Award Year: 2017

Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy

1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA, 90744-2311

(310) 834-3932

Ms. Jan T. Murata, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Los Angeles Unified School District

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HTPA empowers students to think critically, analyze and apply concepts in a creative manner, and to become competitive individuals who are socially well-prepared and college bound.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 5%
  • Hispanic: 54%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 21%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 68%
HTPA students developing a prototype for a robotics competition.

HTPA students developing a prototype for a robotics competition.

Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (HTPA) is a four-year Middle College High School located on the urban campus of Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, California. HTPA reflects LAUSD's mission to graduate students who are college-prepared and career-ready in the 21st century.

Our academic program enables our mostly minority and low-income students to be dually enrolled in a rigorous high school and college program with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree concurrently. Since 2014, HTPA has been honored as a California Gold Ribbon and Title I Academic Achieving School.

In 2016, HTPA was ranked eighth in the nation by Newsweek's annual "Beating the Odds" feature for its excellence in preparing economically disadvantaged students for college. As a teacher preparation and STEAM school, HTPA integrates a multi-disciplinary approach that empowers students to think analytically and creatively through inquiry and differentiated instruction.

HTPA students are held to high expectations in academics and as global citizens. Every student at HTPA participates in a service-learning project in ongoing community engagement, developing leadership skills. Students are actively involved in extracurricular activities such as Key Club, Debate Club, National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, and Robotics, and establish and maintain a personal support network in our school-wide AVID program and Advisory groups. The HTPA community is dedicated to maintaining a caring, unified atmosphere where students develop the critical skills necessary for a successful life as citizen-involved, globally responsible, life-long learners.