Samples of the scrumptious offerings at Bagel + Slice | Courtesy of Bagel + Slice

Bagel+Slice opens in Highland Park. It’s the closest you’ll get to New York City without getting on a plane

By T.A. Hendrickson After years in the planning and pop-up phase, Bagel+Slice has officially opened in Highland Park, occupying the coveted corner restaurant space in the Oxy Arts building on York Boulevard. The owner and chef is Bradford Kent – co-founder of Blaze Pizza, a nationwide chain, and owner of Olio Wood Fired Pizzeria in […]

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Final drawing of the proposed development on Avenue 64 near York Boulevard, as approved by L.A. City Planning.

Garvanza development is a go, despite community opposition

By Bill Hendrickson

A coalition of individuals and organizations in Highland Park has failed in its effort to block the development of a massive apartment building at the entrance to the neighborhood’s historic Garvanza district.

The defeat came on Thursday when the City Planning Commissioners voted 8-0 to reject the coalition’s appeal of an earlier decision by the city to approve the development, to be built near the intersection of York Boulevard and Avenue 64.

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This Eagle Rock home Sold for $1.2 million and was off market in fewer than 30 days.

Prices continue to surge for homes in NELA as buyers outnumber sellers

By Jeffery Marino

In theory, rising interest rates should dampen home prices. But in Northeast Los Angeles, the residential real estate market is surging ahead even as mortgage rates rise.

We tell you why the real estate market is continuing strong in this monthly report by Jeffery Marino.

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This Spanish Colonial in Eagle Rock sold in January for $2.45 million, the highest price paid that month for a house in NELA.

Before-and-after pictures of a multi-million-dollar flip in Eagle Rock

The highest price paid in January for a home in Northeast Los Angeles — $2.45 million — was for a 4-bed, 3.5-bath Spanish Colonial on Wawona St. in Eagle Rock.

The home was listed for sale in November 2021 for $1.649 million. It was off the market in just under two weeks — and sold for $801,000 over the asking price.

Check out the rare before-and-after pictures in the slideshow. Click the photo to do that.

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Velvet, Eagle Rock's newest cannabis outlet, will occupy the storefront at 1118 Colorado Blvd (corner of Wiota St.) \ Photo by Bill Hendrickson Boulevard Sentinel

When it comes to cannabis shops in Eagle Rock, how many is too many?

By Bill Hendrickson Eagle Rock is about to get a third cannabis store – and that has ticked off the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. At a meeting on Feb. 1, the ERNC was upset that they had only found out about the new shop from billboards in Eagle Rock and word of mouth.   That would […]

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Foot-for-foot, this fun-size Mt. Washington bungalow was the most expensive home sold in NELA in December 2021 | Photo MLS

Really big money for really little homes in NELA

By Jeffery Marino

In the real estate market of Northeast Los Angeles, where a price tag of $1.1 million is the norm, you might be surprised to see what a mil actually gets you. 

The following two homes, one in Mt. Washington and one in Highland Park, sold in December for a tad under $1 million but at well over $1,000/square foot. Details here. Read more.

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This 2-bed, 2-bath in Highland Park sold for $1,100,000 in December 2021.

NELA home prices keep surging upward

By Jeffery Marino

The residential real estate market in Northeast Los Angeles boils down to this: On one side, you have a hoard of buyers. On the other side, you have a dearth of homes for sale. The result is more competition for fewer homes – and rapidly rising prices.

The median sale price for a home in NELA reached $1.1 million in December, the latest month with comprehensive data. That million-dollar-plus price tag marks a 20% increase over December of 2021, the largest annual price gain since June 2014. It’s also the 11th straight month of double-digit, year-over-year price increases. For our take on why this continues, read on;

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Instructor Patrick working with a middle school student | Photo courtesy of Mathnasium/Eagle Rock

Sponsored Content: Mathnasium/Eagle Rock – How to catch up, keep up and get ahead in math.

Mathnasium of Eagle Rock welcomes students in grades 1-12 who would like to strengthen their math skills, improve their performance, and become advanced math students.

The main goal at Mathnasium is to guide students towards mastery in math and gradually build confidence throughout the process.

Students come to Mathnasium from every starting point: some have foundational gaps, some need just a little extra support with their current school curriculum, and some are advanced math students who want to be challenged & move beyond their current grade level in math.

Mathnasium of Eagle Rock supports their students by meeting them where they are at!

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This 3-bed, 2-bath architectural gem of a house in Eagle Rock was one of the highest priced home sales in NELA in 2021.

The Top NELA Home Sales of 2021

By Jeffery Marino

We are rounding up NELA’s highest-dollar sales of the year. Three of them are presented here along with the all-time highest-dollar sale on record. How much did the top 2021 sales go for? What neighborhoods are represented on this Jeffery Marino special report giving you the details on the year’s biggest deals. Read more for more.

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Swift, forceful advocacy by more than 50 residents of Eagle Rock led by East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD) secured reunification of the neighborhood in one Congressional district.

Sponsored Content: Huge push wins reunion of Eagle Rock

Spurred on by the East Area Progressive Democrats,  Eagle Rockers spoke up loud and clear when it mattered. And the state Redistricting Commission acted. The Commission has released an updated configuration that is now final of federal district boundaries in California. In the new map, Eagle Rock is reunified in one Congressional district as Eagle […]

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Sponsored Content: Tempted to Sell Your Home? Be Aware, Be Prepared!

  SPONSORED CONTENT FROM THE EAGLE ROCK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL We are reaching out to senior homeowners in the community to take precaution and be prepared when considering selling or tapping equity in their homes, especially when approached by solicitors. It has been brought to the attention of local residents and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council […]

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Prelude & Dawn, a gift shop in Highland Park, has been named by the L.A. Times as one of the best places in L.A. to shop for holiday gifts. | Photo: Prelude & Dawn

The wider world takes notice of shopping in Northeast L.A.

By Mary Lynch The Los Angeles Times has given shout outs to several shops in Northeast Los Angeles this holiday season. Acorn and Folia Collective in Eagle Rock and Prelude & Dawn in Highland Park have made the Times’ list of  shops in in L.A. where you can find the “perfect holiday gift.” The Juicy […]

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4847 Genevieve Ave in Eagle Rock offers Two for the Price of One alchemy.

Two homes sell for the price of one in Eagle Rock

By Jeffery Marino

Eagle Rock just got a little denser with the sale in October of 4847 Genevieve Ave.

Over the past year and a half, neighbors have watched as the lot was transformed from a single-family fixer with lots of potential into two brand new, self-contained homes. 

The transformation was undertaken by ADU Homes, Inc. Read what they did and how they did it here.

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Shop local this holiday season at Shop Small Eagle Rock

By Mary Lynch

It’s Shop Small Saturday, the official start of the local holiday shopping season, and for the 11th year in a row, small businesses in Eagle Rock are rolling out the collective welcome mat.

This year, the emphasis is on Eagle Rock’s women-owned retail shops. You will recognize them by the balloons (helium-free) adorning the shops.

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Three of about 65 residents who showed up on Tuesday, Nov 23 to urge Glendale City Council to reject GWP proposal to build a power plant atop the Scholl Canyon dump. | photo by Hans Johnson

Health of local environment hinges on upcoming vote on Scholl Canyon

By Bill Hendrickson

Some 65 residents of Glendale and Eagle Rock protested this week at Glendale City Hall against the plan by Glendale Water and Power to build a biogas power plant at Scholl Canyon in the hills above Eagle Rock.

The protest, on Nov. 23, came in advance of a crucial meeting on Nov. 30, when the Glendale City Council will decide on whether to give GWP a go-ahead to proceed with the plant, which would convert methane from decaying garbage into electrical power.

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Jen Wilder (left) and Marcy Guevara-Prete (right), owners of The The Plus Bus Boutique on York Boulevard in Highland Park. | Photo by Lila Hempel-Edgers/The Occidental

The Plus Bus Boutique is a ‘dream closet’ for plus-size people

By Angela Guglielmino,

For a while after moving to Los Angeles, Myjah Moon, the owner of Pressed By Jess nail care, said she just didn’t feel sexy. Then, in August, she went to The Plus Bus for the first time and found the blue-sequined outfit she wore for her birthday photoshoot. It brought her confidence back. At no extra charge. Want inspiration, Read on. It’s right here in Highland Park.

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City and state officials hold $4,750,000 check for improvements at Rio de Los Angeles State Park. From Left: Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, an invited guest from the community, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, and General Manager Michael Shull of the L. A. Department of Recreation and Parks. | Photo by T. A. Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

Major improvements coming for soccer and football fields at Rio de Los Angeles State Park

By Bill Hendrickson

In an exemplary display of cooperation between community leaders and state and local officials, $7.5 million has been secured to upgrade three soccer fields and other facilities at Rio de Los Angeles State Park in Cypress Park. To know more about the improvements to the Park both to the playing fields and the related park facilities, read on.

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Councilmember Gil Cedillo in front of the Champions of Change mural in Lincoln Heights. "It is important to have murals that educate ourselves and others about our history," he said.

New mural honors the greats of Lincoln Heights

By T. A. Hendrickson The newest mural in Los Angeles, by artist Sergio Daniel Robleto, is arguably the most inspiring.  Located in Albion Riverside Park in Lincoln Heights and entitled “Champions of Change,” the mural depicts six people from Lincoln Heights who have changed the world for the better. “The Champions of Change mural is […]

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Ilka Perkins using a pottery wheel | Photo courtesy of People’s Pottery Project

At the People’s Pottery Project in Glassell Park, formerly incarcerated people find employment, acceptance, community

By Angela Guglielmino In 1993, when Ilka Perkins was 17, she woke up in a state prison lying on a cold slab of metal facing 15 years to life in prison. She was released 26 years later, in 2019, at age 43. Since then, Ilka and her wife, Domonique Perkins, whom she met in prison, and […]

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The Soul Bowl with shrimp at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen on Eagle Rock Blvd.| Photo courtesy of Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Survive, then thrive: How three local restaurants that opened during the lockdown are doing today

By Olivia Fishman 

If launching a restaurant is a leap of faith, launching a restaurant during a pandemic is a gravity-defying vault. 

And yet, the owners of the three restaurants profiled in this story pulled it off. Here’s how they did it and how they’re doing now.

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This house in Glassell Park sold recently for $1.225 million, a big premium over the seller's asking price.

The two fastest selling homes in NELA in September were priced to sell at just under $1M

By Jeffery Marino

Ever since last May, when the median sale price for a home in Northeast Los Angeles hit the $1 million mark, sellers have been taking the “just under” pricing approach: Put the house on the market for just under $1 million and count on buyer competition to push the price into seven figures. 

This strategy clearly has worked. See how it worked for the sellers of the two houses featured in this report.

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This 2-bed, 1-bath home on Cunard St. in Glassell Park sold recently for $1.07 million, fully 25% more than the asking price.

Faster pace, higher prices for recent NELA home sales

By Jeffery Marino

Another month, another record. In September, the latest data available, the median sale price for a house in NELA continued its steep climb, rising 14% year-over-year, to $1.065 million. September was the eighth straight month of double-digit annual price growth.

Prices are up because inventory is low and falling.. The home sales market dynamically complex. Get the main point here.

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Workers at El Super in Highland Park are in line to share in wages, damages and interest for COVID-related labor violations by the grocery store chain. | Photo by Yelp

El Super workers in Highland Park to receive back pay for employer’s COVID-19 violations

By T.A. Hendrickson

Workers at the El Super grocery store on York Boulevard in Highland Park are in line to share in $412,000 in wages, damages and interest assessed today by the California Labor Commissioner against the El Super grocery store chain.

The York Boulevard location was one of 38 El Super stores where the employer failed to provide or delayed supplemental paid sick leave and other benefits. There’s more. Click photo above.

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This $1.34 million home in Eagle Rock was under contract in eight days and sold for nearly $250,000 over asking.

The seller’s market in NELA real estate surges on

By Jeffery Marino

The latest home-sales data for Northeast Los Angeles, covering the month of August, give an especially clear picture of the market for residential real estate. 
So what do the data from August 2020 to August 2021 show?

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In a major victory for Eagle Rock, the proposed biogas plant at Scholl Canyon has has been rejected by the Glendale Planning Commission. | Photo by Doc Searls/Flickr Creative Commons

Biogas plant at Scholl Canyon rejected by key committee; residents of Glendale and Eagle Rock claim victory

By Bill Hendrickson The Glendale Planning Commission has voted unanimously to reject the proposal by Glendale Water and Power to build a biogas power plant at the Scholl Canyon landfill in the hills above Eagle Rock. The rejection of the proposal is a victory for residents of Glendale and Eagle Rock who have organized into […]

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Franklin High #74, Carlos Graciano, a senior, and #71, Sebastian Pascuzzo, a sophomore, line up against Norbonne. | Photo by Monique Muniz

High school sports: A week of strong performances in NELA

By Dave Abbott The past week saw a dominant performance by the Franklin football team, continued strength in girls volleyball and standout times in cross country.  The Franklin Panthers of Highland Park defeated the Narbonne Gauchos of Harbor City, 63-6, in a home game on Sept. 17. The Panthers notched 283 total yards (185 yards […]

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One of Metro's options would reduce much of Colorado Boulevard to one car lane each way. Another option would retain two car lanes each way | Image by Metro

Metro lays out options for Colorado Boulevard: Winners and losers come into focus

By T.A. Hendrickson At a pair of Zoom meetings on Thursday, Metro staff presented two options now under consideration for a bus rapid transit (BRT) route on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock. The Eagle Rock route is one segment of a proposed BRT line from North Hollywood to Pasadena (NoHo-Pas). Under both options for Eagle […]

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A Mathnasium/Eagle Rock student | Photo by Eric Benitez/Mathnasium Eagle Rock

Sponsored Content: Don’t let your child be confused, intimidated and embarrassed by math

“Children don’t hate math. What they hate is being confused, intimidated, and embarrassed by math,” said Larry Martinek, the creator of the Mathnasium Method.

This learning center not only welcomes students who are struggling with mathematics, but also those who want to improve their skills and broaden their academic knowledge. Click photo to learn more.

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Sponsored Content: Invitation to Citywide Community Public Hearing – Saturday, September 11 at 10A.M.

Join us for an important meeting about “redistricting.” The purpose of redistricting is to redraw the maps that impact your community and to ensure you have the power to determine fair and inclusive representation in your council district.

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Miry Whitehill, founder of Miry’s List, packing kits for Afghan families arriving across the country | Photo: Alex Welsh for The New York Times

Miry’s List featured in The New York Times

Miry’s List, a nonprofit founded in Eagle Rock in 2016 to help refugees, has been featured in The New York Times for its exemplary efforts to help Afghan refugees. Here is the full New York Time’s story featuring Miry Whitehill, resident of Eagle Rock and founder of Miry’s List.

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Tucked into a cul-de-sac in prime Mt. Washington, this 1979 contemporary resonates with modern sophistication | Photo from Tracy Do

Sponsored Content: All Signs Point to a Mt Washington Cul-de-Sac Home with Views

711 Lark Ct | Mt. Washington https://tracydo.com/711-lark-ct-mt-washington/ 2 Beds + Office | 2 Baths | $1,199,000 Open House Saturday and Sunday, August 21st and 22nd from 2-4P Broker’s Open Tuesday, August 24th and Thursday, August 26th from 11A-1P Tucked into a cul-de-sac in prime Mt. Washington, this 1979 contemporary resonates with modern sophistication. The airy open […]

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Kevin de Leon has called the recall effort against him a misguided attack on the democratic process. | Photo Sacramento Bee

Kevin de León files a blistering official response to recall effort; recall proponents stand firm

By T. A Hendrickson Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de León has filed a blistering, official response to the recall Notice of Intent that was served on him last month by five local residents.  “A handful of 5 individuals, most of them political extremists, are weaponizing the recall process against the voters of the Los […]

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Sponsored Content: All Signs Point to an Eagle Rock Spanish with Guest House, Pool + Spa

5437 Dahlia Dr | Eagle Rock
2 Beds + Guest House | 3.5 Baths | $1,699,000
In prime Eagle Rock this rare and exquisite Spanish compound features a swimming pool and large detached guest house in a dreamy setting. The property was built in 1926 and feels sheltered from the city, even as dining and amenities are right down the street.  Check out the photo gallery here.

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Kevin de León, City Councilmember for CD-14, has become the target of a recall effort launched by five local residents. | Photo by David Butow / Redux Pictures

Keeping an eye on the effort to recall Kevin de León

By T.A. Hendrickson

In the nascent effort to recall Councilmember Kevin de León, the next move is his: De León has until August 9 to file a response with the City Clerk to the recall Notice of Intent that was served on July 19 and published on July 22 in The Daily News and La Opinion. To read what comes next and when and more, click the photo above.

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A dreamy find in Eagle Rock offering abundant outdoor space, far-reaching views and a wonderful sense of privacy | Photo from Tracy Do

Sponsored Content: All Signs Point to a Ranch-Style Home on a Large Private Lot

4834 Ray Ct | Eagle Rock https://tracydo.com/4834-ray-ct-eagle-rock-3/ 3 Beds | 2 Baths | $1,489,000 Open House Saturday and Sunday, July 24th and 25th from 2-4P This updated Ranch-style home is a dreamy find in Eagle Rock offering abundant outdoor space, far-reaching views and a wonderful sense of privacy. Design notes circa 1947 create a sun-splashed […]

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Fall sunrise in NELA | Photo by Bill Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

NELA Weighs In: The top 10 posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page

In the last three months of 2020, the top 10 posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page reflected the complicated world we all are navigating. Breaking news — a fire in Highland Park and a fatal car crash in Glassell Park — grabbed readers’ attention, as did several posts on local aspects of the pandemic […]

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Address: 4840 Malta St Neighborhood: Highland Park Sale Price: $1,225,000; Previous Sale Price: $620,000

Three NELA Homes That Were Flipped During the Pandemic

By Jeffery Marino Starting in 2008, in the teeth of the Great Recession, buy-to-sell real estate investment – also known as house flipping – took off in Northeast Los Angeles. Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Mount Washington and Atwater Village were all transformed by real estate investors snapping up properties at the bottom of […]

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U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nicolas T Hanna discusses the charges against L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar

U.S. Attorney and FBI Detail the Charges Against L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar

From the horses’ mouths: We post here the video of the U.S. Attorney and FBI discussing the arrest of L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar.

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Creating Extraordinary Realities with Carolyn Caswell, MFT, M. Msc.

Advertisement Dear Readers,  This month, we’re going to Look Into an often misunderstood word, “Apocalypse” and address the questions: “What is the Apocalypse?, “Are we in the ‘Time of the Apocalypse’ now?” And if so, what will happen to us? The word Apocalypse is often popularly used in the Biblical context of “the End of […]

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Creating Extraordinary Realities with Carolyn Caswell, MFT, M. Msc.

Advertisement Dear Readers, This month, I’m sharing just a little of my Sacred Dialog with the Masters of Wisdom who are guiding our Work. C: Respected Masters, Please advise me about the face mask and protective gear issue? You have assured me of my own safety, but what about Other­ Selves and those who follow […]

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Creating Extraordinary Realities with Carolyn Caswell, MFT, M. Msc.

Advertisement (Coco’s Intuitive Meetups Are Suspended Due To a State of “Emergency”– ”Emerge And See!” in the year of “perfect sight” 2020.) The Deeper Meanings of “The Corona Virus: Covid-19” We’ve been discussing a truth that if a problem presents itself to us, it doesn’t mean we are necessarily the problem, but are responsible for […]

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Our Facebook Top Ten was led by Drum Major Adamari Betancourt (at center in white uniform) of Franklin High School in Highland Park who led the All-City Marching Band of the LA Unified School District in the Rose Parade this year. Betancourt was joined by six other All-City band members from Franklin shown with Franklin Band Director Veronica Gonzalez, at right. (Photo courtesy of Veronica Gonzalez.)

NELA Weighs In: The Top 10 Posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook Page

In the first three months of 2020, the top 10 posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page covered the gamut of events and issues.    1 Drum major Adamari Betancourt of Franklin High School in Highland Park leads the LAUSD’s All-City Marching Band in the Rose Parade. (Jan.1) 2 A suspect is arrested on suspicion […]

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Limai Academy Opens in NELA

Limai Academy is a new private K-12 school in Eagle Rock that combines the standard American curriculum with curriculum from around the world, including an emphasis on Latin, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese alongside art, music, math and science. “Limai” stands for Leadership, Innovation, Motivation, Academics and Independence. The Limai 2019 summer camp is $95/week plus $20/week for extended hours. Annual tuition for the 2019/2020 academic year, when Limai will offer instruction for kindergarten through 9th grade, ranges from $8,900 to $11,500, depending on grade level.

For more information about summer camp and the 2019/2020 school year, call 323-507-2345 or visit the school and meet Principal Turner.

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