Los Angeles Unified School District

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To ensure that all LAUSD students are enrolled, attending, engaged, and on-track to graduate.
Program Description
The Group Home Scholars Program is a federally funded program designed to support students in out-of-home care and/or who are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Probation. The Group Home Scholars Program works as a multidisciplinary team to ensure that all students within the LAUSD have equal access to an appropriate education and a brighter future. The program provides instructional and counseling support services to students in LAUSD who reside in group homes and/or are on probation and are transitioning from juvenile detention centers.  Staff are housed in selected schools, hospitals and shelters, as well as, in our Local District Offices and Central Office.
  • Extended Day Tutors provide academic tutoring and Pre/Post testing to measure progress for students in participating group homes
  • Teacher Assistants support teachers at participating school sites, shelters and hospitals
  • Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors provide individual/group counseling; case management;  transition planning; school placement services; referrals to District/Community Resources; linkage between group homes, DCFS/Probation, schools and families; training on guidelines and policies for students in out-of-home care
  • Counselor Aides provide vocational/employment linkage and college preparation support


Program Goals
  • To improve academic achievement
  • To ensure successful transition of students from camps to schools
  • To ensure successful transition of students from high school to post secondary education and/or employment
  • Dropout prevention
  • To engage caregivers, parents and community partners in the educational process     

For additional information, please contact:

Alicia Garoupa
Interim Director, Pupil Services
(213) 241-3844
Dr. Denise Miranda, Ed.D.
Coordinator, Group Home Scholars Program
(213) 241-0761