South LA schools follow state-wide graduation trends

Crenshaw HS

Crenshaw High School

Nearly a dozen South L.A. high schools have followed a positive statewide trend of rising graduation rates while simultaneously lowering the percentage of dropouts, according to data from the California Department of Education.

Schools with the highest graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year include Thirty-Second Street USC Performing Arts with a 100 percent graduation rate; Foshay Learning Center and Middle College High, each with 99 percent; King/Drew Medical Magnet with 96 percent and the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies with 95 percent.

Of the South L.A. high schools, even those with the lowest percentage of graduates recorded graduation rates that were only 10 percent below the LAUSD district-wide graduation rate of 70.4 percent, with a majority of them on an upward trend. [Read more…]

Students at Foshay explore digital privacy

LAUSD’s Teacher of the Year, Leslie Aaronson, spearheaded a workshop at Foshay High School in South LA on Tuesday morning. She had her students create ad campaigns about topics they were interested in. They all chose digital footprints and online security.

The students were divided into five groups and each group had their own booth at the workshop that all students of the school could attend. As the students came in their peers taught them about online security and safe Internet usage. Some students did not know that privacy settings existed in social media. Others incorrectly thought that deleting a post from the Internet meant that it would disappear permanently, when that is not the case.

The students in Aaronson’s class helped workshop attendees by having students log into their Facebook or social media accounts. The groups would then tell the students which posts should be deleted or avoided. Another group created a video tutorial that walked students through changing their privacy settings for Facebook.

Aaronson’s class chose issues with social media and online security because they are seniors heading off to college or applying for work. They know that future employers or admissions officers will look at their social media sites.

Hear the voices of Foshay students: