PCSD completed in August 2018 a new 29,000 square foot education building, creating approximately 20 classrooms for 480 high school students. The educational building also includes a multi-purpose/lunch room, teacher’s lounge, teacher workspaces, an outdoor sport court and administrative space. The facility is on 35,100 square feet of land adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and involved land assembly from three different owners. PCSD closed New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) Financing for the projects in 2017, making the project more affordable for Ednovate.
Ednovate, Inc., a charter management organization (CMO), was designed and developed by the USC Rossier School of Education to close the graduation gap for high-need students in Los Angeles. Ednovate’s first school, USC Hybrid High School, is college preparatory public charter high school currently serving grades 9-12th. The school combines a traditional “no excuses” model with a blended, personalized curriculum with a 1:1 ratio of students to Chromebook laptops with which students work at their own pace through online modules to reach mastery of college-ready skills. The self-paced modules encourage time management, resulting in self-directed, self-motivated, and self-disciplined learners with 21st century technological skills and experience. After its first year in operation, ACT composite scores were 16% higher than other charter schools with similar demographics. The school is 69% Latino and 26% African-American, with 83% of students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch. Approximately 79% of students will be the first in their family to graduate from college.