CDU and LAUSD Local District South Announce a New Admissions Pathway

Los Angeles – Today, April 20, 2016, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Local District South signed a new agreement creating a seamless admissions program for local high school graduates who meet admission requirements. The goal is to create pathways for historically underserved students who want to study medicine, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (Med-STEM) in college.

CDU hosted the agreement signing as the Carson Senior High band performed with students, faculty and staff from both LAUSD and CDU, in attendance to witness the signing.

“CDU’s mission since it’s founding is to train healthcare leaders from South Los Angeles and to serve South Los Angeles,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President of CDU. “We are proud of this landmark agreement with LAUSD Local District South that will increase the number health professionals ready to give back to the community. Pathway programs like the one established today are critical in bringing to light health careers as an option for young men and women.”

In addition, programs will be established to increase access to Med-STEM based instruction to create graduates ready to enter college or a career.

“Our Local District stakeholders are overjoyed about the opportunity that this Promise Agreement brings in securing priority enrollment for our students to attend Charles R. Drew University. Given the University’s outstanding history in graduating medical field professionals, we feel like this partnership greatly enhances our focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, and creates a pathway to ensure that our students have access to 21st century careers,” said Christopher Downing, Local District Superintendent.


LAUSD Local District South will also hold an annual job fair to place CDU students in area schools to teach Med-STEM courses.

“CDU is reaching out to ALL educational institutions within our geographical location with the overlapping mission to expand historically underserved students’ participation rates in health professions, address the increasing shortage of health specialists in underserved communities, and create college and advanced degree opportunities for students in the South LA region.” said Dr. Steve O. Michael, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of CDU

High schools receiving priority admission include:

  • Carson Senior High
  • Carson Senior High—Academy of Education and Empowerment
  • Carson Senior High—Academy of Medical Arts
  • David Starr Jordan Senior High
  • Diego Rivera Learning Complex Communications & Technology
  • Diego Rivera Learning Complex Green Design
  • Diego Rivera Learning Complex Performing Arts
  • Diego Rivera Learning Complex Public Service
  • Gardena Senior High & Foreign Language Magnet
  • Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy
  • John C Fremont Senior High & Math/Science Magnet
  • King-Drew Senior High Medicine and Science Magnet
  • Mervyn M Dymally Senior High
  • Narbonne Senior High—Humanities and Arts Academy of Los Angeles
  • Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High & Math/Science/Technology Magnet
  • Phineas Banning Senior High & College Incentive Magnet
  • Phineas Banning Senior High School Creative and Innovative Sciences
  • Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School
  • San Pedro Senior High & Police Academy Magnet Marine/Math/Science Magnet
  • San Pedro Senior High Marine/Math/Science Magnet.

Students must qualify for the program. Concurrent enrollment coursework will also be made available provide college credits to LAUSD Local District South high school students taking aligned coursework.

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