Be Allowed to Attend Canyon Charter School
In a June 4 email from LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin’s office to Reza Akef, it was announced: “Incoming kindergarteners of families living in Area 8 will be allowed to attend Canyon Elementary School. The District will undertake a demographic study to determine a long-term solution for the following school year.”
Akef, who represents Area 8 on the Pacific Palisades Community Council, was told, “We greatly appreciate your support for our local public schools. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.”
Trouble started when the parents of 12 rising kindergarten students who live in the neighborhood (between Revere and the Riviera) learned late in the school year that Brentwood Science Magnet would be their kindergarten school this fall.
Parents and Akef brought the problem to the Pacific Palisades Community Council on May 23.
“We moved to this area with the understanding that our kids would go to Canyon,” one parent told the Council.
Principal Nicole Sheard explained to Circling the News that she would like to have those students at Canyon but had to follow the boundaries set by the LAUSD Demographics Department.
Canyon Charter School is ranked a 10, out of 10, by state standards and Brentwood Science Magnet, which is under-enrolled, is ranked a 6. Under the current boundaries, kindergarten student would be required to go to Brentwood for a year, and then they could enter Canyon for first through fifth grade.
In the past, only one or two kindergarten students came from that neighborhood off Allenford and were absorbed through the lottery system. “This year there are 12 students,” Sheard told CTN before the LAUSD changed course, “so there’s no way they will all get in as I don’t have that many spaces.”
And now they will attend Canyon, thanks to Akef’s intervention on behalf of the parents and subsequent efforts by Melvoin and his staff.