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Non-Discrimination StatementASE shall admit all students who wish to attend, and who submit a timely application, unless the Charter School receives a greater number of applications than there are spaces for students, in which case a public random drawing will be held. [Ref. Education Code Section 47605(d)(2)(A)-(B)]


ASE shall be non-sectarian in its programs, admissions policies, employment practices, and all other operations. [Ref. Education Code Section 47605(d)(1)]


ASE shall not charge tuition. [Ref. Education Code Section 47605(d)(1)]


ASE shall not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation, home language, or disability. [Ref. Education Code Section 47605(d)(1)]


ASE is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. ASE prohibits discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s sex (including sexual orientation or gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition); ethnicity (such as race, color, national origin, and ancestry); religion; disability (mental or physical or reasonable accommodation); age; marital status; or any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance or regulation.


Harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is a form of unlawful discrimination and will not be tolerated by ASE. Harassment, intimidation, or abusive behavior toward a student or employee creates a hostile environment and can result in disciplinary action against the offending student or employee. Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal remarks and name-calling, graphic and written statements, or conduct that is physically threatening or humiliating.


Anti-Bullying PolicyASE is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment; will not tolerate bullying or any behavior that infringes on the safety or well-being of students, employees, or any other persons within the school’s jurisdiction; and will not tolerate retaliation in any form when bullying has been reported. School policy continues to require all personnel to promote among students and staff mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance.


Bullying is defined as aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of real or perceived physical or psychological power among those involved. Typically, the behavior is repeated over time and includes the use of hurtful words and/or acts.


Bullying behaviors may include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

• Verbal: Hurtful name-calling, teasing, gossiping, making threats, making rude noises, or spreading hurtful rumors.

• Nonverbal: Posturing, making gang signs, leering, staring, stalking, destroying property, using graffiti or graphic images, or exhibiting inappropriate and/or threatening gestures or actions.

• Physical: Hitting, punching, pushing, shoving, poking, kicking tripping, strangling, hair pulling, fighting, beating, biting, spitting, or destroying property.

• Emotional (Psychological): Rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, intimidating, humiliating, blackmailing, manipulating friendships, isolating, ostracizing, using peer pressure, or rating or ranking personal characteristics.

• Cyber bullying: Sending insulting or threatening messages by phone, e-mail, web sites or any other electronic or written communication.


LAUSD Bulletin 1038.1 that is distributed to families each year outlines the District’s Antibullying Policy that ASE has adopted in order to create an environment where the school community understands that bullying behavior is inappropriate and will not be tolerated.


Sexual HarassmentIt is the policy of ASE to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment, of or by employees or students, is a form of sex discrimination in that it constitutes differential treatment on the basis of sex. For that reason, it is a violation of state and federal laws and a violation of LAUSD and ASE policy.


The District considers sexual harassment to be a major offense that can result in disciplinary action to the offending employee/student and will result in the appropriate consequences, which may include suspension or expulsion of the offending student. Suspension or expulsion as a disciplinary consequence for sexual harassment shall not apply to students enrolled in kindergarten and grades one through three, inclusive.


Any student or employee of ASE who believes that she or he has been a victim of sexual harassment shall bring the complaint to the attention of the school administration. ASE prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or any participant in the complaint investigation process. Any such complainant is further advised that civil law remedies may also be available to them. Complaints will be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of the parties concerned. A more detailed description of the nature of sexual harassment offenses is included in the California Education Code Section 212.5 Sexual Harassment bulletin.


 Filing Complaints: You can contact the civil rights coordinator, Ms. Ho, at (323) 545-1100 or to file any complaints or make a report in regards to any civil rights violations.


On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued the following update to the Nondiscrimination Statement:


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call

(866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1)      mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3)      email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


The new full statement must be used for all Food and Nutrition Service programs on all materials and documents, Web pages, etc., produced for public information, public education, or public distribution.


The Web pages and documents listed above must be updated as soon as possible given the late notification of this information. We recognize that two of these dates were in 2015 and apologize for the delay in providing you this information more timely.



USDA Nondiscrimination Statement Short Version


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Shirley Rhodes by phone at 916-323-8521 or 800-952-5609, Option 2, or by e-mail at



USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015 (Spanish Translation)


De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.


Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.


Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:


(1)      correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; o


(3)      correo electrónico:


Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.


Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.

Por favor, recuerde que la declaración de nondiscriminación no se puede modificar. La versión corta de la declaración sólo se puede utilizar en documentos tales como folletos, y volantes, ya que son por naturaleza de una página documentos.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta con respecto a este tema, por favor póngase en contacto con Shirley Rodas por teléfono al 916-323-8521 o 800-952-5609, Opción 2, o por correo electrónico a