About Us 2019-08-13T16:49:40-07:00

Welcome to El Sol Science and Arts Academy

El Sol Academy, a dual-immersion charter school founded in 2001 with 110 students, now enrolls nearly 1,000 students in preschool through eighth grade. Despite continuous  adjustments to the educational landscape, El Sol Academy continues to grow in both size and achievement with high expectations for students’ success.

El Sol has been named: a Bright Spot Awardee by The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the California Charter School of the Year, a California Distinguished School, a Title I Academic Achievement Awardee, a California Association for Bilingual Educators Seal of Excellence Award, a Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) STAR awardee and one of America’s Best Urban Schools for its excellence in urban education, dual language.

These distinguished awards highlight the unique dual-immersion curriculum that teaches advanced levels of knowledge and proficiency in English and Spanish. El Sol ensures students’ success by employing a thorough and diverse curriculum, exemplary professional development for teachers, commitment to parental involvement, and supplementary programs. Moreover, the El Sol faculty and staff are committed to teaching students how to be exemplary citizens in both the local and global community.

Our extended day program offers intensive academic instruction for struggling students while also incorporating rich, cultural enrichment activities. El Sol’s preschool establishes strong early-childhood foundational skills while the SOS-El Sol Wellness Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides a wide range of health services for El Sol’s families. Moreover, Mercado El Sol, a cost-free food pantry feeds more than a thousand families.

Upon graduation our students are prepared for high school and beyond. Our alumni attend the nation’s top colleges and universities, such as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, American University, and UC Irvine.

El Sol Academy invites you to navigate through the website to learn more about the school community, curriculum, programs and culture, or visit the campus to truly immerse yourself in the vibrant El Sol experience.

El Sol’s academic progress lends optimism that America can expand the American Dream to low income students.

Pete Goldmark, former Head of Rockefeller Foundation


El Sol’s mission is to provide a rigorous academic environment that prepares students for entrance into a college preparatory track at the high school of their choice. Along with providing a rigorous academic environment, El Sol’s mission includes creating a culture of kindness, creativity, courage, and honesty that will encourage our graduates to assume leadership roles in the 21st Century.

Pillars of Success