$7.5 Million in Grants Awarded to California Charter School System

July 21, 2014

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson announced 20 agencies will share $7.5 million in federal grants to develop or improve California charter schools. The $7.5 million in funding is being given to the Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant (Round 2), and the Public Charter Schools Grant Program Dissemination Sub-grant.

Thirteen school districts and nonprofit agencies will receive $5.4 million in federal funding as part of the Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant (Round 2). The grants were awarded to agencies that are likely to develop and open high-quality charter schools. The grantees were selected based on the quality of their application outlining how they would improve student academic achievement.

The following is a list of schools that received the grant:

  • Richmond Charter Elementary School
  • Optimist Charter
  • Rowland Heights Charter Academy
  • Taylion High Desert Academy/Adelanto
  • Empire Springs Charter
  • Oxford Preparatory Academy
  • Harbor Springs Charter
  • High Tech Elementary North County
  • Taylion San Diego Academy
  • Bella Mente Montessori Academy
  • Design Tech High School
  • ACE Charter Middle: San Jose Unified
  • Downtown College Preparatory Middle School

Seven districts and nonprofit agencies are receiving $2.1 million in federal funding as part of the Public Charter Schools Grant Program Dissemination Sub-grants. The grants were made available to charter schools that have been serving students for at least three consecutive years, met Academic Performance Index growth targets for at least two of the prior three years, have high levels of parent satisfaction, and demonstrated substantial progress in improving student academic achievement. The grants must be used to share their best practices with other schools on how to significantly improve student achievement.

The following is a list of schools that received the Public Charter Schools Grant Program Dissemination Sub-grants:

  • Inspire School of Arts and Sciences
  • New West Charter
  • St. HOPE Public School 7
  • Health Sciences High
  • MAAC Community Charter
  • Downtown College Preparatory
  • Visalia Charter Independent Study