LITERACY FIRST CHARTER SCHOOLS K12

The tree of knowledge begins with Literacy.

aka LFCS   |   El Cajon, CA   |  www.lfcsinc.org

Mission

Literacy First Charter Schools exists to nurture the whole child from kindergarten through high school graduation by igniting a passion for comprehensive L I T E R A C Y and equipping them to wholeheartedly participate in their community.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Debbie Beyer

Main address

799 E Washington Ave

El Cajon, CA 92020 USA

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EIN

91-2145223

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to increase funding through additional revenue streams outside of state and federal funding. We have created the Patriot Legacy Education Foundation (PLEF).

A PARTNER OF LITERACY FIRST CHARTER SCHOOLS
The mission of PLEF is to build a strong and diverse portfolio of support that is sufficient to fund the growth plans of Literacy First Charter Schools (LFCS) grades K-12 for the future.
This includes resources that would support all programs, areas of critical need, expansion of programs and facilities and support of our students in college matriculation.
Committed to using research-proven techniques, LFCS equips students through a broad-based literacy program, a rigorous math program, an experiential science curriculum, and an active social studies program.
Funding supports the implementation of programs above state funding mandates including areas of critical need, expansion of programs and facilities and support of our students in college matriculation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

K - 12th Grade

Why Literacy First Charter Schools?

Every child is known, accepted, valued, and inspired to discover more.

Our purposeful learning focuses on literacy, integrating culture, and language.

Small class sizes provide better results, enhanced learning, and one-on-one interaction.

Character emphasis focuses on core values to foster positive school climate.

Use of technology as an instructional tool promotes interaction and retention.

Research-proven methods and techniques are customized for individual skill levels.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Attendance totals change daily.

Number of teachers who receive quarterly training

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our teachers a highly qualified, credentialed educators who receive ongoing training from a variety of resources throughout the school year!

Number of teachers who demonstrate effective teaching practices

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We believe that every student should be known. We apply this sense of community to our teachers and staff as well. Our teachers can take advantage of mentoring, and observational evaluations any time.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

OUR VALUES

NURTURE
All children will be known, recognized for their unique and creative nature and be comfortable to take risks.
All staff will be invested in the success of each student through continuous professional development.
All parents will be recognized as invaluable resources.


EQUIP
All children will be cultured, and literate in a wide-range of subjects.
All staff will have an enthusiasm for teaching using research-proven methods where student success is expected.
All parents will be enthusiastically drawn into the school environment.


IGNITE
All children will be self-directed, lifelong learners and innovative leaders.
All staff will encourage students to be productive, independent, values-conscious thinkers.
All families will serve as links to the community where students can become informed participants in the democratic process.

Kindergarten through 8th Grade


WHERE YOUR CHILD IS KNOWN
Literacy First Charter Schools is a place where every child is known, accepted, valued, and inspired to discover more. We equip K-8 grade students with the necessary reading, writing, and speaking skills to communicate with clarity and precision in today's academically-driven world. Our credentialed professionals are committed to the educational success of our children, and believe in impacting each life through the power of words.

FEATURES & BENEFITS
Research-driven techniques
Literacy focus
Nontraditional structure
Hands-on projects
Longer school days
Extended academic year
Technology integration
Physical education
Life skills
Character training
Customized programs
Safe environment
Credentialed professionals
Rigorous curriculum
Community integration
Parent collaboration



Liberty Charter High School - 9th-12th Grade

WHERE EVERY STUDENT IS KNOWN
Liberty Charter high School is dedicated to helping every student graduate as a literate citizen, self-directed learner, effective communicator, values-conscious thinker, and responsible community leader. Personally invested in the success of each individual, our staff facilitates the learning of all students through a rigorous academic program, explicit character development, and extracurricular activities.

At Liberty Charter high School, we value parents as an integral part of the team as we maintain a safe environment where every student is known, develops strong character, grows academically, and graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college, career, and life after college. Providing a traditional and comprehensive high school experience to a small student body, Liberty Charter High School offers students the unique experience of a broad range of curricular and extracurricular opportunities within and intimate setting that maximizes accountability.

FEATURES & BENEFITS
Credentialed teachers
AP / Honors / CP courses
Community service projects
Regular and block scheduling
Safe environment
International travel
Access to online courses
UC approved classes
Career exploration courses
Access to dual credit classes
Extracurricular activities
Sports
Clubs
Academic support
WASC accredited

Freedom Academy - K to 8th Independent Study Program


EMPOWERING MINDS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Freedom Academy is a K-8 independent study program where families receive a tuition-free program committed to helping students succeed.

Freedom Academy offers competitive funds for curriculum and enrichment with an extensive vendor list that reaches throughout San Diego County, covering a variety of subject areas and interests. We also provide opportunities for learning in the community through organized field trips, park lessons, and events.

While parents are responsible for instruction, families are paired with a credentialed Teacher Consultant to support both parents and students with individualized learning goals, curriculum, and pacing.

OUR VISION

Literacy First views education as a process, not a product, which enables students to go from learning to read, to reading to learn.

LFCS DESIRES TO SHAPE:

L iterate, lifelong learners
I ndependent thinkers
T echnologically literate citizens
E nthusiastic and highly qualified teachers
R eliable assessments that provide students a productive educational experience
A spiring leaders who positively impact their community
C ommunity that understands the mission of LFCS
Y early fiscally sound budget

Did you know…
We are a Kindergarten through 12th grade school with 4 campuses.
At LFCS, every student is known. Each student is reflective of the local community...we are so glad to have students of different races, religions, and abilities! We believe this gives our students a rich environment to grow!
Literacy First is an independently run PUBLIC school.
There are over 1,200 charter schools in California which serve about 630,000 students.
We have been in business for 17 years! Our charter has been successfully authorized 3 times through the San Diego County Board of Education!
Our organization has been found to be fiscally sound with above average reserve funds.
The reputation of LFCS in the community is exemplary! A winning ticket in the lottery entitles a student to attend Literacy First with a remaining waitlist consistently above 600 students.
45% of our students are English Language Learners.*
50% of our students receive free and reduced lunch.*
69% of our students met or exceeded the state standards for Mathematics.*
75% of our students met or exceeded the state standards for Language Arts.*
We have a 100% graduation rate, with all of our students going on to higher education or post high school job training.

*Numbers as of Nov 2017, vary with attendance

Financials

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LITERACY FIRST CHARTER SCHOOLS K12

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sal Campos

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No