We think charter schools are among the best public schools in Los Angeles. Of course, we might be a little biased. But, guess what? The California Department of Education (CDE) thinks so, too. The CharterBlog just learned that five of the seven middle and high schools in Los Angeles invited by the CDE to apply for the 2011 California Distinguished Schools Award are charter schools.
In order to be invited to apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including designated federal and state accountability measures based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), and the Academic Performance Index (API) requirements.
Of the 27 middle and high schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District, only seven made the cut. Of those seven schools, five are charters and the other two are highly selective magnet schools. Congratulations to Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy, Granada Hills Charter High School, ICEF Vista Middle Academy, KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory and Port of Los Angeles High. These outstanding charter schools have done a great job of serving a diverse student population, especially those student groups who statewide have historically underperformed like Hispanic, socioeconomically disadvantaged, English Language Learners and students with disabilities. Way to go!