AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Built on a vacant lot adjoining the Palmdale Boulevard mosque where the school had previously held classes, the new school has 11 classrooms, a computer lab, a library, an administrative building with the principal’s office, teacher and staff lounge, and cafeteria and playground areas. The school, which opened in 2001, has an enrollment of 196 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Class sizes in all grades are 20 students to one teacher. Al-Khatib talked about the school’s progress at an annual press conference to discuss the financial audit, academic performance and enrollment figures. “I know the numbers are kind of boring. We have to tell where we’re getting money from and where we spend it,” Al-Khatib said. The school’s operating budget for fiscal year 2006-07 is $1.3 million. Al-Khatib pointed out that Guidance students receive more instructional minutes than what the state requires. For example, kindergartners last school year spent 37,800 minutes in the classroom, more than the 36,000 minutes required. Seventy-seven percent of the students are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged, and the student body is ethnically diverse, Al-Khatib said. “Seventy-seven percent are on free and reduced lunch, which means we are dealing with underprivileged, disadvantaged kids,” Al-Khatib said. “Because of our small size, we are giving the attention we need to give to these students so they can compete.” [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – An audit indicated Guidance Charter School ended the last fiscal year with a surplus of $152,353. The school also reported that its Academic Performance Index score this year declined by 5 points but it met all federal test score standards, which 60 percent of Antelope Valley public schools failed to do. “Last year the school scored 689, up 87 points from the year before, which is an extremely aggressive jump in our performance,” executive director Kamal Al-Khatib said. “Because our score was so high from the year before, it’s hard to beat yourself.” The school began the school year in August in its new $1.1 million campus, its first home of its own after five years leasing space from a mosque and borrowing empty classrooms at a Palmdale school.