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  • The senior class attains a 97% graduation rate
  • 100% of WAHS graduates received college acceptance letters
  • 70% of WAHS graduates will attend a 4-year college or university in the fall
  • Two POSSE scholarship winners enroll at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • One Gates Millennium Scholar enrolls at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts
  • Johnathan Williams receives the California Charter School Association’s Legacy Award for Operators


  • The senior class attains a 95% graduation rate
  • New retention statistic this year: 93% of students that started at WAHS in 9th grade stayed enrolled and graduated from WAHS in 12th grade.
  • POSSE scholarship winner enrolls in the University of Wisconsin


  • TAS receives the Hispanic Scholarship Fund School of the Year award
  • Johnathan Williams is interviewed by KABC-TV News at TAS for its November 20, 2011 “Vista LA” episode
  • Johnathan Williams receives the Spirit of Los Angeles Award


  • Entered into labor agreements with United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU)


  • The senior class attains a 94% graduation rate with 90% accepted at a college or university
  • Wallis Annenberg High School earns a Bronze Medal award from U.S. News & World Report as featured in their December 9th issue covering America’s Best High Schools
  • Enrollment continues at near capacity with a waiting list of 7,000+
  • Wallis Annenberg High School continues its API progress, increasing its score by 5 points to 716.
  • ACES API score gains 39 points from 2008 to 723


  • ACES is named a Gold Gain Winner for gaining 117 points on the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) by New Leaders for New Schools, one of only three schools nationally to win the award
  • Wallis Annenberg High School receives a six-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Schools


  • TAS honored by the Los Angeles Headquarters Association for its “exceptional contributions to inner-city education and as a shining example to the education community that the principles of high expectations and family involvement can make a major difference”
  • Wallis Annenberg High School graduates its first senior class


  • Johnathan Williams and Kevin Sved are among the first recipients of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards “recognizing Californians who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant issues for the state’s future”
  • TAS hosts the first State of the City Address given by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa


  • The Accelerated School’s new campus and 140,000 sq. ft. complex opens in April with Governor Schwarzenegger and State Secretary of Education in attendance
  • TAS Foundation is incorporated


  • Johnathan Williams appointed to his first three-year term on California’s State Board of Education
  • Since 1997, the school’s standardized test scores have increased 100%, one of the greatest improvements recorded by any charter school in the state
  • The school year begins with 602 students, K-9 and 4,500+ names on the waiting list
  • The Accelerated School marks its 10-year anniversary
  • ACES (Accelerated Charter Elementary School) opens with three K-1 classrooms to become the first off-campus charter elementary school to be opened as part of The Accelerated School Community of Schools.


  • Wallis Annenberg High School opens


  • 2002 Academic Performance Index (API) is 10 out of 10 in comparison to schools of similar demographics; the school scores 697 on the statewide Spring 2002 API, a 123-point increase since API’s 1999 inception
  • TAS breaks ground for its new campus to include an on-site preschool


  • TIME magazine selects The Accelerated School as “Elementary School of the Year” for having found “the most impressive approaches to the most pressing challenges in education”
  • The design of the new Accelerated School is selected as one of eight significant architectural projects (including Disney Hall) in Los Angeles showcased at the Museum of Contemporary Art


  • Eighth grade added, full elementary and middle school education now offered
  • The school poised for expansion tripling in size to serve pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.


  • Student attendance rate of 98% ranks number one for charter school attendance in LAUSD and among top five in all LAUSD schools


  • Clothing designer Carole Little and business partner Leonard Rabinowitz donate their former headquarters to the school


  • The Accelerated School is founded by teachers Johnathan Williams and Kevin Sved with 50 students, offering grades K-4 – receiving the last of the initial ten charters authorized by LAUSD
  • Wells Fargo and the Weingart Foundation fund the start up of TAS, in a unique partnership with CSULA.

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