High School Profile


Key Contacts


Sharon Weir, Ed.D

Dr. Sharon Weir

Principal / Executive Director


Larika Clark

Larika Clark

Principal | DEI


Mark Herrera

Mark Herrera

Vice Principal



Description / History

Parent-founded New West Charter School (NWC) is a free, independent, high-performing, public charter school that is authorized by the State Board of Education, supervised by the Charter Schools Division of the California Department of Education, and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. NWC currently serves over 1,000 students in grades 6 – 12 in three programs at two campuses, and was named a California Distinguished School for a third time in the spring of 2019.

The development of NWC began in the year 2000 with a community effort to provide Los Angeles’ ethnically, culturally and socio-economically diverse families with a choice in public education. NWC first opened its doors as a 6 – 8 grade school in September 2003 at its Pico Boulevard campus in West Los Angeles, under its charter granted by the State Board of Education. In fall 2012, New West Charter moved to a larger building on Armacost Avenue to accommodate the addition of grades 9 – 12. The Pico campus was remodeled into a custom facility for grades 6 and 7 in 2018, which opened in winter 2019. That move opened up classrooms at Armacost to diversify course offerings, reduce class sizes, and improve services for students in grades 8 – 12. It also created space for an independent study based program called New West Personalized Learning School (NWC+) to meet the needs of an even more diverse student body. All three of New West’s programs – middle, high, and NWC+ – are committed to serving all students, maintaining the strength of the faculty, and finding ways to make the curriculum as challenging and individualized as possible.



The mission of New West Charter is to provide an academically-rigorous, highly-individualized education for 21st-century students in grades 6 – 12.

In decades to come, personal success will require increasingly high levels of competency, independence, and collaboration in an ever-changing, progressively complex society, whether individuals choose to manage their own businesses, work in public or private organizations, or raise families. In that context, New West produces extremely capable students by creating a learning environment that promotes academic excellence, strong character development, self-reliance, and the tools of productive engagement.

Our school fosters our students’ intellectual and emotional maturity, and simultaneously inspires and challenges each student to fulfill his or her individual potential as a personal lifelong objective and as contributing members of society.



Class of 2024: 138 (110 in NWC traditional HS, 28 in NWC+)
Grades 9 – 12: 562 (490 in NWC traditional HS, 72 in NWC+)


Racial/Ethnic Diversity

African American 7% | Asian 8% | Hispanic 31% | White 54%


Geographic Diversity

Students come from 70 zip codes from all over Los Angeles County. 72% of students live in zip codes within five miles of the campus.


Grading Policy

A: 100-90% | B: 89-80% | C: 79-70% | D: 69-60% | F: 60-0%

Transcript represents an un-weighted GPA on a four-point scale, though a weighted GPA that reflects Honors classes on a five-point scale can be calculated and provided upon request. New West Charter does not rank its students.


Honors Policy

New West offers Honors courses at each grade level and does not offer AP courses. Student enrollment in Honors courses is open to all but can be prioritized based on prior grades and performance on standardized tests (ex: SBAC, NWEA, PSAT, SAT, PACT, ACT). Many NWC students looking for an academic challenge take classes at local community colleges as well.

More information about our Honors Program can be found here.


School Schedule

The school year commences the middle of August and ends the first week of June. It includes:

  • One-week Thanksgiving break
  • Two-week Winter Holiday break
  • One-week Spring Break

For more detailed information, view our Academic Calendar.


NWC Traditional High School Program & NWC+ Program

New West offers two programs for students in grades 9-12. The traditional program features six periods per day that meets on campus from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm on weekdays. The NWC+ program features a “hybrid” model with classes that meet on campus once or twice per week with a mix of online schoolwork and experiential learning (ex: field trips, work experience, etc).


Distance Learning Summary

All three of New West’s programs pivoted to distance learning in March 2020 faster and more successfully than other schools in the area by adopting the best practices developed in our NWC+ program. Improvements were made in the fall of 2020 to standardize live lessons, reduce screen time, increase support for struggling learners, and enable teachers to collaborate on a regular basis. Assignments and assessments were “chunked” to be easier to complete on the same day. Laptops from classrooms and internet hotspots were distributed to all students who needed them. The school also increased the availability of mental health resources and college and career counseling to meet the social-emotional needs of students and their families. NWC resumed some in-person learning in March 2021 and brought everyone back on-campus in August 2021. As a result of these efforts, New West students had less “learning loss” than those at many other schools.


Course Offerings & Graduation Requirements

The curriculum’s strong foundation in reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and history and social science, is supplemented by a multitude of enrichment opportunities in world languages, visual and performing arts, physical education and health, and information technology. UC-approved Honors courses that come with an additional grade point (five point scale instead of four) are available for nearly every core class. A robust program of community service and extracurricular activities is designed to have maximum synergy with the academic program. The graduation requirements and courses offered being offered in 2023-24 are listed below:

Four years Required

• English 9
• Honors English 9
• World Literature
• Honors World Literature
• American Literature
• Honors American Literature
• English 12 – Individual in Modern Society
• Honors Critical Encounters in Literature

Three years Required

• Biology
• Honors Biology
• Chemistry
• Honors Chemistry
• Physics
• Honors Physics
• Earth & Space Science
• Honors Earth & Space Science

Social Science:
Three years Required

• Modern World History
• Honors Modern World History
• US History
• Honors US History
• Government & Economics
• Honors Government & Economics

Three years Required

• Algebra I
• Geometry
• Algebra II
• Honors Algebra II
• Trig/Pre-Calc
• Honors Trig/Pre-Calc
• Honors Calculus AB
• Probability & Statistics
• Honors Probability & Statistics

Foreign Language:
Two years Required

• Spanish I
• Spanish II
• Spanish III
• Honors Spanish IV
• Latin I
• Latin II
• Latin III
• Honors Latin IV

Visual / Performing Arts:
One year Required

• Studio Art I
• Studio Art II
• Advanced Painting & Drawing
• Dance I
• Dance II
• Dance III
• Dance Team
• New West Ensemble
• New Music Ensemble
• Rock Ensemble
• Concert Choir
• Yearbook
• Film Production

Interdisciplinary Electives
• Archeology
• Computer Science
• Health (One Semester Required)
• Fitness (One Semester Required)
• General Physical Education
• Weight Training
• Sports Teams
• Movement & Exercise
• Student Government (Not A–G)
• Teacher Assistant (Not A–G)