Chula Vista Learning Community Charter honors first graduating seniors

Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School (CVLCC) honored its first graduating senior class on June 2 at the University of San Diego.  The CVLCC senior class of 2016 comprises the first high school graduates from the Chula Vista Elementary School District in modern history.

The dual language immersion school amended its charter to begin serving high school students four years ago. Of the 46 seniors, 14 had attended CVLCC since kindergarten and the majority received the California Biliteracy Seal with their high school diploma.  Parents were brought to the stage at the graduation ceremony and recognized for their commitment and dedication to the CVLCC community.  San Diego State University Professor Emeritus Alberto Ochoa, Ed.D., who has been an academic mentor to CVLCC since its induction, delivered the keynote speech.

The graduates are moving on to an impressive list of universities and colleges. CVLCC valedictorian Alan Castillo will attend the University of Southern California for post-secondary study.  Salutatorians Dylan Salas and Cyanne Fairley will attend the University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, San Diego, respectively.

CVESD Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., congratulated the graduates and celebrated the work that CVLCC staff has accomplished by creating new educational opportunities for its students.

“CVLCC has continued its tradition of an innovative, community-centric school with this first high school graduating class in our District,” Dr. Escobedo said. “It has been an amazing four years for these students. A tremendous spirit of community was cultivated by CVLCC. I expect amazing accomplishments from these fine young adults as they transition to college and career.”

CVLCC Executive Director Jorge Ramirez, Ed.D., expressed his gratitude to the students and their parents for making the dream of a high school a reality, and for believing in the educators and administration. He encouraged the CVLCC seniors to be innovators in everything they do and create something new to contribute to the world.

Approximately 1,435 students attend CVLCC elementary, middle, or high school. The charter’s high school graduates will attend the following institutions of higher education:

USC – 1 student; UC Berkeley – 3 students; UC Davis – 4 students; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – 1; UCSD – 2 students; UC Santa Cruz –1 student; UC Riverside – 3 students; Sacramento State – 4 students; SDSU – 5 students; Cal State Fullerton – 1 student; Cal State San Marcos – 1 student; Cal State Bakersfield – 1 student, San Jacinto College – 1, ; Southwestern College – 4 students; San Diego City College – 6 students; University Technical Institute – 1 student; US Navy – 2 students; US Army – 1 student; Bande á Part – Escuela de cine, Barcelona – 1 student; Universidad Xochicalco, Ensenada, Baja California – 1 student; Baha’i Service – 1 student.

About Chula Vista Learning Community Charter

CVLCC believes in the full potential of each and every individual to act with integrity and to create their own knowledge.  The faculty and leadership perceive innovation for student success through the lens of inquiry and connection to international perspectives as students create knowledge of the world.  Students are respected as intellectuals as they develop their individual authentic self.  CVLCC strives to establish a learning community where learning needs are met, resources are provided, questions are answered, and every learner’s potential is unlocked.

 About the Chula Vista Elementary School District

 The Chula Vista Elementary School District serves nearly 30,000 students at 45 schools. Students experience a rigorous 21st century learning environment that is rooted in effective teaching practices and high-quality instruction while discovering novel methods of instructional delivery. Students receive an education that nurtures every child’s imagination, intellect, and sense of inquiry. Working collaboratively with parents and staff, the District will harness the potential of a collective intelligence rich with imagination and creativity that is necessary for students to become difference makers in their community and the world.

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