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Charter Schools and TVLC

 
WHAT ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS?
 
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools of choice. They have no district boundaries; anyone who wishes to attend the charter school may apply. Charter schools are accountable to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them.
 
WHO WE ARE
 
Tri-Valley learning Corporation (TVLC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides quality, public education choices for all families in the Tri-Valley region and beyond. TVLC uses education innovation research to design, create and operate world-class, exemplary charter schools that encourage and enable every student to reach his or her full potential as a scholar, a citizen and a life-long learner.
 
TVLC schools prepare all students for success in premiere universities and the global workforce. TVLC is a leader in education innovation, and their schools are used as a showcase for best educational practices. In collaboration with parents, community members, businesses, and educators, TVLC continuously evaluates, innovates, and implements improvements to their programs. TVLC is in its sixth academic year providing all families seeking high quality education in the Tri-Valley region of the East Bay and beyond, a sought-after alternative to the other public schools in their local districts.

 

BRIEF HISTORY OF TVLC

Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC) currently operates four charter schools. Each TVLC school operates under a separate charter. In Livermore, CA, TVLC operates two charter schools; Livermore Valley Charter School (LVCS) and Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory High School (LVCP). LVCS is a transitional-kindergarten through eighth-grade charter school located 3242 Constitution Drive and authorized through Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD). LVCP serves students in grades 9-12, and is currently located at 3090 Independance Drive, walking distance from its sister school, LVCS. LVCP's charter is authorized through the local school distric LVJUSD for a term from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020. 

In Stockton, CA, TVLC operates Acacia Elementary Charter School (AECS) and Acacia Middle Charter School (AMCS). AECS is housed at 1016 E Bianchi Road in Stockton. AMCS is located at 1605 E March Lane in Stockton. Both schools are currently authorized through New Jerusalem Elementary School District (NJESD). 

Enrollment currently includes 1422 students in grades TK through 8, and approximately 450 high school students. During the California fiscal crisis, TVLC has maintained or improved its programs, and has kept its small class sizes.

LVCS was founded in 2004 by a collaborative group of parents and educators in response to the Livermore school district’s decision to close two magnet schools due to budget cuts. Together, parents and educators endeavored to create a school that embraced proven and innovative teaching techniques to best prepare children for the 21st century. Their charter petition drew praise from California charter school advocates and has been used as a model for other charter schools statewide.    The impetus for creating the Livermore Valley Charter School was choice for children, as is reflected on the school’s website (www.lvcs.org) and in the name of the school’s foundation, Choice for Children Education Foundation  (CCEF).  The students at LVCS get an education that encompasses more that just the core curriculum; it focuses on the skills that make children into competent citizens and life-long learners. Their education includes small class sizes, enrichment in the areas of art, music, physical education, science, and foreign language, and a curriculum driven by the most current research in education.

LVCS began operation in 2005, and has the highest performing K-5 and grade 6-8 programs in the Livermore area. The school currently has a waitlist of over 680 students. The extraordinary parent and staff commitment to volunteerism and financial support for the benefit of the schools has continued and strengthened since opening day at the Livermore Valley Charter School. This same unwavering support for choice in education, led to the Livermore Valley Charter School community to begin discussing the possibility of a charter high school in May 2006. They wanted to provide students attending the Livermore Valley Charter School, with an opportunity to remain in the same educational system. The High School opened its doors in August 2010.

The Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory High School’s philosophy of education is a natural progression from that of the Livermore Valley Charter School.  The High School provides a college preparatory education in an individualized, creative, collaborative, experiential and emotionally supportive environment that challenges every student to reach his or her potential.  LVCP offers free tutoring and provides laptops to all students. Class sizes are 22 to 25 students, and can never exceed a student/teacher ratio of 27:1, according to the High School’s charter.

The Acacia Charter Schools opened in August of 2013 with 135 students in grades TK-5 and 32 middle school students. AECS and AMCS now serve approximately 320 students and 140 students respectively. The schools have more than doubled in size in just a short perioed of time.

Two compelling factors led to the development of the Acacia Charter Schools:

1.      The success of and demand for Tri-Valley Learning Corporation’s high-performing TK-8 program, Livermore Valley Charter School, and

2.   The desire to open educational opportunities for students in the San Joaquin Valley, specifically in Stockton, where students are traditionally underserved.  

The aim of AECS and AMCS is to educate the whole child, creating a level playing field where students from all backgrounds can thrive in a nurturing environment that offers comprehensive academic and enrichment programs. Acacia Elementary and Acacia Middle Charter Schools integrate a challenging academic program with on-site community services.  By providing social and emotional support for students and their families, children are able to focus on what’s most important. 

This distinctive model provides Acacia’s students and their families, a dynamic continuum of support.  With Acacia schools’ staff and community partners working in collaboration, we can effectively increase opportunities for children to fulfill their academic capacity.    

AECS and AMCS offer students an educational program that helps them achieve academic success, and social and emotional growth through:

·  An extended school day,

·  A small student to teacher ratio,

·  Access to family support services

·  A rich after-school program,

·  A Service Learning Program,

·  Culturally Responsive Teaching, and

·  Education with a Purpose.

The waitlist and broad appeal of the TVLC high quality educational programs is a testament to its success.