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About Topeka Charter

This page was last updated on 07-21-2021

Mission Statement:

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. 

Vision statement

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.

Affiliated 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.

Charter Petition

Petition https://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/106/ZZ_TPKA%207201%20Petition%20Renewal%20Term%202017-2022.pdf

LCAP Information

2020-2023 Year 1 Affiliated Charter LCAP- Topeka Charter SAS  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZWwWiVkZ3G6vx02DF58bV1or_6kH7ol7/view?usp=sharing

Affiliated Charter School COVID Report- Topeka Charter SAS https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KVa_Jj7iybiRsi2fYFqWAIUB7Mw3Fteo/view?usp=sharing

Affiliated Charter Learning Continuity Plan- Topeka Charter SAS https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aU4_BTbyT0SZxkR5TwdBKwljuT1wdm8l/view?usp=sharing

LCFF Budget Overview for Parents https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NKquvqKrlDEemOfuln5BJS3VtcMGOlkD/view?usp=sharing

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.

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Special Education

Does Your Child Need Special Education Services? The Los Angeles Unified School District is committed to serving the educational needs of each of its students. Each District school has a process that brings together the parent or guardian,the student, if appropriate, and school personnel to address any problem that interferes with astudent's success in school. This team is the Student Support and Progress Team (SSPT). The team is responsible for identifying the student's needs, providing referrals to appropriate interventions, and developing a plan to enable the student to be successful. A student with a disability may qualify for accommodations or classroom modifications under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. You or your child's teacher may submit a written request to the school administrator for a Section 504 evaluation of your child in order todetermine whether accommodations or modifications might be appropriate. You will be notified when the evaluation meeting is to take place, and you are encouraged to participate in this meeting. Your child may then be provided with accommodations, modifications, and intervention strategies in the general education classroom. For further information on Section 504, see the District’s Section 504 and Students with Disabilities brochure. Sometimes, however, students may require special education and related services. Eligibility for special education is determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team after a student has had a formal assessment. Students receive special education services only after all the resources of the general education program have been considered.

What are Special Education Services? Special education services are specially designed instruction to meet the unique educationalneeds of children with disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria under the law. Special education services can begin at age three (3) and may continue until your child graduates or reaches the age of twentytwo (22).

For Special Education Information see the parent handbooks below or contact Miss Nina Metichecchia- Assistant Principal, EIS nina.metichecchia@lausd.net

The Parent's Guide to Special Education- English- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1STLz3eSbJxNqTbxzqtjvJOaxa7iU34QV/view?usp=sharing

The Parent's Guide to Special Education- Spanish- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bSYUAntgMckW_BEPeGwbhwv1rGiNOt_a/view?usp=sharing

The IEP and You- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kMKKwOIKH9jIhMzp0bhvs2r8KMYY5rP4/view?usp=sharing

Visually Impaired

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.

Learn more about our VI program

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