The Los Feliz Ledger reports that Thomas Starr King Middle School, which draws students for Echo Park and Silver Lake, will start a new magnet program focused on sustainability and the environment. The environmental studies magnet is expected to grow to as many as 420 students, who would apply to the program and be selected by lottery. The cash-strapped school district approved the creation of the magnet, which operates as semi-independent school-within-a-school, but required that funds needed to start the program must come from outside sources for at least three years. Tomas O’Grady, president of Friends of King , said his group has already raised $30,000 to support the environmental studies magnet. School principal told The Ledger:
“We’re very excited about this,” said King’s principal, Dr. Kristen Murphy. “It’s hugely important whenever you can connect school curriculum with real life. Students end up more engaged by what they’re studying. The magnet program will give them a lot of hand-on experiences.”
The environmental sciences magnet is scheduled to begin in fall 2011.
Photo from King Middle School website