The Wiseburn Unified School District (K-12) serves students from Hollyglen and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County (Del Aire and Wiseburn). About 50% of the District is located in the City of El Segundo, which contains numerous major employers, including aerospace and high tech industries as well as communications and entertainment. The area’s ideal climate and close proximity to cultural and sporting events along with various shopping venues make it highly desirable.
Wiseburn is immediately south of Los Angeles International Airport and one and one-half miles east of the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by the Century Freeway on the north and divided by the San Diego Freeway running north/south. In addition to the air and auto transportation infrastructure, the Green Line Metrorail traverses the District bringing workers to the employment centers. Roughly, the District boundaries are Sepulveda Boulevard on the west, Marine Avenue on the south, Imperial Highway on the north, and Inglewood Avenue on the east.
With four district schools and four independent charter schools, Wiseburn and Da Vinci combine for a total of almost 4,000 students. During the past decade the District enrollment, which at its peak reached 2,900 pupils in the 1950's before dropping to 1,100 in the 1980's, has been growing again. Resident student enrollments have increased and been supplemented by pupils granted interdistrict attendance permits and by the launching of the charter schools. Currently, the ethnic composition of the student body is: Multiracial 7%, Asian 6%, Caucasian 15%, African-American 14%, and Latino 58%, reflective of current California demographics. Diversity, with balance, is one of Wiseburn's greatest strengths in preparing graduates for life in the "real" California. Being both small and suburban, Wiseburn offers a unique combination of a "family atmosphere" in a opportunity-rich setting.
Wiseburn Unified School District staff consists of ten administrative employees, 120 certificated and 35 full-time classified employees, supplemented by many part-time support personnel. The annual budget is approximately $20 million. In March 1997, Wiseburn voters overwhelmingly (82%) approved over $14 million in bonds to modernize school classrooms, and followed it up in June 2000, with 76% approval of $35 million more in bonds for new school construction. Full modernization of Burnett School was completed in 1999. Construction of an entirely new Anza School was finished in Fall 2002. A brand new Dana Middle School in Hollyglen opened in 2007. Voters (83%) approved bonds to build a state of the art elementary school (Cabrillo) in June 2007. Cabrillo was completed in December 2008. Due to a declining economy and lower construction costs, there was sufficient Measure A Bond funds to add six new classrooms and a new multipurpose room/kitchen at Peter Burnett School to bring that school up to the same standard as the other Wiseburn Schools. Burnett construction was completed in December 2012.
In November 2010, Wiseburn voters approved yet another school construction bond for $87 million to build the Wiseburn High School facility. This is the first time in California history that an elementary district has approved bonds to build a high school. The Environmental Impact Report was completed in 2013 and the District hopes to open the new Wiseburn High School facility in the summer of 2017.
There is a well deserved reputation for educational excellence within the Wiseburn Unified School District. Both parents and others perceive the District as successfully offering a personalized learning process focused on mastery of the basic skills within a safe, positive, and orderly learning environment. Acquisition of skills needed to compete in a global economy is a major thrust. Staff members are highly committed and students achieve. The staff is dedicated to maintaining high academic standards for students and continuing the tradition of pride in the District.
To complement the strong academic tradition, Wiseburn is an Arts for All District! Since 2006, Wiseburn has proudly participated in Arts for All. This Los Angeles County-wide initiative is focused on providing high quality arts education for every public school student. As a Public School Arts (P.S. Arts) District, we believe that the arts are a vital and indispensable part of the comprehensive education of every student.
In August 2009, Wiseburn opened two K-12 Charter Schools, Da Vinci Science and Da Vinci Design, to offer Wiseburn families a high school option for the first time in our 119-year history. In addition, in August 2011, the Da Vinci Innovation Academy (DVIA) was launched. DVIA is the K-8 component of the Da Vinci Charters and is a two-day per week project-based program that serves children who are home schooled. In August 2013, Da Vinci Communications, a third Da Vinci high school option, was launched. The Da Vinci Schools excel academically using project-based learning and strong support from the local aerospace corporations and other business partners. Over their first six years, the Da Vinci schools have evolved and developed into one of the finest and most highly sought after high school options in the South Bay. The Wiseburn Unified School District and the Da Vinci Schools enjoy a highly unique yet extremely productive and collaborative relationship. The three Da Vinci high schools, Communications, Design, and Science will share the Wiseburn High School facility and compete together in CIF sports as Wiseburn-Da Vinci. Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci Communications and Da Vinci Science serve as the Wiseburn Unified School District's "home" high schools and Wiseburn residents are guaranteed a placement at one of the schools.
Wiseburn Child Development Center
In June 2013, Wiseburn launched its own LAUP Preschool Program and Wiseburn Child Development Center (WCDC). The preschool offers two classes at Anza and two at Cabrillo for our three and four year-olds. The before and after school programs offer outstanding child care from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. while the children are not in class.
On November 5, 2013, Wiseburn voters resoundingly approved the formation of Wiseburn Unified School District. For the first time in our 119-year history, Wiseburn will offer a seamless and well articulated K-12 program for the Wiseburn and greater South Bay community. The partnership between Wiseburn Unified School District and Da Vinci Schools represents a creative approach to providing an articulated K-12 program. The three charter high school option provides the "best of both worlds". By maintaining small learning communities, like Wiseburn K-8 schools, where students are known by name and valued for their unique contributions, Da Vinci kids benefit from a culture where students cannot easily "fall through the cracks." By thoughtfully adding programs available to all high school students such as CIF sports, dances/prom, music, visual and performing arts, Da Vinci students can also receive many of the more traditional high school experiences found at much larger high schools. Most large comprehensive high schools are re-thinking the effectiveness of that structure and are breaking themselves apart into "academies" and "schools within a school". At Da Vinci, our Wiseburn students already have a successful small learning community, and now we will be adding additional programs with plans for a state-of-the-art building to house it all.