Off and running
Green Dot prepares for school year at Locke
With keys in hand on July 1, Green Dot officially assumed full control of Alaine Leroy Locke High School in Watts, and while the transition has not been smooth as glass, on the first day of summer school administrators said that about 80 percent of the 400 students who arrived on campus came in the right uniforms with shirts tucked in.
A portend of things to come? Green Dot officials are cautious but optimistic. And now the race begins to truly transform Locke. The effort will start structurally by repainting buildings so that students will know where their individual schools within the Locke campus are located.
Locke has been dividend into seven autonomous small schools, and the largest of these is called Launch to College which will be home to the 10th, 11th and 12th graders. This unit will be broken up into two schools of 650 students each and will have one principal and several assistant principals. The emphasis here will be on making sure that students are prepared to attend the four-year university of their choice.
The other critical small school at the new Locke is the Multi-Pathway school, which will eventually consist of three different programs.
But in September when the doors open, this will be the home of the 10 and 11th graders who are severely behind and need an intensive credit recovery program.
Young people returning from juvenile camps and other justice system programs will also be directed to this school where they will obtain character development skills and be re-acclamized back into a regular school setting.
Green Dot officials expect the transition to take from six to 12 months.
The third component of the Multi-Pathway school will be added in 2009, and will focus on providing students with the A-G college prep vocational training.
The intent, said Green Dot officials is to create a program that encompasses architecture, construction and engineering.
Several other key changes will take place at Locke. Ninth graders will be segregated into separate schools, and the focus will be on getting the students ready to take on the rigorous college-prep curriculum.
“I am in awe that people who graduate with a 3.8 but are not four year college eligible,” said Rochelle Alexander, one of the ninth grade principals. “They average 220 credits and get their diploma, but 220 does not prepare you to get into college.”
At Green Dot, students are required to have 270 credits to graduate, and this insures that they have taken the A-G courses that will make them eligible to apply to a University of California or California State University College.
The other change involves Locke’s highly-regarded music program. Ninth graders who want join will have to do so as part of an after-school activity, while students in the other grades can take these courses and participate in the activities as part of their core curriculum.
Packed in the pews at Macedonia Baptist Church in Watts, a mixed and vigorous crowd of about 400 Blacks and Hispanics had come to hear how mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti would respond to both their questions and their needs. The forum was sponsored by L.A. Voice.
To begin, various religious and community leaders came forward to highlight issues in the community.
The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory (WWC) and youth orchestra begins its fourth year, serving youngsters from the South Los Angeles/Watts/Compton area.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced students are welcome to participate in the program, and youth must be ages 7-18 to participate in the 10-week session. The cost is a $10 registration fee, and instruments are available for loan.
April 18 is the final day to sign up for the new session.
Enrollment applications available at The Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The City Council approved a plan today aimed at turning Jordan Downs, a 700-unit public housing project in Watts, into an “urban village” with a mix of affordable and market-rate homes, along with retail storefronts and “pedestrian-friendly” features.
COMPTON, Calif. — A teenager was convicted today of murder and attempted murder for fatally shooting a 14-month-old boy and wounding the toddler’s father.
The Compton Superior Court jury deliberated about 1 1/2 hours before finding 16-year-old Donald Ray Dokins guilty of first-degree murder for the June 4, 2012, shooting death of Angel Cortez, along with the attempted murder of his father, who was shot in the shoulder, said Deputy District Attorney Danette Gomez.
David Starr Jordan High School sits smack within one of America’s best known ghettos—Watts. In the past, most of its students have consistently performed on par with the ambience of their surroundings.