As part of its mission to transform schools, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District recently announced a joint collaboration to include Grape Street Elementary into the network of schools the organizations supports. The five-year Memorandum of Understanding includes a plan to strengthen instructional practices, implement socio-emotional learning, support teacher and school leader development and increase parent engagement.
“The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has been an exceptional partner to L.A. Unified,” said Local Area South Superintendent Chris Downing. “This is the second year in a row we have asked them to partner with us in order to propel the progress at our school sites.”
The Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing additional resources to high-need schools and to generating innovative solutions that can be implemented district-wide. The Partnership operates 18 other district schools in Boyle Heights, Watts, and South Los Angeles, most recently adding 20th St. Elementary earlier this summer and 107th St. Elementary last year. Since its inception the organization’s graduation rate has more than doubled (rising from 36% to 77%). The organization has also seen gains every single year on math and literacy assessments.
“We are excited to be working with the Grape Street school community to provide additional resources and supports that will add to the collective strengths of the faculty and leadership team,” said Partnership CEO Joan Sullivan. “We are committed to empowering the students of Grape St. with a high-quality education.”
Grape St. Elementary is a feeder school for Markham Middle School and Jordan High School, which are also part of the Partnership network.