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Einstein Academy to try for charter

Education: School applies for elementary school

Posted: November 8, 2010 11:47 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2010 6:30 a.m.
 

A month after getting rejected by the Newhall School District, leaders of a local Hebrew-language charter school will ask Hart district board members Wednesday for approval of its elementary school.

The Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences already has a charter through the 23,000-student William S. Hart Union High School District for its middle and high school. That school opened this year in Valencia with 225 seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders. Academy leaders plan to add a grade every year until it eventually becomes a 450-student charter school serving grades 7-12.

But school leaders have yet to open an elementary school to meet its goal of being a K-12 school in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Earlier this year, the academy proposed opening a charter school through the Newhall School District, a 10-elementary school district that serves some 7,000 youngsters. Board members in October rejected the proposal, citing concerns over the school’s educational program, school finances and dozens of errors throughout the application.

School proponents have heralded the Einstein Academy as an innovative college preparatory school that focuses on teaching languages like Hebrew, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

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