Campus: CSU Northridge -- January 28, 2005
CHIME Charter Elementary Named 'Charter School of the Year'
CHIME Charter Elementary School, which has extensive ties to California State
University, Northridge, has been named "Charter School of the Year" by the
California Charter Schools Association.
The award was announced last night at a gala celebration at the Pasadena Civic
Auditorium, the culmination of the association's annual statewide conference.
"We are pleased to recognize CHIME Charter Elementary School as the Charter School
of the Year," said Caprice Young, CEO of the California Charter Schools Association.
"CHIME is proving that students from any background can succeed as long as they
have a committed teaching staff that is empowered to make a difference for the
students they serve."
CHIME principal Julie Fabrocini, a part-time education instructor at Cal State
Northridge, said teachers, staff, students and parents at the four-year-old school
were honored by the award.
"All of us at CHIME are so proud of the work we do to make this school accessible
to children who are gifted, typically developing and who have disabilities," she
said. "As professional educators who base instructional decisions on best practices
and research, we are elated to have the community at large join us in celebrating
the value of learning for all children."
CHIME Charter Elementary School, located in Woodland Hills, has 15 teachers, 40
staff members and dozens of volunteer parents serving 192 students who come from
communities throughout the San Fernando Valley. CHIME Charter Elementary and its
sister campus, CHIME Charter Middle School, are independent schools that provide
free public education through affiliation with the Los Angeles Unified School
District. The schools serve as demonstration and teacher-training sites for Cal
State Northridge's nationally acclaimed Michael D. Eisner College of Education.
Both schools are part of the CHIME Institute, located at Northridge, which is a
national leader in developing and implementing model educational programs and
dynamic research and training environments to disseminate best practices in
CHIME was recognized last year by the U.S. Department of Education as a national
model for full inclusion of students with disabilities and for providing a blueprint
for local schools across the country.
The California Charter School Association is a membership and professional
organization serving more than 500 public charter schools in the state. Its mission
is to increase student achievement by strengthening and expanding public charter
schools throughout California. The association provides its members with the
resources, leadership and support needed to work effectively with the entire
public school system to ensure that all students get a fair chance to succeed.
Media Contact: Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler, (818) 677-2130,
For more information about CHIME Charter Elementary School, call the school at