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History & Philosophy

Altus Schools share the philosophy of putting students first in education. The schools focus on improving student achievement, creating prototypes for education reform, and improving the quality of life for students, their families, and their communities. Currently, Altus Schools include The Charter School of San Diego, Audeo Charter School, Mirus Secondary School, and Laurel Preparatory Academy.

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The Charter School of San Diego was the first charter ever approved by the San Diego Unified School District.
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Since 1994, Altus Schools have served over 35,000 students in 5 Southern California counties.
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Altus Schools awarded 750 high school diplomas to students during the 2013-2014 year.
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Altus Schools served over 7,700 students in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Altus was born from the ideologies shared by The Charter School of San Diego and Audeo Charter School. Having experienced the successes of their supportive and flexible learning environments, a group of administrators and instructional leaders from these schools discussed the possibility of creating a think tank on educational reform. The institute would provide teachers and administrators the opportunity to learn about the newest techniques and philosophies that offer students the chance to learn in a way that best suits their needs. It would act as a national resource for innovative methodologies regarding alternative education and help educators acquire the skills necessary to become leaders in improving education. The insight and action of these educational leaders led to the establishment of the Altus Institute.

Altus comes from the Latin word meaning “high, deep, noble or profound.” This name embodies the academic commitment and values-driven connection of all Altus Schools. Every Altus School is dedicated to creating environments in which students are able to accomplish their most important goal – to learn.