LAEP Congratulates Its Partner Schools on Academic Improvements


Helen Kantor
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Los Angeles (October 2012) – LAEP’s partner middle and high schools achieved academic growth that exceeded their state goals by nearly 300%.  Located in high-poverty areas of L.A., the nine schools increased their 2011-12 Academic Performance Index (API) scores by an average of 23 points over last year — higher than the district’s average of 15 points for middle and high schools.  The other five partner schools have only been open one year, and two already exceed the district API average of 700.

“Our efforts are making a difference for students at underperforming schools,” said Ellen Pais, LAEP President & CEO. “The 2011-2012 gains in API scores reflect the results of our focus on building schools where teachers work in teams as valued professionals, students engage as self-advocates, parents are partners and community agencies extend learning and supports beyond the classroom.”

In South L.A. and the northeast San Fernando Valley, the partner schools gained an average of 77 points since LAEP began facilitating community schools work there 3+ years ago.  Two schools, San Fernando High School and Edison Middle School, gained more than 100 points since they began working with LAEP.  Our community schools and transforming instruction work in East L.A. started more recently yet schools are already showing great progress.  Humanitas Academy of Art & Technology and East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy at Torres High School saw their API scores increase by more than 40 points just this last year.

These gains demonstrate that a commitment to collaboration can substantially improve high-need schools.  Among LAEP’s partners in contributing to our schools’ success are:  LAUSD Beyond the Bell, Educare, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Youth Speak Collective, Innercity Struggle, Bienvenidos, Los Angeles County Office of the CEO/Probation Department, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, the Huntington Library, UMMA Community Clinic, Community Coalition, LA Small Schools Center, Hopics, Friends of the Family, El Nido Family Centers, Project GRAD-LA and LAUSD Health and Organization Facilitators.

These and other LAEP partner schools are demonstrating that the committed efforts of educators, parents, students and nonprofit community organizations can substantially improve the academic and social environments at high-need schools.

A special thank you also belongs to our many funders who have invested in LAEP and our school transformation work, including:  The Ahmanson Foundation, The Boeing Company, California Community Foundation, Carol and James Collins Foundation, Edison International, Ford Foundation, Southern California Gas, a Sempra Energy utility, JPMorgan Chase, W.M. Keck Foundation, Pacific Gas & Electric, Roth Family Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

About Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) – Established in 1984, Los Angeles Education Partnership is a nonprofit organization that supports schools in high-poverty areas of Los Angeles. Respected for its many successes in the field of education, LAEP remains committed to fostering great schools. Distinguished by its collaborative approach to working with schools, LAEP partners with teachers, parents and the community to implement educational methods or resources deemed most appropriate to address each school’s needs in order to help students graduate ready for college and career. Each year, LAEP serves more than 1,400 educators and 60,000 students from prekindergarten through high school in high-poverty, multicultural communities across Los Angeles County. For more information about LAEP, please visit

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