Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School
Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School is a free, public charter school authorized by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School concentrates on college-readiness through a themed curriculum that includes experiential learning with a focus on environmental science and technology. The school's mission is to equip students with the tools necessary to excel in high school, succeed in college, and acquire skills and experience to live in and contribute to a sustainable economy. This commitment is demonstrated through specific course work, cross-disciplinary projects, and community partnerships and activities including a green garden space, comprehensive recycling plan, and an environmental club.
Enrollment for Current School Year
550 students in grades 9-12
2930 Fletcher Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School achieved a 2013 Academic Performance Index (API) score of 860, ranking it the 10th top-performing public high school in LAUSD. CST results: 70% Advanced Proficient in English, 52% Advanced/Proficient in Math. For more on the school's current Performance Indicators, click here.
Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School is located at Los Angeles Community College's Van de Kamp Innovation Campus in the Glassell Park/ Atwater Village north of downtown Los Angeles. The roughly 45,000-square foot space consists of two adjacent buildings that house 19 classrooms, a library, a multipurpose room, multiple lecture halls, a fitness area, and several science labs. The campus was designed to minimize the environmental impact of new buildings and promote healthier indoor conditions for students and staff as part of LACC's commitment to the field of sustainable development.
Demographics and Average Daily Attendance
89% Latino, 8% Asian, 2% African American, and 1% Caucasian, 11% English Language Learner (ELL) students, and 85% free or reduced meal program participants. Average daily attendance is 96%.
Prior to taking over as Principal at Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School, Melissa Chew served as the school's founding science teacher, and then became the school's Assistant Principal. Ms. Chew began her career at John Muir Middle School in South Los Angeles as a science teacher, department chair, and instructional coach. She worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District for seven years before joining the Alliance. This is now her tenth year in education. Ms. Chew holds a bachelor's in Physiological Science and a master's in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master's in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge.