Transform Schools improves secondary schools through high-quality instruction and coordination of the support services that reduce barriers to learning, promote equity and address opportunity gaps. LAEP supports partners and networks across LA Unified which enroll more than 16,000 students with 655 teachers in 32 schools on 19 LAUSD campuses.
LAEP partners with schools to share and refine educational practices. Some of our partner schools participate in intensive school-transformation services to build capacity, increase college and career readiness and develop teacher-leaders. These schools also use our community school model to coordinate learning supports and health and social services to remove barriers to learning. LAEP’s model for school transformation relies on mission-driven schools with grassroots teacher leadership and collaboration to raise student achievement.
Listed below are schools to which LAEP provides intensive services using the LAEP Six Core Elements model with the goal that all students graduate ready for success in college, career and life. Intensive services include teacher professional development, Common Core instruction, coaching for educators, teacher networks, connections to the business community for real-world learning experiences, and community-school coordinators.
75th Street Elementary School
Principal: Miguel Campa
Community School Coordinator: Kristen Impastato
Bethune Middle School
Principal: Dr. Gail Garrett
Community School Coordinator: Mackenzie Scott
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies
Principal: John J Lawler
Edison Middle School
Principal: Salvador A. Velasco
Community School Coordinator: Estephania Vazquez
Diego Rivera Communication & Technology
Principal: Cynthia Gonzalez
Community School Coordinator: Stephanie Fernandez
Diego Rivera Public Service Community School
Principal: Dennis Fulgoni
Community School Coordinator: Lissett Lazo
Diego Rivera Performing Arts Community School
Principal: Sally Lopez
Community School Coordinator: Ruby Ramirez
East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet
Principal: Carolyn McKnight
East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy
Principal: Martin Buchman
Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology
Principal: Deborah Lowe
Engineering and Technology Academy
Principal: Dr. Diana Faatai
Social Justice Leadership Academy
Principal: Roseann Cazares
Senior Community School Coordinator: Cristina Patricio
John C. Fremont High School
Principal: Pedro Avalos
Community School Coordinator: Hugo Lujan
Miramonte elementary school
Principal: Veronica Herrarte
Community School Coordinator: Samuel Blanco
Parmelee Avenue Elementary School
Principal: Elizabeth V. Kane
Community School Coordinator: Arturo Magaña
San Fernando Middle School
Principal: Freddy Ortiz
Community School Coordinator: Kayla Webb
Principal: Dechelle Byrd
Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Khalisha Jefferson, Ed.D
Community School Coordinator: Brandan Aldridge
Humanitas Instructional Model
Many partner schools implement LAEP’s Humanitas instructional model. The Humanitas model relies on teacher collaboration to provide inquiry-based, interdisciplinary instruction. Our Humanitas schools feature rigorous academics and career themes that engage students with real-world learning. To see Humanitas in action, visit Cleveland Humanitas Magnet and Social Justice Humanitas at Cesar Chavez Learning Academy. To learn more about Humanitas or to schedule a site visit contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community School Model
LAEP places a community-school coordinator on campus to build systems that ensure students receive the academic, health and social services they need to excel. Community schools foster school and community collaboration in meeting student and family needs and addressing barriers to student success. The combination of rigorous, personalized instruction and supportive services produces students who are college and career-ready. LAEP’s community school model provides an excellent framework for implementation of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
Ten of LAEP’s partner schools are teacher-led pilot schools, which have charter-like autonomies. LAEP has helped create more pilot schools than any other organization in Los Angeles.
LAEP provides networks in which teachers and administrators develop solutions to common problems, test innovative strategies and disseminate best practices. Many of them are longtime partners with LAEP in using our small schools Humanitas or Academy models to provide career-themed, interdisciplinary instruction. Networks include the teacher-leader network, the middle schools network, the Math Collaborative and the College Access Network.
Numbers: 14 network schools with 250 teachers on 12 LAUSD campuses enroll more than 5,500 students.
Results: In 2011-12, students in our small schools outperformed LAUSD students overall on important achievement measures: passing the California High School Exit Exam on their first try, accumulating enough credits to move to the next grade, attending school 96% or more of the time, among others.
All of LAEP’s partner schools that were open in 2011 and 2012 had higher API scores year-to-year, and most exceeded the average API growth for LAUSD middle and high schools.