Culver City Unified School District
Culver City is a residential community about twelve miles west of downtown Los Angeles and five miles east of the beach at Marina Del Rey. Culver City is closely intertwined with the communities of Los Angeles, Inglewood, Marina Del Rey, and Westchester. It is accessible from the 10, 90, and 405 freeways. Culver City has a vibrant, “walkable” downtown commerce center and a thriving arts district. It has been described as a “safe, modern, and progressive community that combines a unique shopping environment and a rich entertainment history with a rapidly expanding multimedia hub.” Culver City is also close to Los Angeles International Airport. According to the 2010 census, Culver City has a population of 38,883. Within that population there are 17,491 households.
Although over 90% of Culver City residents have a high school diploma or higher, approximately 7.5% (2183) of the adult population of Culver City do not have a high school diploma or equivalent. This statistic highlights the need for adult education in the community. CCAS’s ESL program meets the need of individuals in the community who are among the 36.3% who speak a language other than English in the home or the 24% who are foreign born. Culver City, like Culver City Adult School, also boasts significant populations of people from the following countries/regions: Latin America (Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, El Salvador and Guatemala); Europe; Slavic/Russian; and Middle Eastern/Arabic.
Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) is composed of five elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, one continuation high school, an adult school and an early childhood education program. CCUSD is governed by a superintendent and five board members. Culver City Adult School (CCAS) was founded in 1954 by the Culver City Unified School District just 5 years after CCUSD was formed, which is indicative of CCUSD’s long-standing commitment to the education and enrichment of its adult population. CCAS is located at 4909 Overland Avenue in Culver City, adjacent to the Julia Dixon Library; a short walk from the high school, middle school, continuation school and one elementary school; and in close proximity to the vibrant and revitalized downtown area.
Culver City Adult School has a dynamic student body whose ages range from 16 to 90. Students come to the school for varied reasons that include to learn English, remediate basic skills in reading and math, complete their high school diploma or prepare for the High School Equivalency Exam (HSEE) test, or to focus on a particular interest in their lives through community interest fee-based classes.
Serving this diverse group of students are classes offered in the following AB86 program areas:
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Adults with Disabilities (AWD)