FAQ

What is Ednovate?

The USC Rossier School of Education founded the Ednovate charter management organization in 2012. Ednovate is an independent nonprofit organization designed to oversee a group of charter schools, all of which are public schools that receive public funding and are non-selective.

Ednovate is not funded by nor operated by any part of the University of Southern California.


Where are Ednovate schools located?

Ednovate currently operates three charter schools: USC Hybrid High School in downtown Los Angeles, USC East College Prep in Lincoln Heights, and USC College Prep Santa Ana. Two more schools will be opening in Fall 2017: one in Pico-Union/Westlake, and another in unincorporated East Los Angeles.

How are students selected for Ednovate schools?

Ednovate schools are tuition-free, open­ enrollment public schools. Students are accepted regardless of background, academic record, or special education eligibility on a first-come, first-served basis. If more students apply than there are spaces available, students are selected at random through a lottery.

For the 2017-18 academic year, for example, Ednovate Schools received over 2,300 applications for 700 seats. No advantage is given to any student except in cases where a sibling may already be enrolled in the same Ednovate school.


What kinds of students attend Ednovate schools?

Ednovate schools each have diverse student bodies that reflect the communities they serve. Most students come from low-income families, and a substantial percentage are English-learning students and students with special needs.

As an example, here are the demographics of students at USC East:

USC East College Prep currently serves 222 ninth and tenth grade students, and plans to be at full enrollment by fall 2018. This year, more than 92 percent of students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch. The student population is 90 percent Hispanic/Latino, 4 percent black, 3 percent Asian, 1 percent white, and 1 percent two or more races. Nine percent of students are English-learners, and 17 percent receive special education services.

What is the learning model for Ednovate schools?

Ednovate schools focus on using personalized learning to fuel student growth, assisted by a focus on college-going culture and technology. Ednovate schools have graduation requirements approved by LAUSD.

How can I work for Ednovate?

Visit our Careers page to see opportunities for employment with us. We have dozens of thoughtful, dedicated teachers, counselors, administrators and other vital school staff!

How are Ednovate schools funded?

As independent public charter schools, Ednovate schools receive state funding based on student enrollment and attendance. The schools are designed to be financially sustainable on recurring public revenue once they reach full enrollment of 9-12 grades.

As is common for new charter schools, Ednovate schools add one new grade of students per year. Therefore, the schools have crucial operating expenses in their first three years as the schools ramp up to full enrollment. We greatly appreciate the support of our donors as we work toward opening five high-performing high schools that reach financial sustainability.

Do Ednovate schools use any space in other local public schools?

All Ednovate schools use their own spaces, although not all have permanent locations yet.

USC East College Prep does have a permanent location in Lincoln Heights, and is expanding the building to accommodate increased enrollment. While construction is expected to finish in Summer 2017, it is possible that construction lasts longer than planned. Due to that possibility, under California Proposition 39, Ednovate has asked LAUSD to make emergency space available if needed, until construction ends.

While LAUSD controls space allocation, Ednovate is committed to causing minimal disturbance within Lincoln Heights, and has asked LAUSD to reconsider lending the school use of a space that would cause undue conflict within the community.

What if I have other questions?

Our website offers information on every school, our model of learning and how to enroll. Any other questions? Contact us.