New charter school opens in Watts with corporate, nonprofit support

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A new charter high school in Watts will offer each student a laptop. The school gets by with a little help from its corporate and nonprofit friends.

The laptop arrangement is one hallmark of College Ready Academy High School Number 11. The campus opened earlier this year in a $9 million building near the Watts Towers and just marked its formal ribbon-cutting.

Its inaugural ninth grade class has 150 students, and school officials plan to add a grade each year for 550 students in all.

The Alliance College Ready Public Schools, a charter company that serves nearly 7,000 students in Los Angeles, runs the new high school in Watts.

JPMorgan Chase bank and ExEd, a nonprofit that assists the business side of charter schools, contributed operating money to College Ready Academy. Those and other donations also provided laptop computers to help each student learn.