Today marked the first day of school for many children. For most kids and parents, there’s always a sense of nervousness and excitement as students take on the next year of their education. For the Sacramento Valley Charter School – the first Punjabi charter school in the United States – the excitement coming from the side of staff and administrators would be understandable. It was their first day, too.
According to the California Charter Schools Association:
Charter schools are independent public schools with rigorous curriculum programs and unique educational approaches. In exchange for operational freedom and flexibility, charter schools are subject to higher levels of accountability than traditional public schools. Charter schools, which are tuition-free and open to all students, offer quality and choice in the public education system.
The Sacramento Valley Charter School was set up to begin this school year and is located in West Sacramento, California, next to the Gurdwara in that city. The establishment of this charter school has allowed the community to incorporate Punjabi – the language spoken by most Sikhs – into the school’s curriculum, and therefore gives children a connection to their culture and religion that they do not receive in the traditional public education system. This is a significant accomplishment for Sacramento’s Sikh community, and hopefully a model that other Sikh communities around the United States can follow.
Congratulations to the students and staff of Sacramento Valley Charter School on their first day, and best of luck on their first year!
More information about the school can be found on their Facebook page.