Innovation Menu
  • Innovation Schools

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    Learning From Within


    Schools that are engaged in innovative promising practices schoolwide and in classrooms:


  • Charter Schools

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) views charter schools as integral to the District's offerings and an opportunity to teach both students and educators. Currently, there are 277 charter schools (53 Affiliated, 224 Independent) under the jurisdiction of the LAUSD, serving more than 138,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. 

    There are two types of charter schools in the district: Conversion and Start-up. A conversion charter is an existing district school that later becomes a charter. A start-up is a charter school that is created "from scratch" by any member of the public - educators, parents, foundations and others. These charters can be fully independent or district-affiliated, which have closer ties to the district. Both must have their board-approved charter proposal, and both are held to a high level of accountability.  There are 102 schools in LAUSD that offer these programs. Click on the icon below to view the list of schools. 


  • Dual Language/Bilingual Program Schools

    LAUSD offers instructional program options that utilize dual language methodologies. These programs are Dual Language Programs, Maintenance Bilingual Education, Transitional Bilingual Education, and Foreign Language Immersion.  There are 102 schools in LAUSD that offer these programs.  Click on the icon below to view the list of schools. 

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  • Magnet Program Schools

    The LAUSD Magnet Program is a court-ordered voluntary integration opportunity available to all students in grades K-12 who live within the boundaries of LAUSD. The purpose is to provide an integrated educational and personal experience which prepares them to function in a diverse society, and helps to eliminate, reduce or prevent long-standing patterns of racial isolation. Each Magnet’s openings are determined by the need to maintain a racially balanced enrollment and by available space. Only gifted, high ability, highly gifted Magnets require specific eligibility criteria. No other screening, including grades, placement tests or auditions may be used as criteria for admitting or eliminating students.

    The LAUSD Magnet Program offers specialized courses or curricula designed to attract students based on their interests while stressing academic excellence, cooperative/experiential learning, interdisciplinary coursework, and peer collaboration. The LAUSD Magnet Program is comprised of both Magnet schools and Magnet centers. Magnet schools occupy entire school campuses (i.e. Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School); Magnet centers are co-located on a regular school campus with access to activities and experiences shared with the host school (i.e. Millikan Middle School Performing Arts Magnet). Some schools host as many as three Magnet centers on their school campus (i.e. Van Nuys High School Medical Magnet; Math, Science and Technology Magnet and Performing Arts Magnet). Click on the icon below to view the list of schools. 



  • Pilot Schools

    Pilot Schools are a network of public schools that have autonomy over budget, staffing, governance, curriculum & assessment, and the school calendar.  These autonomies allow them to operate with greater flexibility in order to best meet their students' needs.  Pilot Schools were created to be models of educational innovation and to serve as research and development sites for effective urban public schools.  Click on the icon below to view the list of LAUSD Pilot Schools.



  • Academic English Mastery Program (AEMP) Model Schools

    The AEMP Model Schools are emerging models of excellence in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching. Each school serves as a demonstration site for the District at large. One AEMP Model School site is located in each Local District.  Click on the icon below to view the list of AEMP Model Schools.


  • UCLA-LAUSD Collaborative Schools

    The UCLA-LAUSD Collaborative is a multi-year effort to increase the graduate and college admittance rates of African-American student in the LAUSD.  To support this effort, LAUSD has collaborated with UCLA and the College Board to provide strategic support to principals, teachers, and counselors at selected high schools across the District to close achievement disparities that exists between African-American students and other student subgoups.  Click on the icon below to view the list of UCLA-LAUSD Collaborative Schools.



  • Schools to Watch - Taking Center Stage

    Schools to Watch® is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum’s criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:

    • They are academically excellent — these schools challenge all students to use their minds well;
    • They are developmentally responsive — these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early  adolescence;
    • They are socially equitable — these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.

    To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational support to sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making. 

    Schools to Watch:

     • Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School

     • John Burroughs Middle School

  • Caifornia Distinguished Schools Awardees 2019

    Sponsored by the California Department of Education and California Casualty, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years. Distinguished School award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.

  • California Honor Roll Schools

    These schools have been named an Honor Roll school for the 2018 - 2019 California Honor Roll presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE).

    Honor Roll schools will receive recognition in the press as a leader in student achievement and will be provided with a free banner to display on campus. More information on each of these schools and why they made the Honor Roll can be found at the ERP website.


    Click on the category for the list of schools:

Academy for Enriched Sciences

Allesandro Elementary

Andasol Avenue Elementary

Apperson Street Elementary

Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary


Brooklyn Avenue Elementary

Bryson Avenue Elementary

Calahan Community Charter


Capistrano Avenue Elementary

Carson Street Elementary

Chandler Learning Academy

Chapman Elementary

Charles H. Kim Elementary


Cheremoya Avenue Elementary

Clifford Street Elementary

Clover Avenue Elementary

Darby Avenue Charter


Delevan Drive Elementary

Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Science Magnet Elementary

Eagle Rock Elementary

Germain Academy For Academic Achievement

Justice Street Academy Charter


Kester Avenue Elementary

Knollwood Preparatory Academy


Lomita Math/Science/Technology Magnet

Lorne Street Elementary

Melrose Avenue Elementary


Mountain View Elementary

Nestle Avenue Charter

One Hundred Fifty-Sixth Street Elementary

Overland Avenue Elementary

Park Western Place Elementary

Playa del Rey Elementary

Rio Vista Elementary

Roscomare Road Elementary



Solano Avenue Elementary

South Shores/CSUDH Visual and Performing Arts

Stagg Street Elementary


Superior Street Elementary

Taper Avenue Elementary

Toluca Lake Elementary

Topeka Charter School For Advanced Studies

Two Hundred Thirty-Second Place

Van Gogh Charter

Van Ness Avenue Elementary

Vena Avenue Elementary

Vintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet

Warner Avenue Elementary

Welby Way Charter Elementary School And Gifted-High Ability Magnet



Alfred B. Nobel Charter Middle

Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle

Robert A. Millikan Middle School, Performing Arts Magnet & Science Academy STEM

Robert Frost Middle

Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle



Downtown Business High School

Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High

Taft Charter High

Van Nuys Senior High



Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies

Valley Alternative Magnet