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Executive Director's Message

 
 
Dear Esteemed Los Angeles College Prep Academy Community,
 
As I reflect on the beginning of a new school year as your new school leader, it is with great excitement and humility that I introduce myself to our LACPA community. Over the past couple of weeks I have been familiarizing myself with LACPA through conversations with staff, meeting new families and students, and visiting some of you at your homes while distributing chrome books.
 
What I’ve learned in this short time, is there is an unwavering commitment from the LACPA community to ensure our students are receiving the highest quality educational opportunities to prepare them for college and beyond. Speaking truth to power with the utmost respect for listening to each other’s perspectives is a common strength I have experienced from our powerful LACPA community.
 
This theme of the LACPA community speaking truth to power reminds me of one of my fondest high school memories during my sophomore year. I attended an event at UC Berkeley with Filipino college students who delivered powerful poems about our struggles as a community with racism in America. It was my first educational experience that Brazilian educator Paulo Freire describes as “education for liberation” providing me an example (through the poems I heard) of how educational experiences could develop a deeper social consciousness about my own oppression and how to free myself and my Filipino community.
 
As I further developed my Filipino identity, I was building solidarity with other socially conscious students of color. Through my involvement with the arts movement, in the San Francisco Bay Area, I developed my voice which ultimately lead me to the classroom where I taught Ethnic Studies and other Social Studies courses. All in the spirit of those first experiences that I was privileged to have on the UC Berkeley campus as a 16 year old high school student.These informal college tours to UC Berkeley transformed my life. These transformative college prep moments developed my social consciousness. It is these experiences that continue to inspire me to develop educational spaces that inspire students to think critically about the world and to create positive change.
 
As we begin our 2020-2021 journey physically distant, we will remain socially close. It is in times of great difficulty that we must remain the tight knit community that LACPA has grown to be over the years. Thank you to everyone for such a warm welcome. I look forward to an exciting and memorable school year as we continue to prepare all of our students for college success.

In Community,
 
Jake Gordon, Ed.D.

Recent News

Board Meeting

Board meeting Tuesday September 22, 2020 via zoom

Board Meeting

LACPA community the Board of Directors will be hosting a meeting via zoom on September 18, 2020 at 5:30pm Margarita Vazquez is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96012979325?pwd=bTFOdG94SCtlakFiWVk1NHZSK2lkZz09

Special Board Meeting

LACP community will be having a special board meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm via Zoom

Bulletin Board

LACPA Seeking Prospective School Board Candidates

LACPA is actively seeking board members who represent the diversity of our student body. A prospective board member brings both breadth and depth of professional expertise to ensure the highest quality of oversight and leadership for LACPA. Prospective board members are fully invested in our mission that all students can succeed in college and their future careers.

Please share any prospective board candidates that you may have to help us build our LACPA School Board. The candidate criteria is described below:

LACPA SCHOOL BOARD SELECTION CRITERIA:

1. Candidates that are reflective of the demographics of our community and the students we serve, including representation from people of color and in particular, the Latinx community, and Bilingual Spanish speakers.

2. Candidates that have extensive professional experience in education, finance, law, real estate, and public affairs

and/or

3. Candidates with experience as a former LACPA community member.

Please submit the name of the person you're recommending as a prospective board member and responses to the criteria above. If you are suggesting that the prospective board member be yourself, please provide responses to the criteria above.

Please email your response to: mvazquez@lacpacademy.org

In your response, please include your contact information and a resume.

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting

Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85783181326?pwd=bXFVekt3UlZmVXdZSGZIY2c2cXNRZz09