Smaller Learning Communities (SLC)

Thinking of coming to Reed next year?


Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) Tours November 2018 – January 2019

RSVP for a Smaller Learning Community (SLC) Tour:

November 7, 2018

November 28, 2018

December 5, 2018

January 16, 2019 (Our apologies, this tour date was cancelled, See below for rescheduled dates)

January 23, 2019 (Our apologies, this tour date was cancelled, See below for rescheduled dates)

January 30, 2019 Make-Up SLC Tour

February 7, 2019 Make-Up SLC Tour

SLC Tours are held in the morning, beginning promptly 9:15 AM in front of the school auditorium. Each tour group visits classrooms in one SLC only, ending 10:30 AM after a Q & A session in the auditorium. You will be asked to select only one SLC to tour for each date. You may come back and tour as many SLCs as you would like. We encourage parents to bring their 5th grade students with them on the tour.


Greetings Prospective Parents!

Walter Reed Middle School is a vibrant community of more than 1,600 scholars housed in 6 Smaller Learning Communities (SLC), each designed to fit the different needs and interests of all kinds of students:

Environmental Science Academy

Global Leadership Academy

Humanities Academy

Individualized Honors Program

Media Arts & Technology Academy

STEAM Academy

All of Reed’s SLCs are project-based with collaborative cross-curricular assignments utilizing advanced library research curriculum. Reed’s enrichment classes, clubs, sports, academic competitions, leadership opportunities and performance venues are open to all students, regardless of SLC enrollment: an advantage of attending our large and diverse middle school.

We have a healthy population of LAUSD GATE identified students, which enables Reed to offer lecture classes in Geometry and Algebra 2 to students ready to accelerate. Reed students this year live in 75 different zip codes, speak 23 different languages, and come from 39 different countries. Reed is committed to educating all of our students to their maximum potential. Ensuring a good match that places your child in the appropriate learning environment is our primary goal. We know the importance of matching the academic and social opportunities of our Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) with the needs and abilities of your child.

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

Naomi Kaidin, SLC Coordinator


Debbie Vodhanel, SLC Assistant

818-487-7600 x306

Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) Checklist:  SLC Checklist 2019 2020


School of Residence (SOR) SLC Placement Request :

For students who live within the Reed enrollment area boundaries:

SLC Placement Request Form for academic year 2019 – 2020

Deadline to submit: January 25, 2019.

Non-School of Residence (non-SOR) Student Permit Request:

For students who DO NOT live within the Reed enrollment area boundaries.

Request for non-honors SLC Placement:

SLC Permit Request Form   

Permit requests for non-honors placement will be considered on a case-by-case, space available basis. Reed can consider these placements after all School Of Residence (SOR) students who wish to come to Reed have been placed. (in late May or early June 2019). Please complete the SLC Permit Request Form web form above, so we will be able to communicate with you.

Request for honors SLC Placement:

School for Advanced Studies (SAS) Permit Applications

Non-School of Residence (non-SOR) students may request honors level placement at Reed through the LAUSD Unified Enrollment Office: . Deadline for SAS Permit Application was November 25th, 2018. Reed will process and place all SAS permitted students first, before considering any other permit request. If you believe your child should be placed in honors level classes but you missed this deadline, please complete the “SLC Permit Request Form” found above so we will be able to communicate with you in late May or early June 2019.

Note for SAS Permit Applicants: (February 21, 2019) We contacted the downtown LAUSD GATE Office yesterday; they told us they will be sending out notifications to families during the third week of March, apprising who was selected to receive an SAS Permit to attend Reed. Thank you for your patience. Some SAS Applicants will be given the permits, others will be “waitlisted”. If your child is given the SAS Permit, we will contact you shortly after to see which SLC is your first choice, second choice, etc. We will not be able to honor the March 4th SLC notification date for SAS applicants, as we must wait for the GATE Office to give us their list of SAS Permitted students, and they are not releasing that information until the 3rd week in March. Questions, please email

Individualized Honors Program

For ALL students, there is NO residency requirement for the IHP Application.

IHP Applicants must complete the Intent to Submit IHP Application web form so we will be able to communicate with you:  Intent to Submit IHP Application 

IHP Applicants also need to submit the IHP Application and IHP Teacher Recommendation forms:

IHP Application (one page, front and back)

IHP Teacher Recommendation Form (one page, front and back)

Please carefully follow the directions on these forms and submit all mandatory materials. Deadline for all IHP application materials is January 25, 2019.

IHP decisions will be emailed March 4, 2019.



Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) Brochure

Parents: Every year we update our Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) Brochure with the most recent school statistics, so that it will be most useful to you in comparing middle school programs:.

SLC Brochure