Mission & History
Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School prepares our students with the academic skills, character traits, and intellectual discipline to excel as leaders in high school, college, and their community.
In 2007, Endeavor’s founders, Michelle Jasso and Edward Morris accepted a Fellowship with Building Excellent Schools, a national non-profit organization committed to training charter school leaders to design and operate highly effective urban schools. As part of the Fellowship, the founders observed, met with leaders from, and studied the best practices of dozens of the highest performing charter schools in the nation. Mrs. Jasso also completed a leadership residency at Amistad Academy in New Haven, CT, an urban charter school nationally recognized for its dramatic gains in student achievement and the flagship school for the Achievement First network of schools. Mr. Morris completed a leadership residency at Leadership Prep in Brooklyn, NY, part of the highly successful Uncommon Schools charter management organization.
Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School opened in 2009, serving 124 fourth and fifth graders from Los Angeles’ east side communities. The school added one grade level each year, with its first class of culminating eighth graders last spring. The school’s mission is to prepare students with the academic skills, character traits, and intellectual discipline to excel as leaders in high school, college, and their communities.
In 2013, Endeavor College Prep, a fourth to eighth grade middle school, and Futuro Prep, a transitional kindergarten through third grade elementary school, merged to form one school, spanning grades TK-8, with the purpose of serving the families of our school by providing a continuous education program from kindergarten through the end of middle school.
Futuro Prep opened in 2010 with kindergarten and first grade and added one grade each year until they grew to third grade. Futuro’s founding first grade class are now fourth graders in the merged Endeavor College Prep.
Currently, Endeavor College Prep has the capacity to serve 648 students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. As of January 2014, our students are 96% Hispanic, 2% African American and 2% Asian. Additionally, 46% are currently English Learners and 11% receive special education services.