Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

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Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
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Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
3500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90004
TypePublic, Charter
Enrollment930 [1]

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy(CNCS) is a group of charter schools serving the Westlake/MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles.[2] In 2003 Camino Nuevo Charter Academy was awarded the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence gold medal.[3]

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy operates two middle and two elementary schools in the same neighborhood. Students have a longer school day and year than students at traditional LAUSD schools, and smaller class sizes. Camino Nuevo schools are very involved with parents and the community at large; the school even operates a health clinic for family members.

Camino Nuevo High School (CNHS) received a 751 on its API score,[4] significantly higher than any other high school in its neighborhood.[5] The school was awarded a 10 out of 10 from the state of California for its similar schools ranking.[6] 80 percent of sophomores passed the CAHSEE on their first attempt,[7] compared to only 67 percent of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students.[8]

Camino Nuevo's official mission statement 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."

Student body[edit]

Over ninety percent of students at CNHS qualify for free or reduced lunch, and nine percent are considered English learners. Although Camino Nuevo has a high graduation rate and a large percentage of students who get admitted into college, most of them are placed in remedial classes and are unprepared for college.[9] As of the 2010-2011 school year, Camino Nuevo enrolls 930 students.[1]


Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Burlington Early Childhood Education Center
Camino Nuevo High School

College Preparatory High School[edit]

The school, opened in 2004, is located at the corners of West Temple Street and Silverlake Boulevard in Los Angeles. The school serves students from a variety of local areas, including Koreatown, Rampart, Westlake, Downtown, Pico-Union, Silverlake, and Echo Park. Some students also travel from suburban cities like Canoga Park or Van Nuys; also from places like Highland Park and Lincoln Heights. In association with the Teach for America program, Camino Nuevo hires teachers training to earn their credentials in order to further the initiative to aid underserved communities.

The school's distinctive yellow-and-grey building was designed by Kevin Daly of Santa Monica-based Kevin Daly Architects.

Early Childhood Education Center[edit]

The early childhood education center opened in 2004.

K-8 campuses[edit]

Two K-8 campuses (Burlington and Harvard sites) were opened in 2000 and 2001.

CNHS in the news[edit]

Three students from the school were interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition regarding the immigration debate in the U.S.

Camino Nuevo Charter High and Camino Nuevo Elementary "are in the bottom 5 percent of public K-12 schools as measured by the [California's] new accountability tool".

  1. ^ a b Los Angeles Times California Schools Guide
  2. ^ McDonald, Kathy A. "Camino Nuevo High School: Committed To Academics And Community." Los Feliz Ledger Archived 2006-10-30 at the Wayback Machine, October 2006. Last accessed January 12, 2007.
  3. ^ "Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence". Bruner Foundation. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  4. ^ 2005-06 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR)
  5. ^ Local Educational Agency (LEA) List of Schools
  6. ^ Similar Schools Report: 2005 Academic Performance Index (API) Base Report
  7. ^ California High School Exit Examination: Camino Nuevo High School
  8. ^ California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Results: Los Angeles Unified School District
  9. ^ 2006 API School Demographic Characteristics

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°04′35″N 118°17′09″W / 34.076464°N 118.285832°W / 34.076464; -118.285832