Mission and Vision The WLC Charter Middle School’s mission is to provide a world-class education to inner-city students’ from low-income families to help them realize their full academic potential and to create a culture of learning in which all stakeholders-students, parents or guardians, faculty, and staff have clearly defined roles and expectations. The middle school’s vision is to make the Watts community synonymous with academic achievement rather than with riots and despair and to produce high-academic achievers who are self-confident, ethical, and motivated to be lifelong learners. Our students will possess proficient literacy skills, math and science proficiency, and technological competence. They will demonstrate knowledge and application of the arts, literature, history and social science, health, math, communication, science, problem solving, and work ethics. They will value friendship, responsibility, cultural diversity, quality of life and the democratic process. They will become well informed and highly aware of our interconnected world in order to pursue higher education and seek a professional career. The ultimate goal of Watts Learning Center Charter Middle School is to serve as a national model of how public education can provide students from under-served communities, especially, with a strong foundation in order to compete both academically and socially in this 21st Century global economy. About the Watts Learning Center Organization In 1997, the Watts Learning Center opened in South Los Angeles, becoming one of the first three independent charter schools approved in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Founded with the belief that all students can learn when supplied with a rigorous curriculum, academic support, and held to high standards, Watts Learning Center (WLC) steadily built up its student body and its reputation as an academically rigorous K-5 elementary school and one of the top-scoring elementary schools in South L.A.