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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Recent Stories
Community Interview: Beny Elisabeth Merlos

Community Interview: Beny Elisabeth Merlos

Benny lives in Atwater, and she uses the bridge daily to drop off her children at school.
Community Interview: Glen Dake of DakeLuna Consultants

Community Interview: Glen Dake of DakeLuna Consultants

We interviewed Glen Dake of DakeLuna Consultants to get an expert opinion on how to turn a vacant lot into a dog park.
Community Interview: Landscape Architect Michael Hee On Revitalizing an Empty Lot

Community Interview: Landscape Architect Michael Hee On Revitalizing an Empty Lot

We spoke with landscape architect Michael Hee to seek solutions for the revitalization of a community eyesore.
Community Outreach: NELA Open House and Workshops

Community Outreach: NELA Open House and Workshops

The student team received feedback from community members and experts for their L.A. River-improvement project.
Community Outreach: A Petition to Save the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge

Community Outreach: A Petition to Save the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge

The objective behind these petitions is to show that we have community members who want to have a say in what they think should happen to the future of the Land Bridge.
The Lot Busters Reach Out to the Community

The Lot Busters Reach Out to the Community

The open house allowed the student team to receive feedback for their ideas to reactivate empty lots in their community.
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