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Exciting News About Crenshaw High School
By Sentinel News Service
Published September 2, 2010

Have you dreamed of your child attending an award winning, accredited high school with rigorous college prep and career development programs? You do not have to look far.

With doctors, lawyers, scientists, businesspersons, entertainers and athletes, the school has one of the most impressive alumni networks in the city, the nation and the world. The seniors who graduated in June 2010 are now moving into dorms at Stanford, MIT, Yale, Dartmouth, UC Berkeley, Spellman, UCLA, Columbia and Morehouse. The list of college acceptances includes all of the schools in the California State and University of California systems as well as the most prestigious private and public universities across the country.

The world-renowned choir has performed before the Queen of England and the President of France. Competing against schools throughout L.A., the high school’s students won the regional competition for urban planning sponsored by the Urban Land Institute. A cooking project in a business entrepreneur class turned into a thriving, for-profit enterprise for students with a food product now being sold in the local Starbucks. For two years, the school has had Gates Millennium Scholars–one of the most coveted scholarship programs in the world. And on top of all the academic and cultural achievements, the undefeated football team won the 2010 City Championship.

Yes! Crenshaw High School–one of the best-kept secrets in our community! Crenshaw High School boasts excellence on the field and in the classrooms. The costs for students attending colleges locally and across the country were offset by more than $9 million in scholarships offered in acknowledgment of dedicated work by students and faculty. Other seniors have chosen to enter the military service for their country and others have promising jobs lined up.

Crenshaw High School is a comprehensive high school open to ALL students in our community. Under the leadership of award-winning Principal Carrie Harris Allen, Crenshaw High School is giving EVERY child, EVERY chance, EVERY day.

In June 2010, Crenshaw High School was granted a full two-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)–recognition of undeniable progress at Crenshaw with a 27% increase in graduation rates, the implementation of Small Learning Communities across all grades and a 19% increase in CAHSEE first-time pass rates. Extending congratulations to Crenshaw, LAUSD Superintendent Ray Cortines commented that the accreditation term was “a major milestone for the Crenshaw High School community that should be marked as what can be accomplished when stakeholders are united around a common goal and work toward improving academic outcomes for all students.”

Crenshaw High School has been under a unique oversight structure since 2008, governed by the Greater Crenshaw Educational Partnership (GCEP) within the iDesign Division of LAUSD. The structure allows for charter-like flexibility and localized decision making over curriculum and budget. GCEP, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), harnesses the combined resources of the Los Angeles Urban League, the University of Southern California (USC) and the Tom & Ethel Bradley Foundation into the school, working diligently with Principal Allen, the students, committed teachers, staff, and parents for constructive change.

“It is important that our South Los Angeles community embraces the jewel we have once again in Crenshaw High School,” said Blair H. Taylor, President and CEO of the League. “There is no need to send children outside of the community for a top notch, quality high school education. Crenshaw offers excellent opportunities in education, arts and culture, sports programs and viable career paths which are designed to meet the needs of each and every student beginning in the 9th grade.”

For information on how to register your child at Crenshaw High School, contact (323) 290-7803 and visit

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