UCLA Community School: Five-Year Anniversary Marked by Increase in College-Bound Students

College aspirations for K-12 students - some the first to graduate from high school - have tripled in the school's Koreatown/Pico-Union service area.

This fall, UCLA Community School celebrates its fifth anniversary of service with an immensely gratifying gift: the college-bound rate of high school students in the school’s Koreatown/Pico-Union service area has tripled in that time.

In a UCLA Newsroom story, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, noted that this school year marks the first time that a majority of students in U.S. public schools are from racial and ethnic minorities.

“Los Angeles has been at the head of this new normal in our country’s demographic future,” he said. “Working to improve educational opportunities for Community School students is an especially important endeavor, given that the fastest-growing demographic are children from the low-income immigrant families we serve.

“Our students are at the heart of the new ‘minority-majority’ in America, and it is essential they be well-prepared and productive, engaged and ethical citizens, to better lead us into the 21st century.”

For the full story in UCLA Newsroom by Alison Hewitt, click here.


Above: UCLA’s mascots Joe and Josie Bruin celebrate the 5th anniversary of UCLA Community School. L-R: Principal Leyda Garcia, Aaron Hernandez, Nyslai Bolanos, and Giselle Navas, 6th graders; and Assistant Principal Queena Kim (’02, B.A.; M.Ed., ’08).

Photo by Andres Cuervo