School district puts Wilson High up for grabs

The Los Angeles school district announced a third batch of poorly performing schools it wants others to have a chance to operate, and El Sereno’s Wilson Senior High is on the list. The hilltop campus is one of 26 existing schools that will be made available to groups ranging from existing teachers to charter school operators in an effort to boost academic performance.  The schools were placed in L.A. Unified’s Public School Choice program for a variety reasons, ranging from low academic performance, slow improvement in test scores and, for high schools, poor dropout and graduation rates.

In addition to the 26 existing schools, 17 campuses currently under construction will also be made available for others to operate, according a school district press release. Groups interested in operating any of the schools must submit an application by October of next year. The school board and district superintendent would then make a final selection in December 2011.

Related items:
More LAUSD schools up for reform. Daily News
Echo Park”s newest school becomes a takeover target. The Eastsider
Can a rival school district do a better job of running Garfield High? The Eastsider

Photo from LAUSD.net


  1. If public schools aren’t performing as they should then change has to be made…I think it takes more than just the school to perform at it’s best…It also takes A LOT of parent involvement to make the school a success and it seems we lack much of that now a days…My daughter is in a charter school in East LA and I LOVE it and parent involvement is stupendous…I don’t just see mother’s involved but Dad’s…that is GREAT!

  2. My daughter attends Wilson High School in El Serreno where she is enrolled in the LAPD magnet program. As for the main school itself, I don’t see a lot of parental participation there. My daughter transferred to Wilson High School from a Charter School in another state where she was spending time with her father for the last two years. She told me that many of the kids don’t know much more than basic vocabulary and a majority don’t have a passion to learn. I don’t know if this has to do with the kids, parents, school, ethnicity or social barriers. I feel bad for this kids. These kids are not being able to see the whole picture, the fact is many will drop out and the rest will end up in low level jobs should be disturbing to any parent. For every job there is at least 4.5 people competing for it and it’s not going to get any easier.

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