Parental Notification Letter about School Choice and Supplemental Educational

The purpose of this is letter is to inform you that our school continues to be identified as a Program Improvement (PI) school under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Our school will remain a PI Year 5 school.

What is PI?

NCLB requires the state and district to review annually the academic progress of federally funded Title I schools and to identify schools in need of improvement. These schools are identified as PI schools after two consecutive years of not making adequate yearly progress (AYP). California determines AYP by considering the following four measures:
  • The percentage of students scoring at the “proficient” or “advanced” level on the California Standards Tests for English-language arts and mathematics
  • The percentage of students participating in those tests
  • The graduation rate for high schools
  • California’s own accountability measurement of progress, the Academic Performance Index (API)  
Why is our school identified as PI?
The reason our school continues in PI is because it did not achieve AYP in 2005-06. The AYP area(s) that caused the identification are: 
X   English Language Arts (ELA)   
X   Mathematics          
     Test Participation Rate ELA
X   Academic Performance Index (API)         
     Graduation Rate    
     Test Participation Rate Math
The school’s 2005-06 Accountability Progress Report (APR) may be obtained from the school or the California Department of Education (CDE) Web site at

Public School Choice (PSC)-Parental Right to Request a Transfer to a School that is Not Program Improvement

All parents/guardians of students attending a PI school have the right to request a transfer of their child(ren) to a non-PI district school with district-paid transportation.  Your preference of a non-PI school will be taken into consideration.

For parents who select this option, the District will provide transportation to the non-PI school for as long as the home school continues to be identified as a PI school. If the home school exits PI by making AYP for two consecutive years, the student can remain at the school; however, transportation will no longer be district-paid.  If the demand for choice exceeds funds available, priority will be given to lowest achieving, low- income students.  If you select PSC, your child will no longer be eligible for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) in the 2007-08 school year.

If you are interested in transferring your child to a non-PI school in the District for the 2007-2008 school year, you may apply for Public School Choice in the 2007-2008 CHOICES brochure.  The brochure will be mailed to parents of all students enrolled in LAUSD schools the first week in December 2006, and the deadline to submit the CHOICES brochure is January 19, 2007.  Parents selecting the PSC option will receive the academic achievement of the non-PI schools as part of the selection process. If you have questions regarding Public School Choice or the 2007-2008 CHOICES brochure, please contact me or Specially Funded Programs Branch, at (213) 241-6990. Additional information can be obtained at:  

The availability of SES for your child
Students from low-income families at continuing PI schools, whose parents did not select a Public School Choice option, are eligible for free SES.  These services are classes or tutoring which occur outside the regular school day with educational providers approved by the State Board of Education. If the number of eligible students who apply for SES program exceeds the financial resources available, the lowest achieving students from low-income families will receive SES first.

Parents received information on supplemental educational services this year beginning June 1, 2006 in the Beyond the Bell—Supplemental Educational Services brochure that includes a list of state-approved providers which provide service to LAUSD.  Questions regarding Supplemental Educational Services may be addressed to the Beyond the Bell Branch at (213) 241-7900 or access the Beyond the Bell Branch website at

What will the school do to address the problem of low achievement? 

We are working closely with the district staff to revise our school plan to include:
  • Strategies, policies and practices that utilize scientifically-based research and have the greatest likelihood of ensuring that all groups of students will meet the state's achievement targets   
  • High quality professional development for school staff that will lead to removing the school from PI status
  • Strategies to promote effective parental involvement in the school
District and State support for schools in PI Year 5 (Restructuring Implementation)
Schools in PI Year 5 must continue implementing the restructuring plan written during the previous year(s). The implementation of the restructuring plan will be monitored by the PI Branch and the local district.

How can parents become involved?
Research shows that strong parental involvement leads to student success at school. Parents interested in partnering with the school are encouraged to contact my office for additional information regarding:
  • Parental involvement policies
  • School-parent compact
  • Ongoing parent/community meetings
  • Advisory committee/school site council meetings
  • Parent volunteer opportunities
We will keep you updated and informed about opportunities to discuss plans for our school. If you have any questions, need additional information on how you can get involved in our school improvement efforts, or would like to discuss the school’s instructional program and Program Improvement status, please feel free to call me and/or visit the school.

Mrs. Charlene Hirotsu,