In the late 1990's, families in the MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, banded together under the stewardship of community-based organization Pueblo Nuevo Development (PND) to change the landscape of education in their community. Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) was born out of this community's need and commitment to give its children a high quality education and break the cycle of underperformance. Camino Nuevo's grassroots antecedents and deep ties to its community have allowed the organization to grow and garner numerous community partnerships which provide invaluable services to students and their families.
CNCA serves over 1,500 students in preschool through 12th grade across four campuses: one Early Childhood Education Center, two K-8 campuses and one high school. The goals of CNCA have been to bring quality educational choices to parent and students, to improve the quality of life for its students through a solid educational foundation, and to strive for positive change in the ecology of the neighborhood through its impact on students, families and the community.
An outgrowth of CNCA, Camino Nuevo High School (CNHS) has set itself apart from local public and charter schools with its high academic performance, comprehensive offering of critical support services to students and families and high expectations in a culture where individuals matter and are prepared to be college ready, college bound. The school is driven by its mission to educate students in a college preparatory program to be literate, critical thinkers and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice with sensitivity toward the world around them.