Orenda Education recognizes that Texas law gives the public the right to access certain government records that are otherwise not exempted from disclosure, and that the law contains guidelines for the timeframe in which we must respond to requests for information.
However, due to current federal, state, and local emergency declarations and “stay-at-home” orders related to COVID-19, our school’s normal operations have been suspended. Moreover, on April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-16, which closed all schools in the State of Texas for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year. At this time, our school system is
operating on a skeleton crew basis and our administrative offices are closed, meaning that we are generally unable to access school records.
The Attorney General recognizes that the following days do not count as “business days” for purposes of calculating deadlines for responding to public information requests: (i) skeleton crew days are not business days; (ii) a day on which our administrative offices are closed is not a business day; and (iii) closure days due to public health or epidemic response do not count as business days, even if staff continue to work remotely or if limited staff are on-site but involved directly in the public health or epidemic response. For these reasons, we currently are not processing open records requests. We will resume processing requests within the timeframe required by state law once normal operations resume.
(June 2) -- Graduates from two Orenda high schools walked the stage during their respective commencement ceremonies held in the newest venue on the Gateway College Prep School campus in Georgetown, Texas.
Sixty-nine graduates were honored during ceremonies at Gateway College Prep and 37 graduates from Gateway Tech High School.
(May 5) -- A U.S. News & World Report story ranked Gateway College Prep School among the top 100 high schools in Texas for 2019.
This year’s rankings again recognized many open-enrollment charter schools in Texas. In addition to the national list, US News also puts out a Top 100 Texas Public High Schools. Public charter schools took 35 of the Top 100 spots! A great accomplishment when you consider that we only make up 6 percent of public schools in Texas.
In determining its rankings, U.S. News and World Report considered many factors, including college readiness, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, under-served student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates.
Open-enrollment public charter schools continue to make great progress in preparing Texas students for life. The Texas Charter Schools Association is incredibly proud of the 35 public charter schools that have earned their spot in the Top 100 Public High Schools in the Lone Star State.
New Horizons School Receives Interactive Technology
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2018 — BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced that New Horizons School, part of the Orenda Education Charter School District in Texas, successfully installed BenQ’s short-throw interactive projectors in its classrooms. BenQ’s interactive short-throw education projectors are transforming the classroom, enhancing learning with multitouch interactivity and outstanding picture quality and brightness.
“There’s so much opportunity to do more with our students,” said Shelley Williams, New Horizons’ principal. “These projectors are helping to create a sense of belonging, independence and mastery in the classroom. We’re seeing more engagement, which encouraged more attendance. And for the first time ever, our students are passing assessment testing and are on the pathway to academic success.”
Texas Charter School Association Hosted Annual Conference in Houston
Oct. 24-26 -- The annual TCSA conference was held in Houston with more than 1,600 attendees, including Orenda Education officials and campus leaders. Dr. Tim Elmore was the keynote speaker. He is founder and president of Growing Leaders, a non-profit organization that specializes in developing leaders.
Orenda Education Earns an "A" Rating
Orenda Charter School District, with its five total campuses in Central Texas, received an “A” rating in overall performance by the Texas Education Agency’s new “A-F” grading system initiated this year.
Locally, Gateway College Prep School, a K-12 school campus serving more than 1,300 students, earned a “Met Standard” rating while earning six out of seven “distinctions.” The school earned an overall score of 95. Gateway Tech High School, also operating in Georgetown, offers a daily, 4-hour blended learning academic program for grades 9-12 only. That school earned a “Met Alternative Standard” with an overall score of 92.