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New Charter School Requires Parent Involvement and Commitment to Excellence

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By Simeon Gant –

When Hardy Brown College Prep (HBCP), a new charter school, opens its doors August 18, 2010 in downtown San Bernardino, it will do so with high expectations from not only its students, but also from parents and educators who have all pledged a “Commitment to Excellence.”

“We have a proven track record,” said Herinder Pegany, principal of PS7 a high performing K-8 school in Sacramento that is the model for Hardy Brown College Prep.

The PS7 model is effective as proven by its ability to log an 873 Academic Performance Index score; well above the statewide standard requirement. Pegany says a key to getting high student achievement is high parent involvement.

“Parents have chosen to participate in this school model and will volunteer 40 hours a year at Hardy Brown College Prep,” said Pegany.

Nearly 150 San Bernardino parents have applied for their children to attend Hardy Brown College Prep, signing a contract that requires them to meet high expectations, commit more time than traditional public schools, focus on data and performancedriven results and ultimately become enriched citizens making positive societal contributions.

The college prep charter school is accepting applications through May 24, 2010.

“Some Hardy Brown College Prep students will begin in the 6th grade this summer, said Al Karnig, President of Cal State San Bernardino. “And what better way to launch their journey to college than convening initially at Cal State San Bernardino for what is now referred to as Boot Camp(us).”

Beginning July 5th, the first group of HBCP students will enter the “Super 6th Grade,” for a two-week summer boot camp held at Cal State San Bernardino.

Organizers say the free summer camp will prepare students for the culture of high expectations they will encounter once the traditional school year begins.

Students will learn the routines, attitudes and behavior expected in the new school.

“We will assume nothing and teach everything,” said Pegany who will be an instructor at the boot camp along with Margaret Fortune, a trustee of the California State University and founder of Hardy Brown College Prep.

Fortune has raised nearly $900,000 in public and private funding to launch the new school that is designed to focus relentlessly on producing high student achievement among African American students.

“We have an extraordinary commitment to providing a high quality education to children in San Bernardino,” said Fortune. We know for sure that children will rise to whatever bar we set for them. We prefer to set it high.”

For more information on Hardy Brown College Prep, call 909-522-1916.

The next enrollment meeting for Hardy Brown College Prep is May 22, 2010 at 10AM located at the New Hope Family Life Center 1505 W. Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92411.

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