SOURCE: California Charter Schools Association

March 28, 2007 15:10 ET

"My School!" Awards Recognize the "Best of the Best" in the California Charter School Movement

Participating Charter Schools Are Applauded for Demonstrating Unique "My School!" Spirit

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 28, 2007 -- The California Charter Schools Association today recognized winning entries of the "My School!" contest at this year's 14th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Diego. Leading the way was Guajome Park Academy, which won in two categories and tied for a third out of the five contests.

"Participating in the 'My School!' campaign contest gave charter schools a way to unite while celebrating what makes them each unique," said Caprice Young, president of the California Charter Schools Association. "This opportunity provided charter school communities with the freedom to express their excitement and creativity about their schools."

Contest winners and categories included:

--  Wilder's Preparatory Academy in Inglewood -- Best "My School!" Tagline
--  TIED: Community Charter Middle School in Los Angeles & Guajome Park
    Academy in Vista -- Best "My School!" Multi-media
--  Guajome Park Academy -- "My School!" PTN Innovator of the Year
--  Guajome Park Academy -- Most Engaged "My School!" Community
--  El Sol Academy in Santa Ana -- Best "My School!" Banner
To view the winning entries, visit:

To date, the "My School!" multi-media entries on have collectively generated more than 7,600 hits.

This year's California Charter Schools Conference focused on the public awareness campaign, "My School!" launched by the California Charter Schools Association in November 2006. "My School!" seeks to double the number of parents with access to charter public schools and unify the charter school community.

As the California Charter School movement continues to pick up momentum -- opening 65 new schools this year and bringing the statewide total to 618 schools serving more than 220,000 children -- showcasing successful models has become very important.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is California's premier charter school membership organization and is the public voice for California's 618 charter schools that currently serve 220,000 students. The Association's mission is to improve student achievement by strengthening and expanding high-quality charter public schools throughout California.

Contact Information

    Gary Larson
    Vice President of Communications
    California Charter Schools Association
    (415) 722-0127