West Adams Preparatory High School made history as the city’s first Partner School, opening its doors to 2,200 students in September 2007. MLA Partner Schools and LAUSD came together in an unprecedented collaboration to provide an entire South Los Angeles neighborhood with the highest quality education. West Adams currently serves close to 2,700 students and their families.
In a setting similar to a university, students at West Adams Prep enroll in one of six thematic small schools, each with its own academic focus. Students enjoy personalized instruction and stronger relationships with their teachers and cohort as they study within a supportive academic community. Each school offers innovative instruction, is academically rigorous, and provides unique educational opportunities through partnerships with leading community organizations and corporate leaders.
Life at West Adams Prep is about school pride and being a member of a vibrant academic community. Though each student studies within one of six small schools, all students at West Adams share the identity of being a West Adams Prep Panther. West Adams Prep offers a comprehensive learning environment that goes beyond the classroom to include athletics, performing arts, clubs and activities, and other rich resources that all students are able to access.
Many of MLA’s Hallmark Programs were piloted at West Adams with huge success. Some of these programs include the Go For College Initiative, 7 to 7, Summer Bridge and Power Lunches. West Adams also saw a 31 point increase in their Academic Performance Index (API) last year, moving from 523 in 2007-08 to 554 in 2008-09. Although this is just the beginning of the journey toward academic excellence at West Adams Prep, we recognize the significance of this feat in light of the economic crisis that continues to impact our daily work. We hope that you will join us in celebrating our achievements as we begin to set higher academic targets for the coming years.
West Adams celebrates a second consecutive year of 30+ point gains. Its two-year API growth of 62 points more than doubles the District’s average growth over the same time period and is higher than any other middle or high school in the iDesign division of LAUSD.
West Adams continues to grow in school-wide CST scores in both ELA (English/Language Arts) and Math. But the most significant growth is among the 11th grade students, who were the original 9th grade class when the school first opened. The number of 11th graders scoring proficient or advanced in ELA grew from 2% to 6%, and more than doubled in Algebra 2. Also notable is the hard work of the West Adams social studies department, which is responsible for a 7% increase in the number of students scoring proficient or advanced, as well as a 14% decline in the number of students scoring below or far below basic.
These CST increases are coupled with other important indicators of West Adams' achievement, such as the school's continued high attendance rate - at 92.35% - and the number of seniors attending four-year colleges, which nearly tripled from last year to this year - from 9% to 24%.
We are proud of these accomplishments and are excited for the bright future ahead!