Predominantly Hispanic, Black, Asian & Other Non-Anglo (PHBAO) School Program

PHBAO School Programs

Articulation Program

The Articulation Program in each school provides a means of improving communication among elementary, middle and high school levels. Meetings are arranged to familiarize elementary school students and parents with middle school programs and middle school students and parents with high school programs to ensure a smooth transition.

Counseling Support Program

The Counseling Support Program provides additional counseling services to all PHBAO high schools and to PHBAO elementary and middle schools selected from a ranked list of low-achieving schools. Counseling positions are provided to the high schools, according to a norm chart, to reduce the counselor:student ratio. One counselor is provided for each of the selected 28 middle schools to assist with postsecondary planning and to increase the factors, behaviors and conditions that will help incoming students who are identified as "at risk" to succeed in middle schools.

One elementary school counselor is assigned to each of the 43 designated elementary schools to provide counseling and guidance services that support the instructional program. A school psychologist is assigned to each of the ten schools for two and one-half days per week.

Master Plan Differentials

This program provides for the payment of differentials and incentive stipends to qualified employees who are appropriately assigned to programs included in the Master Plan for English Learners. The payments were instituted to enhance the quality of services provided to identified limited-English-proficient (LEP) English Language Learners (ELLs), to help LAUSD recruit and retain qualified teachers for LEP students, and to serve as an incentive for employees to upgrade qualifications and request or accept assignments utilizing special qualifications in Master Plan programs. Employees in PHBAO schools and designated CAP Receiver schools (which receive sufficient LEP students from overcrowded PHBAO schools under the Capacity Adjustment Program) are eligible for the integration-funded portion of the differential payments.

Medical-Counseling, Organizing and Recruiting (Med-COR) Program

The Med-COR Program provides opportunities for middle and high school students to become acquainted with the various health careers and educational prerequisites. Students are also provided academic support in mathematics, English and science courses taken at PHBAO schools and exposure to college level laboratories. The Med-COR program is co-sponsored by the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine.

Parent Conferences Program

PHBAO schools are required to provide two conferences between parents and teachers during the school year. The conferences allow parents to monitor the academic and social development of students and to involve parents in the educational processes. Individual parent conferences are conducted on school sites and written records of parent participation are kept by schools.

The first conference is scheduled during the first or second reporting period and either before or after subsequent to Back-to-School and Open House nights. The second conference is scheduled during the third or fourth reporting period and before the last four weeks of the school year.

Priority Staffing Program (PSP)

The PSP develops, plans, and implements specific strategies to follow the Court Order's request for teacher placement at hard-to-staff schools. Such strategies include: conducting special recruitment activities, using school vacancy data to prioritize and expedite scheduling of interviews, providing an opportunities for principals to meet potential teachers and immediate contracting and processing of selected teachers.

School Readiness Language Development Program (SRLDP)

SRLDP provides educational opportunities for prekindergarten students to develop oral language and readiness skills that enhance self-esteem. SRLDP also prepares students to be successful throughout school experiences. The program includes students who are identified as English language learners (ELLs) and Standard English language learners (SELLs). All children must be four-years old by December 2nd of the year of enrollment. Attendance in parent education classes and participation as classroom volunteers are mandatory for parents/guardians of students enrolled. SRLDP is administered by the Early Childhood Education Division