Executive Director’s Message
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has a proud history of appreciating diversity, promoting equity and providing a rigorous instructional program. As the second largest school district in the country, we have a moral obligation to develop quality, integrated educational centers. LAUSD is one of the few school districts that are still under Court-Ordered desegregation. Student Integration Services respects and appreciates the opportunity to create and support our integrated Magnet settings.
We are proud of our Magnet programs. Historically, data indicates that LAUSD Magnet schools/centers outperform their host counterparts, other LAUSD schools and charter schools. In the most recent English-Language Arts (ELA) Smarter Balance Assessment, 61 percent of Magnet students met or exceeded standards compared to 45 percent of independent charter students and 49 percent in California. On the Math assessment, 48 percent of Magnets students met or exceeded standards compared to 31 percent of independent charter students and 37 percent statewide.
LAUSD Magnet schools and centers continually receive State and Federal awards. Since 1986, seventy-eight Magnet schools/centers have been named as California Distinguished Schools. Additionally, fourteen Magnet schools/centers have been awarded National Blue Ribbon School status. In May 2016, Eight of our magnet programs were recognized by the national organization for magnet schools, Magnet Schools of America. Two programs received the highest honor and were awarded the Magnet School of Excellence. Our community believes that the portfolio of Magnet programs provide a quality, viable choice for parents. As the demand for Magnet programs increased so has our capacity. Over the past six years we have increased the number of schools/centers and magnet seats. Currently, over 72,000 students attend one of our 215 Magnet programs. If LAUSD’s Magnet program were its own district, it would rank as the 48th largest school district in the country (only 1,000 students less than Fresno Unified School District). We are looking forward to opening 11 additional programs for the 2017-2018 school year.
Please do not hesitate to call 213-241-4177 if you have any comments, questions or concerns. Student Integration Services prides itself on the level of support it provides for our students, parents, schools and community.
Keith H. Abrahams III