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Synergy Quantum Academy opened its doors on September 7, 2011 to 400 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. In 2016-2017, we enrolled up to 580 students in grades 9-12. At the end of the school year, we had 180 seniors. One-hundred-seventy of those seniors graduated. That's a graduation rate of 94%! 
 
We are one of two small public schools located on the Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School campus in South Los Angeles. As a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) focused high school, we are preparing our students to be the innovators of tomorrow.
 
We are fortunate to have exceptional teachers, counselors, and support staff. Our teachers implement Synergy’s Four Key Instructional Strategies that have made Synergy Charter Academy (grades K-5) and Synergy Kinetic Academy (grades 6-8) successful:
 
1) Focus on Fluency,
2) Focus on Academic Language,
3) Focus on Schemas, and
4) Focus on Time on Task.
 
As students come to school every day, we ask them to be mindful of their relationships with others, work hard to do their best every day and, bring out the best in each other every day, in every way.
Parents play a very important role in their child’s education at Synergy Quantum Academy. They ask their children daily what they have learned in school. Parents attend parent conferences, parent meetings, sports events, and other school activities. We take pride that our parents are active participants in their child’s education.
 
We strive to prepare every student for college. Our vision is to produce students who are creative thinkers, motivated learners, and lovers of knowledge. Every day I look forward to working with our students, their parents and our staff to make these dreams a reality.

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Synergy Academies is a non-profit charter school operator whose mission is to create and share solutions that eliminate the achievement gap. Synergy was founded in 2004 by two former teachers, Dr. Meg Palisoc and Dr. Randy Palisoc, who started Synergy Charter Academy (Synergy’s elementary school) in the heart of South Los Angeles to prove that inner city students could achieve academic success regardless of their backgrounds, and to share out their best practices once their students achieved academic success.
 
Synergy implements instructional strategies that integrate technology and focus on developing strong literacy and math skills. After its first year of operation, Synergy students’ standardized test scores were the highest in the community. Within four years, Synergy Charter Academy scores were near the top 10% of the state, and the school has remained the highest-performing, fully implemented K-5 school in South Los Angeles for the past eight years.
 
Synergy increased its capacity to educate over 1,300 students per year in grades K-12 by partnering with Dr. Barbara Shannon to open a middle school, Synergy Kinetic Academy, in 2008, and a high school, Synergy Quantum Academy, in 2011.
 
Since Synergy's middle and high schools are much larger than its elementary school, the majority of Synergy’s secondary students do not come from Synergy’s successful elementary school, but instead, they come from struggling neighborhood schools and are often performing three or more grade levels behind in reading and math when they first enroll. By again leveraging the use of technology and focusing on strategies that develop and strengthen literacy and math skills, Synergy is bringing these students up to grade level and preparing them for high school graduation and college.