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Public invited to Geffen Academy information sessions

The sixth, seventh and ninth grades are scheduled to open in fall 2017


The public is invited to information sessions for the Geffen Academy at UCLA, a university-affiliated, tuition-based school with a public mission to improve secondary education.

Applications are now available at The sixth, seventh and ninth grades are scheduled to open to 160 students total in fall 2017, with at least half of the school’s students coming from the greater Los Angeles community, and the rest from families working at UCLA.

The academy aims to serve a geographically diverse population, and a need-based tuition assistance program will help 45 percent of the families, to ensure economic diversity. The academy is in the process of developing a new research-based curriculum, and is looking for families willing to help shape the school’s culture.

“I am proud that UCLA’s mission of research, teaching and service will be embodied in Geffen Academy,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “Guided by the core values of curiosity, diversity and initiative, Geffen Academy will assure that both students and teachers reach their potential.”

Information sessions in English and Spanish began Oct. 8 and will continue through December at UCLA and in downtown Los Angeles.

Information sessions open to the public

  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Central Library in downtown L.A. (English)
  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Central Library (Spanish)
  • Sunday, Nov. 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA (English)
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA (English)
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA (Spanish)

Information sessions for UCLA faculty and staff

  • Monday, Oct. 24, 5 to 7 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA (English)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, noon to 1:30 p.m., Morgan Athletic Center (English)

Research shows that happy, financially stable and professionally satisfied adults grow up with common experiences that will be at the academy’s foundation: Getting enough sleep, sharing meals to connect with the people who matter most, sustained dedication or active persistence with one activity, and having a sense of purpose beyond one’s self. This is why the structure, curriculum and faculty of the academy will encourage and support these things every day.

“Through hard work in academics, athletics and the arts; a focus on individual identity and growth; and a commitment to the world beyond one’s self, students at the Geffen Academy will experience an educational culture that not only looks forward but leads forward,” said Head of School Sibyll Carnochan Catalan.

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