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Gregory Wayne Hooker, Principal


Dear Ambler Avenue Families,


I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and welcome you to the new school year.  I am Gregory Wayne Hooker a product of the L.A.U.S.D. and California Universities.  I have served in education for over 28 years.  I began the career ladder as a Para-professional/Library Aide (5yrs.), Teacher/Coordinator/Coach (8yrs.), Assistant Principal E.I.S./Generic (4yrs.), Principal (11yrs.) and finally a Temporary Advisor in the M.I.S.I.S. Department.  It has been a journey.  I am honored and it’s a pleasure for me to serve as your principal and to be a part of such a great Learning Community.

Starting a new school and a new year begins with great excitement and expectation.  I’m committed to providing a safe environment in which students can think, excel and learn.  My primary focus is to improve teaching and learning through the following…

  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Instructional Conversations
  • Academic Language

Furthermore, I will ensure that students will have opportunities to develop their potential intellectually, socially and emotionally.  I hope you will join us in the rich work that would benefit, promote and heightened their sense of discovery and curiosity.  I am confident that all of our new learning will lead our students to inevitable success and victory!  Lastly, I look forward to an amazing year of working closely with students, parents and staff to help get our students on a college bound road.

TRAFFIC LAWS                 Safety for Who!

                                                Safety for You!

Traffic laws must be followed!  As parents must abide by these rules/laws, it’s important that your child see you model the way.

  1. Drop students off at time gate number to ensure safety and supervision.
  2. Get out of the car and walk your child to the gate to ensure safety.
  3. Encourage your child to look both ways when he/she cross the street.  They must use the cross walk!
  4. Park your car in a permitted area, citations maybe given by the city if signs are not followed. The school is not responsible for any tickets you accrue.

If your child walks home, it’s important that you talk to him/her about the following….

  1. Go directly home from school.
  2. Avoid walking alone.
  3. Never take rides or walk with a stranger.
  4. Children should scream and run for help if approached by a stranger.
  5. Maintain good communications about pick up times.  Students will be at the late gate # for 15 minutes if not picked up by time, they will be in the youth services program.

Children will not be allowed to be in the office; there is no supervision for them. Kindergarteners/first graders will be location to be discussed.

Providing Ambler Avenue Elementary School with timely information is very important to me.  There are several vehicles that I am using to increase communication with families…

  • Connect Ed system to inform families of  various topics and events.  The system will call you in case of emergency and in the absence of your child.  You must answer the phone!
  • Marquee or Electric Message board contains running reminders of various events
  • Flyers and News letters to reinforce various events and accommodations of our school.  Collect this information from your child’s backpack.


Ambler Avenue Elementary and High       

     Achieving Gifted Magnet School


Los Angeles Unified School Districts


Goals, Beliefs and Strategies


  1. 100% percent graduation
  2. Proficiency for all
  3. 100% percent attendance
  4. Parent and Community engagement
  5. School Safety


  1. Start with Students
  2. Families are our partners
  3. Success in the classroom
  4. Diversity is our strength
  5. Effective teaching, leadership and accountability are keys to our success.


  1. Transform teaching and learning so that we prepare all youth to graduate college and workforce ready.
  2. Ensure there is an effective employee at every level of the organization focused on improving student outcomes.
  3. Provide a portfolio of high quality schools for youth, families and communities.
  4. Ensure a safe, caring and nurturing environment for all youth.
  5. Operate an effective, efficient, and transparent organization in order to assure the public trust.  Budgeting for student achievement.