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Ambassador School of Global Education
Updated Mar 13, 2018
3201 West 8th Street - Los Angeles CA - 90005
Type of autonomy arrangement: pilot schools
About the Learning Program
Our Mission: The Ambassador School of Global Education nurtures children, helping them experience success in academic and social settings with an appreciation of the various cultures, languages, and communities around the world.
Our Vision: Regardless of a child's background, cultural experiences, and family history, all children have access to educational experiences that present opportunities to excel in academic, social, and cross-cultural settings. All students will be taught in a culture that supports preparation for college. Coursework in school will engage the community on issues that are relevant and personal. Students will be able to compete and participate on a global scale.
Leadership Development Program
When ALC opened, the teachers created their signature Leadership Development Program. All students are required to complete 40 hours of leadership activities per semester adding up to 320 hours of service by the time they graduate from school. ALC partners with over 20 local organizations (such as CARECEN, YMCA, and STOKED) to provide students a wide range of leadership experiences. Students create their own leadership plan based on their passions and interests; teachers support and mentor each student on their journey.
The Impact of ACL on Students
At the end of their senior year, students stand in front of their family, teachers, and community members to reflect on their journey including how the school opened them up to people and experiences that they would not have otherwise. The Leadership Development Program prepares students for life after high school with 93% being accepted to a 2 or 4-year college; 58% were accepted to a 4-year college.
How can my school start a similar program?
If your school wants to start a program that partners with many community organizations, here are three tips:
- Exercise staffing autonomy and find teachers who enjoy partnering with other organizations.
- Exercise scheduling autonomy to create time for students to leave the classroom and learn in the community.
- Exercise budget autonomy to support the program. Teachers at ALC are compensated for running clubs and supporting students.