The school was founded in 2012 by Principal Carla Barrera-Ortiz with the goal of encouraging interest, particularly among Latino students, in so-called STEAM topics — Science, Technology, Math, Arts and Engineering. There is no application process for the public school, which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Residents of the neighborhoods of South Gate, Bell, Cudahy, Maywood and Huntington Park also can attend.


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