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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 310
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1919 S. Burnside Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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(323) 939-6400
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August 11, 2013
New LA is a wonderful school! It offers a great environment for children to learn and be part of the community. It's a great place for children to grow and become better persons!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
This was my daughter's first choice for middle school. As a student, she has thrived at New Los Angeles and I would attribute this to the attention she received from her teachers and the staff. The small school environment helped her make a successful transition. She became involved in student government, served as a school ambassador and made honor roll - all things I never thought my daughter would do. She has a genuine interest in doing well in school and being a good citizen both in and out of school. She wants New LA to expand to high school so that she doesn't have to leave! As a parent, I appreciate how well the school communicates with me about my daughter's academic and emotional growth. There are lots of opportunity for involvement and I am impressed with just how well everyone at the school knows my daughter. She had a great sixth grade year and is looking forward to seventh grade. We couldn't be happier with New Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
I'm very pleased with the education my kids have received at New Los Angeles. The teachers are outstanding, very supportive, and offer challenging and exciting course work. I appreciate that extra help is always available to those who need it. I'm especially impressed with the scope of work in humanities and science. It's wonderful that they're able to keep class sizes so small as it creates a far superior learning environment. The principal is fantastic and really has a grasp of what is going on with the kids at any given time. Teachers and staff are very accessible, and that's a great plus of a small school like New LA. So far it's been a tremendously positive academic experience for both my kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
The growth that I have seen in my 2 girls has been exceptional! They both have a voice & an opinion & have been supported by their peers to speak out & say what they are thinking & their articulation makes me so proud & envious of what I feel they have gotten compared to what I was taught growing up. But that is a good thing. It is not stagnant & the approach to teaching is inspiring for me to see & hear the excitement almost daily as to what they did in class each day. Kudos New LA...Where is the High School?

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
This is our third year at New LA and it has been the best year of the three by far. The school put in a new program for intensive help for kids who need it. And for the advanced students (such as my daughter), they are doing foreign language and advanced math and journalism. Don't get stuck on test scores. It's weird, the overall scores of the school went down, but the program is much improved and my daughter (and her friends) got advanced scores on the CSTs. My wife and I really love this school, and it's the teachers that make it so special. They love and care about my daughter, but really push her with some really advanced work.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2012
I have been a parent at the school since its inception. It is a daunting task to find a great school for your child. Our greatest fear was our wonderful daughter getting lost in a big middle school. By attending New LA she really blossomed into a wonderfully prepared student for HS. Great administration, great teachers, supporting parents, diverse school population, smaller class sizes and, compared to some larger MS, wonderfully behaved students. After sending our oldest to New LA we now have two more of our childrent attending. This school is a jewel within LAUSD. After saying all that, is the school perfect? Before answering that question please let me know of a school that is. I will say that it is refreshing to have teachers and administration return your calls the same day. Is it the school for everyone, maybe not. Currently hey don't have a large sports field or a music program. What they do offer is a good education and a safe place for our ladies to grow. That is most important thing to us.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
New Los Angeles Charter has provided our son with a stimulating and highly academic curriculum in an intimate environment. By keeping the class sizes small it provides the opportunity for the teachers to work closely with each student unlike current middle schools in LAUSD which have 35-40 students per class. Also the cultural diversity at New Los Angeles has given our son a broad understanding of the world we live in. New Los Angeles embraces each student so that they will have the tools to succeed academically and socially. We feel that New Los Angeles has provided our son with a top notch education which excels beyond even that of a private school.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2012
Our son was in the first sixth grade class at New LA. In 8th grade he got into LACES and we reluctantly transferred him so his high school placement would be assured. After one semester we came back for the far more differentiated and nurturing educational environment that New LA provides.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2011
i go here and the teachers are engaged with the students and we get together and have meetings and then we are very engaged in class with smart boards they provide us with the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) <3 <3 <3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2011
I am searching for a good Middle school in Los angeles Area. Many parents have recommended me about this school

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
We love this school. Our son came from a private school and has adapted well. Teacher's are truly responsive and caring. Finally a school that really is diverse in all ways imaginable. The only thing missing is outdoor space.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
This entry needs updating: our school is now 6-7-8, with 283 students, in a newly renovated building at West Washington & Burnside in L.A. My daughter completed 6th grade here and is a 7th grader this year; I cannot say enough good things about the faculty and staff, their responsiveness and creativity, and how happy & successful the students are. A grant has given us a free after-school program from Champions, and a new parents' club is making the school even stronger. We have referred four other students here, and they are equally pleased. My biggest problem is, where can I find a high school to equal New L.A. Charter Middle School? We'll need one in two years....

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2010
I have been going to New LA since the beginning. It engages in the community and teaches kids passion for learning. All of the kids are engaged in the school, helping it grow and thrive. There are few amount of kids who help the teachers get to know everyone. The building was pretty small, but since we are moving, I am looking forward to see how this will turn out. I love New LA and I am very happy that I am there.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2010
OMG! I love New LA. I've only been here since 7th grade during the 09-10 school year and just cant leave! This is the most fun and engaging middle school ive been to:) I cant wait to go back to my favorite teachers and awesome friends in the new building!!! 8TH GRADERS WILL RULE THE SCHOOL!<3

- submitted by a student
no rating May 13, 2010
Creative, rigorous, and very thoughtful program of learning. Students are engaged in the process and sense of community is taken quite seriously. Superior teachers who truly care about the individual student and approach their jobs with extraordinary perspicacity and humor. A school that actually does keep the big picture in mind. .

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
fantastic school with strong teachers and stimulating curriculum

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Love the school. I love the closeness betwwen the teacher and the parents,the parents and the students. The classroom size and the over all learning place and looking forward to moving in our new building and welcoming new families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Great mission and programs, wonderful student body & teachers/staff, small size.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
Go in asking lots of questions. When a spot opens up, ask who left, and why. If a spot in an upper grade is available at the beginning of the school year, ask how many spots are open. If there are many, and it's so wonderful, why aren't the kids coming back? Ask how many of the younger siblings of students are coming. People want this place to work, and so nobody wants to say anything negative about it. I think the completely positive reviews are part that and part 'Emperor's New Clothes.' New L.A. is not for everybody, and I know a lot of people who got there and were surprised to find out how wrong it was for their family when they'd only heard the glowing stuff. It will be better for some kids and worse for others. If your grade school was top-notch, you may be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
It is very diverse. The class sizes are small. The teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
I love it because they give the students an oppurtunity to engage in acitivites that they will need to know about for the real world and the teachers empower them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
A progressive learning environment with a dedicated and caring staff and an impressive focus on community. The positive change in my daughter's attitude towards school has been amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teachers are responsive and genuinely care about students' progress and the students respond to this kind of respect and professionalism.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
New L.A. School has been so progressive since day one (1) opening. I have seen a great change in my grandson's attitude and he is now improving in his curriculum and his attitude toward his studies has improved immensely. The kids are happy and all appear to be learning. Looking forward to next year and more progressive. The school has good teachers, with down to earth attitudes and understandings.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Great place for inner-city children who are interested in developmental learning and looking ahead to college. Teachers are first rate; school executive director and principal are also fantastic. New LA is a public school with small classes, an inclusive mentality and forward-thinking educational model. It is first rate!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
I love the mission of the school, it's staff and teachers! I love how excited my daughter is about learning and how supported she feels by her peers and the faculty. The schools approach to curriculum is innovative, challenging and inclusive. I would recommend this school in a heartbeat to another parent seeking a positive middle school experience!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
The teachers and administration are inspirational. My daughter is thriving and reading more than ever. She has also made wonderful new friends. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Due to the economy, I wasn't able to keep my daughter in private schools so I ended up putting her in a charter school. The public schools in our area are so terrible that I even had to homeschool my child for one year as an option. Luckily, I was able to get my daughter into New LA for middle school. This is my daughter's first year and so far, I'm happy with the teachers, the administration, and the location of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
This schol has teachers who really care and studnets who love to be there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
The school is like a small town, or a large family: 75 sixth graders, 75 seventh graders, 25 students per class with extraordinary facutlty and staff. The mission statement stresses building good people as well as good academic skills, and the students evidence both. While I'm thrilled that the API last year was 830(!), I am even more proud and thrilled with an incident that happened the first week of this school year. I had answered a cellphone call on the playground, and was unaware that pulling it out of my pocket also dragged out some folding money I had hastily stuffed in that pocket as well. A few minutes later, as I stood in the office talking to a staff member, a 12-year-old boy came in and handed the receptionist a wad of bills, saying 'We found this on the playground.' It was easy to identify as mine, I remembered the amount and denominations. But even now four weeks later, it's still wonderful and astounding to me that a pre-teen in an urban public middle school has so taken to heart the moral and values education of his school that he turned in unidentified cash to the office! When I remarked on this to a staff member, she told me this wasn't an isolated case. During the first week of school last year, a bag of chips went missing from an open cubby, and the entire sixth grade stopped everything to hold a town meeting about respect for others' property and feelings. No other property went missing all year. We are so pleased and grateful to be in this amazing environment. The school will add an eighth grade next year, and will need to move to another building to accommodate 225 students. We parents are fund-raising as best we can, because we want New Los Angeles Charter School to keep expanding, and take our kids through high school, too! Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
This charter school is small (only 75 kids per grade), has a fantastic academic program, great teachers, and wonderful administrators. As a social justice school, they also teach the kids about good citizenship and really taking ownership of themselves and the school. Weekly task sheets help student learn how to organize their time to get assignments and projects in on time. At the weekly town hall, any student can raise any issue to discuss, address, and hopefully resolve. Students also come up with ideas on how to give back to the community. Daily advisory time at the beginning and end of the school day gives teachers an opportunity to really work with and get to know their students. My son showed steady improvement in humanities and consistency in math & science. He loves the school and is happy!

- submitted by a parent

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New Los Angeles Charter School
1919 S. Burnside Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90016
(323) 939-6400
Last modified New Los Angeles Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New Los Angeles Charter School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top