St. HOPE Public School 7

The California Department of Education recently released the results for the 2011 STAR program, including data on the performance of individual schools on the California Standards Tests (CSTs). In addition, the CDE also released the Academic Performance Index (API) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) information for all California schools.

For the seventh consecutive year St. HOPE Public School 7 (PS7) showed gains on the CST, both overall and relative to their peers. PS7 students were the highest performing students in the Sacramento City Unified School District on ten of seventeen CSTs and they were the second, third or fourth highest performing on three additional exams. This means that PS7 students had the highest percent of their grade level proficient or advanced in a particular subject when compared to all district schools on 59% of the 2-8 grade CSTs administered. Furthermore, when compared with students across the state, PS7 students are scoring 23 percentage points higher in ELA and 36 points higher in math.

In addition to strong results on the CSTs, PS7 also remained steady with an API of 911. This leaves PS7 with the fourth highest API in the school district for the second year in a row. In regards to AYP PS7 met 13 out of 13 criteria and students continue to perform well above minimum targets set under the No Child Left Behind criteria. Further analysis reflects that PS7 students continue to out-perform their peers across the state when compared to similar groups of students.

St. HOPE (SHPS) Public Schools is a public charter school system that focuses on students from low-income and minority backgrounds, providing them with a high-quality, rigorous college preparatory education. PS7 (grades K-8) and Sacramento Charter High School (grades 9-12) provide personalized attention to their students, committing more time with an extended school day to achieve academic results. SHPS also operates Triumph Center for Early Childhood Education, a public preschool providing unique early childhood education to approximately 65 children. The three schools serve approximately 1,500 students.