LA PROMISE FUND OPENS ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA THEMED CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTH LA
One of the largest organizations supporting students in Los Angeles County, LA Promise Fund, is opening its second charter school in South Los Angeles: LA Promise Charter High School #1. LA Promise Fund has been an active partner in South LA for more than twenty years. With expertise in co-managing middle and high schools within LAUSD – John Muir Middle School, Manual Arts High School, and West Adams Preparatory High School – LA Promise Fund is now deepening its commitment to South LA with this college-prep entertainment and media academy.
Students, parents, friends, supporters, and elected officials will join together on August 11th to celebrate the opening of the school. Speakers include Councilmembers Marqueece Harris Dawson, District 8 and Curren Price, Jr., District 9, Danette McBride, representing LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA Promise Fund CEO Veronica Melvin, LA Promise Fund Board Chair Stephen Prough, and LA Promise Charter High School Principal Qiana O’Leary.
“This school is preparing African American and Latino youth for the dynamic and ever-changing entertainment and media industry to ensure a diverse workfoce for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Frank Marshall, the highly accomplished producer of many films, including the Jurassic World series, and a founding board member of LA Promise Fund.
“LA Promise Fund has been a champion for student success in underserved communities for over 20 years. I am thrilled to see that they’re now opening LA Promise Charter High School where kids will be provided with the resources and guidance to pursue a college education,” said Councilman Price. “It is a priority of mine to support programs that help our kids go beyond their boundaries and reach their full potential.”
“With our charter schools, we’re building college prep, real-world learning environments that celebrate curiosity, collaboration, and resilience,” said Veronica Melvin. “I know that this high school will bring opportunities to the neighborhood and students that will open doors and expand their horizons.”
LA Promise Fund is developing a K-12 pipeline in South LA that will ultimately serve 1,200 students with a focus on the entertainment and media industry. The students will benefit from strong teacher involvement, a focus on 21st Century learning skills, project-based learning, dual-enrollment in college courses, and industry professionals.
“I’m proud to be launching LA Promise Charter High School #1 in South LA,” said Principal Qiana O’Leary. “My commitment is to prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s world.”