LMU Family of Schools
The LMU Family of Schools is a university-wide initiative partnering with the Westchester public education community. It includes the seven Westchester public schools (Westchester High School, Orville Wright Middle School and Cowan, Kentwood, Loyola Village, Paseo del Rey, and Westport Heights Elementary Schools), parents, teachers, and community members and aims to bolster and support increased educational outcomes for its students. The project redefines the role of a university partner by providing a critical anchor in creating a cohesive vision of excellence among the seven schools in the partnership and focusing university resources to address student success, parent and community engagement, and unmet educational needs.
Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE)
Participants of the PLACE Corps earn both a teaching credential and a master's degree while working as a full-time teacher in an underserved Catholic school. More than 100 graduates teach in more than 30 under-resourced schools in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, which serves more than 7,000 students, since its inception in 2001.
The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Eighteen students from local community colleges and six from LMU participate in intensive 10- week research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The purpose of the program is to provide encouragement and support to community college students who have the potential and desire to pursue studies in engineering.
Marital & Family Therapy
The CFA department offers a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy. The program combines rigorous academic work with two clinical traineeships. The first year traineeship consists of 16 hours per week, while the second year traineeship involves 20 hours each week. Both settings provide on-site clinical and art therapy supervision.
The mission of ARTsmart is to provide underserved young people access to an excellent visual arts education. Over the years, the visual arts have been cut from most school curriculum. The LMU ARTsmart program brings this basic need back into the classroom.
LMU / Teach for America Partnership
Established in July 2000, this program provides under-resourced public schools with carefully selected, supported teachers. TFA teachers in the Los Angeles area complete a comprehensive two year, 33 semester-unit program (11 courses) designed for TFA teachers in cohort groups that culminates in a Master of Arts Degree and California teaching credential.
Street Read is a service learning course allowing literature students to lead their own literacy workshops and book clubs in local Boy's and Girl's Clubs, convalescent centers, inner-city schools and other communities. The program takes place within a structured classroom environment.
StudyLA Lecture Series
The program offers students the opportunity to work alongside professionals addressing important problems in today's cities and conduct original research on important urban problems. All Urban Studies students complete a supervised internship in either public administration, social service, urban planning, law enforcement or related urban topic.
Underwings is an after school tutoring program at Dolores Mission School in Boyle Heights. LMU students and local high school students mentor students at Dolores Mission Elementary School.
In association with the School of Education, this program allows LMU students to earn work-study awards by tutoring at Catholic elementary schools in the inner-city neighborhood of West Athens, Los Angeles.
LMU alumni help tutor 8th grade students from 40 inner city Catholic grade schools to prepare them for the high school placement exams for Catholic high schools in the LA Archdiocese. Educational materials and tutor training are provided free of charge. The program is sponsored by Loyola High School.