Blog: Echo Park School Named Charter School of the Year

Gabriella Charter School, a local, public K-8 school was recently named Charter School of the Year, selected out of 982 charter schools statewide.

Gabriella Charter School, a local, public K-8 school, received the Hart Vision Award for Charter School of the Year last week at the 19th Annual Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, selected out of 982 charter schools statewide.

Gabriella is co-located at Logan Street Elementary and unfortunately, the school has received significant negative press about the challenges of two schools sharing a campus. The real story here, however, and the one which should be heard and celebrated, is the hope, life, and opportunity the school has created for its student body and the hundreds of other students that have benefited from the school’s dance program.

Gabriella Charter School, which opened in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in 2005, runs a K-8 program which couples rigorous academics with daily dance instruction. The school was opened in the memory of, and named after, the founder's daughter, Gabriella Axelrad, who died at the age of 13 in a tragic accident. Gabriella was a dancer, and her mother founded the school as an opportunity to give other kids what her daughter had.

Gabriella Charter uses dance to create a culture of high expectations and discipline that also translates into academic success. They currently hold an Academic Performance Index (API) score of 875, and serve a diverse population of students, with 91% qualifying for Free and Reduced Priced Lunch, and more than 50% English Language Learners.  To put it simply, their academic performance by any standard is exemplary.

Gabriella is the perfect exemplar of what is plausible in public education when an innovative vision and a culture of high expectations are put into action. For me, as a parent and advocate for great public school options for all students, it is a school I hope the whole community will celebrate.  Check out this video to learn more!

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German Barrero March 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Go to the 'SchoolsMatter' site posted above and you find on page 11 of the COPPA document the following - http://www.scribd.com/doc/81406874/Charter-Schools-and-Students-With-Disabilities-Final "With few exceptions, e.g., Colorado and Arizona, charter schools are required by their state laws and/or constitutions to be created as non profit entities." "These publicly funded non-profit entities are, nonetheless, free to contract with a ‘for-profit’ or private non-profit educational management organization (EMO) to oversee school operations and produce measureableoutcomes. Despite being privately managed, charter schools, as PUBLICLY funded schools, must comply with the SAME requirements as traditional PUBLIC schools with respect to non-discrimination in admission, and compliance with federal education laws." Links by the distractors will take you to TEACHER UNION MONOPOLY sites like SHANKER'S.... or toward out of state lawsuits and other distractions. just go here... Charter Schools FAQ - http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/re/qandasec1mar04.asp Frequently asked questions regarding general information on charter schools.
Robert D. Skeels March 20, 2012 at 06:46 PM
@German Barrero "Don't be fooled by these people trying to take you down their path that keeps TEACHER UNION priorities ABOVE KIDS" Mr. Berrero, I dare you... no, I defy you to tell everyone exactly what my supposed connection with teacher's unions is. Please, I'm curious to know what kind of convoluted insanity that your little Glen Beck/Rush Limbaugh mind would try to posit. Please, enlighten us with your vile right-wing conspiracy theories about how I'm on the take. I am a student of Paulo Freire. I advocate public education, so it naturally follows that I oppose neoliberalism and privatization. It's clear that you hate educators and teachers, so your are trying to project that on anyone that opposes your free-market nonsense. Oh, and your welcome to make your slanderous accusations to my face anytime instead of hiding in your mom's basement. I'm out in the community all the time, supporting public schools, families, and community.
Robert D. Skeels March 20, 2012 at 06:50 PM
"Out of state lawsuits?" FYI KNAPP v. PALISADES CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL, was held in the State of California, by the California Court of Appeals. Just to quell your unmitigated ignorance, Pacific Palisades is in California.
Robert D. Skeels March 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I'm growing tired of you Mr. Barrero. You haven't made a single substantial argument, and you've Ignored the clear language of the court rulings since it doesn't support your Ayn Rand fantasies. I'm also enraged that you are making vile and vacuous accusations that I am employed by unions, or take money from unions, or that I've spent decades of my life as a social justice writer and activist somehow for money. Making those kind of accusations put the onus on you to produce proof, but since none is forthcoming your lies and monstrous accusations are bluster. I will say that you should try to get a job at the CCSA, since they pay mendacious people like you very well to help them build market share at the public's expense.
German Barrero March 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM
To all the parents out there (bet these anti charter bloggers are not even parents)... tell your friends, neighbors, gardeners, coworkers and relatives that there are INDEED..... FREE, PUBLIC SCHOOLS out there called CHARTER SCHOOLS. Like traditional public schools, NOT all charter schools are great. The exception is that it is easier to close a bad charter school than to get rid of ONE BAD PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER! I am signing off to go do the work that is needed. Thank you to the anti-charter bloggers for motivating me. Congratulations to the parents and children of Gabriela Charter School!


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