PALMDALE – Sheriff Lee Baca, Assemblymember Steve Fox, Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Palmdale School District Board President Sandy Corrales-Eneix were among the dignitaries who took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning to signal the opening of Guidance Charter School’s new high school campus.
The new campus is leased from the Palmdale School District, it’s located at 37230 37th Street East, and it’s home to about 310 students, from grades 7-12, according to GCS Vice Principal Lauren Ramos-Allen.
“We have smaller class sizes and we are more hands on,” said Ramos-Allen. “Our staff-to-student ratio is 1:25, so our students are highly supervised.”
The new high school offers a well-rounded, student-centered curriculum that addresses each student’s individual needs, developmental levels, and diverse learning styles, school officials said.
The state-of-art campus also features a Medical Academy and a TV/Media/Art Academy complete with its own television studio, according to GCS President Kamal Al-Khatib.
“Our motto is providing a quality education in a secure environment,” Al-Khatib said.
“This is huge for the community because it gives the community another option besides the impacted classrooms at the larger campuses,” said Ramos-Allen. “We provide everything, and it’s absolutely free for anybody to attend.”
Classes began at the new campus on August 12. For more information on the new Guidance Charter High School, visit http://www.thegcs.org/.
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