Our vision is to be the model of excellence in integrated urban education, leading to sustainable success in the communities we serve.
Specifically, we aim to close the achievement gap for children, especially English Language Learners (ELLs), living in chronic poverty by providing: (1) High-quality education—project-based learning that fosters creative problem-solving and innovation while emphasizing literacy and language arts; (2) Resources and services for children and families at school sites—access to early intervention, mental health, and family support services; and (3) Parent engagement and skill building—leadership development for parents to support their children's academic achievement and build family strength.
The overall goal is to increase student achievement at all our Charter Schools.
Our pedagogy is built on a foundation of strong children, families and communities. To that end, we offer access to mental health and other family supportive services at each school site, and those providers are members of the school community. In addition, we help parents support their children’s learning by participating in a variety of activities, from governance to workshops on a range of issues including advocacy, ESL and parenting.
We believe children learn best…
- When learning is integrated with the arts and across disciplines
- Through inquiry- and project-based learning
- Using their primary language and culture as building blocks for literacy
- In school and classroom environments that stimulate learning
- Through first-hand experiences that provoke thinking and language development
- With sufficient time and opportunity to navigate complex and reflective learning experiences
The teacher’s role at Para Los Niños:
- Create a safe and accepting environment where children can take risks and make mistakes
- Foster each child’s potential and unlock her gifts and passions.
- Value and encourage children’s voices, questions and ideas
- Set high standards for academic achievement
- Act as both researcher and facilitator in the learning process
- Have deep and flexible knowledge of content and pedagogy
- Balance direct instruction and student-centered learning
The student’s role at Para Los Niños:
- Actively participate in thinking and learning
- Express, interpret and demonstrate his/her knowledge in different ways
- Explore, research and solve complex problems
- Be a productive and responsible member of the school community
The parent/caregiver’s role at Para Los Niños:
- Believe in his child’s potential
- Value and encourage her child’s voice, questions and ideas
- Support his child’s learning in school and at home
PLN is open to any school-aged resident of the state of California. PLN will not charge students tuition and will not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability.
Admission to PLN is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there is more interest than available openings, entrance will be determined by a public lottery.