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TIE-INS (Together In Education In Neighborhood Schools) is a collaboration between UCLA and Nora Sterry Elementary School, Brockton Avenue Elementary School, Emerson Middle School, and University High School. Chancellor Gene D. Block announced it May 18, 2009.


TIE-INS (Together In Education In Neighborhood Schools) is a collaboration between UCLA and Nora Sterry Elementary School, Brockton Avenue Elementary School, Emerson Middle School, and University High School, announced by Chancellor Gene D. Block on May 18, 2009.


The collaboration enables children of UCLA employees who live outside the attendance area to go to these four public schools, which are near the UCLA campus. In exchange, UCLA—with guidance from the schools’ leaders—provides assistance and enrichment in support of high achievement for all students in these schools.

The participating schools are in Los Angeles Unified School District Local District 3, and each has a rich history with UCLA. Any UCLA employee’s child who is selected by UCLA for enrollment in any of the TIE-INS schools is guaranteed the opportunity to attend through high school graduation so long as the child meets the usual expectations for academic performance, attendance, and citizenship. Once part of TIE-INS, there is no need to reapply each year in order to continue to participate, as is required by many other programs.

Information About TIE-INS Schools

Tour Dates & Appointments

The TIE-INS staff can arrange a special appointment with the principal if the date(s) listed do not meet the needs of your family. Visiting schools is a great way to learn more about their programs and services, ask questions about the school, and meet and learn from other parents.

Brockton Avenue Elementary School

  • Please call the school directly for a tour at 310-479-6090.

Nora Sterry Elementary School

  • To be announced soon

Emerson Middle School

For the Emerson Middle School tours, please arrive at 8:15AM to allow time to park. Presentation in library begins at 8:30AM. Parking restrictions on Selby Avenue will be lifted on tour dates.

Please RSVP with Nataly Birch at

  • Friday, January 30th, 2015  8:30AM-12PM at the Emerson Library.
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015      8:30AM-12PM at the Emerson Library.

University High School

School Tour Dates (Meet at Parent Center in the Main Building)

Please RSVP with Nataly Birch at

  • Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014      8:45AM-10:00AM
  • Wednesday, November 12th, 2014   8:45AM-10:00AM
  • Wednesday, January 21st, 2015       8:45AM-10:00AM
  • Wednesday, February 11th, 2015     8:45AM-10:00AM
  • Wednesday, March 11th, 2015         8:45AM-10:00AM
  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015           8:45AM-10:00AM


The School Visit

In considering the school options available to you, including TIE-INS, it is important to focus on what you know about the needs and best interests of your child. In visiting the TIE-INS schools and other schools you might attend, please consider the following factors:

  • You work schedule and other family needs
  • Your need for before school and after school child care and the availability of these programs at the schools you are considering.
  • Your ability to attend school events including parent conferences and other activities where you child will be involved.

Here are some other factors that parents often look for when the visit school sites:

  • Engagement of students in classroom learning activities
  • Evidence of student learning and student work posted in classrooms and throughout the school.
  • Relationships and interactions between administrators, staff and teachers
  • Relationships and interactions among teachers
  • Relationships and interactions between teachers and students
  • Relationships and interactions between administrators and students
  • Student interactions and evidence of feeling safe and supported
  • Pride in the school as expressed in public communications, display cases, and other public areas (murals, marquees, posters, etc.)
  • Faculty and staff demographics and experience (range of experience, diversity, and qualifications)
  • Welcoming attitude and greeting in office
  • Food services and cafeteria staffing
  • Safety and security within the school (evidence of steps to prevent trespassers and procedures to accommodate visitors) and safety in the neighboring community.
  • Cleanliness of school grounds

Of course, on any given day, you may find issues with one or more of these factors in almost any school. Your own perceptions of your child's needs in relation to what the school offers and what you see and experience is probably the best gauge of whether or not your feel confident in enrolling your child in any given school.


School Report Card

School Report CardThe School Report Card is a document published each year (since January 2009) by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in collaboration with various community-based organizations, parents, and foundations, summarizing performance for each one of over 600 individual schools. The School Report Card represents the district's intiative to create a culture of accountability and transparency about its schools' performance and growth in areas of student learning.

The School Report Card pulls all the key data elements about school performance and puts them in a single document for parents to review. The report provides information about school demographics, annual test scores, and the learning environment (Data includes: California Department of Education, individual school data, and internal data from LAUSD). School Report Cards are published for all comprehensive high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, multi-level or "span" schools (e.g. schools with a K-8 configurations), and standalone magnet centers.

As you can see on each of the school report cards, there are students in each school who do well and meet the criteria for proficiency on state assessments. You will have to decide based upon what you know about your child, whether or not there is a fit with your needs and expectations in what is offered at each TIE-INS school.

For your reference, we have attached links to our TIE-INS schools reports for you to download below.

Nora Sterry Elementary School Report Card 2012-13

Brockton Avenue Elementary School Report Card 2012-13

Emerson Middle School Report Card 2012-13

University High School Report Card 2012-13

If you are interested in learning more about other schools in LAUSD, please visit the LAUSD School Report Card Site.


School Experience Survey

The School Experience Survey is an additional report published by the Los Angeles Unified School District that parents might find helpful as they investigate school options for their child. This report provides feedback from a survey of parents, school employees and students in grades 3-12 from all LAUSD schools. The survey questions span a wide rage of major topics for each of the groups listed below.

  • Students: Opportunities for learning, involvement in school, school cleanliness, and school safety.
  • Parents: Welcome to participate, involvement at school, involvement at home, and school safety.
  • School Staff: School support and commitment, teacher collaborations, and school order and safety.

Nora Sterry Elementary School Experience Survey 2012-13

Brockton Elementary School Experience Survey 2012-13

Emerson Middle School Experience Survey 2012-13

University High School Experience Survey 2012-13


UCLA Support of TIE-INS Schools

The UCLA TIE-INS program strives to expand University and K-12 school partnerships that respect and strengthen each school's capacity to improve student learning and achievement. We work collaboratively with principals and teachers to identify individual and collective needs of our partner schools and match UCLA resources to enhance the learning opportunities that ultimately benefit all students.

Below are some of our program highlights for the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • Satisfied parents as expressed on school surveys and through parents’ active participation at their local TIE-INS schools. Parent data showed that 84% of parents agreed that their child(ren) will continue with the TIE-INS program for next academic year.
  • Numerous programs, resources, and in-kind contributions from UCLA units and departments including approximately  48,000+ hours of service provided by UCLA undergraduate and graduate tutors to strengthen school-based intervention and enrichment programs.
  • Securing of funds from external sources to fund transportation to music and arts events on the UCLA campus and nearby performing arts venues for approximately 1,540 students.
  • Approximately 400 hours of professional development offerings from the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies for teachers at TIE-INS schools to support school-wide improvement efforts in core content areas.
  • Establishment of programs at TIE-INS schools with 20 UCLA units/departments resulting in mutually beneficial relationships between UCLA researchers and program staff.


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How do I apply to participate in TIE-INS for 2014-2015?

The application process is now open. Please fill out this form in order to participate:
If you have questions regarding the TIE-INS application, please contact TIE-INS staff below.

If I have questions, whom can I contact at UCLA?

If you have questions, please contact:


Apply for the 2014-15 school year

If you are interested in applying for the 2014-15 school year, please fill out the TIE-INS Application Form.

If you have questions, please contact:

Nataly Birch
Program Coordinator

(310) 267-4905

Christine Shen
TIE-INS Director
(310) 210-4633