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Walton Family Foundation grant to support new Hybrid High School campus in East Los Angeles

Hybrid High School

In the fall of 2015 Hybrid High School’s inaugural freshman class will become seniors. The year will also bring a freshman class to the new Hybrid High East. (Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

The Walton Family Foundation has awarded a $250,000 High Quality Charter (HQC) school grant to USC Rossier and its partner, Ednovate, Inc., the charter management organization that oversees USC Hybrid High School in downtown Los Angeles. Hybrid High opened in 2012 and was designed and developed by USC Rossier, which now serves as Ednovate’s fiscal and operating partner. Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher is chair of its board of directors.

The grant is designed to help an existing school expand or replicate its model. The funds will be directed toward Ednovate’s second campus, to be located in East Los Angeles and scheduled to open in fall 2015. By the 2017–18 school year, Ednovate plans to have five campuses operating in Los Angeles, serving more than 2,000 students.

“The Walton Family Foundation’s investment is critical to our goal of taking the successful Hybrid High model and expanding it to additional high-need students,” says Dean Gallagher. “I am very grateful for the Foundation’s vision in seeing how our model of personalized learning can impact our students’ college attainment and success.”

As an independent public charter school, Hybrid High East will receive state funding based on student enrollment and attendance. For the first year, when the school will serve ninth grade only, philanthropic support is crucial.

This marks The Walton Family Foundation’s second investment in Ednovate. In June 2014, they gave a $250,000 HQC school grant to support USC Hybrid High School. Their contributions to Ednovate now total $500,000.

Andrew Goltermann will serve as Hybrid High East’s principal. The former Teach For America corps member has also been a science teacher and grade level chair at UIC College Prep in Chicago.

Ednovate is led by CEO and Rossier alumnus Oliver Sicat ’01, who recently received a Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) for USC Hybrid High’s Open Door Policy, designed to give full access to visitors from other schools, districts, organizations or nonprofits.

Ednovate schools seek to close the college attainment gap between low income and high income families. Ednovate is guided by its mission of making a positive multigenerational change for its students, families and communities. It strives to ensure that 100 percent of graduates will be accepted and succeed in a four-year university.