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UCLA Community School (UCS)

Updated May 9, 2017
700 S. Mariposa Street - Los Angeles CA - 90005
Type of autonomy arrangement: pilot schools
Basic Profile

Opened In

2009

Grades

K through 12

Environment

Urban

Type

District - Pilot
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure and De Facto
De jure governing boards of Zone of Choice schools have authority via MOUs that each school has with the Los Angeles Unified School District, school board, and teacher union (UTLA). The governing board retains some authority, but de facto teachers make some decisions. UCS is located in the RFK Zone of Choice.

About the Learning Program

UCLA Community School is an innovative K-12 learning environment that prepares all students for college, work, and civic participation. The instructional program is community-based, learner-centered, and university-assisted. Building on the strengths of the local neighborhood, the school is bilingual, bi-literate, and multi-cultural. Parents and community members are integral members of the school and their funds of knowledge help shape the instructional program. UCLA-CS personalizes learning for each student to ensure and document academic, social, and emotional growth over a student’s school career. Students have Personalized Learning Plans that build on their interests and needs, supporting them as active learners in a variety of experiences including projects, rigorous coursework, council, internships, peer tutoring, seminars, experiments, and so on.