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Baden Academy debuts with high academic performance scores

October 4, 2013

BADEN (October 4, 2013) – Baden Academy Charter School Chief Executive Officer Stephen Catanzarite today announced the school achieved a score of 89.1 on Pennsylvania's first School Performance Profile, a new academic performance score that replaces the former No Child Left Behind designation.

"This is a great way to make our debut," Catanzarite said. "It's the first year for Baden Academy, and the first year for the school performance profiles. This strong performance will serve as a firm foundation from which to launch our students' path to stellar achievement and personal growth."

In the case of Baden Academy Charter School, a K-3 public charter school with a focus on arts integration, the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile took into consideration a variety of data, including math and reading test scores on state tests. The 2012-2013 school year will serve as the baseline score for all public schools across the commonwealth.

"As a Title I school, Baden Academy serves students from a diversity of backgrounds who have a range of strengths and weaknesses. This score is another way of assessing the positive impact our school is making on behalf of each and every student we exist to serve," Catanzarite said. Title I is a federal program that provides support to schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families.

"The important thing to remember is that we now have the data upon which to build. It underscores our strengths and will help our teachers and administrators objectively evaluate existing and potential programs and services," Catanzarite said.

Additionally, Catanzarite said the SPP will serve as a tool for parents to compare neighboring schools, and for the general public to look at the academic performance measures of every public school in Pennsylvania. As importantly, it offers a resource to education leaders to analyze performance indicators as they relate to achievement, and encourage best practices.

"By maintaining our mission of providing children with an arts-rich atmosphere in which to think, learn, and discover, we hope to serve as a model learning community," Catanzarite. "I applaud our faculty and staff and our parents and families for their leading roles in this success, and I proudly cheer 'Bravo!' to our students on their incredible performance."

Stephen Catanzarite

About Baden Academy Charter School

The mission of the Baden Academy Charter School is to inspire personal excellence by cultivating the inherent gifts and talents present in all children by providing a curriculum which integrates the arts and sciences in a highly interactive, hands-on environment resulting in outstanding academic and personal achievement. We will emulate the classical rigor that will create a small, scholarly society of renaissance thinkers who value our humanity and our environment.