Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies

  • Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies serves 1,649 students in grades 6-12.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the CA average of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 76%.
  • Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies operates within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

School Overview

  • The student population of 1649 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The teacher population of 63 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
School TypeAlternative school / Magnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Total Students1,649 students
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Total Students (1988-2015)
Gender %Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Gender
Total Classroom Teachers63 teachers
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Total Teachers (1987-2015)
Students by GradeLos Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Student By Grade

School Comparison

This School(CA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio26:124:1
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Student Teacher Ratio (1987-2015)
American Indian
n/a
1%
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies American Indian Students (1989-2014)
Asian
23%
11%
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Asian Students (1988-2015)
Hispanic
31%
54%
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Black Students (1988-2015)
Black
17%
6%
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Black Students (1988-2015)
White
29%
24%
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies White Students (1988-2015)
Two or more races
n/a
3%
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Two Or More Races Students (2009-2011)
All Ethnic GroupsLos Angeles Center For Enriched Studies All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownCA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.750.41
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Diversity Score (1988-2015)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
35%
50%
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Eligible for Free Lunch (1994-2015)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
13%
9%
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2000-2015)

District Comparison

  • Los Angeles Unified School District's student population of 642,303 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The revenue/student of $12,903 is higher than the state average of $10,966. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The district's spending/student of $14,891 is higher than the state average of $11,255. The district spending/student has grown by 16% over four years.
School District NameLos Angeles Unified School District
Number of Schools
Managed
988
4
Number of Students Managed642,3031,597
Los Angeles Unified School District Students Managed (1990-2015)
District Total Revenue$8,437 MM$18 MM
Los Angeles Unified School District District Total Revenue (1996-2015)
District Spending$9,736 MM$18 MM
Los Angeles Unified School District District Spending (1996-2015)
District Revenue / Student$12,903$10,966
Los Angeles Unified School District District Revenue / Student (1995-2015)
District Spending / Student$14,891$11,255
Los Angeles Unified School District District Spending / Student (1995-2015)
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2015 (latest 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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