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One of the biggest draws of the Central Los Angeles area is the incredible schools. In these neighborhoods, you can find some of the top rated schools in the country. Each district has both private and public schools within minutes from our homes. If you are a young family and are considering moving to one of the historic neighborhoods of Central Los Angeles, here is a list of some of the great schools in Los Angeles to help you decide where to settle. While this list is not exhaustive by any means (LA has hundreds of schools) it’s a good place to start:

Ramon C Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts: A public high school that blends standard high school curriculum and arts education located to the North of DTLA,

Central High School Tri-C: Located in the South of DTLA, Central is both a junior and senior high school.

Central City Value High School: Part of the value school system, Central city Value High School is a public school in Rampart Village.

Los Angeles High School of the Arts: Located in Koreatown, it’s a pilot public school that has a strong focus on arts and athletics.

Marlborough School: A private girl’s academy with a strong focus on STEM education in Central LA.

Cahuenga Elementary School: A public elementary school that offers language immersion and special needs education near Mid-Wilshire.

Hancock Park Elementary School: Right in Hancock Park, this public elementary school offers a school vegetable garden.

Hoover Street Elementary School: Near DTLA, Hoover Street is a public elementary school that offers a strong focus on building community.

Belmont High School: Located between DTLA and Silverlake, Belmont is a public high school known for diversity and a high quality of education.

Loyola High School: A private high school that is known for their academics and athletics located in University Park.

Shalhevet School: A Jewish private school located to the West of Mid Wilshire.

Thomas Jefferson High School: A 100 year old historic public high school located in University Park.

Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Science Magnet School: A magnet elementary school located in Echo Park with a curriculum focus on STEM education.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these and other great schools in the area, you Aspire Los Angeles team is here to help. We aren’t just realtors, we are residents of these great neighborhoods and our children attend these schools. We can help you find a home that is close to a top rated school. Contact us to learn more!


When home buyers with young children come to us, inevitably the subject of “schools and neighborhoods” becomes the hot topic that drives their decision where to purchase a home. Searching for a house in a good school district in Los Angeles becomes a major focus point.

Between Los Angeles Unified (LAUSD) neighborhood schools, magnets, charters, language immersions, gifted, and other public school options, as well as private and religious school choices, it can become a daunting task sifting through all the school options.

If it’s your first time at this particular rodeo, it can feel quite overwhelming and you will likely need some guidance on how to navigate the school process.

From choosing your area to targeting several schools to actually applying and getting into your desired schools, there are several factors and steps to consider. While many neighborhoods have wonderful public schools, some neighborhoods are still struggling with their local schools.

In some cases parents find another school program that best suits their needs, but this brings with it uncertainty, eligibility, and paperwork. It’s important to check with your desired schools’ websites for their specific application guidelines, tours, and deadlines.

For instance, magnet programs are applied for through the website, and must be submitted between October and early November before the fall of enrollment. Charter schools each have their own unique deadlines, but typically it’s around February before the fall of enrollment. For private and other school admissions, it will depend on that particular school’s application process, but is likely even earlier.

Knowing your priorities before you start looking for a home can make a big difference. We have helped many families purchase homes in areas that have great public schools, as well as guided them in the right direction to private, charter, or magnet schools!

If you want to get savvy about LAUSD public schools (including charters and magnets), we have a great resource for you! Tanya Anton of has put together a super handy Guide, “The GoMamaGuide to LAUSD” that’s helped thousands of LA families understand their options and make the right public school choice for them. We offer 10% off her book if you use this special Aspire link.

As always, reach out to a team member if you are an unrepresented buyer looking to purchase a home in Los Angeles.

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