Education
The California Department of Education does not endorse or accredit private schools, nor do they provide a comprehensive database of California private schools. Various organizations provide accreditation as well as resources for parents. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) lists 25 accredited schools in the Los Angeles metro area. The California Association of Independent Schools (ACIS) (www.caisca.org) is a local affiliate of NAIS and offers resources and Los Angeles metro area.

— Fast Facts about Private Schools
According to the Council for American Private Education, the following are a few facts about private schools:
  • One in four schools is a private school.
  • One child in nine attends a private school.
  • Private schools produce an annual savings to taxpayers estimated at more than $48 billion.
  • Private school students perform better than their public school counterparts on standardized achievement tests.
  • About 90 percent of private high school graduates attend college, compared to 66 percent of public high school graduates.
  • Private school students from low socioeconomic backgrounds are more than three times more likely than comparable public school students to attain a bachelors degree by their mid-20s, meaning that private schools contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty for their students.
  • Private schools are racially, ethnically and economically diverse. Around 23 percent of private school students are students of color, and 28 percent are from families with annual incomes under $50,000.
  • Private secondary school students are nearly 50 percent more likely to take advanced placement or international baccalaureate courses in science and mathematics than public school students.
  • The participation of private school students in community service projects is significantly higher than their public school counterparts.

COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND ADULT EDUCATION
After high school, many California students go on to college, and many choose a college located in Los Angeles. There are 11 public and private universities within the Denver metro as well as six community colleges and more than 300 vocational and technical schools. With so many choices, it’s no wonder Colorado is ranked so highly for advanced education.

Public Universities
—California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
With a balance between urban excitement and rural charm, Cal Poly Pomona is nestled in 1,438 rolling acres on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County. One of only seven polytechnic universities nationwide, Cal Poly Pomona is known for its learn-by-doing philosophy, recognizing that students who solve classroom problems today have an advantage solving real-world problems tomorrow. Ranked among the top public universities in the western United States, Cal Poly Pomona provides a rich academic experience that encourages hands-on learning in every program, course and activity on campus. The university features eight academic colleges: Agriculture; Business Administration; Collins College of Hospitality Management; Education and Integrative Studies; Engineering; Environmental Design; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; and Science. Of its average 20,000 undergraduates and 2,100 postbaccalaureate students, more than 3,200 live on campus.

—California State University System
California State University (CSU) is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses (four in the Los Angeles area) and almost 437,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff, CSU is the largest, the most diverse and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. Approximately 64 percent of Californians with masters degrees and 35 percent with bachelors degrees in public administration studied at CSU. In addition, 49 percent of Californians with bachelors degrees in city, urban, community and regional planning studied at CSU. The following are descriptions of the campuses in the Los Angeles area.

CSU Dominguez Hills serves more than 14,400 students and graduates more than 2,800 into the workforce each year. Students at Dominguez Hills can choose from a strong selection of academic programs reflecting today’s high-demand fields, such as teacher education, health care and nursing and business administration. A leader in distance-learning, the university offers nine academic degree programs and seven certificate programs online. CSU Dominguez Hills’ masters in Business Administration; masters in Public Administration; masters of arts in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding; and masters of science in Quality Assurance have been recognized by GetEducated.com as among the Top 10 “best buys” in online programs. Annual spending related to CSU Dominguez Hills ($190 million) generates a total impact of $328.4 million on the regional economy and nearly $335.3 million on the statewide economy.

   
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