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Where exceptional is the rule.

2012 Annual Report

The challenge. Too many students are academically unprepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Workforce demands for collegeeducated employees continue to increase, with 59% of jobs today requiring a post-secondary degree. Our public schools are not keeping pace. In the United States only 78% of students graduate from high school. In Los Angeles Unified School District that number drops to 62%. Of those who do make it to graduation, only 30% earn a college degree. The future for high school dropouts is grim. They are eight times more likely to end up in prison or jail, and their earning potential is one fifth that of a college grad.




$2,671,000 $2,268,000

2,000,000 $1,304,000 $973,000



Less than High School

High School Diploma

Lifetime Earning Potential

Bachelor's Degree

Master's Degree

Professional Degree

Dear friends, As I reflect on our name, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, it reveals a lot about our organization and our mission. We truly are an Alliance, working to ensure that every student is college ready. Made up of committed teachers, involved parents, dedicated principals, incredible Board members, generous donors, and passionate volunteers, our Alliance is preparing graduates for success in college and future careers. We believe that every child deserves a free, high-quality public education. We have developed a network of public charter schools to prove it is possible to deliver a consistently great education and achieve successful results for all students, regardless of their ethnicities or parents’ income. We are proud of how much we have accomplished thus far to fulfill that promise. Across our schools, more than 93% of incoming Alliance 9th graders graduate in four years, and 95% of graduates have gone on to college. These statistics are even more remarkable when contrasted with neighboring traditional public schools where graduation rates hover around 60% and only a small fraction of students are college bound. Still, we are humbled by how much is left to do. Because we are never satisfied with “good enough,” we continually strive to innovate and embrace new methods that help make education relevant to our students and the world in which they live. We now have seven schools implementing the revolutionary Alliance blended learning model known as BLAST. By integrating 21st century online tools into Alliance’s successful curriculum, BLAST personalizes the learning experience, provides our teachers with useful, real-time data, and helps us stretch our scarce dollars even further. We remain dedicated to providing highly effective teachers for every student and highly effective principals for all schools. While the rest of the country debates the merits of performance-based compensation, we are leading the way. This year, we rolled out a new talent management system to attract, retain, and develop highly effective teachers – and, more importantly, to keep them in the classroom in front of students. Now, with 21 schools serving 9,500 students, Alliance is bigger than three-fourths of all school districts in the state. The engine of our growth has been the hundreds of generous supporters who have invested in the start-up costs to build and open new schools. After four years of operation, all Alliance schools are self-sustaining on public funding. Even with California’s nationally low education funding, we are proving that excellent education can be the rule, not the exception. I am incredibly grateful to all in the Alliance and our supporters who have helped us achieve such tremendous success in just eight short years. I look forward to working with all of you as we recommit to becoming an even stronger Alliance of College-Ready Public Schools.


Judy Ivie Burton Alliance President and CEO


Exceptional is... reaching students who need us most. Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 9,500 students at 15 high schools and 6 middle schools in the most underserved communities. With 21 schools, the Alliance network is larger than 75% of school districts in California. Alliance was established in 2004 based on the belief that, if given access to highperforming schools, all students can learn at high levels. Since then, we have sent more than 95% of our graduates to college, proving that academic success is achievable on a large scale.

89% 10%




African American


Of these students:

93% 7%

Qualify for Free/Reduced Meal Program

Have Special Needs

21 = 9,500 > 75% schools



of CA school districts

“ Alliance provided me with

the resources to navigate the college admissions process, and the confidence to know that I could succeed at an institution of higher learning. Getting through college was the goal from day one.” Salvador García Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School, Class of 2008 B.A. Spanish Literature, Pomona College, Class of 2012

Alliance pledge. Ensure that ALL students receive a rigorous college-preparatory education. Provide small personalized learning environments where students develop quality relationships with teachers and principals. Offer more time for learning with extended school days and a longer school year than traditional public schools. Guarantee highly effective educators for all students. Work with parents as partners in their children’s education. Embrace innovation to remain relevant to the needs of our students and the world in which they live. Operate using a financially sound and efficient business model.


Exceptional is... sustained academic achievement. As Alliance has grown, our schools continue to excel academically. In the past six years, the percent of Alliance students proficient in English Language Arts has grown 42% and the percent of students proficient in Math has nearly tripled. Alliance schools significantly outperform those in their neighborhoods, and are ranked among the best schools in the nation. In 2012, six Alliance high schools were ranked in the top 3% of high schools nationwide by US News & World Report and Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School was the only school in Los Angeles to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.


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LAUSD Traditional High Schools



3% Excelling Achieving Needs Support & Services Watch List Priority Focus for Improvement




Neighboring LAUSD Schools Schools

California Schools

Alliance Schools

2012 Academic Performance Index (API) High Schools and Middle Schools



Alliance High Schools

2012 LAUSD School Performance Rating

6 Alliance high schools are ranked in the top 3% of high schools nationwide.

Exceptional is... beating the odds. In the United States, only 78% of students graduate from high school. In Los Angeles Unified School District that number drops to 62%. Beating these odds is especially tough for students from low-income communities like those Alliance serves. At Alliance high schools, 100% of students pass the California High School Exit Exam and 93% of all incoming freshman graduate in four years. We are proving that all students can succeed if given the opportunity.




76% 62%





High School Graduation Rate 6



Every 26 seconds a student in the United States drops out of high school.

Exceptional is... college readiness. We want every Alliance student to have the option to go to college. That is why all Alliance students are required to pass the courses necessary to attend a University of California or Cal State University. At Alliance schools, we have learned that it is one thing to be “college eligible” and another thing to be “college ready.” Based on the successes and challenges of our alumni, we have strengthened our college preparatory curriculum to include stronger focus on advanced placement courses, critical thinking, and expository writing. In addition, Alliance college counselors work tirelessly to help each student find the college that suits their needs, and successfully navigate the college application and financial aid process.


100% 100% of Alliance graduates have passed the courses necessary to apply to a University of California or Cal State University.


95% of Alliance graduates go on to college.


Exceptional is... college success. In 2012, Alliance celebrated our first class of college graduates. Among those is Josephine Pineda, who excelled at Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School and went on to graduate from UCLA. When Josephine first arrived at the Alliance, her grades were plummeting and she lacked confidence in her academic abilities. Going to college seemed like a very distant dream. As she tells it, she came to Alliance to take advantage of the small, personalized learning environment that would help her succeed in high school and get on the path toward college. With help from Alliance teachers, Josephine’s grades quickly turned around, and she became active in school clubs and the community. She graduated near the top of her class and went on to UCLA. While in college, she stayed connected to Alliance by working as a Teacher’s Assistant and English tutor at Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School. Today Josephine teaches 8th grade at AllianceCollege-Ready Middle Academy 7 as part of the 2012 Teach for America Corps. As Josephine explains, “I decided to return to Alliance as a teacher because I believe in our mission to prepare students for the rigor and competitiveness of college. My Alliance teachers provided me with the tools and resources I needed to succeed, and I am excited to give my students the same opportunities I had.” Josephine is one of hundreds of Alliance alumni who are now pursuing advanced degrees, and a wide array of career pursuits in business, bio-tech, public policy, and education. They are living proof that all students can succeed if given the opportunity.

“Alliance gave me the tools I needed to reach my college dreams.”

Josephine Pineda Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School, Class of 2008 B.A. Political Science and Public Affairs, UCLA, Class of 2012 Teacher at Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 7


Exceptional is... highly effective teachers. Quality education starts with effective teachers. In collaboration with three other charter organizations, and with major support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Alliance has overhauled its talent management system to ensure every student has a highly effective teacher and every school has a highly effective principal. Through a fully-transparent, performance-based evaluation and compensation system, Alliance is able to identify and provide individualized support to help good teachers become great teachers. As importantly, Alliance encourages highly effective teachers to remain in the classroom by offering them higher pay and leadership opportunities as master teachers.

“ I feel that I am a good teacher, and receiving consistent feedback allows me to develop my instructional skills to become an exceptional one.� Matthew Graves English Teacher, Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School


Exceptional is... access to st 21 century tools. Blended Learning for Alliance School Transformation (BLAST) is a revolutionary educational model that seamlessly integrates technology with traditional face-to-face learning. Implementing a unique rotational model, BLAST builds upon Alliance’s successful college preparatory curriculum to create a highly personalized learning environment that empowers and motivates students to excel. As of 2012, four Alliance high schools and three middle schools are implementing the BLAST model.



The BLAST Model - Three Ways to Learn



Personalized, replicable, and scalable. In BLAST classrooms, lessons are tailored to each student’s needs. Students master concepts at their own pace before moving on to the next subject. Real-time data gives students immediate feedback on how they are progressing, allowing them to take ownership of their learning. Teachers, principals, and parents also have access to each student’s data. Teachers can tailor lessons to individual students, parents can monitor how their child is doing in the classroom, and principals can evaluate teachers and provide prompt feedback and support. While an upfront investment is required, cost savings from efficiencies in human capital and online instructional materials allow BLAST schools to be more financially flexible.


Exceptional is... a sustainable investment. Fiscally, Alliance runs a tight ship. The overwhelming majority of our income is dedicated to supporting classroom instruction. Alliance schools are self-sustaining on public funding after four years of operation. No easy feat considering that, like all California charter schools, Alliance receives 7% less per-pupil public funding than traditional public schools. In short, we achieve better results with fewer dollars. Philanthropic support provides the capital investments required for new facilities, finances start-up operating costs of opening new schools, including covering technology expenses, and funds the development of innovative instructional programming and teaching. An investment in Alliance schools allows us to provide a high-quality, 21st century education for thousands of low-income students year after year, generation after generation.






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Alliance School Budget Public vs. Private Funding 16

Fiscal 2012 Income & Expenses

Revenue & Support $94,514,318


Public State and Local Funding $65,462,789


Federal Funding $12,994,038


Private Contributions $12,632,830


Other Revenue $3,424,661


Instruction (Program) $54,352,158


Operations and Administration $10,438,206


Expenses $75,642,385


Fundraising $400,025

Facilities and Interest $10,451,996

“Alliance is the best investment I’ve ever made.” Tony Ressler Alliance Board Co-Chair & Senior Partner, Ares Management, LLC


Exceptional is... dedication to growth and improvement. OUR GOALS: Open 10 new schools in five years, expanding the Alliance opportunity to an additional 5,250 students each year. Expand blended learning tools to all new schools. Create a world-class educator talent management system to recruit, develop, and retain highly effective teachers and principals. Increase college completion rates by strengthening college preparatory curriculum and support for Alliance alumni.

Number of Students 15,000








School Year

Alliance Enrollment 18













Help us achieve our goals by... ...making a financial contribution Unrestricted Fund - Gives Alliance the flexibility to meet the greatest needs of our schools and students. Facilities Fund - Invests in opening new schools to expand Alliance’s high-quality college-preparatory curriculum to thousands more students. There are a number of naming opportunities associated with supporting Alliance facilities. BLAST Fund - Provides Alliance students with laptops and online learning tools for a 21st century education. Scholarship Fund - Grants Alliance graduates with college scholarships giving them the opportunity to attend their “dream school.” Gifts can be made by check, credit card, stock, or wire transfer. You can make a gift online by clicking the Donate Now button at, or by contacting Catherine Suitor at (213) 943-4930, ext. 1036 or

...making a deferred gift Consider making a deferred charitable gift as part of your estate planning. Often planned gifts allow supporters to make a more significant contribution than they can make today. The most common legacy gift is a simple bequest which names Alliance as a beneficiary in your will. For more information about making a deferred gift, contact Catherine Suitor at (213) 943-4930, ext. 1036 or

...volunteering Alliance schools offer a number of volunteer opportunities including mentorship programs, career days, library book drives, and school beautification projects. Learn more about upcoming Alliance volunteer projects and join our volunteer mailing list by clicking the Get Involved button at

...spreading the word Host a “friend-raising” event to help Alliance grow its family of supporters. For more details, contact Catherine Suitor at (213) 943-4930, ext. 1036 or

...staying informed Join Alliance’s online community and receive regular Alliance updates and information about education reform efforts. Sign up for our mailing list by clicking the Stay Informed button at 19

Exceptional is...committed leadership. Board of Directors Alliance Senior Management

Meyer Luskin Scope Industries

Fred Simmons Freeman Spogli & Co

Alliance Board Of Directors

Richard Merkin, M.D Heritage Provider Network

Eva Stern InsideOUT Writers

Frank Baxter, Co-Chairman Jefferies & Company, Inc.

Neal Millard Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP

Ronald D. Sugar Northrop Grumman Corporation

Tony Ressler, Co-Chairman Ares Management, LLC

Gayle Miller Go Alongside Foundation

Marie Washington California Community Foundation

Harold Williams, Vice Chairman The J. Paul Getty Trust

Theodore R. Mitchell NewSchools Venture Fund

C. Frederick Wehba BentleyForbes

Alan Arkatov

Dale Okuno Okuno Associates, Inc.

Alliance Senior Advisors

Judge David Cunningham III L.A. Superior Court

William Ouchi Anderson School of Management UCLA

Judy Burton, President & CEO Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Luis de la Fuente The Broad Foundation Joseph Drake Good Universe David I. Fisher Capital Group International, Inc. Stewart Kwoh Asian Pacific American Legal Center Harry Levitt Universal Operations Risk Management

Robert Erburu Times Mirror Company (retired) Antonia Hernรกndez California Community Foundation

Richard J. Riordan Former Los Angeles Mayor

Paul C. Hudson Broadway Federal

Virgil Roberts Bobbitt & Roberts

Dan Katzir The Broad Foundation

Darline P. Robles Rossier School of Education - USC

Kate Ford Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Araceli Ruano Center for American Progress

Robert E. Wycoff ARCO (retired)

Young Professionals Board Erik Kronstadt, Chairman Education Elements

Taylor Grigsby FieldLevel, Inc.

Garrett Neiman CollegeSpring

Rebecca Agonafir Guess?, Inc.

Casey Harmon Toyota Financial Services

Christine Nguyen Goldman Sachs & Co.

Sandra Brown Oxygen Media

Andrea John Goldman Sachs & Co.

Sergio Pesqueira Loyola Marymount University

Ingrid Garces Skycrown, Inc.

Evelyn Licea Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science High School

Kamala Salmon Universal Pictures

Cynthia Gonzalez Loyola Marymount University


Jonathan Lischke The GPI Companies

Erika Woods Procter & Gamble

Alliance Donors Giving from July 2011 – December 2012 $1,000,000+ Ambassador Frank and Kathy Baxter The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bloomfield Family Foundation The Broad Foundation Carol and James Collins Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Anthony Ressler and Jami Gertz The Riordan Foundation Eric and Susan Smidt $500,000+ Charter School Growth Fund David and Marianna Fisher Renee and Meyer Luskin Cynthia L. & William E. Simon Jr. Foundation Michael and Suzanne Tennenbaum Weingart Foundation $250,000+ The Green Foundation Frank Mchugh-O’Donovan Foundation W.M. Keck Foundation The Walton Family Foundation $100,000+ Anonymous Confidence Foundation Michael and Susan Dell Foundation John W. Carson Foundation Howard and Nancy Marks Dr. Richard Merkin The Paul E. Singer Foundation The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation The Skirball Foundation Eva and Marc Stern United Way of Greater Los Angeles $50,000+ Kissick Family Foundation Dale and Ayako Okuno Brian and Patricia Reynolds $25,000+ Megan and Peter Chernin Edison International Steve and Farah Gozini Gregory and EJ Milken Foundation Gayle Miller NewSchools Venture Fund Dr. William and Carol Ouchi Fred Simmons and Dr. Olga Mohan $10,000+ Ares Management, LLC California Community Foundation

Capital Group Companies, Inc. The Carol and James Collins Foundation Bill and Charlene Glikbarg The James Irvine Foundation Tom Nadeau Theo Ressler Bruce and Avis Richards Virgil and Brenda Roberts Robert Ronus Sempra Energy Ronald and Valarie Sugar Sun America Financial Group Frederick and Susan Wehba Whittier Trust Company Harold Williams $5,000+ AECOM Eric Derrington Fox Entertainment Group Michael and Patricia Klowden Howard Lappin Steven Lu Peter and Patti Neuwirth Charles and Peggy Norris $1,000+ Anonymous Judy Ivie Burton Thomas DeRosa James and Lynne DeWitt Mrs. William H. Doheny, Sr. Ranney B. Draper Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Rafael and Linda Franco Fred and Joyce Hameetman David and Joan Hill Richard Hilton David Hyun Ruth Grace Jervis Robert and Wendy Landes Liberty Hill Foundation Julie and Patrick McCormick Lance and Marianne Miller Kevin Mohan Nancy and Barry Sanders Singerlewak Charitable Foundation Eugene Stein Catherine Suitor and Jorge Ramirez Teaching Channel Bob and Maria Tuttle Teri and Larry Walker

$500+ Carl’s From Scratch Nelson Cheng Joanne Freed and Richard Mendelson Ada Geraghty Anthony and Juliett Giordano Thomas Giovine Edward and Emily Greenspan Paula and Barry Litt Neal Millard Finect Edward Simmons Mark Vidergauz Sylvia Weber UP TO $499 Rebecca Agonafir Andrew Agzarian Joanne Armstrong Sandra Brown Katie Buchanan Miriam Carlip Kimberly Cockrell Connie Collingwood John Densmore Kara Fox Ingrid Garces Jeffrey Garcia Cynthia Gonzalez Jeffrey Graham Taylor Grigsby Casey Harmon David Hochman Krisen Inghram Andrea John Greg Koenig Erik Kronstadt Evelyn Licea Jonathan Lischke Hilary and Stephen Lottenberg Garret Neiman Loren Oranski Sergio Pesqueira Araceli Ruano Kamala Salmon Marcee and George Seegan Katharine Simmons Michele Siqueiros Gary Stewart Ana Valdez Erika Woods

visited an Alliance school and saw first-hand the way a quality education “ We can change a student’s life. We are proud to help Alliance expand that opportunity to more students.” Joanne and Jim Hunter School Naming Sponsors, Alliance Margaret M. Bloomfield Technology High School




Alliance Cindy & Bill Simon Technology Academy High School 10720 Wilmington Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90002

Alliance Christine O’Donovan Middle Academy 5355 South 4th Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90043

Alliance College-Ready Academy High School 5 4610 South Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90037

Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 4 9719 South Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90003

Alliance College-Ready Academy High School 16 1575 West 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90026

Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 5 211 Avenue 20 Los Angeles, CA 90031

Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School 644 West 17th Street Los Angeles, CA 90015

Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 7 2941 West 70th Street Los Angeles, CA 90043

Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School 2930 Fletcher Drive Los Angeles, CA 90065

Alliance Jack H. Skirball Middle School 603 East 115th Street Los Angeles, CA 90059

Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School 2023 South Union Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90007

Alliance Richard Merkin Middle School 2023 South Union Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90007

Alliance Health Services Academy High School 12226 South Western Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90047 Alliance Huntington Park College-Ready Academy High School 2071 Saturn Avenue Huntington Park, CA 90255 Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School 10101 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90003 Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science High School 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032 Alliance Media Arts and Entertainment Design High School 5156 Whittier Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90022 Alliance Renee & Meyer Luskin Academy High School 2941 West 70th Street Los Angeles, CA 90043

The mission of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization, is to open and operate a network of small, high performing high schools and middle schools in low-income communities in California with historically under-performing schools, that will annually demonstrate student academic achievement growth, and graduate students ready for success in college.

Alliance Susan & Eric Smidt Technology High School 211 Avenue 20 Los Angeles, CA 90031 Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School 2050 San Fernando Road Los Angeles, CA 90065 Alliance William & Carol Ouchi High School 5356 South 5th Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90043 New School Opening Fall 2013 Alliance Margaret M. Bloomfield Technology High School 7907 Santa Fe Avenue Huntington Park, CA 90255

Alliance college-ready public Schools 1940 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90007 (213) 943-4930

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