The Community We Serve
We serve an urban community that encompasses the Los Angeles-Crenshaw-Dorsey Neighborhoods. Sixty-five percent (65%) of our students reside in this neighborhood and transfer to VPCHS from Dorsey High School. Others live outside this area and transfer to VPCHS from 8 other high schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) system. They commute on the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), by car, or walk. Bus passes are provided.
The neighborhood consists mostly of African-American and Latino families, from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. The parents’ education levels vary. The occupational levels range from unskilled to professional. Many students reside in city-subsidized housing and/or receive monetary aide from social services. Many students live in single parent homes, foster care and group homes.
Gangs are active in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Located on the Dorsey High School campus, VPCHS adjoins Rancho-Cienega Park, the Jefferson Park Industrial Complex and Baldwin Village. The school opened in 1973, designed to facilitate credit recovery for grades 9 – 12 through an alternative educational approach.