The Greater Crenshaw Educational Partnership (GCEP) is a nonprofit corporation created to provide an innovative, student-centered structure for advancing the academic achievement, social and emotional development, and civic engagement of students at Crenshaw High School and its family of middle and elementary schools in South Los Angeles.
The impetus for the development of GCEP’s transformative model was a broad group of stakeholders led by parents, teachers and Crenshaw community–based organizations with a longstanding commitment to improving educational outcomes in the community. Founding members are the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, a private top-tier research institution; the Los Angeles Urban League, a historical civil rights organization focused on advocacy and neighborhood change; and The Tom and Ethel Bradley Foundation, a community-based foundation focused on civility and social responsibility.
The mission of the Greater Crenshaw Educational Partnership (GCEP) is to actively generate and support unity of efforts among teachers, parents, administrators and the community in assuming responsibility for rigorous teaching, learning, and outstanding citizenship for all students in our community. The three organizations comprising GCEP bring a diverse complement of talents. Our approach brings together the expertise, knowledge, and academic excellence of an internationally recognized university, an influential civic organization with over 80 years of community leadership and a foundation that has made significant inroads with the high school over the past two years.
By combining university and social service organizations, GCEP is modeling an academically-informed, neighborhood-based approach to improving educational outcomes. Crenshaw High School students will be connected to the Los Angeles Urban League’s Neighborhoods@Work, the Bradley Foundation’s leadership training programs and intentional civility training, and a range of campus-wide USC resources and programs.