YPICS (Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools, Inc.) was developed by Youth Policy Institute. Bert Corona Charter School was established in 2004 and Monsenor Oscar Romero Charter School in May 2007. YPICS oversees both schools and it became a separate non-profit organization June 2010.
Both Bert Corona Charter School and Moñsenor Oscar Romero Charter Middle School were developed to provide better quality options for parents as part of a comprehensive community strategy. The middle schools emphasize technology integration, project-based and service-learning, along with high-levels of parental involvement. Serving the Pacoima and Pico Union/Westlake communities of Los Angeles where many public schools are overcrowded and underperform on state achievement measures, the schools prepare students for academic success and active community involvement.
Bert Corona High School will open in August 2015 and we will continue to build California’s Future Leaders. In partnership with Mission College the instructional focus will carry forward the middle school themes, along with early college access. The program will also include Linked-Learning/CTE pathways.