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Aug 13, 2012

Summer Sessions at LA's Promise

Through funding from Amgen, the School Improvement Grant, LA’s Promise and various partners, LA’s Promise provided more than 800 of its’ students the opportunity to participate in a 4 week summer school program

Due to annually reoccurring state and local budget reductions to education, only 16 high schools district–wide offered summer school this year. Through funding from Amgen, the School Improvement Grant, LA’s Promise and various partners, LA’s Promise provided more than 800 of its’ students the opportunity to participate in a 4 week summer school program focused on credit recovery, course advancement in English and math, and enrichment courses like the arts, health and fitness. 


At John Muir 250 students took English Language Arts (ELA) and Math courses, ranging from below basic to advanced levels, in order to get prepared for the next grade level.  In addition to the intervention and enrichment programs offered, John Muir students also participated in three key programs: (1) Health Happens Here – a pilot program initiated by leaders of Building Healthy Communities South Los Angeles, where students participated in reproductive health, healthy eating, nutritional cooking classes and physical activities; (2) The Los Angeles Police Athletic League (PAL) summer program, which offered the opportunity for students 10 years and older to spend time fostering positive relationships with law enforcement professionals, and; (3) Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, sponsored by Twentieth Century Fox, where Los Angeles artist, Yolanda Gonzales, exposed 40 students to the world of arts.

At Manual Arts, more than 600 12th grade students from Manual Arts and West Adams Prep participated in summer school and credit recovery, averaging a 95% attendance rate. Students in need of credit recovery were provided a total of 11 course offerings, including Algebra, US History, American Literature, and Biology.  With college and career readiness serving as the core indicator for success, students also had the chance to prepare for college and beyond with three college and career enrichment opportunities: (1) CollegeSpring provided an intense SAT preparation class that included more than 100 hours of SAT math and verbal prep, diagnostic testing and college counseling, (2) College Ambassador Boot Camp, where 50 invited students a took part in college knowledge activities in preparation for serving as college center aides and peer counselors, and (3) Softs Skills workshops, where students across both high schools had the opportunity to perfect their interviewing and public speaking skills.

LA’s Promise is dedicated to making sure students and families in South Los Angeles have exposure and access to opportunities that will prepare them to succeed. Thank you to our partners and funders that made such a rich variety of summer activities available to LA’s Promise students.