The mission of Topeka Charter School for Advanced Studies is to provide a comprehensive and rigorous instructional program that is highly engaging, culturally and linguistically responsive, as well as designed to ensure access, equity, and enrichment to all students. At Topeka instructional days include, academic excellence, character education, technology integration, arts appreciation, along with opportunities for student leadership and innovation. It is our aim to equip our students to be critical thinkers who will be prepared for both the highly competitive 21st century college and career worlds.
The vision of Topeka Charter School for Advanced Studies is to provide all students with the tools to become responsible leaders, productive and respectful citizens who transform their communities and create a culture of care. Through collaboration, instructional excellence, innovation and creative partnerships, the Topeka staff and community will provide a positive high-quality learning environment for all students.
An affiliated charter school remain on their LAUSD campus, keep their LAUSD union teachers, but write a charter that can allow them curricular and decision-making freedoms not available to traditional public schools. Historically, schools that went affiliated also received a charter school block grant, which often meant they received more money than they would have as traditional public schools. Deep budget cuts no longer guarantee schools receive more money; finances vary school by school. But going affiliated charter means a school has the latitude to decide for themselves how they spend their money. Instead of receiving money earmarked for specific programs, a school receives a lump sum. This gives a principal, and a campus, the freedom to design a curriculum and a budget.
Schools that have gone affiliated charter report not just greater fiscal and academic freedoms, but also surprising and positive side- effects. Teachers must work more cohesively as a team. A new governance model must be put in place. Parents and community members are forced to take on a larger role at the school. All of this changes the culture of the school and encourages more accountability and investment by community members.
Topeka Charter SAS- Affiliated Charter School Petition https://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/106/ZZ_TPKA%207201%20Petition%20Renewal%20Term%202017-2022.pdf
School for Advanced Studies
The Advanced Studies Program is designed to expand student assessment and identification and offers a differentiated instructional program. The programs create high end learning opportunities which allow students to flourish in stimulating academic and social environments in designing challenging educational opportunities.
We are honored to be one of LAUSD schools that offers a Visually Impaired program, Preschool Special Day class. These students are encouraged to be independent and learn in an environment where it is difficult to tell the visually impaired and sighted students apart - resulting in an enriching experience for all students.