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About Us

The mission of the Lewis Center for Educational Research is to ensure student success in a global society through data driven and research-based schools and programs that are safe, innovative and culturally inclusive.
The LCER operates two charter schools: Academy for Academic Excellence in Apple Valley, a TK-12 college-preparatory program with a STEAM emphasis, and Norton Science and Language Academy (NSLA) in San Bernardino, a TK-8 Spanish/English Dual Immersion model school with a STEAM emphasis. The LCER’s unique partnership with NASA/JPL on the GAVRT Radio Astronomy Project has reached more than 600 teachers and 50,000 students around the world in ongoing science campaigns. LCER also operates a number of historical and STEM local outreach programs from their replica pioneer town, Mineral City, and at the Apple Valley Center for Innovation (an informal education STEM Center in partnership with Apple Valley Unified School District).

Historical Highlights

The Lewis Center for Educational Research, formerly known as the Apple Valley Science and Technology Center, has been around for a long time. What started as an idea from a young Kindergarten teacher, grew over the years into the Lewis Center and its award-winning schools: Academy for Academic Excellence and Norton Science and Language Academy.

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