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A charter school organization for students in low- income communities in Los Angeles announced it is accepting applications for entering sixth- and ninth-graders to its network of 16 college-preparatory public schools. Alliance public charter schools, which started in 2004, are tuition-free and open to all students in California regardless of ability or aptitude.
"All Alliance schools dramatically outperform the neighborhood public schools that our students would otherwise attend," said Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools President and CEO Judy Burton.
"Given the Alliance opportunity, kids from L.A.'s lowest-performing communities achieve at the highest levels and go on to success in college."
According to school officials, 97 percent of Alliance students come from poor families that live in low-performing communities, but 100 percent of Alliance high school graduates have been accepted to college--80 percent to four-year universities, including Wellesley, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Mills College, Dartmouth, Pomona College, UC Berkeley and UCLA.
To learn more about Alliance schools, where they are located and how students can apply, contact Mary Louise Silva at (213) 943-4930 ext. 1011, or email her at