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Semillas Community Schools, a non-profit community-based educational organization committed to opening high quality charter schools in East Los Angeles, today announced it has received a grant of $250,000 from the Walton Family Foundation through the California Charter School Association's High Quality Charter School Grant Program. The award will support the opening of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School located in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of El Sereno.
"Since 2002 we have successfully opened three charter school campuses in East Los Angeles," said Marcos Aguilar, Executive Director of Semillas. "This grant award recognizes the success we've demonstrated thus far and validates the organization's mission to provide every child in East Los Angeles with the means to prepare for tier-one universities. Additionally, these funds will support our on-going success toward becoming the first public schools authorized as International Baccalaureate World Schools in the city of Los Angeles."
Charter schools are public schools created or organized by a group of educators, parents, community leaders, or community-based organizations and sponsored by a state, county, or local school board. "The students of Los Angeles deserve access to the culturally-driven, community-based, international education Semillas provides. Quality education is a long-standing demand in East Los Angeles--one that Semillas meets on all counts," said Dr. Juan Gomez Quinones, President of the Semillas governing board. Beyond the minimal standard of instruction, Semillas aims to meet the rigor of international standards of education, as well as internationally recognized rights of children, and Indigenous Peoples through our houses of higher learning. Semillas is decisively paving the way for university success on the international stage for twenty- first century students based upon the wisdom of millenarian Indigenous knowledge. Semillas also provides a haven for students to cultivate intellectual and social potential to become future doctors, lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs and educators. Semillas strives to provide a strong foundation for future generations through a powerful education so they become conscious, whole and capable individuals that can guide with ancestral clarity for the coming seven generations.
Semillas represents two community-based charter schools in East Los Angeles, Xinaxcalmecac Academia Semillas del Pueblo for grades kinder through eight and Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School of North America for grades nine through twelve. Semillas students strive to become internationally-minded, culturally-wise community members. For more information visit: www.dignidad.org <http://www.dignidad.org/> .