I have twin boys who are 6th graders at LACES. Despite their differing strengths and learning styles, LACES has proven to be an excellent educational environment for both of them. The administration and teachers make an effort to focus on individuality and bring out the best in each student. We are almost finished with "Year 1" and i am still enamored with the school. LACES fosters curiosity and a desire for learning - which is invaluable.
I feel very proud and fortuned that my kids are attending LACES having said this just like anywhere else there always room for improvement. For those teachers, staff, and parents that go above and beyond thank you, thank you, for all your dedication and hard work.
Being new to LACES and having heard so many things about middle school in general we were unsure what to expect. We have been very pleasantly surprised with the LACES experience. The teachers are great, supportive and warm, the counselors are terrific and very understanding of the middle school transition and the principal is inspiring! The parent community is very involved and there are lots of ways to get to know other parents and be involved. My child enjoys school and is thrilled by the nber of clubs and other opportunities there are for her. The academics are very good, not nearly as hard and scary as I had read about. My child does very well and is only working slightly harder than she did in 5th grade! Overall we are very happy and hope to send our younger child here as well!
Our son is just finishing first year at LACES. We had to decide between LACES and New West. For us, the decision was difficult, because we thought the middle school experience might be better at New West (our friends with kids there are having good experiences). But we went with LACES because of the high school, and because a friend who is an education professor who knows the area schools recommended it as the choice he would make. Our son's first month was challenging -- the kids get about 1 to 1.5 hours of homework, and the atmosphere was initially intimidating for him. BUT, by maybe midway through the second month, he was totally adjusted and having fun. He has learned so much -- I am amazed. Our son is a bit nerdy, and he fits right in. I don't know where else you can find an open public school (as in, not application-based) with a culture that is so academic. The kids seem generally proud/ happy with the school. The principal and teachers have been responsive the couple times we emailed this year. So, for us the bottom line is that after years of worrying about where our kids would go after Westwood Charter (which we love) we now feel lucky to have wound up at LACES.
We are new to LACES. Our son started 6th grade in Fall. We have been happy so far. Our son is a good student but not a 'wiz' in any subject. He has stepped up his game both in studying, learning and homework. He seems to enjoy what is asked of him and where he has stumbled we've gotten support from teachers. It really is a matter of beefing up his study skills which is exactly what 6th grade should be about. The classes do have 30+ kids but again he has stepped out of his shell and made his own connection to each teacher. Which makes us proud since it is a 'life skill' that will serve him later. We have had a number of MIddle school family dinners which a lot of our fellow sixth grade parents and kids have attended. There is a real effort to build up the middle school and the community which we appreciate. Our previous elementary school was very warm and cozy and we weren't sure how we'd fair in the new 1500 student school but the truth is 1500 is small considering it is both a middle and high school and we're finding the cozy. Is every class perfect? Nope. But we can see an evolution taking place and are happy to be here for improvements on an already terrific school.
When my son was admitted we were unsure whether he would find the focus on traditional academics and college preparation to be too much of a departure from what he was used to at his project based and nurturing charter elementary. Our concerns were totally unfounded. He is thriving both academically and socially. Our son has made friends with not only other middle schoolers, but some high schoolers as well. We have seen no bullying or other negative behavior: just an environment where everyone is devoted to doing their very best and helping each other. The teachers and administration here are approachable and take all concerns seriously. There are hard working parents, including middle school parents who are working to establish a greater sense of community for the middle school. I am so relieved to know that my son is provided for until he is ready to go off to college.
My son started this year as a 6th grader at LACES. He LOVES it. He LOVES going to school! He entered this fall an average student and, although the academics are challenging, he has learned study, writing and work skills that have earned him A's and B's. Talk about self esteem...LACES has given him this great gift! He has forged relationships with all his teachers, all of whom have taken a personal interest in him and his success. He loves his new friends in all grades and takes advantage of the athletic activites LACES offers for middle school at lunch. Bullies? His biggest fear! Quickly dashed when older students went out of their way (and continue ) to welcome him and even high five him this fall. As parents, we could not be happier with the approachable, fair and fabulous principal, Mr. Boger, and his faculty and staff. Without a doubt, the students are always their priority. There are also very active parent groups at LACES which foster a lovely sense of community and inclusion...LACES loves parent volunteers and welcomes all time and talent. We are so grateful our son is at LACES.
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.
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
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