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Our Mission & Charter

Our mission.

Our mission.

Achieve Charter Schools of Paradise is a network of K-12 public charter schools committed to quality standards-based instruction through individual learning opportunities.  Our character-building small school environments focus on building resilience and empowering every student to be a positive contributor to society.
Our VISION.

Our VISION.

Achieve Charter School of Paradise Inc. is committed to driving change that improves the quality of life, education level, economic development, and mindset of the Ridge and surrounding communities. 
 
The Achieve organization will positively affect the public education system as a whole by increasing educational options for students, increasing population and enrollment in Paradise, and by modeling best practices for decreasing the achievement gap, increasing the number of graduates prepared for college and/or career, engaging parents, inspiring students, empowering teachers, and involving the greater Butte County community.
OUR STORY.

OUR STORY.

Achieve Charter School of Paradise Inc. (Achieve) is organized as a non-profit, 501c3 public benefit corporation with an independent board of directors legally and fiscally responsible for operating one or more charter schools.  Achieve currently operates a Kindergarten through 8th grade school, Achieve Charter School of Paradise, authorized by the Paradise Unified School District that is temporarily located in Chico. Achieve also holds a 9th-12th grade high school charter, Achieve Charter High, authorized by the Butte County Office of Education, that is currently non-operational awaiting its rebuild in Paradise.  Achieve plans to reopen its elementary school at its original location in Paradise in the 2021-2022 school year. Achieve is also making plans to submit a charter to the Chico Unified School District for a K-8 charter to continue serving students at its current Chico location.
 
We believe learning best occurs in a small school community where every student is known and develops strong relationships with adults and peers.  Achieve offers personalized learning, career exploration, a school-wide sense of community, emphasis on character building, a challenging learning environment with high expectations, academic and social emotional supports, research based instructional strategies taught by highly qualified and trained teachers, high attendance rates, and an increased number of instructional minutes.
 
In 2005, a group of educators, community leaders and parents invested time, expertise and personal finances to develop and open Achieve Charter School of Paradise. Achieve opened, authorized by the Paradise Unified School District, with 100 Kindergarten through 5th grade students, 9 staff members, and a loan from Butte Community Bank. By 2010 Achieve expanded to middle school, serving 212 Kindergarten through 8th grade students with 20 staff and a healthy financial reserve. In 2012 Achieve joined the National School Lunch Program to provide free and reduced meals to students and became its own Local Education Area for Special Education. Achieve hired its own Special Education staff to provide a full continuum of special education services to students with special needs fully integrated within the general education environment. Since our inception, our goal has been to close the achievement gap between high and low income students. A focus on school-wide instructional practices, strategic and preventative interventions, and personalized learning plans for each student resulted in Achieve being named a California Distinguished School in 2014 and again in 2017 for closing the low income achievement gap.
 
In 2018 with the support of local business, industry and town leadership, and in partnership with community colleges and state universities, Achieve opened Achieve Charter High School, with a focus on technology and entrepreneurship. ACHS, authorized by the Butte County Office of Education, opened with 50 9th graders planning to add 10th through 12th grades over the following three years. That November the Paradise Camp Fire destroyed the Achieve Charter High School facility and forced all schools in Paradise, including Achieve’s K-8, to relocate to surrounding cities. Achieve’s K-8 relocated to Life Church of Chico and ACHS relocated to Living Hope Fellowship Church where classes were held in sanctuaries, Sunday school classrooms, church nurseries and outside spaces. That December, 90% of Achieve’s students returned to our temporary campuses in Chico, some driving 2 hours both ways from temporary housing. 100% of Achieve’s student population, 90% of Achieve’s staff and all Achieve’s board members lost homes in the Paradise Camp Fire. Achieve leaders began brainstorming how to serve a student population who all qualified as homeless, provide mental health support to staff, students and families in trauma, and begin building a temporary school campus on the empty 2 acres behind Life Church. In January, 6 of the planned 18 portables for the new school were installed in the LIfe Church parking lot to provide office space for both schools and classroom space for the K-8 and high school students. Supplies and funds poured in along with counseling services. By March Achieve was breaking ground on the new campus in Chico, but was also making the difficult decision to put ACHS on hold for the next few years as uncertainty around future enrollment projections, and the future of Paradise grew. 
 
As the 2018-2019 school year ended, the Achieve community was heartbroken as we said goodbye to ACHS staff, students and families, and to 70 of our K-8 students and families who moved away from the area that summer due to the fire. At the same time we were extremely grateful for the outpouring of support we received from charter schools across the state, business and organizations locally and nation-wide, and specifically to the California Charter Schools Association, the North Valley Community Foundation, the Chico Unified School District and the Butte County Office of Education. These schools, businesses and organizations reached out to help us quickly recover and reopen after the fire. They provided resources, grants, expertise, and gifts to our staff and students, helped us build our new campus, and provided mental health services and support to our community.
 
Achieve began the 2019-2020 school year with a ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating the completion of our K-8 campus in Chico with supporters from across the country. Our staff welcomed 70 new students, all Camp Fire survivors who had relocated to Chico. Achieve leadership and staff focused on refining our multiple tiered system of support, recognizing all of our students would need the most intense academic and social emotional supports available. With the support of the North Valley Community Foundation and the Butte County Office of Education, Achieve was able to provide crisis counseling, mental health support and social emotional learning and instruction. These supports were integrated into daily all school morning assemblies, classroom instruction, small group instruction and one-on-one counseling provided by the school principal, school psychologist, trauma recovery specialist, crisis counselors, teachers, and paraprofessionals. Along with academic interventions, Achieve students showed improvements in mental health and academic growth from the fall to the spring. 
 
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Achieve received notice that all schools in Butte County would be closed for in person instruction effective the following Monday in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Achieve staff sent independent study work packets home with students that Friday and quickly got to work, developing a rigorous distance learning program that would continue to provide academic and social emotional supports to students remotely. We launched our distance learning program that Wednesday, March 18, 2020 losing no instructional days. 
 
Along with all public schools in California, Achieve opened the 2020-2021 school year in distance learning. However, Achieve staff spent the summer training and preparing new curriculum and online platforms that would allow for a higher quality of remote learning and would transition smoothly between remote and in person instruction. On October 19th, 2020, with the support of the Achieve Board of Directors, staff, families, and the Butte County Public Health Department, Achieve was able to implement safety protocols to reopen for in person learning for all students, five days a week, for five and a half hours per day. At the close of the 2020 fall semester, Achieve students continued to show improvements in mental health and 70% of our students scored at grade level on benchmark assessments.  
 
Achieve is currently taking applications for both the Paradise and Chico campuses for the 2021-2022 school year. We continue to work collaboratively with the Paradise Unified School District, the Chico Unified School District, and the Butte County Office of Education to continue our K-8 school in Chico, reopen our K-8 school in Paradise, and rebuild our high school. For more information, lottery applications, or to submit a question, visit the “Enroll Now” tab on our website home page. 
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

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.