Northridge Pinecrest Campus Bought by Nation's Largest Charter School

A charter school in Granada Hills with 4,300 students spends more than $5 million to acquire a private campus.

Granada Hills Charter High School is shelling out $5.6 million for the purchase of Pinecrest Schools Northridge location, the Daily News reports.

Granada Hills Charter, the nation's largest charter school, will take over the six-acre private campus in the 2014-15 school year.

The school's development director said community meetings will be held to determine what the Pinecrest site could be used for. The Northridge campus currently enrolls students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

"We could have a ninth grade or a middle school or an elementary school - our options are endless," Carrie Boutros told the Daily News. "Nothing is off the table. We just have to find the right fit for this community."

Pinecrest currently enrolls students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Granada Hills Charter has an enrollment of 4,300 students and was named a California Distinguished School in 2011.

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Leigh Datzker April 11, 2013 at 04:50 AM
First, it was Burger Chef, then Tiki Burger, Granada Hills High, and now, Pinecrest. It is sad to see the iconic private school, Pinecrest,, close down its campus after over 50 years, providing the fundamentals of academic excellence, along with good sportsmanship, swimming, and horseback lessons. It has been over 46 years since I had the privilege of matriculating from Pinecrest, which then gave me great advantages when I transitioned to public schools and beyond. Pinecrest was a pioneer in Stanford-Benet testing as well as teaching us Espanol from kindergarten on. I recall lowering the flag on 11-22-63 as we heard the news from Dallas. A stout salute from the Honor Guard is in order as we bid adieu.
Jon Adams April 11, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Pinecrest Northridge was one of the best elementary schools in the valley. The atmosphere for education of students was second to none. Mrs. Rudd and the entire staff did a phenomenal job for almost 30 years. This was one of the positive educational experiences that adolescents could have; a place not manic for testing and a place where no one felt unsafe. When compared to the insult and mess that Superintendent John Deasy and the LAUSD Board of Education has created, pinecrest was one of the few places where the child as student could learn to experience, grow, and achieve.


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