Families are choosing this L.A. school over privates and charters

Oct 26, 2015 by

Ashlee Rose wanted the best when her daughter was ready to start kindergarten three years ago. So she chose a private school over her local Los Angeles Unified School District school — Chatsworth Park Elementary, where test scores and parent involvement did not meet her standards, she said.

When Rose and her family moved to the northern San Fernando Valley community of Porter Ranch this year, it was time for another decision. After extended research into area schools, Rose made the leap to Porter Ranch Community School, an L.A. Unified campus. She is one of hundreds of families who have chosen the public school over several nearby charter and private campuses.

“This school is amazing,” Rose said. “It’s a public school with a private school feel.”

As L.A. Unified’s enrollment shrinks, with tens of thousands of students fleeing to charter and private schools and to other areas, Porter Ranch reflects a reverse trend. The campus opened three years ago and already has outgrown its space. An additional double bungalow with four classrooms was quickly filled, prompting plans for another two-classroom bungalow and a 10-classroom middle school building.

About a third of the campus’ 1,100 students in kindergarten through eighth grade have come from nearby charter and private schools – a development that caught officials off-guard. “We didn’t anticipate that; these students were off the grid,” said Principal Mary Melvin.

Source: Families are choosing this L.A. school over privates and charters – LA Times

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