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Achieving College DreamsHow a University-Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School$
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Rhona S. Weinstein and Frank C. Worrell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190260903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260903.001.0001

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The California College Preparatory Academy Opens

The California College Preparatory Academy Opens

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Achieving College Dreams

Rhona S. Weinstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a rich picture of the first year of the California College Preparatory Academy and its normative growing pains. Life on the ground proved far from the rosy educational vision that had been debated in joint planning. Among the challenges described are the underpreparedness of the students, the pushback from students and their families to the academic rigor required by the school faculty, the pressure on a small school faculty, and the funding shortfalls associated with a small school dependent on state funding from average daily attendance. Narrative records of the meetings highlight how the partnership worked to harness and integrate resources from the university and the district, supplement funding with philanthropy, enrich the program offerings and teacher professional development, and mount community-engaged and relevant scholarship.

Keywords:   CAL Prep, engaged scholarship, K–12, UC Berkeley, university–district partnership, new schools, small schools, high expectation schools

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