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About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 2/1/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
Anahuacalmecac is dedicated to serving disadvantaged children, children at risk of gang membership, and children at risk of cultural alienation in mainstream schools, in particular Native youth. We seek to cultivate wise, community-engaged and internationally-minded youth ready to assume leadership and champion their communities' causes. Beyond the minimal standard of instruction, Semillas aims to meet the rigor of internationally recognized rights of children, and Indigenous Peoples as proclaimed by the United Nations through cultural relevance and community empowerment.
As an IB World School, Anahuacalmecac students enjoy access to an inquiry-based, student-centered curriculum organized through the IB Primary and Middle Years Programs. In grades eleventh and twelfth, Anahuacalmecac students engage in a unique college-bound curriculum focused upon indigenous priorities of academic rigor, cultural relevance, community relationships and cultural regeneration. All of Anahuacalmecac 12th grade cohort complete diploma requirements and over 80% of these complete UC/CSU eligibility requirements in the state.
Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America, is a community based non-profit school, led by indigenous educators in Los Angeles, California. Our mission is to promote academic excellence, for all TK-12 students, through a student-centered educational program that is rooted in the cultural and intellectual heritage of Indigenous Peoples and authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School continuum. Sixteen years ago, 139 children ages 5 years to 8 assembled on a chilly fall morning in the empty courts of El Sereno Park for their first day of school. Parents, teachers and children all nervously anticipated the start of the first day of the first public charter elementary school in East Los Angeles. With no building to hold classes in, Academia Semillas del Pueblo began in an abandoned recreation room of a city park, carting classroom supplies out to the yard daily. In 2014, Academia Semillas del Pueblo eventually merged with Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America upon appeal by the founding community of families and teachers. In 2016, all of our programs emerged as one autonomous school design, Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America (AIUPNA), a California State Board of Education authorized autonomous public charter school. Our first cohort of students enrolled in AIUPNA graduated in 2012. The first generation of children to graduate from our entire continuum, were students who enrolled as kindergartners in 2002 and graduated from AIUPNA in 2016. The eighth generation of AIUPNA seniors are expected to graduate in 2019.
Increasingly, the children Semillas serves are at risk of family separation through forcible deportation, incarceration and death. Over 90 percent of Semillas students live in poverty. The majority of Semillas students reside in communities with the highest gang violence rates in the city of Los Angeles. Almost one hundred percent of the almost four hundred Semillas students are Indigenous children of Mexican origin whose parents have migrated to Los Angeles in the hopes of finding a better future. The community where the majority of Semillas students reside has one of the highest gang violence rates in the city, making prison an all too common prospect. Public schools Semillas' students would otherwise attend have alarming drop out rates of over 60 percent. Of those that are fortunate to graduate from non-charter public schools, less than five percent attend four-year universities. Semillas believes that teacher-led, community-based schools can reverse the marginalization so ingrained in the City's reality. Semillas organizes a community sanctuary where our children find support and hope.
Last updated: 2/1/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 2/1/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
DEFINITION OF AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE USED IN THE 2010 CENSUS
According to OMB, “American Indian or Alaska Native” refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment. The American Indian and Alaska Native population includes people who marked the “American Indian or Alaska Native” checkbox or reported entries such as Navajo, Blackfeet, Inupiat, Yup’ik, or Central
American Indian groups or South American Indian groups.
From: US CENSUS
At Anahuacalmecac we refer to native students and families as Indigenous Peoples.
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||1.1 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||95.6 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||0.8 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||89.5 %|
|English Learners||14.6 %|
|Students with Disabilities||10.2 %|
|Foster Youth||0.6 %|