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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 approximately 4,000 students and eight schools, the District is one of the few remaining small school districts in Los Angeles County. During the past decade the District enrollment, which at its peak reached 2,900 pupils before dropping to 1,100, has been growing again as resident student numbers have increased and been supplemented by pupils granted interdistrict attendance permits and the launching of the charter schools. Currently, the ethnic composition of the student body is: Multiracial 7%, Asian 8%, Caucasian 18%, African-American 16%, and Latino 51%, 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 an opportunity-rich setting.
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
modernization of Burnett School was completed in 1999.
Construction of an entirely new Anza School was finished in Fall
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 Wiseburn High School. 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 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.
Wiseburn's Charter Schools
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 was launched. The Academy is the K-8 component of the Da Vinci Charters and is a two-day per week project-based program that targets 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 stupport from the local aerospace corporations. 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 schools, Communications, Design, and Science combine to form Wiseburn High SChool and all three schools compete together in CIF sports as Wiseburn-Da Vinci.
Wiseburn Child Development Center
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 Distrct. For the first time in our 119-year histroy, Wiseburn will offer a seamless and well articulated K-12 program for the Wiseburn and greater South Bay community. Wiseburn High School, the Home of the Da Vinci Schools, (Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, and Da Vinci Science) will open in 2017. Until then, our Da Vinci Schools will continue to offer an outstanding 21st Century education to our students at their current locations.