The vision for LAAAE comes from the dream of Moctesuma Esparza, an award-winning filmmaker, who produced many movies including “Selena,” The “Milagro Beanfield War,” “Gettysburg,” “Dorothy Dandridge,” “Selma Lord Selma,” “Price of Glory,” and “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,” receiving over 100 honors, including an Academy Award Nomination.

Mr. Esparza to envisioned a charter school that would enable students, regardless of socio-economic status, to have access to a college preparatory curriculum that focuses on visual and performing arts and enterprise. In 2004, LAAAE was founded and continues to deliver holistic public education for students, serving grades 6 through 12.

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