Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year

Dr. Smith, Principal
Dr. Smith

Welcome back to the 2018-19 school year at the New Open World (NOW) Academy. Another amazing school year is upon us and with it comes plans for an exciting year full of enriched academic curriculum and activities. Please know that my staff and I are once again, ready to begin the fall semester with renewed energy. As we continue to move forward, please know that we believe in a collaborative process shared by students, parents, and faculty, so that all students achieve academic success. Understanding this, please remember when you have questions and/or concerns regarding your child, please discuss them with your child’s teacher first. If you need further clarification, Ms. Lara, Mr. Ortiz, and I are available to assist you.

This year, please know that my staff and I will continue to provide a rigorous standards-based instructional program by teaching to the California Common Core Standards. By doing this, we will continue to provide your child with the curriculum, knowledge, and skills necessary for success, and to high school graduation and on to college and our achievement goals will remain: 1) English Language Arts and Mathematics Proficiency for all, 2) Reclassification and proficiency of English Language Learners, and 3) 100% Graduation from High School. I firmly believe that with our goals in place and teaching to the standards, along with self-discipline and personal experiences, will encourage lifelong success. Therefore, your child will be expected to continue to follow the school’s discipline policy that ensures a positive educational climate for all learners. To maximize student achievement, all students are expected to adhere to our expected behaviors: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Please discuss our behavioral expectations with your child and keep your copy for referral throughout the year.

Additionally, I’d like to remind you how important daily attendance is to your student’s success. Please schedule family vacations during the one-week break in November, the three weeks at winter, or the one-week in spring. Please remember that vacations taken on instructional days may have a negative impact on your student’s academic performance and achievement. Our students cannot afford to miss school for any reason except illness. Our school funding, as well as student achievement, are dependent upon students being at school on time every single day.

Our regular elementary school hours are 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and beginning Monday, August 20, 2018, all elementary students will be dismissed at our new dismissal time of 1:34 pm and our secondary students will be dismissed at 1:25pm on Mondays. Attached, you will find several very important documents; please take time to read and discuss all school bulletins with your student and complete and return the required documents to his or her teacher as soon as possible. Thank you for your continuous support and we look forward to spending this year working closely with each of you. If you have any additional questions, please contact our school’s office at (213) 480-3725 or (213) 480-3700.


Dr. Charles D. Smith, Principal