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What makes 96th Street Elementary such a success?

LA School Report | August 4, 2015

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By Jill Stewart

By all rights, 96th Street Elementary School in Watts shouldn’t be busy on a summer morning. School doesn’t start until Aug. 18, and the front door is hemmed in by construction fencing to boot.

But parents keep popping by the plain brick complex under the roaring flight path of LAX. One mother wants her little girl to attend kindergarten here even though they don’t live in Watts. Another mom calls through the fencing, asking if they’re doing speech therapy. Inside the office, Tracy Mack, the school’s intervention coordinator, is working in cropped sweatpants, her hair casually knotted — it’s the middle of her summer vacation.

“This is a school of many veteran teachers who are here because they love it, who believe in our group approach of assessing the students regularly and assessing the success of their own teaching,” Mack says. “Imagine that!”

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