Los Angeles County is home to some of the greatest schools in the country. But only some can be considered the best. These are the seven best public elementary, middle, and high schools located throughout the county, each offering excellent academics, extracurricular activities, and general student/parent life.
Point Vicente Elementary School in Rancho Palos Verdes, California has a lower than average student to teacher ratio of 22:1. 93% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading, and 90% of teachers have over five years experience. The school prides itself on it’s enrichment programs, such as the annual International Day, where students learn about food, geography, and languages of the world, and after-school offerings such as “Lightsaber Fitness” “Lego Creativity Workshop,” and “Rocket Science and Astronomy.” All of these features led the State of California to declare Point Vicente a Distinguished Elementary School in 2014.
La Canada Elementary School is consistently ranked as one of the best elementary schools in California. La Canada Elementary is both a California Distinguished School (2010) and a National Blue Ribbon School (2013), and La Canada was identified in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education as the top performing K- 12 school district in California. All LCE students are able to participate in a Spanish program, a creative writing course, Math & Science Olympiad, music programs, and more.
Marengo Elementary School in South Pasadena, California is a larger school, but still offers excellent student:teacher ratios and was named a Distinguished Elementary School in 2010. 91% of students passed state tests in math and reading, and the school has just began offering a Mandarin Immersion Program in Kindergarten. The parent support is very high here, with the PTA providing $130,000 annually to support Marengo instructional programs. The school offers a variety of annual events for students and their families, including a Fall Pumpkin Festival, Celebrate the Arts Day, Science Fair, and a Talent Show.
Henry E. Huntington Middle School in San Marino, California, was named a California Distinguished School in 1994, 2005, 2009 and 2013, and offers an excellent education. Huntington Middle has a significantly below-average student to teacher ratio, and a large percentage of students are enrolled in the Gifted & Talented program. HMS Students consistently score in the top 1% of all California Middle Schools in state tests. The school places great emphasis on a well-rounded student, with over 50% of students participating one of 20 different sports and cheerleading, and over 60% of the student body is involved in music, dance, or drama programs.
Palos Verdes Intermediate in Palos Verdes Estates, California, has a picturesque location, nestled in the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Their students placed in the top 10% for math and reading for the State of California. Named a Distinguished School in 2011, Palos Verdes Intermediate strives to provide a variety of programs for students, including academic groups such as Debate Club and STEM & WISE competition clubs to prepare them for high school.
Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California has placed in the top 10% for SAT scores, AP scores, as well as math & English testing. Redondo Union has a very high graduation rate, and 40% of students have a GPA at 3.5 or higher, while taking one of the school’s 24 Advanced Placement courses. RUHS has won the state competition for a variety of sports in the last four years, as well as offering excellent arts programs.
The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies is located in LA, and has 1,646 students in grades 6-12. 94% of students were determined to be proficient in math and/or reading. This is a magnet school that combines academic rigor, a new commitment to the arts, and engaging teachers that thoroughly prepares students for college. LACES proved their dedication to education in 2014, when the graduating class had one National Merit Scholar, four National Merit Finalists, and 16 National Merit Commended Students.