High School’s Boundaries Exclude Parts of Northeast Los Angeles

By Gloria Angelina Castillo, EGP Staff Writer

The attendance boundaries for Central Region High School #13, more popularly known as Taylor Yard High School, are similar to many of the elementary and middle schools in Glassell Park, Atwater Village and Elysian Heights, school administrators announced last week.

Early on, parents, students and other stakeholders were informed that the new high school on San Fernando Road would reduce overcrowding at Franklin, Eagle Rock and Marshall high schools, leaving many Northeast Los Angeles area parents and students wondering if they would personally be affected by the schools’ opening, now scheduled for September instead of August as originally announced.

During a series of meetings held last week to inform parents and community members about the new campus, including its attendance boundaries, Interim-Principal Philip Naimo noted that the high school will actually alleviate attendance at five local high schools.

Parents gather around Maria Cano and Philip Naimo to find out who’s in and who’s out of the attendance boundaries. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

 

Two hundred students who would have otherwise attended Abraham Lincoln High in Lincoln Heights, and 100 students headed for the Belmont Zone of Choice in Downtown Los Angeles, will instead be sent to Central Region High, according to district officials. Franklin, Eagle Rock and Marshall high schools will each have 200-500 fewer students when Central High opens this fall.

For students who live in Glassell Park and parts of Cypress Park, the new high school will be their “school of residency,” meaning that is where they will be assigned. Students living in Mount Washington, however, can choose to attend Central Region, Franklin or Lincoln, all the same distance away.

Parents who do not now have high school age children but will in the future, should be aware that Central Region’s feeder schools are: Atwater Avenue Elementary, Fletcher Drive Elementary and Irving Middle School, Allesandro Elementary (Riverside Dr), Aragon Avenue Elementary, Elysian Heights Elementary, and Dorris Place Elementary (Mt. Washington). However, students who have attended these schools in the past should still consult the boundary map because assignment to the new high school is based on home address and not the school you attend.

Students who live in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and El Sereno are not within the new school’s attendance boundaries, according to the district’s map, which shows the northeast boundary along Avenue 37, from Forest Lawn Memorial Park to Arroyo Seco Parkway (110 Fwy, west of the Figueroa exit). However, there will be permits available for students who live outside of the attendance boundary and wish to enroll at the new high school, according to LAUSD.

One of the most pressing questions for many students is whether the school will offer team sports. According to Naimo, the new high school will have no senior class or fall sports the first year, but will eventually have its own football team. Basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, boy’s volleyball and track and field will be offered during the 2011-2012 school year, Naimo said.

Student safety is another issue of concern for parents. John Samaniego, Operations Coordinator for LAUSD Local District 4, said the school’s administration has already begun working with LAPD and local organizations to ensure the safety of students at the school.

The high school is located within the Mayor’s Cypress Park/Northeast Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) zone, which includes a variety of on- and off-campus programs.

A traffic light, with left hand turn signals will be put up at the busy San Fernando Road and Division Street intersection before school starts, according to Naimo.

In case you missed it, EGP filmed the LAUSD Central High School #13, Feb. 10, 2011, meeting at Irving Middle School. Click on this photo to view the videos.

 

It is not yet clear who will run Central Region High, since it will open as a “Public School Choice” school and the conclusion of the management application process is still several weeks away.

Parents, students and stakeholders in January listened to presentations and submitted advisory votes to LAUSD’s superintendent, who will in turn recommend to the school board the groups he thinks are best suited to run Central Region’s five separate small schools.

Superintendent Ramon Cortines’ recommendation and the School Board’s vote was originally scheduled to take place this month, but Cortines postponed the decision until March 15. Twelve other existing and new schools are also undergoing the reform process.

Click on this photo to read the Student Addresses Attendance List.

 

The Central Region High campus was originally designed to be one traditional school with small learning communities, but research has shown “that is not enough,” Naimo told parents at the Feb. 10 meeting. Small schools with 400-500 students, one administrator and 14-18 teachers are more effective, he said.

“One school, one name one mascot, one set of school colors, one athletic program, one band, one of each of those things, but five autonomous schools. We want all students from each of the five autonomous schools to be able to participate in any of the athletics, sports…The school is designed to function as five separate autonomous schools,” much like a college, said Naimo.

While an official name has yet to be selected, some of the names being floated as part of an informal survey, are: Sonia Sotomayor [High School], for the first Latina Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court; Corky Perez, Civil Rights Activist; Rio de Los Ángeles, Los Angeles River [School] and Tongva [High School], for the Native Americans tribe that populated the area.

Two of the six applicants under consideration to run Central Region High are charter school operators. Under the Public School Choice reform, all schools selected, including charter applicants, will be required to admit students from the attendance area, and local students will be given priority.

In addition, all of the schools will be required to offer A-G college preparatory requirements, accept and support English Learners and students with special needs and Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).

The campus will also have a Career Tech component run through the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education, according to Naimo.

In case you missed it, EGP filmed the Feb. 10, 2011 meeting at Irving Middle School. Visit EGPNews.com to watch the video or read other stories.

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