Dearborn Elementary Charter Academy is a suburban elementary school in the heart of Northridge located one mile east of California State University, Northridge and adjacent to both Dearborn Park and Holmes Middle School. We offer a variety of quality programs that attract families to our school, 38% of our students attend Dearborn on various types of permits. From our acclaimed School for Advanced Studies to our Special Education classes, Dearborn is a place where students are inspired to achieve their potential. We offer a well-rounded program that focuses on academic achievement, but includes arts education, technology, character education and healthy lifestyles.
Dearborn currently has a student body of 510 in grades K-5. Our enrollment has steadily increased over the past few years. We have 47% of our students who receive free/reduced meals. The majority of our students matriculate to Holmes Middle School. Dearborn is the attendance area for Monroe HS, Northridge Academy, Cleveland, Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences and Granada Hills Charter HS.
There are twenty different languages spoken on our campus and approximately 12% of our students are English Learners. Our student body includes 46% Latino, 33% White, 10% Asian and 7% African American. Ten percent of our students are identified Gifted and 13% of students have disabilities.
Our campus has 25 classrooms, a Wonder of Reading Library, a new computer lab, a Parent Center, Auditorium, Staff Lounge and a Homework Club. Our Literacy Garden is a popular location on campus and we have many beautiful murals throughout our facility.
A great deal of Dearborn’s success is due to the involvement and support of the parents and community members who raise funds so all of our classes can go on field trips and participate in our psychomotor program. Parents, extended family members and neighbors are active members of our school community and support us through their volunteer work in the classrooms, serve on our leadership councils and truly partner with our staff to benefit all students. We have an award winning PTA that provides enrichment and support for our students, staff and families. Many parents are involved and we welcome family and community members who want to make a difference at our school.
Dearborn teachers send home Weekly Conduct Reports for each student, copies of District Assessment Results, Low Grade Warning Notices and Report Cards to parents, Our Parents came to report card conferences November, Back-to-School Night in September and Open House in the spring. Our ELAC and Parent meetings provide opportunities to explain assessments and how to understand the results.
On July 1, 2012, Dearborn official transitioned to be an LAUSD Affiliate Charter School. We became a California Distinguished School and a Title 1 Academic Achievement Award recipient in 2008. Dearborn won the Music Center BRAVO Awards for the Arts in 2011. We also have won the National Inclusive School Award in 2011 and 2008.
Dearborn is a warm and welcoming environment where students are nurtured and challenged by a committed team of professionals and parents who work together to ensure their success.