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Los Angeles

Welcome to the Los Angeles Region at Aspire Public Schools!  Our region has 11 high-performing schools serving over 4,000 students in the South Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and South Gate communities.  We have eight elementary schools and three secondary schools.  

Within Los Angeles, we strive to imbue our work with the “Super Seven” qualities: Inspire, Innovate, Grapple, Discover, Thrive, Create and Love.  Our schools are focused on equity and meeting the needs of all scholars in a variety of different ways.  We have rich academic curriculum, strong connections to technology through our Blended Learning Programs, and an emphasis on educating the whole child through our Social Emotional Learning Programs.

For Title IX & UCP, please contact Debbie Riverhawk Helmns, Regional Student Support Director, at 323-837-9920. 

Aspire Los Angeles Regional Office
5901 E. Slauson Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 837-9920

2018-19 Key Dates for Aspire Los Angeles Region

First Day of School: August 13, 2018
Fall Break: October 08-12, 2018
Thanksgiving Break: November 21-23, 2018
Winter Break: December 17, 2018-January 4, 2019
Non-pupil teacher work day: March 8, 2019 (no school for students)
Spring Break: April 15-19, 2019
Last Day of School: June 12, 2019

Additionally, in order to encourage and support stakeholder involvement, each school’s website contains the following information in both Spanish and English:

  • Timely notices of board meetings and other school committee meetings that involve parents.
  • Meetings held/interpreted in Spanish and English.
  • Opportunities to share thoughts and opinions through email and ParentSquare, the interactive parent communication platform used by the school.
  • Short summaries of issues, ideas, and decisions of school committees.
  • At least two opportunities for parents to give detailed input on the Local Control Accountability Plan.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer at our school, however, parental involvement is not a requirement for acceptance to, or continued enrollment at, the charter school.

Padres están invitados y se les anima a que hagan horas voluntarias en nuestra escuela.  Aunque no es requerido para ser aceptados a nuestra escuela o para continuar su inscripción futura en nuestra escuela chárter.

Los Angeles Leadership Team

Superintendent’s Message

We are proud to be part of Aspire Public Schools which operates 40 college-preparatory public charter schools serving 16,000 students in underserved communities across California and in Memphis, Tennessee. From Aspire’s early beginnings in 1998, when Founder Don Shalvey said, “Something needs to change, and we can change it,” Aspire has been on a path to change the odds for low-income students by delivering a rigorous COLLEGE FOR CERTAIN education to students in grades TK-12.

There are eleven Aspire schools in LA, and our mission is to provide ALL students with an exceptional education that allows them to excel inside and outside the classroom by offering a rigorous core curriculum, outstanding leaders and staff, high standards and expectations, extended instructional hours, and personalized learning opportunities.  EVERY DAY we seek to fulfill our promise that each child receives a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college, career, and life.

Guided by hope and optimism, The LA Aspire staffs work closely with parents as teammates for student success. Our goal for 2017-2018 is as follows: The Aspire LA schools will be high achieving and successful schools by putting students first and foremost AND by creating learning environments focused on respect, joy, equity, teamwork, and a growth mindset. Come visit us any time. My door is always open!

With admiration and respect,

Stefan Bean, Area Superintendent of Aspire Los Angeles

Aspire Los Angeles Regional Calendar

Nothing from August 20, 2019 to August 20, 2020.


LA Students
Post-Secondary Matriculation Rate
# College Courses Passed Prior to HS Graduation (Class of '17)
LA Teammates

Key Goals + Initiatives

  • CREATE safe, inclusive, and welcoming learning environments where students attend and are connected to their schools.
  • REFINE and EXPAND targeted intervention and supports for students’ academic, health, and social emotional development.
  • ENGAGE parents and community partners through education, communication, and collaboration to promote student success.
  • EXECUTE high quality, continuously improving instructional programs and college readiness focus; provide appropriate educational options to ensure that every student graduates college ready.
  • SUPPORT regional leaders through professional development, coaching, and supervision.
  • ENSURE compliance with all local, state, and federal legal and Ed Code requirements.

Board Meeting Minutes

Board Members