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School Profile

School and Community

Lakewood High School (LHS) is a large comprehensive public school located in Lakewood, California, and is part of the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) in south Los Angeles County.  Opened in 1957, the school enrolls over 3,200 students in grades nine through twelve.  Sixty-one percent of our students are categorized as socio-economically disadvantaged, five percent are English language learners, and twelve percent of our students have disabilities.  Our mascot is the Lancer, and our school colors are red and white.  LHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  LBUSD has a school-of-choice policy whereby students from across the district may apply to attend special programs at any of its ten high schools.

In an effort to personalize the education of such a large school population, all students are enrolled in Pathways.  All Pathways provide courses that fulfill university admissions requirements and have Linked Learning components.

Merit Scholars is a rigorous college-preparatory program with a course-of-study exceeding UC/CSU admission requirements. The Merit Scholars program is committed to preparing students for university-level work.
Applied Technology Magnet (ATM) With a background in STEM, students follow career paths that offer them opportunities to study and participate in the development and use of high demand and emerging technologies.
Digital Media, Arts, and Communications (DMAC) increases students’ creativity and technical expertise through film, photography, graphic design, drama, music, and dance while integrating a rigorous industry-approved curriculum.
Odyssey Academy is committed to advancing the academic, scientific and personal literacy of each student. Their time-tested marine-related curriculum provides engaging cross-curricular projects and field trips.
Health Occupations and Sports Medicine (HOSM) is designed for students with a passion for healthcare or sports medicine, using challenging hands-on, real world, academic and technical classes.


School Diversity

LHS educates a diverse student population:Graph


Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, we transitioned to a 4x4 block schedule from a traditional six period day.  Ninth and tenth grade students typically take seven classes while eleventh and twelfth grades are encouraged to take six, allowing upper graders the opportunity to take courses at a community college, to gain work experience, or to expand upon their community service experiences.  Please see the COVID-19 at the top, right of this page.

California has transitioned to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

2018-2019 Percent of Students who Met or Exceeded Standards

We are proud of our 94.6% graduation rate for the Class of 2019, putting us well ahead of both district (87%) and state (86%) averages. Keeping in mind that LBUSD encourages a college-going culture, and as such requires all juniors and seniors to take the SAT, in 2018-2019, 54% met ELA benchmarks and 35% met Math benchmarks.  On the ACT, 58% scored at or above 21.

We offer an extensive and growing Advanced Placement (AP) program with an open access policy, as well as honors and accelerated courses.  We do not limit the number of AP or honors classes a student can take.  During the 2020-2021 school year, we offer:

AP English Language

AP Computer Sci. A

AP 2D Art & Design

AP English Literature

AP Comp. Sci. Principles

AP 3D Art & Design

AP World History

AP Biology

AP Drawing

AP US History

AP Chemistry

AP Seminar

AP US Gov’t & Pol.

AP Physics 1

AP Research

AP Macroeconomics

AP Environmental Sci.

Honors Anatomy/Physiology

AP Psychology

AP Spanish Language

Honors Chemistry

AP Calculus AB

AP Spanish Literature

Honors Pre-Calculus

AP Statistics

AP French Language



Grading and Class Rank

LHS uses a traditional grading system.  Students earn grades of A, B, C, D, or F.  A grade of D is considered passing for high school credit.  Un-weighted grade points are assigned on the basis of A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.  Weighted grade points are assigned to A.P. and honors classes with A=5, B=4, C=3, D=1, F=0. 

  • Total GPA includes all classes taken 9th-12th, un-weighted. 

  • Academic GPA excludes physical education as well as other non-academic classes, grades 9-12, un-weighted. 

  • University GPA includes 10th-12th college-preparatory classes only, and uses a weighted scale.

It is the policy of the Long Beach Unified School District and its schools to not rank students based on grade point average or any other criteria.

SCHOOL PROFILE 2020-2021 CEEB Code: 051347


Due to school closure during the Spring of 2020 and Summer of 2020, the Long Beach Unified School district adjusted grading practices to account for this emergency move to distance learning.  During these two terms, only grades of Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC) were issued to all students.  During the subsequent 2020-2021 school year at LHS, needing to incorporate social distancing through smaller class sizes, ninth and tenth grade students are enrolled in six classes with most eleventh and twelfth grade students taking five.

Campus Life

Students are encouraged to become active outside of the classroom for a more well-rounded high school experience.  LHS offers twenty-four sports and more than ninety clubs and organizations, as well as a full music and performing arts program.

College-Going Culture

LHS promotes a college-going culture on campus, including both four-year universities and community colleges.  For the Class of 2019, 58% of our seniors enrolled in community colleges, with 32% enrolling in four-year universities.  With a graduating class of 758 students, 42% were considered College & Career Ready as compared to 40% statewide. LHS also recognizes the importance of preparing students to directly enter the work force.  Our staff has been working hard to increase participation in Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.  In the 2019-2020 school year, 1,634 students were enrolled in CTE classes, with nineteen courses qualifying.