UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S NEIGHBORHOOD ACADEMIC INITIATIVE (USC NAI)
USC NAI is a seven-year college access program for students attending public school in South and East Los Angeles. Students who remain in good standing within the program from sixth grade to graduation are eligible for full scholarships to USC. Since its first graduating class in 1997, nearly 1,000 students have completed USC NAI, 83 percent of whom were enrolled as freshmen at four-year universities.
FOSHAY LEARNING CENTER
Foshay Learning Center is the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) K-12 urban learning center situated in the Jefferson Park less than a mile from USC, and is a USC Family of Five neighborhood school. It is the public school affiliated with the USC NAI program in South LA, sending more first year USC students than any other high school as the campus’s top feeder institute in 2017.
Foshay seniors in the USC NAI program cap their academic preparation in English Language Arts as students in AP English Literature. In partnership with the Dickens Project, they read and study the assigned Victorian novel of that year’s Dickens Universe conference in their AP English literature class. To enrich the study of the novel, the immersive LitLab experience includes projects with university faculty and students, classroom swaps, field trips, guest scholars, advanced literary intensives, and visual and performing arts adaptations. LitLab is directed by Jacqueline Jean Barrios, AP English teacher, director and Ph.D. student at UCLA.
THE THEATRE WORKSHOP
USC NAI Theatre Workshop produces literature-based productions and events blending theater, movement, music and the visual arts with students affiliated with the USC NAI program and Foshay Learning Center. They are reliant on a deep understanding of the chosen text of study–from Shakespearean plays to the 19th century novel—but rigorous rehearsals and ultimate production surpasses the limits of the classroom to further students’ understanding of the text, and of literature as a whole. The Theatre Workshop is conducted by Jacqueline Barrios as well as accomplished actor Paul David Story.