While the LA Conservation Corps is best known for its environmental and conservation work and service projects, our partnership with the Los Angeles Education Corps is another important component to Corpsmember development.

Corpsmembers who were unsuccessful in a traditional high school have the opportunity to reclaim their academic futures and earn a high school diploma through our partnership with Los Angeles Education Corps (LAEC). New classes generally start every three months. If you are interested in enrolling, call one of the campuses below near you and ask for the principal.

   Saito High School – South LA
   2824 S. Main Street
   Los Angeles, CA 90007
   Principal: Terry Fredrickson

   Saito High School – Pico Union
   1403 S. Union Avenue
   Los Angeles, CA 90015
   Principal: John Irie

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Each Saito High School campus is a small learning community with approximately 100-130 students.  Class sizes are small (15-20 students each) and are facilitated by caring teachers who are experienced in educating energetic young adults with busy schedules. Students who did not finish high school (for any reason) as well as those seeking an alternative to the under-resourced schools in their neighborhoods are equally welcome.

At Saito High School–South LA, students attend classes for 12 weeks then participate in 12 weeks of paid work experience on LA Conservation Corps projects – alternating until they earn their high school diploma and transition into the intensive career pathways training of their choice.  Saito High School–Pico Union students attend school full-time, but can get job training through LA Conservation Corps’ Clean & Green program during school breaks and on weekends.

A critical aspect of LA Conservation Corps’ holistic approach are wraparound services offered by our case managers to help students overcome any issues and obstacles that prevented them from graduating from traditional high school.

All LAEC campuses are authorized by the Inyo County Office of Education and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  

LAEC has its origins as a small charter school located at our South LA site. It was founded exclusively to support the academic goals of our young adult Corpsmembers as they pursued high school diplomas.  Over time, LAEC emerged as a charter management organization overseeing multiple campuses in LA County, in collaboration with various other nonprofits.  LA Conservation Corps continues to partner with LAEC at our flagship South LA campus as well as at a campus in Pico-Union.  Both operate under LAEC’s The Education Corps charter. These campuses are appropriately named after Bruce Saito, the longtime executive director of the LA Conservation Corps and current director of the California Conservation Corps.