For too long and in too many communities, charter public schools and school districts have been pitted against each other and rarely find ways to collaborate on behalf of children. In 2013, Innovate began convening the Franklin-McKinley and Alum Rock school districts, local charter schools, and several community partners to form the District-Charter High-Quality Schools Compact. We are united in our common goal of ensuring that students who reside in this area of the Valley have access to high-performing schools. The partners meet regularly to move forward on the many different aspects of this collaboration which fall into three major areas:
- Developing Great School Leaders to Lead Current, Redesigned, and/or New Schools
- Common Metrics, Common Goals for All Schools
- Collaborative Systems
The Franklin-McKinley compact was recognized by the Gates Foundation as a national model for district-charter collaboration. Congratulations to all of our partners who are creatively collaborating for the benefit of all children!
Franklin-McKinley School District
Alum Rock School District
|Charter Partners||Community Partners|
|ACE Charter Middle||Alpha Public Schools|
|Cornerstone College Preparatory Academy||Catholic Charities|
|KIPP Bay Area Schools (Heritage)||Eastside Alliance|
|Rocketship Education (Mosaic and Spark)||Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative|
|Voices College-Bound Language Academy||San Jose Charter Consortium|
|Innovate Public Schools|
|Community/Parent Advocacy Organizations (PACT)|
In the News
- Mercury News editorial: Franklin-McKinley agreement with charters an example for Silicon Valley and the nation
- Mercury News: Unusual district/charter partnership promises all students in high-performing schools
- Mercury News editorial: Charter schools, traditional public schools should be cooperating
- Gates Foundation Donates $100,000 to Franklin-McKinley Schools
Our North Star Goal
- The members of the Franklin-McKinley High Quality Schools Compact agree to work collaboratively so that all of our students leave the 8th grade prepared to participate in a four-year college and a career-ready high school course of study.
- We will measure student readiness by ensuring that all students, including students who have traditionally struggled to excel academically, are performing at a college-ready level (as measured by the SBAC assessment) and by ensuring that they have the skills and habits of mind needed to successfully enter a college and career-ready program of study in their first year of high school.
- To accomplish this goal, members of the Compact agree to dramatically increase the number of high performing seats for students in our region by redesigning current schools based on the successful best practices shared through the work of this Compact, expanding the percentage of high performing seats in District and charter schools, and working to transform and dramatically improve historically underperforming schools into programs of excellence.
- By 2020, all students in our District will attend a high performing school. A high performing school is one in which 70% or more of all students, in all subgroup, are achieving at a college-ready rate. Charter compact members agree to attain this goal by ensuring that proficiency rates for all subgroups improve by 10% per year.
Progress to Date
As of 2013, both Franklin-McKinley and Alum Rock school districts had similar levels of school-wide proficiency in math, science, and English language arts. Some schools in both regions have already reached the North Star goal of 70 percent proficiency for all students and their subgroups (this does not include proficiency for students that take alternate exams), including KIPP Heartwood, McCollam Elementary, Voices and Cornerstone Academy. These are marked in gold on the map below where you can click on any pin to see each school’s proficiency rates.