About Topeka Charter
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.
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 the only LAUSD school in the San Fernando Valley to offer the Visually Impaired program to children who are visually impaired or blind. 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.