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Three New Schools to Relieve Overcrowding at Crenshaw, Others
By Jennifer Bihm, Contributing Writer
Published August 23, 2012


Augustus Hawkins High School  


Three new high schools, Critical Design and Gaming, Community Health Advocates and Responsible Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship have opened in school board member Margurite Poindexter LaMotte’s District 1 this semester, to relieve overcrowding at traditional high schools Crenshaw, Manual Arts and Fremont.  Students at these schools will be privy to innovative teaching techniques and specialty curriculums interwoven into Los Angeles Unified School District’s regular reading, writing and arithmetic requirements, said school officials. The three openings are part of 20 district-wide openings and an additional school; Urban Sustainability and Ecology is in the works, they said.  

The three small schools are contained in the Augustus Hawkins Complex at 825 W. 60th Street near Slauson and Hoover. They each have the capacity for 400-500 students when operating with all grade levels, officials said, and currently, each school includes students in grades 9, 10 and 11. When the additional school is completed, they said, they expect a combined student population of 2,025.  

“Each small school has its own staff,” said a District 1 spokesperson.  

“In some instances teachers are available to the individual small schools and at other times, teachers are shared among the three schools.  With one of the core values being ‘sustainability,’ the teams decided they must work together in these difficult economic times, and therefore share resources when necessary…”

The new curriculums are described in the school’s brochure as follows:  

CDAGS utilizes principles of gaming, game design and spatial analysis.  Students are challenged by objective based missions to collaboratively engage in purpose-driven learning.  

CHAS prepares students with an understanding and a career pathway in contextually competent social work, behavioral health, and/or other community health professions.  

RISES’ students will study how business activities affect human welfare and the natural world.  Modeled after the Master of Business Administration program at the Mills College Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, students will gain hands-on experience in mapping their community’s economic development.   

“There is an excitement I am feeling about having a school named after such a contributor to the educational growth of all of our students,” said LaMotte, of the Augustus Hawkins Complex.  

“This excitement reaches back to my being invited to Virginia by Honorable Augustus Hawkins to work with him and educators from around this country, on the Blueprint for Action which supported the belief that education is everyone’s responsibility and we developed a blueprint for everyone involved.  Our students are blessed to be able to attend the Augustus F. Hawkins Senior High School.”




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