Fortunately, there are many school choices in Greater Los Angeles. Public, Private, Independent, Charter, Magnet, Faith-Based, Boarding, Traditional, Academic, Progressive, and Alternative. As the President and Founder of Parents Education League of LA (www.parentseducationleague.org), I am familiar with the majority of schools in Los Angeles from Preschool to K-12. Below are a few resources you can access to get a general overview. For more detailed questions or to receive a complimentary Preschool GUIDE or Independent School Directory, please feel free to contact me.
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Elementary Independent Schools: http://www.laais.org/schools/elementary-esad.html
Secondary Independent Schools: http://www.laais.org/schools/secondary-cssad.html
Charter schools sit between public and private schools. A charter school is a public school that is not required to operate in accordance with all of the district rules for public schools in return for delivering specific performance results. Charter schools are publicly funded, can not charge tuition, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory and have non-selective admissions. Charter schools are run subject to their charter agreements which are granted by the LAUSD Board of Education and approved by the State of California usually for a period of up to five years. Renewal of a school’s charter is heavily dependent on its achievement of performance requirements. Charter schools may operate independently of LAUSD or be affiliated with the district. Enrollment for charter schools is primarily performed by lottery.
- Click here for a current roster of LAUSD charter schools:notebook.lausd.net/schoolsearch/selector.jsp
- California Charter Schools Association (CCSA): advances charter schools in California. www.calcharters.org/
Magnet schools are public schools that arose from court order for voluntary integration to tackle the harms of racial isolation. The opportunity to attend a Magnet School is open to K-12 students residing within the LAUSD boundaries. Currently, there are 173 Magnet Schools in the District of which 37 are Gifted & High Ability or Highly Gifted Programs which are subject to additional eligibility requirements. The following are different Magnet Program Themes that are offered: Alternative, Centers for Enriched Studies, Communications, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Gifted & High Ability, Highly Gifted, Humanities, Law/Government/Police Academies, Math/Science/Technology, One of a Kind and Global Awareness.
- Create a list of Magnet Programs that match your criteria. echoices.lausd.net/Magnet/programinfo.aspx
- eChoices: application and description of Magnet Programs. http://echoices.lausd.net/
- Shows where the Magnet schools are located on a map.echoices.lausd.net/Magnet/magnetmaps.aspx
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
The LAUSD is responsible for the public school system of the city of Los Angeles and several neighboring cities and unincorporated areas, but generally does not include Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City, Malibu and the Beach Cities (Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach). LAUSD is governed by an elected 7 member Board of Education. tings:
- Find which school your child will attend based on your home address:
Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD)
The BHUSD manages the public school system for most of Beverly Hills which consists primarily of four elementary schools (K-8) and one high school.(9-12). Part of Beverly Hills is included in LAUSD.
- Click under the Schools tab for school listings: www.bhusd.org/
Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD)
The CCUSD is responsible for public education in Culver City and has 5 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school.
- Click the Our Schools tab for school listings. www.ccusd.org/
- Culver City Unified School District website: www.ccusd.org/
Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD)
The MBUSD handles the public school system for the city of Manhattan Beach which includes 5 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school.
- Click here for school listings. www.mbusd.org/index.php?site=ourschools
- Manhattan Beach Unified School District website: www.mbusd.org/
- MBUSD District Map: www.mbusd.org/index.php?site=boundary.map
Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD)
The RBUSD manages the public schools for Redondo Beach which consists of 8 elementary, 2 middle schools and 1 high school.
- Click here for school listings. www.rbusd.org/schooldirectory
- Redondo Beach Unified School District website: www.rbusd.org/
- RBUSD District Map: www.rbusd.org/schoolboundary
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD)
The SMMUSD services the public school system for the cities of Santa Monica and Malibu which is comprised of 11 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 3 high schools.
- Click here for school listings. www.smmusd.org/
- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District website: www.smmusd.org/
- SMMUSD District Map: www.smmusd.org/pupil_services/district_map.html
Other Public School Districts in Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles County Office of Education provides a listing of all school districts in Los Angeles County. Please visit www.lacoe.edu/orgs/1/index.cfm?ModuleId=14&search_by=yes&search_orgid=*&Category=32&keyword
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