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Orange County Board of Education Approves Two New Charter High School Options for Parents

(Orange County)-The Orange County Board of Education (OCBOE) unanimously approved Unity Middle College High School and Ednovate‘s Santa Ana high school last week bringing new charter public school options for students in Orange and Santa Ana for the 2016-17 school year.

Both charters were approved by the OCBOE on appeal after being denied by their local school districts. Unity Middle College High School petition was denied by the Orange Unified School District and Ednovate’s charter high school by the Santa Ana Unified School District.

“The approval of two new high quality charter schools in Orange County, is a victory for students and parents who have been asking for different options to succeed in high school and beyond,” said California Charter Schools Association’s (CCSA) Southern California Managing Regional Director Miles Durfee. “We believe that the Orange County Board of Education decision to overturn unjustified denials in Orange Unified and Santa Ana Unified will enable students to attend schools of their choice and will help them to achieve successful careers.”

CCSA supported both Unity and Ednovate throughout the petition process, including reviewing their petitions to ensure they met legal requirements and demonstrated a high likelihood of success.

Susan Mas, from ChartersOC, also supported the schools petitions throughout the process and at the OCBOE meeting. ChartersOC was created in partnership with CCSA and InnovatorsOC by a group of Orange County community leaders and philanthropists who support growing the number of high quality educational choices. ChartersOC is working with numerous charter school organizations and developers to connect them within the Orange County community so that more high performing educational options are available throughout the county, but especially for the 254,000 students (more than 50% of total OC student population), who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program in Orange County schools.

“ChartersOC is pleased to see two of the schools that we have worked to introduce to Orange County gain approval to open in Fall 2016,” said Mas.

Unity Middle College High School is expected to provide 400 students with an individualized learning plan to reach high school educational requirements while also gaining significant transferable college credits prior to high school graduation. The school will start with 9th grade and 100 students in Fall 2016 in the Orange Unified school district’s boundaries. For more information visit:

Ednovate‘s Santa Ana high school is one of three high schools that was established in partnership with the USC Rossier School of Education. It is designed as a college prep high school that personalizes learning with state of the art technology. The school’s goal is for every student to gain acceptance to a 4-year college or university. The current Ednovate High School in downtown Los Angeles, has 460 students enrolled and a waiting list of 325 ninth grade students. For more information visit:

About ChartersOC
Innovators OC invests in individuals and organizations in Orange County who are working in innovative ways to create self-sustaining enterprises that address social problems by becoming effective agents of positive community and economic impact. We achieve this goal by providing access to expertise, mentorship, and strategic partnerships.

About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association’s vision is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter public schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. Our mission is to ensure a million students attend charter public schools by 2022, with charter public schools outperforming non-charter public schools on every measure. We do this by serving as the advocacy organization that builds the policy environment needed to grow as quickly as possible the number of students attending high quality charter public schools. For more information, please visit our website at


Date: August 25, 2015

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Students are dismissed March 16 - April 12

As things continue to evolve and change at the state and local level, we can now confirm that Unity will remain closed through Spring Break, through April 12, 2020. Based on the governor’s press conference earlier this week, we are preparing for a longer closure and will keep families updated as this unfolds.

● Ms. Nieblas and Ms. Limon are reaching out to each Unity family by phone TODAY to verify they are receiving our messages, their child has access to internet, learning, and food as well as to help families troubleshoot any areas needed.

Today through April 3, 2020 - School Closed
● Through April 3rd, Unity students have the opportunity to revise, improve, and resubmit any past assignments they did not receive full credit on. This will ensure students can build on their previous knowledge rather than try to learn new content on their own.
● Teachers have already reached out to your student through Google Classroom.
● Family teachers will also communicate and check in on your students each week.
● On Friday April 3, 2020 families will receive the School wide Unity Distance Education Plan for instruction and special education service implementation for the coming weeks.
● If you have questions as it relates to your child accessing learning please reach out directly to Ms. Seth by email at or by telephone at 313-509-8689

April 4, 2020 - April 12, 2020 - Spring Break
● Our school and office are closed and teachers/staff will be on break.
● If you need urgent assistance during this time please email Dr. Craig AND Ms. Seth

April 13, 2020 - Online Distance Education and Special Education Services Begin
● The Schoolwide Distance Education Plan including special education services provided will be emailed to our Unity families and students before Spring Break and begin on Monday April 13, 2020.
● This plan will include details about how students will learn, communicate with their teachers, submit assignments, and most importantly get the help they need.

Students with Disabilities
● Our goal is to continue to provide each student with equity and access through innovation for their education and services during this time.
● Between now and April 3rd, Mr. Casperson and Mr. Trulin will continue to reach out to our students with disabilities to provide them with service and support on their past assignments and any past work.
● Unity is currently working with their special education service providers to develop a plan for “remote services”. This plan will be communicated to families on or before April 3, 2020 and will begin on April 13, 2020.
● If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to Mr. Casperson and Ms. Seth.

School Events Including Spring Picnic
● All school events until the end of April have been canceled (to be rescheduled).
● As things continue to change, we will keep you updated on events in May and June.
● Students, please practice social distancing even though hanging out with your friends is more fun.
● We do not have answers about Graduation 2020 and activities yet, so please be patient with us. As soon as we receive more information from the state and county, we will share that information with you. We can’t wait to celebrate your success!
● Our goal is to celebrate the graduating class of 2020, we ultimately want to make sure everyone is safe.

Students Taking College at SCC
● Students should now be working online for their SCC classes and should check their emails and Canvas for further information from SCC and individual professors.
● Students who need support with wifi should contact Ms. Seth.
● Ms. Seth will still be doing college grade checks every other week with students via email. Student Meals Each School Day
● Throughout the closure on school days each week, Unity students can go to the Orange United
Schools listed below for:
○ Grab-N-Go Breakfast from 8 am to 10 am &
○ Grab-N-Go Lunch 10 am to noon
● Locations serving food are:
○ Handy, California, Esplanade, Taft, Yorba, & Lampson Elementary Schools
○ Portola Middle School
○ Orange HS, El Modena HS, & Canyon HS. (served out of snack bars, not in the cafeteria or multipurpose rooms, to prevent students gathering)

● Students are not allowed to stay on campus or congregate to consume meals and must be present to pick up food. We are in this together as a Unity family, and we will get through this. Thank you for your responsiveness, support, and ongoing communication. As always, please reach out to us and let us know what you and your family need. Stay safe and take care of your loved ones.