Principal's Message

 Celebrating Over 40 Years of Excellence

California Distinguished School

National Blue Ribbon School

Magnet Schools of America Certified

WASC Accredited

Newsweek’s Top 100 High Schools in America

US News’ Gold Medal School 



Welcome to LACES! Please explore our website to discover the amazing things we are doing on our campus. We invite you to contact our Magnet Office to learn more about us and to gain access to our virtual tour. LACES opened its doors in September 1977, the first Magnet school established as part of the District's voluntary integration program. We have been striving for and demonstrating excellence ever since.


The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) is a full magnet program in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The LAUSD Integration Programs such as magnets exist as a mechanism to racially integrate Los Angeles schools. The LACES student body is very diverse. Currently, the demographics are 31% Hispanic, 27% White, 19% Asian, 19% Black, and 4% 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, 54% of the student body qualifies for free/reduced lunch meals. We meet or exceed our district’s and state’s targets on state assessments and on other measures such as graduation and attendance rates. We have outstanding Visual/Performing Arts and sports programs that are growing and thriving.


LACES' Unicorns emphasize academic excellence through mastery of our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

Learn to Solve Problems Critically/Creatively  

Act Ethically, Respectfully, Responsibly

Communicate Effectively, Precisely, Succinctly    

Embrace and Encourage Individuality/Diversity

Support Family, School, and Community


We promote safety and community by embodying the U-House Way daily:

Be Respectful; Be Responsible; and Be Ready (Prepared).


Our robust Restorative Justice Program and Mindfulness practices also help to build community and strengthen relationships across campus. 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.  We also offer concurrent enrollment with community colleges where students can begin to earn college credit. LACES consistently produces graduating classes of distinction with numerous valedictorians and AP Scholars.


We celebrate the Graduating Class of 2023, who achieved a 99% graduation rate. They have been accepted to and attending many colleges and universities across the country and abroad, including highly selective ones.


Other accomplishments include:

96 Valedictorians 

3 National Merit Scholarship Winners 
1 National Merit Semi-Finalists
8 National Merit Commended Finalists
39 AP Scholars with Distinction
2 AP Capstone Diplomas
AP Seminar and Research Certificate
17 AP Scholars with Honors 
35 AP Scholars
109 Superintendent Honor Roll Recipients
86 Bi-literacy Seal Bearers
1 POSSE Finalist


We are an environment of learning, nurturing students who are not only college-prepared and career ready, but who are also future leaders and positive contributors to society. GO UNICORNS!


Kimberly Lesure

LACES Principal

[email protected]

(323) 549-5916



"Children must be taught  how to think, not what to think"  -  Margaret Mead