Hundreds gathered at the Lovonya DeJean Middle School Auditorium Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in support of the Richmond Charter Academy Renewal

RICHMOND, CA — On February 15, 2017, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved a five-year renewal for AMPS Richmond Charter Academy.

“The renewal of Richmond Charter Academy is more than a victory for Amethod Public Schools, but a victory for the students and families of Richmond that want quality educational institutions,” says Michael Bradley, after school education and safety coordinator at Richmond Charter Academy.

The bi-monthly school board meeting took place at Lovonya DeJean Middle School in Richmond. Hundreds of families filled the auditorium and gym wearing yellow and black Richmond Charter Academy shirts to express their support of the charter renewal.

“Last night made a deep impression on me. The parents, students, and staff that came out in support of our school was an emotionally moving event,” says Jeff Clinton, site director of Richmond Charter Academy and John Henry High School. “As a community, we are all dedicated to a rigorous learning environment and college readiness program for our students.”

Richmond Charter Academy opened its doors in 2012 and serves approximately 230 students from grades 6-8. It is a part of Amethod Public Schools, a Bay Area network of charter schools in Oakland and Richmond.

“We are overjoyed with the West Contra Costa County Unified School District’s decision to renew Richmond Charter Academy,” says Yesenia Sanchez, dean of instruction at Richmond Charter Academy. “Having a high-performing middle school like ours in Richmond will make a positive impact in students lives for years to come. We will continue to work hard and serve our community.”

To learn more about Richmond Charter Academy, visit


Amethod Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation, founded in Oakland, CA in 1993. They oversee six public charter schools in Oakland and Richmond including Oakland Charter High School, Oakland Charter Academy, Downtown Charter Academy, John Henry High School, Richmond Charter Academy, and Benito Juarez Elementary. The AMPS network flagship school, Oakland Charter Academy, is the oldest charter school in the City of Oakland, and was the twelfth school chartered in the state of California. For more information, visit

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