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January 20, 2010 > FAME earns charter renewal

FAME earns charter renewal

Submitted By Mira Brown

The Alameda County Board of Education last night approved the renewal of FAME Public Charter School (FAME) for an additional five years. Initially approved in 2005 as Alameda County's first and only countywide charter school, FAME currently operates three public charter campuses and an independent study program, attracting students from seven counties and fifteen school districts within Alameda County. The Alameda County Board of Education approved FAME's renewal in a five to two vote.

"By voting to renew FAME, the Alameda County Board of Education is truly recognizing our record of academic success and service to underserved Bay Area communities," said FAME Founder and Director Maram Alaiwat.

FAME is the only countywide charter school providing specialized educational opportunities to Alameda County's immigrant communities from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. It has experienced four years of academic success, showing continued improvement on statewide tests, including a growth in their Academic Performance Index (API) of 709 in 2005 to 743 in 2009.

In addition to English language intervention, FAME offers Arabic as a second language to all its students beginning as early as Kindergarten. Its goal is to enable students to complete academic coursework and converse in Arabic and English, while developing a deep understanding of the Middle Eastern culture in which Arabic is used. As part of its new charter, FAME will be launching the nation's first K-12 dual-immersion Arabic program next year.

Visit FAME at www.famecharter.org.

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