Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- July 18, 2003
Cal State L.A. and The Accelerated School Partner in
Opening First West Coast "Woodrow Wilson High School Early College,"
The Accelerated Charter High School, a new public charter high school
in south Los Angeles, in partnership with California State University,
Los Angeles, will be among the first four Woodrow Wilson High School
Early Colleges in the nation to open this September, the Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation announced last Friday.
Funding for all four Woodrow Wilson High School Early Colleges is provided
by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation
of New York.
The Accelerated Charter High School will be the only Woodrow Wilson
Early College on the West Coast to begin in September. Also opening
in September will be Early College high schools at Hunter College and
Brooklyn College, each in partnership with the New York City Department
of Education, and through Dillard University, in partnership with the
New Orleans Public Schools. A total of ten schools will eventually be
established in urban areas around the country.
All Woodrow Wilson schools will emphasize liberal arts coursework typical
of introductory college undergraduate classes. Graduates are expected
to receive significant college credit-in some cases, enough to enter
college as sophomores or juniors.
Robert Weisbuch, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
Foundation, said, “We want to provide students in challenged urban
school districts the learning experience people associate with great
small colleges, a place where each student is treated individually and
encouraged to become everything that kid can grow to be through the
life of the mind.”
The program also seeks to bring high school and college programs closer
and encourage collaboration among high school and college faculty. While
individual schools may use various models, the effort is inspired by
the nationally noted Bard High School Early College, established in
fall 2001 by Bard and Simon’s Rock Colleges.
“The University is very excited to be part of this unique collaborative,”
said Juli Quinn, assistant professor of education in Cal State L.A.’s
Charter College of Education and the faculty liaison between the University
and The Accelerated School – a Los Angeles charter school that,
until now has served K-8.
Pointing to Cal State L.A.’s long-standing relationship with The
Accelerated School since its inception, Quinn notes “the Accelerated
Charter High School, especially now as an Early College High School,
is the realization of a dream that The Accelerated School co-founders
Kevin Sved and Johnathan Williams have pursued to provide educational
opportunities for students of the south Los Angeles community.”
Said Kevin Sved, “The mission of The Accelerated School is to
prepare students for success in college and beyond. This partnership
demonstrates our institutional commitment to high expectations for all
CONTACT: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director, (323)
Margie Yu, Public Affairs Specialist, (323) 343-3047
or Kevin Sved, The Accelerated School, (323) 235-6343 x106