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oseph Garcia from Griffith Middle School is one of the students who will be taking part in the Verizon Innovative Learning program at Cal State LA.

East L.A. middle school boys headed to tech & science boot camp at Cal State L.A.

EL SERENO — Middle school boys from across East Los Angeles will be headed to Cal State L.A. during the summer to learn about coding, 3-D printing, robotics and entrepreneurship as part of a program to interest minority students in technology, science and related subjects. The university will received a $400,000 grant to offer the intensive summer courses followed by ... Read More »

Glassell Park 4th Graders present their idea for a water-wise community

GLASSELL PARK — A trio of students  from Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts headed to City Hall recently to present their concept for a water-wise community designed for a riverfront site near their campus. Their presentation was part of  the Young Citizen Artists Project, which involves students in real-life design issues, said fourth grade teacher Anna Soffer.  This ... Read More »

Lincoln High volleyball team celebrates a turnaround

LINCOLN HEIGHTS — The Boys Volleyball Team at Lincoln High was celebrating this week after winning a CIF L.A. City Division 4 Championship, marking a big turnaround for the team, said coach Edwin Yau. The team went from a 2-11 record last year to being ranked 2nd in the Northern League with an overall match record of 14-4, said Yau, ... Read More »

Young urban planners show off ideas for the future of East L.A.

About 85 students from East L.A. Renaissance Academy came to USC this week with 10-foot-long models and 3D videos in hand to present their ideas for reimagining main streets, like Whittier and Atlantic boulevards and First Street. The ultimate goal of the ongoing Greetings From East L.A. project is to prepare ELARA students for attending the USC Price School of Public ... Read More »

The Boyle Heights Young Adult Program

Submitted by the Boyle Heights Young Adult Program The Boyle Heights Young Adult Program focuses on real world skills that are relevant to students’ pursuit of college and career readiness and serves students ages 16 to 25. The academic program emphasizes literacy across all disciplines by featuring cross-curricular units centered on issues of local and regional importance. These units give ... Read More »

How an East L.A. school received a boost from new state education ratings

EAST LOS ANGELES — The state’s new method to measure a school’s academic performance appears to be more generous than the old system in offering positive assessments of how a school is doing, reports The L.A. Times. Case in point is Brooklyn Avenue Elementary in East Los Angeles. The new California School Dashboard replaces the Academic Performance Index. Instead of API’s ... Read More »

DIY binoculars help young Highland Park bird watchers focus on nature

HIGHLAND PARK -- “Let’s go to the Secret Forest!” pleaded members of the Nature Club at San Pascual STEAM Magnet Elementary. They pointed to a cropping of trees on the western side of the Highland Park campus, where tall oaks, pines and eucalyptus present a shady spot for students during recess – and a perfect place for various birds to perch. Read More »

The Middle Ages never went out of style at this Echo Park school

ECHO PARK ––  After studying the Middle Ages, the fourth graders in Rick Powels class at Clifford Math & Technology Magnet recently dressed up in costume and celebrated with a Medieval feast.  But it turns out Powels’ students were not the first at Clifford to dress up like knights and ladies.  A few days after his students’ celebration, Powels came ... Read More »

Charter school to open $6.5 million campus in Boyle Heights shopping center

BOYLE HEIGHTS — A charter school developer is planning to open a new campus in the Plaza Del Sol shopping center as part of a $6.5 million project, according to city building permit information. Endeavor College Prep, which currently operates three schools in and near Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights, will expand into the Soto Street shopping center. The Eastsider ... Read More »

Atwater Village program to nurture kids and native gardens

ATWATER VILLAGE — The nonprofit Taking The Reins has brought many at-risk girls from dense neighborhoods to its barns, corrals and urban farm next to the L.A. River, where the young women build confidence working with horses and learning about horticulture. Now, the group is teaming up with the Theodore Payne Foundation to show the girls the benefits of native plants ... Read More »

1,400 middle schoolers run for fun and fitness in Elysian Park

The paths of Elysian Park were extra busy Saturday morning as more than 1,400 middle school runners raced up and over hills as part of the 2016 LA84 Run4Fun Festival. The 28th annual event, which involved a total of six races on a 1.25-mile course, marked the culmination of a 10-week program, funded by the LA84Foundation, that introduces middle-schoolers to ... Read More »