Recognizing outstanding academic excellence and innovation, the Magnet Schools of America has awarded 44 Los Angeles Unified programs with National Merit Awards – surpassing the LAUSD’s previous record-setting year in 2023 with 40 winning programs.
The campuses include Rosewood Urban Planning and Design Magnet Elementary School, Fairfax High School Visual Arts Magnet, Fairfax High School Police Academy Magnet, Hollywood High School New Media Academy Magnet and Melrose Math/Science/Technology Magnet Elementary School.
“Once again, Los Angeles Unified continues to lead the way,” LAUSD Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said. “Forty-four of our extraordinary magnet programs – a new record for us – have received national recognition for the rigorous curriculum and real-world experience they provide.”
Magnet Schools of America’s National Merit Awards program recognizes the top magnet schools in the United States for sustained excellence in academic performance, innovation and an ongoing commitment to providing an excellent educational experience. Four Los Angeles Unified programs are also 2024 finalists for the overall best magnet program in the country.
“We are so proud of our amazing programs throughout the entire district,” Carvalho added. “This honor reflects the passion and commitment of our dedicated educators and staff who inspire our students each and every day.”
The LAUSD offers a comprehensive magnet program that provides students with rigorous theme-based instruction based on specific fields of interest, encompassing all sectors of society including business, communication arts, enriched studies, liberal arts, public service, science/technology/engineering/math and visual and performing arts. The program also offers opportunities for gifted and highly gifted students.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the many programs that have received recognition by the Magnet Schools of America, including at Fairfax High, Hollywood High, Melrose Elementary, Open Elementary, Reseda High and Rosewood Elementary within Board District 4,” Board Member Nick Melvoin said. “L.A. Unified continues to provide incredible and innovative options for our families and students.”
The LAUSD’s magnet program provides students with real-world industry experience at the elementary and secondary school level, allowing students to foster industry connections within their community at an early age through ongoing partnerships with community and industry organizations. The district has 331 magnet programs with nearly 89,000 students in attendance in grades K-12. For information, visit lausd.net.