Dr. Sharon Weir
Principal / Executive Director
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.
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.
Class of 2016*: 76 | Grades 6-12: 823 (current total)
*First graduating class from New West Charter High School
African American 19% | Asian 6% | Hispanic 24% | White 49% | Other 2%
Students come from 74 different zip codes from all over Los Angeles County.
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.
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:
- Pass an entrance test to the subject at which they are applying or
- 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.
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 9 Honors
World Literature Honors
American Literature Honors
British Literature/College Writing
Honors British Literature
Environmental Science Honors
Modern World History
Modern World History Honors
US History Honors
Algebra II Honors
Calculus AB Honors
Calculus BC Honors
Probability & Statistics
Spanish 4 Honors
French 4 Honors
Visual / Performing Arts:
Drawing & Painting
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.