Semillas Community Schools has served the greater eastside of Los Angeles since 2002 drawing students from as far as Venice, San Fernando and Fontana as well. Semillas advocates for universal access to a university education for all in accordance with the internationally recognized rights of children, and Indigenous Peoples as affirmed by the United Nations through cultural relevance and community empowerment across the continent. In response to parent and student demand, in 2008, Semillas opened Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School of North America authorized by the Board of Education of Los Angeles Unified School District. Semillas students, teachers and parents of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory are now calling for widespread support from the community at large. Regrettably, LAUSD failed to renew the charter of Anahuacalmecac despite impressive indicators of success due to back-room politics.
Semillas’ lead petitioners have appealed to the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Board of Education to renew the charter of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory.
We call for upon the entire community to support Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory founded by Semillas Community Schools. Semillas is possibly the only public school that includes as a part of its core curriculum indigenous language and culture in a comprehensive, college preparatory school design. Importantly, Anahuacalmecac has received acclaim and support from various respected external organizations including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the International Baccalaureate, the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, the California Charter Schools Association, and the Native American Alliance for Charter Schools. Indeed, Anahuacalmecac students have even represented the concerns of their community before the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues under the guidance of educators and elders.
Most importantly, we ask for your support of our careful development of a curriculum based upon the indigenous heritage maternal language of the students Anahuacalmecac serves, Nahuatl. This includes U.C. approved, college preparatory aligned courses in Nahuatl language, culture, cosmovision and history, Anahuacalmecac’s students have access to through an innovative approach to a long-standing need among indigenous families. Additionally, the inclusion of indigenous arts, music, sports, dance and mathematics ensures that Anahuacalmecac prepares well-rounded youth for the 21st century with a grounded sense of self and community. Lastly, while Anahuacalmecac has notably advanced the rights of indigenous peoples by developing a curriculum responsive to its own People, it has also made concerted efforts to educate the residents of Los Angeles about the indigenous history and future of Los Angeles, southern California and North America as a whole.
For these and many other reasons, we whole-heartedly ask for your support for Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory.