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Our Mission & Charter

Our mission.

Our mission.

Achieve Charter School is a K-8 public school committed to quality standards-based instruction through individual learning opportunities.  Our character-building small school environment empowers students to be positive contributors to society.  
Our story.

Our story.

Established in 2005, Achieve Charter School of Paradise Inc. (Achieve) is authorized by the Paradise Unified School District as an independent charter school, directly funded by the State of California.  Achieve is organized as a non-profit, 501c3 public benefit corporation with an independent board of directors legally and fiscally responsible for the organization.  We believe learning best occurs with personalized learning, a school-wide sense of community, emphasis on character building, a challenging learning environment with high expectations, research based instructional strategies taught by highly qualified and trained teachers, high attendance rates and increased number of instructional minutes.
What is a charter school?

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are public schools that operate independently of local school districts in exchange for achieving specific goals set forth in their educational charter. Developers of charter schools, usually teachers, parents, or community members, are given the flexibility to decide their own educational program and how to organize and manage the school. Achieve Charter School's Charter Document.

Charter schools are open to the public, tuition-free, participate in state tests and employ credentialed teachers. Under Law, charter schools cannot discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry. Studies show charter schools serve a balanced mix of students mirroring demographics in California’s public schools.
As of 2009, there are 750 charter schools serving over 276,000 charter school students in California. Over the past 10 years, charter schools have consistently grown by an average of 50 schools a year. Research shows charter schools do a better job increasing student achievement than traditional public schools. Research based on the California Department of Education's API (Academic Performance Index) from 2004 - 2007 indicates that 17% of charter schools have significant growth on API (over 50 points) compared to only 6% of traditional public schools.

The Charter Schools Act of 1992 was created to:
  • Improve student achievement 
  • Increase learning opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for students who are identified as academically low achieving. 
  • Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods. 
  • Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site. 
  • Provide parents and students expanded choices within the public school system. 
  • Hold schools accountable for meeting measurable pupil outcomes, and provide schools with a method to change from rule-based, to performance-based accountability systems.
  • Provide competition within the public school system.
Achieve Charter School answers the call.

Achieve Charter School answers the call.

Achieve Charter School has begun to do its part in fulfilling the intent of the Charter Schools Act of 1992. This flexibility in funding, instructional practices, governance and staffing has led to a steady increase in student achievement and overall operational success at Achieve Charter School.  ACS currently boasts a waiting list of 230, an API score of 852, an attendance rate of 97%, impressive parent involvement, high teacher/staff satisfaction and involvement, a personalized learning plan for every student, strong local governance, sound finances with a 10% reserve, research-based instructional and assessment strategies and character education embedded in our strong sense of community. We believe Achieve Charter School has made a positive impact on the students and families it has served, not only academically, but socially and emotionally. We aim to provide the students and families of this community a quality, small school option with individual learning opportunities to help students achieve their full academic and social potential.
2020 Distinguished School Award

2020 Distinguished School Award

Students Return to Class 2019

Students Return to Class 2019

Paradise Schools after the Camp Fire

Paradise Schools after the Camp Fire

2017 Hart Vision School Leader of the Year, Northern California: Casey Taylor

2017 Hart Vision School Leader of the Year, Northern California: Casey Taylor

Achieve Advocates for Facilities Funding

Achieve Advocates for Facilities Funding

California Charter Schools Association Advocacy Day 2015 Video featuring ACMS students

California Charter Schools Association Advocacy Day 2015 Video featuring ACMS students

Visit CCSA Families That Can to receive updates on bills regarding charter schools.  CCSA Families unites charter school families from across California into a powerful voice for excellent schools for all children.  CCSA engages, educates and supports parents in becoming leaders in their communities.