Charter Alternatives Academy opened in 1999 in Visalia for students in 7th through 12th grades to provide a quality education for students that have been referred to the school via SARB, Probation, or through Districts Alternative Placement Committee. The school serves students that are considered low achieving academically.
The school is a structured environment that promotes positive changes in student’s academic performance and behavior. The school provides a basic education program, behavioral counseling, life skills, and pro social activities. The only extra curricular available is Charter Cadet Opportunity Program.
Parents expressed they are glad that the school is available to provide their children with a second chance at an education. Most parents stated they did notice a change in the behavior of their children and are happy with the structured environment. Some students stated they are glad they can attend school and receive a high school diploma.
The Academic Performance Index showed a decrease in academic growth from 386 to 336. The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades. The percentage of students that passed the exams in all grade levels and across all subjects were below state averages.
The California High School Exit Exam tests 10th graders mastering skills in English language arts and mathematics. The percentage of students passing the exam was 18% in English Language Arts and 27% in math. The school does not have a very good graduation rate; however, with the same students attending a traditional school the graduation rate would more than likely be closer to zero.
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Charter Alternatives Academy
28050 Road 148
Visalia, CA 93292