Westlake Charter Awarded $575K Grant

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Westlake Charter Middle School has been awarded a $575,000 federal grant administered by the California Department of Education.

The school was notified last week of the Public Charter School Grant Program award. It was one of 40 schools which applied for the competitive grant in October 2011.

The grant will be used to help implement a curriculum focused on math and science – using technology – offered to Westlake middle school students, school officials said in a written statement. Students at the middle school have the use of their own iPad for textbooks, apps, writing and analytical tools.

In addition to funding technology for the school, grant monies will be used to pay for state-of-the-art science equipment as well as science curriculum. The grant is expected to fund curriculum and tools for special needs students, art, foreign language, physical education equipment, training and books.

This grant was written by Westlake Charter Middle School parents, teachers and administrators. The school expects the first $325,000 installment by mid-July and the $250,000 balance in July 2013.

Westlake Charter Middle School is a 6-8 middle school located within the Natomas Unified School District boundaries.

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