Southern California Program

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Education
Los Angeles, CA
$500,000
June 2017

This project is part of UCLA’s Community Schools Initiative (CSI) launched by the Chancellor’s office in 2007 and led by the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.  The goals of CSI are to expand access to a high quality public education in partnership with urban school districts, advance the university’s mission of teaching, research and service, and prepare underrepresented students to succeed in college.  In 2009, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), UCLA created its first K-12 community school, which now serves 1,000 low income, predominantly Latino students living in Pico-Union and Koreatown.  In the fall of 2017, UCLA will launch its second community school on the site of the Horace Mann Middle School.  Horace Mann is a 6th-8th grade school that faces declining enrollment and low student achievement.  To reverse these trends, UCLA will partner with LAUSD, Mann Middle School and the local community to design a 6th-12th grade neighborhood school where students will receive high quality instruction and the support they need to graduate and be prepared to succeed in college and beyond.  As part of the school’s transformation, UCLA will work with teachers and parents to set high expectations for achievement for all students and ensure students have access to the rigorous courses required for admission to a four year college or university.  A two-year grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation will support the establishment of the College Access through Student Achievement Center to begin fostering a college-going culture on the school’s campus.  Students will participate in tutoring and mentoring by UCLA students, college counseling and college field trips to build their awareness about opportunities and their families will be invited to monthly family gathering activities and workshops on college-going.

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