USC Reviews 800 Campuses, Names Top 10 California Charter Schools

Recording "financial health and academic performance" data from more than 800 state charter campuses, a USC has issued a ranked report "to strengthen accountability among California charter schools." It includes the very first list of the state's top 10 charter campuses, according to a USC press release.

The fifth annual “USC School Performance Dashboard” (formerly CSI-USC) was released Wednesday by the Center on Educational Governance at the USC Rossier School of Education... “We were really struck by the diversity of the schools in the top 10,” Wohlstetter said. “There’s not one model of schooling that is dominant: they are large and small, urban and suburban, high schools and elementary schools."

Three of the top 10 are affiliated with Aspire Public Schools, a charter management organization, the rest are stand-alone campuses. The full report with "accompanying interactive database," is available online.

The top charter schools were chosen based on academic ratings - including an index based on various state test scores - and school productivity indicators that rate a school's academic success based on its per-student spending.

Listed in order, here are the top 10 charter school performers in California:

1. Heritage K-8 Charter School, Escondido (San Diego County)
2. Rocklin Academy, Rocklin (Placer County)
3. Temecula Valley Charter School, Winchester (Riverside County)
4. Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy, Stockton (San Joaquin County)
5. Aspire River Oaks Charter School, Stockton (San Joaquin County)
6. Willow Creek Academy, Sausalito (Marin County)
7. Orange County High School of the Arts, Santa Ana (Orange County)
8. St. HOPE Public School 7, Sacramento (Sacramento County)
9. Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School, East Palo Alto (San Mateo County)
10. Wilder’s Preparatory Academy Charter, Inglewood (Los Angeles County)