Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies
|Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies|
|School Type||Public Magnet|
|Grade Levels||6 - 12|
|Location||5931 West 18th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Sports Motto||"Whose house?" "U house!"|
|Periodicals||LACES Untied - Newspaper
The Eyelit - Literary Magazine
The Dispenser - Culture Magazine
The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies is a public university preparatory secondary school located on 18th Street between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in the Faircrest Heights district of Los Angeles, California, on the former site of Louis Pasteur Middle School.
LACES, which serves grades 6 through 12, is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The current principal of LACES is Harold Boger. LACES is a magnet school (the first in LAUSD), and enrolls students from the entire district (selected by a weighted lottery process), many of them coming to school by bus. Students are encouraged to take multiple Advanced Placement Courses. The school has one of the highest API index ratings in LAUSD. In 1998, Los Angeles magazine described LACES as "the patriarch of all LAUSD magnets" with "a waiting list stretching into infinity."
The school has been named as a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School. LACES is frequently ranked among the top high schools in the nation, according to various measures. LACES has consistently ranked high in the Challenge Index rankings created by Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews. 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. In 2014, LACES ranked first on the Challenge Index among all schools (public and private) in Los Angeles, 5th in California, and 41st nationally. Also in 2014, U.S. News & World Report noted LACES as a "Gold Medal" school, ranking first among LAUSD schools, 19th in the state, and 112th in the nation.
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 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, after the school board voted in 1986 to close Pasteur. 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.
In 2010, the NBC reality show School Pride chose LACES to be the subject of an episode. The show's producers and sponsors provided landscaping and repainting (drawing criticism from some who thought that the bright blue and yellow exterior resembled an IKEA store) as well as makeovers for music and art rooms, the auditorium, and the culinary arts kitchen.
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.
In 2013, LACES received a Gaston Caperton Inspiration Award from the College Board, in recognition of the school's efforts to expand low-income students' access to higher education opportunities.
Community Magnet School
Community Magnet School, an arts and humanities magnet primary school, was located, since its founding in 1977, in an area within the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies campus for a period of around 25 years. By October 2002 Community Magnet had moved to its new location in Bel-Air.
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. Boys Basketball, the no. 3 seed, beat Rancho Dominguez Prep, the no. 1 seed, 49-37. Both games were played at the Roybal Learning Center.
LACES has enrolled students such as Christopher Cabaldon, Quinn Cummings, Marques Houston, Shane West, David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Ayer and (briefly) Mila Kunis.
- As seen on LACES basketball sweatshirts and heard at LACES sports events. "U House" refers to "Unicorn House", meaning LACES controls the house (arena).
- "Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies Featured on 'School Pride'". NBC Southern California. Friday November 26, 2010. Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
- Lansdberg, Mitchell (13 December 2007). "A lesson in diversity". Los Angeles Times.
- Terri Hardy, Education: Top of the class", Los Angeles, October 1998.
- Mitchell Landsberg, "State Honors 192 Schools as Distinguished", Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2005.
- "Westside Magnet High School Honored", Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1993.
- Jay Mathews, "75 Los Angeles County High Schools—Public and Private—That Bring Out the Best in Students", Los Angeles, September 23, 2014.
- Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies in America's Most Challenging High Schools, The Washington Post (accessed 2015-02-18).
- "Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies", Best High Schools in U.S. News & World Report (accessed 2015-02-18).
- John L. Mitchell, "Hamilton to Get Music School; 2 Nearby Magnets to Relocate", Los Angeles Times, November 20, 1986.
- Steve Lopez, "Bureaucrats buckle, and two L.A. schools will get makeovers", Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2010.
- Howard Blume and Daina Beth Solomon, "'School Pride' gets mixed grades from L.A. Unified: One episode of the TV show 'reenacted' an event that didn't happen; another left shoddy work behind. Some benefits were noted, though." Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2010.
- 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.
- Dalina Castellanos, "L.A. Unified magnet wins $25,000 College Board award", Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2013.
- "Award Celebrates High Schools Promoting High Standards For Student Achievement, Doing Exceptional Work In College And Career Readiness", College Board, May 29, 2013.
- Groves, Martha. "'Blue Ribbon' School's Move Criticized." Los Angeles Times. December 5, 1999. Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
- Mithers, Carol Lynn. "LAUSD's Building Fantasy." (Opinion section) Los Angeles Times. January 13, 2002. 1. Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
- "Contact Information." Community Magnet School. October 31, 2002. Retrieved on January 15, 2012. "11301 Bellagio Road Los Angeles, CA 90049"
- 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!.
- 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.
- Mike Hughes, "‘Bomb’ star Arquette fuses films and family", Gannett News Service in The Spokesman-Review, March 19, 2006.
- "Profiles: Patricia Arquette", Golden Globes (accessed 2014-02-15).
- DiCaprio attended LACES for several years before transferring to John Marshall High School. Louise Chipley Slavicek, Spotlight on Leonardo DiCaprio (Infobase Learning, 2012), ISBN 978-1438141336, p. 13. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- Juan Morales, "Training Days", LA Weekly, February 20, 2003.
- Franco, James. "Mila Kunis". Interview. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
- Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies Official Website
- LACES College Center Website
- LACES Alumni.com, the LACES Alumni Directory