PCSD works with six of the highest performing charter school management organizations (CMO) in the United States.
Charter schools are public schools. They are nonsectarian, tuition-free, and operate under the terms of a "charter" that sets forth the school's mission, program, goals, and ways to measure success. Los Angeles has more charter schools than any other city in the nation. Under California law, charter applications are first made to local school districts and, if approved, granted for five years, after which they are considered for renewal. Charter schools are financed directly by the state and exercise increased autonomy in return for accountability in both academic results and fiscal practices.
The following CMOs are opening elementary, middle, or high schools that provide viable alternatives for urban families that live near some of the worst performing schools in California:
- Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools
- Aspire Public Schools
- Green Dot Public Schools
- Inner City Education Foundation
- KIPP LA
- Partnership to Uplift Communities
Click on the links above to learn more about each school client. You can also click on California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) to learn more about the statewide charter movement. PCSD has helped CCSA to enhance the CCSA website to add helpful facilities-related information for prospective charter school operators.
PCSD’s principal focus to date has been to build within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) where the District suffers from a shortage of nearly 100,000 student seats. In 2008, PCSD expanded its scope of services to include the entire State of California. In the summer of 2009, PCSD opened a Northern California office to support this expansion.
PCSD also provides construction management and facilities consulting services to other schools and school reform leaders.
In particular, PCSD has served as project manager to two non-CMO educators: The Watts Learning Center and Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. Furthermore, as of 2009, PCSD received $4 million in project equity from The Walton Family Foundation designated to be used to help create more seats for non-CMOs. We are pursuing opportunities for several such smaller, high quality organizations which deliver great educational results while also seeking the same facilities stability as their "bigger brothers and sisters."
Our SCHOOL Clients have utilized our facilities to produce remarkable academic results: