Magnolia to Open First Elementary School in San Fernando Valley
LOS ANGELES, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Magnolia Educational and Research Foundation was given the go-ahead this week to operate a new elementary school serving the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. The unanimous decision to approve the Magnolia Science Academy - 7 (MSA-7) was announced by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) following a board meeting on June 15. This is a significant step for the California-based charter school organization, which runs nine middle and high schools throughout the state.
"This is a great milestone for us," said Suleyman Bahceci , Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Magnolia Foundation. "Many of our families in the Valley have been asking for a school for their younger children for a long time. These are families who have limited high quality school choices."
MSA-7 will provide the same high quality curriculum offered in other Magnolia Schools , with an emphasis on math, science and technology. The school will open this fall, along with Magnolia Science Academy – Bell (MSA-8), a new middle school in the city of Bell approved through an LAUSD Public School Choice Resolution.
The Magnolia Educational and Research Foundation is a non-profit educational organization that has been operating charter schools throughout California since 2002. All its schools have a curriculum focusing on math, science and technology, and provide a high quality education to low-income students from ethnically diverse backgrounds. In 2009, the Magnolia Foundation received a statewide benefit charter from the California State Board of Education (SBE) to start ten charter schools throughout the state over the next six years. The approval was a testament to the foundation's success, as it was only the third time that the SBE granted such permission in California. The first two schools (Pacific Technology School - Orangevale and Pacific Technology School - Santa Ana) opened in Sacramento and Orange County in August 2009.
A report published by the California Department of Education ranked Magnolia Science Academy – Reseda (MSA-1), the first school established by the Magnolia Foundation, in the top ten percent of schools in its category in 2010. This year, 42 students will graduate from the school at a ceremony during which LA County Sheriff Leroy Baca will deliver the commencement address.
For more information visit www.magnoliacharterschools.org or call (310) 327 2841.
SOURCE Magnolia Educational and Research Foundation
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