Public high schools in Los Angeles: What are this year's top-rated and most improved?

Public high schools in Los Angeles: What are this year's top-rated and most improved?Photo: Unsplash
Published on August 13, 2019

How do the public high schools in Los Angeles stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Franklin Senior High's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Los Angeles, rising from a C+ to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 820 N. Ave. 54th, enrolls 1,398 students. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B on an A-D scale for academics, B- for administration and C- for clubs and activities.

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 40% of Franklin Senior High's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 61% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 22% in math and 47% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 88% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Green Design Community School at Diego Rivera Learning Complex saw its overall rating increase from a C to a B-. The school is located at 6100 S. Central Ave. and is much smaller, currently serving 474 students.

Niche gave Green Design Community School mixed grades: C+ on an A-D scale for academics, A- for administration and C+ for clubs and activities. Green Design Community School's latest math proficiency was at 17%, and reading proficiency was 67%.

F D Lanterman High School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from an A- to an A+. The school is located at 2328 St. James Place and has 92 students currently enrolled, of whom 80% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave F D Lanterman High School mixed grades — A on an A-D scale for academics, B+ for administration and B+ for clubs and activities. F D Lanterman High School's latest math proficiency was at 85%, and reading proficiency was 90%.

While some public high schools are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School, with an A rating overall.
  • John Marshall Senior High School, rated A overall.

This story was created automatically using data from, then reviewed by an editor before publication. Click here for more about how and why Hoodline is automating local news. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.