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Contact Information (School Year 2017—18)
Last updated: 1/29/2018
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2017—18)
Magnolia Science Academy-6 Palms (MSA-6) is one of eleven charter schools operated by Magnolia Public Schools in California. In order to have a clearer perspective of MSA-6, we must first provide the history and progress of our charter authorizer, Los Angeles Unified School District; our Charter Management Organization, Magnolia Public Schools; and our school.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
MSA-6 Palms is located in West Los Angeles and has been serving to Palms community since 2009. LAUSD conducts annual site reviews of its charter schools including MSA-6 Palms.
There are 241 charter schools under the jurisdiction of LAUSD that serve the greater Los Angeles area. LAUSD is the largest school district in the state of California and the second largest in the nation. This district currently serves over 667,251 students in Pre K-12 with 448 Elementary, 85 middle, and 94 high schools.
LAUSD student demographics include:
• 73.4% Hispanic
• 10% African American
• 8.8% White
• 3.9% Asian
• 0.4% Pacific Islander
• 0.4% American Indian
• 1% Two or more races not Latino
• 180,495 English Language Learners
• 59.1% Free/Reduced Lunch
• 82,257 Students with Special Needs
• Annual Operating Budget: $6.5 Billion
MAGNOLIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Magnolia Public Schools (MPS) formerly known as the Magnolia Educational & Research Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1997. Founding members were a group of active community members and educators within Southern California, whose belief was to improve educational opportunities in underserved communities that would serve as an asset to our nation’s progress and further development. The vision of the Foundation was to inspire students to pursue career paths in science, mathematics and technology.
In 1998, MPS began organizing volunteer tutors for middle and high schools in the areas of math, science and technology through their partnerships with local universities within Southern California. In 1999, it organized and implemented a joint program with the Culver City Unified School District to provide tutoring for students throughout the city and later expanded the program to include the San Fernando Valley. These programs resulted in a collaborative effort with school districts to develop partnerships to support educational initiatives.
In the fall of 2002, MPS established its first charter school, Magnolia Science Academy-1 (Reseda) in the San Fernando Valley. Since then, MPS has established or acquired a total of twelve successful charter schools throughout the state of California that provide innovative and high-quality STEM education predominately serving low-income neighborhoods.
In 2009, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved MPS’ request to establish ten state-wide charter schools within six years. This was a historical and momentous event for the foundation as the SBE has only granted such a request twice before to a Charter Management Organization (CMO). The first two school sites opened in August 2009, in Santa Ana and Orangevale.
Magnolia Public Schools bases its educational program knowing that our nation's economic future will require a highly trained workforce in mathematics, science, and technology. According to the 2003 National Science Board report, "The Science and Engineering Workforce; Realizing America's Potential" analyses of current trends indicate that serious issues lie ahead that will threaten our nation’s long-term prosperity, economic standing and national security.
These issues include:
• A reduction in student interest in areas, such as engineering, mathematics, and sciences.
• A wave of retirees in the sciences projected over the next two decades.
• Projected rapid job growth in the Science and Engineering sector over the next decade, three times the rate of all other sectors.
• Anticipated growth for Americans with STEM skills to fill jobs related to national security
Graduates of Magnolia Public Schools (MPS) are scientific thinkers who contribute to the global community as socially responsible and educated members of society.
MPS provides a college preparatory educational program emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a safe environment that cultivates respect for self and others.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO)
MPS has identified the following core values, which are reinforced through its Life Skills curriculum, student learning outcomes (SLOs), and all school activities.
Scholarship is the desire to pursue knowledge and excellence and to contribute original and provocative ideas in a learning environment, in diverse settings, and as a catalyst to future academic knowledge. We foster scholarship through project based learning using a constructivist approach, student portfolios, assessments of and for learning and academic discourse and argumentative writing. Scholars learn where and how to access the needed information to advance their academic pursuits and societal contributions.
Students will have the freedom to choose how and what they learn. Flexible scheduling, early identification of learning styles, personalities, interest and career plans will support students’ college and career readiness. This will include student participation in their four-year plans, after school enrichment programs, STEAM program choice options, adaptive assessments and blended learning strategies, differentiated instruction and differentiated and adaptive assessments.
School communities are integrated partnerships with the school site staff, families, students and all other stakeholders. This sense of connection creates a safe place for all learners and stakeholders to affirm individual strengths, celebrate character, provide academic support through mentorship and internship, promote unity and better decision making through the implementation of restorative justice practices. Additionally, community cultivates identity and gives each member a sense of belonging and pride. MPS utilizes home visits, student surveys, field trips, life skills classes and coaching to support our overall community-based goals. We work with community partners to establish mentoring relationships and other social capital to support our students’ development of personal and academic networks for long term resilience and connection.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
MPS graduates will be:
Develop academic plans and goals to guide in their pursuit towards a college degree and career choices (planning).
Apply, analyze, identify, synthesize and evaluate information and experiences.
Connect the skills and content learned across the curriculum and evaluate multiple points of view.
Use the Inquiry Process to address a problem, hypothesize, analyze, and draw conclusions as they investigate an issue/problem.
Utilize problem-solving techniques during conflict resolution and to compromise.
Independent Scholars who:
Exhibit the ability to integrate technology as an effective tool in their daily lives.
Use technology effectively to access, organize, research and present information.
Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills through the use of academic language at school, with peers and in the community.
Demonstrate content area and grade level achievement in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, History and Science.
Meaningfully engage in learning activities.
Make informed decisions on their learning pathways.
Know their readiness levels, interests, and backgrounds.
Understand their own learning styles and intelligence preferences.
Reflect on their learning.
Accept feedback and adapt to change.
Community Focused Citizens who:
Embrace and respect cultural diversity through the understanding of our Global World.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of American and World History and the values of different cultures.
Contribute to the improvement of life in their school and local community through Leadership skills and participation in Community Projects.
Demonstrate knowledge of proper nutrition, exercise and physical health and its impact on daily life.
Collaborate, work effectively, and manage interpersonal relationships within diverse groups and settings.
Develop their ability to affect change in the world.
Understand and reflect on connections between their community and global connectedness and how it affects the broader world through global awareness.
Understand that outreach is a responsibility.
Realize that agitation is a mechanism to activism.
Last updated: 1/29/2018
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2016—17)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/29/2018
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2016—17)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||12.1 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.0 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||82.1 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.0 %|
|Two or More Races||1.2 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||80.9 %|
|English Learners||11.0 %|
|Students with Disabilities||15.6 %|
|Foster Youth||0.0 %|