Stories of our students, staff, and schools
Issue 2 * April, 2018
Message from CUSD Superintendent Dr. Darin Brawley
"This edition of Compton School News begins with a very important story about the amazing work of our students, parents, teachers, principals, staff and Board of Trustees. Data we received from the State of California shows that our students are meeting college entrance requirements in record numbers. I encourage you to click 'read more' to learn more about it and celebrate with us as we continue to solidify THE GREAT COMPTON TURNAROUND!"
More Compton Unified School District High School Students Are Meeting College Entrance Requirements
Compton Unified School District announced data from the California Department of Education showing that the District’s high schools have all experienced marked increases in percentage of students meeting college entrance requirements in the 2016-17 School Year versus the prior year. Known as the ‘A-G Requirements,’ these percentages reflect students who have successfully completed courses required to be able to be accepted into a California public university, such as the Cal State and University of California schools. Read More
Scenes from around the district...
Cesar Chavez Day at Rosecrans Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School "Rock the Test" T-shirt Pep Rally
Bunche Middle School Students at UC Berkeley
Walton Middle School Students Celebrating Accomplishments
Compton High School Calling for and Promoting a Safe and Supportive School Community
Dominguez High School Gentlemen at Male Success Alliance - California State University Dominguez Hills
McKinley Elementary has become the third school in Compton Unified School District to be selected to be a part of Turnaround Arts national network of schools, bringing valuable arts instruction to the school. Turnaround Arts: California was co-founded in 2014 by renowned architect Frank Gehry and arts education advocate Malissa Shriver. This is the third Turnaround Arts: California partner school in the District, following Martin Luther King Elementary (2014) and Whaley Middle School (2016). Read More
CUSD School Police/Community Town Hall Featured in the Wave

Compton Unified School District Police hosted Compton High School students and deputies from the Compton Sheriff’s Station for a town hall meeting on April 3rd, in partnership with three other community organizations. The goal of the townhall was to have an honest discussion about police-student relationships, build bridges and for all present to understand and learn from each other. The townhall was featured in the Los Angeles Wave Community paper and can be found here.
Compton Unified School District Invests $50,000 in Music Arts Education
The Compton Unified School District is committing $50,000 towards bringing “Music Unites Academies,” to three schools in Compton: Centennial High, Bunche Middle and Kelly Elementary. The music academies are being created in partnership with charity organization Music Unites and will fund after school music education on instrumental, guitar and beats production.

“We believe as a district that the arts are absolutely vital to the development of the whole student," said Dr. Darin Brawley, Superintendent. "That is why we are so excited about this partnership with Music Unites. It will open doors to amazing opportunities for our students and will help ensure that this is a district where the arts thrive!" Read More
One -Year of Enrollment Fees Will Be Paid for Compton Unified School District High School Graduates
High school graduates from the Compton, Lynwood and Paramount Unified School Districts will benefit from the nearly $300,000 donation Molina Healthcare recently made to Compton College. 

“We are grateful for Molina Healthcare’s investment in the future of Compton Unified School District students,” said Darin Brawley, CUSD superintendent.

“Locking arms with them and Compton College is an important step in obliterating barriers to opportunities and opening doors to promising futures for our scholars. My greatest hope is that every high school student in our district will take advantage of the Compton Promise, our collective commitment to their success.”

Compton Unified School District seniors who will graduate this year are encouraged to enroll now at Compton College to take advantage of the fact that their enrollment fees will be paid for one year. Applications for enrollment at Compton College for the fall 2018 semester are currently available online at Read More
Compton Schools in the News
There's been much going on at our schools and district that's gotten quite a bit of positive attention. Click on the links below to view the stories.

LA Sentinel (multiple outlets covered) - Compton Unified Celebrates 'Music Unites Day'

Baseline - Sloane Stephens Tennis Day (multiple outlets covered)

The Wave – School Police Townhall

Congratulations to President Ali!
President Micah Ali of Compton Unified School District was unanimously re-elected Chair of The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) during its annual business meeting at NSBA’s Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. President Ali will serve a second term in leadership over the national committee, focused on addressing issues impacting urban school districts. Congratulations to our Board President...we know he will represent Compton schools well!
The Inside Track: Job Fair April 30
CUSD Job Fair April 30, 12pm - 5pm
Compton Unified School District is seeking amazing teachers, special education teachers, nurses, PE Coaches to help continue the great work of the Compton Turnaround.

  • Almost 90% Graduation Rate
  • Smart Classrooms
  • Award-winning arts, civic leadership and tech programs
  • Partnerships with Google, Apple, Verizon, Turnaround Arts, Capitol Records and other organizations.

Make a difference in a district that believes that EVERY student can dream and achieve great things!
Upcoming Events
2018 STEAMFest
May 24 from 3pm - 7pm
at Dollarhide Community Center in Compton
Join us for a hands-on day of family fun with drones, coding, free food and prizes! Last year, over 5,000 people attended this celebration of all things art and tech showcasing our amazing student projects.
April 26
Clinton Elementary GATE Night/Family Digital Night
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

April 27
Dominguez High School College Signing Day

April 30
District Headquarters – Job Fair
12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
May 9
District Headquarters – Board of Trustees Meeting
6:00 p.m.

May 23
District Headquarters – Board of Trustees Meeting
6:00 p.m.

May 24
Dollarhide Community Center - Second Annual STEAMFest
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Spotlight on Arts: Satra Zurita, Vice President
I've always said that my greatest desire for our students is for them to be well-rounded and cultured, so that when they go out into the world they can navigate it successfully and represent our great district well. It is no coincidence that there are a number of art-related initiatives highlighted in this issue of Compton School News. We as a Board and a district have placed a priority on bringing arts instruction to our schools. We are grateful to our amazing partners who help make it happen, including Turnaround Arts, Young Musicians Institute, and Music Unites." 
Quick Clips - Videos from Around the District
Day of Dialogue and Student Voice
Compton Early College High School Parents and Students
About CUSD Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs
About CUSD Dual Immersion Language Program
Help Keep Our Students & Schools Safe...
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CUSD Board of Trustees
Micah Ali, President
Satra Zurita, Vice President
Margie Garrett, Clerk
Alma Taylor Pleasant, Legislative Representative
Charles Davis, Member
Sandra Moss, Member
Mae Thomas, Member