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The newest battlefield in L.A. Unified's enrollment war is a boys school

The newest battlefield in L.A. Unified's enrollment war is a boys school

Christina Fuller was down to the wire.

With less than one week to go before the new school year, the Willowbrook mother who works in students services at Santa Monica College still didn’t know where her son would start sixth grade.

So one night last week, she brought Robert, a quiet 11-year-old wearing a Minecraft T-shirt, to an orientation she stumbled upon online for the district’s newest offering: the Boys Academic Leadership Academy.

The school, known as BALA, emphasizes science, technology, arts, engineering and math, or STEAM education. Classes at the Washington Prep campus in South L.A. begin Tuesday.

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