A new East Palo Alto charter elementary school opened Tuesday to about 150 kindergarten, first- and sixth-grade students. The school was founded by the Stanford University School of Education.
East Palo Alto Academy, sponsored by the Ravenswood School District, is planning to add two more grades each year until 2010, when it aims to enroll 450 students from kindergarten through eighth-grade.
School principal Nicki Smith reports that the school's goal is to prepare every student who begins in kindergarten to be proficient in literacy and mathematics by the end of third grade.
According to Smith, most of the students are from East Palo Alto.
Smith reports that the school will serve as a "teaching school" for students in Stanford's teaching program, led by Stanford School of Education faculty who also helped plan the instructional program.
The new school, approved in March by Ravenswood's school board, is located at 2033 Pulgas Ave.
Stanford also founded East Palo Alto High School public charter school, which opened in 2001 in collaboration with Aspire Public Schools and the Ravenswood School District.