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Each year HOLA’s SmartStart program serves over 60 boys and girls, ages 7-11. SmartStart provides academic and tutoring support, helping youth to develop solid reading, writing, math and study skills. In addition, SmartStart staff further support the students and families by attending parent conferences, individualized education program (IEP) meetings and student success team (SST) referral meetings. Attending these meetings allows SmartStart staff to create learning centers that address students’ individual needs.

SmartStart offers a creative environment in which learning is fun and where students begin to see learning as an inherently rewarding, lifelong process. SmartStart is deeply committed to supporting the development of young children as caring, good human beings, as well as scholars. SmartStart’s staff believes that children work harder, achieve more and treat each other with a higher level of dignity when their efforts are visibly and consistently encouraged and valued. SmartStart provides meaningful lessons that address California State Standards and a nurturing community designed to promote the best in our students.

Program Goals:

  • Improved academic performance

  • Increased confidence in self-expression

  • Ability to work well on a team



+ How do I apply?

Please check enrollment dates. Applications can be filled online or in person at HOLA. There are two enrollment periods. There is one for summer programming and another for the full academic school year. Applications do not coincide and are independent of one another?

+ Do I need to live near HOLA?

No, but please take into consideration distance and time from school or home to HOLA, as it’s important to be on time.

+ What grades does SmartStart serve?

We serve 1st-5th grade for the academic school year and incoming 2nd-5th grade for summer session.

+ My child’s school does not get out till after 3pm. What’s the latest he/she can arrive to HOLA?

The earliest your child can arrive to HOLA is 2:30pm. Homework support begins at 3:30pm-4:45pm. We understand some schools are further than others and dismissal varies. We suggest you taking this into consideration when applying. Average time of arrival to HOLA is 3:00pm-4:00pm for SmartStart students. An arrival time of 4:15pm or later is not advised.

+ I have another child in SmartStart or another HOLA program? Is my child automatically accepted?

When applying, like a school, we take into consideration if a student has a sibling enrolled. However, there are no guarantees.

+ How do you accept students?

We have many factors to consider, such as: boy to girl ratio per grade, balance of academic performance amongst students, parent and student commitment, etc.

+ When I apply is there any documents you need?

We ask that you turn in your child’s most recent report card and most recent CELDT and/or CAASPP Student Reports.

+ Do you provide a snack or late lunch?

HOLA has a healthy snack shack where students are allowed to purchase snacks. Students are allowed to bring their own snacks as well. We have a strict NO junk food policy. On Thursdays, we offer a free sandwich table.

If you cannot find an answer to a questions, please contact us.


SMARTSTART Elementary LEad


SmartStart Program Director

P: 213-389-1148 x 231