The UCLA Connection

Since the UCLA Community School opened in 2009, hundreds of UCLA students, staff and faculty from more than 26 units across campus have engaged and meaningfully interacted with the school in a wide range of programs and initiatives.  As a vibrant site of engaged scholarship, the school advances the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service.


UCLA Student Teachers & Hearst Fellows: In addition to placing soon-to-be teachers in classrooms at the school, UCLA’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) received a grant from the Hearst Foundation to support the placement of six elementary resident teachers, called Hearst Fellows, for an entire year.

IMPACT Residents: Inspiring Minds through a Professional Alliance of Community Teachers (IMPACT) is UCLA’s innovative 18-month teacher residency program funded by a federal grant from the Department of Education for secondary math and science teachers. Two IMPACT residents were paired with seasoned mentor teachers for the entire year, teaching and learning side by side based on an apprenticeship model. In addition, the school hosted an elementary IMPACT resident for one quarter.

U-C Links program: The University-Community Links Program is an after-school “Bruin Club” that hosts approximately 90 undergraduate students throughout the year to observe and work with UCLA Community School students while taking Education classes.

Additional Partnerships: The Center for Community Learning offered several opportunities for UCLA students to learn at the school through their service learning courses.  And UCLA Arts placed 21 students in classrooms at the school to learn to teach students about the arts, providing much needed enrichment for UCLA Community School students as well as an exciting and vibrant undergraduate learning context.


As a site for public service, the UCLA Community School provides many opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to serve K-12 students, assist teachers, and contribute to the local community.

For example, in 2012-13, seven UCLA undergraduates volunteered at the school as BruinCorps tutors, contributing a total of 595 hours and serving 200 students. UCLA’s Design for Sharing continued its fourth year of service to the Lower School, leading a weekly class for Den 3 students and teachers on dance,movement, and poetry. Without this resource, there would have been no formal arts programming in the Lower School.  

In 2012-13, UCLA students served more than 9,000 hours at the school across the following units and programs:


UCLA Program/Unit

# of UCLA students

# UCLA faculty/staff

# hours served

BruinCorps Tutors




Center X Teacher Education Program-Dream Fellows




Center X Teacher Education Program—Novice Student Teachers




Center X Teacher Education Program—IMPACT Residents




Design for Sharing/UCLA Live




Multiple units:  Seminar Volunteers








U-C Links After School Program




UCLA Arts Ed




UCLA Center for Community Learning—Service Learning Programs




UCLA Pathways Internship




UCLA Yoga and Nutrition



UCLA STEM partnership-Biology Recovery Class,Math PD





                                                    Total              9,093         

UCLA Engagement, 2009-2014


  • Dean’s participation on School Governing Council, Project Team, and many other activities, supported by GSE&IS administrative staff, Dean’s Assistant, Assistant Dean for Administration, and Business Office
  • Development and Communications staff
  • Faculty and Staff participation in bi-weekly Project Team meetings – Dean, Center X, Development, two school relations liaisons, faculty member, and researcher
  • Faculty participation on principal, Lower School lead teacher, and Upper School content areas hiring committees, advisory board, School Governing Council, professional development and research
  • Educational Technology Unit staff – web hosting and content management
  • UC/ACCORD participation in internships
  • UCLA Lab School support for online research review system
  • U-C Links After-school Program

Center X

  • Teacher Education Project (TEP) volunteers and Resident co-teachers supported by a donor bequest, the Hearst Foundations, and a grant from the US Department of Education
  • Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) student and faculty support
  • Writing Project, History-Geography Project, Math Project, Science Project, and Computer Science Project staff participation in curriculum development, support, assessment, and professional development
  • Technical support for RFK Community Schools website
  • Faculty and staff participation in the development of Seminar Series and Internship programs


  • Support for student / teacher assessment

Center for History in Schools

  • Support for curriculum development
  • Participation in Seminars
  • History student interns who worked as teaching assistants

Anderson School of Management

  • Participation in Seminars

Institute for American Cultures

  • Support for Public Policy student to document and study spring 2010 school choice and enrollment process

School of Arts and Architecture

  • UCLA Live/Design for Sharing/Contra Tiempo provided Lower School music, dance, and poetry programs
  • Music and Ethnomusicology Departments, Fowler Museum, and Game Lab participation in field trips, Seminars
  • Visual and Performing Arts Education Minor student teaching in Lower and Upper School
  • Classroom in Residence at Hammer (CIR@H) for 6th graders

UCLA UniCamp

  • AcademiCamp – Literacy intervention with camping
  • STEM to Stern – High School STEM seminar with sailing
  • OSO Lab- Outdoor Science Opportunity Classroom

Center for Community Learning

  • Astin Civic Engagement Scholar, Yoga and Health after school class
  • Barrio Service Learning student volunteers and BruinCorps tutors
  • Participation on School Governing Council
  • Service Learning evaluation study of UCLA engagement efforts

David Geffen School of Medicine & Ronald Reagan Medical Center

  • Participation in Seminars, field trip to Rehabilitation Services
  • People Animal Connection (PAC) Program

School of Public Health

  • Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities lectures and participation in Seminars

Psychology Department

  • Support from School Mental Health Project

Semel Institute and Department of Family Medicine

  • Planning for a Health & Wellness Center for the RFK Community Schools

UCLA College Division of Life Sciences

  • UCLA Botanical Garden & Herbarium field trip

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Participation in Seminars
  • Summer internships for students
  • Online tutoring program for Science, Math and Computer Science

California NanoSystems Institute

  • Participation in Seminars

Cesar E. Chávez Department of Chicana & Chicano Studies

  • Library Muralist and guest lecturer
  • Participation in Seminars

Athletics Department

  • Participation in Seminars
  • Adopt-a-classroom program

UCLA Central Administration

  • Chancellor’s participation at development and public events
  • Participation on the Advisory Board and School Governing Council
  • UCLA Police Department participation in internship program
  • LAUSD/UCLA MOU development

Communications & Development

  • Media support
  • Development support
  • Art direction, photography, and writing for school brochure and materials
  • Participation in Seminars and coordination of Second Tuesday tours

UCLA Extension

  • Pathways Program Intern

Office of Government and Community Relations

  • Support for visits to the school by State Superintendent of Schools and various political leaders
  • Participation in Seminars

Career Center

  • Participation in Seminars

Office of Residential Life

  • Participation in Seminars

UCLA Student & Campus Life

  • UCLA Community Programs and UCLA Lesbian, Gay & Transgender Resource Office, Seminar field trip

Associated Students UCLA

  • UCLA Daily Bruin, UCLA Broadcasting participation in internship program

Undergraduate Admissions & Relations with Schools

  • Provided campus tours for students

Partnership Team

GSE&IS Dean Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and UCLA Community School Principal Leyda Garcia meet monthly with a team of UCLA faculty and staff who are deeply engaged in the work of the school.  This team ensures the partnership is vital, productive, and sustainable.  They help nurture professional learning partnerships between UCLA and school faculty, support problem-solving as well as accountability-focused research, and maintain an active agenda of bridging activities between UCLA and the Community School campus.