By BARRY LANK
GLASSELL PARK — The education corridor along San Fernando Road may be welcoming another school.
Renaissance Arts Academy of Eagle Rock is planning to start a second campus, this time in the 2500 block of N. San Fernando Road in Glassell Park, about six miles from their current location.
“We’re trying to make the program more available to students who don’t have access,” said the school’s co-director, Sidnie Gallegos Myrick, noting that the school has only been able to accept about 30 percent of the students who ask for admission.
Entry into the school requires no test, assessment or audition. Just about the only way to narrow down the pool of applicants is with a random drawing, according to the school’s web site.
The expansion will also increase the school’s grade levels, with the new campus covering K-12, according to a public hearing notice.
The school plans to convert a 41,600-square-foot building along San Fernando to fit a maximum of 650 students, with 69 parking spaces and 78 bike spaces. The charter school would operate from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
But why do so many schools set up along San Fernando Road? The corridor already hosts Ribet Academy, which is seeking to expand, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, two campuses by Alliance for College Ready Schools and L.A. Unified’s Sotomayor Learning Academies, which just opened there in 2011.
Myrick said that’s merely the space her school could find in Los Angeles. Renaissance Arts also looked at areas along Figueroa, along Eagle Rock Boulevard, and on the other side of the 110.
“When looking at real estate in L.A., it’s wherever you can a space,” Myrick said. “This was the location that started working. It’s complete serendipity.”
Barry Lank grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, then went away for a seriously long time. He has worked in TV and radio, and currently helps produce The Final Edition Radio Hour.