Los Angeles River School
Los Angeles River School

The Los Angeles River School is one of three LAUSD pilot schools and two charter schools at the Sotomayor Learning Academies that now line San Fernando Road along the border of Cypress and Glassell Park. This is the former location of the Southern Pacific freight yard known as Taylor Yard. It was purchased and re-purposed by the State to build the Rio de Los Angeles State Park, and LAUSD to build the Sotomayor Academies.

The school fittingly sits just off the Los Angeles River. Its mission and curriculum, like its name, reflect the waterway in deep and fundamental ways, from the egret on their school uniform, to their goal of graduating young adults ready to be stewards of ecologically sustainable and socially just communities. It's a unique example of an urban school closely linked to the land and the resources of its neighborhood.

This commitment to the local environment and emphasis on civic engagement presented a wonderful opportunity for Departures Youth Voices to partner with the Los Angeles River School for the Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative project.

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Leaving a Lasting Mark: Becoming Part of a Community Vision

Leaving a Lasting Mark: Becoming Part of a Community Vision

The L. A. River School and all the students who participated have been indispensable partners in the ongoing endeavor to re-imagine the Los Angeles River.
Volunteer for The Great Los Angeles River Clean Up

Volunteer for The Great Los Angeles River Clean Up

The Los Angeles River is a significant part of our community, help us make it something we can all be proud to call our own.
A View from Los Angeles City Hall

A View from Los Angeles City Hall

Their journey took them through different areas of City Hall where they had an opportunity to see some of the inner workings of local government and catch a glimpse of the city tha ...
Building a Message: Fix San Fernando Road ASAP!!!!!

Building a Message: Fix San Fernando Road ASAP!!!!!

Our next steps is to continue informing people on twitter about what is happening with our project. Other members of the community can get involved by encouraging the City Council ...
Building a Message: Transforming This Vacant Lot for the Benefit of the Community

Building a Message: Transforming This Vacant Lot for the Benefit of the Community

The main thing we learned was that the community does care about what goes on in their neighborhood and want to see it change for the better.
Building a Message: The L.A. River Represents Los Angeles

Building a Message: The L.A. River Represents Los Angeles

Our goal is to continue to participate in many more river cleanups and try to recruit more people and organizations to join us.
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