Verdugo Hills Intensive Partnership
Number of students directly affected: more than 400
Partners: Verdugo Hills High School; University of
California, Los Angeles; Nestle, USA; Glendale Community College;
Los Angeles Community College; California State University,
Northridge; and California State University, Los Angeles.
Director: Carol Gorton, Assistant Principal, Verdugo
Hills High School, Tujunga, CA
Teachers at Verdugo Hills High School are working with faculty
from the University of California, Los Angeles, to help all
students learn algebra. In the classroom, lectures and drills
have been replaced by small group work focusing on solving
real problems. Students are learning that algebra is a skill
everyone can learn and use.
Field trips to Woodbury University and to the headquarters
of Nestle, USA enable students to see the connection between
academic achievement in high school and options open to them
Tutorial assistance for Verdugo students, 60 percent of whom
come from 20 different neighborhoods in East and Central Los
Angeles, is provided on campus by students from Glendale Community
College and California State University, Northridge, and at
off-campus sites by students from Los Angeles Community College
and California State University, Los Angeles.
During field trips to Nestle, USA students were able to meet
employees who talked about how they use math in their work.
By getting acquainted with real people whose careers include
math, the youngsters were able to see for themselves the direct
connection between their classroom work and future career