Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Ellen Ochoa Learning Center is located in the small, densely populated city of Cudahy, CA. It is a span-school serving students in Pre-K through 8th grade. The school has a strong dual language program that promotes academic biliteracy in Spanish and English. During the 2016-2017 school year, elementary students had limited access to theater, visual arts, and/or dance instruction taught by District-funded, itinerant teachers. A full-time instrumental music teacher and a part-time art teacher served middle school students; there was no elementary music teacher at the school. As part of the Turnaround Arts: California Regional Coach Program, the school receives ongoing, in-person coaching in arts integration strategies and strategic arts planning from P.S. ARTS. Ellen Ochoa Learning Center joined the Turnaround Arts program in the 2017/18 academic year. It is the second LAUSD school to join the program, following Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School in Watts. Cudahy is located in the state’s 63rd district, which is represented by California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

“Arts education is crucial to children’s development. I applaud Turnaround Arts: California’s decision to include Ellen Ochoa Learning Center in Cudahy as part of their cohort of partner schools. The commitment by Turnaround Arts to promote the arts in traditionally underserved communities such as Southeast Los Angeles County will make a difference in many children’s lives.” — California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon