Students living in Westchester attend elementary through high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The district encompasses more than 1,100 schools. In the immediate Westchester area, residents will find:
- Six K-5 schools, one of which is a public charter;
- One K-6 public charter school;
- Two K-8 public charter schools;
- One 5-8 public charter school;
- One 6-8 ICEF public charter school; and
- Two 9-12 schools (1 charter; 1 magnet).
LAUSD has been divided into six “local” districts: Central, East, Northeast, Northwest, South and West. Westchester is located in Local District West. LAUSD offers “neighborhood/resident schools,” within each local district, meaning children usually can attend schools near their home. You can view the designated resident school for any property using the Resident School Identifier tool at rsi.lausd.net. You can also search for your resident school via your home address with the district’s “SchoolFinder” tool.
LAUSD offers both traditional and choice-based systems, so students can choose to either attend a school within their neighborhood OR apply to any other school in the district offering specialized programs. These include Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS), charter schools, magnet schools, Open Enrollment schools, and schools located within Zones of Choice. You can search for schools and navigate the application process with the district’s e—choices tool at echoices.lausd.net.
It’s important that prospective residents contact the district to confirm attendance, boundaries, availability, and policies.
To search test results for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the state’s new academic computer-based assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for students in grade 3 to 8 and grade 11, which began in 2015, visit caaspp.ca.cde.gov/sb2015.
Private schools near Westchester
Carousel School; K-12; nonsectarian; 95 students
Carousel School – Airport Boulevard; PK-K; nonsectarian; 17 students
Escuela Plus Elementary; K; nonsectarian; 5 students
Visitation School; K-8; Catholic; 235 students
Los Angeles Unified School District (213-241-1000)*Public charter school; operated by ICEF; 98% minority African-American, Hispanic population. **Public magnet school; Health Magnet; Sports Medicine Magnet. +Public magnet school; Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Center. ^Public charter school; self-directed; preparing to add grades 7 and 8. ++Public charter school; International Baccalaureate; Dual Language Program. ^^Waldorf-inspired public charter school. #Bright Star operates a pair of 5-8 and 9-12 schools in the Westchester area; they are located on the same campus. Information for the table above is from Schooldigger.com and the California Department of Education.
||State Ranking/ # of Schools
|Cowan Avenue Elementary
|*Goethe International Charter
|+Loyola Village Elementary
|Playa Del Rey Elementary
|Playa Vista Elem.
|Westport Heights Elementary
|^Westside Innovative School
|#Stella Middle Charter Academy
|*ICEF Vista Middle Academy
|#Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy
|**Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet