New Charter School Opens: William H. Lee College Preparatory Academy

SACRAMENTO – After a major enrollment push, the Fortune School of Education is poised to open the doors to its second area charter school, William H. Lee College Preparatory Academy, on September 5. The school is named after Dr. William H. Lee, publisher of The Sacramento OBSERVER.

“This is an incredible honor,” Dr. Lee said.

“Education and providing youth of the community with the resources they need to flourish has always been a priority for him, so this is a fitting tribute,” shared Dr. Lee’s son, Larry Lee, who serves as The OBSERVER’s General Manager.

The new school will serve 250 students in kindergarten through fourth grade and will grow a grade level a year until it is K-8.

Though the site needed approximately $600,000 in improvements before being ready for students, it’s not the first time it’s been a school. It was originally the Donner School and then a culinary academy.

“Fortune will be returning the building to its original use and in the process, returning a school to the neighborhood,” said Fortune School CEO Margaret Fortune.

In an effort to address the achievement gap among local African American students, Fortune School of Education opened its first charter, Fortune School near the Florin Mall Towne Center in 2011.

For more information on the tuition-free charter schools, including the three future schools yet to open, call (916) 924-8633.