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YPICS was founded by the Youth Policy Institute Inc. (YPI), a nonprofit community based organization, in June 2010. At the time of it’s founding, YPICS consolidated the governance, leadership, and operations of two existing independent charter schools; Bert Corona Charter School, now a 5-8th grade school, was opened in July 2004.  Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School, a 6-8th grade school opened in May 2007. YPICS’ third school, Bert Corona Charter High School opened in August 2015.

Our founding organization, The Youth Policy Institute Inc. was founded by David L. Hackett in 1983 as a national nonprofit organization targeting anti-poverty and youth related issues. In 1996, YPI moved its base of operations and programming to Los Angeles with a focus on providing direct education and human need services for low income families and communities. As part of YPI's efforts, YPICS was developed to provide quality public school options for parents as part of a comprehensive community growth strategy.

Our schools emphasizes technology integration, project-based and service-learning, along with high-levels of parental engagement. Bert Corona Charter High School will carry forward the instructional focus and themes of Bert Corona Charter (Middle) school along with early college access and Linked-Learning/CTE pathways.