After eight years as the college connection partner with the American Studies Academy (ASA) at Franklin High School in Los Angeles (sponsored by Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History), NCHS partnered with teachers from the Franklin ASA to form the School of History and Dramatic Arts (SoHDA) in the northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods of Cypress Park and Glassell Park. The SoHDA Pilot school design was accepted under the LAUSD "Public School Choice 2.0" initiative.
As college connection partner, NCHS provides exposure to college-level lectures and college life through undergraduate classroom interns and an annual "History Day" schoolwide fair. The history connection helps guide students to think of themselves in the context of a larger history of 'ordinary' people who made a difference.
NCHS coordinates the participation of UCLA undergraduates who work in the classroom with the students helping teachers, individual students, and conducting college admission workshops and individual help.
For more about SoHDA, see their webpage
Read about the first two graduating classes who completed all 4 years in the program (these are pdf files):
Franklin High School ASA Class 2009
Franklin High School ASA Class 2010