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Academy of Science and Engineering High School
By Sentinel News Service
Published May 28, 2015

 

The ASE curriculum is standards-based with an emphasis on inquiry learning: students learn by doing

 

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The campus provides a quiet, safe, and hopeful place for students to engage in academic pursuits

Charter school offers a unique educational opportunity to the community

Recently relocated, the Academy of Science and Engineering (ASE), an independent charter school, has relocated to 5753 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90018. ASE currently has 225 students, grades 9-11, enrolled and will add a 12th grade class in the fall 2015.

Each year, since its opening, ASE enrolls between 60-75 9th grade students and the students are attracted from nearby charter schools, LAUSD middle schools, and private schools. More than 90% of the students live within a two-mile radius of its present location. Ninety-three percent of students receive a Free/Reduced Lunch.

The Academy of Science and Engineering is a Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) pathways high school offering study in five pathways: Arts and Media, Government and Social Services, Business and Public Relations, Health Science and Medical Technology, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The curriculum is standards-based with an emphasis on inquiry learning: students learn by doing.

The acclaimed Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) conducted its accreditation site visit and noted that “ASE school felt ‘like a private’ school even though it was a public school.” 

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In its application, ASE had requested an initial one-year accreditation. Based on its findings, the WASC team recommended a three-year accreditation. The implementation of the proposed Summer Bridge Program outlined in this grant request is another step in supporting the “private/public” vibe at ASE and continue to demonstrate the building of a state-of-the-art public school that addresses the unique and specific needs of students while preparing them to be productive citizens in a 21st Century global society.

ASE is also a member of CIF, Small Schools League and Field of the following sports:  JV/V Boys/Girls Basketball, JV/V Boys/Girls Volleyball, V Boys/Girls Soccer, and Cheer. Currently, ASE is building strong basketball and soccer Student-Athlete programs.

ASE works actively and intentionally to recruit African-American students, especially male students. They work closely with these students and their families to provide strategic supports in the form of mentoring, small class sizes, differentiated instruction, leadership opportunities, and sports that allow all students, but particularly, African-American students, to excel.

ASE provides intensive support to English Language Learners. They also work closely with students, their families and teachers to support accelerating students’ language skills so they reclassify as fluent English-proficient students as quickly and as successfully as possible.

The Academy of Science and Engineering High School offers neighborhood families a better choice. The campus provides a quiet, safe, and hopeful place for students to engage in academic pursuits. Their administrators, teachers, and support staff are dedicated to the success of all students.

Currently:

• 90% of seniors are on track to graduate and most of these students will be applying to a 4-year college or university.

• 82% of students pass the CAHSEE the first time. 

• 60% of students have experienced a College Summer Program at least once during their high school years.

• 1:1 ratio of students to computers

Through a generous grant from Toyota Corporation, ASE has a state-of-the-art technology lab that supports graphic arts, media design, intro to engineering, principles of engineering, and introduction to computer science classes, which also include intro to coding. Toyota’s support is not enough. ASE is in need of additional benefactors.

The school has outgrown its space and is actively embarking on fundraising efforts to raise money for general operating expenses and site expansion. ASE is looking for benefactors to support the acquisition of a new modular building that will house six (6) additional classrooms and the general upgrade of the present building.

The additional classrooms would allow ASE to increase enrollment capacity to 300 students, as stated in their Charter Petition. It is their goal to support a maximum of 75 students per grade level. At the present time, ASE does not have the space to accommodate more than 250 students. In addition to classrooms to accommodate new enrollees, ASE also needs to acquire additional educational resources.

The addition of these students automatically triggers higher operational costs. To that end, ASE is seeking to raise $250K annually to cover the costs of providing a 21st Century education to students that have been historically underserved.

For more information about the Academy of Science and Engineering or to complete an enrollment application, check out the website at www.academyse.org or contact Teresa Henderson-Johnson, Principal or Janet Ho, coordinator at (323) 545-1100. 

[email protected]

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