BY ALLISON LEVITSKY
Daily Post Staff Writer
Bullis Charter School, the controversial program in the Los Altos School District, is seeking to expand into the Mountain View Whisman School District with a new charter elementary school in Mountain View.
Bullis has been a divisive issue in the Los Altos School District since its beginnings in 2003, with lawsuits and countersuits filed by the district and the charter school over facilities disputes.
“We believe firmly in our educational model and programs and we want to share these successful practices with the greater community,” Bullis Assistant Principal Jennifer Anderson-Rosse said in a statement on Aug. 30. “Our goal is to positively impact more families and ensure that every child receives an education that meets his or her unique learning needs.”
School officials said that at 880 students, Bullis is growing too fast for the size of its current facilities, which are housed at campuses shared with Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools.
The second charter would serve Mountain View students and use the same curriculum, including an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, focused learning goals and personalized learning. The school would initially launch with 168 students across four grades: transitional kindergarten through second grade. Each class would have 24 students.
It would grow over time to serve 320 students through fifth grade. Like the Los Altos charter school, it would be tuition-free and open to the public.
The application would request a preference for Whisman students who qualify for the free- and reduced-price lunch program, but would be open to all students and give preference to siblings.
Mountain View Whisman hasn’t received an application yet, the school board’s Vice President Greg Coladonato told the Post yesterday (Sept. 7).
Information sessions on the expansion was held Saturday (Sept. 8) in Los Altos and at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 11) at 1124 Covington Road.
The school has long fought for its own school site in the Los Altos district, which overlaps into part of Mountain View. A task force in the Los Altos School District is seeking to relocate Bullis’ Los Altos campus to a new site in the San Antonio area of Mountain View, contrary to a City Council preference to serve students in that neighborhood.