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FUTURO PREP
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(323) 397-1440

www.futuroprep.org
A local charter school, Futuro Prep, hosted charter school leaders from around the nation last week as part of the highly selective Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellowship. The Fellows – representing schools from Boston, Nashville, and Memphis – were in Los Angeles to observe what they call “no excuses schools” that have a college preparatory mission for students from neighborhoods with traditionally low college attendance rates.
Sue Walsh , the director of the BES Fellowship, wrote, “It was a powerful day for us at BES… [We had the opportunity] to see what is possible for a no excuses, college preparatory elementary charter school in year one, and what a high bar truly looks like… You inspired all of us deeply.”

Futuro Prep is known for a number of distinguishing features. During the extended school day (7:30 to 3:45), each class is taught by two credentialed teachers, adding a level of individualized instruction not seen in typical public schools. Students needing additional support are invited to beforeand after-school tutoring. With a culture of hard work, strict discipline, and academic rigor, students are developing a love of learning that will carry them to and through college.

Futuro Prep opened in 2010 with kindergarten and first grade on the campus of El Sereno Elementary. For the 2011-12 school year, it will expand to second grade and continue to grow by one grade each year until its students are ready for middle school. As a public charter school, Futuro Prep is open to any children from California, regardless of their home address. Because the school receives more requests for enrollment than it has space, students are admitted based on a random drawing that will take place the first weekend of April.

Families or educators interested in learning more about Futuro Prep or scheduling a tour should contact the school at (323) 397-1440.




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