The mission of Citizens of the World Charter Mar Vista is to provide a socio-economically, 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.

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 and learning styles, 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 use assessment data throughout the year to ensure that each student meets and exceeds state performance standards and the academic performance of neighboring schools. Our goal is to 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 continually develop their skills, collaborate with one another and create, evaluate and refine curricula to best fit their students. Teachers also use a variety of ongoing assessment methods to track student 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.




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