Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies

  • Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies serves 1,648 students in grades 6-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 58% (which is higher than the California state average of 37%) for the 2015-2016 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 64% (which is higher than the California state average of 48%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies placed in the top 20% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 30%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the California state level of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is lower than the California state average of 76%.
  • Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies operates within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District's 77% graduation rate is lower than the California state average of 83%.

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School Overview

  • Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies's student population of 1648 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 66 teachers has grown by 8% over five school years.
School TypeAlternative school / Magnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Total Students1,648 students
Gender %Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Gender
Total Classroom Teachers66 teachers
Students by GradeLos Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies is ranked within the top 20% of all 9595 schools in California (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies is 0.75, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
58%
37%
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
64%
48%
Student : Teacher Ratio25:124:1
Asian
21%
11%
Hispanic
32%
54%
Black
18%
6%
White
28%
24%
Two or more races
1%
4%
All Ethnic GroupsLos Angeles Center For Enriched Studies All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownCA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.750.41
Graduation Rate≥99%
83%
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Graduation Rate (2011-2016)
Eligible for Free Lunch
40%
50%
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
14%
9%

    District Comparison

    • The school district of Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies is Los Angeles Unified School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 983 school districts in California (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
    • Los Angeles Unified School District's student population of 633,165 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
    • The district's graduation rate of 77% has increased from 61% over five school years.
    • The revenue/student of $12,871 is higher than the state average of $11,049. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
    • The district's spending/student of $14,853 is higher than the state average of $11,340. The district spending/student has grown by 13% over four school years.
    School District NameLos Angeles Unified School District
    Number of Schools
    Managed
    1,020
    4
    Number of Students Managed633,1651,585
    Los Angeles Unified School District Students Managed (1988-2016)
    District Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
    28%
    37%
    District Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
    38%
    48%
    District Graduation Rate
    77%
    83%
    District Total Revenue$8,437 MM$18 MM
    District Spending$9,736 MM$18 MM
    District Revenue / Student$12,871$11,049
    District Spending / Student$14,853$11,340
    School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
    Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

    School Notes

    • The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies is a university preparatory secondary school located in Los Angeles, California, United States.
    • LACES, which serves grades 6 through 12, is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
    • LACES is consistently ranked highly by Newsweek Magazine for its rigorous courses and exceptional performance. Students at Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies are encouraged to take multiple Advanced Placement Courses. The school is located on the old Louis Pasteur Middle School site and boasts one of the highest API index ratings in LAUSD.
    • The school is a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School. It has enrolled students such as Christopher Cabaldon, Quinn Cummings, Patricia Arquette, Leonardo Di Caprio, Marques Houston, Shane West, and David Arquette. LACES is a magnet school and buses in students from around Los Angeles. The students are allowed to take a variety of classes, including one extra period in which to take an elective class, for a total of seven classes per year. (Lending to the school's title as a "Center for Enriched Studies".)
    • LACES is one of the top schools in the nation. In 2003, it was ranked 10th in the nation among public schools. This ranking was devised by calculating the total number of Advanced Placement courses taken by the graduating class and dividing it by that class. In California, LACES ranked number 1. In 2005, Newsweek again did a rating of high schools, and LACES dropped to 28th nationally and 3rd in California.
    • LACES has a loose rivalry with Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, also known as SOCES. The rivalry is based for the most part from their titles as Centers for Enriched Studies, and in some sense is more of a token rivalry.
    • History: LACES was founded as the "Center for Enriched Studies" (minus the "LA") in September 1977 as the first magnet school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It was the first school created as part of the District's voluntary integration program. The founding principal was David Peha. In the 1977-78 school year, the school was housed in rented classroom space at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. It had an enrollment of about 450 students in grades 4 through 8. However, the Temple building did not meet LAUSD earthquake safety standards, so the following year, 1978-79, the school was relocated to an unused building on the Hamilton High School campus. It also added the 9th grade. Starting in the 1979-80 school year, the school moved once again, this time to an abandoned Catholic school campus at Pico and Arlington in Midtown Los Angeles which the LAUSD purchased. The original classroom building at the Catholic school was demolished and classroom bungalows were installed. LACES continued to add a grade level until reaching the 12 grade in the 1981-82 school year. The first graduating class of LACES was in June, 1982. LACES remained at the Pico and Arlington site until moving to its current site.

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