Vallejo Charter School opened in 2007 to serve students in kindergarten through 17th grades with an alternative to traditional school settings. The school works with each student to ensure that they are given the personal educational tools needed to succeed. The school offers a variety of instructional and curriculum models to personalize education, which include core knowledge, expeditionary learning, project, based, and standards based.
Even though the school does not offer any type of sports, the school does provide a variety of extra curricular activities and student clubs. These activities include creative writing, design, dance, drawing, painting, drama, photography, sculpture, girl scouts, gardening, and yearbook.
Parents had quite mixed opinions regarding the school. Some praised the principal, teachers and staff, while others stated that some teachers were not friendly and the principal did not understand how to manage the school. A few parents expressed that mandatory volunteering was not a pleasurable experience. Students like their teachers and only complained that the school does not offer any sports.
The Academic Performance Index showed a decline of 15 points to 802. Parents were not too worried about the drop as the school is still close to the statewide goal of 800. Others stated that this drop is due to the principal.
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 passing the exams was mixed. Examples include 57% of 3rd graders passed the math exam with the state average at 69%, 35% of 5th graders passed the science exam with the state at 60%, and 45% of 7th graders passed the English exam with the state at 62%. Most parents expressed that the lower percentages than previous years is another sign that the school is not doing the best job educating their children.
The school is providing a quality education; however, with the drops in percentage of students passing the exams and in API score, it would be a good idea to talk with other parents that have students attending.
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Vallejo Charter School
436 Del Sur St.
Vallejo, CA 94591