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