19. Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies
The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies serves as a university preparatory secondary school located on 18th Street between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in the Faircrest Heights district of Los Angeles, California.
LACES, which serves grades 6 through 12, is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
LACES is ranked very highly by Newsweek Magazine for its rigorous courses and exceptional learning concepts. Students are encouraged to take multiple Advanced Placement Courses. It is located on the old Louis Pasteur Middle School site and boasts one of the highest API index ratings in LAUSD.
The school is a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School. It has enrolled students including Christopher Cabaldon, Quinn Cummings, Patricia Arquette, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marques Houston, Shane West, and David Arquette. It is a magnet school and buses in students from around Los Angeles.
It is one of the top schools in America. In 2003, it was ranked 11th among public schools. This ranking was devised by calculating the total number of Advanced Placement courses taken by the graduating class and dividing it by that class. In California, LACES ranked number 17. Throughout 2004-2009 LACES received various rankings within the top 100 public schools in the nation.