Frequently Asked Questions
What is a charter school?
"A charter school is a public school, and it may provide instruction in any of grades K-12. A charter school is usually created or organized by a group of teachers, parents and community leaders or a community-based organization, and it is usually sponsored by an existing local public school board or county board of education. Specific goals and operating procedures for the charter school are detailed in an agreement (or "charter") between the sponsoring board and charter organizers.
A charter school is generally exempt from most laws governing school districts, except where specifically noted in the law. California public charter schools are required to participate in the statewide assessment test, called the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) program. The law also requires that a public charter school be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations and prohibits the conversion of a private school to a charter school. Public charter schools may not charge tuition and may not discriminate against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability."
LVCP answers directly to the California Board of Education.
How much does it cost?
LVCP is a free public education funded, as all public schools are, through tax revenue. Additionally, LVCP pursues grant monies, parent donations, and holds many fundraising events. Parents do volunteer in many capacities to help keep costs down. This allows for more of the budget to go towards academic needs.
Where do I have to live to attend LVCP?
LVCP does not have housing boundaries and students come from many different communities.
Where is Livermore Valley Charter Prep High School?
Livermore Valley Charter Prep (LVCP) is currently housed in the Portola Elementary School Campus at 2451 Portola Avenue in Livermore, California. However, LVCP will be moving to its new campus when completed. The new buildings for both the LVCS (K-8) and LVCP campuses will be located right off Airway Blvd. and Collier Canyon in Livermore.
How do I enroll my child in LVCP?
Currently, LVCP accepts enrollment forms for attendance during Open Enrollment periods. At the close of each period, all applicants are accepted unless the number of students exceeds the number of open spaces. When this occurs, a lottery takes place. Please see the Charter Application page for lottery details and call the office to find out when the next Open Enrollment period will occur. Please also view the Admissions tab on this website for more information.
How many students are there at LVCP?
Currently there are only Freshman and Sophomores at LVCP. With each year another class will be added to the student population until we reach 1080 students. Projected enrollment for the 2012-13 school year is 350 students in grades 9-11.
Who is in charge of LVCP?
LVCP is owned and operated by the Tri Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC), a public non-profit public benefit corporation under California law. TVLC is governed by its adopted bylaws and its Board of Directors. Board members have a responsibility to adopt a budget, school policies and procedures, school operation, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and for the implementation of the charter which was certified by the state. A majority of the TVLC Board Members must be elected by the TVLC membership while others may be appointed.
LVCP has its own Site Board which acts in an advisory capacity to the Principal and the TVLC board.
How will my child qualify for college if they attend LVCP?
LVCP maintains the highest standards for its students and has the expectation that all will attend college. In fact, graduation requirements from LVCP require all students to pass the minimum coursework expected by the University of California and California State University systems. Special Education students may be exempted from this requirement through their Individual Educational Plans (IEP). LVCP is a WASC accredited institution.
What athletics are offered?
Athletics are offered at LVCP and will continue to grow as the school grows. Please visit the Athletics page for more information about Athletic programs.
What are the school mascot and colors?
LVCP students proudly wear red, silver, and black and the school mascot is the hawk.
What electives are offered?
A full range of electives are offered at LVCP including music, the arts, technology, world languages, academic support, advance placement and college level courses, and more. Please see the Counseling page for more information.
Are there campus tours?
Students who are interested in attending LVCP may shadow a current student for the day. Additionally, Open Houses occur through out the year starting in October. Please contact the office for more information or visit the Admissions tab of this website.
How do I request an enrollment form?
Enrollment forms can be obtained on the Admissions page of this website. Enrollment forms may also be picked up in the main office.
What is the Livermore Valley Charter School (LVCS)?
LVCS is the K-8 school owned and Operated by the Tri Valley Learning Corporation.
What is Portola Academy?
Portola Academy is the second TVLC K-8 school and is currently in the approval process. Portola Academy is tentatively scheduled to open in Livermore in the Fall of 2012 at 2451 Portola Avenue.
What is Tassajar Prep Academy?
Tassajara Prep Academy is the second TVLC high school and is currently in the approval process. Tassaja Prep is tentatively scheduled to open in the Fall of 2012 in Dublin. The location will be announced after approval of the charter petition.