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 in Cypress 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 proximity of the L.A. River to the School offers several unique opportunities for the students, including the ability to utilize it as a laboratory to explore environmental issues, and water usage. For Youth Voices, we look at the relationship of the River to the students' own lives, the surrounding residents, and the community as a whole.