LACES is over rated. Free yes but if your student is not a math and science whiz he will be made to feel miserable and dumb. Worst mistake was going here. Classes are large and kids with wealthy parents and tutors do well. Than there is everyone else. Creative, artistic, social science minded will not find anything at this school.
I would like to commend the teacher, staff, and volunteers that have goes above and beyond. having said that there's always room for improvement. Thank you to those that truly have done a great work.
Our daughter is in 8th grade and we're very happy with the education she's received at LACES over the last two years. The principal is very approachable and the administration are friendly and efficient. On the whole we feel the teachers are good and the campus is a pleasant place to visit. There is a strong parent body and a variety of ways to be involved, with PTA and school meetings scheduled at different times so that most parents can attend if they choose. Even though it's a middle and high school it doesn't feel like a big school, and the majority of the students we've met are polite and seem keen to do well.
I have two sons at LACES and I am very happy with the curriculum, the school focus, the expectations of the teachers and the terrific parent interaction. They maintain a Parent Center, have regular coffee with the Principal and have several active parent groups. As a busy working professional, I like all of the varied opportunities to be involved. The new Principal is a roll up your sleeves and work type of administrator. It took two years to get my first son in and four years to get the second one in. You should understand and take max advantage of the CHOICES lottery process.
I have long been an observer of the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES), first as an alumni interviewer for Yale University, and more recently as the aunt of two young men, Anthony and Gabriel Mack who are both students. LACES has been a consistently strong academic institution that also seems to have a created a strong community to support its students. As a product of LA Unified Schools and a one-time teacher in the District, I wholeheartedly recommend LACES for any and all financial rewards as it does an outstanding job of educating young people and preparing then to succeed in college.
This school has been amazing for my nephew who struggled with his academics for years before he started at LACES.
I have two girls in the 6th and 8th grade at LACES. I love this school and so do they. The teachers are committed to a great education. Parents are active and involved at the school. Mr Boger, the principal, keeps communication open via phone and internet groups and messages. The student body is racially mixed just like the rest of LA. My kids experience has been a friendly, nurturing environment where they learn from and respect other cultures.
This is my son's second year at LACES. When we were excepted we felt as if we won the lotto. We are as happy today at LACES as we were the day we found out we got in. The parent groups are amazing, The Principal is very approachable and really cares for the students. I know my son is getting the best at LACES.
My child has been at LACES two years and it has been such an amazing experience. To have your child want to go to school and look forward to it (especially through the difficult middle school years) says a lot about the school. I too have no idea where the review is talking about with regard to bullying and rampant drug use. My son speaks openly with me about school and has not seen any such problems. And the teachers are wonderful, responsive, communicative and helpful, and teaching, not trying to impress. It saddens me that someone would post such a negative review about such an amazing school.
I love this school. My child goes there since 6th grade. Their math department is very strong, especially love Mrs. Hill, her approach to students and learning is amazing, and I know my child picked up very important skills in both math and overall studying habits from this teacher.
We LOVE this school! I'm not sure what the previous poster is referring to but in four years at LACES I have not seen any evidence of bullying or rampant drug use. The teachers are TEACHING, not worrying about being cool. I know my child is being well prepared for college in addition to learning in a safe, nurturing environment. He loves going to school every day!
We were really UNHAPPY with this school. Bullying abounds all over the campus and the teachers are trying so hard to be cool and liked by the students that they look the other way and rarely discipline or even comment on it in the classroom. The administration and counselors do nothing to help change a negative situation. The academics are mediocre with test scores being the only goal. Drugs are everywhere. The middle school kids are virtually ignored because admin focuses on the high school having high test scores so they can get high ranking. After 2 awful years at LACES, we took our student out as soon as we could switch to another school and the difference is astonishing! We know many parents and students who are not satisfied with LACES.
I graduated from LACES in the late 90's but I had two siblings graduate recently (2008, 2010). We all found LACES to be a supportive and diverse learning environment while preparing us for University classes. I personally loved being at LACES and was sad when I had to leave. The teachers there inspired me to become a high school teacher myself. I highly recommend LACES!
It has high standards and most kids go to college. It is incredibly diverse and everyone mixes happily. The parents are devoted to helping. My kids went on to UCLA from there. A wonderful school
I am an 8th grader at LACES and I will be entering high school next year. Because of it's family-like environment, middle school students and high school students interact often and get along well. Teachers at the school (as far as I know) are very supportive and always encourage students to work to the best of their ability, and never overwork nor neglect students. I'm loving it, and I can't wait for high school.
I love this school. I have been bringing my children to this school for the past 13 years. 2 of them graduated several years ago and I have 1 still attending. The teachers and administrators care about the kids academic futures and they have a very high grad rate maybe 99.5% or something very close to it.
I am currently a senior at Laces and I can see why it is ranked one of the top in the nation. Many of the reviews criticizing Laces state that the teachers do not care about student progress. This has never been my experience. However, it is my belief that it is impossible to have a school without a single 'bad' teacher, so I am sure that Laces has a few. Laces has taught me to challange myself academically and socially and I am sure it has prepared me for college.
LACES is the best, everyone loves each other and everyone in class actually pays attention.There is no fooling around people actually want to learn and the teachers are outstanding, and teach the best they can.
Disappointment. Laces has a reputation for being one of the best in Lausd, but they're academics arent as good as you would hope.
My daughter is in eighth grade this year and has loved it every year. She can't wait to go from summer back to school....she counts off the days. We are very happy here. Thank you, LACES!
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