TK-8th Grade Education

Our interdisciplinary and project-based approach keeps students intellectually enriched and our wraparound support builds social emotional skills, character, and confidence at our Gratts Primary School, Charter Elementary School, and Charter Middle School for over 1,000 scholars.

Our Goal

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 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.

Gratts Primary School

Para Los Niños Gratts Primary Center is a primary school serving students from Kindergarten through First Grade, aimed at providing children and their families with the support and tools necessary to ensure academic success for our students. We also offer a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two year Kindergarten program that teaches a modified Kindergarten curriculum which is developmentally appropriate for the youngest students and is designed to give them additional readiness skills in all academic and social-emotional areas.

Our instructional program and integrated support services will allow students at Para Los Niños Gratts Primary Center to become self-motivated, competent, and lifelong learners.

We believe that children learn best when they are safe and healthy. Gratts children and their families have access to the Para Los Niños spectrum of family and clinical mental health services. We are interested in supporting all the children’s needs in the interest of ensuring they come to school ready and able to learn.

For more information about the Para Los Niños Gratts Primary Center, please contact Office Manager, Letisia Pedraza at lpedraza@paralosninos.org.

Charter Elementary School

Para Los Niños Charter Elementary School is not only a safe haven for our city’s most at-risk children, but it is a portal for children to discover a world of learning and a sense of hope. It is the purpose of the school to provide a comprehensive approach to education that not only focuses on academic achievement but also meets the individual student’s emotional, social and psychological needs.

All families have access to Para Los Niños’ comprehensive family support and After-school services. Hard-working parents know that their children are receiving the highest-quality care for up to eleven full hours a day. This generous schedule allows parents to work or attend school, and ensures that children are not left alone in the crucial after-school hours.

We also offer a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two year Kindergarten program that teaches a modified Kindergarten curriculum which is developmentally appropriate for the youngest students and is designed to give them additional readiness skills in all academic and social-emotional areas.

For more information about the Para Los Niños Charter Elementary School, please contact Office Manager, Laura Silva at lsilva@paralosninos.org. Or visit their website.

Charter Middle School

Para Los Niños Charter Middle School curriculum is rooted in STEAM:  Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts all based in Mathematical elements. This education framework is for all disciplines and types of learners with the goal of being more engaging and naturally successful for all members of any education system. Our goal is to ensure that all our students graduate Para Los Niños Charter Middle School prepared to enter a college-track curriculum in secondary school. Para Los Niños Charter Middle School teachers and staff will collaborate with each other, students, and expert community members to develop an academically rigorous and personally meaningful educational program. In addition to math, science, language arts, and social studies, Para Los Niños Charter Middle School students will participate in music, art, and physical education programs.

All families of Para Los Niños Charter Middle School will have access to Para Los Niños’ comprehensive family support and after-school services. Hard-working parents can send their students to school knowing that their children are receiving the highest-quality care for up to eleven full hours a day. This generous schedule allows parents to work or attend school and ensures that children are not left alone in the crucial after-school hours.

For more information about the Para Los Niños Middle School, please contact Office Manager, Viviana Guzman, vguzman@paralosninos.org.

School Inquiry

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.

PLN Org Wide Title IX & Students

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 parent/caregiver’s role at Para Los Niños:

  • Believe in their child’s potential
  • Value and encourage her child’s voice, questions and ideas
  • Support their child’s learning in school and at home

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