Our Charter

Vaughn Central exterior

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) views charter schools as integral to the District's offerings and an opportunity to teach both students and educators. Vaughn Next Century Learning Center (Vaughn) is one of 277 charter schools under the jurisdiction of the LAUSD. We serve more than 3,500 students in Pre-K through 12th grade. 

Types of Charters

There are two types of charter schools in the district: Conversion and Start-up.

  • A conversion charter is an existing district school that later becomes a charter.
  • A start-up is a charter school that is created "from scratch" by any member of the public - educators, parents, foundations and others.

These charters can be fully independent or district-affiliated. Both must have their board-approved charter proposal, and both are held to a high level of accountability.

Vaughn is the first conversion charter school in the nation, authorized by LAUSD in 1993 and has over 25 years of experience operating as a successful independent charter school. The charter was renewed most recently in 2018.

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