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About Us

The Lewis Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization that operates two charter schools: Academy for Academic Excellence (“AAE”) 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 Lewis Center'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. The Lewis Center 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 AVUSD).
Lewis Center Family

Lewis Center Family

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The Lewis Center provides administrative oversight and support for its two charter schools and programs in the following areas: finance, assessment and evaluation, technology, human resources, facilities, special education and curriculum support. Lewis Center Executive Team, comprised of the CEO, Lewis Center departmental directors and Principals, meet weekly to ensure the administration, supervision and implementation occurs across the organization. The Lewis Center promotes, supports, and services the educational needs of students, teachers, and community members.
Lewis Center partners with public or private organizations and individuals in order to implement research-based programs for its laboratory schools and educational programs. Some of the partnerships include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (“JPL”), the International Association of Laboratory Schools, California Charter Schools Association, California Association of Bilingual Educators, Kelly Space & Technology, Apple Valley Unified School District, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Victor Valley College, University of Redlands, University of California, Riverside, Cal State University of San Bernardino, and Loma Linda University. 
  • Academy for Academic Excellence
  • Norton Science and Language Academy
  • Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope