We partnered with local organizations and community activists to open schools in some of the most underserved communities in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In each case, we played a pivotal role in the start-up planning process and in curriculum and program design.
New Roads School was the first independent school founded by Coalition for Engaged Education (formerly New Visions Foundation). Through its academically rigorous program, it honors diversity, social justice, and the environment.
New Roads commits 40% of its tuition budget to support its expansive, need-based financial aid program, providing greater access for students who might otherwise not be able to attend. Fifty percent of New Roads students receive some form of financial aid. New Roads is now its own nonprofit entity and our neighbor in the Herb Alpert Educational Village.
In response to a growing need to provide a stronger education to the youth of MacArthur Park, Pico-Union, Wilshire Corridor, and Echo Park – a region that holds the second densest neighborhood in the U.S., where the annual family income is among the lowest in the city - Coalition for Engaged Education partnered with Pueblo Nuevo Development and ExED to open Camino Nuevo Charter School (CNCS) in 2000. Since its inception, CNCS has had great success and has expanded to multiple campuses.
Coalition for Engaged Education partnered with ExED and noted filmmaker and producer, Moctezuma Esparza to design a school in Los Angeles that emphasizes arts and enterprise education for youth who too often do not have access to such programs. Since opening in 2005, LAAAE has offered a wide array of arts and enterprise classes to the underserved youth it educates. In 2010, LAAAE’s charter was renewed for another five years.
Alongside St. Anne’s and ExED, New Village Girls Academy is designed to meet the unique needs of young women. The only charter school to have received a state waiver to operate as all-female when it opened in 2006, this school serves the community close to downtown Los Angeles and provides additional support to ensure a strong and flexible education to pregnant and parenting teens.