Education
9. Las Virgenes Unified School District
Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) is a K–12 school district in Calabasas and serves the western section of Los Angeles County at 14 public schools in the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, and several small portions of the West Hills section of Los Angeles. The largest school in the district is Agoura High, with approximately 2,400 students.

10. Beverly Hills Unified School District
The Beverly Hills Unified School District consists of four K–8 elementary schools, one 9–12 high school and an adult school. The K–12 enrollment is approximately 4,617, and the adult school services approximately 300 students. The district employs approximately 320 certificated and 150 classified personnel. The district is recognized nationally as a leader in education. Students have consistently scored far above national averages on standardized achievement tests.

CHECKLIST IN SELECTING A SCHOOL
While touring schools in your area, have your checklist handy to make remarks and pose questions.
  • Location. Is the school close to home, or will it be necessary to drive or take the bus?
  • Appearance. How does the school look? Is it clean and well maintained? Do you see litter or graffiti around buildings?
  • Parental Involvement. Is the local PTA active and involved? Ask for the website or contact person’s phone number.
  • Academic Success. Is the school academically successful? What percentage of the students in college-bound programs is admitted to competitive colleges?
  • Supplies. Are the textbooks and equipment up-to-date and printed within the last three years? Are there computers available?
  • Coursework. Ask about homework—how rigorous is it?
  • Services. Is counseling available for students of elementary and secondary schools? Can parents also meet with a counselor?

CHARTER, MAGNET AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Besides public schools, there are also many private, magnet and charter schools available.

According to the California Department of Education, charter schools public school that provides instruction in any combination of Grades K–12. Charter petitions typically are presented to and approved by a local school district governing board. Specific goals and operating procedures for a charter school are detailed in the agreement between the charter-authorizing entity and the charter developer. A charter school is exempted from many of the statutes and regulations that apply to regular public school districts. Students enroll in charter schools on a voluntary basis.

In California, there are approximately 749 active charters, 41 pending charters and 9 all-charter districts. Of the cumulative 790 charters (749 active, 41 pending) 645 (81.65 percent) are classroom or site-based, 134 (16.96 percent) are nonclassroom-based and 11 (1.39 percent) have not indicated yet (pending schools). In the Los Angeles area, there approximately 290 charter schools. An interactive map can be found on Charter Schools Division webpage (
www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/) that identifies the county in which a school is located and provides information on the type of school, school contacts, grade levels served, type of curriculum and in some cases, school demographics and previous school performance. You also can search the database to view a list of charter schools or locate a charter school by name.

Magnet schools are operated by public schools in California and are also known as Schools of Choice. Magnet schools target specific studies, such as art or computer technology, and offer specialized programs. In the Los Angeles Unified School District there are currently more than 320 magnet schools, magnet programs and charter schools offering parents a choice other than to their neighborhood schools. These programs are sometimes housed within another public school, and students must apply to enroll. Contact your designated or preferred school district to find out what magnet schools are being offered.

Private schools are another educational option for your child. Private schools often combine religion with educational studies or provide a more rigorous or international approach to learning. There are 1,533 private schools in Los Angeles County, California, serving 236,573 students. For a list of all the private school options in the Los Angeles County area, visit
www.privateschoolreview.com/county_private_schools/stateid/CA/county/6037.

   
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