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A School Fights To Keep Its Community Intact

As developers continue to build homes in the Valley without adding classrooms, Porter Ranch Community School struggles to meet the demand.

Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate
Published in
4 min readFeb 29, 2024

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“We emphasized the role of the school not just as an educational institution but as a cornerstone of our social fabric, where friendships flourish and collective support thrives.”

– LAUSD BD3 Candidate Andreas Farmakalidis

Rally in front of PRCS (provided by Andreas Farmakalidis)

The area west of Porter Ranch used to house one of the last expanses of open land in the San Fernando Valley. This has changed in recent decades as home builders have filled the landscape with developments of multimillion-dollar homes. However, for all the new families brought into the area, the Porter Ranch Community School has been the only new public school built to serve them. As the latest round of residents moves in, the failure to expand the needed infrastructure is causing conflict.

In this edition of the Voices from the Community series, Andreas Farmakalidis gives a summary of the fight being waged by parents to maintain the community that has been built around the school:

In the sprawling landscape of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where declining enrollment is a common trend, one school stands out with a rare problem — overcrowding. Nestled in the northwestern San Fernando Valley, Porter Ranch Community School is bursting at the seams while other LAUSD schools grapple with empty classrooms.

The predicament has sparked anxiety among parents and students who fear that proposed solutions could disrupt their tightly-knit community. One such proposal involves relocating the middle school grades to the under-enrolled Chatsworth High School, a campus located 4.3 miles away from the neighborhood. This suggestion has ignited protests and boycotts, with families passionately advocating to preserve the cohesion and convenience of their neighborhood’s school.

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Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com