The mission of Citizens of the World Charter Mar Vista is to provide a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students in the heart of West Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each individual student’s confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world in which we live.
CWCMV provides a high-quality education for all students from kindergarten to grade eight, laying the foundation for future school, professional, and personal success. By drawing on one of Los Angeles’ greatest assets – the diversity of the people who call our city home – we seek to ensure that unlike many of the current public school offerings in the area, all of the diverse members of this remarkably unique neighborhood are active participants in our school. In this way, we would create a hub for community activity that truly reflects and embraces the ethnic, racial, linguistic, and socioeconomic diversity of the neighborhood. CWCMV prepares students for success in college, a diverse society, and a global economy by drawing upon these school design characteristics and exceptional organizational leadership at all levels.
The four cornerstones of CWC — students, teachers, families, and the community — all work collaboratively to embody a true community of learners in which we all learn from and with one another.
CWC students engage in rigorous, active learning processes that develop conceptual understanding and self-knowledge. CWC embraces the diversity of individual students’ skills, learning styles and array of multiple intelligences, ensuring that children have the opportunity to grow not just in core academic areas, but also in the arts, music, physical education, and character development.
Our standards-based curriculum is continuously tailored to individual needs. We utilize assessment data throughout the year to ensure that each student meets and exceeds state performance standards and the academic performance of neighboring schools, as we help each child develop a true lifelong passion for learning.
Our collaborative professional community supports CWC’s teachers with ample planning time, training, resources, and autonomy. Teachers are able to continually develop their skills, collaborate with one another, and create, evaluate and refine curriculum that best fits their students utilizing a variety of ongoing assessments to track students’ progress.
CWC emphasizes the school/home partnership and free-flowing communication as integral to the success of the children. All CWC families are urged to participate actively in the school community as volunteers, valued stakeholders and participants in regular family education workshops and school community activities.
As Citizens of the World, we cultivate leadership, independence, self-knowledge, appreciation for different perspectives, and respect, both within and beyond school walls. Just as we ask the community to support our school, so too will the school support the community. Student-designed service-learning projects, created during weekly classes devoted to this endeavor, enable each member of our community of learners to make a real and lasting contribution to the world around us.