Editor’s Note: This is the third in our series of articles about Santa Ana’s public charter schools
Opening its doors in September, 2003, Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy (EBC Academy), is a public charter elementary school located at 333 E. Walnut Street in the economically distressed Federal Empowerment Zone of Santa Ana, California. They are a K-5 charter school serving the educational needs of a community consisting predominately of non-English speaking, low income, and Latino families.
Their API (state test score) is 777, which is below the state’s minimum standard of 788. Their score fell by 3 points from the year before. According to the O.C. Register’s 2013 O.C. Elementary Schools Report Card, their academic rank is 355 and they have a 24.5 to 1 student to teacher ratio. Over 96% of their student body is Latino and that same figure is receiving free school meals. Continue reading