2014 Hart Vision Award
Each year the Hart Vision Award for the California Charter Schools of the Year is announced at the annual California Charter Schools Association Conference. The 2014 California Charter School of the year is El Sol Science and Arts Academy located in Santa Ana, CA.
The College of Educational Studies has maintained a special relationship with El Sol Academy since its inception in 2001. The College of Educational Studies relies on El Sol for bilingual student teaching assignments as well as teacher candidate fieldwork activities. El Sol, in turn, has used the College of Educational Studies faculty for teacher and staff training. Furthermore, College of Educational Studies faculty have conducted research pertaining to El Sol’s curriculum and programs.
At the present time, eight former Chapman University students are members of the EL Sol faculty.
1. Ivet Gonzalez – 3rd Grade Teacher
2. Jenny Zavala – Curriculum Specialist
3. Bertha Picasso – Kindergarten Teacher
4. Lety Gonzalez – 2nd Grade Teacher
5. Guadalupe Mejia – Middle School Teacher
6. Sara Flores – Director of Community Life
7. Crystal Quinones (current credential student) – Math Teacher
8. Silvia Romo – 1st Grade Teacher
9. Yadira Burgara- Kindergarten Teacher
10. Susan Saldana – 3rd Grade Teacher
It seems apparent that the eight Chapman alumni have contributed greatly to El Sol’s success.
Education Excellence Honor Roll School for 2013
The California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) is a leading, unifying voice for California business leaders who are committed to improving public education, closing the achievement gap and helping to ensure college readiness and success. After an extensive analysis of student achievement data for every public school in California, El Sol Science and Arts Academy stood well above the rest in getting its students to grade-level proficiency and beyond. It is for this reason that the CBEE has decided to name El Sol Science and Arts Academy to the California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School for 2013.