L.A. Unified School District

The public-service mission of UCLA's new Geffen Academy

To the editor: I want to correct some misperceptions about the Geffen Academy at UCLA. ("UCLA's new Geffen-funding private school smacks of elitism," Readers React, Nov. 15)

The academy will be an independent school accountable to a public institution that has a record of developing innovative curriculum and partnering with the Los Angeles Unified School District to enhance K-12 educational excellence.

At least half of the enrollment will be children of families from greater Los Angeles. A robust financial-aid program for low- and...