Charter Schools

Charter Schools Approved by the Contra Costa County Board of Education 

Introduced to California by the Charter Schools Act of 1992, a charter school is a tuition free, tax-supported, public school that is independently run. Students enroll in charter schools on a voluntary basis. Charter schools were founded based on the premise that in exchange for receiving greater flexibility over school operations, the charter school would provide improved student performance.

A “charter,” is a legally binding contract, which describes key elements of the proposed school. The charter is typically presented to a local school district board for approval and authorization, though county boards of education and the State Board of Education also authorize charters under certain circumstances.

According to the Charter Schools Act, when reviewing petitions to establish a charter school, the chartering authorizer shall be guided by the intent of the Legislature that charter schools are and should become an integral part of the California educational system and that the establishment of charter schools should be encouraged.

Contra Costa County is currently the authorizer of eight charter schools.  While this means CCCOE has some oversight responsibility, we are not to get involved with and have no authority over the day to day operation and functioning of the sites.  Each of the charters are more directly accountable to their school leaders and their governing board.  However, when issues are unresolved at the leadership level we often step in as a third party to ensure that the school is responsive to outside requests and complaints.

 Caliber Beta Academy 
Ashlee Gutierrez 
4301 Berk Ave. Richmond, CA 
(510) 685-9886

Clayton Valley Charter School 
Jeff Anderson 
1101 Alberta Way Concord, CA 
(925) 682-7474

Contra Costa School of Performing Arts 
Neil McChesney 
2730 Mitchell Ln. Walnut Creek, CA 
(925) 235-1130

Golden Gate Community School 
Rebecca Vichiquis 
1111 Stoneman Ave. Pittsburg, CA 
(925) 427-3199
Invictus Academy – El Sobrante 
Gautam Thapar 
1121 Allview Ave. El Sobrante, CA 
(510) 964-7581

Making Waves Academy - Richmond 
Evangelina Ward
Jackson 4123 Lakeside Drive Richmond, CA
(510) 262-1511

Making Waves Academy - Pittsburg 

Tentative Open Date: 2021

Summit Public School K2 - El Cerrito 
Shilpa Duvoor 
1800 Elm Street El Cerrito, CA 
(510) 435-2032

Roster of Contra Costa County Charter Schools



Title Name (click to email) Phone Fax
Director III, Administrative Services
Pam Tyson Ph.D.
(925) 942-3381
(925) 945-1458
Administrative Assistant
Danielle Low
(925) 942-3356
 (925) 942-3480


CCCOE Board Approved Charter Schools
 Charter School Q & A
Roster of Charter Schools in Contra Costa County
Dannis Woliver Kelley, 2018 Legislative Session-Charter Schools Legislation

For more Charter School information from Dannis Woliver Kelley, please go to or contact a DWK attorney

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