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Charter schools

What is a charter school and how do you get into one? Charter schools are free public schools, one of many alternatives for free public schools. As a free public school, you are able to attend a charter school if you live in the neighborhood that a charter school is in. Or you can lottery in. Charter schools were created to give parents more choice in the style of education that they're getting from their school district. So charter schools can teach differently, they can have completely different curriculum, they can focus on a completely different philosophy. They can also involve teachers in developing curriculums, something that doesn't happen in a regular neighborhood school. If you're interested in a charter school, you need to attend an open house or a tour, apply on their application timeline, enter that lottery, and then wait to find out if you got a space in that lottery. And as long as you live in the state in which the charter is located, you are eligible to apply to that charter school.

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Sandy Eiges, MA

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Originally from New York, Sandy Eiges holds a master's degree in Social Work, and has worked in and around education her entire professional career. She has served as executive director for Save the Children's field office in Jerusalem, where she created and published a cultural diversity curriculum for grades 5-9. This curriculum was subsequently adopted by the Israel Ministry of Education. She also served on the executive board of UNICEF in Israel and created and ran after-school programs for latch-key children. She was, at one time, a charter school developer for a start-up Reggio-inspired K-8 school. Sandy was also the charter school developer for YouthBuild Charter School of California, a high school diploma program for out of school/out of work youth, located in Watts, East Los Angeles and El Monte; for which she also served as interim principal. She has a child who attended a Reggio-inspired preschool and who now attends a project-based elementary school. Inspired by her own quest for the right schools for her daughter, and her extensive research into schools in Los Angeles, Sandy started L.A. School Scout LLC. For the past six years she has helped families looking for the right fit in preschools, elementary schools, middle and high schools for their children.

When she’s not helping families find the school that’s right for them, she’s enjoying time at home with her relentlessly curious and brilliantly creative daughter, who is a constant inspiration for the hopes, dreams and ideas that drive her life. LA School Scout helps families make informed and thoughtful choices about the schools that will best suit them. Our mission is to promote, encourage and applaud children's enthusiasm for school and learning; take the mystery and anxiety out of the school finding process for parents; and provide families with comprehensive information on all of their educational choices.

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