New Visions Foundation

The organization’s core belief is that all children deserve an excellent education and in order for children to learn best, they need to have their social, emotional and physical needs met. The Foundation’s goal is to find innovative ways to provide a wide-range of learning based programs to as many of our underserved children as possible, catalyzing change in American education.

In New Visions’ commitment to equity for underserved urban children and youth, it strives to create sustainable partnerships by launching and co-launching:

    • Charter Schools
    • New Roads School
    • Special programs focusing on specific underserved populations:
      • Foster Youth (Fostering New Visions)
      • Probation Youth (New Roads for New Visions)
      • NVforLENZ (New Visions for Lennox Educational Neighborhood Zone)

Over the past 16 years, New Visions has launched schools that provide a more equitable access to educational excellence. The first was New Roads School in 1995, an independent school committed to economic and ethnic diversity in its student body.

With an expansion of its original mission of starting new independent schools, the Foundation partnered with Pueblo Nuevo, and with ExED, a specialized management firm, to design its first charter school’s site and curriculum. That new school became Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in 2000.

The Foundation continued to partner to launch more schools including Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise (LAAAE) in 2005 and New Village Charter High School in 2006 both serving low income, predominantly at-risk student bodies. To further effect change, New Visions expanded its scope to include educational programs and social services. In addition to academic excellence, all New Visions programs incorporate Founder Dr. Paul Cummins’ “five other solids”: environmental education, human development, the arts, physical education and community service.

Never content to merely stand on past brilliant successes, Dr. Cummins and the New Visions Foundation constantly seek ways to improve access to learning, as well as forge new paths to education for those who most urgently require doors opened to opportunity.

The newest endeavor is The Herb Alpert Educational Village which provides a collaborative space that will foster partnership among non-profit organizations to promote educational innovation. Through incubating and communicating educational ideas, Village partners promote social justice, environmental sustainability and the arts such that all youth, and especially at-risk youth, can have access to an excellent education. New Visions indeed!