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School Highlights

•Student body president Somkene Okwuego was featured on abc7for her mentoring work with elementary school students and volunteering at hospitals, the LA Public Library, and the 24th Street Theater.  read full story


•Our school and East LA College have partnered to offer our students college courses through the dual enrollment program.  Our students are able to take Spanish and Psychology here at school to advance their studies.  


•The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has awarded our cinematic arts program $25,000 for a third year in a row.  This year's award will help revamp the Broadcast Journalism class with a permanent stage/backdrop and professional cameras. 


•Our own 1st grade teacher, Dr. John Purcell, recently published an article in the leading art education magazine, SchoolArts, about merging the visual and performing arts through self-portraiture.  read full story (page 40)

US News and World Report ranks 32nd St USC Magnet 97th in the state and 565th in the nation.  read full story


•Under the leadership of first year coach Mr. Llamas, the boys middle school soccer team won the East Regional Championship and a a week later a 2nd place spot in the district-wide tournament.  


•The school's annual Volunteer Recognition event brought out dozens of our finest and dedicated parents.  The event also highlights the partnerships our parents have created as La Taquiza Mexican Grill sponsored the event.  Local community business and parent support for the school is what makes us GREAT.


• CONGRATULATIONS Boys & Girls Cross Country Teams - LA City Division V Champs.


•Justin Dearborn of the L.A. Times and USC President C.L. Max Nikias awarded the Read On! Teacher Salute Award to two of our own teachers for their contribution to young children.  Ms. Stelly, kindergarten teacher, received the Teacher Salute Top Winner award.  Ms. Cristales, 2nd grade teacher, was one of four teachers also recognized at the presentation.  read full story


•Our high school Girls Build LA team was exclusively highlighted in a feature news story today by!  We have a chance to win scholarships for each of the 10 girls on our team.  See video here.


•The 2016 State CIF Model Coach Award has been presented to our Cross Country coach Jelerine Venadas-Douglas.  A model coach demonstrates & teaches the six core ethical values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the "Six Pillars of Character").  Congratulations to Ms. Venadas-Douglas.


•The school book fair brought out students, parents, and staff for a wonderful week of promoting reading.  Under the leadership of our school librarian Ms. Barron, the school generated over $6,000 in sales and sold hundreds of books.  Keep on reading.


• Many thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for supporting the Media Arts program through their $25,000 grant.  Read full article.


•The School Experience Survey is an annual survey administered to all LAUSD schools. The survey reports give each school important insight into what parents think about their school's learning environment.  To complete, click here.


• CONGRATULATIONS Boys & Girls Cross Country Teams - LA City Champs.


• Come to SUPER SATURDAY, a day of breakfast (8 am - 9:30 am) student performances and parent workshops (9 am - 12 pm), October 29.  Workshops include College Admissions Requirements, Graduation Requirements, Special Education Program, Common Core, Online Grades for Parents, EL Reclassification, Title I Program.  Come have breakfast, enjoy student performances, learn about student clubs and community organizations, and hear about the various school programs. 


• 100% graduation rate.  7 Seniors accepted to UCLA, 2 to UC Berkeley and 1 to University of Pennsylvania.  80% of our students accepted into 4-year colleges. 


• One of our own students, 8th grader William Jae, received a scholarship from the Los Angeles Tenth District Parent Teacher Student Association for his outstanding music abilities.  The scholarship allows William to access music lesson from professional musicians.


• Ms. Douglas featured in LA Times for her dedication to LAUSD/USC CAE and her country.


• LAUSD Grand Arts Festival is showcasing 10 of our high school students' artwork at the event.

10th Graders

Janice Ayala

Brandy Sanchez


11th Grader 

Stephanie Castillo


12th Graders 

David DeLeon

Xochilt Fraga

Jonathan Funes

Daniela Montes

Rubi Pacheco

Mariyah Plair

Elias Quijada

• The school is proud to announce that Mr. Waynee has been awarded the Magnet Schools of America Teacher of the Year. read full story


• USC CAE, through the efforts of our cinematic arts teacher Mr. Waynee, was one of ten school selected in the national Vans Custom Culture Grant Program through Americans for the Arts. This grant will allow USC CAE to purchase additional cameras that classes can use as it expands the cinematic arts curriculum across all departments on its 6th - 12th grade campus.  


• Cross Country Team News:  The 2015 cross country team under the guidance of head coach Velerine Venadas was the most successful in school history. Both the boys and girls team finished as the LA City Champions and 11th grader Fernando Chavez won the individual boy's championship title.  Representing the school at the state meet were 14 members of this championship team, the highest number of participants from any single LAUSD schools.


• Many thanks to Figueroa Corridor Yogurtland, Jack In The Box, and McDonald's for providing coupons that will support our student Attendance and Achievement Recognition program.   These are three business partners that are making an impact in our schools.


• 7 of our high school students were granted AP Scholar status for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.  

Louis Diaz, Alfonso Felipe, Harry Galiano, Michael Montano, Zulema Renteria, Keny Santos, Catlin Segundo


• Smarter Balanced Assessment results are posted.  Our high school students' results exceeded the state averages in both English Language Arts and mathematics.  This is a tribute to all the departments as they work collaboratively to implement a STEAM program.  When teachers make themselves available during lunchtime and after school to help students, we get these kinds of results.  Teachers at LAUSD/USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering care about each and every one of their students.  


• For two straight year, LAUSD/USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet has a 100% graduation rate.  Our graduates attend universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania and Univ. of Wisconsin.


• Welcome Message from Mr. Cortines, Superintendent of Schools


• Congratulations to Olivia Smith, our 2015 POSSE winner.  4-year scholarship to Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison


• The Cinematic Arts Department has received a grant for $25,000 from the Hollywood Foreign Press for the 2015-2016 school year.  This grant will support the "Lights, Camera, Take Action" project to be implemented in the Documentary Filmmaking class and the Advertising Design class.  


• Math, Science, Engineering Achievement (MESA) team headed to regional finals after placing 1st in Bridge Building Contest at the USC competition.


• One of our own Wendy Cruz, 7th grader, won the Beyond The Bell Spelling Bee Regional competition.  Congratulations!


• Congratulations to our girl's cross country team and individual runner Fernando Chavez - City Champions!

• Thanks to the effort of Matthew Waynee, the Cinematic Arts Department have received a grant for $25,000 from the Hollywood Foreign Press for the 2015-2016 school year.  This grant will support the "Lights, Camera, Take Action" project to be implemented in the Documentary Filmmaking class and the Advertising Design class.  



• Way to go middle school MESA team for placing 2nd in the Team Math Quest competition at Regionals


• Four of our high school students have been accepted to the very competitive and prestigious Ghetto Film School. (even the company now regrets the choice of that name for their school; but aside from its name, it's a pretty phenomenal program)

Ramon Gurrola, Jaire Bowen, Layquawn Windley, and Jessica Munoz. 

This program was originally founded in NYC, but it recently started up a Los Angeles campus.  This 30-month program offers high school students college-level courses and workshops that teach storytelling and production. Students learn how to write a script, operate a camera, light a set, cast and direct actors, edit film… and that’s just this summer! In the second phase of the program, students will complete an animation project, film a commercial, create a web-series, and create a thesis project on location in a foreign country. Past Fellows have traveled to Paris, Uganda, Brazil, Stockholm, and Shanghai!

By the end of the summer our students will have completed several short films, attended workshops from top directors and industry professionals like Lee Daniels and David O. Russell, and have their films screened at a prestigious venue such as LACMA. They will also visit live sets, studios, have access to internships, and support and preparation for college.

• Congratulations to Dr. Purcell, 1st grade teacher, for having two articles published in School Arts Magazine "Graffiti Echoes" and "ArtWise, LikeWise"


• Julker Khan, 10th grader, has been awarded the 2015 Christopher Warren scholarship.  The fund provides scholarships every year to 10 to 15 outstanding LAUSD high school sophomores. The $20,000 scholarship award is meant to inspire students to complete high school, college, and post-graduate school, and the program focuses on high school sophomores.  The students chosen face real risks that their education will be cut short by circumstances beyond their control.  The advisory board and a committee of volunteers from O’Melveny & Myers LLP and outside the firm take a personal interest in each scholar, giving mentorship and career advice, providing job and internship opportunities and helping scholars find the resources and services they need (including even housing and medical care in some extreme situations).  Congratulations to Julker Khan for his accomplishment.


• Olivia Smith will attend University of Wisconsin - Madison on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.  Olivia is a recipient of the Posse Scholarship, an award given to students of extraordinary academic ability and leadership potential.  Olivia went through three rounds of interviews over the span of five months before being selected.  Over 2,500 Los Angeles students applied and Olivia is one of 110 Posse recipients.  The scholarship provides financial and social support and the cohort is broken into smaller groups, or “posses” of about 10 each.


• Math, Science, Engineering Achievement (MESA) team headed to regional finals after placing 1st in Bridge Building Contest at the USC competition.


• One of our own Wendy Cruz, 7th grader, won the Beyond The Bell Spelling Bee Regional competition.  Congratulations!


• Congratulations to our girl's cross country team and individual runner Fernando Chavez - City Champions!


• 32nd St USC Magnet is the recipient of a $10,000 donation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charitable Trust to support the academic program.


• Los Angeles Magazine ranks 32nd St/USC Magnet #24 of 75 on the list of best public, private and charter high schools in the County of Los Angeles


• Congratulations Class of 2014, 100% Graduation Rate


• 13 of Ms. Ko's AP Economics students PASSED the Advanced Placement Exam