Eighth graders Paulina Rivera and Yamile Castaneda, right,  act out a skit in front of the class during a language arts and history class at Alpha: Blanca
Eighth graders Paulina Rivera and Yamile Castaneda, right, act out a skit in front of the class during a language arts and history class at Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. The charter school has outscored all traditional middle schools in the Alum Rock School District on the state's annual Academic Performance Index. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)