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As students throughout Los Angeles head back to campus, school leaders have planned events and purchased new equipment to ensure a safe and fun school year.
From fundraisers to new swimming pools, here’s a look at what’s going on at school.
Beverly Hills High School
Beverly Hills High School is a four-year, college-oriented learning institution that offers more than 180 courses designed to help students receive skills they need to succeed. Students enjoy an array of elective choices within the areas of fine arts, technical arts, performing arts, culinary arts, robotics, journalism and medical science.
Students returned to campus, located at 241 S. Moreno Drive, with a new block schedule that the Beverly Hills Unified School District implemented at the beginning of the pandemic.
Fairfax High School
Named for Lord Fairfax of Colonial America, Fairfax High School opened its doors at 7850 Melrose Ave. in 1924. Fair-fax was initially designed to be an agricultural and mechanical school with 28 acres of campus for school programs such as landscape gardening, forestry, architecture and agronomy.
Now, Fairfax offers a dual-language Korean program, an international baccalaureate program and a police academy magnet. The school plans to host after school events.
Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School
Now in its 115th year, Immaculate Heart welcomed students back to campus and students splashed into the new school year with a fully-renovated pool. The school’s baseball field features a new batting cage and an amphitheater for outdoor classes in one corner.
Principals Naemah Morris and Gina Finer said it’s exciting to see students return and celebrate school traditions together.
“After so much time apart, being able to celebrate Immaculate Heart traditions together makes the return to in-person schooling that much more meaningful,” Morris said.
Rosewood STEM Magnet
Located at 503 N. Croft Ave., Rosewood provides students with an education focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Principal Linda Crowder said the school community has much to look forward to in the coming year, including an official STEM certification.
The first day saw the opening of a new maker’s space for students. Within the space, students will have access to a 3D printer and a host of supplies necessary to build models.
“We were so excited to welcome students back to campus, and now we’re ecstatic to give them opportunities for things they would not ordinarily have elsewhere,” Crowder said.
Loyola High School
Loyola High School of Los Angeles, the oldest continually-operated educational institution in Southern California, unveiled Caruso Hall, a more than 26,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building that has transformed the western side of the 21-acre campus located at 1901 Venice Blvd.
Caruso Hall, named after businessman and developer Rick J. Caruso, is a main component of the $34 million 1901 Venice Boulevard Capital Campaign. The Caruso Family Foundation donated $4.5 million to the Jesuit preparatory school’s new building.
Pilgrim School, a college preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12, was founded in 1958 with a commitment to enriching the mind, nurturing the spirit and enabling thoughtful moral choices.
The school emphasizes community service opportunities throughout each grade level. High school students are required to perform at least 20 hours of community service throughout the year.
The 2021-22 school year marks the first full year for Patricia Kong, who was named head of school in April. Kong is a 20-year veteran of the campus, starting as an early education teacher after completing graduate school. She taught elementary and middle school classes, and later served as director of admissions and associate head of school.
Cathedral Chapel School
The school will kick off a year of events with a “free dress” fundraiser at the end of September in which students can donate a minimum of $5 to ditch their uniforms for a week. All proceeds will be split between the Missionary Childhood Association and a to-be-determined organization to aid those who were affected by the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Ida.
In October, students on the campus at 755 S. Cochran Ave. will host a readathon. They will receive pledges from donors based on how many books they read. School leaders hope to raise enough money for 200 new iPads for students.
Principal Tina Kipp said the tablets help students improve reading and math skills.
“The iPads help us integrate technology into the learning that goes on in the classroom,” she said. “A lot of apps help improve student learning.”
Marlborough School, a private campus for 7th through 12th grade girls at the corner of Third Street and Rossmore Avenue in Hancock Park, dates back to 1889, when founder Mary Caswell came to Southern California and started the St. Margaret’s School for Girls in Pasadena. The school upholds the core values established by Caswell: community, excellence, confidence and honor.
The school’s STEM+ program offers a robust curriculum for all grades with classes introducing technology and coding in the context of regular course material. For example, math students use the Python programming language to illustrate mathematical concepts. As part of its 2025 strategic plan, the school will trans-form its partnership with Los Angeles to create a climate commitment that keeps pace with the city’s environmental goals
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