On Monday, September 11, Multicultural Learning Center (MLC), a dual-immersion (English/Spanish), K-8 public charter school expanded its operations and opened the doors to a new energy-efficient middle school campus which will serve students in grades six through eighth. The existing elementary campus welcomed two new kindergarten classes (for a total of five classes). Together, including both campuses, the schools have the capacity to serve 650 students.
"Due to the popularity of a dual immersion program, expanding the school was a natural progression," said Gayle Nadler, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Multicultural Learning Center. "It has been our vision for the past 16 years to bring together a diverse community of learners where cultural and individual differences are the building blocks of academic, social, and intrapersonal success."
The new middle school campus features more than 12,000 square feet of state-of-the art learning space, skylights, solar panels and electric vehicle parking for energy efficiency. Classrooms upgraded white board, mounted projectors and stackable wall space. Students are provided with laptops and have access to a new state of the art science laboratory and performing arts/music room. There is a multipurpose space for dining, assembly and performance. The closed campus is gated for security.
Speakers at the inaugural ceremony included Dr. Ref Rodriguez, LAUSD Board President and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield as well as three generations of the MLC founders: Toby Bernstein (MLC Founder and President of the MLC Foundation, Gayle Nadler, MLC Executive Director and Lexi Nadler (MLC Inspiration and Alumna).
Multicultural Learning Center was founded in 2001 by mother daughter team Toby Bornstein and Gayle Nadler in their effort to create social justice through education in Los Angeles.
"On our third day of school in 2001 the 9-11 tragedy occurred. The world was telling us we needed to work toward a future generation of individuals who have a sense of social justice and are capable of communicating and sharing ideas across cultures and continents. Opening our new campus on September 11th reminds us of the work we have yet to do, and the importance and relevance of the MLC vision."
In May 2017, 31 percent of MLC graduates were accepted into the most prestigious private high schools in Los Angeles including Viewpoint, Harvard Westlake and The Buckley School. Former MLC graduates attend universities such as UCLA, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard to name a few. To support MLC's alumni, the MLC Foundation recently awarded eight $1000 college scholarships from the Alan Bornstein College Scholarship Fund created in honor of Toby's husband and Gayle's father who passed in 2002.
"Our scholars are proof that when you learn and live in a culture of diversity and shared language, it is possible to tear down the walls that separate us and instead develop a community of citizens who are respectful, responsible safe, caring, tolerant, and ready to take on the world together," said Nadler.
MLC's new middle school campus is located at 8211 Remmet Ave, Canoga Park, CA.