1997: The Magnolia Educational & Research Foundation (“Foundation”) dba Magnolia Public Schools (MPS) is a non-profit organization established in August 1997.
1998: The foundation began organizing volunteer tutors for middle and high schools, especially in math, science, and computer technology areas by utilizing their connections to major research universities throughout Southern California.
1999: Foundation organized and implemented a joint program with Culver City Unified School District to provide tutoring for students all around the city. It also started a free tutoring program in the Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys Area of the San Fernando Valley.
2002: LAUSD approves Magnolia’s first charter school, Magnolia Science Academy-1 (“MSA-1”), in the San Fernando Valley.
In the fall of 2002, the Foundation established its first charter school, Magnolia Science Academy-1 (“MSA-1”), in the San Fernando Valley. Since then, the Foundation has successfully replicated its educational program and philosophy at 9 other charter school sites throughout California:
- 8 in Los Angeles County
- 1 in San Diego
- 1 in Orange County