Mission & Vision

Our Mission & Vision

ISANA is a non-profit charter management organization that runs six high-quality tuition-free public charter schools throughout Los Angeles County. We serve approximately 2,600 students from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade in Compton, Jefferson/Leimert Park, South Los Angeles, Glassell Park, North Hollywood and Sun Valley.

The word “isana” means “sun” in three districts in Eastern Uganda (the Budaka, Kibuku, and Pallisa districts). This name was chosen through collaborative input from our students, families, and staff. A sun to us represents the promise of a new day and a new hope for each of us.

We have turned ISANA into an acronym that represents who we are – Innovative, Socially-Aware, Network of Achievers.

Our Mission

To work together to provide each ISANA scholar with a diverse, equitable, supportive, rigorous, and engaging learning experience so that every individual will thrive at ISANA and beyond.

Our Vision

To empower every member of our diverse school community to become an innovative, socially-aware, collaborative learner and leader who will make our rapidly-evolving world a better place for all. Together, we will reach our greatest potential and shine.

Our vision encompasses five critical focus areas:

Academic Excellence

Our academic program will challenge the intellect and maximize the potential of each student to acquire knowledge, concepts, and skills necessary to become thinking, productive, responsible citizens. Excellence in academics results in a love of lifelong learning and supportive, involved community.

Mutual Respect

ISANA will foster a culture of mutual respect that builds trust and engages students in learning.

High-Quality Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Teachers and paraprofessionals will meet ESSA standards by meeting all applicable state certification and licensure requirements.

Parental Investment and Community Involvement

Parents want the best for their children and share in the responsibility and the process of educating their children. These involved parents will serve as catalysts to students’ success.

Respect and Diversity

ISANA will be an inclusive community in which people from different cultural, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds learn, live, and work harmoniously with mutual respect, without compromising their beliefs and their identities. We will champion the cause of excellence and equity.

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