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LAUSD Celebrates Grand Opening Ceremony at Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy - School Relieves Overcrowding at Three Neighborhood Campuses

November 3, 2010

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(Los Angeles, CA) Elected officials, parents, guardians, students, teachers, staff, community members and special guests today joined Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte for the grand opening ceremony at the Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy.

The Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy is a Public School Choice site operated by Local District 7. The new school opened its doors to students on September 13, 2010 and relieves overcrowding at three neighborhood campuses: the Foshay Learning Center, Mann Middle School and Muir Middle School.

“This is an awesome occasion,” LaMotte said. “The students have brought so much to this school. You can feel the uplifting energy in the neighborhood as the result of this new school. This school means a great deal, not only to the community but also to the students who will attend and graduate from this school.”

“It is very fitting that the name of this school captures the hope that inspires our country,” California State Senator Curren D. Price said. The school is named in honor of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.

Los Angeles County Supervisor, 2nd District, Mark Ridley-Thomas led the students in a call and response exercise in which he recited the name of the school and asked the students, “How are you doing?” They responded each time by saying, “Terrific. Fantastic. All day long.” Ridley-Thomas continued by saying that the issue of education is one that requires “laser-like attention.”

The Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy is a student-centered, college preparatory and career readiness middle school with a curriculum emphasizing math, science, technology, the performing and visual arts, world languages, and the social and economic systems of other nations. All students are learning conflict-resolution and diplomacy skills. The school is organized into three personalized learning environments or academies: Humanities, Global Studies and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Seventh and eighth grade students retain the same teachers for both years of instruction. In addition, each day has flexible periods for advisory, enrichment and/or intermediate intervention.

“Boys and girls coming into this school will go on to high school, then college and finally out into the world beyond that,” LAUSD Local District 7 Superintendent George J. McKenna III said. “This new school will do much to strengthen the foundation of the local community and to help relieve overcrowding so students will have the opportunity to achieve academically."

School facilities shared by the personalized learning environments include performing arts classrooms, a library, multi-purpose room, gymnasium, food service area and lunch shelter, central administrative offices, playfields, and underground parking.

The Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy is part of the LAUSD’s current $19.5 billion New School Construction and Modernization Program. Its goal is to provide every student with the opportunity to attend a safe and healthy neighborhood school operating on a traditional, two-semester calendar. For more information, please visit www.laschools.org.

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