Principal's Message

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 
Nelson Mandela



I am the new principal of the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies and I am so happy to be here. Thank you students, parents, and staff for your warm welcome. I am a proud product of the Los Angeles Unified School District and have been employed by the District for almost 25 years. I have experience in both middle and high school settings and bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to LACES. I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders as we focus on strengthening effective teaching and learning and continue building community. Together, we will prepare our students to excel academically and to be productive citizens who contribute positively to our society. 


The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) is a full magnet program in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The LAUSD Magnet Programs exist as a mechanism to racially integrate Los Angeles schools. The LACES student body is very diverse. Currently the demographics are 30% white, 28% Hispanic, 28% Asian, 13% Black, and 1% other.  LACES enrolls students in grades 6-12.  There is an application process, however, non-racial criteria such as test scores, grades, or socio-economic level are not considered.  Currently 52% of the student body qualifies for free/reduced lunch meals.


LACES has three school-wide expected learning outcomes: Be Respectful; Be Responsible; and Be Ready (Prepared).  Also known as the U-House Way, all other learning outcomes and other school activities are directly related to one of these three outcomes.  Our Restorative Program is building community and stronger relationships across campus and All LACES students participate in a challenging college bound curriculum.  The average LACES student completes seven Advanced Placement courses by graduation.  The percentage of students scoring 3 or better on AP exams exceeds the national average.  LACES consistently produces graduating classes of distinction with numerous valedictorians and AP Scholars. The graduating Class of 2016 had 62 Valedictorians with GPAs of 4.0 or above and received the following scholarships. 


1 Millenium Gates Scholar

3 National Merit Finalists

4 National AP Scholars

27 AP Scholars with Distinction

15 AP Scholars with Honors 

29 AP Scholars

57 National Honor Society Scholars

117 Bi-literacy Seal Bearers


We are an environment of learning, nurturing students who are college-prepared and career ready.


Kimberly Lesure



(323) 549-5916



Mrs. Lesure
© Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies 5931 W. 18th St. Los Angeles, CA 90035, Phone: (323) 549-5900 - Fax: (323) 938-8737
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