The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP): Restructuring to Improve Academic Achievement and Foster Diversity under the Themed Umbrella of Global Awareness grant was awarded to the Los Angeles Unified School District on October 1, 2010. The three-year federal grant award of $10.2 million has supported significant revisions of three existing Magnet schools and one new Magnet school. The four project schools have been established under the new theme umbrella and each has a separate and distinct focus: Tom Bradley Global Awareness Magnet (Grades K-5 – Government/Politics), Mid-City's Prescott School of Enriched Sciences (Grades 1-5 - Biosphere), The Academy for Enriched Sciences (Grades 1-5 – Enriched Sciences), and Westside Global Awareness Magnet (Grades K-8 – Environmental/Eco-Systems).
At Mid-City's Prescott School of Enriched Sciences students are immersed in the study of the Biosphere. Through hands-on science investigations, students carefully document their data and write abstracts that are selected for publication in "The New Journal of Student Research Abstracts" - California State University, Northridge. Students who attend Mid-City automatically matriculate to Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) after 5th grade culmination.
The Academy for Enriched Sciences challenges and empowers all students by providing them with an innovative elementary experience where they think, learn, and act as disciplinarians in three branches of Science: Earth, Life, and Physical. Through the study of environmental sciences, students are actively engaged in bringing science to life through hands-on experiments in the interactive science lab.
Westside Global Awareness Magnet is nestled in its own unique ecosystem between the Pacific Ocean and the Venice Canals. In partnership with Heal the Bay and Pepperdine University, students strive to be environmentally and socially responsible community partners by linking society, health, and environment with community actions to improve the physical and social environments of the school and its neighborhood.
Students at each MSAP school are continuously learning to be critical thinkers, by studying world issues from an environmental perspective, reflecting on cultural diversity, global economics, politics, and real life issues. The instructional access strategies
in place at these Magnet schools provide an innovative academic program that enables all students to access challenging and authentic learning opportunities that will ensure their success in the 21st Century.
Each of the four MSAP schools is making steady progress towards meeting the
six grant objectives:
• Objective 1 – Reduction of minority group isolation.
• Objective 2 – School projects will achieve instructional access strategies and provide all students the opportunity to meet challenging State Standards.
• Objective 3 – All students will receive appropriate Magnet themed instruction.
• Objective 4 – Each Magnet school’s AYP proficiency standards will be met for all subgroups.
• Objective 5 – Magnet school teachers will receive 30 hours of professional development related to systemic reforms and 30 hours of professional development related to Magnet theme development and implementation.
• Objective 6 – Each Magnet school will increase parent participation.
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