Academic AchievementsOur expectation is that all students at EPAPA will be prepared to attend college as a result of our rigorous curriculum and high expectations. Our commitment and hard work have paid off.
- In 2009, 100% of our sophomore class passed the English and Math sections of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) on the first attempt. Only a handful of schools in the state can make that claim.
- Our 2008-09 Academic Performance Index (API) score was a remarkable 788. By comparison, the average API for California high schools with over 75% minority students (EPAPA has 100%) was 655.
Making Every Dollar CountAs a charter school in an underserved community, we have access to roughly half the per-pupil funding from the state, compared to Sequoia Union High School District. The chart at right shows how the amount of money we receive for ADA (Average Daily Attendance) measures up to other high school districts in the area.
This striking disparity in resources has not translated into poor performance. Indeed, in order to close the achievement gap, we have to make our limited resources go farther. The chart at right reflects the remarkable achievements of our last year's ninth grade students. In both English-Language Arts and Geometry, our students outperformed their peers who attend other schools within the Sequoia Union High School District (all of the students, not just those in the same demographic groups). In short, we are getting better results with far fewer resources.
More Than Test Scores: Student ExhibitionsAlthough they are an important measure of our growth, standardized test scores don't tell the whole tale. Every day our students are engaged in rigorous academic discource designed to prepare them for college. One primary example of our college-prep curriculum is the work our students complete through their Exhibitions of Learning. These interdisplinary projects challenge students to complete their own research and present their findings through academic writing and multimedia presentations. The culmination of these projects involves a group presentation before a panel of experts for evaluation and feedback. The projects are thematic in nature, with students tackling real-world problems, especially ones faced by their community.
- 9th grade: Bridge Design and Construction
- 10th grade: The National Drop-out Crisis (see footage of our Education Reform Panel)
- 11th grade: Epidemiology and Public Health Concerns Selected photos and video of preparations for our June 2009 Exhibitions: