Neighborhood Turnaround

LA's Promise Neighborhood

One of the most impacted communities in South Los Angeles, LA's Promise Neighborhood is an 8.2 square-mile enrollment zone that includes two high schools and one middle school operated by LA’s Promise on a first-of-its kind performance contract with LAUSD.

LA's Promise Neighborhood is undergoing transformation, anchored by LA's Promise, a non profit with a deep connection to the children, families and history of this community. At the center of this transformation is one of the city’s oldest schools, Manual Arts High School. Two miles north on Vermont Avenue, West Adams opened in 2007 to relieve decades of overcrowding at Manual Arts. To the south of Manual Arts, just a mile and a half, sits John Muir Middle School, the primary feeder to Manual Arts High School. Together these three schools and their feeders represent the promise of a college-ready education and a successful life for every child who lives nearby.

There are approximately 150,000 residents in LA's Promise Neighborhood and slightly over 20,000 youth between the ages of 12-18. The average student population is approximately 80% Latino and 20% African American. 96% are enrolled in the free lunch program; virtually all of them would qualify if they applied.

In short, this is one of the communities with the highest poverty and lowest educational attainment in all of Los Angeles.

L.A.'s Promise Neighborhood Overview

  • Median household income is $29,904
  • More than 34% of families have an annual income less than $15,000
  • 5% of residents 25 and older have a four-year college degree
  • Estimated 45% of students graduate in 4 years
  • Estimated that single parents head 27% of families
  • 18.6% of children in the Manual Arts School community are in out-of-home care through the County's foster care system
  • Student transiency rate is 37%
  • Over 80% of families in LA's Promise Neighborhood rent their homes
  • 43% of students are overweight or obese
  • 7.8% of children age 0-17 have asthma