About 30 La Cañada High sophomores gathered in front of their school’s administration building after school let out Friday with signs and T-shirts in protest of the school’s World Cultures Academy program possibly ending.
The World Cultures Academy is an interdisciplinary combination of English and history for sophomores. It was founded and taught at LCHS this year by Rick Mohney and Jim Cartnal and it’s already made an impact on students.
“When I wake up in the morning I don’t dread going to school as much as I used to,” said Anders Iversen, the student-protest leader, participant in the program and sophomore at LCHS. “When we walk in we know we’re going to pushed to our limits but we’re not going to be pushed beyond them…When I’m sick I’ll go to WCA and then I’ll leave because I enjoy the class.”
The program could amount to just a one-hit wonder, though. Mohney accepted an early-retirement incentive plan for veteran teachers offered by La Cañada Unified earlier this year and later decided he wanted to come back to teach the course on a part-time basis.