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New Charter High School Opens in Mid-Wilshire: Still Enrolling 9th Graders

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The founders of The City School (grades 6-8) just launched City High School. Located in mid-Wilshire, CHS is a tuition-free, public charter school that offers a college-preparatory, project-based learning program in a small and diverse learning community.

City High opened last week and still has a few openings for 9th graders. This year’s freshman class will have 125 students and the school will grow by a grade each year until it serves grades 9-12. CHS will hold an open house for interested 9th graders and their families on Thursday, August 27, 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

“At City High, every child is known, seen, loved, and challenged to reach their potential,” said Valerie Braimah, executive director, City Charter Schools. “Because of our small size, we can get to know every student’s specific needs.”

Among City’s founders are some of the people responsible for Larchmont Charter. Its principal is Sheri Werner, who has 22 years’ experience both in the classroom and as co-founder and Head of School at the Foundations School Community. Wener was also the founding principal at The City School. She is a published author and an outspoken advocated of constructivist education. The school is committed to a low student-teacher ratio, rigorous college prep, and proving that education can be both rigorous and rewarding – not just one or the other. Its curriculum makes studies more relevant to students’ lives and their role in the community. Continued Braimah, ”One key goal at City is to foster leaders who will speak up for themselves and others.”

CHS serves a racially and economically diverse group of students with a curriculum that includes visual and performing arts, French and Spanish and computer science, robotics and creative writing.  Located in its own building on the campus of L.A. High on Olympic at Rimpau, City will move to a permanent home in Palms in 2016.

More About the CHS Program and Curriculum

City High offers daily advisory classes and college counseling, internships, overnight field trips, athletics and peer tutoring. Its “Road to Robotics” program melds computer science with earth science and community service. “Students will not just design software and robots for the sake of gaining design skills, but the projects will be geared toward serving a useful purpose in society,” Braimah said.

The school’s social-emotional curriculum includes advisory classes that address everything from organizational skills to relationships and college readiness in a small-group, family-like setting. When student behavior gets off track, CHS will employ a restorative justice approach, replacing suspensions and expulsions with more meaningful forms of discipline requiring students to repair the harm caused, to learn from their mistakes and to help educate the entire community. Parental involvement is also strongly encouraged.

While LAUSD recently reduced its requirements for students to graduate from high school, CHS graduation requirements will exceed the requirements for entrance to the University of California system. From Braimah: “Every high school graduate should have the option to attend a four-year university, and City School will prepare every student for this next stage of life and beyond.”

An Extension of The City School

City High’s sister school, The City School, launched in 2012 and already has a strong track record of excellence. In its first year, middle school students earned an 863 API, and every year since opening the school has received a 94% satisfaction rate or better in parent surveys. In 2015, there were more than 800 applicants for 120 open middle school seats.

More Information about City High

• To register for the open house on August 27, visit
• To enroll for 9th grade, visit:
• For additional info, contact [email protected] or 323-452-0050

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