Synergy’s Mission is to eliminate the achievement gap that has persisted for generations for educationally disadvantaged students.
Currently, Synergy is realizing its mission by operating three high-quality public charter schools, Synergy Charter Academy, Synergy Kinetic Academy, and Synergy Quantum Academy, in South Los Angeles. Synergy currently serves underrepresented low-income minority students in South Los Angeles. Synergy purposely targeted one of the most over-crowded and lowest-performing communities in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) based on state standardized test scores. The majority of the neighborhood schools are performing among the bottom 20% statewide. Synergy’s students are 85% Hispanic, 14% African American, 1% Other, approximately 40% English Learners, and over 85-90% of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
Synergy Charter Academy is an elementary school that has been the highest-performing full K-5 school in South Los Angeles for the past four years, and its Hispanic and African American students are performing among the top 10% of schools statewide. Synergy Kinetic Academy is a new middle school that opened September 2008 with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Synergy opened Synergy Quantum Academy, a STEM-focused high school Fall 2011.
Synergy's long-term goal is to strategically and directly impact the American public education system by creating a professional development campus program to train educators across the country with their innovative, home-grown intervention strategies that have proven to get results quickly among historically low-performing communities.
LASVP is or will be assisting Synergy with financial managment, human resources, strategic planning, fund development and board development.
P.O. Box 78638
Los Angeles, CA 90016
About our grant:
Initial grant date: January 2010 - June 2011
Recent grant amount: $10,000
Cumulative grant: $45,500
LASVP Lead Partners: Candy Deemer, Richard Landers