[Picture: L-R , Randy DeHoff, Executive Director of the state Charter School Institute; Marcos Martinez, Principal, Magon Academy; Patricia Chlouber; and Antonio Vigil, Magon Academy]
Today Patricia Chlouber, Regional Representative for the U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, visited Ricardo Flores Magon Charter Academy in Westminster and gave Principal Marcos Martinez a proclamation signed by President Bush honoring National Charter Schools Week.
Magon Academy is a K-8 college-prep school using the Core Knowledge curriculum and authorized by the Charter School Institute. The school's student demographics include 93% qualifying for a Free/Reduced cost lunch and 80% English Language Learners. The majority of their Kindergarten and first grade students don't speak English upon entry. This year Magon has grades K-2 and will add a grade level each year.
All students attend 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for more than 182 days a year. All Kindergarten students are enrolled in a free, all-day program. The teacher/student ratio is 12 to 1. Every student knows the year they will enter college because each class carries the title of "Class of 20xx."
A key factor to improving academic achievement at Magon Academy is the school's instructional leader, Antonio Vigil. Antonio is available to teachers, full-time, to ensure their quality of instruction is effective, the school culture conveys rigor and high expectations, and everyone associated with the school inherently knows the school's mission.