Local Control Accountability Survey 16-17

Thank you for taking our survey and providing us with valuable input and feedback. Your input will be used to help us identify our goals and priorities, which we tie to funding.

This survey is open to parents and community members. Students and staff will take the CA Healthy Kids Survey.



Here’s to the 2016-17 School Year!

We hope our students and their families are having a safe and fun summer. Don’t forget to complete the summer learning sent home!

We know as the school  year approaches, there are some common questions parents have.

  • If you’d like to purchase supplies to help your child and the class, here are the Supply Wish Lists . This was sent home on the last day of school with the report cards.
  • We look forward to seeing you at the parent orientation. Three sessions offered:
    • New Dual Language parents: Wed. August 17 at 4pm
    • Returning parents:
      • Thurs August 18th at 4pm  OR  Friday August 19th at 1pm (teachers present on Friday only)
  • School Dress Code remains the same. Click here for a refresher.
  • Free and Reduced lunch applications will be distributed at the orientation. Parents who have a paid status can prepay for lunches at the orientation.

LCAP Survey

Thank you for taking our survey and providing us with valuable input and feedback. Your input will be used to help us identify our goals and priorities, which we tie to funding.

This survey is open to parents, students, staff, and community members (EVERYONE!)

Click here to take the survey!

Multicultural & Fitness Gala- Planning has Begun!


gala logo

We are excited to begin the planning for our school’s capstone event: The Multicultural and Fitness Gala. The Gala will take place on February 26th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Get involved by attending our Empower Parent/Teacher Committee Meetings or help us from home by contacting donors for our silent auction.


We need items for our silent auction, click here for a letter to send to corporations on our behalf.

Contact us about our Gala at events@empowercharter.org


Orientation Info

We have been hard at work during the summer to build on the successful foundation we laid during the 2014-15 school year.

We have some important school updates to share with both new and returning parents and have scheduled orientation sessions to prepare our families for the next school year.

Please come prepared with a quiet activity for children if you bring them along.

Sessions Offered:

New Dual Language Parents Orientation- MANDATORY (Grades K-2) 

(if you are a returning parent of a student who attended our Dual Language Program last year, this session is NOT for you).

  • Wednesday, August 26th at 3pm (teacher will be present at this session)


  • Thursday, August 27th at 5pm


New Parents of 3rd-6th graders and all Returning Parents (K-6)

  • Tuesday, September 1st at 2pm (teacher will be present at this session)
    • Join us afterwards for a Parent Prep Party! Around 3pm.


  • Wednesday, September 2nd at 5pm


Summer Office Hours

We did it! What an inspiring first year we all had together! We set a strong foundation for our school to continue to build on each year. Thank you for the strong partnership to make this possible.

We will continue to work full-time over the summer to get set up for the next year.  You are always welcome to stop by to say “hi” or call with a question. During the summer, our actual office hours are more flexible, so if you want to make sure you catch us in person, please call ahead to schedule a time to meet.

We are looking forward to the next school year!

Volunteer or Donate to our Gala!

We are hard at work to plan our Multicultural & Fitness Gala on June 12, 2015 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Get involved by attending our weekly planning meetings on Tuesdays at 5:00pm.

We need items for our silent auction, click here for a letter to send to corporations on our behalf.

Thank you for supporting our Gala and helping us obtain donations to auction for our one big school fundraiser!

Contact us about our Gala at events@empowercharter.org

Multicultural & Fitness Gala Program:

5:00pm: Exhibition & Eating Hour

Visit each school’s exhibition of a country and see what our school is all –  creativity, critical thinking, and multicultural understandings. Participate in our Silent Auction and grab a bite to eat. Our current families, future families, and the Linda Vista community are all invited to attend our event.

6:00pm: Student Performances

Our students will perform cultural dances, songs, and have a special CrossFit Kids Fitness Routine planned. We will take you around the globe from the Philippines, to Scotland, to Mexico!

LCAP- Your Input Is Needed!

California has a new system for funding schools using a Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). As part of the new system, every school is required to develop a plan to address the State’s Eight Priorities for education (this is called the Local Control Accountability Plan- LCAP). The LCAP aligns Empower Charter School’s educational goals with financial resources.

As part of the LCAP, we are gathering parent, student, staff, and community input via an anonymous survey. We appreciate you taking a few minutes to share your feedback with us. The data used will help shape our school’s goals and priorities for the upcoming year.

Take Survey

La Encuesta

At the end of the school year, Empower will create an annual update that shows our progress towards the goals and actions in the plan. We will share this update with our stakeholders.

Last’s year’s  survey results.

Empower Charter School’s 2014-15 Local Control Accountability Plan is available for your reference.

Enrollment Process 2015-16

It’s that time of year again, our enrollment window has officially opened! How exciting to have received so much interest already!

If you have sent us an inquiry, we appreciate your patience as we have received a large volume of e-mails from interested parents.


Read on to learn about the 6 steps to enroll at our school!

Step 1- Complete an enrollment form between Jan 26, 2015 and April 30, 2015.

Step 2- Attend a school orientation/tour (offered on select Tuesdays). Click here to sign up for a tour.

Step 3- In May, we will contact you to let you know your child’s admission status. All children are admitted as space allows. If any grade level receives more applications than we have space for, Empower will hold a public random drawing to determine admission for the impacted grade level.  More information is below relating to the details of the public random drawing.

Step 4- After admission, a parent or guardian must complete and/or provide all documents required for enrollment in a public school including but not limited to immunization records, proof of residency, birth certificate, release of records, emergency medical information form, and a home language survey.

Step 5- After admission, for parents enrolling their child in the dual-language immersion program, the school will conduct small group informational meetings. The meeting will explain what to expect from a child learning in two languages and will provide strategies to support the child. Many different appointment times will be offered to accommodate a wide range of schedules.

Step 6- After admission, the student and the parents must sign statements indicating that they are familiar with and agree to abide by all policies and procedures set forth in the Parent and Student Handbooks.

Details Regarding the Public Random Drawing


Admission preferences in the case of a public random drawing shall be given to the following students in the following order:

1. Residents within the boundaries of San Diego Unified School District

  • Siblings of current students
  • Children of founding members or founding trustees of the Charter School (not to exceed 10% of total enrollment)
  • Children of current full-time staff members
  • To maintain and strengthen the dual immersion model, Spanish-speaking students will be recruited and will be given preferential admission up to 50% of the positions available in each grade.
  • All other in-district students

2. Residents outside the boundaries of San Diego Unified School District

  • Siblings of current students
  • Children of founding members or founding trustees of the Charter School (not to exceed 10% of total enrollment)
  • Children of current full-time staff members
  • To maintain and strengthen the dual immersion model, Spanish-speaking students will be recruited and will be given preferential admission up to 50% of the positions available in each grade.
  • All other out-of-district students

3. All other students as permitted by law

Rules and Procedures for Public Random Lottery

• All interested parties will know, prior to the holding of the lottery, how many openings are available in the school for each Spanish pathway and in the different grades served by the school.

• The lottery will take place on the school’s campus in a facility large enough to allow all interested parties to observe the drawing, or at another public venue near the school large enough to accommodate all interested parties.

• Interested parties will complete an enrollment form during the Open Enrollment Period from Jan 1st-April 30th in order to participate in the lottery, if one is needed.

• The lottery will take place on a weekday evening or other time when most interested parties are available, within 30 days of closing the open enrollment period.

• The lottery shall draw names from pools of ballots differentiated by grade level and Spanish pathway desired.

• Applicants will be admitted in the order their names are drawn at random.

• Grade level vacancies are filled in priority order.

• Once capacity has been reach for a grade, the names are placed on a waiting list in the order in which they were drawn.

• An adult citizen of good standing, not otherwise employed by the School, will testify in writing, under penalty of perjury, that he or she personally witnessed the lottery pursuant to the above, and that it was random, public and fairly executed as described above. This documentation will be on file in the ECS main office and available upon request.

• All applicants who are admitted to the school will receive notification in writing by U.S. mail and will receive five business days to respond to the Office Manager either in writing, in person or by phone, fax or e-mail of their intention to accept or decline the offer for enrollment. If there is no response after five business days, a phone call will be made to the prospective applicant on two separate occasions and then the vacancies will be considered declined and the application will be withdrawn and will be offered to the next student on the waiting list.

• Vacancies that become available during the school year will be filled in order from the numbered applicants on the waiting list. In the event there are no applicants on the waiting list, new students may apply to enter the school. The parent/guardian of a new student after the school year has started will be required to attend one orientation/informational meeting with the Executive Director or another designated staff member to ensure communication of the school’s mission, educational program, and requirements.

• All waiting lists extinguish annually at the end of the School’s formal academic year, or as otherwise determined by the ECS Board of Trustees.

What Does the Research Say About Dual Language Immersion?

Dual language programs are the most impressive forms of education being offered in the United States, and there is a significant increase in demand for these programs throughout the country.  I thought I’d summarize the research about dual language programs in this blog post and include links to the longer research reports for parents who are interested in conducting their own analysis. We are excited about implementing a research-based dual language immersion program at Empower and will support parents and students every step of the way.

Summary of Research:

-Native English speakers often meet or exceed the performance of their peers participating in a monolingual program, with the added benefit of being bilingual.

-Students participating in dual language programs develop multicultural competencies along with social skills.

-Dual language programs are the most effective in closing the achievement gap.

-More English does not mean better results in English reading or writing, for both native English Speakers and native Spanish Speakers. Test results show that most dual language schools outperform their other demographically similar schools, the state, and local school district.

-There are additional cognitive benefits, including delayed onset of Alzheimer’s for bilingual children. Their brains are flexible and require increased levels of concentration not typical of a monolingual brain.


Excerpts from Research

Most Impressive Form of Education – Gets Results

Well-implemented two-way immersion programs are among the most impressive forms of education available in the United States. Students who participate in these programs gain grade level academic ability, well-developed language and literacy skills in two languages, and cross-cultural competence.” 1

 “ . . . high school students who participated in the two-way program achieved high levels of academic competence and motivation; developed ambitions to go to college and knowledge about how to pursue college; were proud to be bilingual and continued to use Spanish after they finished the program; and were very satisfied with the education they received in the two-way program.” 2

Strong Social Skills with Multicultural Values and Resiliency

“Second, the results point to the development of a sense of “resiliency” among the Hispanic, particularly ELL and low income, students. These students have developed or appear to possess many of the characteristics of “resilient” students, described

earlier in this report. These include certain internal traits, such as high self esteem, a motivation to study hard, and a belief in one’s academic competence; the perception of a positive school environment; a supportive family that places a high value on education and influences and monitors the education of their children; and a peer group that values education and does not use drugs.” 2

 “Bilingual kids are also better at “theory of mind” – the ability to imagine what others are thinking and feeling. Theory of mind is closely related to empathy – or “emotional intelligence,” as Howard Gardner put it – a trait that is essential in forming strong relationships and negotiating the social world. Because our personal and professional lives depend to such a great extent on interpersonal relationships, an advanced theory of mind is, to a great extent, a recipe for happiness and success.” 6

Highly Effective for ALL students of ALL backgrounds

“Despite receiving instruction in English for no more than 50% of class time, Inter-American students consistently attain high levels of achievement in English reading and writing, math, science, and social studies. Especially compelling is the continued high achievement of low-income LEP students in English reading and writing as they progress through the grade levels. In addition, all students develop proficiency in Spanish .  . .both English-dominant and Spanish-dominant students learn another language with no negative consequences for their academic, linguistic, or intellectual development.”  3

“ . . .native English speakers, including African American students, not only scored higher than their monolingually educated peers, but they also acquired a second language for their lifelong use.” 5

The ONLY program for English learners that CLOSES THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

“Enrichment dual language schooling closes the academic achievement gap in L2 and in

first language (L1) students initially below grade level, and for all categories of students participating in this program. This is the only program for English learners that fully closes the gap; in contrast, remedial models only partially close the gap.” 4


References for Further Reading:

1. Two-Way Immersion Education: The Basics



2.  Effects of an Elementary Dual Language Immersion School Program on Junior High School Achievement



3. Senesac, B. V. K. (2002). Two-way bilingual immersion: A portrait of

quality schooling. Bilingual Research Journal, 26(1), 1-26.


4.  The Astounding Effectiveness of Dual Language Education for All



5.  The Multiple Benefits of Dual Language



6.  Bilingualism Will Supercharge Your Baby’s Brain







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