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About Alexander Science Center School


The mission of the Science Center School is to educate students to be productively involved in a highly technical society by creating a neighborhood school where students learn through active participation in an enriched, organized curriculum that focuses on science, mathematics and the use of technology. The partnership between the California Science Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District will create a model for excellence through the:

  • Creation of a unique learning environment for a culturally diverse population that integrates both formal and informal learning and builds the interconnection between classroom experiences and students’ view of the world and life-long learning.
  • Involvement of family, community business and industry, and professional organizations to create a comprehensive and integrated system of support for students that build a heightened sense of discovery and nurture self-esteem. Parents will be equipped to provide mentorship, guidance and academic intervention.


The Science Center School will be a national model in elementary education through the innovative use of science, mathematics and technology as the foundation for a rigorous and exciting multidisciplinary learning experience for kindergarten through 5th grade students. This will be achieved through the following:

  • Drawing on the dynamic partnership between the California Science Center, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the University of Southern California and other Exposition Park entities
  • Maintaining strong and effective leadership, along with dedicated and highly-trained teachers and staff
  • Establishing school operations and instructional practices that value diverse learning styles and provide rich experiences for all learners
  • Modeling collaborative engagement of parents, teachers, and professional staff from the school's partner organizations
  • Designing and implementing an innovative, learner-centered curriculum based on current research, State and National Education Standards
  • Researching, developing and advancing best practices for engaging students and parents, training teachers and promoting educational excellence and innovation
  • Effectively integrating a wide range of resources through the adjacent Amgen Center for Science Learning
How Our School was Born

Imagine an elementary school with all of the resources a teacher or parent could ever want. It’s located near world-class museums, a major university and a state-of-the-art teacher professional development center. The school features an integrated curriculum emphasizing science, mathematics and the use of technology. Its teachers are fully credentialed with a demonstrated ability to make science and math engaging and accessible to their students. And it’s not a magnet school but, rather, a neighborhood school for underserved groups of children and their parents. While such a school seems like a dream, it is a dream that has become reality in South Los Angeles, the result of more than a decade of collaborative work between the California Science Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).


For the California Science Center, the building of the Science Center School represents a crucial step in its 25-year master plan. The construction site is part of the Science Center complex and includes a new building to house most of the school’s classrooms and the newly renovated Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation. The Wallis Annenberg Building houses eight classrooms, administrative offices, a multi-purpose room and the school library. In addition, the Wallis Annenberg building includes over 80,000 square feet for the Science Center’s education division, the Amgen Center for Science Learning. This means that the Science Center School is directly adjacent to cutting edge facilities that will house many of the Science Center’s programs including community programs, summer science camp, camp-ins and a burgeoning teacher professional development program.


The development of the school was an inclusive process. At each key programmatic element, time was taken to assure that the project reflected the expectations of all those involved. A good example of this was the school envisioning process which was done in 2002 to put a firm vision in place for what this school was truly about. The two most significant products of this envisioning process are the vision statement and the project timeline. This timeline, which included such items as identifying and hiring a school principal, developing the school’s curriculum and supplying and equipping the school, guided the school’s developmental progress.

School opened for the first day of classes on September 9, 2004. Over 690 students attended classes during the 2005-2006 school year.

Instructional Approach

The central instructional goal is to integrate a "science center-style approach" with the formal educational methods commonly practiced in schools. Science Center-style learning, which is unique, experiential, active, participatory and uses real specimens (such as objects and artifacts) implies that the formal connections between the Science Center and school are two-way and complimentary. Students will also develop and evaluate exhibits for possible display in the School and Science Center.

Dual Language - Spanish

We are proud to offer a Dual Language Program instructional option.  Students are given the option at enrollment to enter the Dual Language Spanish Program.  Students receive both English and Spanish instruction using the 50-50 model.  In other words, half of their instructional minutes are used learning grade level content in English and the other half of their instructional minutes are used learning grade level content in Spanish.  Learn more about the program on the LAUSD Dual Language website.

Charter Petition 2019-2024

Alexander Science Center School is an affiliated charter school with the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Click here to view our most recent charter petition.  Our charter was renewed July 2019.

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Community Partners

California African American Museum
California African American Museum --- Access to field trips to view historical documents, documentaries and engage in critical dialogue with community members.
California Science Center
California Science Center --- A key partnership that includes unlimited Center visits and instructional support to develop Science instruction and enhance project based learning at ASCS.
Expo Center
Expo Center- Recreational swim instruction for grades 2-5.
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum --- Access to monthly field trips  to the Nature Garden and Nature Lab and an annual ASCS Night.
University of Southern California
USC Family of Schools - We thank USC for the community spirit of their Good Neighbors Campaign! The over $1,000,000 annually for the continued funding of enrichment programs including: Joint Education Project, Junior Robotics Education, Readers Plus Tutors, USC Thornton Outreach/Thornton Jazz Outreach, and Troy Camp!

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