High School Profile

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Key Contacts

 

Dr. Sharon Weir

Principal / Executive Director

 


Mark Herrera

Vice Principal

 


Kathryn Favaro

College Counselor

 


Description / History

Parent-founded New West Charter School (NWC) is a free, independent, high-performing, public charter school, chartered by the State Board of Education and supervised by the Charter Schools Division of the California Department of Education. It is currently serving grades 6 – 12, and just completed the process of building a full high school serving grades 9 – 12.

The development of NWC began in 2000 with an organized community effort, thanks to the hard work and dedication of many parents to start a new school that would provide Los Angeles’ ethnically, culturally and socio-economically diverse families with a choice in public education. The school first opened its doors September 2003 at its Pico Boulevard campus in West Los Angeles, under its charter granted by the State Board of Education. In fall 2013, New West Charter moved its primary base to its current location as the culmination of its long-term expansion plan.

 


Mission

The mission of New West Charter is to provide an academically-rigorous, highly-individualized education for 21st-century students in grades 6 – 12.

In decades to come, personal success will require increasingly high levels of competency, independence and collaboration in an ever-changing, progressively complex society, whether individuals choose to manage their own businesses, work in public or private organizations, or raise families whose children will face the same challenges. In that context, New West produces extremely capable students by creating a learning environment that promotes academic excellence, strong character development, self-reliance and the tools of productive engagement — the antecedents for success in college preparatory high school programs.

Our school fosters our students’ intellectual and emotional maturity, and simultaneously inspires and challenges each student to fulfill his/her individual potential as a personal lifelong objective and as contributing members of society.

 


Enrollment

Class of 2016*: 76 | Grades 6-12: 823 (current total)

*First graduating class from New West Charter High School

 


Ethnic Composition

African American 6% | Asian 7% | Hispanic 28% | White 51% | Other 8%

 


Geographic Diversity

Students come from 74 different zip codes from all over Los Angeles County.

 


Grading Policy

A: 100-90% | B: 89-80% | C: 79-70% | D: 69-60% | F: 60-0%

Transcript represents an un-weighted GPA. New West Charter does not rank its students.

 


Honors Policy

New West offers a range of honors courses at each grade level but does not offer AP courses. (Our AP Policy can be viewed here.) In order for students to be admitted into an honors class they must either:

  1. Pass an entrance test to the subject at which they are applying or
  2. Earn As in both semesters in the previous honors class in the course sequence

More information about our Honors Program can be found here.

 


School Schedule & Class Format

The school year commences the last week of August and ends the first week of June. It includes:

  • One-week Thanksgiving break
  • Two-week winter holiday break
  • One-week spring break in April

High school classes meet 7:30am - 2:30pm. NWC sustains the goal of a small student body and reduced-sized classes.

For more detailed information, view our Academic Calendar and Bell Schedule.

 


Course Offerings & Graduation Requirements

The curriculum’s strong foundation in reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and history and social science, is supplemented by a multitude of enrichment opportunities in world languages, visual and performing arts, physical education and health, and information technology. A robust program of community service and extracurricular activities is designed to have maximum synergy with the academic program.


English:
Four years

English 9
English 9 Honors
World Literature
World Literature Honors
American Literature
American Literature Honors
British Literature/College Writing
Honors British Literature


Science:
Three years

Biology
Biology Honors
Chemistry
Chemistry Honors
Physics
Environmental Science
Environmental Science Honors


Social Science:
Three years

Modern World History
Modern World History Honors
US History
US History Honors
Government/Economics
Government/Economics Honors


Math:
Three years

Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
Algebra II Honors
Trig/Pre-Calc
Trig/Pre-Calc Honors
Calculus AB Honors
Calculus BC Honors
Probability & Statistics


Foreign Language:
Two years

Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
Spanish 4 Honors
French 1
French 2
French 3
French 4 Honors
Latin 1
Latin 2
Latin 3


Visual / Performing Arts:
One year

Art 1
Art 2
Drawing & Painting
Dance 1
Dance 2
Dance 3
Dance Team
NW Ensemble
Guitar


Electives:
Three years

Health
Physical Education
Advanced PE
Sports Teams
Student Government
Creative Writing
Psychology
Computer Science

The New West High School Course Catalog can be viewed and/or downloaded here. For more detailed information, view our page on Graduation Requirements.

 


Test Scores / College Admissions

The class of 2016 will be the first New West class to take the SAT/ACT and apply to college. Currently, all students have taken an official PSAT, SAT, and ACT.