Magnolia Leadership News
As Magnolia Public Schools looks toward its 17th year of providing families throughout Southern California with a high-quality public school choice in their neighborhoods, we reflect on a journey that has had both highs and challenging periods but has led to long-lasting growth.
June 18, 2018
Dear Magnolia Family and Friends,
As Magnolia Public Schools looks toward its 17th year of providing families throughout Southern California with a high-quality public school choice in their neighborhoods, we reflect on a journey that has had both highs and challenging periods but has led to long-lasting growth. Through it all, we have remained true to our mission to prepare students to succeed in college through a rigorous academic program while reinforcing core values through character development to cultivate respect for self and others. We develop scientific thinkers who go on to contribute to the global community.
On the organizational side, Magnolia has never been stronger. Dr. Caprice Young came on board to help us navigate serious external challenges, and in the process, she strengthened our internal organizational procedures as well. Her leadership also generated our partnerships with the Wallis Performing Arts Center, the Los Angeles County Arts Collective, Mount Wilson Observatory Foundation and The Carnegie Institution for Science: The Observatories. When she decided to step down as CEO and Superintendent of Magnolia Public Schools at the end of the 2017-18 school year, we took very seriously the process of finding a suitable replacement. We worked together with Dr. Young to ensure that we’re handing the baton over to a new leader who will help build upon the foundation she’s created to achieve even better outcomes for our students.
We are thrilled to announce that the board has selected former Magnolia Chief External Officer Alfredo Rubalcava to become the organization’s new CEO and Superintendent! The board approved the contract after a thorough search process that included interviewing several highly qualified candidates. Mr. Rubalcava will begin in the position effective July 1.
As many of you know, Mr. Rubalcava was one of Magnolia’s founding teachers and is universally respected in our organization. He helped our team successfully compete to start an LAUSD Public Choice school in the City of Bell, later stepping up to become the principal of that school, Magnolia Science Academy 8. He has a deep respect for parents, leading the creation of Magnolia’s parent organizing group that is so vital to student success. Last year, he answered the call of the California Charter Schools Association to join their team and help advance the statewide charter movement. Now, he will be coming back to his Magnolia family with his strong leadership, sound judgment and intimate knowledge of our organization, culture and values.
Dr. Young is committed to ensuring that Mr. Rubalcava is set up for success. She stands ready to serve as an advisor to Magnolia as needed to support a smooth transition for the new CEO, the board and the entire Magnolia community.
Looking back on our previous four years at Magnolia, we are proudest of our students’ character, values and drive, which has led to excellent academic accomplishments. Our students come in every day and give it their best, working hard and availing themselves of all the programs and scholastic opportunities, knowing a solid educational foundation is the key to a fulfilling future.
Our students continue Magnolia’s amazing graduation streak and we are so proud of what they’ve accomplished! This year, 98 percent of Magnolia’s seniors were accepted to college and 87 percent graduated with the qualifications to attend a UC/CSU institution of higher education! Our graduates are heading off to universities such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, CSUN, CSU Channel Islands and Cal Poly Pomona.
The 2017-18 school year marks the 11th year in a row that Magnolia schools have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report named three Magnolia high schools among the top 6 percent of public schools in the nation. Magnolia’s enrollment continues to steadily grow to meet the strong demand for our program.
We’re proud that these data points validate that Magnolia is consistently providing a high-quality, college-going learning environment for all of its students. You have entrusted us with your children’s future and we will not let you down.
Please join us in welcoming Alfredo. Magnolia stands on a solid foundation and we would not be here without you. The dedication, hard work and commitment of all our families, teachers, staff and leaders is why we are thriving today and why the future is bright for Magnolia. Thank you for your support.
Caprice Young Saken Sherkhanov
CEO and Superintendent Chair, Board of Directors
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