CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2011 |
The bright blue afternoon sky matched the gowns that billowed as students made the long walk — four at a time — around the Locke High School football field. They lined up behind the stage to receive their diplomas. Photos: 'Original' Locke students graduate Raquel Michel managed not to shed a single tear as she and fellow counselor Stephanie Nunez-Marroquin called the names of the students they had gotten to know so well. Kelvin Miller Michel put down the microphone and let out a joyous scream.
June 29, 2010 |
A brave teenager came to mind the other day. She is a 15-year-old girl who had served time for drugs and robbery, and had decided to shed her past and do well in school. But the streets were a constant danger. She told me, in her gentle voice, how afraid she was to leave Locke High School every day because of the gangs that prowled off campus. Her family had worked out a plan for her: Go to a relative's house nearby until her brother could pick her up and take her home. Paradoxically, I thought of this girl, and other teenagers I met during a year of covering Locke, because of Abby Sunderland, the bold 16-year-old who plied the ocean, got herself into a sea of trouble and then was rescued as the world watched and fretted.
August 19, 2009
The state test results released Tuesday for Locke High School weren't the sort of thing its new operator, Green Dot Public Schools, is accustomed to seeing: Not a single student scored as proficient in geometry, for example, and only a few percent tested at the next level down, basic. By and large, students scored no better than they had under the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Locke is a different kind of charter school, and in its first year it successfully changed other, previously dismal numbers.
June 27, 2009
Re "Subtle signs of a turnaround on a troubled L.A. campus," June 24 Thank you for this article. I am 26 years old, and I get concerned about the future of my kids living in Los Angeles County. This article shows me that even in the hard times the country is going through, the "ghetto" hasn't been forgotten. These teachers should be honored and commended for the work and time they dedicate to these students. The students and parents deserve recognition as well for the turnaround and the improvement they have shown.
May 28, 2009
The freshman-only academies of Animo Locke 1 and 2 are crammed into rows of rundown portable classrooms on separate campuses. Their courtyards are parking lots. Cafeterias? Folding benches under tarps on the blacktop. The students arrive from Watts middle schools that left them unprepared for algebra, which, according to California's curriculum goals, they were supposed to take in eighth grade.
December 8, 2008
Re "Building a better student," editorial, Dec. 1 Thanks for the great coverage that The Times has been providing on the exciting experiment at Locke High School. Unfortunately, it appears, too little effort is being made to replicate the effective school environment described in one language-development class, where "every moment of the 90-minute class is devoted to intense instruction, reading, writing and speaking in English, each task checked off on a large list tacked to the wall.