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 five charter high schools: USC Hybrid High School in south LA, East College Prep in Lincoln Heights, Brío College Prep in Downtown LA, Esperanza College Prep in East LA and Legacy College Prep in Santa Ana.

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 Hybrid High:

USC Hybrid High currently serves 527 9th-12th grade students. This year, more than 84 percent of students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch. The student population is 82% Hispanic/Latino, 15% Black or African American, 2% Asian, <1% white, and <1% two or more races. Nine percent of students are English-learners, and 17% 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 until they are fully grown. 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?

Currently 4 of Ednovate’s schools use their own spaces and we have 1 school in a Prop 39 shared space in East LA.

USC Hybrid High, East College Prep and Legacy College Prep have all permanent homes in their communities. Brío College Prep and Esperanza College Prep are in temporary spaces while we secure their long-term homes.

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.