What is a charter school?
A charter school is a public school that has been authorized, or "chartered,” to teach its students via its unique, proven educational program. Charter schools are public schools that are freed from many state and local regulations and rules but are still held accountable for improving student achievement. Charter schools also have more academic freedom and flexibility than a public school can get through magnet status or waivers. A charter school may not charge tuition and it may not discriminate. Charter schools are typically smaller than regular schools and they have specific academic targets and themes to achieve as a part of their contract with the chartering entity. The key components of a charter school include flexibility, no tuition, choice, public funding, and achievement goals that must be met.
What is the Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education?
The Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education (CAPE) was approved by the Oxnard Union High School District on June 20 and opened on Sept. 5 for the 2007-08 school year. CAPE is teaching students in grades K-8 with an educational philosophy that expands upon the “Open” philosophy that thrived in Camarillo for over 30 years, first at Bedford Open and then at Los Senderos Open.
What does CAPE mean for our children’s education?
It means they will get an enhanced “Open” — what we’re calling progressive — education. One of the key benefits to chartering is that the teachers are free from the bureaucratic mandates that are forced upon schools every year. Yes, charter schools must still achieve the state’s overall educational goals, but charter school teachers have the freedom to use educational programs that actually help their students excel, not the standardized, one-size-fits-all programs that don’t necessarily work.
Who may enroll at CAPE?
Families that are interested in enrolling a student or students during the current school year should contact the school directly to set up a meeting and tour of the campus. The enrollment period begins in early spring.
Are students enrolling at CAPE charged any kind of tuition or fees?
As stated above, charter schools are publicly funded and cannot charge tuition.
When will CAPE start the High School?
Although our charter is K–12 through OUHSD, the immediate plan is to get CAPE going K–8 as planned. OUHSD has the obvious expertise in developing, managing and maintaining high schools and, after our K–8 program is settled and off the ground, we will look forward to entering discussions about next steps for the high school.
How are we doing with money?
Now that CAPE is operational, many opportunities have opened to our school. For example, the state of California recently awarded CAPE a $450,000, two-year grant, one of only seven charter schools to receive this award. The money will be used to purchase classroom technologies that will make CAPE one of the most technologically advanced schools in Ventura County. Since we are an independent charter, we are able to utilize resources that we were previously unable to, such as donated equipment, corporate sponsorships, and other goods and services that could be very helpful.
Can tax deductable donations be made?
As a non-profit corporation, we are able to accept tax-deductible donations (checks can be made to "CAPE" and sent to 777 Aileen Street • Camarillo, CA 93010
Are there any fundraisers coming up?
Well yes, there are! Please check this website's Fundraising section for the latest information or watch for emails for more information.
Does CAPE have a Corporate Sponsorship program?
Yes, our Corporate Sponsorship program is a great way for CAPE to connect with our community. We are dedicated to featuring the individuals, businesses, and companies which support our school. Click here to learn more about becoming a Corporate Sponsor...
Five Common Misconceptions about Charter Schools
Charter schools are private schools?
Charter schools can pick and choose their students?
Charter schools receive more money than traditional public schools?
Charter schools are schools that don’t have to follow the law?
Charter schools don’t educate children with disabilities?
How do I find out more information about CAPE?
Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education
777 Aileen Street • Camarillo, CA 93010
805-384-1415 • Fax: 805-384-1473
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