Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School is a charter public school governed by a nonprofit board of directors and overseen by the Los Angeles Unified School District. On January 12, 2016, the LAUSD board voted to approve a Board Resolution, “Keeping Parents Information: Charter Transparency” which was passed with the support of the LA charter community. The resolution highlighted information and data that charter public schools share with parents through their charter petitions, School Accountability Report Cards, Local Education Agency Plans, Local Control Accountability Plans, Annual Audits, and other publicly available documents.
This information is available from Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School electronically or manually by parent request. Per board resolution, parents may request this information in English and any single primary language meeting the requirements of Sections 45400 through 45403 of the California Education Code.
Safety and Facilities
- Health and safety plans and procedures (see charter petition, page 100)
- School facility assessment (see School Accountability Report Card, page 6)
Curriculum and Instructional Focus
- Instructional materials (see School Accountability Report Card, page 4)
- Curriculum content (see charter petition, page 23)
- Teacher credential status (see School Accountability Report Card, page 4)
- Qualifications of employees (including school leaders); Staff (including, but not limited to teachers, administrators, clerical staff, custodial staff, aides, etc.) compensation scheme available upon request. (see charter petition, page 90)
- Governance Structure and Financial Management (see charter petition, page 140)
- Brown Act compliancy (see charter petition, page 104)
- Governance structure and policies (see charter petition, page 78)
- Any material relationships among the school, its charter management organization (CMO) and any person or entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the school or its CMO; As used herein, “control” has the meaning ascribed to it in Rule 405 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended – that is, the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract, or otherwise.
- Meals offered to students
- Free and reduced-price meals are provided to students who would be eligible for them at a traditional public school
- Lottery processes (including any preferences) and enrollment deadlines (see charter petition, page 107)
- Four-year cohort graduation rates (see School Accountability Report Card, page 13)
- Drop-out rates (see School Accountability Report Card, page 13)
Student Demographic Rates
- Ethnicity (see School Accountability Report Card, page 3)
- Income-eligibility for free and reduced-price meals (see School Accountability Report Card, page 3)
- English Language Learner status (see School Accountability Report Card, page 3)
- Special Education, by type (detailed to the extent permitted by applicable state and federal law and as available by traditional District public schools) (see School Accountability Report Card, page 3)
The Education Protection Account (“EPA”) provides local education agencies (“LEA”) with general purpose funding from the State of California. This funding was provided by the passage of Proposition 30 on the November 2012 California ballot.
A spending plan must be approved by the governing board during a public meeting. EPA funds cannot be used for the salaries or benefits of administrators or any other administrative costs. Each year, the LEA must publish on its website how much money was received from the EPA and how the funds were expended.
For more information, please visit the California Department of Education FAQs regarding the EPA.
The SAC shall review the Single School Plan addressing the following focus areas before September 15th for the ensuing academic year. The SAC will subsequently monitor the plan and applicable data, and if necessary, recommend modifications to the plan to reflect changing needs and/or priorities throughout the year:
- Curricula, instructional strategies and materials responsive to the individual needs and learning styles of our students
- Instructional and auxiliary services to meet the needs of non-English-speaking or limited-English-speaking students; students with special or exceptional needs; and advanced students
- A professional development program for teachers, other school personnel, paraprofessionals, and volunteers, including those participating in special programs
- Build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement and develop and annually review a written parent involvement policy, pursuant to No Child Left behind. The policy shall:
- Provide the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist the school in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance
- Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies [under Title I] with parental involvement strategies under other programs as appropriate
- Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background), and use the findings of such evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement policies described in this section
- Involve parents in the activities of the school
- Discuss and develop a plan for the distribution of stipends and other forms of compensation including release time for services provided outside the normal instructional day, pursuant to the Agreement between Green Dot Public Schools and the Asociacion de Maestros Unidos (AMU). This plan will be submitted to the Green Dot Governing board for ratification prior to September 30th of each year
- Determine the calendar for the following academic year and submit the calendar to the Green Dot Governing Board for ratification prior to May 15 of each year
- Review the school budget to assure spending in accordance with the goals of the plan. The SAC will recommend the school budget for the ensuing fiscal year before the principal submits it for Green Dot Public Schools Board approval
- Other activities and objectives as designated by the Green Dot Board of Directors