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Thursday, 11 October 2012 04:48

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials, along with students, staff, elected officials, community members and special guests, cut the ribbon at the entrance of the new Porter Ranch Community School (PRCS) on Oct. 5. PRCS is a K-8 span school, located at 12450 Mason Ave., in Porter Ranch.

"Porter Ranch Community School is the product of almost unprecedented cooperation between the developer, the local community, the District and the Councilman's office," LAUSD Board Vice President Tamar Galatzan said. "When these groups can come together to brainstorm, consult, and cooperate to create the school of their dreams – and put this school on the cutting edge of where I think this school district should be going – I think something good is happening."

"This is a perfect example of a school designed with the input of the community," LAUSD Superintendent Dr. John E. Deasy said. "Today we realize our dream to provide every student – from our youngest pre-school student to the senior about to graduate – with an education that will allow every student to graduate and be workforce ready."

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said, "The Porter Ranch Community School will help shape the future of our young children through a quality education."

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander added, "After working toward this goal for many years, it is one of my proudest moments to be able to cut the ribbon on this long-awaited and badly needed school."

And LAUSD Instructional Area Superintendent Linda Del Cueto said, "Many thanks to the community members and parents on our Design Team, who helped make this dream a reality. I'm thrilled for the students and families to have access to a high quality facility that is matched by high quality instruction inside of the facility."

Opened on August 14, the campus consists of an elementary school and a middle school that include classrooms, science labs and academy administration offices. School facilities shared by the two schools include performing arts classrooms, a library, a multi-purpose room, a gymnasium, a food service area and a lunch shelter, central administration offices, playfields and surface parking. The gymnasium and multi-purpose room were designed for the student body and the greater Porter Ranch community.

PRCS was designed to foster students' ability to monitor their own engagement in learning and to monitor their progress and to strive for continuous selfimprovement.

In addition, students receive instruction in leadership skills, such as communication strategies, problem solving and personal accountability. The process is designed to build lifelong learning practices for all students and instill habits that will contribute to future success in college and beyond.

PRCS has partnered with California State University, Northridge in the area of global studies and the arts; the University of California, Los Angeles to support the school's science lab and to pilot an engineering program; and the University of Southern California.

The Porter Ranch Community School is part of LAUSD's current $19.5 billion New School Construction and Modernization Program

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