California Creative Learning Academy (CalCreative) is a unique learning environment that cultivates the skills to mindfully create what one imagines through creative processes as a purposeful way of being. We are an education for all that embraces the power of possibility through a holistic approach to learning, authentic experiences, and the ability to effect social change.
California Creative Learning Academy is not just a place, it is a way of being. Exploring the world through creative processes allows us to cultivate the skills of creativity, curiosity, empathy and connection, as we mindfully learn to create what we imagine as a mindset. At CalCreative, we feel, construct and assimilate our connections to the world and each other, through stories, inquiry, investigation, reflection, and art. We feel emotionally connected to our world and our communities, because they are us and we are them.
As a philosophy of learning, we value learning through creative processes as authentic catalysts for social change in education. Creative learning is the change needed in education that creates a connected society that cares for one another and values inclusivity and diversity throughout our shared experience. As a way of being, we are helping to create a society that deeply values what it means to be human as a creative process.
California Creative Learning Academy has evolved out of a California charter school called Los Feliz Charter school for the Arts. LFCSA was started in 2006 by a small group of actively engaged parents who believed learning through the arts grows a wide range of skills missing in traditional education.
Through valuing arts integration as a process that actively engages students in their learning through self-expression, identifying multiple perspectives and developing one’s own sense of self and voice, LFCSA developed a model that represents what is needed most in education. This innovative model also included the values of social and emotional learning and project-based learning.
The model has now become California Creative Learning Academy. A way of being that cultivates creativity, curiosity, empathy and connection, as a mindset mindfully relating to our shared experience in an empowered state as a creative process.
Our Core Values