Alliance Alice M. Baxter College-Ready High School
461 West 9th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
600 students in grades 9-12
San Pedro is a very diverse neighborhood located near the Port of Los Angeles, just west of Wilmington and Long Beach. The school community has a strong emphasis on social and emotional learning. Each student partners with a teacher mentor throughout his/her four years of high school. Each day students have 45 minutes in which they can meditate or talk through their problems with their mentor. Alliance Baxter High strongly believes in restorative justice as a way to discipline students in a positive way. They also provide mental health services such as art therapy.
Points of Pride
Alliance Baxter High partners with Harbor Community College, to provide English and Math courses to students so they can earn college credits before they graduate high school. They offer sports, such as volleyball, soccer, and softball. Alliance Baxter High partners with the Boys and Girls Club and offers academic counseling and a nurturing place to do homework for students.
80% Latino, 6% African American, 5% White, and 8% Other, and 80% Free/Reduced Meal Program Participants.
Alliance Baxter High achieved a CAASPP score of 66 in ELA and 32 in Math.
Brandy Woodard began her career in education as a Biology and Spanish teacher and quickly advanced to leadership roles. For the past two years, she served as the principal of Perspectives Illinois Institute of Technology Math and Science Academy in Chicago, Illinois. During this time, she moved the middle and high school to “level 1” status (the second-highest status achievable in the Chicago Public Schools system). Ms. Woodard and her team also significantly decreased the student suspension rate and significantly increased the attainment of growth goals in reading, and doubled it in math.