New Ednovate high school approved to serve students in Santa Ana
Admissions information sessions to begin in October
The Orange County Board of Education (OCBOE) unanimously approved Ednovate’s third personalized learning high school on August 20, bringing a new high-quality charter public school option to students in Santa Ana for the 2016-17 school year.
Ednovate, Inc., a charter management organization designed and developed by the USC Rossier School of Education, currently operates the high-performing USC Hybrid High School and USC East College Prep in Los Angeles. The Santa Ana campus, like its predecessors, is designed as a college prep high school that pairs excellent teaching and state-of-the-art technology to tailor the learning experience for individual students’ needs. The school’s primary goal is to ensure that 100 percent of graduates will be accepted into a selective four-year university, with 90 percent persisting after their freshman year.
Ednovate’s mission is to create positive multigenerational change, enabling students to go on to use their college degrees and careers to impact their families, their community, their nation and the world.
The Santa Ana campus plans to welcome 130 ninth-graders in fall 2016, growing to a total of 450 students in grades 9-12 within four years. Demand for the two existing Ednovate schools has been high, with twice the number of applications as available seats. Because the schools are public charter schools with no prerequisites for entry, admission is determined by a random lottery system. Ednovate anticipates similar interest in the new campus, and admissions information sessions will begin in October for families who are interested in enrolling their children. Evelyn Castro has been named principal of the new Santa Ana school. Most recently, she served as assistant principal at Alliance Health Services Academy High School in South Los Angeles.
“Opening a third innovative Ednovate campus will not only allow us to serve more families, it will also allow all of our schools to improve more rapidly as they collaborate and compete with one another to find better ways to personalize learning for students.”
—Oliver Sicat ‘’01, CEO of Ednovate
Like the two existing schools, Ednovate’s Santa Ana campus plans to serve student populations that have traditionally been educationally underserved, including first-generation college-going students, English learners, students with special needs and students who qualify for free and reduced priced meals.
“Opening a third innovative Ednovate campus will not only allow us to serve more families, it will also allow all of our schools to improve more rapidly as they collaborate and compete with one another to find better ways to personalize learning for students,” said Oliver Sicat ’01, the CEO of Ednovate and a nationally known charter school leader. “Having grown up in Santa Ana myself, I know that this is a community where many families start their lives in America. We believe that a great education can change the trajectory of many students’ lives, and we look forward to working with the community to do that.”
The school has benefited from the support of the USC Rossier School of Education, including Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, who serves as Chair of Ednovate’s Board of Directors. According to Dean Gallagher, “Ednovate is committed to making a positive multigenerational change not only in the lives of students, families and communities, but also in the profession of teaching. USC Rossier built these schools with the intention of not only learning what works and what doesn’t in personalized learning, but also sharing that information widely to impact the work of teachers and administrators, and therefore the success of students.”