Lashon Academy to become sixth school in Hebrew Charter School Center network
NEW YORK — The Hebrew Charter School Center today welcomed the latest addition to its growing network of Hebrew immersion charter schools with the formal approval of the Lashon Academy Charter School by the Los Angeles Unified School District Board on Tuesday.
Lashon will join the Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn, Hatikvah International Academy in East Brunswick, N.J., Kavod Elementary Charter School in San Diego, Sela Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., and Harlem Hebrew Language Academy in Manhattan as the sixth school to be developed based on the HCSC model.
“We could not think of a better way to start the new year than to bring our movement — and another innovative school of excellence — to one of the country’s most influential centers of learning and culture,” said HCSC Executive Director Aaron Listhaus. “We want to thank the the LAUSD for their support and validation of our model and applaud the Lashon planning team for their dedication and passion for creating more great educational opportunities for families in the Los Angeles area.”
Lashon, which will be located in Van Nuys, plans to start with 290 students in grades K-2 and grow to serve 660 children in grades K-6 by its fifth year.
“We are first and foremost very excited for and grateful to the Los Angeles community, which has provided us with incredible support as we have gone about developing this project,” said Lashon planning group leader Josh Stock. “We would also like to thank the Hebrew Charter School Center for their guidance and encouragement, as well as the LAUSD Board and Superintendent, with whom we have worked long hard to ensure we are building a school of excellence.”
The Hebrew Charter School Center (HCSC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009. The Center’s mission is to promote the development and sustainability of the Hebrew charter school movement by supporting a network of excellent schools that serve diverse populations of students, foster strong inter-personal relationships, advance overall academic and social/emotional well-being, and promote high levels of Hebrew language proficiency and understanding of the culture and history of Israel and its immigrant communities.
HCSC works with planning teams and existing charter schools across the country to:
Build and increase the capacity for designing new, high quality Hebrew language charter schools;
Provide resources for established schools;
Grow a field of educators prepared to lead Hebrew language charter schools and the movement;
Promote and support a network of high quality Hebrew language charter schools;
Support local communities to develop Hebrew language charter schools and to maximally benefit from their impact on children and families.
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