Classes begin in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Tuesday, September 6th. Schools in The Argonaut coverage area are in LAUSD Local District 3, and include:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

– Beethoven Street Elementary School, 3711 Beethoven St., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 398-6286.Althea Ford is principal.

– Braddock Drive Elementary School and Magnet, 4711 Inglewood Blvd., Del Rey. Information, (310) 391-6707.

Sandra Coffey is the principal and the projected enrollment is 650 students. School restrooms and parking lots are being made handicapped accessible.

– Broadway Elementary School, 1015 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Information, (310) 392-4944.

Edwin Romotsky is the principal and the projected enrollment is 330 students. The school has renovated its playground and hired a new literacy coach.

– Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School, 810 Coeur d’Alene Ave., Venice. Information, (310) 821-7813.

Rex Patton is the principal and the projected enrollment is 450 to 475 students.

New paint surrounds the school’s exterior, a new assistant principal was hired and Patton raised $175,000 from five major foundations. The school also has a new visual arts and music bungalow.

– Cowan Avenue Elementary School, 7615 Cowan Ave., Westchester. Information, (310) 645-1973.

Richard Da Sylveira is the principal and the projected enrollment is 500 students.

New programs such as a nature center for outdoor classroom experiments and a model United Nations for gifted students have been installed.

– Grand View Boulevard Elementary School, 3951 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 390-3618.

Ruben Valles is the principal and the projected enrollment is 830 students.

New playground equipment and air conditioning in every classroom were installed. The school also has a new portable computer lab with wireless Internet.

– Kentwood Elementary School, 8401 Emerson Ave., Westchester. Information, (310) 670-8977. Valerie Moses is the principal and the projected enrollment is 350 students.

Each of the school’s 20 classrooms has been wired for the Internet.

– Loyola Village Elementary School and Magnet, 8821 Villanova Ave., Westchester. Information, (310) 670-0480.

Melinda Goodall is the principal and the projected enrollment is 650 students.

The school is one of eight schools in Los Angeles County to receive a grant from the Getty Museum. The school also has partnerships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Loyola Marymount University and the U.S. Air Force.

– Mar Vista Elementary School, 3330 Granville Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 391-1175. Brenda Weinstock is the principal.

– Open Charter Magnet School, 5540 W. 77th St., Westchester. Information, (310) 568-0735.

Robert Burke is the principal and the projected enrollment is 365 students.

The school will get new playground structures and sound equipment for the auditorium.

– Paseo del Rey Natural Science Magnet School, 7751 Paseo del Rey, Playa del Rey. Information, (310) 823-2356.

Jennifer Sullivan is the principal and the projected enrollment is 530 students.

Every classroom has Internet connection. Two new handball courts were installed and a weekly writing program was created.

– Playa del Rey Elementary School, 12221 Juniette St., Del Rey. Information, (310) 827-3560. Karin Diskin is the principal and the projected enrollment is 282 students.

The school received a state award for growth in academic performance. A new playground was installed and Playa Vista will provide the school with music, drama, and visual arts programs.

– Short Avenue Elementary School, 12814 Maxella Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 397-4234. Desdra Butler is the principal and the projected enrollment is 400 students.

The school has a new special education program for pre-school students three to five years old and four new murals have been painted on the handball courts.

– Stoner Avenue Elementary School, 11735 Braddock Dr., Del Rey. Information, (310) 390-3396. Pamela Williams is the principal and the projected enrollment is 650 students.

Stoner will implement full-day kindergarten this year and update safety and technology by adding an alarm system, a public announcement system, and air conditioning in every classroom.

– Walgrove Avenue Elementary School, 1630 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 391-7104.

Yuri Hayashi is the principal and the projected enrollment is 350 students.

Walgrove added an after-school Shakespeare Club led by a theater actress and opened a kindergarten yard that features $38,000 worth of playground equipment. The “Welcome Back BBQ” will be held at the school from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, September 23rd.

– Westminster Avenue Elementary School and Magnet, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Information, (310) 392-3041.

Betty Coleman is the principal and the projected enrollment is 350 students.

Interior and exterior painting projects have been completed and a school garden program called Groovy has been created for classroom experiments.

– Westport Heights Elementary School, 6011 W. 79th St., Westchester. Information, (310) 645-5611.

Freida Smith is the principal and the projected enrollment is 500 students. The school has a Wonder of Reading library with a mural inside and a new parking lot for staff.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

– Marina del Rey Middle School and Magnet, 12500 Braddock Drive, Del Rey. Information, (310) 822-6788. Erick Mata is the principal and the projected enrollment is 1,400 students. The tennis and basketball courts have been repaved and new trees were planted in the back yard.

– Mark Twain Middle School, 2224 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 397-2125. Jeffrey Felz is the principal.

– Orville Wright Middle School and Magnet, 6550 W. 80th St., Westchester. Information, (310) 670-5666. Stephen Rochelle is the principal.

HIGH SCHOOLS

– Del Rey High School, 8701 Park Hill Drive, Del Rey. Information, (310) 641-3858.

Randall Klarin is the principal and the projected enrollment is 70 students. This year, a new group will provide counseling services to students and partnerships with CalArts and Junior Achievement have been created.

– Phoenix High School, 12971 Zanja St., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 306-8775.

Michael Delbuck is the principal and the projected enrollment is 80 students.

The school had the highest pass rate (94 percent) for a continuation high school in the LAUSD. Students will take a field trip this year to see the King Tut exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

– Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 306-7981.

Jan Davis is the principal and the projected enrollment is 3,400 students.

Students in ninth grade will be randomly selected to be included in a program to develop smaller learning communities. The school grew by 200 students this year and 14 new teachers were hired.

– Westchester High School, 7400 Manchester Ave., Westchester. Information, (310) 670-4003.

Anita Barner is the principal.

MULTILEVEL SCHOOLS

– Westside Leadership Magnet School, 104 Anchorage St., Marina del Rey. Information, (310) 821-2039.

Jack Dodds is the principal. The school is for students in kindergarten through grade eight.

– McBride Special Education Center, 3960 Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. Information, (310) 391-0568.

Timothy Bays is the principal and the projected enrollment is 210 to 215 students age three to 22.

All students at the school are severely disabled, either mentally or physically.

This year, students will learn from a new curriculum that has been updated because of new research on how to educate disabled students.

The school has a new swimming pool, playground and interior paint.

Students at the school play sports in an athletic league and the Mobility Olympics.

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