It is my pleasure to present all that our organization accomplished in 2018! Our team works tirelessly to partner with parents to inspire every student to think critically, communicate effectively, and achieve excellence by providing academic choice. This year we celebrated the 19th anniversary of The Classical Academy organization. With nearly two decades of service, the Academies continue to make a difference for students!  This year’s Annual Report will share the accomplishments and highlights of 2018 in the areas of Impact, Development, Community Engagement, Accolades, and Operations.

Cameron Curry                                                                                                                      Executive Director

 

 

 

 

4,500

Student Enrollment Continues to Grow

 

Founded in 1999 with 200 students and 15 employees, the Classical Academies were Escondido’s first charter elementary school.  There are now 7 campus locations serving over 4,500 students and 600 employees. Students commute from 35 different communities in and around North San Diego County, Riverside County and Orange County.

 

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Oceanside

2

Escondido

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Vista

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San Marcos

5

Carlsbad

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Camp Pendleton

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San Clemente

8

Pauma Valley

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Palomar Mountain

10

Valley Center

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Encinitas

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Cardiff

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Solana Beach

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Del Mar

15

Rancho Santa Fe

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La Jolla

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San Diego

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Chula Vista

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Imperial Beach

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La Mesa

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Lakeside

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Santa Ysabel

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Spring Valley

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Poway

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Ramona

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Fallbrook

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Bonsall

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Temecula

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Murrieta

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Lake Elsinore

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Hemet

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Winchester

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San Jacinto

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Laguna Niguel

 

 

 

Our parent education efforts are now global! The Partnering with Parents podcast is now listened to in 67 countries, including Ghana, Serbia, Armenia, Nepal, India, and Australia. With over 533,500 plays, the podcast ranked #1 in K-12 Education in 2018. The podcast can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Plus, and on Amazon’s Alexa.

 

 

 

 

1,200

Attendees

The 10th Annual JumpStart Parent Education Conference featured best-selling author, Dr. Jean Twenge. The conference welcomed over 1,200 attendees who spent the day being inspired, encouraged, and motivated as they kicked-off the school year. The conference featured over 60 educational break out sessions, complimentary lunch, and the opportunity to network with other parents. Break out sessions included a variety of topics to address the needs of K-12 students, from learning to read to preparing seniors for college.

 

Academic Excellence

State Testing Results

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer based tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. It is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics and has three components designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year: the summative assessments, the interim assessments, and the Digital Library of formative assessment tools.

 

$529,436

2018 College Scholarship Funding

 

1160

Average SAT Score

25.9

Average ACT Score

84%

AP Test Pass Rate

 

 

 

North County Education Foundation Makes a $411,378 Investment to Benefit Students

The North County Education Foundation is passionate about seeking grants and funding from private individuals, businesses, foundations, and philanthropic organizations with the goal of providing an excellent education for every student. This past year, NCEF funded a record amount of nearly $411,378 which has been allocated toward student projects and programs.

 
 

The North County Education Foundation has continued to see growth through private donations, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Over the course of 15 years, the compound annual growth rate is 36% since 2003. Annually, this funding is funneled back into student programs, impacting sports, academics, robotics, theater, and more.

 

36%

Compound Annual Growth

 

$52,000

Record Amount Raised

 

In celebration of The Classical Academies 19th anniversary, the organization hosted their annual month-long giving campaign, One Day for Education. Each campus selected a priority project to fund that would directly benefit students. Every site project was funded and the organization raised a record $52,000!

 

 

$75,000+

Coastal High Raises

 

Coastal Academy High School raised over $75,000 at the fall gala event, Wave of the Future. Over 160 guests celebrated at The Vista Valley Country Club. Guests enjoyed live music, a silent auction, student performances, and updates about the new Coastal High campus project. Proceeds from this event are directly benefiting students at Coastal Academy High School.

 

Special Education Receives

$175,800 Grant

 

 

The California Department of Education(CDE) awarded The Classical Academies a grant totaling $175,800 for students with disabilities. This grant allows special education teachers to create a Transition Partnership Program, in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation, preparing high school students for the workplace.

 

 

 

 

INVEST Sponsors Making a Difference

 

The Classical Academies are grateful for the support of local businesses who participate in the INVEST Program. Eighteen businesses sponsored The Academies this year including: Hidden Valley Orthodontics, Blackbull Accounting, California Coast Credit Union, Carpet Club, Crossfit Iconic, Mathnasium, Forté Academy of the Arts, Kidz Care Dental, Nelson Family Orthodontics, Sign Post Studio, Escalante Chiropractics and Sports Therapy, Silvergate Bank, Social Communication Specialists, VanderSpek, Howerzyl CPA’s & Consultants, Masson & Associates. Inc., The Energy Geeks, Nelson Family Orthodontics,  Baker Electric Home Energy, and Empower Me Up. This program raised nearly $30,000 in 2018. Their INVESTment in our school community is making an impact!

County of San Diego Awards Classical Academy High School

$25,000 Grant

 

 

The County of San Diego funded a $25,000 grant to support Classical Academy High School’s growing band program. The school has purchased band instruments that will be played by up to 60 band students for years to come. The CAHS Band program began in the 2014-2015 school year with only 3 three students; it now serves 25 students from six campuses.  The grant was facilitated through County Supervisor Kristen Gaspar’s Office.

 

 

 

 

The Classical Academies hosted the annual event, Super STEM Saturday, in partnership with California State University San Marcos. Not even rain could stop over 8,000 guests from attending. With over 100 interactive breakout sessions, and 17 community sponsors, the event was a success!

 

8,000

Attendees

100

Interactive Breakout Sessions

17

Community Sponsors

 

 

Thousands Attend Musical

Theater Productions

 

8,500+

Guests

 

In 2018, The Classical Academies hosted five Musical Theater productions, which included Beauty and the Beast, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Little Mermaid, Into the Woods Jr., and Seussical the Musical.  Over 8,500 guests attended these productions this past school year.

National Association of Special Education Teachers Recognition

 

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) recognized The Classical Academy organization for meeting rigorous professional criteria and demonstrating exceptional dedication, commitment, and achievement in the field of special education. This is the highest level of recognition a charter school can achieve and it is an honor to be recognized for  service to special needs students.

 

 

Classical and Coastal Academy High Schools Join Palomar Promise

 

Classical and Coastal Academy High School are now a part of The Palomar Promise Program. This comprehensive student success program seeks to increase the college-going rate of local high school graduates. Through a package of free financial resources and academic support services, Palomar promises to assist students to enroll in college, stay on track to complete their academic and career development goals, and enter the workforce or transfer to the four-year college or university of their choice. Students may also qualify for up to $700 in textbook assistance during the first year of enrollment and receive priority enrollment.

 

Escondido Police and School

District Partnership

The Classical Academies and other local public, private, and faith-based schools in Escondido joined together to announce a collaborative school safety effort with the Escondido Police Department. The community stood together against school violence at a press conference. Student safety remains a priority at The Classical Academies.

 

Coastal Academy High School Launches New Sailing Program

Coastal Academy High School, in partnership with the Oceanside Yacht Club, began a new sailing program this fall. This eight-week course teaches the basics of sailing. Learning takes place on the water in the Oceanside Harbor and in the classroom. This is the first high school sailing class of its kind and students are new junior members of the Oceanside yacht club. As students advance, the program will grow to include club sailing and team racing possibilities

4th Annual Spring Arts Show

The Classical Academies visual and performing arts students presented the 4th Annual Spring Arts Show. Thousands of art projects were created by students across The Academies’ K-12 Escondido campuses. The show was themed “How Sweet it Is” after the San Diego Fair theme. Families enjoyed make-and-take art projects, face painting, observed 2D and 3D art, and viewed student performances in drama, musical theater, choir, and instrumental music. There was even a surprise visit from Executive Director Cameron Curry as Willy Wonka!

 

 

The Classical Academies was nominated along with 70 other businesses and placed 2nd in the midsize business category with the Top Places to Work Awards program with the San Diego Union-Tribune. Classical also received the “Great Mentors Award” for being a workplace that values training and professional development.

 

“I am extremely happy that our employees are thriving in our workplace culture and provided feedback that elevated us for this honor. Our commitment to loving people and serving the community is again being recognized and I could not be more pleased.”Cameron Curry, Executive Director

 

Classical Academy High School ranked #2 Best High School

 

Niche rigorously analyzes public data sets and reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for K-12 schools, colleges, places to live, and places to work. Classical Academy High School is proud to receive #2 top ranking in San Diego County.

 

 

Classical Academy High School Students Named Top Five Most College Ready in San Diego County

Classical Academy High School students placed among the top five high schools in the county that scored an average of 58% higher in reading and math on SAT Tests. This is nearly 10 percentage points higher than the state average. The College Board categorizes these students as “college and career ready.”

 

“The Crimson” Wins National Excellence in Writing Award

Three Classical Academy High School journalists, Anastasia Reimann, Brigid Ambuul, and Paige Townsend earned the student school news site, The Crimson, a national Excellence in Writing award from School Newspapers Online. With this honor, The Crimson is now a nationally distinguished news site and one of nine school news sites in California to receive this honor.

National Youth Arts Honors 24 Students from The Classical Academies

The 13th Annual National Youth Arts Awards honored 24 Classical Academy students for their musical theater performances and their excellence in the arts. More than 600 productions were considered in 17 states and the United Kingdom. Congratulations to Lori Grimes, Jennifer McCormick, Karyn Imel, and Bruce Gearhart for their award-winning productions of Beauty and the Beast, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Little Mermaid, Into the Woods Jr., and Seussical the Musical. To see the entire list of honorees, visit:  National Youth Theatre

 

CAHS Yearbook is Awarded

“Best of Show”

 

For the fourth consecutive year, the CAHS Chronicle has placed among the top ten yearbooks in the nation. The yearbook team was awarded sixth place and “Best in Show” at the National Scholastic Press Association’s competition in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

Fiscal Responsibility

 

$2.6 Million

Coastal Bond Refinancing Savings

BB+

Coastal Bond Rating

$47 Million

Annual Budget

 

Charter Renewals in Three Districts

Coastal Academy and The Classical Academy both received five-year charter renewals this year from their districts. As part of the state mandated renewal process, all charter schools go through a review every five-years and a local board votes to deny or approve them.

Coastal Academy opened in 2003 as a K-8 grade program, and in 2017, with the permission of Oceanside Unified School District, the charter was modified to add grades 9-12. The board voted 3-2 to approve the charter.

The Classical Academy was also up for renewal. A unanimous vote to renew the charter had the full support of Escondido Unified School Board.

Classical Academy Vista was approved as a new charter by the County Office of Education in July for a three-year term.

Classical Academy Merger is Completed

The Classical Academy, Inc. and Classical Academy High School, Inc. into one organization. Now, The Classical Academy, Classical Academy Middle School, Classical Academy Vista, Classical Academy High School, and Classical Academy Online are all under The Classical Academy, Inc.

This legal move will allow us to have these schools and programs under one non-profit, creating one budget, one audit, and one organization running multiple programs. The end result will be more transparency as a public organization.

 

Classical and Coastal Academy Go Solar

After several years of hard work and research, The Classical Academies is proud to celebrate the recent solar installation at Coastal Academy and The Classical Academy. The solar system at Coastal is expected to produce 180,370 kilowatts in the first year of operation, currently representing 73% of the annual electrical consumption for this campus. The savings the first year should total $27,406 with a savings of $931,627 over the next 25 years. The project was completed by Baker Electric Solar and was paid for by Proposition 39 funds, an energy grant where no payback is expected.

 

 

Summit Program Launches at Coastal Academy High School and Classical Academy Online

Coastal Academy High School and Classical Academy Online began using the Summit Learning platform and personalized approach in the 2018-2019 school year. Developed in partnership with nationally-acclaimed learning scientists and researchers, this instructional approach inspires students and prepares them for life after graduation.

With Summit, students are required to demonstrate mastery in four domains, including cognitive skills, such as communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. They do this by advancing through material at their own pace and moving on only when they demonstrate proficiency, They spend the majority of their time immersed in real-world projects that require higher-order thinking such as asking questions, interpreting data, and synthesizing sources.

Students thrive when they understand their interests, values, and skills and when they have a credible path after high school. To achieve this vision, there are weekly 1:1 mentoring and goal setting incorporated. By tracking weekly goals with mentors, students cultivate the “why” behind school and develop an inner compass for life after high school.

 

Safety and Security

This year The Classical Academies improved student safety and security on each campus. The new in-house emergency communications system, Titan HST, gives team members the ability to immediately notify others during an emergency. Titan can be used for incidents that require the immediate attention of administration or law enforcement, such as drills, evacuations or lockdowns. In any emergency, communication is key and student safety is a priority.  Safety associates have also joined each campus this year. Their responsibilities include campus patrols, visitor management, student support, and general surveillance. Many of them come with peace officer experience and offer another layer of safety and security for students.

 

 

WASC Accreditation

 

Coastal Academy High was granted accreditation from the Western Accreditation of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC monitors, evaluates, and accredits education institutions. It is one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

 

 

In Memoriam – Bill Cummings

 

 

Bill Cummings was the Facilities Manager at The Classical Academy from 2015-2018. His recent passing brought tears to all who knew him. His kindness made the employees, students, and parents feel welcome; he will be deeply missed.

In memoriam, his beloved team at The Classical Academy is creating a “Bill Cummings Award.” The award will honor a student at the end of the year who exemplify the traits Bill was known for: hard work, kindness, and compassion.