Aveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in Altadena

Aveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in AltadenaAveson Global Leadership Academy Opens New Campus in Altadena

STAFF REPORTS | Photography by DAVID ALVARADO

5:57 am | November 18, 2013


Aveson Global Leadership Academy opened its new campus in Altadena with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house on Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.

The school focuses on personalized learning, healthy living and social leadership and caters to about 300 middle and high school students.

Aveson Executive Director Kate Bean and Altadena Town Council representatives Judy Matthews and Damon Hobdy gave their remarks.

“Our journey to find a permanent AGLA campus has been full of challenges. I am grateful to all the families and kids who believed in our vision and stuck with us,” Bean said. “Our new middle and high school campus is a symbol of the Aveson community’s fortitude, our growth and our mission of redefining teaching and learning.”

The campus was originally located at the former Noyes Elementary School campus in Altadena, but had met opposition from surrounding neighbors. Aveson eventually agreed to move its middle and high school students off the campus into a temporary housing at the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena followed by two years at the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church on Lincoln Avenue.

Matthews said Aveson will make a significant impact on continued growth in the area.

“When families, schools and local businesses collectively agree upon their goals and decide how to reach them, everyone benefits,” Matthews said. “The AGLA campus is an asset to the Neighborhood Revitalization of Northwest Altadena that will strengthen partnerships within the community and produce opportunity for all.”

The visitors were able to tour the campus and Aveson’s Global Village. Several demonstrations were held, including healthy snacks for kids by Joseph Shuldiner, founder/director of the Altadena Farmer’s Market and Institute for Domestic Technology; recycling and zero waste activities by Grades of Green; water conservation and watershed protection demonstrations; and information on summer language and cultural exchange programs.

The Righteous Conversations Project, a program that facilitates dialogue and conversation between Holocaust survivors and teenagers, showcased the works of the students.

Bean said she plans to create partnerships with local schools and community organizations to build strong, healthy local communities.

“It was never our goal when establishing Aveson Charter Schools to be an oasis in the public school arena,” she said. “Aveson is a research-based school and we are committed to taking what we’re learning in our model to other schools, sharing resources and exchanging ideas so all public schools can thrive.

Aveson Charter Schools began the construction of the new campus in the spring of 2013.

Aveson Charter Schools is composed of two public schools serving K-12 students in the Pasadena and Altadena area. Its new campus is located at 575 West Altadena Dr. in Altadena. For more information, visit http://www.aveson.org.