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Mission Statement

Synergy Academies’ mission is to create and share solutions that eliminate the achievement gap. Synergy creates and shares solutions through the operation of urban public charter schools in South Los Angeles that implement a holistic approach to education, believe in collective accountability, and share best practices through professional collaboration.
Our Vision is to create model STEM schools that will empower students to be the next generation of problem solvers.

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Possible UTLA Strike

It has been widely reported in the news that UTLA, the labor union that represents teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been in contract negotiations with the district for over a year. UTLA announced that they will go on strike on Monday, January 14th, if they do not come to an agreement with the school district before then. If that happens, it means that many teachers at traditional LAUSD schools will not report to work. This does not include charter schools like Synergy Academies. Synergy schools will remain open if the strike takes place.

Public Random Lottery for 2019-2020

Synergy schools will host their Public Random Lottery for open spaces for the 2019-2020 school year on Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Click here for details!

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Synergy Academies is a non-profit charter school operator whose mission is to create and share solutions that eliminate the achievement gap. Synergy was founded in 2004 by two former teachers, Dr. Meg Palisoc and Dr. Randy Palisoc, who started Synergy Charter Academy (Synergy’s elementary school) in the heart of South Los Angeles to prove that inner city students could achieve academic success regardless of their backgrounds, and to share out their best practices once their students achieved academic success.
 
Synergy implements instructional strategies that integrate technology and focus on developing strong literacy and math skills. After its first year of operation, Synergy students’ standardized test scores were the highest in the community. Within four years, Synergy Charter Academy scores were near the top 10% of the state, and the school has remained the highest-performing, fully implemented K-5 school in South Los Angeles for the past eight years.
 
Synergy increased its capacity to educate over 1,300 students per year in grades K-12 by partnering with Dr. Barbara Shannon to open a middle school, Synergy Kinetic Academy, in 2008, and a high school, Synergy Quantum Academy, in 2011.
 
Since Synergy's middle and high schools are much larger than its elementary school, the majority of Synergy’s secondary students do not come from Synergy’s successful elementary school, but instead, they come from struggling neighborhood schools and are often performing three or more grade levels behind in reading and math when they first enroll. By again leveraging the use of technology and focusing on strategies that develop and strengthen literacy and math skills, Synergy is bringing these students up to grade level and preparing them for high school graduation and college.