Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
The Partnership for LA Schools is a non-profit organization focused on turning around LA’s lowest performing public schools and on piloting innovations that can be scaled across the Los Angeles Unified School District, (LAUSD). Launched in 2008, the Partnership is a collaboration of LAUSD, the City of Los Angeles and the philanthropic sector, and today it serves more than 15,000 students across 17 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South LA. The Partnership is the same size as the Beverly Hills and Santa Monica school districts combined, and is one of the largest public school turnaround initiatives in the nation. Last year, the Partnership schools outperformed the district and state in every subject area covered by the California Standards Tests, (CSTs). Moreover, the Partnership was the # 1 improving mid- to large-size school district in the state last year, the year before that, and over the last five years according to the Academic Performance Index, (API).
The Partnership's Parent College, a seven-month parent empowerment workshop series, was recently featured on PBS NewsHour.
The report looks at the Parent College experience through the eyes of two Partnership parents, one from 99th Street Elementary in Watts, the other from Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights.
"The skills that you learn in the performing arts are skills that can be readily applied to other areas of life. You want to be a lawyer? Lawyers are actors. Want to be a doctor? You have to have good people relations. You can use many of the skills learned in Drama in almost any profession you choose," says Jim Pentecost, Santee’s Drama Teacher.