Earlier this year the staff and parents of students at Micheltorena Elementary launched a campaign to keep a charter school from taking over part of the Silver Lake campus, with many claiming the arrangement would leave Micheltorena without the space for a dual language program and other improvements. But, under Prop. 39, which requires public schools to share available space with charters, the opponents to sharing the Micheltorena campus with Citizens of the World Charter School have lost their battle. The principals of both schools have announced that the CWC will begin operating this fall in six classrooms at Micheltorena.
L.A. Unified had initially offered CWC eight classrooms at Micheltorena as the charter school was looking to expand into the Echo Park and Silver Lake area. In a joint statement on the Citizens of the World Facebook page, Amy Dresser, principal of the Citizens, and Susanna Furfari, Principal, Micheltorena Elementary School, said:
Moving forward, the space allocated to CWC will be determined annually by the projected enrollment of the host school, Micheltorena … As the current year draws to a close, we would like to express our enthusiasm for the upcoming academic year and our commitment to building a successful learning community that encompasses both of our schools … Micheltorena and CWC share a deep respect for the Silver Lake community, including its committed and energized parents, and share the same mission in our work: to provide students with a first-rate education that gives them the tools they need to thrive in the future.
Despite opposition to sharing Micheltorena with a charter school, the expansion of CWC into Silver Lake attracted a lot of interest. A lottery held to fill the 96 seats in grades K-3 at CWC’s Silver Lake school attracted nearly 700 applications, according to the school website.
Citizens of the World currently operates a school on the La Conte Middle School campus in Hollywood.