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Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies5
Posted March 03, 2015
- a parent
My daughter is a sixth grade student. We have been very pleased with the middle school. The coursework is challenging but LACES offers support to make all kids successful. And for those who need an extra challenge, they provide that as well. The teachers are all great, there is no bullying, and the kids all come together and support one another. A group of supportive parents are helping to bring new programs to the school for the arts and theater. My daughter has participated in a student-run musical (lead by a high school union) which has been an amazing experience. If you are looking for a wonderfully diverse and supportive academic community, LACES is for you.
LACES is the best gift anyone could ever hope for. We are blessed with the most wonderful Principal in Harold Boger that anyone could ever hope for. The school provides a top notch college prep program and prepares the kids for the Top schools in the US.
We have been at LACES for two years and have been very happy. Is every class and every teacher perfect? Ah, no. But then again I live in the real world and don't expect perfection. But my son's 6th grade had some stellar teachers including a fabulous English class. I was blown away by the poetry he wrote in her class. 7th grade has been a great year in many ways. Socially my son is more comfortable in his skin and has been enjoying his peers a great deal. Last year he kept to himself a lot but still had some nice connections. The classes are large (hello, LAUSD) but there is still something going on in the class that keeps him engaged. One thing that I hear a lot from other people who don't have kids at LACES is, "What about sixth graders being on campus with High Schoolers?" They really are ships that pass in the night. The High Schoolers do their own thing as do the middle schoolers. Age difference is no big deal. Many middle school parents are starting to build up the Middle School Community. MS has been in the shadow of High School for awhile but that is changing in front of our eyes. Very exciting time to be at LACES.
This school is the best you could hope for in a public school with kids who are motivated to learn. LACES is not about being the smartest kid around...it is about the kid who is willing to work the hardest. The teachers are supportive and responsive , administration is amazing and the parent community just wants to help get things done. This school was not my first choice and I cried when we were accepted because I knew we had no choice to give it a try. There is only one tour a year and it is awful and doesn't give a good insight what really the school is like. The tour has thousands of people. LACES is relativity small and everyone knows your name. My 11 year old son couldn't be happier! It is the best possible thing that could have happened to our family!
I love this school. But im telling you very hard to get in you will have to be striving for excellence to get in and they only let in 240 6th grade and 35 9th graders. I wish I were one of those lucky people who got into a school like this one
My son's school is LACES and the day we received our acceptance letter we all felt like we hit the lottery. My son enjoys going to school and is thriving there. In most LAUSD schools there is room for improvement esp in class size. LACES and their teachers do an amazing job with what they have to work with.
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.