Seven CSDC-Supported High Schools Ranked Among Nation’s Top 2%

CSDC Salutes Its Nationally Ranked Charter High Schools Including Seven CSDC-Supported High Schools Ranked Among Nation’s Top 2%

(June 1, 2015, Columbia, MD) Ten Charter School Development Corporation (CSDC) charter schools made U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 list of America’s Best Public High Schools. Seven of those ten fell within the top 2% in the nationwide rankings, earning a Gold rating for educating their students to the highest level of college readiness.

U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings are “based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes” of that educational success.  U.S. News and World Report’s list of that nation’s 2500 best high schools includes 217 charter schools which are doing just that.

CSDC has worked with 10 of those ranked charter high schools to help them efficiently and effectively finance, build and expand their school facilities, always with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. CSDC facilities and finance programs include direct loans, credit enhancements and turnkey services, and focus on serving new schools, schools educating predominately low income students, and schools that create new educational options in communities with poorly performing traditional schools.

For example CSDC’s New Market Tax Credit program allowed Berkshire Arts and Technology to rehabilitate an industrial building in Adams, MA, to serve low-income rural students, many of whom have significant special educational needs, who otherwise had very limited educational choices. BArT ranks #227 among the nation’s 20,000 plus high schools.

CSDC also enabled Oakland School for the Arts to undertake the renovation of the community’s historic Fox Theatre, a significant milestone in mixed-use neighborhood revitalization in this California community plagued by an unemployment rate that is 1.5 times the national average. OSA ranks #1203, putting it in the top 6% of high schools nationwide.

Below is the list of ten CSDC-supported charter high schools ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the Best High Schools in America, with their corresponding national ranking (as well as their ranking among charter high schools):


#131 (#38) – Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, CO (New Market Tax Credit)

#227 (#63) – Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Adams, MA (New Market Tax Credit)

#229 (#64) – Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, AZ (Building Block Fund and CSDC Direct)

#297 (#72) – James Irwin Charter Schools, Colorado Springs, CO (CSDC Direct)

#337 (#80) – Herron High School, Indianapolis, IN (Building Block Fund)

#341 (#81) – Great River School, St. Paul, MN (Turnkey Development Program)

#344 (#82) – Pioneer Charter School of Science, Saugus, MA (Turnkey Development Program)

#1203 (#151) – Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland, CA (New Market Tax Credit):

#1523 (#171) – Benton County School of Arts, Rogers, AR (Building Block Fund)

#2287 (#210) – City On A Hill Charter Public School, New Bedford, MA (Turnkey Development Program)



About Charter Schools Development Corporation

Charter Schools Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), promotes innovation and excellence in education by helping charter school entrepreneurs and leaders finance, build and expand their school models, with the goal of ultimately improving student achievement by increasing school choice within the American public education system.