Learning From Within
Schools that are engaged in innovative promising practices schoolwide and in classrooms:
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:
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.
California Honor Roll Schools
These schools have been named an Honor Roll school for the 2016 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.
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- PreK-5/6 Honor Roll Schools
Apperson Street Elementary
Superior Street Elementary
Van Ness Avenue Elementary
- Middle Grades Honor Roll Schools
Mt. Gleason Middle
- Senior Grades Honor Roll Schools
- Honor Roll Span Schools
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
School in Candidacy for Accreditation Status