Academia Semillas del Pueblo is a charter school created by Semillas Sociedad Civil, which is a community based nonprofit public benefit organization devoted to providing a quality education while holding dear the appreciation of the cultural and intellectual heritage of Native Americans and helps promote positive social awareness.
The school serves students in kindergarten through 8th grades opening in 20002 with the charter school for high school students opening in 2008.
This is the first International Baccalaureate World School that was authorized in the city of Los Angeles and being the only World school on the east coast. The curriculum is different than what you find at other traditional schools and even charter schools as the program is often mandated through government agencies, however, in the state of California it is mandated by the State but at this time is left to the school. The curriculum chosen is one that will prepare students to become well-balanced, globally minded, and critical thinkers.
Along with core subjects the Academia Semillas del Pueblo provides extra curricular activities including computer arts, film production, painting, drama, dance, martial arts, physical education classes, student council, science & technology.
A few parents are not as thrilled with the curriculum as others believing that some subjects are not placed on the highest needs category. Parents are very pleased with teachers and believe they are there to help students but due to low budget issues, the quality of educational tools is not up to par as explained by a few parents. On the other hand, most parents love the school and state that their children are excelling. The school is not centered on passing tests and actually allows students to think on their own, which does not necessarily go along with traditional educational teachings, which does make some parents question the educational quality of the school. However, most believe their children are doing very well.
In the state of California, the California Standards Tests are used to measure students in English language arts for students in 2nd through 11th grades; science for grades 5th, 8th, and 10th; math in grades 2nd through 7th; and history/social science in grades 8th and 11th. Students in middle school also take tests in science and math.
Students at Academia Semillas del Pueblo had test scores that were below state average in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. Eighth graders were just a bit better showing an average score in English Language Arts but below average in other courses.
Since parents have mixed feelings about the school and the test scores are below state averages, it would be best to learn more about the learning environment before you enroll your child.
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Academia Semillas del Pueblo
4736 Huntington Dr. S.
Los Angeles, CA 90032