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About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 1/31/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy #4 brings to its community a distinct, placed-based approach to achieve its mission “to educate students in a college preparatory program to be literate, critical thinkers and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice with sensitivity toward the world around them.” In addition to four high performing K-8 programs throughout the Greater McArthur and Echo Park communities, Camino Nuevo also operates two WASC accredited High Schools. Based on the remarkable academic growth of our schools since 2000, CNCA has earned distinctions on both a state and national level.
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy #4 students learn in an academically rigorous, college preparatory environment that prepares students to compete for admission to four-year colleges. The ultimate aim of the program is to produce students that are well educated, engaged citizens who are prepared to fully participate in our increasingly technological society. All students are held to the highest standards of achievement and supported by a dedicated community of teachers and administrators. Camino Nuevo Charter Academy #4 prides itself on using programmatic components that have made our school a success, including a college-going culture of high expectations, high quality core instruction, a relevant curriculum that employs best practices for English language learners, and innovative programs to foster genuine partnerships with parents at the elementary level.
In 2000, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) was founded through the efforts of a local community development corporation, Pueblo Nuevo Development, to address extremely overcrowded and underperforming local schools in MacArthur Park, just west of downtown Los Angeles. In the past thirteen years, CNCA has experienced tremendous growth in response to its promise to dramatically improve the educational opportunities for its students. CNCA began as an elementary school to address overcrowding and busing of neighborhood children out of the community. Today, Camino Nuevo operates seven campuses: an Early Childhood Education Center, four k-8 schools, and now, two high schools. To date, CNCA’s growth has been organic, based on community needs and the available opportunities to meet those needs.
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy #4 is a public school choice (PSC) school, and, as such, our mission is driven largely by the needs and population of the surrounding community. CNCA #4 opened in July 2011 and is located at 1018 Mohawk Street in the Greater MacArthur Park area near downtown Los Angeles. The location of the school has not changed since it opened 8 years ago. Over 76% of our students live in close proximity to the school, and as such, our students are a microcosm of the area. 86.2% of the students qualify for free or reduced meals. Our students and their families face substantial economic challenges and the social realities that accompany poverty and marginalization.
Currently, our enrollment is at full capacity and stable. We opened with grades K-7 and after the first year have remained a K-8. At Camino Nuevo Charter Academy #4 the ethnic population for the present school year consists of 84% Hispanic, >1% African American, >1% White, 2.8% Filipino and >1% Asian, 10% other/unclassified. 89.7 % of the student population receive free or reduced lunch. Approximately 14% of our students qualify for special education services and are thriving in our Dynamic Blended Inclusion model. For many students, English is their second language, with 30% of current students still designated as an English Language Learner (ELL). 174 total students have been re-designated as proficient in English (RFEP). Our gender mix for this school year is 46% female and 54% male.
The Greater MacArthur Park census tracts have 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). Sixty-one percent of residents are foreign-born, compared with 11% in the United States. At home, 91% families speak Spanish as the dominant language, 7% speak English, and 1% speak Filipino or Korean. The 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%. 82% of housing units in the neighborhood are rentals versus 34% nationally.
This year we have continued to invest and support teachers with planning rigorous and targeted lessons and providing PD to address our key priority areas which include: writing, mathematics instruction and improving school culture. These continue to be areas of need in addition to reading instruction and English Language Development.
According to LCFF rubrics the areas of need where we can improve on includes suspension rates, ELA and Math. These areas were rated as orange with math being yellow. We have made these an area of focus and our school strategic plan outlines supports to increase ELA ( in particular writing), math and school culture ( as measured by suspension rates).
Last updated: 1/31/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/31/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||0.6 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.5 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||93.3 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.0 %|
|Two or More Races||0.8 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||92.4 %|
|English Learners||39.8 %|
|Students with Disabilities||9.8 %|
|Foster Youth||0.2 %|