Clifford Math and Technology Magnet, in partnership with the non-profit Enrich LA, will build a school garden to support the school’s curriculum, which gives children opportunities for high academic achievement and real-world applications of math and technology. Clifford is a K-6 elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) dedicated to preparing students for the rapidly changing demands of the 21st Century. The school—designated a magnet beginning with the 2015-2016 school year—uses technology to advance the mathematical reasoning, problem solving ability, and communication skills of students. The non-profit organization Enrich LA, led by community advocate Tomas O’Grady, has built nearly 100 school gardens across LAUSD, including a garden at Micheltorena Elementary School in Silver Lake. School gardens provide children with educational opportunities in areas such as math, technology, science, literature and social studies. In addition, school gardens can increase children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables and their daily levels of exercise. The benefits of school gardens are so widely recognized that the Los Angeles County Department of Health is promoting them as an intervention to improve public health (http://celosangeles.ucanr.
Key Facts About Clifford: • Designated a Math and Technology Magnet School (all grades K-6) as of 2015-2016. • U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2009) • California Distinguished School (2014) • California Department of Education Title I Academic Achievement Award (2007-2008 and 2008-2009) • Academic Performance Index (API) Score: 861 (2013) • Smallest school in LAUSD with an enrollment of 139 students in grades K-6 • Founded in the early 1900s, making Clifford one of the oldest schools in LAUSD • Serves students from Echo Park, Silver Lake, Elysian Valley, and Downtown communities For additional information, visit Clifford’s website: https://cliffordes-lausd-ca.