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TABLE OF CONTENTS WELCOME LETTER...............................................................5 WHAT WE BELIEVE........................................................6-13 Caliber’s Mission Caliber’s Values Voices of Caliber By the Numbers WHAT STUDENTS ACHIEVE....................................14-23 Family Spotlight Performance Data Demographics WHY WE TEACH..........................................................24-33 The Caliber Model Heart • Smart • Think • Act By the Numbers Teacher Spotlights WHY WE SUPPORT CALIBER...................................34-41 Note of Thanks Donor List Donor Spotlight 2017-2018 Financials


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Hi, my name is Zyhier! I’m glad you are reading Caliber’s Annual Report. I live in Richmond, California. I am almost 14 years old and I’ve been at Caliber for 3 years. Caliber is so special because they help me with my academics. At Caliber, we have computer science classes and DEAR, also known as Drop Everything And Read, where we spend time reading books for pleasure.

“I know my classes are helping me get ready for high school and college. ” Every morning, my day starts with Advisory, which puts me in the mood for a little laughter. This is a time when we can discuss issues that are important to us and reflect on news from the world around us. The real reason I look forward to school every day is to get a good education. On Fridays, in Advisory we use a program called “Sown to Grow” to track all of our pillar points, negative points, grades, and how we are feeling about our progress that week. Then, we use the program to set goals for the next week. Our advisors review our goals and make comments on them so we can revise them on Tuesdays in Advisory. This has really helped me make progress and set and achieve better goals.

Another favorite activity is participating in the Student Government Association, or SGA. This year I am serving as the Secretary, which means I am responsible for taking important notes about our field trips, school activities, and dances. My goal is to create a school campus that is just as fun as it is rigorous.

“This report isn’t just about me, however, Inside you can learn all about Caliber’s students, teachers, and families. Our community is amazing and I am so happy to be a part of it. I highly suggest you turn the page and keep reading.” Thank you, Zyhier Rivers

My favorite part about attending Caliber is the field trips. On May 31st I got to go on my first plane ride, a scary and fun experience, to Atlanta and Alabama. We visited the Equal Justice Museum and several historical monuments. I was blown away by everything I learned and experienced during that trip.

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OUR MISSION & VALUES In 2017-2018, we embarked on an intensive and inclusive process to articulate our values and restate our mission. All stakeholders agreed that educational equity was at the heart of who we are and what we believe. This summer, we shared our mission and values with staff, families, and the community. Our mission and values inform every decision we make at Caliber.

CALIBER’S MISSION Our mission is to achieve educational equity by shifting the experiences, expectations and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. Our strengths-based educational program validates, affirms, respects and supports students, families and staff members to reach their full potential.

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CALIBER’S VALUES Our four core values are the FACE of Caliber. We believe in:

FEEDBACK We are committed to a culture of feedback, development and continuous improvement.

AFFIRMATION & VALIDATION We validate and affirm the identities, strengths and passions of each person.

COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY We work in service of and alongside our school communities.

EMPATHY & KINDNESS We approach situations and people with empathy and kindness.

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OUR COMMUNITY VOICES OF CALIBER RA’NIYAH ELLIS - 7TH GRADE, CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY

I like how teachers show kids that we need to be leaders instead of followers. ANNIE OPPENHEIM - 8TH GRADE ELA & SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER, BETA ACADEMY

Day in and day out, I’m impressed by how hardworking my fellow educators are at Caliber. It inspires me to continue doing this work and motivates me to come in to work every day to join them. PARKER REASON - 2ND GRADE, CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY

I like my teachers. I like my friends. I like all of the people who support me at Caliber. It makes me feel good when I get to see my friends and teachers every day. TIFFANY ACEVEDO - BETA ACADEMY GRADUATE

I loved my middle school years at Caliber. I’m now a sophomore at Middle College High School, where I’m able to tutor students in block coding and writing code because of what I learned at Caliber. I’m excited to bring opportunities to other students in the district who haven’t had this chance before. ALISON FORD - KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY

My focus as an educator has shifted to understanding what justice looks like for

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our children, and making moves towards it. From Caliber staff to educators to parents, it brings me joy that we’re all invested in our students’ success. LAWREN KEATON - 7TH GRADE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER, CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY

At Caliber, you’re taken care of as an educator. Caliber takes the growth and development of its teachers as seriously as that of our students. They want you to be the best teacher for your students.

“I love that everyone is welcome here. It doesn’t matter where your family is from or what you look like.” - LUCERO MARTINEZ ILLAN, 3RD GRADE, BETA ACADEMY YOCHABEL UBIERA - COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACHER, BETA ACADEMY

What makes Caliber different from other schools is the amount of involvement we have with students and their families. For example, we host math night where students and their families can learn together. ROSELINE ONU - 1ST GRADE INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT, BETA ACADEMY

My interactions with the kids allow me to build relationships with everyone in their families. They have all enriched me in different ways. The families are gracious and love to help. The kids are loving and appreciative. Their thirst for learning is infinite.


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131

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9,9 60 0 2 meals served

44

students have gone out of state for ACT trips

183

fitness tests completed by 5th + 8th graders

147

total graduates 13


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MRS. JONAH ORANTE CHANGEMAKER PARENT I’m the proud mother of kindergartener Conrado and second grader JC Marie – pictured left. Frankly, there are limited options in Vallejo for a rigorous education. I wanted the best option for my kids. A coworker of mine told me about Caliber and it immediately piqued my curiosity. I did my own research, and the mission and vision of Caliber strongly resonated with me. After meeting the Caliber staff, I knew it’d be a great fit.

“Caliber is my kids’ second home. You will experience it as soon as you enter the building. Everyone here is so warm. It’s like our second family.” My husband and I volunteer as much as we can with pick up and drop off, community events and even in the cafeteria for lunch. What I love about Caliber is the amount of homework and rigor the students receive.

“Teachers push students intellectually, and as a result, they are one step ahead.” We apply what’s taught in school at home. We treat our kids like adults, like the little humans they are. Every day is a learning process. I’m thrilled to learn alongside them!

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PERFORMANCE DATA Our students progress further the longer they are with us. There are now double the number of students who met or exceeded standard and half as many students in the lowest level of CAASPP.

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2018

2018 25% 13% 2014

2014

5%

4% 28%

19%

20%

26%

-25% -34%

-37%

-29%

-23%

-22% -42%

Did not meet standard

-47%

Nearly met standard

Met standard

Exceeded standard

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PERCENT OF STUDENTS WHO TESTED PROFICIENT: CALIBER SCHOOLS CALIBER SCHOOLS

WCCUSD VCUSD

WCCUSD VCUSD

45% 33%

CA STATE SOLANO COUNTY CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

AFRICAN-AMERICAN

CALIBER SCHOOLS

CA STATE SOLANO COUNTY CONTRA COSTA COUNTY WCCUSD

VCUSD

VCUSD

CALIBER SCHOOLS

34%

CALIBER SCHOOLS

WCCUSD

LATINX

AFRICAN-AMERICAN

20%

LATINX

28%

24%

CALIBER SCHOOLS

CA STATE

CA STATE

SOLANO COUNTY

SOLANO COUNTY

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

WCCUSD

WCCUSD

VCUSD

VCUSD

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Caliber students outperform the district overall. In addition, our African-American and Latinx students outperform their peers at the county and state level.

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DEMOGRAPHICS ChangeMakers Academy

Beta Academy

76% 46% 29%

Hispanic

Hispanic

Black

15% Black

7%

9% Fillipino

White

1%

1% Fillipino

3%

Asian

3% Asian

White

7% Multi Racial

<1% Hawaiian / Pacific Islander

2% Multi Racial

1% Hawaiian / Pacific Islander

62%

Free Reduced Lunch

78%

15%

English Language Learner

24%

11%

Special Education

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THE CALIBER MODEL Our teachers lead the charge in reimagining education for our students. From instructional assistants to teachers to coaches, we all share the unwavering belief that children deserve a rigorous education, regardless of their zip code. With compassion and commitment, we give our all to make sure our students get an excellent education.

HIGHLIGHTING A NEW PROGRAM: CHAMPIONING OUR TEACHERS: This year, we launched a new teacher appreciation program, Caliber Teacher Champions, to build and strengthen our community beyond campus boundaries. More than 20 educators are currently paired with a member of the Bay Area community whose role is to directly support teachers with small gestures like library book donations, classroom decorations, and professional development opportunities. As a community, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living up to our Heart pillar.

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OUR MODEL IS ANCHORED IN: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING Our curriculum explicitly teaches students how to identify and manage their own emotions, engage in and understand various social situations, and empathize and build relationships with others. SEL milestones are explicitly measured.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE At Caliber, harm is repaired through circles, conversations and group mediations depending on the incident. We invite all affected by harm to work collaboratively, taking into consideration the needs of the community and the afflicted while also considering the accountability and the growth of the offender.

INQUIRY & RESEARCH-BACKED PRACTICES Teachers at Caliber seek to be facilitators of learning, not transmitters. Units and lessons are designed based on research-backed theories rooted in inquiry. For students to learn something deeply, they must construct their own understanding. Teachers use practices such as guided reading, habits of discussion, and readers and writers workshop to support inquiry-based learning.

COACHING We are committed to supporting the growth of our educators. They receive weekly or biweekly coaching and training for effectiveness and student performance. Our coaches also receive biweekly coaching.

EQUITY We believe that we must understand our biases and challenge our understanding of what students need and deserve in order to create equitable educational opportunities. That work must be infused into what we do every day in every situation.

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OUR PILLARS Our goal is to equip every Caliber graduate with the real world skills they need to succeed through college, career and life. At Caliber, we establish a safe and supportive environment (HEART) so that students can engage in rigorous learning (SMART) and develop the skill set to be critical thinkers (THINK) who then become agents of change in their communities and world (ACT).

HEART

Emotional Intelligence

SMART

Academic College Readiness

THINK

Critical Thinking

ACT

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WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD ABOUT WORKING AT CALIBER SCHOOLS? MICHAEL HEATH - 7TH GRADE MATH TEACHER, BETA ACADEMY

The founding school members’ ‘Never give up’ attitude toward their vision of every child achieving their full potential. As a veteran teacher, I find the type of conviction being modeled at Caliber refreshing and empowering. SARAH WILK - 1ST GRADE TEACHER, BETA ACADEMY

I feel proud to work at Caliber because I am not only trusted in my practice but also supported greatly as I continue to grow as an educator. MARCUS MORALES - K-2 CODING TEACHER, BETA ACADEMY

The people here are incredible. We have parents who care about other people’s children as well as their own. We have staff that takes the time to talk things through with students when things get messy. And when staff, family, and friends come together for events like the start of year BBQ or the spring festival, I really get the sense that something special is happening here. ASHA CANADY - FOUNDING 6TH GRADE TEACHER & ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

We are unapologetically equity driven. We believe students deserve high quality, highly trained teachers who care.

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WHAT MAKES CALIBER SCHOOLS DIFFERENT? KATELYN MAMIZUKA - 1ST GRADE TEACHER, CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY

I am so proud to work for Caliber because I strongly believe that everyone who works here cares so much about each individual student. We take the time to listen when they need to be heard. We take the time out of our day to ask, “Are you ok? What do you need? How can I help you?” TRACEE COTTO - INSTRUCTIONAL COACH & FOUNDING 2ND GRADE TEACHER, CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY

I moved 3,500 miles for the opportunity to work at Caliber. Social emotional learning is a curriculum component missing in schools I’ve worked at, and I know this is what children need. We teach the whole child and not just academics. JAMES HANDIE - 5TH GRADE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, BETA ACADEMY

The opportunity to join this impactful paradigm shift in education resonated with me. We understand the value in teaching students social emotional learning and technology skills. It’s an out-the-box approach to preparing scholars for what’s to come. WHITNEY LEE - 3RD GRADE ELA, BETA ACADEMY

The attention that is paid to our students’ emotional well-being is very rare in the elementary setting and is fundamentally important to learning. My hope is that our students become responsible and caring citizens, as well as college-ready and knowledgeable.

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A NOTE OF THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS: Everything we do is for our students. Their success is built on consistent, high quality interactions with teachers and staff, and support from their families. As a young organization, we are constantly learning more about how to support the adults who work with our students. We built a brand new facility for ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, for example, and are working with the District to build a long- term state of the art home for Beta Academy. This year we made the strategic decision to add senior educators at our schools and in our central team to support our teachers and staff with coaching and robust systems and tools.

“None of this would have been possible without the support of our generous donors and partners.” These include our Foundation partners like The Tipping Point Community Foundation, the Silicon Schools Foundation, the New Schools Venture Fund, and the Charter School Growth Fund, as well as individuals who support our work. We also have strategic partnerships to support us in areas where we don’t have the expertise or bandwidth internally. We thank our Authorizers, Contra Costa County Office of Education, and Vallejo City Unified School District; Contra Costa Department of Health and the Solano County Office of Mental Health for Children; the State of California and the Federal Government for their support through ASES, PCSGP, and SB740; and our partners Seneca, DSX and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. To all our supporters, we say thanks, from our students, parents and staff. Jennifer Moses CEO

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$1,000,000+ The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Public Charter School Grant Program

Russ and Beth Siegelman Family Foundation Silicon Schools Fund

Tipping Point Community Foundation

$500,000+ Next Generation Learning Challenges

Pete & Devon Briger

$250,000+ Diana Nelson & John Atwater Ron Beller & Jennifer Moses New Schools Venture Fund

Susan & Bill Oberndorf Toni Rembe Rock & Arthur Rock

Walton Family Foundation

Kowitz Family Foundation Matt & A.K. Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Heureux Matt Rogers & Swati Mylavarapu

Andrew & Elizabeth Spokes Zierk Family Foundation

Lisa Pritzker Tom & Jill Pulley Mike & Paula Rantz

Greg & Lisa Wendt Vivian Wu Poju & Anita Zabludowicz

Fortress Investment Group Full Circle Fund Jonathan & Abby Gans The Kwait Family Laura & Gary Lauder Drew McKnight Bryan & Tara Meehan

Pantera Capital Management Paul & Sara Recktenwald Jackie Reses & Matt Apfel James Tananbaum Diane & Howard Zack

Michael Feldman & Christine Glastonbury Gliffy Inc. Ken Linsteadt

Jonathan Mariner Ted Ullyot

$100,000+ Charter School Growth Fund Divco West EGG Foundation Julie & Greg Flynn

$25,000+ Stephen Davis & Jill Cowan Philip & Alicia Hammarskjold Henrik Jones

$10,000+ Steve Almeida Gwen Campbell Wences Casares Stacey Case JP Conte Martha Conte Jason Fish & Courtney Benoist

$5,000+ The Baker Family Chris Buchbinder Melinda Ellis Evers & Will Evers

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DIANA NELSON & JOHN ATWATER CALIBER DONORS WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DONATE TO CALIBER? We are long time champions of

educational equity. We believe high quality public education has the power to transform both individual’s lives and the entire society. We have been highly concerned that the K-12 education in California ranks in the bottom quintile of all the United States, while a significant number of our nation’s children are being educated here. Low school funding is one issue. We also believe that many schools have not created paths of opportunity for all, particularly for lowincome students and students of color.

“Caliber has had the courage and tenacity to create paths of opportunity for students in some of the worst performing districts in our state.” We truly believe our gift will have an impact for kids at Caliber and also help to keep pressure on the districts where the schools are located by creating models of high quality education that are proof points for parents, students and policy makers that better options can exist. WHAT ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM ARE PARTICULARLY COMPELLING TO YOU? Talented teachers and counselors

from conceiving the curriculum to hours in the classroom. We are also drawn to the 21st century perspective reflected in the school’s design - teaching coding as a language and life skill and incorporating social emotional learning into the curriculum. Caliber is developing the kinds of skills kids will need to thrive in today’s economy. WHY DO YOU FEEL IT’S IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT SCHOOLS OUTSIDE OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? We are

not interested in limiting our giving and engagement to our own backyard. As parents of five children we recognize the future for our kids and many others depends on not just a city or a state that believes in creating opportunity, but an entire nation committed to that. California has a long way to go on the path toward education equity and we are excited to support Caliber for the positive impact it is having. ABOUT DIANA NELSON & JOHN ATWATER

Diana currently serves as Chair of Carlson, a global travel and investment company headquartered in Minneapolis. She attended Harvard College and received her MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern. She formerly served as ViceChair of the Harvard Board of Overseers and is currently a member of the Committee to Oversee the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Diana was instrumental in bringing the KIPP charter school network to Minnesota and has provided long term support to many organizations fighting for education opportunity, including Teach For America and Students for Education Reform. John is Founder, Co-Chair, CEO of Prime Group, a national commercial real estate investor. He attended Brown University (’83) and Stanford School of Business (’87) and has served on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards, including the California Academy of Sciences, where he served as Chair from 2010 to 2014, and the Corporation of Brown University.

involved in every aspect of the school’s work,

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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION FISCAL YEAR 2017-18 (UNAUDITED) INCLUSIVE OF CALIBER SCHOOLS & CALIBER EAST BAY REAL ESTATE

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Caliber Schools is a registered 501(c)(3) not-forprofit. As a public charter school, our operation costs are largely funded by federal, state and local governments.

Assets

$8,788,000

Liabilities

$1,047,000

Net Assets

$7,741,000

REVENUE

84% Public/Operating

16% Philanthropy

EXPENSES

54% School Staff & Benefits

7% Facilities

13%

9%

Instructional Supplies

13% Other School Expenses

School Support Organization Staff & Benefits

4% Other School Support Organization Expenses

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Caliber Schools Annual Report 2017-2018  

We've had an incredible year of achievement and growth. Find out more in our latest annual report.

Caliber Schools Annual Report 2017-2018  

We've had an incredible year of achievement and growth. Find out more in our latest annual report.

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