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    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE 

     

    Keith Abrahams

    The mission of Student Integration Services is to provide, through collaborative efforts, educational and tactical services related to compliance and policy issues, to provide support to students, teachers, parents, administrators, superintendents, and support personnel representing the Local Districts, and to ensure maximum success for the varied socio-economic and culturally diverse student population of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    Los Angeles Unified School district (LAUSD) has a proud history of appreciating diversity, promoting equity and providing a rigorous instructional program.  As the second largest school district in the country, we have a moral obligation to develop quality, integrated educational centers.  Student Integration Services respects and appreciates the opportunity to create and support our integrated Magnet settings.

    We are proud of our Magnet programs.  Historically, data indicates that LAUSD Magnet schools/centers outperform their host counterparts, charter schools, and are above the state average.  During the Spring 2016 English-Language Arts (ELA) Smarter Balance Assessment, 61 percent of Magnet students met or exceed standards compared to 45 percent of independent charter students and 49 percent in California. On the Math assessment, 48 percent of Magnet students met or exceeded standards compared to 31 percent of independent charter students and 37 percent statewide.

    LAUSD Magnet schools and centers continually receive State and Federal awards. Since 1986, seventy-eight Magnet schools/centers have been awarded National Blue Ribbon School status.  In May 2018, twelve of our magnet programs were recognized by the national organization for magnet schools, Magnet Schools of America.  Two programs received the highest honor and were awarded the Magnet School of Excellence.   In April 2017, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson recognized 13 LAUSD Gold Ribbon Schools, 12 were magnet programs.  Our community believes that the portfolio of Magnet programs provide a quality, viable choice for parents. As the demand for Magnet programs increased so has our capacity. Over the past seven years we have increased the number of schools/centers and magnet seats. Currently, over 78,000 students attend one our 261 Magnet programs.  If LAUSD’s Magnet program were its own district, it would rank as the 45th largest school district in the country.  We are looking forward to opening 35 additional programs for the 2019-2020 school year.

    Please do not hesitate to call (213) 241-4177 if you have any comments, questions or concerns.  Student Integration Services prides itself on the level of support it provides for our students, parents, schools and community.

     
    Sincerely,

    Keith H. Abrahams III
    Executive Director, Student Integration Services

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