Two West Valley Charters Receive OK to Add Grades

According to this article on Tamar Galatzan’s website, two well-known West Valley charter schools will be able to add grades by expanding onto long-closed campuses.  El Camino Real has been given the go ahead to add K-8 after reconstruction at Highlander Elementary, converting Oso Elementary to an outdoor science education campus for the K-8, and moving and expanding their continuation high school to the Platt Ranch Elementary campus.

CHIME charter, currently a K-8, would be adding a high school at Collins Street Elementary after razing classrooms and other upgrades.

The key consideration for parents is both these campuses are expanding their already successful programs to meet the needs of more campuses.  There had been rumors for years that other charters would expand, and with Granada Hills Charter High School owning the Pinecrest site, it’s still up in the air if they will move in the K-8 direction (vertical growth) or expand their offerings for the 2000+ student wait list.

Do successful school ‘brands’ make you more likely to go K-12 within that system?  What if Castlebay Lane or Ivanhoe went to 8th grade?  Or if Taft HS could go 6-12?  Is that an attractive option?  Let us know in the comments.

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