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About This School

Multicultural Learning Center is a charter middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Multicultural Learning Center is Toby Bornstein, who can be contacted at toby@mlccharter.org. 332 students go to Multicultural Learning Center and identify mostly as Unspecified; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 39% of the Multicultural Learning Center students are "limited in English proficiency." 58% of the 332 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Multicultural Learning Center is 18:1. John A. Sutter Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 8% 0.7%
Hispanic 75% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 11%
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 11% 9%
Asian 0.9% 4%
Filipino 0.6% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 75%
Limited English proficiency 39% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    They are taken down. I have had two of my reviews taken down. The one before the one posted on the 29th was taken down. I wrote 2 reviews that day and added they will take down the review after I noticed that my previous review was taken down. The school should be ashamed of themselves for taking down reviews that show their school in a not so nice light. I am speaking the truth.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am responding because someone wrote a review saying that negative comments are taken down regarding this school. I signed up for emails to alert me to the fact that a new review had been posted on Great Schools regarding the Multicultural Learning Center in 2006. I have never been alerted to a review being posted later to learn that it was taken down. The posts that I have been alerted to are the posts that are there. The Multicultural Learning Center is a great school. I have a child that will be graduating from MLC this year. I could not be happier with my experience and my child's experience at this school. My child has been so happy with the school had a wonderful social experience and has tested very high on all State Testing in elementary and middle school. I feel my child is well prepared for high school and also now has the gift of being biligual and biliterate and an appreciation of cultural values that you just don't get at most schools. Certainly this school is not for everyone. That can pretty much be said for every school. Most parents that I know at MLC and I know a lot could not be happier with the choice to send their kids to MLC.

  • (1 year ago)

    It is has an exemplary dual language 90/10 Spanish immersion program. A big plus for me is that Spanish is the only language they focus on. Monolingual English speakers become fluent in Spanish--bilingual and biliteral in only a couple of years.

  • (2 years ago)

    A great school has Excellent teachers Strong principal/school leadership Challenging academic programs and no bully's. In that case Multicultural Learning Center is a great school. MLC(the school's nickname) is a bully-free school and clique-free school. MLC may have a 5 out of 10 but I think it should have a 7 out of 10. Not only is it bilingual but all the teachers are warm and push you to do your best. I like that. Do you? Well only you can find out if you do. The lines to enter kindergarten are sooooooooooooooooo loooooooooonnnnnggggggggg......... So hurry and put your child in this school!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two children at MLC and they both love it. I have loved all of their teachers but one (my child loved that teacher though) and they have a pretty good after school program for free if you go every day. Their test scores are a little low but that is to be expected when children are learning two languages and being compared to those who only learn one. My kids love the school and there are the usual problems you find at any school but overall it is a small community that really cares about their students. The class sizes are small even in this horrible economy and although there is not an overabundance of funds the school does just fine with supplies programs etc. I have no problem with my child going in other cars for field trips. Insurance is always verrified beforehand and if that is really a big issue then you should volunteer and drive the kids yourself ) I am happy my kids will be going to middle school at MLC because the kids really are better watched there than at a larger school and I feel like the middle schoolers have better heads on their shoulders thanother kids. But if you have special needs for your child this is not the school for you. Sorry!

  • (4 years ago)

    I was an intern at this school... great school. The school is well structured

  • (4 years ago)

    MLC is a Spanish Immersion school. It is fantastic. I have a daughter in 1st grade and she loves it. I love that she is learning Spanish effortlessly and that she is getting the tools she needs to flourish in a multi-cultural world.

  • (5 years ago)

    MLC is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation. Our children will be so much more successful in the world by their exposure not only to another language but the cultural diversity tolerance and understanding that comes with it. We are English only speaking parents and were very nervous through most of Kindergarten but are so happy we held strong and stuck it out. Now our son is ready Spanish beautifully and picking up English all on his own. Just as we were told he would. We are incredibly happy that our children have this opportunity.

  • (5 years ago)

    I cannot recommend MLC enough. I looked into over 15 schools from privates to charters and MLC is the only one that offers a Bi- lingual/Bi-literate program with a progressive creative focus and a strong academic curriculum. Also from K-8th grade! We are a English-only speaking family and my child started Kinder this year. It was a challenging transition for her the first month but her teacher and the administrators were so supportive available and helpful to ALL of us. She loves school and is thriving beyond our expectations. In addition to all she is learning at MLC we can't believe how well she speaks and understands spanish already. We love the cultural diversity at MLC and how all cultures are honored and celebrated in creative meaningful ways. Also we carpool from Valley Village with 2 other families which makes it very manageable and creates a sense of community with one another.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is in kindergarten at MLC and we are an English-only speaking family. Initially we were a little nervous at how our child would transition. She LOVES it! We are so grateful she is being exposed to the dual language program the thematic learning the cultural diversity and the innovative programs at MLC. Her self-esteem is growing rapidly and she loves her teacher friends and the many school events. The parent information night sold me on this school...and it's a K-8 charter school so it's free!!

  • (5 years ago)

    You are going to be hearing more and more about this school. My wife speaks minimal Spanish (from a college class) and I speak none and we have one child at MLC and another beginning next year. It's motivating us to learn new languages and challenge ourselves along with our children. MLC helps broaden the students' view of the world while giving an amazing education. The administration is so dedicated and the teachers educate with vision creativity and unbelievable energy. The parents are always invited to be involved and the school community is thriving.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children at MLC one 3rd grader and one 7th grader. (MLC currently goes K-7 and next year will go K-8.) Almost two years ago we transferred from another dual immersion (90-10) in Santa Monica because my son promoted out of the school at the end of 5th grade. I actively searched for another language immersion so that my children would continue on their road to being biliterate and sensitive to other cultures. The transition to MLC was seamless because the curriculum was exactly the same. The number of students in the classrooms are much lower than conventional LAUSD schools -- especially in the higher grades. The teachers are excellent and the school feels like a community with broad parent support. If you re looking for a school that will enhance your child s vision of the world then MLC is the school you re looking for.

  • (6 years ago)

    MLC is a great school. If you are looking for your child to perform well on standardized tests then this school is not for you. This school teachers your children not only fluency in another language but about respect diversity people friendship etc. My daughter has learned a lot since starting Kindergarten but what I like most is that she is happy there and has made some wonderful friends. I love their afterschool program ESCAPE. The after school teachers are loving and keep the children entertained. Just yesterday I picked my daughter up and all the kids and teachers were dancing to music and having a blast! Kids have the same teacher for Kindergarten and 1st grade which is great cause Senora Hernandez is the best!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of a 1st grader. My daughter started kinder at MLC. I did not study in this country and I came to USA just 7 years ago; I did not understand very well what a charter school was two scholar years have almost passed and they confirmed that I did the right choice and now I see my daughter having fun and enjoying school life so much I can just say thanks teachers administrators and other parents for making education so pleased to be involved with. And of course my younger one will start kinder here too.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of a Kinder. I am excited to be part of MLC. The administration and staff have a vision to build a community among the students and their families in addition to encouraging academic achievement. The teachers teach to the needs of the child -- not merely for success on standardized tests (although the standardized test scores are rapidly climbing). You owe it to yourself to take a tour so that you can see all of the fantastic things that are going on and to witness how well non-Spanish speakers are grasping the language with ease and excellence.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of a first grader at MLC. My son started at MLC in pre-K. As a bilingual bicultural parent I felt it very important for my son to become proficient in Spanish not only in English. As a clinical psychologist I applaud MLC teachers and staff for their commitment to my child and all the students. I am pleased that my child's academic social and emotional well-being are of utmost concern to his school. Thank you MLC!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent with two children at MLC. After seeing the quality of the school the staff and the commitment by all to the children learning not only academic content but also to be caring citizens of our world it was not difficult to remove my children from a gifted magnet school and place them at MLC. This was 4 years ago and I couldn't be happier with my decision as I've seen the school grow and develop year by year.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a parent and educator I am very impressed with MLC. I became aware of MLC when many of their graduates attended the magnet school at which I was teaching. The graduates of MLC were well prepared for a rigorous academic program and were nice respectful students. After working with former MLC students I chose to put my child in this school I couldn't be happier. My son is only in second grade but so far my experience has been very positive outstanding teachers support staff and school leaders. I highly recommend this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    MLC is a great premise; unfortunately there are many kinks to be worked out. The administration is very weak the discipline is inconsistent and if your child is accelerated or special needs this is not a place for your child. There is little to no differentiation of instruction for those students who are above-average. I removed my high-achieving children after 3 years of no improvement in practices. Be wary.

  • (8 years ago)

    MLC delivers its vision of a 'dual language education' as advertised. The school has a very strong and visible parental involvement. The teachers and support staff truly believe in the school's commitment to deliver a bilingual education through full content exposure in Spanish language during the lower primary grades gradually transitioning to English language in the upper primary grades; they do so that they have chosen to enroll their own children to MLC. The children have a sense of pride and respect for their school/community rare for today's standards. Although lower primary grades standardized testing results don't reflect the real academic achievements of the children at this stage 4th. and 5th. graders prove the effectiveness of MLC's educational program.

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