Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Student & Family Handbook 2015-2016

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Effective Communication

When issues or concerns arise with any school staff employee (i.e., teacher, school staff member, or administrator), students and parents are encouraged to address the situation with the person involved first. If students express they are having a problem at school, it is important for parents understand the best way to address these problems. If the problem involves a classroom situation or situation with a teacher, the following steps is a recommended course of action:

  • 1st: Parents should encourage their child to talk with the teacher, in a manner that is civil.

  • 2nd: If talks between the Teacher and child does not resolve the issue, Parents should encourage students to talk with an administrator

  • 3rd: If a parent-teacher conference does not resolve the issue, parents and students should reach out to the teacher and/or administrator.

It is very important to demonstrate to children how to actively and constructively solve a problem. If the problem is important enough for the child to talk about, it is important for the child to learn how to be a part of the solution. If parents feel there is a problem with a teacher, classroom situation, or academics, it is very important that the parents:

  • 1st: Talk with the teacher. Teachers can explain classroom situations from an adult perspective and from a professional perspective, and usually that may resolve misunderstandings.

  • 2nd: If the problem persists after a reasonable time, talk with the teacher again.

  • 3rd: If the problem is still not resolved, make an appointment with the teacher and an administrator

For example, if you are unsure of a decision made in the classroom about a consequence given for a behavior, you should discuss the situation with the teacher first. If after this discussion, you feel the situation is unresolved, it should be brought to the attention of an administrator. If, after meeting with the Principal, you still have concerns, please reach out to LAAAE’s Board of Directors. If you still have concerns after this avenue, reaching out to LAUSD would be the next course of action.

Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

  • To remain enrolled in school unless you fail to abide by rules.

  • To be informed of all school rules and regulations.

  • To have access to your student account in PowerSchool.

  • To have a safe and educational environment.

  • To attend class regularly and on time.

  • To obey school rules and regulations.

  • To respect your rights and the rights of your peers.

  • To be familiar with school policies, rules and regulations.

  • To be prepared for class with appropriate materials and ready to work.

  • To respect all school personnel and their authority (administrators, teachers, office personnel, custodial staff, security guard, etc.)

Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities

  • To be informed and familiar of the school’s policies, rules and regulations.

  • To be informed of all school actions related to their child.

  • To have access to your personal parent accounts in PowerSchool.

  • To contact the school to participate in conferences pertaining to academic and behavioral status of their child.

  • To provide a supportive environment at home making sure their child gets enough sleep and adequate nutrition before coming to school.

  • To maintain control over their child.

  • To contact teachers directly via phone or email to schedule a conference.

  • To be familiar with the handbook which was signed at the beginning of the school year.

  • To monitor your child’s academic progress and behavior records on a weekly basis.

  • To ensure that your child does his/her homework on a daily basis and facilitate a home environment conducive to home study.

Teacher’s Rights and Responsibilities

  • To expect students to behave in a positive manner that may not interfere with other students learning.

  • To have parental support related to academic and social progress.

  • To expect all students to participate and put forth effort in order to expand their education and earn a passing grade.

  • To be familiar with school policies, rules and regulations.

  • To inform parents through progress reports, report cards, and conferences about the academic progress and behavior of their child.

  • To conduct a well-planned and effective classroom program.

  • To initiate and enforce a set of classroom rules, consistent with the school’s discipline policies.

  • To keep assignments, grading, and attendance
    current in PowerSchool.

  • To have administrative support for discipline in and outside the classroom. Explain the Student Code of Conduct and Bullying Policy to their students.

  • To enforce the Student Code of Conduct and Bullying Policy in a consistent manner.

  • To function as a positive role model for their students.

  • To contact parents as deemed necessary to enforce the Student Code of Conduct and to maintain parent/guardian involvement.

Administrators’ Rights and Responsibilities

  • The right to address the board on any issue.

  • To hold students to strict accountability for any
    disorderly conduct in school or around school.

  • To take appropriate action in dealing with students who choose not to follow the rules.

  • To recommend in school suspension, suspension, or expulsion as the situation demands.

  • To provide rich leadership that may establish, encourage and promote effective teaching and learning.

  • To be familiar with school policies, rules and regulations.

  • To establish, promote, and enforce school rules that facilitate effective learning and positive habits and attitudes of excellent citizenship among students.

Conflict Resolution Process

At LAAAE, positive relationships with our parents and families are a primary concern. For that reason, every effort is made to resolve disputes in the most constructive way possible.

  1. Parents who may have a conflict or concern can address their concerns as follows:

  2. Make an appointment for a meeting to clarify concern with the student’s teacher*;

  3. Make an appointment for a meeting with Danny Ramirez, Counseling Director or Kristal Rosas, Guidance Counselor*;

  4. Make an appointment for a meeting with Anthony Berkenkamp, Assistant Principal

  5. Make an appointment for a meeting with Yolanda Jimenez, Vice Principal*;

  6. Make an appointment for a meeting with David Calvo, School Principal*;

  7. Contact Mileidy Sanchez, Conflict Resolution Contact, Academica at msanchez@academica.org;

  8. Contact the Moctesuma Esparza, Chair of the Governing Board at moctesumae@mayacinemas.com;

  9. State concern(s) at a publicly scheduled Board of Directors meeting; and if necessary

  10. Seek mediation with Los Angeles Unified School District.

*To schedule at meeting with school staff or administration, please contact the school directly at 213-487-0600.

UNIFORM Complaint Procedure

If you wish to file a complaint pursuant to the Uniform Complaint Procedure, please see further instructions herein or contact the school for more information.

As students and parents of LAAAE, you are required abide by and respect all rules and regulations set forth in this handbook, both on campus and off campus. These set of rules and regulations are set to encourage the health, safety, and academic success of everyone involved in our LAAAE community. Students who fail to follow any of the rules set forth may receive disciplinary action.
I. Academic Policies

A. Grading Scale

Students should understand the requirements for each grade and routinely confer with their teacher to determine progress. The following grading system is in use:


Percentage Range

Grade Points

Bonus Points

(AP/Honors Courses)

















B. Academic INtegrity

LAAAE expects all students to abide by ethical academic standards. Academic dishonesty—including plagiarism, cheating or copying the work of another, using technology for illicit purposes, or any unauthorized communication between students for the purpose of gaining advantage on the following items: all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, class assignments, and projects, both in and out of class - is strictly prohibited.

Plagiarism is defined as, but not limited to:

  • Obvious, substantial, verbatim reproduction of information

  • Fabrication of sources, falsification of page numbers, or other deliberate misdocumentation Submission of others' work as the students' own.  This applies to uncited paraphrasing of another's ideas as well as verbatim use of others' words. (‘Others' may refer to scholarly sources, online essays, or the work of other students).

C. Grading Policy

Students may have formal and informal assessments, performances, projects, papers, and other assignments that may be graded using a conventional letter-grade system. Letter grades ranging from an A to an F may be given for all courses. Missing work may result in a grade of Incomplete (I). Grade point averages may be based on all courses taken in the appropriate grade level. All middle school grades may appear on middle school transcripts and all high school grades may appear on the high school transcript. Class ranks may be neither calculated nor reported. A valedictorian and a salutatorian may be recognized at the high school graduation.

D. Grade Point Average

Grade Point Averages (GPA) are calculated for any of the reasons listed below:

  • Eligibility for high school graduation

  • Class rank

  • Eligibility to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities

  • Awards and recognition programs

  • Eligibility for the honor roll and /or membership in honor societies

  • College admissions and scholarship competitions

  • California Sport Federation

E. Academic Progress

Students must earn a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 to participation in sports and activities. We believe in academic rigor and achievement of potential, therefore, LAAAE enforces stronger site regulations designed to minimize disruption of the school environment and maximize the climate for learning.

F. Progress Reports

Official progress reports are distributed at parent conferences according to the following schedule:

  • Quarter 1 Progress Report (September)

  • Quarter 2 Progress Report (December)

  • Quarter 3 Progress Report (March)

  • Quarter 4 Progress Report (June)

Understanding progress reports may be key in making sure students are on track to graduate. Because progress reports happen at the half-way mark in the reporting period, this allows students and their families to make necessary study preparations following the progress report to ensure academic success.

G. middle school promotion policy

LAAAE does not endorse social promotion. Clear expectations for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in each subject in an effort to equip all students with the academic skills that enable them to be ready for entrance to and success in college. Students shall progress through grade levels by demonstrating growth in learning and meeting standards of expected student achievement. As early as possible in the school year in students’ school careers, the principal or designee shall identify students who may be at risk of retention in accordance with law, Board policy, and the following criteria:

  1. Teachers’ grades in courses. Students must successfully complete at least half of their courses.

  2. Statewide achievement test scores (ex: California Standardized Tests).

  3. Other performance-based assessments as designated by the school Principal.

  4. In the case of English Language Learners, student progress towards proficiency in use the English Language.

  5. In the case of Special Education students, individual progress toward completion of Individualized Education Program (IEP) objectives.

When a student in grades 6-8 is retained or recommended for retention, the Principal or designee shall offer programs of direct, systematic and intensive supplemental instruction in accordance with Education Code 37252.2 to assist the student in overcoming his/her academic deficiencies. Such opportunities may include but are not limited to tutorial programs, after-school programs, and summer school programs.

H. Graduation Requirements



Required Credits




4 years of High School English



3 years of High School Math



1 year of Biology, and 1 year of Chemistry or Physics

Social Science


1 year of World History, 1 year of US History, 1 year of Government/Economics

Visual & Performing Arts


1 year of Piano, Guitar, Art, Drawing, Dance, or   Theatre/Drama

Foreign Language


at least through 2rd year level of Spanish

Physical Education


2 years



1 year

Elective Courses


Elective credits can be taken as additional courses in other required subject areas

220 Credits Total Required for Graduation


Presently, Students must pass both sections of the CAHSEE (English and Math) to graduate. Students may have their first opportunity to take and pass the CAHSEE in March of their 10th grade year. This requirement is undergoing discussion at the State level (SB 172), LAAAE will comply with the outcome.

Community Service Hours

Students must complete 100 hours of volunteer community service in order to graduate. For information regarding opportunities to complete community service hours and community service forms, please visit the Counseling Office. Community service hours should be completed by June 1st of 12th grade. Students who complete 250 hours or more of community service prior to graduation will be recognized and awarded a white cord to wear at graduation.

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