Ranked as one of the Highest in the Region
By Natasha Simone Ferguson
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans has included alternative education. One political strategist reported that President Obama has set our nation on a forward course through stronger schools and better teachers. As elections wind down education continues to be a paramount concern to all, and programs such as the Hardy Brown College Prep School are good role models and examples of what can be done right for education in the future.
Hardy Brown College Prep School opened its doors in 2010 (named after Black Voice News publisher Hardy Brown) and founded by Ms. Margaret Fortune who currently serves as the school’s interim principal. The school currently has 345 students enrolled and serves grades K-8. Their mission is to provide the highest standards of education to develop its students to their fullest potential.
The school achieves this ambitious goal by providing curriculum that equips students with the necessary tools and guidance to prepare them for higher education. In addition to the educational programs’ col lege-preparatory curriculum, they also have parent student involvement, individualized learning plans for each student, tutoring and various other enrichment programs. The California Department of Education recently announced the statewide target for academic achievement on the 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) significantly increased this year.
Among these schools, Hardy Brown College Prep received an 800 API score (The API is a numeric index that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000) ranking them as the highest performing charter school in the City of San Bernardino. School and student group targets are set at five percent of the difference between the schools or student groups base API score and the statewide target of 800, with a minimum target of five points. All numerically significant student groups at a school must meet their growth targets for a school to meet its API growth target. Educator, Community Leader and President of the NAACP-Riverside Chapter Waudieur Rucker-Hughes stated, “I am so proud of Hardy Brown College Prep School’s achievement. Keep up the good work!”
Fortune is a UC Berkeley and Harvard University graduate who has served as an education advisor to two California governors and has opened five charter schools. For more information visit www.fortuneschool.us.
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