Who is Opportunities?
Dear Prospective Parent/ Guardian/Community Member,
Opportunities Unlimited Charter High School is a pubic high school. Our charter was started by Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU), a non-profit organization which was started in 1992, under the Mayor Tom Bradley Administation. The goal of YOU was to reduce juvenile delinquency.
Who is Opportunities?
We are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Our charter educates historically disadvantaged youths. These youths’ residence feeder high schools are largely Washington, Locke, and Fremont. Our charter specific goals are to produce graduates who are college-ready and prepared for the global economy. We accomplish these outcomes by achieving the following learning goals: (1) social change agency/social justice, (2) life-long learning, and (3) critical thinking with an emphasis in the analysis of historically disenfranchised populations.
We know of charter schools that apply stringent academic standards in considering children for admission. At Opportunities Unlimited, we believe that ALL children should receive a fair opportunity to obtain an education that will allow them to realize their God-given potentials. We therefore extend an unlimited opportunity to students that are challenged, as well as those that are gifted; to those that have been troubled, as well as those needing more individualized support. Many of our students are experiencing the sweet taste of success and are craving more!
Opportunities opening year was 2005-06. Our lease commenced in August 2005, at 88th Street Church of God Christ located at Los Angeles, CA 90044 . The school remained at this location for the first year of our charter, 2005-06. Opportunities quickly outgrew this location. In August 2006, our school leased Opportunities Baptist Church, located at 10513 S. Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90044. As our school continued to grow we began seeking other options in order to accommodate our increasing growth and we were fortunate enough to find Paradise Baptist Church located at 5100 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, Ca 90037. This new facility can house all of our students and staff and it allows opportunities for future growth.
Academic Performance Index (API)
The California Department of Education measures a school’s academic success via various end-of-the-school-year exams. Performance on these tests yield a score called the Academic Performance Index or “API”. Opportunities’ Academic Performance Index (API) shows a pattern of not just meeting expectations, but surpassing them. Opportunities Unlimited Charter HS’s API growth target for 2006-07 was 21. We surpassed this expectation by achieving a 95 point increase. In 2007-08 our API growth was 16. We exceeded this expectation by earning 32 points. In 2008-09 we did not meet our API expectation. Never deterred, only resolved to do better for the 2009-10 school year, we exceeded the state API growth target of 16 points by earning 163 points. Our API is now 646.
How Does Opportunities’ Academic Performance Index (API) Compare to our Local Feeder schools?
In order to understand the magnitude of our school’s 163 point API accomplishment, I share the following local area feeder school information: JC Fremont High School’s API for 2009-10 is 552 with only a 28 point growth. Washington High School’s API for 2009-10 is 546 with only a 30 point growth. Legacy Charter High School (the charter school right down the street from us) scored 414 for 2009-10. Animo Locke High School’s 2009-10 API score is 567 with only a growth of 28. Know that all the aforementioned comprehensive high schools have been testing since 1999-2000. In only five years of operation, Opportunities has surpassed all local area feeder high schools.
Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRS)
Expected School-wide Learning Results are the outcomes we expect our students to learn during their matriculation with us. Opportunities’ multi-talented teachers work in interdisciplinary teams. Their skills and efforts developed the following ESLRS :
- Active Learners- A person who is interested in positively impacting social change, participating in intellectual debate, listening respectfully, asking questions, and maintaining the highest respect for the learning environment.
- Take a futuristic approach to creating a goal-oriented road map to success
- Critical Readers actively seek to advance their thinking along the higher levels of Bloom’s continuum
- Critical Thinkers consistently challenge the status quo and are mindful of various perspectives, and abstractly process information in order to compete in the global economy.
- Learn to use their intuitive skills to anticipate/promote future change
LIFE LONG LEARNERS:
- Reciprocal Motivation- acknowledges the power of words; stay motivated, and motivate others to learn.
- Commitment to cultural sensitivity, cultural awareness, and an eagerness to learn from diverse populations.
- Acknowledge that dialogue is essential for effective communication and maintain an environment where diverse ideas are promoted.
SOCIAL CHANGE AGENCY/SOCIAL JUSTICE:
- Empower self and community so that there is no partaking in self-defeating behaviors/practices/mindsets.
- Understand that “School [is] the agency for helping young people to deal effectively with the critical problems of contemporary life"
- Promote Positive Citizenry-Develop social climate in which drug use, gang related activities/affiliation, violence, stealing, vandalizing
- Serve as mentor/role models for community advancement.
- Participate in community organizations/events to create positive change in community
- Understand that the best defense of democracy is the protection and promotion of all viewpoints.
We appreciate your interest in our organization and look forward to entertaining any questions you may have. As you peruse our website please read about our educational philosophies by selecting “Staff Directory”.
Angelique JacquesMarcoulis, J.D.