Watts Learning Center

The Watts Learning Center (WLC) will be a world-class, child-centered, K-8 institution of learning with strong ties to families and the community
About Us » Goals



A fundamental goal is to provide a quality education for every child who attends our schools. Since our founding in 1997, we have tracked student performance. Over time, our best performances include 3rd grade Mathematics, where 87% of children scored proficient/advanced on the California Standards Test in 2007. In 2009, 77% of our 4th grade children scored proficient/advanced on the California Standards Test in Reading.


Based on analysis of our performance over several years in the past, the majority of our children are supported to read and do math on grade level and beyond by the end of the school year.


However, our goal is to ensure that every child is able to read analytically and critically, to develop an informed perspective grounded in evidence, to think and reason, and to evaluate, define and solve problems.


This is our work. In making this happen, we are looking at our curriculums and teaching practices in relationship to evidence of learning and learner progress and the learning outcomes we envision for every child at the WLC.


The goal to prepare every child from the Watts Learning Center or colleges and careers means that our students need to be supported and engaged in active learning experiences over time in order to:


  • Mathematics Claim #1: Explain and apply mathematical concepts and interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency
  • Mathematics Claim #2: Solve a range of complex well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics, making productive use of knowledge
  • Mathematics Claim #3: Construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others
  • Mathematics Claim #4: Analyze complex, real-world scenarios and can construct and use mathematical models to interpret and solve problems
  • Literacy Claim #1: Read closely and analytically to comprehend a range of complex literary and informational texts.          
  • Literacy Claim #2: Write to produce effective and wellgrounded writing for a range of purposes and audiences
  • Literacy Claim #3: Employ effective speaking and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences
  • Literacy Claim #4: Engage in research and inquiry to investigate topics, and to analyze, integrate, and present information