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Charter Schools in Los Angeles

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools, but unlike the rest of public schools, they have been formed with a Charter; that is, a philosophy, an operating agreement of sorts, that has been written by the community it will serve.

There are hundreds of Charters Schools that are approved to operate within LA County, and thousands operate within California. Some Charter schools are part of a group, with multiple locations, and others are standalone schools.

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What is a Charter School?

Teachers, Parents and Community members may start a Charter school by writing up a petition and getting approval from the local district School Board, or in some cases, the County Board of Education, or the State.

The petition (or Charter) outlines a set of principles, procedures, rules for running a school, and curriculum, and each Charter School or group likely has a differentiating factor that sets it apart from the others, and from the “regular” Public schools.

This offers parents a chance to choose a school that matches their own philosophy about education, and a school that’s a good fit for their children.

You must apply for admission to a Charter School, and sometimes there is a Lottery to determine who gets in, but by law there can be no fees or tuition charged. The State of California Department of Education has an article defining Charter Schools here.

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KIPP SoCal Public Schools

Type: Elementary School, Featured Charter Schools, Middle School, Public Charter School

Description:

KIPP SoCal Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that operates 20 tuition-free charter public schools with a whole-child approach to learning. These award-winning schools help students graduate college at a rate 3 times higher than the national average for under-resourced communities. Today, you can find KIPP SoCal’s joyful and academically excellent schools  — open to all — grades TK-8, across three districts: Los Angeles, Compton, and San Diego.

With the purpose of education for liberation, KIPP SoCal engages in open-dialogue between students, families, and communities to understand their needs, their concerns and most importantly their realities. KIPP SoCal offers #WellnessWednesday as part of their commitment to mental health, that includes monthly community info sessions, weekly Q&A’s, and daily “Calm Corner” inspirational videos, to see, develop, and inspire the limitless potential in each and all KIPPsters.

 

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Charter Schools in Los Angeles

Aveson Center for Independent Study

Type: Homeschool Program, Public Charter School

Description:

ACIS offers a homeschool-style hybrid independent study experience for elementary and middle school students. Our program provides the advantages of highly personalized academic instruction at home while simultaneously providing the social and academic benefits of being part of a school community with a consistent peer base.

All ACIS scholars are encouraged to delve deeply into their passions, build upon their strengths, and maintain a growth mindset when facing challenges. From Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through Eighth Grade, ACIS scholars pursue an exemplary education that is truly designed just for them.

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Bright Star Schools

Type: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Public Charter School

Description:

Founded in 2003, Bright Star Schools operates some of the highest performing charter public schools in Los Angeles. We’re building pathways of seamless, high-quality, kindergarten-through-12th grade public educational models and higher education support.

In nine, tuition-free public schools in three communities, our 3,500+ students experience rigorous academics, inclusive education, social-emotional support, and rich life opportunities beyond the classroom.

Our schools in West Adams/Baldwin Village are Stella Elementary Charter Academy, Stella Middle Charter Academy and Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy.
Our schools in Koreatown are Rise Kohyang Elementary School, Rise Kohyang Middle School and Rise Kohyang High School.

Our schools in the San Fernando Valley are Valor Academy Elementary School, Valor Academy Middle School, and Valor Academy High School.

 

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Citizens of the World Charter Schools Los Angeles

Type: Elementary School, Public Charter School

Description:

Citizens of the World Charter Schools Los Angeles (CWC LA) is a nonprofit organization that operates a network of high-performing public charter schools across Los Angeles.

Our mission is to create an intimate network of high-achieving, community-based public schools for a diverse community of students, developing their abilities, confidence, and sense of responsibility for themselves and their community as true citizens of the world.

CWC LA currently operates five schools across fives distinct neighborhoods of Los Angeles: CWC Hollywood (TK-5), CWC Silver Lake (TK-8), CWC Mar Vista (TK-8), CWC West Valley (TK-1st), CWC East Valley (opening August 2021).

All of our schools are tuition-free, non-religious public schools committed to socio-economic, cultural and racial diversity. The success of our work relies on our highly-engaged parent community, as well as the support of key partnerships at the school and regional levels. At our schools, parents and the greater community often volunteer countless hours to on-campus activities as well as financially contribute to support each school’s operating budgets.

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Compass Charter Schools

Type: Elementary School, High School, Homeschool Program, Middle School, Public Charter School, Special Education Resources

Description:

Compass Charter Schools is committed to providing a safe, family-centered alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar school. Compass is an ideal solution for all type of scholars who may choose from our Online or Options Programs.

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Alphabetical List of all the Charter Schools in LA County

Academia Avance Charter
Accelerated
Accelerated Charter Elementary
Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy
Alfred B. Nobel Charter Middle
Alliance Alice M. Baxter College-Ready High
Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High
Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 12
Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 4
Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 5
Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 8
Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High
Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High
Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex
Alliance Jack H. Skirball Middle
Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy
Alliance Kory Hunter Middle
Alliance Leichtman-Levine Family Foundation Environmental Science High
Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science
Alliance Margaret M. Bloomfield Technology Academy High
Alliance Marine – Innovation and Technology 6-12 Complex
Alliance Morgan McKinzie High
Alliance Ouchi-O’Donovan 6-12 Complex
Alliance Patti And Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy
Alliance Piera Barbaglia Shaheen Health Services Academy
Alliance Renee and Meyer Luskin Academy High
Alliance Susan and Eric Smidt Technology High
Alliance Ted K. Tajima High
Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High
Alliance Virgil Roberts Leadership Academy
Alma Fuerte Public
Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America
Animo City of Champions Charter High
Animo College Preparatory Academy
Ánimo Compton Charter
Animo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle
Animo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle
Animo Inglewood Charter High
Animo Jackie Robinson High
Animo James B. Taylor Charter Middle
Animo Jefferson Charter Middle
Animo Leadership High
Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle
Animo Pat Brown
Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High
Animo South Los Angeles Charter
Animo Venice Charter High
Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy
Animo Western Charter Middle
Animo Westside Charter Middle
Antelope Valley Learning Academy
APEX Academy
Ararat Charter
Arts in Action Community Charter
Arts in Action Community Middle
Aspire Antonio Maria Lugo Academy
Aspire Centennial College Preparatory Academy
Aspire Firestone Academy Charter
Aspire Gateway Academy Charter
Aspire Inskeep Academy Charter
Aspire Juanita Tate Academy Charter
Aspire Junior Collegiate Academy
Aspire Ollin University Preparatory Academy
Aspire Pacific Academy
Aspire Slauson Academy Charter
Aspire Titan Academy
Assurance Learning Academy
Aveson Global Leadership Academy
Aveson School of Leaders
Barack Obama Charter
Beckford Charter for Enriched Studies
Bert Corona Charter
Bert Corona Charter High
Birmingham Community Charter High
Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy
Calabash Charter Academy
California Collegiate Charter
California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley
California Virtual Academy @ Los Angeles
Calvert Charter For Enriched Studies
Camino Nuevo Academy #2
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy #4
Camino Nuevo Charter High
Camino Nuevo Elementary #3
Camino Nuevo Elementary School 3
Camino Nuevo High #2
Canyon Charter Elementary
Carpenter Community Charter
Castlebay Lane Charter
CATCH Prep Charter High, Inc.
Center for Advanced Learning
Central City Value
Century Academy for Excellence
Century Community Charter
CHAMPS – Charter HS of Arts-Multimedia & Performing
Chatsworth Charter High
Children of Promise Preparatory Academy
CHIME Institute’s Schwarzenegger Community
Citizens of the World Charter School 5
Citizens of the World Charter School Hollywood
Citizens of the World Charter School Mar Vista
Citizens of the World Charter School Silver Lake
City Honors International College Preparatory High
City Language Immersion Charter
Clear Passage Educational Center
Colfax Charter Elementary
Collegiate Charter High of Los Angeles
Community Collaborative Charter
Community Magnet Charter Elementary
Compass Charter Schools of Los Angeles
Crete Academy
Crown Preparatory Academy
Da Vinci Communications High
Da Vinci Connect
Da Vinci Design
Da Vinci Rise High
Da Vinci Science
Dearborn Elementary Charter Academy
Desert Sands Charter
Discovery Charter Preparatory School #2
Dixie Canyon Community Charter
Downtown Value
Dr. Theodore T. Alexander Jr. Science Center
Ednovate – Brio College Prep
Ednovate – East College Prep
Ednovate – Esperanza College Prep
Ednovate – USC Hybrid High College Prep
Ednovate College Prep 7
El Camino Real Charter High
El Oro Way Charter For Enriched Studies
El Rio Community School
Emerson Community Charter
Empower Generations
Enadia Way Technology Charter
Encino Charter Elementary
Endeavor College Preparatory Charter
Environmental Charter High
Environmental Charter Middle
Environmental Charter Middle – Inglewood
Equitas Academy #2
Equitas Academy #3 Charter
Equitas Academy 4
Equitas Academy 5
Equitas Academy 6
Equitas Academy Charter
Everest Value
Excelencia Charter School
Extera Public
Extera Public School No. 2
Family First Charter
Fenton Avenue Charter
Fenton Charter Leadership Academy
Fenton Primary Center
Fenton STEM Academy: Elementary Center for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
Gabriella Charter
Gabriella Charter 2
Ganas Academy
Gaspar De Portola Charter Middle
George Ellery Hale Charter Academy
Girls Athletic Leadership School Los Angeles
Global Education Academy
Global Education Academy 2
Goethe International Charter
Gorman Learning Center
Grace Hopper STEM Academy
Granada Hills Charter
Grover Cleveland Charter High
Hamlin Charter Academy
Hawthorne Math and Science Academy
Haynes Charter For Enriched Studies
Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter
High Tech LA
High Tech LA Middle
ICEF Inglewood Elementary Charter Academy
ICEF Innovation Los Angeles Charter
ICEF View Park Preparatory Elementary
ICEF View Park Preparatory High
ICEF View Park Preparatory Middle
ICEF Vista Elementary Academy
ICEF Vista Middle Academy
iLEAD Agua Dulce
iLEAD Hybrid
iLEAD Lancaster Charter
iLEAD Online
Ingenium Charter
Ingenium Charter Middle
Ingenium Clarion Charter Middle
Intellectual Virtues Academy
Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach
Invictus Leadership Academy
iQ Academy California-Los Angeles
ISANA Achernar Academy
ISANA Cardinal Academy
ISANA Himalia Academy
ISANA Nascent Academy
ISANA Octavia Academy
ISANA Palmati Academy
Ivy Academia
Ivy Bound Academy Math, Science, and Technology Charter Middle 2
Ivy Bound Academy of Math, Science, and Technology Charter Middle
James Jordan Middle
Jardin de la Infancia
Justice Street Academy Charter
Kenter Canyon Elementary Charter
KIPP Academy of Innovation
KIPP Academy of Opportunity
KIPP Comienza Community Prep
KIPP Compton Community
KIPP Corazon Academy
KIPP Empower Academy
KIPP Ignite Academy
KIPP Iluminar Academy
KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory
KIPP Philosophers Academy
KIPP Promesa Prep
KIPP Pueblo Unido
KIPP Raices Academy
KIPP Scholar Academy
KIPP Sol Academy
KIPP Vida Preparatory Academy
Knollwood Preparatory Academy
La Tijera K-8 Charter School Academy of Excellence
La Verne Science and Technology Charter
LA’s Promise Charter High #1
LA’s Promise Charter Middle #1
Larchmont Charter
Lashon Academy
Lashon Academy City
Learning by Design Charter
Learning Works
Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy
Libertas College Preparatory Charter
Life Source International Charter
Lifeline Education Charter
Lockhurst Drive Charter Elementary
Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise
Los Angeles College Prep Academy
Los Angeles Leadership Academy
Los Angeles Leadership Primary Academy
Los Feliz Charter Middle School for the Arts
Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts
Magnolia Science Academy
Magnolia Science Academy 2
Magnolia Science Academy 3
Magnolia Science Academy 4
Magnolia Science Academy 5
Magnolia Science Academy 6
Magnolia Science Academy 7
Magnolia Science Academy Bell
Marquez Charter
Math and Science College Preparatory
Matrix For Success Academy
Method Schools, LA
Mission Academy
Mission View Public
Monsenor Oscar Romero Charter Middle
Montague Charter Academy
Multicultural Learning Center
N.E.W. Academy Canoga Park
N.E.W. Academy of Science and Arts
Nestle Avenue Charter
New Designs Charter
New Designs Charter School-Watts
New Heights Charter
new Horizons Charter Academy
New Los Angeles Charter
New Los Angeles Charter Elementary
New Millennium Secondary
New Opportunities Charter
New Village Girls Academy
New West Charter
North Valley Military Institute College Preparatory Academy
Ocean Charter
OCS – South
Odyssey Charter
Open Charter Magnet
Opportunities for Learning – Baldwin Park
Opportunities for Learning – Duarte
Opportunities for Learning – Santa Clarita
Optimist Charter
Options for Youth – Duarte, Inc
Options for Youth San Gabriel
Options For Youth-Acton, INC.
Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High
Our Community Charter
Pacoima Charter Elementary
Palisades Charter Elementary
Palisades Charter High
Palmdale Aerospace Academy
Para Los Niños – Evelyn Thurman Gratts Primary
Para Los Niños Charter
Para Los Niños Middle
Pasadena Rosebud Academy
Pathways Academy Charter Adult Education
Paul Revere Charter Middle
Plainview Academic Charter Academy
Pomelo Community Charter
Port of Los Angeles High
PREPA TEC – Los Angeles
Prepa Tec Los Angeles High
Public Policy Charter
PUC CALS Middle School and Early College High
PUC Community Charter Elementary
PUC Community Charter Middle and PUC Community Charter Early College High
PUC Early College Academy for Leaders and Scholars (eCALS)
PUC Excel Charter Academy
PUC Inspire Charter Academy
PUC Lakeview Charter Academy
PUC Lakeview Charter High
PUC Milagro Charter
PUC Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy
PUC Triumph Charter Academy and PUC Triumph Charter High
Puente Charter
Renaissance Arts Academy
Reseda Charter High
Resolute Academy Charter
Rise Kohyang Elementary
Rise Kohyang High
Rise Kohyang Middle
Riverside Drive Charter
Robert A. Millikan Affiliated Charter & Performing Arts Magnet Middle
Sage Oak Charter School- Keppel
San Jose Charter Academy
Santa Clarita Valley International
Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter
Scholarship Prep – Lomita-Harbor City
School of Arts and Enterprise
School of Extended Educational Options
Serrania Avenue Charter For Enriched Studies
Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter
SIATech Academy South
Soleil Academy Charter
Stella Elementary Charter Academy
Stella Middle Charter Academy
STEM Preparatory Elementary
Superior Street Elementary
Sylmar Charter High
Synergy Charter Academy
Synergy Kinetic Academy
Synergy Quantum Academy
Taft Charter High
TEACH Academy of Technologies
TEACH Preparatory Mildred S. Cunningham & Edith H. Morris Elementary
TEACH Tech Charter High
The City
Today’s Fresh Start Charter School Inglewood
Today’s Fresh Start-Compton
Topanga Elementary Charter
Topeka Charter School For Advanced Studies
University High School Charter
University Preparatory Value High
Valiente College Preparatory Charter
Valley Charter Elementary
Valley Charter Middle
Valley International Preparatory High
Valor Academy Elementary
Valor Academy High
Valor Academy Middle
Van Gogh Charter
Vaughn Next Century Learning Center
Village Charter Academy
Vista Charter Middle
Vista Horizon Global Academy
Vox Collegiate of Los Angeles
Wallis Annenberg High
Watts Learning Center
Watts Learning Center Charter Middle
We The People
Welby Way Charter Elementary School And Gifted-High Ability Magnet
Westwood Charter Elementary
Wilbur Charter For Enriched Academics
Wilder’s Preparatory Academy Charter
Wilder’s Preparatory Academy Charter Middle
WISH Academy High
WISH Community
Woodlake Elementary Community Charter
Woodland Hills Elementary Charter For Enriched Studies

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