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Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) is a college-preparatory secondary school that is leading the way in urban education. Students are encouraged to take multiple Advanced Placement courses, and they enjoy flexibility in course selection with seven-period block scheduling. Approximately 70 percent of students at the school come from minority racial or ethnic groups, and nearly half of the students are classified as gifted/talented. The school serves students in grades 6 through 12 and features classes with students of varying ages and abilities, which provides opportunities for differentiated instruction.

Newsweek recognized LACES as one of America’s Best High Schools in 2010, ranking the school at 65 out of 1,600 schools that made the list. The magazine highlighted the magnet school’s rigorous courses and exceptional performance. Over the past 10 years, the school has received numerous distinctions. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report named LACES a Silver Medal school. That recognition is a testament to the school’s 60.6 college readiness index (20 is the minimum for schools to be awarded a Silver Medal). The school also was named a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2005 and a California Distinguished School in 1993.


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