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Welcome to Frank D. Parent Elementary School (TK-8), where the entire staff works diligently as a cohesive team to enrich the student learning process through engaging instruction and a meaningful, rigorous Common Core State Standards-based curriculum. Lessons and collaborative activities are student-centered and designed to motivate learners, while teaching them the essential skills at their grade level, with the overall goal of preparing students to be college and career ready. The vision of Frank D. Parent School is, “TO PREPARE TODAY’S LEARNERS TO BE TOMORROW’S LEADERS.”

We have a strong team of educators and support staff that is passionate and purposeful about the academic and social development of our students. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Dual Immersion (Spanish and French) continue to be successful programs at Parent School. Newly adopted innovative programs at Parent include; “I Have A Dream – Los Angeles” (IHADLA), Education Through Music Los Angeles (ETM-LA), Frank D. Parent is currently implementing PBIS, which is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. The purpose of schoolwide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. PAWS—pride, attitude, wise choices, safety—provides specific behavior expectations for students in all areas of the school, including the cafeteria, playground, walkways, restrooms and the media center/library.

Frank D. Parent School is now in its fourth year of implementation of the Dual Immersion (Spanish) Program for transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade students. The classes are taught by experienced, native Spanish-speaking teachers. Ninety-percent of the school day in transitional kindergarten and kindergarten is taught solely in Spanish. Eighty-percent of the school day is taught in Spanish for first-grade students, and seventy percent of the second-grade school day is taught in Spanish, and sixty percent in third grade. Younger students are acquiring the new language quickly, as they do not have the “affective filter” that older students and adults often have when faced with learning a second language.

The Dual Immersion Program has received support from the Ladera Heights community, and numerous families have enrolled their children in the classes. The success of the Spanish Dual Immersion Program prompted community stakeholders to express interest in adding a Dual Immersion French class at Frank D. Parent. A Dual Immersion French class for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students was established at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and is taught by a fully credentialed, experienced, native French speaker. Currently, Kindergarten and first grade students are enrolled in the Dual Immersion French class.

A number of teachers from grades 2-8 and the administrators have been trained on the research-based strategies of AVID. Students learn the skills of effective note-taking (two and three column), highlighting, close reading, and other organizational and study skills. AVID strategies are used in order to “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.”
A college-advisor from UCLA BruinCorps helps to create a college-going environment and teaches students in grades 6-8 about the college process.

Frank D. Parent students are preparing for the demands of the 21st century by becoming technologically savvy. They utilize digital resources to participate in online inquiry-based assignments and then present information learned with Google Slides, Google Forms, PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi. Keyboarding skills are practiced beginning in the primary grades. All students take digital formative and summative assessments and participate in online intervention and enrichment programs.
This is the fourth year our school has had an intervention teacher. Identified as a strong need by our school community, it was voted upon by our School Site Council. Data from summative and formative assessments is used to identify students in need of academic support. The intervention teacher provides focused intervention for students in English Language Arts and Math, as well as enrichment opportunities for students who are exceeding the standards.

Frank D. Parent has several winning sports programs, including championship boys’ football and basketball teams, girls’ basketball, and boys and girls soccer. Our teams have advanced to compete against students throughout Los Angeles County. Parent School’s cheerleading squad participates in city and county competitions and has been recognized for its school spirit, talent and creativity.
In May 2015, Parent School hosted its first Fun Run, which was highly successful. In addition to becoming an annual event, the Fun Run has inspired our students to join our on-campus morning running club, which Mr. Dawson, our assistant principal, coordinates, and it inspired our school community to seek funds for building a new track and playground.

During the 2016-17 school year, Parent School received the KaBoom Grant to build a new playground. Donations from the Random Act of Funding, the Inglewood Unified School District, the Parent School Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and the Ladera Heights community all helped to secure enough funds to build a new play structure, several shaded areas, benches and attractive murals on our campus. The community, including former students, parents, and other friends of Parent School joined current Parent School families, staff and the administration for Build Day. The event was highly successful! Thanks to the collaborative efforts of many, everyone is enjoying our new play structure and all of the various additions!
Our amazing choir, directed by Mrs. Stephanie Scoggins, is well-known throughout the city of Inglewood. They perform at our special campus events as well as community venues, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Inglewood Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and events at the Staples Center.

Students enjoy participating in on-campus enrichment programs such as the Associated Student Body (ASB), STEAM Focus Workshop, MESA, (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement), Dare to Dream Art Program, Peace Mediators, Anime Royalty Club, and Emerging Young Leaders (EYL). More enrichment opportunities such as Link Crew, Writer’s Club, Poetry Club, and Computer Club will be available to students beginning in Fall, 2018.

In August 2015, Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball star and former UCLA Bruin basketball player, Russell Westbrook dedicated a Reading Room on our campus. Russell’s Reading Room is UCLA-themed and designed to encourage a love for reading. Westbrook donated thousands of new books through Scholastic Book Co., as well as children’s furniture and Bruin décor to make the room inviting and motivating for future college-going scholars.

Returning to our campus is the “I Have A Dream, Los Angeles” (IHADLA) program. Several years ago, IHADLA followed a group of students through their years in elementary, middle, and high school, offering support, after school and summer tutoring, academic and social guidance, and financial assistance for college. This year, IHADLA returns to our campus to begin sponsoring a new group of “Dreamers.” IHADLA held its Inauguration Ceremony on Oct. 4, 2018, and has begun working with our first grade students and the 2nd grade students in the Dual Language program. They will offer the same supports and guidance as they did in the past.

New to our school for grades TK – 6th is Education Through Music Los Angeles (ETM-LA). This highly engaging and interactive program validates its claim that music education motivates students, increases student achievement, and boosts student self-confidence. The instructor individualizes lessons for specific classes on musical topics like rhythm, patterns, rhyming, beat, tempo, song, musical notes, instruments, and movement.

Frank D. Parent offers several on-campus after-school programs. One hundred students in kindergarten through eighth grade are able to take advantage of the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. Music, visual and performing arts, homework assistance, and various other activities are offered to students from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The sheriff’s program YAL (Youth Activities League) is offered to students in third through eighth grade. The Cool Kids After School Program includes students in all grade levels. The program originated as the highly popular summer program, Algebra Club Cool Kids, which a longtime member of our staff developed.

The Frank D. Parent School PTA consists of dedicated parents and staff. Led by President, Maria Gray-McKinley, the PTA encourages the entire school community to get involved by volunteering on campus, supporting fundraisers, and planning school and family events. Additionally, the PTA provides instructional materials, library books, PE equipment, and it sponsors field trips. One of the primary goals of this year’s PTA board is to provide more family-oriented on-campus activities and special events. Our PTA board was instrumental in the KaBoom grant writing, fundraising and Build Day event planning.

Frank D. Parent School has a long tradition of providing a strong academic program in a safe, nurturing environment. Former students return to our campus frequently to share their experiences in colleges and universities, as well as their careers/professions and family. Many children of former students from the late 1980s and 1990s attend Parent School today.

Garry Gregory