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Enrichment Write Ups




Japan Bowl


"Three heads are better than one!" In Japan Bowl regional competition, a team of three compete with other high schools from all over Southern California on various topics speaking Japanese. Topics are as diverse as geography, history, politics, arts and culture. The winner gets to compete in National Japan Bowl Competition in Washington D.C. and the prize is a trip to Japan! 


Teacher Sponsor & Coach Ai Ikuma



When does Japan Bowl take place?

Spring Semester, usually March.


How often do they meet?

Twice a week in room 125


How is enrichment announced?

Ms Ikuma, who teaches Japanese, announces team tryouts in her classes.



Communication with parents and with students is through Schoology.


Competition takes place at LMU.


Fundraising: The students do try to sell things after school for fundraising.



Students & teacher enjoy the team building and the skills around long- term goals. It creates a smaller community within the larger community of the school.   Parents drive to competitions




Mock Trial


In 1980, Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) introduced the Mock Trial program, which already had a strong following in Los Angeles County, to all the counties in California. The program was created to help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. The program currently involves 36 California counties.



LACES has both middle school and high school components.  





Mock Trial High School 9th – 12grade



This is not a class led enrichment or teacher sponsored.  

Leader: Parent lvolunteers, Tonya Deetz & Jenny Wayland


When does it take place?  

Fall Semester


Announcement of Mock Trial?

Mock Trial tryouts are announced in homeroom, usually in September.



Communication with parents and students are through a dedicated FB page.


How often does it meet?

Two afternoons a week after school at LACES and then at least two weekends in October.   Less practice for witnesses, more for lawyers and more practices as the season proceeds.    Late September, all of October and November for the competitions.



Transportation to weekend practices and competetion is provided by parents, frequently car pools are arranged through the FB page.




Parent quote:


“My son was very excited to participate in Mock Trial.  Auditions were very competitive. Each year he has really enjoyed being a part of a defense or prosecution team that was developing a strategy for winning its case in competition with other L.A. County schools. The tight camaraderie of the teams was wonderful.  The teams are made up of students of different grades, so as a younger student he benefited from the expertise of the older, more experienced team members. Competing in real courtrooms, in front of real lawyers/judges in the Mosk Superior Courthouse downtown gave him the opportunity to see first-hand what it would be like to be a lawyer. “




Middle School Mock Trial

(To Come)





Model UN


Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making. 

At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as “delegates”, debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.



Teacher Sponsor:

Ranko Petrovic



When does it meet?

All school year


How often do they practice?

Model UN practices each Thursday.


Parent volunteer help:

Carpooling and award ceremonies and logistics for conferences such as hotel registration.



Students generate additional funding as their Model UN Club sells items at club fundraising days.


Additional notes:

Students attend three to five conferences throughout the year. There are conference fees ($20-$60) and UCLA offers Title 1 discount.  


Some students also participate in UCLA Summer Institute Model UN Program.


Parent quote:

“The club is almost entirely student run. Mr. Petrovic has graciously agreed to be the sponsor and helped with a mock model UN Conference at LACES in fall of 2017. It was wonderful, Mr. P!”



Speech & Debate



Academic Decathlon




Get Lit


Get Lit is a county-wide poetry curriculum whose mission is to "[fuse] classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy and cultivate enthusiastic learners emboldened to inspire social consciousness in diverse communities."


LACES students who wish to be on the team, choose a classic poem to memorize and perform from the Get Lit Anthology for that year (classic poems are excellent poems, not necessarily old poems). Students then write and respond to the classic poem with an original poem that they memorize and perform. Auditions are held in early spring semester and are open to high school students. Six poets are chosen to work together to go to competition in late April.








Restorative Justice Leadership



Homeroom Helpers



Peer Helping