Oxford's leadership is proposing to open a branch of their Chino campus within the district boundaries that would be known as the Academy of Oxford Prep - Pomona.
Oxford officials spoke about their program and the high academic achievement of their students. This year the Chino campus scored 972 out of a possibly 1,000 points in the Academic Performance Index and the Mission Viejo campus scored 993.
Oxford representatives asked for the opportunity to establish a school in Pomona "and enter into a strong partnership with the Pomona Unified School District," said Sue Roche, Oxford's founder and chief executive officer.
A large number of parents with children enrolled at the Chino branch along with teachers from that campus spoke in support of the proposal.
Pomona Unified parents along with some district teachers also attended the meeting but expressed concerns about Oxford.
Pomona parents said Oxford made no apparent effort to meet with Pomona families and present their proposal while others said the charter school is not designed to meet the needs of low income, minority students.
District teachers said if approved the charter school will draw away students when Pomona Unified is already experiencing a decline in enrollment which would lead to less funding for Pomona schools and increase the chance some teachers will face layoffs.
Other teachers express concerns the charter school will be selective in accepting students and will have a student body that does not reflect the ethnic and racial make up of Pomona Unified schools in addition to questioning whether is will be able to meet the needs of special education students.
Oxford representatives said they have programs for special education students and it's two existing campuses serve diverse student populations.
Recently Oxford's Mission Viejo campus was the subject of an investigation conducted by the Capistrano Unified School District, which granted the charter for that branch.
The investigation followed allegations Oxford inflated its standardized test scores.
Earlier this month Capistrano Unified representatives announced the accusations were unsubstantiated. ,P. Oxford conducted its own investigation and found no evidence of wrong doing.
School board members are expected to listen to a presentation from district administrators on Oxford's application for the proposed branch at the Jan. 22 meeting, said Pomona Unified Superintendent Richard Martinez.
The presentation will be made before the school board makes to accept or deny Oxford's application, he said.