Smaller Learning Communities (SLC)

June 6, 2017

Greetings New Reed Families,

Welcome to Walter Reed Middle School and the Smaller Learning Communities (SLC)!

We are looking forward to celebrating a brand new academy this year, The Global Leadership Academy (GLA), which will now allow ALL students at Walter Reed to be included in a Smaller Learning Community (SLC). We are one of only a few schools in LAUSD that has accomplished a “wall to wall” model of providing students with a personalized experience of supporting their academic and personal growth. Congratulations to our Global Leadership Inaugural Class of 2020!

Here are some highlights for the Global Leadership Academy (GLA):

  • The stand-alone School for Advanced Studies (SAS) class will be the Honors Class for GLA. Some SAS permit students will continue to be scheduled for honors classes in other academies, as space permits.
  • The tenets and vision of the GLA are to build leadership, service, and cultural awareness.
  • GLA teachers will implement brief lessons from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens / The Leader in Me during Period 1 classes.

Thank you everyone in advance for your support of this new academy!

6th Grade/New Student Orientation Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Click here for 6th Grade Orientation Fall 2017 PowerPoint Presentation.

Orientation will begin in the school auditorium with a 20 minute presentation, so please be prompt (arrive promptly at either 9 AM or 3 PM). Come meet other students, parents, and teachers in your Smaller Learning Community (SLC)  before school officially begins on August 15th. You will be able to tour the campus and also purchase P.E. uniforms and school clothes conforming to our Reed dress code policy. Come get your textbooks, school photo ID, and your assigned locker. Don’t forget to try out your locker combination! Tentative class schedules will be available. Please come at the times designated below:

9 – 11:30 AM              Last names       A – L

3 – 5:30 PM                Last names       M – Z

Reed staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. More information regarding Orientation activities will come later this summer in a letter from Principal Jeanne Gamba.

Battle of the Books Reading List 2017-2018

Battle of the Books is an exciting reading competition for all students. Students form teams who, as a group, read all 20 titles in the Battle of the Books list over the next 6 months. Teams battle in a Family Feud type competition, where two teams face-off answering questions of the type: “In which book did one of the characters suddenly see the color red?” Answer: The Giver by Lois Lowry. Reed will sponsor a school competition in early March. Get started on your reading this summer! An annotated Battle of the Books reading list can be found on our Reed Library website: Need more books to read? On the same library website look for Ms. Fed’s Summer Reading List, also annotated.

Carpool Sign- Up

If you are interested in forming a carpool with other Reed families, complete this web form.

Sign up for Reed Network News (RNN)

Would you like to be added to the email list for the weekly Reed Network News (RNN)? complete this web form.

Parent Center

Our Parent Center Coordinator Myriam Arechiga will be available at the 6th Grade/New Student Orientation for any parent who may need extra help in Spanish. She is also available all school days between 8 AM and 11:30 AM in Room 106. Myriam’s email is

Meal Applications 2017-2018

During summer break the Application for Meal Benefits will be mailed to your household. You can also apply online beginning July 1st:  Every student that is eligible for free and reduced priced meals helps Reed qualify for additional funding to bring important programs to Reed students. We are striving for 100% participation. Please fill out an application whether you qualify or not.

First Day of School Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Student names/homeroom assignments will be posted at every entrance. All Reed students are expected to be in their seats, in their homerooms, no later than 8 AM. Dress code is enforced starting first day of school.

In closing…

Relax, read, and enjoy your summer! We know next school year will be filled with new friends, new adventures, and an exciting, challenging curriculum.

We hope to see you at the 6th Grade/New Student Orientation August 9th!


Kurtis Demski, Coordinator

Debbie Vodhanel, SLC Office (

If for any reason your plans have changed, and your child is no longer attending Reed next August, please tell us as soon as possible. We still have an active waitlist of students who would love to be scheduled into their first choice Smaller Learning Community (SLC):

June 7, 2017

Note:  Every year the SLC materials are updated and published to this web page in November. The information found below is applicable to the Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) at Reed for academic year 2017 -2018 only.

IHP Application materials and SLC Placement Request Forms for the 2018-2019 academic year will be published to this web page on November 1, 2017.

SLC Tour Dates for November 2016 – January 2017

All SLC Tours begin 9:15 AM in front of the school auditorium

Wednesday November 2nd, 2016: click here to sign up

Wednesday November 16, 2016: click here to sign up

Wednesday December 7, 2016: click here to sign up

Wednesday January 18, 2017: click here to sign up

Wednesday January 25, 2017: click here to sign up



Greetings Prospective Parents!

Environmental Science Academy

Global Leadership Academy

Humanities Academy

Individualized Honors Program

Media Arts & Technology Academy

STEAM Academy


Fall 2016

Greetings Prospective Parents,

As you proceed through our Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) enrollment and application materials, please remember that our primary concern is your individual child. We know the importance of matching the academic and social opportunities of our programs with the needs and abilities of your child. Ensuring a good match that places your child in the appropriate learning environment is our primary goal.

We hope all prospective students and parents will have an opportunity to tour our school (Please scroll down on this page for tour dates and the sign-up web forms). To find out more, you may download our (8 pages) SLC Brochure 2016-2017: slc-brochure-2016-2017-oct-24

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions,

Kurtis Demski, SLC Coordinator


Debbie Vodhanel, SLC Assistant

818-487-7600 x306


Feeder Student SLC Placement

SLC Preference Form : For students who live within the Reed enrollment area ONLY. Feeder students who live within Reed’s enrollment area boundaries do NOT need an application, nor a permit, to attend Reed’s Smaller Learning Communities (SLC). These students are asked to complete and submit an SLC Preference Form before the deadline: January 27, 2017:

  1. Please first complete theaSLC Preference Web Form
  2. Download and print the SLC Preference “paper” request form (one page, front and back).
  3. Complete and return the SLC Preference “paper” request form (one page, front and back) between November 1st and January 27th. SLC Preference forms will be time-stamped as submitted and processed in the order received. Please submit in person or by U.S. Mail  to: SLC Office, Room 103, Walter Reed Middle School. SLC Office is open every school day 8 AM – 2:30 PM.

SLC Honors Placement: Students who have been identified Gifted by LAUSD are placed in the honors class of the preferred SLC. This information will come directly to Reed from the LAUSD elementary school. Feeder Students requesting honors class placement who are not identified Gifted by LAUSD must submit the following documentation:

  1. last two years of report cards showing 3s and 4s in all academic subjects (English, math, science, and social studies)
  2. May 2016 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress CAASPP (aka Smarter Balanced) test result “Exceeding Standards” in both math and English or the equivalent on a nationally normed achievement test (85% total English, 85% total math)                                                                                                             

Note: This documentation may be submitted separately from the SLC Preference “paper” request form, but must be received by the SLC Office no later than January 27, 2017.


School for Advanced Studies (SAS) Permit for SLC Placement

Students who DO NOT live within Reed’s enrollment area boundaries but who qualify under the School for Advanced Studies (SAS) criteria may apply for an SAS Permit to attend Reed. SAS Permit Applications are made available through the LAUSD GATE Office.

The SAS student permit application is available to download on the GATE website at under GATE Program Options.

Once accepted, SAS permitted students will be asked to indicate their first choice SLC academy. The SAS permit is valid for all three years of attendance. SAS Applications will be available March/April 2017: under GATE Program Options.


All Applicants for the Individualized Honors Program

The IHP does not have a residency requirement. Highly Gifted identification by LAUSD is not necessary for admission. Students who have demonstrated academic achievement and ability to perform in a challenging, rigorous, and independent learning environment which compacts and/or accelerates learning by multiple grade levels are encouraged to apply. The IHP is designed for students who:

  1. are identified Highly Gifted by LAUSD or submit evidence to support possible future identification
  2. excel in and look for a rigorous academic environment requiring intellectual risk
  3. read and write well above grade level
  4. are self-motivated and work well independently
  5. demonstrate superior critical thinking skills and advanced logic and problem solving skills
  6. show intellectual curiosity and a thirst for knowledge
  7. have national percentile achievement test scores 97% – 99% in both English and math

The IHP permit is valid for all three years of attendance. We highly encourage IHP applicants to also complete an SLC Preference form (feeder students) or SAS Application (non-feeder students) in the event their application is not selected for the IHP.

The due date for IHP Applications is January 27, 2017.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the Intent to Submit IHP Application Web Form
  2. Download and print the IHP Application (one page, front and back) and the IHP Teacher Recommendation (one page, front and back). Please follow the directions carefully. If your child has a different teacher for math and English this year, you will need two Teacher Recommendation forms. Make sure ALL the required application materials are received by the SLC Office no later than Jan. 27, 2017.
  3. Take the mandatory IHP Assessment either Feb. 2nd, 2017, or Feb. 4, 2017.



SLC Brochure 2016 – 2017