A new principal has taken charge of Ivanhoe Elementary, the high-achieving Silver Lake school whose lofty test scores are the pride of the neighborhood and a selling point for real estate agents. The appointment of Lynda Rescia, who was formerly the school’s academic supervisor, as the new principal was announced after Thanksgiving, said Alison Shore, President, Friends of Ivanhoe. “She was one of many applicants for the job, went through a standard (and fairly rigorous!) LAUSD interviewing process, and was chosen by the interviewing team and ultimately the LAUSD superintendent John Deasy,” Shore said in an email.
Rescia, like her predecessor, Jumie Sugahara, who is now principal of Glassell Park Elementary, will be under pressure to maintain and raise the school’s already impressive showing on the state’s Academic Performance Index. Last year, Ivanhoe’s API score stood at 950 out of a possible 1,000.
Ivanhoe’s high API score and a reputation for academic excellence and a high level of parent involvement have also made the school a selling point for nearby property. In fact, a home’s location within the Ivanhoe Elementary School Attendance Area is frequently touted in real estate listings and, according to one agent, can add $100,000 a home’s value.
Rescia, who has worked for the LAUSD for about 20 years, has not revealed any details about what changes – if any – she has in store for the school. She has not responded to a request from The Eastsider for comment. However, on the school’s home page, Rescia, has pledged to keep parents informed “regarding developments” and asked for their trust. Said Rescia:
You make Ivanhoe the type of school that makes getting up every day and coming to work an act of joy. There are times in our lives when what we are experiencing just feels right. For me, this is one of those times.