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Charter school network finds clarity of direction and alignment across sites

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a leading public charter school network in Los Angeles, created clear purpose, defined its secret sauce, and tackled growth in a meaningful way

The Need

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy had a desire to articulate its vision amidst internal growth and evolution, and significant changes to larger education landscape. The goal was to articulate a tangible, yet authentic definition of success and impact to align organization and school sites, strategy and priorities, and resources.

The Support

Blue Garnet worked with Camino to define a vision for impact and strategy to expand impact, including organization-wide strategic priorities and initial performance dashboard. We employed a pro forma tool to standardize Camino’s program model across school sites, and to identify tradeoffs and anchor planning with sustainable financial projections. Working with board and staff leaders, we developed a multi-year plan to achieve its vision for impact, including refined approach to program planning. Along the way, we maintained extensive engagement of board, staff, and school site leadership.

The Impact

We met our objectives, and went beyond in some areas: engaging the Board, developing concrete strategies for next 5 years, breakthroughs in the financial model on standard costs and site- differences, and dashboard targets we can use as levers.

Ana Ponce

Former Executive Director

The process yielded the ability to articulate internal culture and programmatic strategy in “the CNCA Way” to achieve its newly defined vision for impact. The team felt clarity of direction and alignment of priorities across organization and schools, which led to leadership development with renewed engagement at board and staff levels.

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