Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

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About Camino Nuevo

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) is a community of high-performing public schools that utilizes a comprehensive approach to prepare students from preschool through high school for success in college and in life. We integrate academic rigor, community, family, and wellness to empower students to thrive in a culturally connected and changing world.

CNCA students reside in some of the most historically underserved areas of Central Los Angeles, including the communities of MacArthur Park, Pico-Union, Wilshire Corridor, and Echo Park – a region that holds the second densest neighborhood in the U.S., where the annual family income is among the lowest in the city.

By 2022, more than 2,000 CNCA graduates will be equipped with skills, knowledge, and worldview necessary to be literate, critical thinkers and independent problem solvers. As a result of this success, 90% will be accepted to, 80% will attend and 60% will graduate from a 4-year college within 6 years.

The mission of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy is to educate students in a college preparatory program to be literate, critical thinkers, and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice with sensitivity toward the world around them.

Scholarship: We seek knowledge through experiential learning for continuous social, emotional and cognitive growth.
Respect: We treat everyone humanely and refrain from making assumptions or judgments about people who think and
behave differently from us.
Access: We create pathways for each individual to effect change for self and community.
JusticeWe promote equity, access and the expansion of networks for individual and organizational advancement.
CommunityWe leverage our strengths to maximize individual and collective impact.

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy was founded in November 1999 by Pueblo Nuevo Development, a nonprofit community development corporation in the MacArthur Park neighborhood west of downtown Los Angeles and opened its doors to students in August 2000. The MacArthur Park neighborhood is one of the most under-resourced and densely populated neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Most of the residents are immigrants from Mexico and Central America. In 1992, Philip Lance began working with residents of the community to find ways to address the severe economic and social needs in the area. Over the past 10 years, several organizations and businesses grew out of this effort, including a thrift store, a worker-owned janitorial company, a non-profit community development corporation, free clinic and Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. Together, these organizations are providing children with outstanding and enriched educational opportunities as well as revitalizing this urban neighborhood and making it a safe and healthy place to live.