Record spoke with the students about the experience of spending 13 years together, and their plans for the future.

Innovation is one of the things that charter schools have added to the public education landscape in California and the nation, and one of the ways that has been accomplished has been through virtual or independent study programs. The Ventura County Star recently published a story on the graduates of Golden Valley Charter, a virtual school, focusing on their non-traditional curriculum, which has lead students to complete their studies, and given them the tools to succeed in the future. Students from surrounding areas gathered to receive their diplomas and talk about their future paths. To read what they had to say, click here.

Speaking of non-traditional curriculums, one of the most outstanding charters in the San Diego area is Trade Tech High due to their emphasis on vocational education and on-the-job learning. The school goes beyond the boundaries of a bricks and mortar classroom to give students a chance to work and gain experience in the real world, while getting credit in their studies. Check out what theU-T San Diego had to say when they visited the school. There have also been stories of students that have been singled out. The Sacramento Bee published an article on a Roseville area charter school student who has been accepted to attend New York's prestigious Julliard School. Read more about her journey and hard work. And the Lemon Grove Patch.com website posted the speech of a the Helix High 2012 Valedictorian, Kevin Chen, who not only thanked the teachers and staff, but also told his class they had all been given the skills and knowledge to success in the future. Read his inspiring words here.

As CCSA marks the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the charter school movement in California, we want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2012, and wish them well on their future endeavors!

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