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Creekside Charter School’s Focus on the Whole Child Is a True Driver of Success

For five straight years, Creekside Charter School has seen its test scores rise. That has made the K-8, Tahoe-based school not only a top academic performer in comparison to nearby traditional district schools, but also within the state. Last...

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Stanford Bound: A Young Latina’s Path to the University of her Dreams

Today, we’re excited to share with you an audio story of a recent charter school graduate. Curious how your student might qualify for a full-ride scholarship? Listen and learn about Melody and Lorena Fuentes, a family from El Salvador that earned a...

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Top 10 CharterNation Graduation Moments

The caps and gowns. Crossing stages to pick up that hard-earned diploma. Gathering with family in a Hollywood-style booth for a picture that will live on forever.

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University High School’s Graduation Marks End of an Era for Students—And Head of School

Fresno’s University High School finished its school year earlier this month with a two-day, on campus, socially-distanced graduation ceremony.

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Reports: Charter Schools Are Helping to Strengthen Educational Equity

Charter public schools are helping to create a more equitable future by providing a quality K-12 education to historically underserved students. 

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Kepler Neighborhood Charter School’s P.E. Program Aims to Keep Students Connected

The Electric Slide. The Cupid Shuffle. The Woo. These are just a few of the dances that help make up Coach Elliot Murray’s morning workout routine for students at the K-8 Kepler Neighborhood Charter School.

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Meet our CharterNation storytellers!

Ana Tintocalis

Ana Tintocalis - Director, Media Relations and Research

Ana is Director of Media Relations and Research and a member of CCSA’s External Affairs Team. In this role, she supports the organization’s mission through creative and effective communications platforms that increase public awareness and support for high-quality public charter schools. Additionally, she will help amplify positive local charter school stories happening to win hearts and minds in target media markets across the state. Read More >>

Myrna Castrejón

Myrna Castrejón - President and Chief Executive Officer

As the leader of CCSA, Myrna Castrejón has managed the membership organization representing California's public charter schools since January 2019.

Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, she served for nearly three years as the Founding Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now, an organization created in winter 2015. As the Executive Director, Myrna led Great Public Schools Now's strategy to transform public education in Los Angeles by expanding high-quality public schools of diverse governance models in the areas most in need of support. Read More >>