Learning From Within
Schools that are engaged in innovative promising practices schoolwide and in classrooms:
Digital Promise Verizon Innovative Learning Schools
Each participating school has committed to: provide every student with access to mobile learning technology in the classroom and at home, support educators with personalized professional learning, and reflect on data and stories for continuous improvement.Cohort 5 Schools:
Thomas A. Edison Middle School
Cohort 6 Schools:
Christopher Columbus Middle School
Thomas Starr King Middle School
2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.LAUSD National Blue Ribbon Schools:
Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy
Vintage Science/Technology/Engineering/Math Elementary Magnet School
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) views charter schools as integral to the District's offerings and an opportunity to teach both students and educators. Currently, there are 277 charter schools (53 Affiliated, 224 Independent) under the jurisdiction of the LAUSD, serving more than 138,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
There are two types of charter schools in the district: Conversion and Start-up. A conversion charter is an existing district school that later becomes a charter. A start-up is a charter school that is created "from scratch" by any member of the public - educators, parents, foundations and others. These charters can be fully independent or district-affiliated, which have closer ties to the district. Both must have their board-approved charter proposal, and both are held to a high level of accountability. There are 102 schools in LAUSD that offer these programs. Click on the icon below to view the list of schools.
Dual Language/Bilingual Program Schools
LAUSD offers instructional program options that utilize dual language methodologies. These programs are Dual Language Programs, Maintenance Bilingual Education, Transitional Bilingual Education, and Foreign Language Immersion. There are 102 schools in LAUSD that offer these programs. Click on the icon below to view the list of schools.
International Baccalaureate Schools
The International Baccalaureate (IB) programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma) encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners fully equipped for success in a rapidly changing world. IB has a proven track record of high academic success by providing a framework for teaching and learning that engages students in guided inquiry centered on universal concepts.
Research shows that students who graduate from IB programs are better prepared for college and careers and have the highest GPAs in four-year university freshmen classes. To learn more, click on the schools below or go to the LAUSD Division of Instruction International Baccalaureate Office webpage:LAUSD IB Schools:
• Bancroft Middle School• Downtown Business Magnet
• Eagle Rock Jr./Sr. High School
• El Sereno Middle School
• Farmdale Elementary School• Foshay Learning Center
• Wilson HS
Magnet Program Schools
The LAUSD Magnet Program is a court-ordered voluntary integration opportunity available to all students in grades K-12 who live within the boundaries of LAUSD. The purpose is to provide an integrated educational and personal experience which prepares them to function in a diverse society, and helps to eliminate, reduce or prevent long-standing patterns of racial isolation. Each Magnet’s openings are determined by the need to maintain a racially balanced enrollment and by available space. Only gifted, high ability, highly gifted Magnets require specific eligibility criteria. No other screening, including grades, placement tests or auditions may be used as criteria for admitting or eliminating students.
The LAUSD Magnet Program offers specialized courses or curricula designed to attract students based on their interests while stressing academic excellence, cooperative/experiential learning, interdisciplinary coursework, and peer collaboration. The LAUSD Magnet Program is comprised of both Magnet schools and Magnet centers. Magnet schools occupy entire school campuses (i.e. Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School); Magnet centers are co-located on a regular school campus with access to activities and experiences shared with the host school (i.e. Millikan Middle School Performing Arts Magnet). Some schools host as many as three Magnet centers on their school campus (i.e. Van Nuys High School Medical Magnet; Math, Science and Technology Magnet and Performing Arts Magnet). Click on the icon below to view the list of schools.
Pilot Schools are a network of public schools that have autonomy over budget, staffing, governance, curriculum & assessment, and the school calendar. These autonomies allow them to operate with greater flexibility in order to best meet their students' needs. Pilot Schools were created to be models of educational innovation and to serve as research and development sites for effective urban public schools. Click on the icon below to view the list of LAUSD Pilot Schools.
Academic English Mastery Program (AEMP) Model Schools
The AEMP Model Schools are emerging models of excellence in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching. Each school serves as a demonstration site for the District at large. One AEMP Model School site is located in each Local District. Click on the icon below to view the list of AEMP Model Schools.
UCLA-LAUSD Collaborative Schools
The UCLA-LAUSD Collaborative is a multi-year effort to increase the graduate and college admittance rates of African-American student in the LAUSD. To support this effort, LAUSD has collaborated with UCLA and the College Board to provide strategic support to principals, teachers, and counselors at selected high schools across the District to close achievement disparities that exists between African-American students and other student subgoups. Click on the icon below to view the list of UCLA-LAUSD Collaborative Schools.
Schools to Watch - Taking Center Stage
Schools to Watch® is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum’s criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:
- They are academically excellent — these schools challenge all students to use their minds well;
- They are developmentally responsive — these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence;
- They are socially equitable — these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.
To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational support to sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.
Schools to Watch:
• Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School
Caifornia Distinguished Schools Awardees 2019
Sponsored by the California Department of Education and California Casualty, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years. Distinguished School award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.
California Honor Roll Schools
These schools have been named an Honor Roll school for the 2018 - 2019 California Honor Roll presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE).
Honor Roll schools will receive recognition in the press as a leader in student achievement and will be provided with a free banner to display on campus. More information on each of these schools and why they made the Honor Roll can be found at the ERP website.
Click on the category for the list of schools:
- PreK-5/6 Honor Roll Schools
Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary
Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Science Magnet Elementary
Germain Academy For Academic Achievement
Justice Street Academy Charter
Lomita Math/Science/Technology Magnet
One Hundred Fifty-Sixth Street Elementary
South Shores/CSUDH Visual and Performing Arts
Superior Street Elementary
Topeka Charter School For Advanced Studies
Two Hundred Thirty-Second Place
Vintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet
Welby Way Charter Elementary School And Gifted-High Ability Magnet
- Middle Grades Honor Roll Schools
Alfred B. Nobel Charter Middle
Robert A. Millikan Middle School, Performing Arts Magnet & Science Academy STEM
Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle
- Senior Grades Honor Roll Schools
Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High
- Honor Roll Span Schools
Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies
WASC Accredited Middle Schools
The mission of the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is to foster excellence by encouraging school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation and to recognize, by accreditation, schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established criteria.
Accreditation affirms that a school provides its students with quality educational programs, validates the integrity student transcripts and ensures for the benefit of colleges, universities, and the community at large that graduating students have mastered a particular body of knowledge.
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Schools with Initial Accreditation Status (Cohort 1):
• Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School
• Stephen M White Middle School
• Washington Irving Middle School Math Music Enginering Magnet
• Florence Nightingale Middle School
Schools with Initial Accreditation Status (Cohort 2):
• Alexander Fleming Middle School
• Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School
• Joseph Le Conte Middle School
• Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MaCES)
• Robert E. Peary Middle School
• Francisco Sepulveda Middle School
• Orville Wright Engineering and Design Magnet