Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) is a leading charter management organization rooted in the greater MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles. CNCA uniquely offers two complete K-12 educational strands in the community -- currently operating one preschool, four K-8 schools, and two high schools. CNCA was founded in 2000 by the nonprofit community development organization, Pueblo Nuevo Development, whose purpose is to create ladders out of poverty for children and families. Prior to CNCA's presence, for over 30 years the greater MacArthur Park area was devoid of high-caliber, college preparatory schools. Today, CNCA demonstrates that all children, regardless of background, can attain high levels of academic achievement and realize their true potential. In the graduating class of 2013, 97% of seniors graduated on time, 100% completed the coursework required for admission to the California public university system, and 79% were accepted to a four-year university.
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CNCA's mission is 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. Guided by this mission, CNCA has demonstrated measurable success using key signature practices. CNCA?s core K-12 educational model is built on a place-based approach that focuses on: teaching the whole child; providing critical learning experiences beyond the classroom; fostering genuine partnerships with parents; and maintaining high expectations for student achievement, including an expectation that they will complete a post-secondary education. CNCA also provides robust, professional-learning communities for teachers and leaders. The result is an environment where educators can experience teaching as a craft, and children can own their learning. CNCA also offers diverse programming, including a developmental bilingual program designed to help children achieve academic proficiency at or above grade level in Spanish and English; weekly instruction in art, music, dance, and drama; and a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum.