Our History

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The San Carlos Charter Learning Center (CLC) was granted state charter number #001 in February 1993 by the State of California. CLC is the oldest charter school in California and one of the oldest charter schools in the United States. The school was created by a dedicated group of community members and educators. We opened our doors with 85 learners in 1994 and now maintain a steady population of over 350 children. CLC is a school of choice open to learners in the San Francisco Bay area.

Our innovative school has been featured in newspaper articles and television segments. In September 1997, President Clinton toured CLC applauding the academic accomplishments and community involvement. We have evolved from a small start-up into one of the academically strongest schools in the state of California.  The hard work and dedication of the educators, learners, parents, and community have created a dynamic school of which the San Carlos community is proud.

In our role as a research and development site, we have successfully undertaken many projects that relate to educational reform. Our research programs experiment with learning systems and implement ideas from leading edge research on how children learn. CLC uses a resource-based curriculum, using primary source materials and hands-on projects whenever possible, rather than the textbooks used in a more traditional academic setting. Over half of our staff has been trained in Schools Attuned, a differentiated learning program.

The entire CLC community is excited to be celebrating its 20th year. We continue to be one of the leaders for progressive elementary education for children and adolescents.