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1.  Pacific Collegiate School
Pacific Collegiate School is a college preparatory public charter school for grades 7-12 located in Santa Cruz, California, and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Due to our rigorous graduation requirements, we attract a highly motivated group of students who flourish in the school's academically challenging environment. Current enrolment is 176 in grades 7-8 and 304 in grades 9-12.

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2.  BASIS Tucson
BASIS School, Inc. is a non-profit corporation located in Arizona and is the charter holder for BASIS Tucson, BASIS Scottsdale, and BASIS Oro Valley schools. BASIS Schools, Inc. also holds charters for BASIS Chandler, BASIS Flagstaff, and BASIS Peoria Schools, scheduled to open to 2011 - 2011 school year. BASIS School, Inc. holds 15 year contracts with the Arizona Board for Charter Schools to operate these charter schools. Since 2009, the existing schools have been managed by BASIS Educational Group, an educational Management Organization committed to bringing a college preparatory curriculum to Middle and High School students which will prepare them to compete at international standards. BASIS School, Inc.

The Head of School is responsible for the overall education process in the Middle and Upper Schools, and directly supervises all BASIS teachers and Administrative and Program Assistants. The Middle and Upper School Directors are responsible for educational services delivered to students. A BASIS teacher’s instructional process and communication with students and parents is monitored and supported, depending on which grade levels he or she teaches, by the Middle and/or Upper School Director.

BASIS parents should contact the Middle and Upper School Directors to discuss any issues related to their student’s academic progress or the delivery and support of educational services at BASIS.
The Head of School Operations is responsible for the financial operations of the school, maintenance and development of the school premises, IT services delivery and school’s IT equipment operation, and operations of auxiliary programs (Late Bird, summer school programs).
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Latin American Youth Center
The Latin American Youth Center's (LAYC) mission is to support and transform a diverse population of underserved youth to reach their full academic, social, and professional potential.

For 45 years, LAYC has been committed to transforming the lives of low-income young people and their families. LAYC offers multi-service, comprehensive, and bilingual enrichment, prevention, and intervention programs and opportunities in education, workforce readiness, housing, community building, mental health services, arts, and healthy recreation to over 4,000 individuals each year. LAYC has special expertise in serving undeserved youth, low-income teen parents, homeless youth, youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems, and youth facing mental health, substance abuse, or complex family issues

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4.  KIPP Houston High School
KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 99 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 27,000 students. KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. By providing outstanding educators, more time in school learning, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is helping all students climb the mountain to and through college.

Every day, KIPP students across the nation are proving that demographics do not define destiny. Over 80 percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 95 percent are African American or Latino.

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5.  Animo Leadership Charter High School
The mission of Animo Leadership Charter High School is to provide a small college preparatory high school experience for students from the Lennox community. We are committed to serving underrepresented students and increasing the number who pursue a college education. We will achieve this through a curriculum that emphasizes self-awareness, bi-literacy, and technology. We will support students by collaborating with families to secure a safe and supportive atmosphere.
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6.  Raleigh Charter High School

Raleigh Charter High School challenges college-bound students in a creative and supportive atmosphere to become knowledgeable, thoughtful, contributing citizens.

We graduate citizens of the world by creating an interconnected learning environment that combines a demanding college-preparatory education with a curriculum that teaches and models citizenship skills. We involve our students in many resources of downtown Raleigh—the government, performing arts, social services and the international community. RCHS will be a place of opportunity for highly motivated students and actively involved parents.
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7.  Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy
We are confident that over 85% of our students will be accepted to four year colleges.Building a quasi comprehensive high school program in a small school setting with 470 students has been and will continue to be a challenge, however we were successful in increasing the number of clubs, extra-curricular and sports programs in 2005-2006. We gained membership to CIF and our student athletes now compete on six different teams, including baseball, softball, boy’ and girls’ soccer and basketball. Our performance dance team earned distinct recognition as they placed first in several regional competitions.

Our goal is to continue to build on the success we have had and to provide our students with meaningful college preparatory learning experiences and the skill sets necessary to pursue higher education to thrive in the advancing technological society of the 21st century.

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8.  Benjamin Franklin High School

Benjamin Franklin High School is consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, and Business Week magazines and has received the highest School Performance Score in Louisiana, making it the #1 public school in the state again this year. Franklin was also recently named a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School. It has also been recognized as the top Advanced Placement testing school in the Southern region of the United States. Franklin serves a population of students with high academic potential.
Compared to high schools across the nation, Franklin produces an outstanding number of National Merit Finalists and National Achievement Finalists. In 2009, Franklin produced 26 National Merit semifinalists and 8 National Achievement semifinalists. The average ACT composite score is 27 and SAT score is 1884.

Graduates from Benjamin Franklin High School receive scholarship offers from schools all over the nation and abroad. Graduates of the class of 2009 are attending a variety of schools. Here are a few examples: Baylor University, Boston University, Cornell University, MIT, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Université Paris IV - Paris – Sorbonne, University of Notre Dame, etc
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9.  The Preuss School UCSD La Jolla, CA
The Preuss School UCSD is designed to be a rigorous college preparatory educational program. Through tutor-assisted teaching, a single-track macro curriculum required for all students, small classes and an extensive use of technology and teamwork, the overarching goal of the school is to create a highly enriched secondary school. Preuss will prepare its graduates to distinguish themselves academically so that they will be competitively eligible for admission to the University of California and other similarly selective four year colleges and institutions of higher learning.

Above all, The Preuss School UCSD must provide an environment of high expectations where students are continually encouraged and empowered to develop a greater sense of confidence through self-sufficiency and pride in their academic accomplishments.

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10.  The Charter School of Wilmington

The mission of the Charter School of Wilmington is to engage highly motivated high school students with an interest in math and science by providing a challenging college preparatory curriculum in a safe, friendly and nurturing environment that integrates practical learning opportunities, sets high expectations, develops social responsibility and promotes a global perspective.

Diverse experiences and community outreach build social responsibility.Schools excel through partnerships among faculty, students, administration, parents, business leaders and the broader community.
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11.  Signature School
Signature opened Indians’s first charter high school in 2002/2003. The school offers students three major study paths: math and science, fine and performing arts, or liberal arts/humanities. Signature School has been accepted into the International Baccalaureate Programme.However, the school also offers Advanced Placement classes for those who choose to not to graduate with an IB diploma. Today, many of the classes are a combination of AP and IB classes.

The foreign languages offered at the school are French, German, and Spanish.The school currently has a total enrollment of 302 students. The school was founded in part by the current principal Vicki Snyder. The school's success is also due to the motivated staff and teachers. Phyllis Pate is the main secretary, Mary Williams is the assistant to the counselor and Ann Gomoll-Doan is the school counselor. Alongside Vicki Snyder, these people play an important role in the school. Signature School prides itself on offering challenging courses for the "self-motivated learner" and for being different from other area schools. The student to teacher ratio is 20 to 1. Many students and parents can access grades and information from a server called Powerschool, which is updated regularly.

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12.  Hawthorne Math and Science Academy

HMSA is committed to creating a challenging, rigorous, standards-based curriculum for all students, regardless of gender, ethnicity, primary language, or special needs status, within a safe and cooperative learning community. The input and participation of all stakeholders is encouraged and valued through a collaborative process. Results of standards-based and authentic assessments will be available to all stakeholders providing opportunities for accountability, reflection, recognition and future growth.

Hawthorne Math and Science Academy fosters a positive learning environment that produces critical thinkers, efficient communicators, self-directed life-long learners, and technologically skilled citizens who graduate with an appreciation for the relevance and understanding of civic responsibilities and knowledge of life skills and will use that knowledge to prepare for and succeed at a university.
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13YES Prep Southeast
YES (which stands for Youth Engaged in Service) began in 1995 as Project YES. paul founded the program at Rusk Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District after completing two years at Rusk with Teach for America. Since 1998, YES Prep has been operating under a state charter. YES graduated its first senior class in 2001, and since then has sent 100 percent of its graduating seniors to four-year colleges.Beginning in 2003, YES opened a second campus in northeast Houston, eventually expanding to the seven campuses operating today.

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14Peak to Peak Charter School
Located in Boulder Valley School District, Peak to Peak is a K-12 public charter school offering a liberal arts,college preparatory curriculum that gives students a foundation for a lifetime of learning and discovery. High expectations are an important part of the Peak to Peak school culture, and students are encouraged to work hard and strive to achieve their full potential. Peak to Peak students who demonstrate a mastery of knowledge and skills are challenged through appropriate placement in each subject area.

A liberal arts education has been recognized throughout history for its broad benefits and its appropriateness as a foundation for future learning. By focusing on a liberal arts college preparatory program, Peak to Peak achieves two important objectives, it prepares students to successfully meet the educational challenges of higher education and to be well-educated citizens in an increasingly complex world. Peak to Peak takes this time-tested education and makes it accessible to students who are interested in a focused college preparatory program, regardless of their cultural or economic background. Peak to Peak is the only public school in Boulder Valley and the second in the State of Colorado to receive a College Preparatory Accreditation from the North Central Association (NCA). The NCA has awarded the college prep accreditation to 232 private schools in its region, while only 31 public schools have received this designation. The NCA has been supporting excellence in schools for more than 100 years.
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Friendship Public Charter School

Friendship Public Charter School operates six public charter schools and, in partnership with Baltimore City and District of Columbia Public Schools, manages five turnaround schools, serving nearly 8000 students from pre-school (three years old) to 12th grade.

Since its inception in 1997, Friendship Public Charter School has enabled thousands of students in underserved communities to become real achievers. Friendship applies its unique educational model with winning results to improve academic performance, educate the "whole child," offer families wrap-around social services, and direct students to college and a solid, rewarding future.

Friendship operates around a simple principle: all students must be prepared for higher education and the career of their choice by ensuring mastery of the skills, knowledge and tools needed to succeed in the 21st century global economy.
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16.  Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
It has been the starting ground for many successful artists. Including those that have been seen on Broadway and on the silver screen. However it is not only for the arts, but also has an exemplary educational program. Many students receive college scholarships, and 50% of the average senior class receives at least three acceptance letters into schools all over the country. And have nearly a 40% chance of getting into the college they applied for. Not only is the school very talented, but they have a very close community. Every one knows everyone. The teachers not only keep them disciplined but can be very gentle in necessary situations as well. Every person that enters the school considers themselves lucky, and take full advantage of opportunities they have been given.
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17Advantage Academy of Hillsborough

Caring, qualified and dedicated teachers are the hallmark of Advantage Academy of Hillsborough and the result is a focus on individualized attention for your child.Curriculum for students in grades Kindergarten through eight.Private school atmosphere and individualized attention, including advanced and gifted classes.

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18.  A.T Jones Academy
Jones Academy is five mile northeast of Hartshorne, Oklahoma nestled among 540 acres of rolling pasture and trees at the foot of the Pocahontas Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma’s Ouachita Mountain range.

Since its founding in 1891, Jones has always been a residential learning center, though programs have changed over the years.The campus features two bright, modern dormitory buildings (boys and girls) each divided into elementary and secondary wings.

The academy also includes a cafeteria, counseling center, museum, air conditioned gym with full basketball court and weight room and, of course, the new elementary academic facility.Jones students come from as many as 29 different American Indian tribes, though the two largest populations, due to proximity, are Choctaw and Muscogee (Creek). A great number of Jones students come from lower socioeconomic areas, single parent families, and a highly challenged environment.

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19.  Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School
Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School (BDCHS) is founded on the belief that, given the necessary resources and opportunities, every child has the potential to realize his/her dreams. Further, by providing youngsters a high quality, challenging education with rigorous and relevant curricula, students will be equipped to make valuable and productive contributions to our community. The underlying purpose of the Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School is to prepare all students for successful post secondary education opportunities.
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20Community Charter School of Excellence

Community Charter School of Excellence and Community Charter Middle School of Excellence have an innovative and hands-on academic program that allows students to be successful in a quality learning environment with NO tuition costs!

Quality academics is just the beginning - we also offer a visual and graphic arts focus, and physical and health education. Our state of the art technology allows students and teachers the most up to date hands on experience not only in the classroom but also in a lab environment.
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