West Adams Preparatory High School, located just southwest of downtown Los Angeles, is a comprehensive Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high school that first opened in 2007. The school has a partnership with LA’s Promise, a nonprofit organization that currently manages three South Los Angeles District schools including West Adams Prep.
West Adams lies at the southern end of the Pico-Union neighborhood, a largely Latino and immigrant population in Central Los Angeles. With over 25,000 people per square mile, it is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Most of the adults in this community have a high school diploma or less, therefore, the West Adams Preparatory High School community has worked diligently to promote high school graduation and college preparedness.
West Adams Preparatory High School will achieve its vision through the implementation of three semi-autonomous small learning communities, unique in identity or flavor but operating within a larger comprehensive high school structure in relation to curriculum and resources. Each small school contains its own organizational components including approximately 450 students, 2 student counselors, 1 psychiatric social worker, 25 teachers, and its own assistant principal. This approach is based primarily on the idea that a school with fewer students is better able to facilitate a more personalized learning environment that will help increase student resiliency, improve sense of belonging, and engagement as measured by attendance and academic performance.
What is a School Accountability Report Card (SARC)?
Since November 1988, state law has required all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. A similar requirement is also contained in the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators.
What information does the SARC contain?
Although there is great variation in the design of school report cards, they generally begin with a profile that provides background information about the school and its students. The profile usually summarizes the school's mission, goals, and accomplishments. State law requires that the SARC contain all of the following:
School safety and climate for learning information
School completion rates
Teacher and staff information
Curriculum and instruction descriptions
Postsecondary preparation information
Fiscal and expenditure data
In addition, NCLB requires that SARCs contain reports concerning the "adequate yearly progress" of students in achieving state academic achievement standards; Title 1 Program Improvement; graduation rates at the secondary level; and, starting with the SARCs to be published in 2004-05, the extent to which "highly qualified" teachers are teaching core academic subjects.
How often must a SARC be updated?
School report cards must be updated annually.