No two kids learn the same way, and every family and community deserves high quality public education. That’s why, in 1999, the leaders of the Pueblo Nuevo Education and Development Group together with residents from the MacArthur Park community created Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA), a school built on the belief that every student should have the chance to go to a great school that puts their needs first, regardless of zip code, income, or ability level.
Today, eight CNCA schools are educating 3,600 students from early childhood through high school and proving that all children can learn and achieve when held to high expectations, exposed to rigorous and relevant learning experiences, and when given targeted intervention and support in a safe and welcoming environment.
At the Jose A. Castellanos Campus and the Jane B. Eisner Campus, our K-8 scholars benefit from a rigorous academic program and an inclusive community where each student is valued and encouraged to succeed. Our campuses offer exceptional programs including a dual language Spanish-English program designed to support scholars in becoming bilingual and bi-literate. Our staff is committed to building on the cultural capital and social experiences that each scholar brings to school. Our students participate in the arts, physical education, technology, and other rich experiences that prepare them for college and future careers.
When our eighth graders graduate, they have the opportunity to attend one of our two award-winning high schools. At both Camino Nuevo high schools, all seniors graduate meeting admissions requirements for the University of California and California State University systems. In 2018, 70 percent of them achieved admission to four-year universities. While only 9 percent of low-income students nationwide earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, the rate is more than three times higher for Camino Nuevo graduates.
Our schools have won state and national awards for improving outcomes for all students. In 2015, Camino Nuevo earned the Bright Spot Award from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics for closing achievement gaps between English learners and native English speakers. In 2018, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recognized our schools with a special induction into the Charter Schools Hall of Fame.
Educational and economic inequities persist in our communities, but our resolve to reverse these disparities and change the trajectory of students' lives is stronger than ever. Join us in helping our students achieve their college and career dreams by becoming a mentor to our students, volunteering at our schools, or making an investment in our work. If you're a parent looking for a great school, apply today. We're free, public schools open to all students.
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CEO Ana Ponce was inducted into the Charter Schools Hall of Fame -- one of the highest honors from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Read Dr. Ponce's remarks on breaking the cycle of poverty and keeping immigrant families together.