NEW SACRAMENTO-AREA CHARTERS
Fortune School The school, in Valley Hi, opened with 170 kindergartners through third-graders. It is slated to grow to grade eight. The school is the first of five Fortune schools approved by the Sacramento County Office of Education. The schools will take on the "severe and persistent achievement gap" between African American and white students.
Sacramento Valley Charter School The first public Punjabi charter school in the country teaches the language and culture of Punjab, a region in northern India and Pakistan. The school, next to the Sikh Temple of Sacramento in West Sacramento, was approved by the Washington Unified School District. The school includes kindergarten through sixth grades, and will expand to eighth grade over the next three years.
John Adams Academy Past presidents grace the walls of Roseville's first charter school. Its school colors are red, white and blue. Instead of textbooks, its students read the writings of the Founding Fathers along with such classics as Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey." The independent school is chartered through Loomis Union School District.
Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School The school, east of Placerville in El Dorado County, will be operated by the Camino Union School District. It will use science and the study of natural resources as the basis of its curriculum. Students may attend a full-time program, a Tuesday-Thursday program or independent study.
Westlake Charter Middle School The school expands a popular charter elementary school. The middle school program focuses on math, science and technology. Students, in classes of about 28, use iPads. The school requires parent participation and encourages cooperative learning that includes foreign language instruction and a focus on the arts.
Paragon Collegiate Academy The school focuses on Common Core Knowledge curriculum and character building. The K-8 school in Marysville has 113 students. Principal Lisa Reese said the school serves only meals low in fat and sugar and made with no preservatives. The school was chartered by Marysville Joint Unified School District.
Capitol Collegiate Academy The new charter in Sacramento begins the march toward college in kindergarten. The classes bear the names of colleges and universities, according to its website. The school has 60 kindergartners this year, and will expand to K-8, according to California Charter Schools Association officials. The school was authorized by Sacramento City Unified School District.
Woodland Polytechnic Academy The new charter high school in Woodland offers both career training and college preparation. The school's academics are centered around five career and technical education academies. It offers a flexible schedule so students can take courses online or at local community colleges.