Uniform Information

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Dress and Grooming                                                                   


Parents and/or guardians have the primary responsibility to see that students are properly attired for school.  Competitive Edge Charter Academy has adopted acceptable uniforms for all students Kindergarten through Eighth grade.  The uniform policy is defined below:


Pants:  Long pants and short pants, skirts, skorts or jumpers, Khaki or Navy Blue in color, cotton/polyester blend.
 (Skinny jeans, jeggings, bro-pants,  or tights, denim, corduroy, or jean material are not permitted!)


*Leggings and tights worn with shorts or skirts must be dark blue, white or pastel pink (no exceptions)


*To be compliant short pants, skirts, or skorts must be longer than a student’s fully stretched finger tips when they are standing with their arms straight down (no exceptions)


Shirts:  Short sleeve or long sleeve polo shirts white, dark blue or light blue, black or pastel pink.  Henley shirts, flannel shirts or other cover-up shirts are not permitted. 

             Flannel shirts or other cover-up shirts are not permitted.


             Undershirts that are longer than the uniform shirt are permitted as long as they are white, dark blue, light blue, pastel pink, in color only.  Undershirts that have a lace  fringe on the bottom are not permitted.


Shoes:  Closed toe shoes are required at all times

Socks:  Must be Blue, Black, White or Pink


Outerwear:  School Pride jackets and sweat shirts are available for purchase but not required.  All other sweatshirts must be dark blue or light gray without logos.  Students must be able to prove that they are wearing uniform clothing that would comply with the uniform policy under their outerwear at all times, and be able to remove outerwear when indoors in order to be in compliance.


Rules for Accessories:


  1. Hats, caps, beanies and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors.  Exceptions may be granted for medical reasons. Hats must be worn with the bill forward at all times.

2.  Jewelry, and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, watter bottles, etc.) shall be
      free of writing, pictures, or any other images that are crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually
      suggestive, which bear, drug, alcohole, or tobacco company advertising, promotions and


  1. Earrings, jewelry, or accessories that present a safety hazard to the wearer or others are prohibited.


  1. Sunglasses may be worn on campus outside of class.  Prescription sunglasses may be worn in class only with a written explanation from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating why clear or light-sensitive lenses cannot be worn (or with advance permission from the teacher for temporary periods when regular glasses are lost or mislaid).


  1. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed.  Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet.




Students violating the uniform policy will be subject to progressive discipline as follows:


1st offense:        Warning

2nd offense:       Lunch detention  1 (D)

3rd offense:        One hour After School Detention (1 D)

4th offense:        Additional After School Detention and Parent Compact Violation Warning 2 (D)

5th offense:        Deemed a chronic violator and subject to involuntary transfer 2(D)

*Demerits will apply to 2nd offense and further violations


Chronic violation of the policy constitutes a violation of the CECA Student Academic, Behavior and Attendance Compact and may result in dismissal from CECA at the discretion of the Director with the Grade Level Council.

Resources for Engage NY Math

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Help!  I can't do the math either!
Primary Years Program Parents, the links below are a great resource for use in helping your students master the Common Core.  Just click on the appropriate grade level and then the module for the help you need in order to be able to help your students with their math. 

Follow the Link below and click on your grade level on the left side of the Lafayette website to reveal information about all of the Engage New York Modules and Concepts.

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade           


In addition there are helpful videos on this Engage New York site



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Following are some answers to many FAQ’s as answered by the online resources at the Charter Schools Development Center:


What is a charter school?

A charter school is a new form of public school that may be started and operated by a school district, individuals or organizations from outside of the traditional public school district system. Successful charter school developers are granted a charter to operate a public school for a fixed period of time (in California usually for 5 years). Charter schools are generally exempt from most laws that apply to regular public schools, so administrators, faculty, staff and parents have considerable autonomy in designing an educational program, facilities and budget that meet the needs of their students. In exchange for this increased autonomy, charter schools are held much more strictly accountable than most non-charter public schools. Charter schools must meet all of the student performance and operational goals listed in their charter, or their charter may be revoked. The first charter school law was passed in Minnesota in 1992. California was the second state to enact charter legislation in 1992, authored by then Senator Gary K. Hart. There are now 40 states, plus Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Washington, D.C., with charter schools.

The charter school reform concept is part of a larger policy effort to fundamentally alter the structure of the public education system in an effort to (1) provide quality public education choices for families, (2) enable change-oriented educators to establish and operate new, innovative schools, and (3) provide increased competition within the public education sector. It's the competitive aspect of the charter concept that makes it controversial and also powerful. The charter school reform concept was largely developed by Ted Kolderie, a public policy expert at the Center for Policy Studies in St. Paul, Minnesota.

How are charter schools governed?

There is a range of governance structures in charter schools. In California, some charter schools, referred to legally as "dependent" charter schools, are established or remain a legal arm of the school district or county office of education that granted their charter. This is how the Competitive Edge Charter Academy charter petition K-8 is written. Other charter schools, a.k.a. legally "independent" charter schools, function as independent legal entities and are usually governed by or as public benefit ("not-for-profit") corporations. Still other charter schools form some sort of legal hybrid, or "in-between" structure, in which some governance powers remain with the district or county and others rest with the school governing body. The school's governance structure must be clearly described in the charter. The charter-granting agency has the responsibility to ensure that the charter schools for which they have granted charters are meeting the terms of their charter, are fiscally managed well, and are complying with all applicable laws.

Do charter schools have to provide special education programs and services?

Charter schools are required to follow federal laws pertaining to special education (e.g., Section 504, Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Charter schools must provide a free and appropriate education for children with special needs identified in an individualized education plan, but may contract with a private vendor, school district, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), or other agency to provide the services. The Competitive Edge Charter Academy K-8 will continue to work with the YCJUSD in order to provide special education services to its students. 

Do you need to be credentialed to teach in a charter school?

CA Education Code Section 47605(l) provides that, "Teachers in charter schools shall be required to hold a CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing certificate, permit or other document equivalent to that which a teach in other public schools would be required to hold." In addition, the law states that "It is the intent of the Legislature that charter schools be given flexibility with regard to noncore, noncollege preparatory courses." The meaning of these laws is in frequent dispute and the terms "noncore" and "noncollege preparatory" have not been defined for credentialing purposes. The 2001 changes to the Elementary and Secondary Educaion Act (ESEA), also known as “No Child Left Behind,” include provisions that define “highly qualified” teachers. The YCJUSD Human Resources department will be conducting employee services to the Competitive Edge Charter Academy K-8 as it currently provides to other schools in the District. 

How are charter schools funded?

Charter school funding varies from state to state. In California, charter schools receive state and local funding in a per student allotment also known as average daily attendance (ADA). This allotment is based on statewide averages, dependent on the grade level of the students. Many charter schools also receive state and federal funding through categorical programs as appropriate. Several charter schools also write for public grants and receive contributions from individuals and private foundations to support their operations. As public schools, charter schools are not allowed to charge tuition.