The Charter School Concept

Canyon School has the highest API of a K-5 Elementary School in Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Smarter Balanced (SBAC) test scores came in and we're over the moon thrilled to report that Canyon Charter scored highest in LAUSD for elementary schools, scoring 89% proficiency in math (201 tested), and 93% proficient in English (200 tested). Raise your hands Canyoners and celebrate! These numbers blow away the others. Our kids have worked hard for this, and these results make the entire community proud to call Canyon our own.

Check out the test results for yourself.

The Charter Complex
Canyon Charter School is part of the Palisades Charter Complex. The Complex, comprised of Canyon, Palisades, Marquez, Topanga and Kenter Canyon Elementary Schools, and Paul Revere Middle School, is authorized by the State of California to self govern under the guidelines established in the Complex Charter document. Our charter status was renewed in June of 2015 by LAUSD for an additional five years.

As directed by the Charter, the Canyon School Governing Board – a representative body of staff, teachers, administration and parents – reviews school procedures and sets standards and policies for the school. This allows the local school community to pursue an educational direction that responds to the specific needs of our students. In carrying out the academic mission of the Charter, Canyon has developed a unique instructional focus that highlights living in an ecologically sensitive coastline community within the context of a global village.  

2015-2020 Canyon Approved Charter

2015-2020 Canyon Charter Governing Council Bylaws

2015 Canyon Charter Renewal Approval Letter 

Canyon's enrollment is open to any student in the L.A. area, allowing the school to build an integrated and diverse student body, representative of the cultural and ethnic diversity of L.A. Any student may apply, and all students attending do so by choice, because they have committed to the Charter's goals.

Canyon Charter School is committed to providing a child centered and nurturing environment, in which each child develops to her/his potential and becomes a lifelong learner. Canyon students are actively engaged in a differentiated curriculum, with the whole child in mind. The curriculum emphasizes the following: academic excellence, real world connections, high level thinking skills, problem solving, communication skills, artistic expression, positive character traits, and social values. Our students are encouraged to make connections with each other in the Canyon community, as well as with local and global communities. Canyon Charter School is a place where students learn from the past and celebrate and preserve our school’s natural and cultural heritage. It is a place where students are empowered in the present in order to become productive citizens in the future.

Canyon Charter School sees a world in which educational opportunity is maximized and no child is overlooked. To create this world, we seek ways to advance our curriculum and lead education toward an ever more flexible and responsive approach to learning development.