Angeles Workshop School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: (562)441-8802
  • Angeles Workshop School is a progressiveprivatemiddleandhighschool for students seeking anauthenticeducationfreefromtraditional constraints, wherelearnersgrowthroughreal-worldexperience and applications, informedby adeeplove andrespectfor themselves, each other, andthegreatercommunity as awhole.We are anexperiential,humanisticeducation-based programthatforgoes thetrappings ofconventionalschool in exchange fortrueownership of thelearningprocess: choiceand controlareresponsibly shared with alllearners,and studentsself-evaluateinorder to best understand andvaluetheirindividuallearningprocesses.
  • Our learners' experiences go far beyond thewallsoftheclassroom,expanding their educational andsocialinteractionsintothe great cityof Los Angeles itself; at"TheWorkshop",hands-onprojects andacademically rich field tripsarethe rulerather thantheexception.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2014

Student Body

Total Students20 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
60%
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeAngeles Workshop School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size7 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,000
Tuition NotesSliding Scale: app. 10% of Gross Family Income
Admissions DirectorDr. Ndindi Kitonga

School Notes

  • On Our Philosophy and Curriculum:
  • In keeping with the humanisticeducationapproach,AngelesWorkshopSchool believes that thecognitive andtheaffective areindivisible--simply put, a learner'sfeelingsandconcerns, aswell as theirinterests, are wholly tiedintohoweffectively theythinkand learn.This is why we design andadaptourcurriculaaround our students,instead of forcing themintorigid,"top-down"assignments and tests.Within thisexcitingapproach, ourteachersmaintain a dynamiccurriculum richwithavenues forrigorousinquiry, built aroundchallenging contentandskillsetsthatprepare learners for realsuccess inhighereducation,theworkplace, and our ever-changingworld.
  • As a school adapted from manyhumanisticeducationalbeliefs,weare dramatically, refreshinglydifferent. Hereare afewways:
  • No Bells.Time is managed organically,withstudentinputandconsensus. The teacher helpspresenteducationalobjectives,and thestudents collaborate toformagreements andtimelinesregarding theprocess by whichthoseobjectives will bemet.Without a belldictating the division oftheschool day,Workshopstudents canbecome deeply involved withtheirwork andclaimownership of thelearning process,transitioningthroughsubjectsin a moreintellectually andemotionallycomfortablemanner.
  • No Homework.In keeping withthehumanisticvalueofself-evaluation, the Workshop does notassignhomework.Familytimeis respected. A student is trusted tochoosehowtheywillspendtheir evening; we find that many studentsworkbetterontheiracademics after school when they genuinely wanttolearnmoreaboutthose topics, not when they are forced to doso.
  • No Tests.Students learn and perform at their bestwhentheyarenotunder stress. We believe inauthentic,alternativeassessmentsthat arethen used by the studenttoself-assess. Ifstudentschoosetofamiliarize themselveswithtraditionalandstandardized tests aspreparation forfutureinstitutions,teacherssupport them, drawingupon theirbackgroundsas AP and SATPrepteachers.
  • Self-Grading.At set periods, studentsself-assesswiththeguidanceof rubrics, portfolios and critiques,guidedbytheteacher. Thisresults in a more authentic reflectiononthevalueof the student'slearning process. TraditionallettergradesofA,B,C, or Fail are used,if only to givematriculatingstudentstheoption of carrying atranscript with lettergrades onit.
  • City Days. Thursdays we spend "inthefield":working,studying,exploring and interacting with the cityanditsendlesscivic,cultural and natural environs.OnCityDays,theWorkshopreally takesadvantage of its "adoptedcampus"-- ourgreatcity.After just afive minute walk to the ExpoCulverCityStation, weexplore andengage with the full range ofwhatLosAngeles has tooffer. Whetherwe are launching modelrocketsnextto the SpaceShuttle atExposition Park for ourPhysicslesson,taking notes andphotos atthe Downtown Art Walkforapresentation, ororderingpaletasinSpanish from alocalstreetvendor, Workshopstudents take advantageof our city'scivicrevivalto maximumeducational effect.
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School Reviews

5  3/22/2017
Like a progressive European school that values creativity and individuality as much as it values textbook learning. Small, but family-like. Owners/operators are a PhD and an ex-AP English teacher. Genuinely inclusive of all backgrounds and tuition is priced right.
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