Executive Director’s Message
Pacific Charter Institute
supports the fluidity and adaptability of an independent study program focused on college preparatory academic achievement to meet the individual needs of each student. The traditional educational system meets the needs of the majority of students. The students whose needs are not met and remain in the public school system typically enroll in schools that offer limited or no college preparatory programs. During this period of turmoil for the student, many drop out of school altogether.
According to the article published by Regional Educational Laboratory at WestEd (2008), about 25% of all students fail to graduate nationwide, the research suggested that helping these students was problematic for traditional school districts due to capacity and acute intervention programs. PCI will have the capacity to meet the individual student needs to continue his or her public school education, as well as strive towards four-year collegiate goals in an individualized program. This will assist school districts to focus on its core strengths, while allowing PCI to support the district initiatives in traditional settings. The positive outcome will include a lower dropout rate in the community, which will also have positive community affects including lower crime and more productivity of its citizens.
PCI offers students that choose a different path the opportunity to maintain access to four-year college, while engaging in school in the manner that is effective for them. The school actively mentors new students, taking them from where they are to where they become competitive with their peers and become educated 21st century individuals.