We the People Public Charter High School
The mission of We the People (WTP) High School is to empower the next generation of American and world leaders with the knowledge, practice, and tools to radically change the world for the better.
Our educational model enables students to explore and solve local, national and global challenges that speak to students’ interests and passions. WTP is a democracy-building school, where students engage in deliberation, argument, and individual expression as core practice. Using the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development as our roadmap within and across subject areas, We the People High School will teach students to apply core subject matter knowledge to investigating big questions. Through projects with and apprenticeships in the non-profit, government, and business sectors, students will graduate from high school having proposed solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. We the People High School will provide students in the Long Beach Unified School District with another quality school option and complement the efforts of the District.
We the People High School will be a public school of approximately 500 students at capacity, serving grades 9 – 12 in the Long Beach Unified School District. We the People (WTP) High School is seeking a 5-year charter from LBUSD (2019 – 2024). WTP will serve students primarily residing in north, central west, and downtown Long Beach, with the understanding that students residing throughout the city are also eligible to attend. The rich ethnic and cultural backgrounds of students and families residing in Long Beach are an asset to our school design. At We the People, students from historically marginalized communities will find themselves and their histories fully represented in the curriculum and through the ways in which they are apprenticed to make change. We intend to empower students with the skills and power to speak with and for their communities. Students will graduate from WTP equipped to change our world for the better because they’ve practiced doing so throughout their high school careers.