UCLA partners with South Los Angeles school to enrich student learning

John McDonald

Summer institute at Horace Mann Middle School will offer everything from math to martial arts

UCLA and Horace Mann Middle School in South Los Angeles are joining together to offer the Mann-UCLA Summer Institute, a suite of summer programs to be held at the middle school to boost educational success and opportunities for its students.

To celebrate student learning and this new venture, hundreds of middle school students gathered April 5 in the school auditorium with parents, teachers and school administrators, along with faculty and staff from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and other UCLA-affiliated organizations.

“There’s a lot of excitement in this building and in this community about our partnership to create bright futures for the students in this neighborhood,” said Karen Hunter Quartz, director of research and development for the UCLA Community Schools Initiative. “We are making real progress together.”

The event highlighted one of the first tangible elements of this partnership — the establishment of the Mann-UCLA Summer Institute. The institute will offer current and incoming Mann middle school students LAUSD instructional support to improve their math, reading and writing skills. The UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education Program, which offers arts education courses, projects and public presentations to students and the community, will also help students develop as artists while supporting social and emotional development.


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