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The 10 Best Public School Districts in Los Angeles

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Parents who live in Los Angeles or who are planning to move their may wonder which public schools are the best. What makes one school superior over the other? This depends upon a few different factors. In general, school districts are rated in accordance with their state test scores, SAT/ACT scores, their college readiness preparation programs, the quality of their teaching and administration staff, graduation rates, parent and student reviews and other statistics related to the community. There is a lot of information to review when looking for the best public school in LA or any other area for that matter. We’ve selected the ten top rated schools based on their ranking in the areas mentioned above.

1. Los Angeles Center for Enriched StudiesLos Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District

This school is ranked 18th in the state and # 138 in the nation. Students may take advanced placement coursework and exams. The student population is 49 percent male and 51 percent feamale with 72 percent minority enrollment. Total enrollment is 1,646 serving grades 6-12. The student teacher ratio is 26:1

Scores for college readiness and advanced placement.

  • College Readiness Index 77.4
  • Advanced placement tested 90%
  • Advanced placement passed 82%
  • Mathematics proficiency 94%
  • English proficiency 85%

2. Harbor Teacher Preparation AcademyWilmington, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District

Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy is ranked 24th inthe state and #196 nationally. Students may take advanced placement coursework and exams. The student body is 43 percent male and 57 percent female with minority enrollment at 96 percent. The school serves grades 9 -12 witha total enrollment of 436 anda student teacher ratio at 27:1.

Scores for college readiness and advanced placement

  • College Readiness Index 70.5
  • Advanced placement tested 90%
  • Advanced placement passed 71%
  • Mathematics proficiency 95%
  • English proficiency 88%

3. Magnolia Science Academy 2Van Nuys, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District

Magnolia Science Academy 2 is rated 32nd in the state and # 223 in the nation. Students may take advanced placement course work and exams. The student body is 56 percent male and 44 percent female with a minority enrollment of 88 percent. The school serves grades 6-12 with a total enrollment of 440 students and a student teacher ratio of 21:1.

Scores for college readiness and advanced placement

  • College Readiness Index 69.0
  • Advanced placement tested 90%
  • Advanced placement passed 68%
  • Mathematics proficiency 54%
  • English proficiency 52%

4. Wallis Annenberg HighLos Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District

Wallis Annenberg High is rated 34th in the state and #246 nationally. Students may take advanced placement coursework and exams. The student body is 46 percent male and 54 percent female with a one hundred percent minority enrollment. The school serves grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 480 and a student teacher ratio of 21:1.

Scores for college readiness and advanced placement

  • College Readiness Index 67.0
  • Advanced placement tested 76%
  • Advanced placement passed 85%
  • Mathematics proficiency 65%
  • English proficiency 50%

5. Bright Star Secondary Charter AcademyLos Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District

Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy is rated 35th in the state and #247 in the nation. Studentsmay take advanced placement coursework and exams. The student body is 49 percent male and 51 percent female with one hundred percent minority enrollment. The school serves grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 510 students and a student teacher ratio of 30:1.
Scores for college readiness and advanced placement

  • College Readiness Index 66.9
  • Advanced placement tested 88%
  • Advanced placement passed 69%
  • Mathematics proficiency 77%
  • English proficiency 82%

6. Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School – Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles Unified School District

Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High is rated 36th in the state and # 252 in the nation. Students may take
advanced placement coursework and exams. The student body is 40 percent male and 60 percent female with a minority enrollment of 93 percent. The school serves grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 1862 and a student teacher ratio of 27:1.

Scores for college readiness and advanced placement

  • College Readiness Index 66.4
  • Advanced placement tested 79%
  • Advanced placement passed 78%
  • MathematicspProficiency 83%
  • English proficiency 74%

7. Elizabeth Learning CenterCudahy, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District

Elizabeth Learning Center is rated 41st in the state and #277 in the nation. Students may take advanced placement coursework and exams. The student body is 40 percent ale and 51 percent female with a minority enrollment of ninety nine percent. The school serves grades Kindergarten through 12. The total enrollment is 1,768 students with a student to teacher ratio of 23:1.

Scores for college readiness and advanced placement

  • College Readiness Index 65.2
  • Advanced placement tested 84%
  • Advanced placement passed 70%
  • Mathematics proficiency 58%
  • English proficiency 47%

8. Downtown Business HighLos Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District

Downtown Business High is rated 56th in the state and #360 nationally. Students may take advanced placement coursework and exams.
The student body is 49 percent male and 51 percent female with a minority enrollment of ninety eight percent. The school serves grades 9-12 witha total student enrollment of 1,046 and a student teacher ratio of 27:1.

Scores for college readiness and advanced placement

  • College Readiness Index 61.1
  • Advanced placement tested 81%
  • Advanced placement passed 67%
  • Mathematics proficiency 86%
  • English proficiency 68%

9. Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 ComplexLos Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District

Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex is rated 62nd in thestate and #383 in the nation. Students may take advanced placement course work and exams. The student body is 48 percent male and 52 percent female with a minority enrollment of one hundred percent. The school serves grades 6-12 with a total student enrollment of 1,001 and a student teacher ratio of 22:1.

Scores for college readiness and advanced placement

  • College Readiness Index 60.4
  • Advanced placemnt tested 96%
  • Advanced placement passed 51%
  • Mathematics proficiency 84%
  • English proficiency 76%

10. Foshay Learning CenterLos Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District

Foshay Learning Center is rated 64th in the state and #406 in the nation. Students may take advanced placement course work and exams. The student body is 50 percent male and 50 percent female with a minority enrollment of one hundred percent. The school serves grades Kindergarten – 12 with a total student enrollment of 1982 and a student teacher ratio of 26:1.

Scores for college readiness and advanced placement

  • College Readiness Index 59.2
  • Advanced placemtn tested 81%
  • Advanced placement passed 64%
  • Mathematics proficiency 71%
  • English proficiency 60%

The statistics show that of all of the schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District, the top rated public schools in LA are charter and magnet schools with lower student enrollment statistics. These are just a sampling of the ten most highly ranked schools in the district. Out of 8,000 total schools, there are many excellent choices. While not every public school in Los Angeles has a good ranking, we must say that overall, the options for high quality public education in LA are very good.

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