Awarded $6.49 Million to replicate and expand its student success public school network

SANTA ANA, CA, April 12, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — As part of an effort to promote and expand successful charter school models, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement announced it will award Scholarship Prep a $6.5 million Charter School Program (CSP) Grant to further meet the unique needs of educationally disadvantaged and historically underserved students in California.

Awarded annually, the highly selective CSP Grants enable high-quality public charter schools to replicate and expand; increase the enrollment of existing charter schools and create new charter schools. Scholarship Prep was one of 15 charter school networks nationally to successfully compete for the grant allocation.

“We are proud to be recognized as a model charter school that is closing stark academic achievement gaps for high poverty youth and accelerating learning so that every student has a pathway to college and the American Dream,” said former Senator Gloria Romero, Scholarship Prep Co-Founder and Executive Director. “With this grant from the U.S. Department of Education, we can expand our footprint and have a greater impact among disadvantaged students in California.”

Scholarship Prep Success

Scholarship Prep is a high performing network of independent, public charter schools. After its first year, Scholarship Prep Charter School – Santa Ana was ranked the #1 public school in California on student academic growth in Mathematics according to the California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress (CAASPP). Additionally, Scholarship Prep ranked in the top one percent of top performers of student academic growth in English Language Arts/Literacy, ranking 45 out of 10,634 schools.

About Scholarship Prep

Scholarship Prep, led by former California Senator Gloria Romero and long-time educator, Jason Watts, is a comprehensive public charter school model that represents a breakthrough approach to education which has proven particularly successful in closing the gap for foster youth and socioeconomically disadvantaged students in the areas it serves. Scholarship Prep operates schools in Santa Ana and Oceanside. Impact driven; Scholarship Prep will open a new Los Angeles campus that will serve TK-8th grade students in the Fall 2019. www.scholarshipschools.org


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