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Compton Unified School District

CUSD's Turnaround Continues Next Year With Exciting New Programs

Compton Unified is launching several new and exciting programs this coming school year as well as expanding many successful ones. The investment in technology continues with Robotics and Computer Coding Classes being added to many schools. The District's Local Control and Accountability Plan, (LCAP), submitted to the State recently, outlines many of these new programs.

But two new programs will be of particular interest to parents: A Dual-Immersion language program at Kennedy and Emerson Elementary Schools and a special program designed to increase African-American student academic performance.

The African American Education Initiative is modeled on one launched by then-President Obama in 2012. It directs both intervention and remediation resources - as well as enrichment - to struggling African-American students.

Greg Puccia, CUSD's Senior Director for Secondary Education, said that while the achievement gap between African-American and other students is decreasing more needs to be done to support these students.

Relying on partnerships with USC and Cal State Dominguez Hills is part of that strategy. Counselors from those universities will intensify their work with students at CUSD's high schools. And once again, the District will be paying for students to take SAT and SAT prep classes, an investment Puccia said paid off last year with increased scores.

"We need to make sure every student benefits from our turnaround," said CUSD Board of Trustees President Satra Zurita. "That's why we urged the Superintendent and staff to expand our commitment to support our most challenged students and ensure they have all the tools they need to succeed."

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An increased investment in STEM and STEAM programs is another strategy designed to improve student academic performance. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math projects dominated the curriculum during Summer School and that investment will continue through the coming school year.

"The District has had considerable success targeting our resources to address specific challenges and generate results," said Superintendent Darin Brawley. "We believe we are demonstrating effective ways to use the discretion the LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) provides us to improve our student's success. This includes significant community and staff participation."

CUSD's Jennifer Graziano provided us with details about the Dual-Immersion - Spanish/English - language program:

​In 2017-18 Compton Unified School District will be providing a new Spanish/English Dual Immersion language opportunity at Kennedy Elementary which will offer two kindergarten classes in the fall. Emerson Elementary currently offers dual immersion classes in grades kindergarten through second.

Our Dual Immersion Programs implement a developmental Spanish-English two-way language model of instruction, serving native speakers of English and native speakers of Spanish.  Students from the two language groups receive academic instruction in both languages.  We are implementing a 90:10 program model which refers to the first number ‘90’ representing the percentage of instructional time initially spent in the target language (Spanish) in kindergarten.  The second number ‘10’ refers to English.  In our 90:10 model, the amount of the target language decreases yearly as English increases until there is a 50:50 balance of the languages in grades four through eighth.

"The Compton Unified School District is excited to provide learners of English and Spanish opportunities to become bilingual and biliterate and develop multicultural perspectives which will prepare them to compete in a global society," said Board President Satra Zurita.

Applications are now available at the office of Pupil Services-417 W. Alondra Blvd, Compton 90221.