WHO WE ARE

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools was founded in 2004 by a group of Los Angeles educators, civil rights activists, and community leaders on the belief that all children––regardless of ZIP code, income, ability, or background––are capable of achieving at high levels.

Despite great odds, Judy Ivie Burton, a long-time Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) educator and leader, as well as Howard Lappin, Founding Principal and nationally-recognized school leader, welcomed 150 ninth grade scholars at Alliance College-Ready Academy #1, currently known as Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School. 

Alliance is now one of the largest and most successful nonprofit public charter school networks in the nation, operating 28 high-performing, tuition-free middle and high schools in Los Angeles communities that are systemically oppressed. Alliance has a proven record of success for our 13,000 scholars and 14,000 alumni, 97% of whom are scholars of color.
 
Though 93% of our incoming 6th graders enter Alliance reading below grade level, they outperform California state and local districts on state standardized testing. Ninety-five percent of Alliance scholars have graduated from high school and been accepted to college, 71% to a four-year university.
 
Our schools have been recognized among the best in the state and nation by the U.S. Department of Education, the California Department of Education, U.S. News & World Report, and the University of Southern California (USC) Rossier School of Education.
 


Our Role in the Community 

Alliance public charter schools strengthen neighborhoods by providing families with a high-quality public school option that is focused on high expectations, strong supports, and a scholar-centered education. Our families choose Alliance schools because of the personalized attention their children receive and because of our strong track record of success.

That success and our roots are grounded in the unwavering belief in the academic ability and unlimited promise of every single scholar who walks through our doors.  Our singular focus is to ensure they are college-ready––academically and emotionally–– to support them on our campuses and beyond, and to open up for each scholar a limitless horizon and boundless dreams through a great education.


We exist to bring educational equity to our community

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools was founded 15 years ago on the belief that all children, regardless of ZIP code, are capable of achieving at high levels. Alliance is one of the largest and most successful nonprofit public charter school networks in the nation, operating 28 high-performing, tuition-free, open-enrollment middle and high schools in Los Angeles communities that are systemically oppressed.

We are driven to prove that all kids can be college-ready

At Alliance, when we say that all scholars can learn and achieve, we mean all. Alliance has a proven record of success for our 13,000 scholars and 14,000 alumni. Though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade levels behind in reading, they outperform California state and local districts on standardized testing in math and English language arts. Ninety-five percent of Alliance alumni have graduated from high school and been accepted to college, 73% to a four-year university.

We strive to push boundaries of what is possible

Alliance focuses on innovation, collaboration, autonomy, data-driven decisions, and diversity to best meet the needs of all scholars. We believe that in order for scholars to reach their fullest potential––academically and emotionally–– our staff must be provided with the resources and culture to reach their fullest potential. 

We are advocates for our scholars

Members of the Alliance network are change agents. Families, scholars, alumni, and staff meet regularly with elected officials and policy makers, and testify at school boards, city council, state, and federal legislature.