Campus: CSU Northridge -- October 23, 2002
LAUSD And CSUN Break Ground On New High School
Joint Project Is First New LAUSD High School Built in San Fernando
Valley in 30 Years
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) today began construction
of its first regular high school in the San Fernando Valley in 30 years.
The new academy high school will be located on the campus of California
State University, Northridge (CSUN) and will partner with the university
to prepare high school students for college and teaching careers.
Joining students and parents at the groundbreaking ceremonies today
were U. S. Congressman Brad Sherman, LAUSD School Board President Caprice
Young, School Board Member Julie Korenstein, Superintendent Roy Romer,
CSUN Provost Louanne Kennedy and other officials.
Valley New High School #1, as the project is currently called, will
serve about 800 ninth through twelfth graders at any one time, with
a total year-round enrollment of approximately 1,130. The school will
serve students who live in the area and will reduce overcrowding at
Monroe, Granada Hills and Cleveland High Schools. Construction of the
new high school is scheduled for completion in Summer 2004.
“The new school is an exciting opportunity,” said Young,
whose district now includes CSUN. “We are now collaborators in
the whole process of developing the next generation of high caliber
teachers. This new school creates a great partnership between LAUSD
The district developed the proposal for the new school in consultation
with officials at Cal State Northridge. The project required approvals
from the Board of Trustees of the California State University system,
the state Legislature and LAUSD’s Board of Education.
“This is a dream come true,” said Korenstein, the school
board member who represented the area. “I worked for more than
eight years to make this facility come to life. It will be wonderful
to have an academy to train the teachers of the future located here."
Valley New High School #1 is LAUSD’s only regular high school
to be located on a university campus. Students at the small, specialized
academy will have access to CSUN university facilities such as the campus
library and the science and language labs. The last LAUSD high school
built in the San Fernando Valley was John F. Kennedy High School in
"As California's leading public university in preparing students
to earn teaching credentials, Cal State Northridge is deeply committed
to helping improve the public schools and working with our K-12 partners,"
said CSUN President Jolene Koester. "This Academy High School,
a unique partnership between LAUSD and CSUN, will provide both a great
education to its own students and a great training ground for CSUN's
teacher credential candidates."
Construction of the new high school is part of LAUSD’s current
effort to build 80 new schools and expand 79 existing campuses to reduce
overcrowding. Twenty-five projects are planned in the San Fernando Valley
in the first phase of the district’s construction program.
“This is a model for educational partnerships,” said LAUSD
Superintendent Roy Romer. “It is a wonderful leveraging of resources
that provides good opportunities for students while creating the classroom
space we need.”
Valley New High School #1 is located on the east side of the CSUN campus
on a 5.1-acre parcel. The school facility will include 39 classrooms,
a library, auditorium, gymnasium and athletic fields.
As an academy campus, the new school will have a major, broad focus
on preparing students for teaching careers. But the school will also
offer academic tracks such as media and performing arts, health and
human services and modern languages in coordination with CSUN. Eligible
students will be permitted to take part in college level classes and
advanced placement courses.
The school’s campus will be fenced to enhance security and will
include on-site, underground parking to accommodate school staff and
students with cars.
The project is funded by local and state voter-approved bond revenues.
Valley New High School #1 Facts:
- Joint project of LAUSD and CSUN
- 9-12th grades with emphasis on preparing students for college and
- 870 students on traditional calendar (1,130 on year-round calendar)
- 38 classrooms on 5.1-acre campus
- First LAUSD new high school in San Fernando Valley in 30 years
- Reduces overcrowding at Monroe, Granada Hills and Cleveland High