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Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP)

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The Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) is an LAUSD program to support Black students' road to high academic performance, strong social-emotional awareness and management, and a positive cultural identity.

The BSAP addresses the need for culturally responsive curriculum and instruction as the classroom norm, fosters partnerships with community based organizations with proven track records of success within the Black community, and provides increased staffing support to address the academic and social-emotional needs of Black students.

The BSAP program is managed by Ms. Prentice, Ms. Fields, and Ms. Roberts.

Below are some of the components of the BSAP program. After-school activities are usually scheduled for Mondays and/or Wednesdays, since these are the days when late buses are available for students who have Magnet transportation.

2023-2024

Fall

Mentoring Program

PE Yard Tournaments

Afternoon Art Paint and Sip African American Portraits

Photography Club/Black Student Union

Spring

STEAM is our theme!

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

Forty students will participate, with 10 mentors.

Activities:

  • Robotics
  • Finance
  • Math Games
  • Art
  • Gardening

Jewelry Design Class

This activity is after-school on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:30pm. It's free for everyone.

Dates: April 3, 10, 17 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2024

Black Student Union

Black Student Union logo

The Palms Black Student Union meets weekly during lunch on Thursdays, in the Library Patio, with a goal to support the needs of Black students.

Any student can join. Once you sign up, you'll receive a summons.

Black History Month is one of the many topics discussed at the meetings.

BSAP Mantra

"Successful Black student achievement is defined by high academic performance, strong social-emotional awareness and management, and positive cultural identity.

Furthermore, strategies and methods utilized to cultivate these things shall be directly responsive to the unique needs of Black students due in large part to the historic and ongoing social and economic conditions experienced by Black people."

- Dr. George McKenna, LAUSD Board of Education, District 1

BSAP Leadership Conference

BSAP Leadership Confrence flyer

The BSAP Leadership Conference is held at Palms on a Saturday in February.

After yoga on the quad, 50 students chose workshops. Workshops topics have included African dance, crocheting, and creating vision boards.

The gathering ended with a luncheon.

Kwanzaa Celebration

Kwanzaa Paint and Snack

Kwanzaa celebration

Kwanzaa celebration

Kwanzaa, first celebrated in 1966, is a celebration of Black culture.

Palms students celebrated in the Student Cafeteria with a Kwanzaa Paint and Snack event.

Students learned about Kwanzaa holiday traditions and the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

MultiCultural Week

During Multicultural Week in February 2023, Palms students put on the Black History Month Musical Legends Show.

Students performed monologues, listened to music by famous Black performers, and participated in a dance contest.

There was also an instrumental performance by Jazz Band and a singing performance by PBSU members.

Champs Up

Champs Up

Champs Up is a mentorship program for boys.

The group meets on Mondays at lunch.

My Black is Beautiful

My Black is Beautiful

My Black is Beautiful is a mentorship program for girls. Guest presenters have been featured.

The group meets on Wednesdays at 3:15pm.

After the 2022-2023 session ended, the group began planning how to continue in a new form, possibly under a new name.

Alex Theater Field Trip

OURstory

In Spring 2023, BSAP sponsored a field trip to the Alex Theater in Glendale to see OURstory the Black History Musical. The show took 150 Palms students on a journey through time, to learn amazing stories not taught in school, leaving the students educated, uplifted, and entertained.

School Yard Rap

School Yard Rap logo

School Yard Rap assembly

A School Yard Rap assembly was held in the auditorium for BSAP students as well as some history classes.

School Yard Rap is a black owned company that specializes in creating educational content and curriculum through the lens of History.

Their mission is to drastically improve educational experiences by providing curriculum, content, music, and professional development that uplifts the narratives of minorities, building awareness, knowledge, and competencies for excellence and equity.

Masquerade MORP

In June 2023, BSAP sponsored a Masquerade MORP (dress-up dance).

Masquerade MORP

Spring 2023

Spring 2023 events included:

  • A tour of SoFi Stadium and the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.
  • A UCLA college tour.
  • An end-of-year service learning event.

Program Goals

Engagement

  • Increase levels of parent and family engagement
  • Increase participation in extracurricular activities at school
  • Increase presence of community organizations on campus

Academic Achievement

  • Graduation rate increase
  • Attendance and chronic absenteeism rate decrease
  • Increase enrollment in Advanced Placement and honors courses
  • Increase proficiency in Math and ELA/English
  • Increase number of students on track in A-G requirements
  • Increase number of students at or above benchmark in literacy skills
  • Decrease 1st time referrals for special education services

School Experience and Support

  • Every student has an advocate
  • Increase access to mental and social-emotional health resources
  • Increase favorable school experience survey responses
  • Access to culturally responsive curriculum and pedagogy
  • Decrease discipline rates (arrests, suspensions, referrals)
  • Elimination of policies and practices that contribute to school to prison pipeline