Middle College High School

Los Angeles, CA

imageSince the late 1980s, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC), one of nine Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) colleges, have partnered to offer LAUSD students the opportunity to attend high school on the LASC campus, integrating their high school education with the ability to pursue college level coursework. Since the program’s inception, these high school classes have been taught in a series of bungalows or portable classroom buildings. Now, in a demonstration of each entity’s long-term commitment to the program—which has proven to be a successful educational model for promoting advanced learning among high school students in central Los Angeles—LAUSD and LACCD have overseen the development and completion of a new $19.7 million, 37,692-sq.-ft. Middle College High School, which now replaces the bungalows and provides the high school program a permanent home on the LASC campus. In 2008, Cumming was approached by both Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to support them in the development of the project. Cumming served as project manager over the entire Design-Build process.