iLEAD Lancaster Charter School opens

iLEAD Lancaster Charter School is located at 254 E. Ave K-4 in Lancaster.

LANCASTER — The City of Lancaster welcomes iLEAD Lancaster Charter School, the Antelope Valley’s newest charter school, located in the Lancaster Business and Technology Center.

iLEAD, which opened Tuesday, September 4, is a tuition-free public school, with no district boundaries which will provide Valley residents with choices for their children’s education.

“Our children are our leaders of tomorrow,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris, a founding board member of iLEAD.  “Through charter schools such as iLEAD, we are fulfilling our responsibility to them to by providing excellence in education while giving parents increased options as to how and where their children are instructed.”

iLEAD aims to develop leaders for the 21st century by taking a “whole child” approach to learning, while integrating projects and technology into every aspect of its curriculum.  For the 2012-13 year, iLEAD will serve children entering kindergarten through fifth grade.

Cutting edge technology is incorporated into the classroom in a way that mirrors today’s business environment. In addition, three foreign languages, Spanish, Chinese and Korean, will be taught at iLEAD.

Like all public schools, iLEAD’s classrooms are led by fully credentialed teachers who follow California state standards.  iLEAD was granted its charter by the Lancaster School District; founding board members include Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, Amber Raskin, Dawn Evenson and Benson Sainsbury.

There are currently openings in most grades – kindergarten through fifth grade.

Visit to learn more, complete an “intent to enroll” form, or join their mailing list for email updates. For further questions about iLEAD, call 661-722-4287 or email

(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)

  5 comments for “iLEAD Lancaster Charter School opens

  1. AVtime reader
    September 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Any of you know what age is legal for kindergarten? I want get my kid in this too!

  2. Angie
    September 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    What an amazing opportunity for the children of our community… Public schools seem to not care about a children’s education anymore. All they care about is attendance so they can get their money… And teachers are overworked and underpaid. I hope I can get my daughter in this

    • Jen
      September 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Oh how I wish this school was 9th-12th grades…

    • Matt K.
      September 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      I would add that it’s not just that teachers are underpaid. Many teachers go into the trade knowing that they’ll never be much above pauper status. The real issue is that teachers are now expected to raise children, instead of their parents. Yet, teachers also simultaneously have their hands tied vis-a-vis liberal disciplinary rules that now favor the student.

      A teacher I know at a local high school was recently told that she “had to earn” the respect of her students instead of expecting it.

      Is it really still a mystery why educational standards are slipping?

      • Eris
        September 12, 2012 at 9:31 am

        Left out of this article is how much the teachers will be paid.

        Charter schools are the back-door exit ramp for busting up union-based public schools with the facade of offering better a curriculum which is desperately needed, along with highly-trained instructors to pull it off.

        Offering high-tech classes is the answer to a better educated population and workforce, but asking professionals to work for less does not resolve the stigma of respect, and integrity for the instructor.

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