To engage children in an inspiring, challenging, and civically active educational experience that embraces learning through the arts.
Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts is a place where students, teachers, parents, and the community collaborate to create a nurturing and inspiring learning environment where students can develop academic and life skills through creativity, inquiry, investigation, and reflection. Our arts integrated curriculum nurtures curiosity, confidence, collaboration, resilience, and civic engagement, enabling students to approach learning in different ways. Through project-based, constructivist learning, students are able to take risks and be actively engaged in their learning experience. In addition, LFCSA endeavors to become a model arts integration school and training facility that shares best practices and impacts our educational system and community.
OUR STORY: A DREAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY
One morning in 2004, a group of parents who were casually gathered at a neighbor’s home for coffee and conversation discovered that they shared a common dream: a dream of a public school, in their community, that used a powerful learning model, that would not only benefit their own children, but those of the entire community, for today and for years to come. One parent, Marta Alcumbrac, made the bold statement, “Let’s build that school!”
Within weeks, other neighbors, parents, community organizations, and educational partners joined in the enthusiastic push to turn this dream into a reality. Individuals, such as George Abrams, were tapped to create a steering committee, which in turn recruited a group of 28 Founding Families. These families would become the back upon which the school was built, offering professional services, community organizing and a great deal of hands-on, sometimes difficult work to help shape this exciting new school.
By June 13, 2006 the Los Angeles Unified School District officially approved the charter for this unique project-based, arts-oriented school. And on September 5, 2006 the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA) opened its doors to 120 kindergarteners and first-grade students at its first temporary site, the former St. Ambrose School on Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood. The dream had become a living, growing, forward-reaching reality.
Our goal of finding a permanent school site came true in 2010 when we started our school year in our new home on Media Center Drive in Glassell Park. We now serve over 500 transitional kindergarten through sixth-grade students every year!
OUR CORE VALUES
At LFCSA we are implementing a child-centered model of teaching and learning that is research-based and field validated. Our core values reflect the latest research and best practices of schools that produce students who consistently demonstrate a keen interest in learning, creativity, and civic engagement:
Focus on the Whole Child
At LFCSA, we challenge children to construct their own meaning from complex ideas and concepts. Acknowledging that students learn and demonstrate what they know in a variety of ways, our instruction allows children to see, hear, and express according to their individual learning styles.
We believe that differences in the way children learn and the paces at which they learn are natural. An education that benefits all children must be adapted to individual learning styles. Teachers respect these differences, and provide opportunities for students to be active participants in their own learning.
Our program provides a constructivist environment that differs from a traditional classroom in that our teachers act as facilitators of learning rather than givers of information. Student questioning is highly valued and encouraged, and deep understanding, not imitative behavior, is the goal.
Our project-based curriculum is structured to allow students to pursue individual educational goals while at the same time requiring them to collaborate with others on a shared objective. Classroom learning is organized in meaningful, purposeful ways though rich, cross-disciplinary subject matter that corresponds to state standards. Project-based learning helps students develop the character, habits, and skills vital to our 21st century workforce.
The content and skills of dance, music, drama, and visual arts instruction are integrated into other content areas, such as math and language arts. Such integration enhances the learning of all subjects and gives all students meaningful access to the curriculum.
Authentic Family Involvement
Parents and guardians are viewed as partners and their involvement in all facets of school life, from volunteering in the classroom to sharing ideas with school leaders, is valued and encouraged.
SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT CARD
Every school in California is required by state law to publish a School Accountability Report Card (SARC), by February 1 of each year. The SARC contains information about the condition and performance of our school. Access LFCSA’s SARC here.
EDUCATION PROTECTION ACCOUNT
Access information about our Education Protection Account here.
LFCSA’S CHARTER PETITION
Since its beginning in 2006, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts has evolved from a great idea to a living, breathing and growing center of learning for our community. Please take a moment to learn more about the philosophy, history, values and individuals at the heart of this unique public elementary school.
Access our school’s Charter Petition.
WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
Charter Schools are one of the fastest-growing movements in education. They are public, tuition-free, and non-religious, and are mandated to teach all students, not just the gifted or well-financed. Because charter schools are created by parents, educators and community leaders, they provide an attractive alternative to traditional public school classrooms.
Charter schools create new professional opportunities for teachers, provide parents and pupils with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system, and encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods. Charter schools operate without bureaucratic red tape and regulation, and in turn, are held to higher standards for student achievement. Unlike a traditional public school, a charter school not meeting these high standards will not last, therefore, there is a communal motivation with charter schools to reach and maintain their goals.
Charter Schools are not magnet schools. Students don’t have to show special skills or pass specific tests for admission. However, charter schools may target certain enduring problems, developmental needs, or educational possibilities. They have specific organizing themes and educational philosophies. In the end, like magnet schools, students may be attracted by the educational idea and vision that guides the learning experience offered by the Charter.
Charter schools are free. The school district pays the same average amount per student to the charter school, as they would if that child were attending their assigned district school. Admission to LFCSA, like all charter schools, is determined by lottery.
CHARTER SCHOOL TRANSPARENCY
Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts is a charter public school governed by a nonprofit board of directors and overseen by the Los Angeles Unified School District. On January 12, 2016, the LAUSD board voted to approve a Board Resolution, “Keeping Parents Information: Charter Transparency” which was passed with the support of the LA charter community. The resolution highlighted information and data that charter public schools share with parents through their charter petitions, School Accountability Report Cards, Local Education Agency Plans, Local Control Accountability Plans, Annual Audits, and other publicly available documents. This information is available from Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts electronically or manually by parent request. Per board resolution, parents may request this information in English and any single primary language meeting the requirements of Sections 45400 through 45403 of the California Education Code.