It’s that time of year again: The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) open enrollment application period will begin the first week of May for placements in the 2014-15 school year. That means that if you are the parent of a child who will start kindergarten in September, now is the time to start visiting potential schools.
Luckily, DTLA parents have a lot of options to choose from. Two elementary schools opened in downtown Los Angeles in the past year and there are a number of good schools in the surrounding neighborhoods. Remember, thanks to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) choice policies, your child does not have to attend their zoned school, so you have a lot of flexibility in deciding where your kid goes to school.
A few things to consider when looking at schools: test scores are important, but they aren’t the only factor you should consider. A school with high test scores can have a “kill and drill” environment with too much pressure for many children, while a school with more modest scores could be a hidden gem. The only way to find out? Visit the schools and talk to the teachers and parents! Check out this CNN article for tips on what to look for during your school visit. You can also learn more about school choice in this site’s Scandalously Informal Guide to the LAUSD, guest-authored by Sandra Tsing-Loh.
Below is a list of elementary schools in or near downtown for you to consider. [Read more…]