This month, California-based Camino Nuevo Charter Academy received the Bright Spot Award, a national recognition by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The national award, which is given every year, recognizes a program, institution, or organization that addresses or invests in key educational priorities for Hispanics. Camino Nuevo Charter Academy was nominated for the Bright Sport Award by National Alliance president and CEO, Nina Rees.
Camino Nuevo is a network of charter schools that uses a comprehensive approach from preschool through high school to prepare students for a culturally connected and changing world. The school is located in an underserved minority community, and ninety-eight percent of Camino Nuevo’s students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. Despite facing enormous odds, Camino Nuevo students outperform their public school counterparts in both English and math on state assessments.
On September 15th, the White House Initiative celebrated its 25th anniversary, which also coincided with the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. During this time, the Initiative is celebrating educational success in the Hispanic community—such as increased graduation rates, lower dropout rates, and increased enrollment in higher education. This month also provides an opportunity to take a closer look at opportunities for improvement.
Camino Nuevo’s hard work and dedication to close the achievement gap and change lives through high-quality education is admirable and very deserving of the Bright Spot award.