By Ruoshan Dong ’21
Students from different LAUSD schools will take mini-classes on campus after school in a program called HW Bridge. The program was started by history teachers Rosemary van Vlijmen and Ian Ulmer and English and Robotics teacher Damaris Saenz. Each trimester will be four to six weeks long, and the program will officially start in February. According to Saenz, the goal of HW Bridge is to give the students across Los Angeles access to better learning resources, opportunities and facilities.
“I think when we’re up here it’s really easy to focus in on what we’re doing, how we’re improving and how we’re excelling, and we’re up here on this kind of mountaintop, kind of closed off from the rest of the world, and it’s great to just stop and look round and realize that we have a great community around here, and that we’re really fortunate in what we have. I think that’s a great and important thing to do, to be able to share that with others. [It’s] kind of [like] purpose beyond ourselves,” Saenz said.
Students will be taking 10 mini-classes per trimester, starting in January and ending in May. Each trimester is four to six weeks long. Students will be able to take classes in Improv, Robotics, Mythology, Electronic Music, Comic Book Writing and Illustration on a rotating schedule.
Ninth graders have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors and teacher assistants and will earn community service hours.