LOS ANGELES - San Pedro High School and Los Angeles Harbor College have signed a landmark agreement that allows students to graduate from the high school, while completing two years of college courses.
Today’s announcement represents the latest in a series of partnerships over the past year between Local District South, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and nearby institutions of higher learning. Educators said they hoped such agreements inspire students to take challenging courses that not only better prepares them for college, but lowers their costs—a critical barrier for many—of earning a degree.
Dr. Richard Vladovic, who represents San Pedro on the Los Angeles Board of Education, said this agreement benefits everyone. "I could not be more pleased by this new partnership with Harbor College and Local District South,” he said. “This partnership is a win-win for our kids, for San Pedro High School, for Harbor College, and for our community. Our kids get access to the quality programs and instruction offered by Harbor College and, in turn, this already established pillar of the community will have access to some of our finest students, and the wonderful facilities afforded by L.A. Unified."
San Pedro students will have the option of taking courses from the University of California’s general education pathway. This choice will enable high school graduates to transfer those credits to one of nine campuses in the University of California system.
A second option is the California State University Breadth Pathway. High school graduates will be guaranteed admission into at least one of 23 California State campuses.
Both options give San Pedro students exposure to collegiate-level academic rigor and expectations, while allowing them to complete up to half the credits needed for their bachelor’s degree—free of charge—while in high school. The program is scheduled to begin in August.
“We are honored to partner with Los Angeles Harbor College, said Local District South Superintendent Christopher Downing. “What makes this landmark agreement so appealing is that it offers distinct, academic and financial benefits to students and parents in the San Pedro area. He added, “This program will offer our students rigorous classes, and have students simultaneously receiving instruction from L.A. Harbor College professors to potentially earn both their high school diploma, and a two-year college degree.”
Courses will be offered on San Pedro High School’s twin campuses—the original state architectural landmark facility, and the beautiful new Olguin campus. Los Angeles Harbor College will house technical classrooms and offices for Los Angeles Harbor faculty and staff, and collaborate with San Pedro High to assure students receive guidance and support.With its graduation rate climbing steadily, the District has established partnerships that guarantee students free tuition for one year to community college. In Local District South, which stretches roughly from the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach, high school graduates have a seat reserved for them at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Other recent announcements include middle school students taking more challenging courses at Los Angeles Harbor and Los Angeles Southwest colleges. Starting in August, this step will allow them to start an earlier path that helps them graduate from high school, with up to two years of college credits.
Reflecting on how this agreement will impact her students, Jeanette Stevens, principal at San Pedro High, applauded the pact.
“San Pedro High School is excited to partner with our neighbor, the Los Angeles Harbor College,” Stevens said. “This endeavor expands on our comprehensive program to afford our students an even broader array of diverse options to meet their education needs now and beyond. The partnership could potentially save students thousands of dollars by reducing the time that students spend as undergraduates, by as much as two years.”
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