LAUSD SCHOOL RANKED AMONG TOP 50 PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN U.S. BY NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE
The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) in the Los Angeles Unified School District has been ranked among the top 50 public high schools in the United States by Newsweek magazine in a June 8 web exclusive article titled “The Top of the Class.”
In the weekly magazine’s feature story, LACES, a 6-12th grade magnet school, located in Local District 3, ranked 44th among the nation’s top public high schools. Twenty-three other high schools in the District earned places of honor on Newsweek’s list of top 1,300 public schools.
“I want to congratulate the LACES students, teachers, administrators and parents for achieving this honor,” said Los Angeles Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. “This is one of many schools in the District that has raised the bar for academic excellence for students through high expectations, offering rigorous AP classes and by cultivating a college-going culture on campus.”
All the schools listed in the publication were ranked according to a ratio called the Challenge Index that is based on the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at their school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors.
Since the Newsweek ranking began in 2000, the number of AP classes and exams taken by students at LACES has increased from approximately 450 to over 1,000.
“The administration, teachers, staff, students and parents continue to work together to make LACES one of the best schools in the nation,” said District 1 Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, in whose district the school resides. “I am proud of their placement on this list and I am hopeful that more of our schools will be included next year. Michelle King, the Local District Superintendent and I met recently to schedule a discussion with LACES principal Dr. Margaret Kim to determine how we can provide additional resources to the school so that LACES maintains its academic prowess.”
“Newsweek’s ranking has to do with the students’ access to the rigorous AP program. At LACES, we have an ‘open door’ policy for all students to participate in AP classes,” said Dr. Kim, LACES’ principal. “With the participating students’ commitment for success and teachers’ consistent support, our school has been ranked among the top 50 schools in America for the past seven years by Newsweek magazine.”
Over the years, LACES has received numerous honors and distinctions as both a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School. For the 2008-2009 school year, LACES had a student enrollment of 1,528 and boasts an Academic Performance Index (API) of 839 in 2008.
To view Newsweek’s “The Top of the Class” web exclusive and the complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. high schools, click: http://www.newsweek.com/id/201160