Middle school close-up: Palms Middle succeeds by investing in teacher training
*UPDATED Palms Middle School Principal Derek Moriuchi jokes with fellow administrators that one must be “kind of special” to want to teach middle schoolers. “They do do weird things and their hormones are all over the place,” he said. “But we get that.” Palms Middle School, on the westside of Los Angeles, is among the...
By Sarah Favot | December 13, 2016 6:23 am
Middle school close-up: Nava Learning Academy has nowhere to go but up
When Principals Maria Ozaeta and Anita Maxon interviewed prospective teachers this summer for the Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy, the one question they repeatedly asked themselves was: Does this teacher have a heart? The pilot school campus has had challenges in the last couple of years, teacher turnover being one. They hired 11 brand new...
By Sarah Favot | December 13, 2016 6:21 am
EXCLUSIVE: Middle schools in LAUSD trail in state rankings and are getting worse, with more than half getting the lowest possible rank
(Click on the red dot on the map for the school name and its rankings.) *UPDATED LA Unified middle schools rank far behind their elementary and high school counterparts and trail middle schools throughout the state, an LA School Report analysis of statewide school ranking data from California Charter Schools Association has found. And in...
By Sarah Favot | December 13, 2016 6:18 am
Search enrollment data for LAUSD middle schools and charter schools
Middle school enrollment has consistently declined over the past 10 years in district schools. One school lost 858 students. But charters and magnet programs are growing. LA Unified is attempting to quell the enrollment drop-off as 133,000 students have left the district since 2006-07 and middle schools have emerged as a key battleground. During the past 10 years, the...
By Sarah Favot | August 17, 2016 2:18 pm
Exclusive: Where have all the middle school students gone? The key battlefield in LAUSD enrollment drop
LA Unified is fighting a costly enrollment slide, and its biggest battleground is middle schools. As the district has lost 133,000 students since 2006, data show the biggest consistent declines in enrollment outside of high school over the past 10 years occur when students enter sixth grade. And the drop has become more pronounced in...
By Sarah Favot | August 15, 2016 9:01 am
Place top teachers in low-performing schools, LA Unified board members suggest as they ‘reimagine’ middle school
The district’s best teachers should be teaching at struggling schools, some LA Unified school board members suggested last week, with at least one board member calling for a future discussion on the issue. The comments were made during a Committee of the Whole meeting last week on how the district can improve and “reimagine” middle school,...
By Sarah Favot | July 6, 2016 4:26 pm