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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 Charter Academy 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.
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.
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.
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 peers. In addition, these students face difficult social issues, such as gang violence, drugs, peer pressure, and other societal obstacles.
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy 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, CNCA 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.
CNCA 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. Our community is grappling with the violence and crime that often accompany poverty. Westlake, the neighborhood in which CNCA 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).
Parent & Community Organizations
CNCA effectively serves the needs of the community by broadening its academic offerings beyond the school day and by providing extended services to families and the neighborhood.
CNCA believes that parent education is critical to the success of our students’ achievement and college readiness. As a result, parent programs are developed around three primary strands: student academic support, health and wellness, and social services.
As a school community, we are also committed to promoting literacy in English and Spanish for students, staff and parents. This school-wide effort goes hand in hand with our instructional program intended to build fluency in both languages. We seek to include the following activities in our Parent Program:
• Literacy workshops emphasizing the importance of creating a literacy rich environment at home, develop reading techniques, homework strategies, etc.;
• Wellness classes led by student, staff, and parents;
• College tours to help students see college as a goal; and
• Mental Health Counselling for parents, students, and families to help them overcome the traumas of poverty.
Several data points are critical to informing the parent program plan: ongoing parent workshop evaluations, student test data, and end of year parent survey. The development strategy is to identify targeted areas to support parents in supporting their children to meet/exceed grade level standards and be college ready and college bound at every grade level. The student and family services coordinator serves as the parent liaison and is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the parent program.
Upon enrolling, or re-enrolling, their children and every summer, CNCA parents take a pledge to give 15 hours of volunteer services to the school, ensure that their children meet the school’s expectations, and attend at least two school events, such as Back to School Night and Academic Presentations. CNCA parents also demonstrate their involvement in their children’s academic lives by accessing our student information system online for updates on their students’ grades on a regular basis. Online updates allow families to follow-up immediately at both school and home when their students’ grades reflect a change.
CNCA has an on-site governance board, the Site Based Council or SBC, consisting of the Principal and other administrators, parents elected by grade level, and teachers elected by grade level/discipline. The Site Based Council provides suggestions and recommendations to the administration on issues including, but not limited to, budgeting, curriculum, school policies, school/community participation, and the general direction of CNCA.
Our school has three foci that drive our academic work: Language, Literacy, and Standards. Language at our school encompasses our bilingual program and our designated ELD program. Literacy at our school also encompasses components of our bilingual program, but also includes our focus on developing a Balanced Literacy focus in all classrooms. Lastly, our focus on standards encompasses our work in implementing the common core state standards in math and ELA, as well as the NGSS standards in Science.
To support our work in these three areas, three goals have been identified within the next three years to improve outcomes for all student at our school:
1. All students will learn from trained educators using standards-aligned instructional materials in both math and language arts.
2. All students will become biliterate by the end of 5th grade, meeting grade level reading goals in both English and Spanish, and redesignating as English proficient.
3. Our school will provide a space where all students feel a sense of physical and emotional safety, and all families feel their input and contributions are valued.
Last updated: 1/28/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/28/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||0.0 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.0 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||99.5 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.0 %|
|Two or More Races||0.2 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||100.0 %|
|English Learners||66.8 %|
|Students with Disabilities||9.4 %|
|Foster Youth||0.7 %|