Reason Number 1: the odds of having a good job are better with a college degree
At College Achieve, we believe all of our students are college material. We believe your child should have every opportunity to become a college graduate, and we will prepare them for the rigors of college. Why is this important?
College graduates make more money, have dramatically higher rates of employment, and have a greater say in their career choices. Watch students from College Achieve Founder's first charter schools in Los Angeles tell you about their college aspirations. This public service announcement appeared during 2009 Rose Bowl and was watched by over 20 million viewers around the world!
Also see article in NY Times, "Life is Okay if you went to College."
Reason Number 2: More Time in School = More Learning
According to the National Center on Educational Statistics, the average school year in New Jersey (and
nationally) is composed of 6.6 hour days, 33 hours weeks, and 1,201 hours of instruction for the entire year.
At College Achieve Central, the average day will be 7.9 hours long, 39.5 hours a week, and 1,422 hours a years. This amounts to over 6.7 weeks of additional instruction or 33 additional school days. In addition to the 1,422 hours of instruction per year during the regular school day, College Achieve Central will also provide after school programs and other educational programs, such as summer education. Theses supplemental programs provide additional instructional hours, possibly well over 175 hours. These instructional hours can surpass an astonishing 1,600 hours.
College Achieve Hours of Instruction in Core Subjects
in Elementary School vs. National Average:
Reason Number 3: Rigorous Hiring Process leads to better teachers The secret to a great school is to ensure a great teacher in every classroom. College Achieve believes, "you are who you hire." College Achieve plans to hire great teachers who have a proven track record of success in the classroom. New teachers must first serve an apprenticeship before getting their own classroom. In most classrooms, there will be two certified classroom teachers - proven teacher and an apprentice teacher. No teacher will be hired without the Principal or a senior leader first observing the teacher teach in their current classroom.Reason Number 4: Our leadership has a proven track record of success Founder Michael Piscal has a track record of starting and operating high performing schools:
NY Daily News September 12, 2010
Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2008
The demand for more educational choice in predominantly minority South Los Angeles is pronounced. The waitlist for existing ICEF schools has at times exceeded 6,000 kids. And no wonder. Like KIPP, Green Dot and other charter school networks that aren't constrained by union rules on staffing and curriculum, ICEF has an excellent track record, particularly with black and Hispanic students. In reading and math tests, ICEF charters regularly outperform surrounding traditional public schools as well as other Los Angeles public schools.
ICEF has been operating since 1994, and its flagship school has now graduated two classes, with 100% of the students accepted to college. By contrast, a state study released in July reported that one in three students in the L.A. public school system -- including 42% of black students -- quits before graduating, a number that has grown by 80% in the past five years.
Reason Number 5: College Achieve Central Charter School is a public school and free!
Reason Number 6: College Achieve Central Charter School has a beautiful school campus.
College Achieve Central Charter School is located on the beautiful grounds of the former St. Bernard's Elementary School. We have an incredible campus with 16 large classrooms, a library, gym, and large cafeteria. And we are only two blocks from Milt Campbell Field - an amazing public park.
Reason Number 7: We will duplicate the incredible programs Mike Piscal pioneered at ICEF Public Schools such as International Travel Programs for Music, Rugby, and our SOAL Program (Summer Of A Lifetime).
Reason Number 8: Students from charter schools founded and operated by Michael Piscal currently attend or have graduated from the following colleges and universities:
Berklee College Howard University University of California at Berkeley
Bowdoin College Loyola Marymount University of California Irvine
Brown University MIT UCLA
Bryn Mawr Morehouse College University of California Riverside
Carnegie Mellon New York University University of Pennsylvania
Dartmouth College Spelman College USC
Duke University Stanford University University of Wisconsin