Education
Many placement-agency owners are members of INA, and the association suggests that you select an INA member if you decide to use a placement agency’s services to help you locate a nanny.

— Au Pair
Au Pairs are foreign nationals between the ages of 18–26 who enter the United States through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Au Pair Exchange Program allows participants to experience American life for up to 24 months. Au Pairs in good standing can apply to extend their initial 12- month visit an additional six, nine or 12 months. Au Pairs participate in the life of the host family by providing limited child care services (maximum 10 hours per day, 45 hours per week) and are compensated for their work according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Au Pairs may not be placed in homes with infants three months of age or younger unless a parent or responsible adult will be in the home supervising the Au Pair. An Au Pair may not be placed in the home with a child two years of age or younger unless they have 200 or more hours of documented child care experience.

PRESCHOOL
Quality early childhood experiences lay the foundation for children to succeed in Grades K–12 and beyond. Yet, early care and education are consistently neglected as evidenced in Los Angeles County where more than 40,000 children still lack access to these quality early care and education programs. Los Angeles has many child care initiatives and programs to choose for your child.

Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) program is a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality preschool education to the children of Los Angeles. Since 2005, LAUP has supported the operation and/or development of more than 325 preschools in Los Angeles County, touching the lives of more than 50,000 children through enriching curricula and nurturing environments aimed to best prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. For more information, visit www.laup.net.

Los Angeles Preschool Advocacy Initiative (LAPAI), a partnership between the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the California Community Foundation, seeks to change the face of early childhood education. LAPAI brings community stakeholders together in a common vision and raises awareness of issues that will move the population closer to LAPAI’s ultimate goal of quality early care and education (ECE) for all children in Los Angeles County.

LOS ANGELES PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Los Angeles County alone has more than 83 public school districts, the largest of which is the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which educates more than 662,100 children at 1,124 schools, making it the largest in California and the second largest in the United States. Since the district has a Choices Program, residents of LAUSD may participate in the Magnet, Permits with Transportation (PWT) and Public School Choice (PSC) Programs to attend the school of their choice.

California Student Assessment Programs
In California, all high school students—except some with certain disabilities—must pass a test to earn a high school diploma. The test is called the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). California created the test to improve student achievement in high schools, helping to ensure that students graduate from high school with grade-level skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Students first take this test in Grade 10. If they do not pass the test the first time, they have more chances to take the test. In Grade 11, they can take the test two times. In Grade 12, they have up to five times to take the test.

Another assessment that California students take is the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. Each spring, students in Grades 2–11 take the STAR test. The STAR Program looks at how well schools and students are performing. Students take tests in mathematics, reading, writing, science and history. Teachers and parents can use test results to improve student learning. The STAR Program includes four tests: the California Standards Tests, the California Modified Assessment, the California Alternate Performance Assessment and the standards-based tests in Spanish.

SCHOOL SELECTION
With so many districts in the Los Angeles area, it is important to know what is out there and available for you and your family. Following are some of the biggest and best public school districts in the region.

—Los Angeles Unified School District
Second largest in the nation and the largest in California, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) serves more than 720 square miles and includes the megacity of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California. With a mission of “all youth achieving,” LAUSD continues to show double-digit growth on the state Academic Performance Index (API), an upward trend in the graduation rate, progress in the pass rate on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and other academic indicators.

—Top 10 School Districts in Los Angeles County
The following schools are rated as of 2011 as the Top 10 performing school districts in Los Angeles County.

1. San Marino Unified School District
Based on API scores, which range from 200 to 1,000, San Marino Unified School District is academically the best school district in Los Angeles County. The district consists of two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, all of which scored 10 out of 10 in state rankings. Both elementary schools, Carver Elementary School (969) and Valentine Elementary School (949) serve Grades K–5 with an average class size of about 27. Huntington Middle School (975) offers 29 core academic courses to students in Grades 6–8 with an average class size of 28. San Marino High School (940) serves 1,168 students in Grades 9–12 and offers 26 core academic courses. In last year's class, the average composite ACT score was 27.7, and 97 percent of students are pursuing higher education.

   
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