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About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 1/28/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) was founded by Pueblo Nuevo Development, which has had a strong presence in the Rampart and MacArthur Park communities for over 17 years. Pueblo Nuevo Development, with the support of the non- profit organizations New Visions Foundation and Excellent Education Development, founded CNCA as an outgrowth of this larger urban revitalization process, making the community a more productive, safe, and healthy place to live.
The underlying philosophy of Camino Nuevo High School (CNHS) is that when underserved students are provided equal access to rigorous, research-based educational programs in which families are an integral component, children gain the tools to achieve academic success throughout their educational careers. During the past ten years, our high school has achieved the goal of enabling students to meet content standards while addressing the needs of the community.
History of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) opened in 2000 to serve children in grades K-5 at 697 S. Burlington Avenue and 631 Commonwealth Avenue to address overcrowded schools and the busing of neighborhood children. Located in the Greater MacArthur Park area, these two sites served one of the most densely populated, underserved communities in Los Angeles. CNCA expanded in 2001 as a response to the parents’ call for increased educational choice in this area by adding two middle school campuses serving grades 6-8 at 653 S. Burlington Avenue and 635 S. Harvard Boulevard. In 2004, an early childhood education program, serving two classes of 15 students each, opened on the Burlington and Harvard Campuses. The early childhood program has since expanded to serve 120 students.
To provide continuity in the instructional program and increase the number of academic opportunities for its middle school student body, CNCA opened this first high school campus in 2004 on Temple Street, graduating its first senior class in 2008. Over time, CNHS served 480 students each year between grades 9-12. Beginning in 2010, CNCA participated in two rounds of the Public School Choice process sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2010, CNCA was awarded the Jose A. Castellanos K-5 elementary campus. In 2011, the school’s charter was amended to serve students through 8th grade. During the second round of the Public School Choice resolution, CNCA was awarded the Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy, a K-8 elementary school in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. To date, CNCA serves 3,165 students in the Greater McArthur and Echo Park communities of Los Angeles.
Camino Nuevo Charter High School is located at 1215 W. Miramar St. Los Angeles, CA 90026 and serves grades 9-11. Over 70% of the prospective students live in close proximity to the school and form a microcosm of the surrounding communities and96% of the students qualify for free or reduced meals. The ethnic composition of the 2014-15 student body at CNCHS is 98% Hispanic, 1.7% Filipino, 0.8% Korean, and 0.2% multiracial or belonging to other ethnic groups. Our students and their families face substantial social and economic challenges typically associated with poverty and minority status.
The majority of CNCA students reside in and around the Greater MacArthur Park community. The census tract for the community maintains the highest percentage of severe overcrowding in the city, the greatest concentration of single parent households (50-88%, over twice the city average), highest non-fluency in English (40-66% speak English “not well” or “not at all”), and the lowest availability of automobiles (housing units with no vehicle available ranges from 46-90%-- over three times the city average) in the city of Los Angeles. Foreign born residents represent 61% of the community, compared with 11% in the United States. Annual income within this district is the lowest in Los Angeles: the median income is $11,475. The poverty rate in the area is 35%, compared with a citywide rate of 18%. Rentals represent 82% of housing units in the neighborhood versus 34% nationally. As a tuition-free, non-sectarian public school of choice, we do not discriminate based upon race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, culture, disability, or sexual orientation.1 Furthermore, dropout rates for English learners and socioeconomically disadvantaged students are both higher than the cohort dropout rate of all students. Spanish-speaking students comprise 85% of all English learners in California and Hispanic and African American students are socioeconomically disadvantaged at far higher rates than their Asian and White peers2. In addition, these students face difficult social issues, such as gang violence, drugs, peer pressure, and other societal obstacles.
The preceding student achievement data provides evidence that CNHS has been able to overcome many of the barriers to high achievement that plague historically underserved communities. Camino Nuevo High School is committed to reducing and eventually eliminating these disparities through a rigorous academic program that builds upon the diverse strengths of all students, regardless of the challenges they may bring to school. Similarly, CNHS maintains a shared commitment to do “Whatever it takes” to ensure that our students successfully navigate the social obstacles that hinder academic achievement by involving families and working relentlessly to create success for all.
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy complies by all federal Title and the National Free Lunch program requirements. In 2014- 2015, the school is in Year II of Title I Program Improvement, and in Year III of Title III Program Improvement. School and district leaders are dedicated to revising and refining our instructional program in accordance with the Schoolwide Plan and Title III Improvement plan to improve our outcomes and exit the performance improvement status.
CNHS is located in a predominantly Latino, recent immigrant community. Most of our students are US-born first generation citizens who speak Spanish in their homes, though some are foreign-born. By the 10th grade, most of our students have surpassed their parents in educational completion: the average parent education level is 1.88 on a scale of 1-5, with 1 representing “not a high school graduate,” 2 representing “high school graduate”, and 5 representing “graduate school”.3
Our community is grappling with the violence and crime that often accompany poverty. Westlake, the neighborhood in which CNHS is located, has one of the highest crime rates in the city— from August 18th, 2014 to February 15th, 2015, there were 133 crimes per 10,000 residents, including homicides, rapes, aggravated assaults, robberies, burglaries, and thefts. According to the Los Angeles Times, Westlake is the 32nd most violent of all Los Angeles neighborhoods (out of 209). CNHS is located in the heart of a contentious gang zone, with MS-13 and Rockwood gang turfs surrounding the school.
The educational landscape in the CNHS neighborhood is extremely challenging. Belmont Senior High and Roybald Learning Complex, the zoned district school for most CNHS students, operated on a three-track calendar due to overcrowding, until this year, and graduates approximately 28% of the ninth graders enrolled four years earlier, with only 32% of graduates meeting the A-G requirements for college. The focus for this year will be increasing student achievement, primarily in ELA and and in Math as well as strengthening our MTSS processes.
Last updated: 1/28/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/24/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||0.3 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.0 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||97.6 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.0 %|
|Two or More Races||0.0 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||97.6 %|
|English Learners||25.5 %|
|Students with Disabilities||9.7 %|
|Foster Youth||1.5 %|