ISANA Cardinal Academy is modeled after ISANA Academies, which have a reputation for high academic standards, experienced and caring staff members, effective management experience, and ISANA’s high academic track record of success.
ISANA Cardinal Academy an excellent choice for families in the Sun Valley area and serves students in Grades TK-5.
ISANA Cardinal Academy opened its doors in 2011 as a tuition-free, public charter school authorized by the Los Angeles Unified School district (LAUSD).
For an outline and description of the courses offered at the school, please see the ISANA Cardinal Academy charter.
To learn more about all of the ISANA Academies schools, board, board meetings, and management, please visit ISANA’s website: ISANA Academies.
Academic Rigor and Achievement
Our Academic Program challenges the intellect and maximizes the potential of each student to acquire knowledge, concepts, and skills necessary to become thinking, productive and responsible citizens. Excellence in Academics results in a love of life-long learning.
We foster mutual respect by creating a culture of trust that engages students in learning.
Outstanding Faculty and Paraprofessionals
All of our teachers and paraprofessional meet the standards of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by meeting all applicable California State Certification and Licensure requirements.
Parental Investment and Community Involvement
At Cardinal, parents want the best for their children and share in the responsibility and the process of educating them. Parents actively participate at all levels at Cardinal, and they are catalysts to the success of all of our children.
We Value Diversity as a Strength
Cardinal is an inclusive community in which people from different cultural, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds learn, live and work harmoniously without compromising their beliefs and their identities. We champion excellence and equity.
Our Academic Goals
Our Instructional Program is built around Research-based Practices that have successfully been implemented around the country. The Articulated Curriculum progressively deepens the students’ understanding of Core Concepts while avoiding needless repetition. The Small Class Sizes allow for discussion, small group work, peer and teacher conferences and interviews on a daily basis. ISANA Cardinal teachers communicate clear expectations as to what students learn, how they learn it, and what qualifies as good work. They do so by setting explicit content and performance standards that all student work to achieve; and by making those standards clear to the students, their parents and the community.
- Research-based Instruction
- High Expectations
- Academic Rigor
- Small Class Sizes
- Teacher – Student Reflection
- Parent Communication
Our Innovative Features
Principles of Learning
The firm belief that intelligence is not fixed and innate, but rather built by learning Habits of Mind. At Cardinal, smart is not something you are; it is something you do.
Students conduct research and learning to use problem-solving skills. Through the Dream Project, students at all grades investigate and respond to an authentic engaging and complex challenge for an extended period of time.
Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy
Diversity is a strength. Our students’ backgrounds and interests are valued.
Our Learning and Emotional Support System ensures no student falls through the cracks.
Our High-Quality Special Education Program.
Our Outstanding Performing Arts Program
It addresses the whole child in unique and cross-curricular ways. Performing in front of a live audience builds confidence in our students. Tying the storylines to current social events makes social studies standards come alive in a meaningful and authentic way. Being able to employ award-winning professionals in Dance, Acting, Singing and Drumming to teach our students, provides with opportunities they may not otherwise experience on their own. The creative input students address their gifted abilities. Through this program, our students learn dances from around the world as they put on three full-scale productions a year for parents and community. Students learn first-hand the rigors and joys of live performance.