Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

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Coordinates: 34°02′37″N 118°22′18″W / 34.043605°N 118.371764°W / 34.043605; -118.371764

Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies
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Established 1977
School Type Public Magnet
School District LAUSD
Enrollment 1,627 (2005-2006)
Grade Levels 6 - 12
Principal Harold Boger
Location 5931 West 18th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
Colors Blue and Gold
Mascot LACES Unicorn
Sports Motto "Whose house?" "U house!"[1]
Periodicals LACES Untied - Newspaper
The Eyelit - Literary Magazine
The Dispenser - Culture Magazine
Homepage http://www.lacesmagnetschool.org

The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies is a university preparatory secondary school located on 18th Street between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in the Faircrest Heights district of Los Angeles, California.[2]

LACES, which serves grades 6 through 12, is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

LACES is 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.[citation needed]

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 DiCaprio, Marques Houston, Shane West, and David Arquette. LACES is a magnet school and buses in students from around Los Angeles.[citation needed]

LACES is one of the top schools in the nation. In 2003, it was ranked 11th 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 17. Throughout 2004-2009 LACES received various rankings within the top 100 public schools in the nation.[citation needed]


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.[3] 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, the former Louis Pasteur Junior High School. The Pico and Arlington site has now been used by Pio Pico Elementary and Middle School since 1987. LACES was renovated between the years of 1995 - 2004 with a new gymnasium. The new gym includes an olympic size pool, full weight room, locker rooms, and an indoor gym. The school was also enhanced with a new football field, tennis courts, and other physical education facilities. These changes had been discussed and hoped for since the early 90's. Construction on an elevator for the language arts building started in the fall of 2008.[citation needed]

Student racial statistics for year 2005 - 2006

The current principal of LACES is Mr. Harold Boger.

In June 2011, students vandalized the school, putting manure in the buildings, "soaping" the ponds, and spray-painting on a gym wall. The damage was estimated at $2,000.[4]

Community Magnet School[edit]

Community Magnet School, an arts and humanities magnet primary school, was located, since its founding in 1977,[5][6] in an area within the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies campus for a period of around 25 years.[5] By October 2002 Community Magnet had moved to its new location in Bel-Air.[7]


During the 2013-2014 school year, LACES Boys and Girls volleyball both won the Los Angeles City Section Division 3 championship, while Boys and Girls Basketball won the Los Angeles City Section Division 4 championship. Boys volleyball, the no. 3 seed, beat the no. 1 seed Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School 3-0.[8] Boys Basketball, the no. 3 seed, beat Rancho Dominguez Prep, the no. 1 seed, 49-37.[9] Both games were played at the Roybal Learning Center.


  1. ^ As seen on LACES basketball sweatshirts and heard at LACES sports events. "U House" refers to "Unicorn House", meaning LACES controls the house (arena).
  2. ^ "Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies Featured on "School Pride"." NBC Southern California. Friday November 26, 2010. Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Lansdberg, Mitchell (13 December 2007). "A lesson in diversity". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Mather, Kate (22 June 2011). "Senior pranksters leave manure in hallways, cause $2,000 in damage at L.A. school - latimes.com". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Groves, Martha. "'Blue Ribbon' School's Move Criticized." Los Angeles Times. December 5, 1999. Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Mithers, Carol Lynn. "LAUSD's Building Fantasy." (Opinion section) Los Angeles Times. January 13, 2002. 1. Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Contact Information." Community Magnet School. October 31, 2002. Retrieved on January 15, 2012. "11301 Bellagio Road Los Angeles, CA 90049"
  8. ^ Gonzalez, Ed (24 May 2014). "Boys Volleyball: LACES sweeps Rancho Dominguez for the Division III crown, Venice loses in Division II". Los Angeles Sports Journal The Home of Westside Prep Sports!. 
  9. ^ Gonzalez, Ed (7 March 2014). "Boys Basketball: Strong defense and Sledge’s offensive spark give LACES a city title". Los Angeles Sports Journal The Home of Westside Prep Sports!. Retrieved 2014-11-26. 

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