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Pediatric health care providers can play an important role in ensuring children’s right to a free and public education across all educational settings, including K-12 and higher educational institutions. In Los Angeles County, there are 80 K-12 districts in which immigrant children can choose to attend school. Immigrant adults can choose to enroll in community colleges from the 13 community college districts across Los Angeles County. Accessing an education is essential for the social well-being of children, youth, and their families. In this Education section, information about the various school and community college districts is provided. There is also information about the general enrollment process (which can vary depending on the schools in which you are seeking enrollment). We also provide information about the rights of K-12 students and their families in schools. There are a variety of resources within schools and in the community that can assist with children’s language, academic, and socio-emotional development.

Education in American is by law a unanimous right that requires schools and districts to give students opportunities to partake in all programs and activities. In California, every child residing in the state qualifies for free education. Though public school is generally for children ages 5-18, children with special educational needs can receive free education services from ages 0 to 21.

 

Immigrant youth can receive a free, public school education regardless of their legal status.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plyler vs. Doe (457 U.S. 202 (1982)) that undocumented children and young adults have the same right to attend public primary and secondary schools as do U.S. citizens and permanent residents.1 Like other children, undocumented students are obliged under state law to attend school until they reach a mandated age. As a result of the Plyler ruling, public schools may not:

  1. Deny admission to a student during initial enrollment or at any other time on the basis of undocumented status.
  2. Treat a student differently to determine residency.
  3. Engage in any practices to "chill" the right of access to school.
  4. Require students or parents to disclose or document their immigration status.
  5. Make inquiries of students or parents that may expose their undocumented status.
  6. Require social security numbers from all students, as this may expose undocumented status.
    1. Adults without social security numbers who are applying for a free lunch and/or breakfast program on behalf of a student need only indicate on the application that they do not have a social security number.​

Families should also note that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits schools from providing any outside agency – including the ICE agency – with any information from a child’s school file that would expose the student’s undocumented status.2 The only exception is when a school district is required by a judicial order or a subpoena signed by a judge to disclose information to ICE officials. If a school receives such a request, they can still seek review by legal counsel and take appropriate action to potentially challenge the subpoena. For more information, please visit American Civil Liberties Union FAQ For Educators On Immigrant Students In Public Schools.3

The enrollment process varies across school districts in Los Angeles county. Families should call the district to verify if they can enroll their children in their neighborhood school or if they must enroll them at an enrollment center. Additionally, there are no deadlines for local public school enrollments, however charter schools may have admissions deadlines. Families have the right to ask for assistance from an interpreter if they cannot speak English for help with the enrollment process.4

 

In most cases, families should be able to provide the following documents to be able to enroll their children in K-12 public schools:

  • Proof of Residency (utility bill, letter from shelter, hotel/motel receipt, resident affidavit)
  • Immunization/Health Records (records from school or social service, exemption form)
  • Birth Certificate (birth certificate, baptismal record, passport, immigration certificate)
  • School Records (telephone or fax from previous school) if previously enrolled in another school(s)

For more information concerning the rights of children enrolling in school at the federal level, please go to visit the U.S. Department of Education FAQ for School Districts and Parents on the Enrollment Process.5

 

Below is an example of the steps families in Los Angeles Unified School District take to enroll their child(ren).6

  1. Parents/guardians can visit the school’s main office to obtain an enrollment packet.
  2. Parents/guardians will need an enrollment packet for each child.
  3. Parent/guardian will need to submit a copy of the student’s birth certificate/passport, record, proof of residency, and parent/guardian identification card/passport along with completed enrollment forms.
  4. Children must have required immunization before they can attend school in California.
  5. School staff will provide affidavits for any missing but required documents at the time of enrollment.
  6. The following affidavits will be provided by school staff as an alternative documentation and placed in the students cumulative record once process had been completed:
    1. Affidavit to Verify Residence
    2. ii. Affidavit of Temporary Residence
    3. Affidavit for Proof of Age of Minor
    4. Affidavit of Parent/Legal Guardian Information
    5. Caregiver Authorization Affidavit
  7. Parents/guardians can seek assistance with completing enrollment forms from school staff or contact the School Enrollment Placement and Assessment (S.E.P.A.) Center at (213) 482-3954.
  8. Once the Parent/guardian has completed the enrollment forms and the child has obtained all necessary vaccines, parents must immediately report back to the main office to submit paperwork to begin enrollment.

The California Education Code 48200 regarding Compulsory Full-time Education states that each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years not exempted under provision of this chapter is subject to compulsory full-time education. Each parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of such pupil shall send the pupil to the public full-time day school or continuation school or classes for the full-time designated as the length of the school day.

 

Students who miss more than 30 minutes of instruction without an excuse three times during the school year must be classified as a truant and reported to the proper school authority. Parents/Guardians and children can face consequences and penalties if the student continues to be truant. For more information, please visit California’s Department of Education Attendance & Truancy.7 Families are also encouraged to contact their attendance clerk at their school (district).

ResourceSPA
Los Angeles County Office of Education

9300 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
Phone: (562) 922-6111
7
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District

32248 Crown Valley Rd.
Acton, CA 93510
Phone: (661) 269-0750
Fax: (661)-269-0849
1
Antelope Valley Union High School District

44811 North Sierra Hwy
Lancaster, CA 93534
Phone: (661) 948-7655
Fax: (661) 942- 8744
1
Eastside Union School District

44938 30th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535
Phone: (661) 952-1200 Ext. 8201
Fax: (661) 952-1232
1
Gorman Joint School District

49847 Gorman School Road, P.O. Box 104
Gorman, CA 93243
Phone: (661) 248-6441
Fax: (661) 248-6849
1
Keppel Union School District

34004 128th Street East - PO Box 186
Pearblossom, CA 93553
Phone: (661) 944-2155
Fax: (661) 944-2933
1
Lancaster School District

44711 Cedar Ave.
Lancaster, CA 93534
Phone: (661) 948-4661
Fax: (661) 942-9452
1
Palmdale School District

39139 10th Street East
Palmdale, CA 93550
Phone: (661) 947-7191
1
Westside Union School District

41914 50th Street West
Quartz Hill, CA 93536
Phone: (661) 722-0716
1
Wilsona School District

18050 E. Avenue O
Palmdale, CA 93591
Phone: (661) 264-1111
Fax: (661) 261-3259
1
Burbank Unified School District

1900 W. Olive Ave
Burbank, CA 91506
Phone: (818) 729-4400
Fax: (818) 729-4483
2
Castic Union School District

28131 Livingston Ave.
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 257-4500
Fax: (661) 257-5737
2
Glendale Unified School District

223 North Jackson Street
Glendale, CA 91206
Phone: (818) 241-3111
Fax: (818) 546-2101
2
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary

16633 Elizabeth Lake Rd.
Lake Hughes, CA 93532-0600
Phone: (661) 724-1231 Ext. 302
Fax: (661) 724-1485
2
La Cañada Unified School District

4490 Cornishon Ave.
La Cañada, CA 91011
Phone: (818) 952-8300
Fax: (818) 952-8309
2
Las Virgenes Unified School District

4111 Las Virgenes Road
Calabasas, CA 91302
Phone: (818) 880-4000
Fax: (818) 880-4200
2
Newhall School District

25375 Orchard Village Road
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 291-4000
Fax: (661) 291-4001
2
Saugus Union School District

24930 Avenue Stanford
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 294-5300
2
Sulphur Springs Union School District

27000 Weyerhaeuser Way
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
Phone: (661) 252-5131
2
William S. Hart Union High School District

21380 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Phone: (661) 259-0033
Fax: (661) 254-8653
2
Alhambra Unified School District

1515 West Mission Road
Alhambra, CA 91803
Phone: (626) 943-3000
3
Arcadia Unified School District

150 S 3rd Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006
Phone: (626) 821-8300
Fax: (626) 821-8647
3
Azusa Unified School District

546 S. Citrus Ave.
Azusa, California 91702
Phone: (626) 967-6211
Fax: (626) 858-6123
3
Baldwin Park Unified School District

3699 North Holly Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Phone: (626) 962-3311
Fax: (626) 856-4901
3
Bassett Unified School District

904 N. Willow Ave.
La Puente, CA 91746
Phone: (626) 931-3000
Fax: (626) 931-3020
3
Bonita Unified School District

115 W. Allen Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91733
Phone: (909) 971-8200
Fax: (909) 971-8329
3
Charter Oak Unified School District

20240 E. Cienega Ave.
Covina, CA 91724
Phone: (626) 966-8331 Ext. 90501
Fax: (626) 967-9580
3
Claremont Unified School District

170 W. San Jose Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 398-0609
Fax: (909) 621-0180
3
Covina-Valley Unified School District

519 E. Badillo St.
Covina, CA 91723
Phone: (626) 974-7000
Fax: (626) 974-7032
3
Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010
Phone: (626) 599-5000
Fax: (626) 599-5069
3
El Monte City School District

3540 North Lexington Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731
Phone: (626) 453-3700
Fax: (626) 442-1063
3
El Monte Union High School District

3537 Johnson Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731
Phone: (626) 444-9005
Fax: (626) 350-1095
3
Garvey School District

2730 N. Del Mar
Rosemead, CA 91770
Phone: (626) 307-3400 Ext. 2103
Fax: (626) 307-1964
3
Glendora Unified School District

500 N. Loraine Ave.
Glendora, CA 91741
Phone: (626) 963-1611
Fax: (626) 335-2196
3
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

15959 E. Gale Ave.
City Of Industry, CA 91745
Phone: (626) 933-1000
Fax: (626) 333-6313
3
Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Drive
Monrovia, CA 91016
Phone: (626) 471-2000
Fax: (626) 471-2077
3
Mountain View School District

3320 Gilman Rd.
El Monte, CA 91732
Phone: (626) 652-4000
3
Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: (626) 396-3600
Fax: (626) 795-5309
3
Pomona Unified School District

800 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766
Phone: (909) 397-4800
Fax: (909) 397-4881
3
Rosemead School Districts

3907 Rosemead Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770
Phone: (626) 312-2900
Fax: (626) 312-2906
3
Rowland Unified School District

1830 Nogales Street
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Phone: (626) 965-2541
Fax: (626) 854-8302
3
San Gabriel Unified School District

408 Junipero Serra Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776-1894
Phone: (626) 451-5400
Fax: (626) 451-5494
3
San Marino Unified School District

1665 West Drive
San Marino, CA 91108
Phone: (626) 299-7000
Fax: (626) 299-7010
3
South Pasadena Unified School District

1020 El Centro St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Phone: (626) 441-5810
Fax: (626) 441-5815
3
Temple City Unified School District

9700 Las Tunas Drive
Temple City, CA 91780
Phone: (626) 548-5000
3
Valle Lindo School District

1431 N. Central Ave.
South El Monte, CA 91733
Phone: (626) 580-0610
Fax: (626) 575-1534
3
Walnut Valley Unified School District

880 S. Lemon Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789
Phone: (909) 595-1261
Fax: (909) 444-3435
3
West Covina Unified School District

1717 West Merced Ave.
West Covina, CA 91790
Phone: (626) 939-4600
3
Los Angeles Unified School District

333 S. Beaudry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 241-1000
4
Beverly Hills Unified School District

255 South Lasky Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310) 551-5100
Fax: (310) 286-2138
5
Culver City Unified School District

4034 Irving Place
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: (310) 842-4220
5
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District

1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 450-8338
5
Compton Unified School District

501 S. Santa Fe Avenue
Compton, CA 90221
Phone: (310) 639-4321
Fax: (310) 632-3014
6
Lynwood Unified School District

11321 Bullis Road
Lynwood, CA 90262
Phone: (310) 886-1600
Fax: (310) 604-3092
6
Paramount Unifed School District

15110 California Ave.
Paramount, CA 90723-4378
Phone: (562) 602-6000
Fax: (562) 602-8111
6
ABC Unified School District

16700 Norwalk Blvd.
Cerritos, CA 90703
Phone: (562) 926-5566 Ext. 21162
Fax: (562) 404-1092
7
Bellflower Unified School District

16703 S. Clark Ave.
Bellflower, CA 90706
Phone: (562) 866-9011 Ext. 2103
Fax: (562) 866-7713
7
Downey Unified School District

11627 Brookshire Ave.
Downey, CA 90241
Phone: (562) 469-6500
Fax: (562) 469-6515
7
East Whittier City School District

14535 E. Whittier Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90605
Phone: (562) 907-5900
Fax: (562) 945-6062
7
El Rancho Unified School District

9333 Loch Lomond Dr.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Phone: (562) 801-7300
Fax: (562) 949-2821
7
Little Lake City School District

10515 S. Pioneer Blvd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: (562) 868-8241
Fax: (562) 868-1192
7
Los Nietos School District

8324 S. Westman Ave.
Whittier, CA 90606-3398
Phone: (562) 692-0271
Fax: (562) 699-3395
7
Lowell Joint School District

11019 Valley Home Ave.
Whittier, CA 90603-3098
Phone: (562) 943-0211
7
Montebello Unified School District

123 S. Montebello Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640-4729
Phone: (323) 887-7900
7
Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District

12820 Pioneer Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
Phone: (562) 210-2000
7
South Whittier School District

11200 Telechron Ave.
Whittier, CA 90605
Phone: (562) 944-6231
Fax: (562) 944-9659
7
Whittier City School District

7211 S. Whittier Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602
Phone: (562) 789-3000
7
Whittier Union High School District

9401 S. Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90605
Phone: (562) 698-8121
7
Centinela Valley Union High School District

14901 South Inglewood Ave.
Lawndale, CA 90260
Phone: (310) 263-3200
Fax: (310) 675-8286
8
El Segundo Unified School District

641 Sheldon St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: (310) 615-2650
8
Hawthorne School District

14120 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthrone, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 676-2276
Fax: (310) 644-9216
8
Hermosa Beach City School District

425 Valley Dr.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (appointment required);
Mailing address: 1645 Valley Drive,
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Phone: (310) 937-5877
Fax: (310) 376-4974
8
Inglewood Unified School District

401 South Inglewood Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301
Phone: (310) 419-2700
Fax: (310) 680- 5144
8
Lawndale Elementary School District

4161 W. 147th St.
Lawndale, CA 90260
Phone: (310) 973-1300
Fax: (310) 263-6498
8
Lennox School District

10319 Firmona Ave.
Lennox, CA 90304
Phone: (310) 695-4000
Fax: (310) 677-3817
8
Long Beach Unified School District

1515 Hughes Way
Long Beach, CA 90810
Phone: (562) 997-8000
8
Manhattan Beach Unified School District

325 S. Peck Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 318-7345
Fax: (310) 303-3822
8
Palos Verdes Peninsula School District

375 Via Almar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Phone: (310) 378-9966
8
Redondo Beach Unified School District

1401 Inglewood Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278-3999
Phone: (310) 379-5449
Fax: (310) 798-8610
8
Torrance Unified School District

2335 Plaza Del Amo
Torrance, CA 90501
Phone: (310) 972-6500
8
Wiseburn Unified School District

201 North Douglas
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: (310) 725-2101
8

Residents and nonresidents can attend California Community Colleges. California residents or nonresidents must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Additionally, anyone (resident or nonresident) over the age of 18 without a high school diploma or equivalent may apply for admission. For those younger than 18 who do not hold high school diplomas, or its equivalent, can apply for admission as special part-time or special full-time students. Students attending most K-12 school districts may apply for concurrent enrollment to take classes in their home school district and community college.

 

Most community colleges will ask interested students to complete the following steps for admission:

  1. Submit an online application8
  2. Participate in orientation
  3. Complete the assessment process to ensure proper placement in math and English courses
  4. Develop an Education Plan with a counselor or advisor

Assistance with this process is available on community colleges campus in the Department of Admissions and Records.9 Counselors can help students throughout the admissions process.

Depending on the legal status of a student, there are various options to receive aid to attend college in California.

 

Cal Grants are available for students who are

  1. a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen or meet AB540 eligibility criteria or
  2. a California resident for 1 year

There are a variety of Cal Grants available depending on the type of degree or vocational or career training the student is pursuing.

 

If the student is a U.S. citizen or a legal resident, they will have to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).10

 

If the student is a nonresident but attended a California high school for at least three years, they can submit the AB 540 affidavit to apply for the California Dream Act.11

 

For more information, please visit the California Student Aid Commission.12

 

The application to submit the Cal Grant opens each year on October 1st, and must be submitted by March 2nd.

ResourceSPA
Antelope Valley Community College District

3041 W. Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536
Phone: (661) 722-6300
1
Glendale Community College District

1500 North Verdugo Rd.
Glendale, CA 91208
Phone: (818) 240-1000
2
Santa Clarita Community College District

26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 259-7800
2
Citrus Community College District

1000 W. Foothill Blvd.
Glendora, CA 91741
Phone: (626) 963-0323
3
Mt. San Antonio Community College District

1100 N. Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789
Phone: (909) 274-7500
3
Pasadena Area Community College District

1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Phone: (626) 585-7123
3
Los Angeles Community College District

770 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 891-2000
4
Santa Monica Community College District

1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 434-4000
5
Compton College

1111. E. Artesia Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221
Phone: (310) 900-1600
6
Cerritos Community College District

11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
Phone: (562) 860-2451
7
Rio Hondo Community College District

3600 Workman Mill Rd.
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 692-0921
7
El Camino Community College District

16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90506
Phone: (866) 352-2646
8
Long Beach Community College District

1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90806
Phone: (562) 938-4111
8

ResourceLanguagesSummaryEligibilitySPA
LA County Library

Multiple locations throughout LA County
Everyday: 1:00pm-10:00pm
English, SpanishFree homework help online from your computer in a variety of subjects.Free; need a library card; K-12, College, and adult learners1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Antelope Valley College Tutoring Center

3041 West Ave K
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 722-6300
Multiple; English, SpanishTutoring by appointment in selected computer, business, foreign language, science, social science, music, and vocational classes.Free; for enrolled students1
Assurance Learning Academy

43145 Business Center Pkwy, Suite 102-103
Lancaster, CA 93535
(877) 360-5327
Mon: 8:00AM–12:00PM & 2:00PM–6:00PM
Tue-Fri: 8:00AM–6:00PM
English, SpanishHigh school diploma program designed to help fit around your schedule. One-on-one teacher mentoring; personalized and flexible learning plans to fit each students’ individual needs. Access to technology labs—computers, printers, scanners and more.Free; K-121
New Directions for Youth

7315 North Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 503-6330
Mon-Thur: 8:00AM–8:00PM
Fri: 8:00AM-5:30PM
Sat: 11:00AM-2:00PM
English, SpanishIndividual, group and family counseling, job skills training, after-school activities, tutoring and literacy programs, anti-graffiti and environmental programs, health referrals, programmatic alternatives to gang involvement, recreational programs, parenting classes, and computer courses. Free 10-week Summer Day Camp program.Free; youth up to the age of 222
Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley

328 South Ramona Ave.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 573-2831
Early Learning Center Program:
Mon-Fri: 6:00AM-6:00PM
School Age Program:
Mon-Fri: 6:00AM-8:00AM
English, SpanishEarly Learning Center offers play-based and academic instruction for youngest members so they are kindergarten ready. Also provide children with opportunities for social interaction to develop their social and emotional wellness, and Boys & Girls Club programming for youth ages 6-12. Morning transportation to school. Free; ages 2-123
The Youth and Family Club of Pomona Valley

1420 South Garey Avenue,
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 242-1110
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 2:30PM-6:30PM
Wed: 1:30PM-6:30PM;
Teen Center: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-7:00PM
English, SpanishA comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, POWER HOUR is designed to raise the academic proficiencies of Club members ages 6 to 17. This program utilizes volunteers from Cal Poly Pomona, University of La Verne, Cal State Fullerton, and other local universities to provide homework help and tutoring to Club members.Free; K-123
All Peoples Community Center

822 East 20th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(213) 747- 6357
Mon-Fri: 6:30AM-8:30PM
Sat: 9:00AM-2:00PM
English, SpanishExtended Day Child Care, After-School Programs, Summer Camp, Collaboration with USC, CSULA, CSUDH, CSUN for family wellness, Worksource Centers Free. Daycare for 2-5 year olds; after-school programs for grades 1-12; Summer Camp for grades 8-12; WorkSource Center for 18 years and older4
Amanecer

1200 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 481-7464
Mon-Fri: 8:30AM-5:30PM
English, SpanishMental Health Services, 24 hour crisis intervention, school based programs, support "birth to five," helps unaccompanied minors, trauma-informed care, PTSD.For ages 0-26; free4
Carecen

2845 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 385-7800
Mon-Sat: 9:00AM-5:00PM
English, SpanishVarious calsses for language services, citizenship tests, college prep, and standard educational programs. Teens and adults; free4
Central City Neighborhood Partners

501 S. Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 482- 8616
Mon-Fri: 8:30AM-8:00PM
English, SpanishVarious youth services for college prep, leadership development, recreational and cultural activities, information on LA Department of Public Social Services Toy Loan Program, and youth worksource.Free; for youths K-124
Echo Park 826 LA

1714 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-3388
Hours vary based on program
826LA provides resources for students including tutoring and engaging field trips. Teachers in under-resourced public schools can also request 826LA volunteers to support classrooms and aid in educating students. Free; geared towards low-income individuals4
LA Opportunity Youth Collaborative

333 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 368-6010
Mon-Fri: 9:00AM-5:00PM
English, SpanishList for tutoring and test preparation; TAY educational rights; alternative high school completion; ILP support for college prep, senior expenses; advocacy for special education and disciplinary actions.Children and teens4
826 LA

12515 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 915-0200
English, SpanishSupporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. During the school year they offer tutoring Monday through Thursday, for students ages 6–11; and in the evening, Tuesday and Thursday, for students ages 11–18.Free; ages 6-185
Star Education

10101 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 842-8040
This resource offers after-school academic support, group tutoring, and summer camp. Contact for cost information5
AltaMed foundation

2040 Camfield Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 720-5643
English SpanishFor high school students: Escalera case management program, mentoring, case management, tutoring Free; must be high school student7
City of Commerce Public Library

2269 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 887-4494
Mon-Thurs: 3:00PM-7:00PM
Sat: 11:00AM-2:00PM
English, SpanishHomework helpers are available during the school year to help children with their homework. Live tutoring website with library card. For kids, teens, college students, and adults. Adults can get help with writing resumes and cover letters as well. Free; kids, teens, college students, adults7
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

5657 E. Washington Blvd.
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 890-1555
Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-5:00PM
English, SpanishEscalera Youth Program for high school juniors to help them graduate, prepare for college, and explore career options. Students are motivated to participate in civic engagement and are provided work experience through volunteer/internship opportunities. Afterschool meetings, college fieldtrips, professional career presentations, mock interviews, and chance to attended conferences provided for students.Free; high school juniors7

California children are strongly encouraged to thrive in a supporting and nourishing education environment, which is why a number of resources exist to ensure that children fairly and freely receive a formal education. California provides specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities.13

 

If you believe your child may have a learning disability, you can request assessments and evaluations, as your right as a parent. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that all children with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living. In California, individuals (newborn through 22 years of age) received special education services for the following disabilities:14

  • Autism
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Hard of hearing
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Other health impairment
  • Specific learning disability
  • Speech or language impairment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Visual impairment

Medicaid can be used since 1988 as payment to schools for certain medically necessary services provided to children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through an individualized education plan (IEP) or individualized family service plan (IFSP).15

 

Moreover, students with disabilities may qualify for services under Section 504 of the Federal Vocational and Rehabilitation Act of 1973.16 This law protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal funding. Students may qualify for services under Section 504 but not necessarily under IDEA. Section 504 is a civil rights law that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities.

 

Regarding special education services, parents and students over age eighteen have the right17

  • To Participate
  • To Receive Prior Written Notice
  • To Consent
  • To Refuse to Consent
  • To Be Given a Nondiscriminatory Assessment
  • To Receive Independent Educational Assessments
  • To Access Educational Records
  • To Stay in the Current Program If There is a Disagreement About Placement
  • To Be Given a Hearing Regarding Disagreements About an IEP
  • To Receive Mediation
  • To File a Complaint Against Your School District
  • To Be Informed of School Discipline and Alternative Placement
  • To Be Informed of Policies Regarding Children Who Attend Private Schools

ResourceLanguagesSummaryEligibilitySPA
California Department of Education

916-319-0800
Multiple; English, SpanishIDEA and Parent's RightsN/A
Los Angeles Unified School District

333 South Beaudry Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Mon-Fri: 7:30AM-4:40PM
(213) 241-1000
Multiple; English, SpanishComplete parent's guide to special education services for children. For students K-12; free4
Los Angeles County Office of Education

9300 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-5:00PM
(562) 922-6111
Multiple; English, SpanishList of SELPA (special education local plan areas) in LA County to describe special education service needs within each region. For students K-12; free7
California Department of Education; LA County Special Education

9300 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-5:00PM
(562) 803-8306
Multiple; English, SpanishDirect information about the special needs contact for LA County Education.For students K-12; free7
Palmdale School District

39139 North 10th St. East
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 947-7191
The Special Education department is committed to providing a free, appropriate public education for all students in the least restrictive environment. Placement and services for students with disabilities are assigned in accordance with a student’s unique needs. For students K-12; free1
The Help Group

13130 Burbank Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-6:00PM
(818) 781-0360
English, SpanishThree learning disability schools for students with learning disabilities or mild emotional issues, ADHD and learning differences. Kids Like Me Program conducts four unique camps, each one designed to address varying ages, abilities and needs of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental challenges.Accents Medical; children and teens2
Five Acres

760 Mountain View Street
Altadena, CA 91001
Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-8:00PM
Weekends scheduled individually
(626) 798-6793
English, SpanishCommunity Based Specialty (CBS) Division offers several specialty programs including Deaf Services, PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy), Wraparound, Foster Family Program and services at Pasadena Mental Health Center. Mental Health Services, foster care program and adoption support, aftercare for children leaving program, evaluation and support for clients.Medical; free services for eligible families, potential funding for those who need it. For Children with emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, and high functioning autism.3
SEEK Education

9060 Huntington Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91775
Mon-Fri: 9:00AM-5:00PM
(626) 943-7772 Ext. 110
Multiple; English, SpanishFor individuals with autism. Early Acceleration Program is for children ages 0 to 36 months who are either diagnosed with, or have an established risk of developmental delay.Accepts most insurances, including Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser, and Medi-Cal; Specifically for toddlers, but ranges to adults3
Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) - Developmental Activity Center

1430 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Mon-Fri 7:30AM-3:30PM
(213) 748-3556
English, SpanishProgram provides training in self-help, vocational, recreational, and social skills, all with respect for each individual’s ability level. Pay through medical insurance4
Fiesta Educative

2310 Pasadena Ave., Suite #206
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Mon-Fri: 9:00AM-5:00PM
(323) 221-6696
English, SpanishThis service provides information and training to Latino families on how to obtain services for all persons with disabilities. Most services are free; others depend on services. Vendored with the regional center. No documentation regarding citizenship required.4
Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center

3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Mon-Fri: 9:00AM-5:00PM
(213) 383-1300
English, Spanish, Korean, ArmenianOffers both administrative and clinical services. The center serves over 9,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities, who have or are at risk for a developmental delay or disability, and who are at high-risk of parenting an infant with a disability. Free4
KASEC - LA Center

680 Wilshire Pl. #419
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-6:00PM
(562) 926-2040
English, KoreanThis service provides developmental screening, developmental disorder evaluation, a diagnosis parenting seminar, and mental health workshop.Depends on program4, 7
Empower Tech

9100 S. Sepulveda Suite 204
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Mon- Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
(310) 338-1597
EnglishWorks to help people with educational and developmental disabilities learn how to use technology and software. They hold labs in which learners learn how to use the internet, play games, and try on different assistive technology products. Offer a session with an Assistive Technology Specialist to identify technology that may help individuals become more independent at home, school or work. Specific details can be found on their website. Free of charge to individuals with disabilities for the exception of the T.R.A.D.E. School. Tuition is $900.00 per 4 week session, complete program is $4,500.00, and a $100.00 non-refundable registration fee.5
Exceptional Children's Foundation

5350 Machado Road
Culver City, CA 90230
Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-4:30PM
(310) 204-3300
English, SpanishThis service provides speech and language therapy, and mental health services. Services are provided through Regional Center referrals; ages 5-125
LA Speech and Language Therapy Center

5761 Buckingham Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
Mon-Fri: 8:30AM-5:30PM
(310) 649-6199
Multiple; English, SpanishSpeech-Language assessments and therapy for all ages, starting with children as young as 18 months and going through adulthood They also provide a summer drama program. Services are provided for autism spectrum disorders, delayed speech and language dysfluency, tongue thrust, voice disorders, hearing impairment and adult services. Prices vary; accept Kaiser Permanente, Community Family Care, Physicians Choice. Work with regional centers and school districts; children 5-11.5
Drew Child Development Corporation

1770 East 118th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Mon-Fri: 9:00AM-5:00PM
1(800) 504-739
English, SpanishDrew Child Development Corporation offers an inclusive E. I. program to meet the developmental requirements of children ages 18 months – 3 years with special needs and their families. Mental health services and child abuse treatment program. Family therapy in the area of adolescent pregnancy, HIV education, and substance abuse. Free or sliding scale6
Giant Steps

2228 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Mon-Fri 8AM-4:00PM
(323) 733-6401
English, SpanishServices include: day program, individual living skills program, vocational triaining, residential facilities Free6
Wayfinder Family Services

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Mon-Fri: 8:00-4:30PM
School Hours: 8:30AM-2:30PM
Nancy Berger- Principal of Special Education School: (323) 295-4555 Ext. 299
General Phone Number: (323) 295-4555
Toll Free: (800) 352-2290
English, SpanishState-certified non-public school for children with profound special needs. In a safe, positive learning environment, students maximize their levels of independence. Wayfinder provides the least restrictive environment for their students.Nonpublic school- school districts may pay for attendance; children and youth, ages 5 to 22, with moderate-to-severe disabilities, and varying levels of medical, physical and behavioral challenges, price varies. For immigrants, latino children 6
KASEC - OC Center

1661 N. Raymond Ave. Suite 109
Anaheim, CA 92801
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-6:00PM
(562) 926-2040
English, KoreanThis service provides developmental screening, developmental disorder evaluation, a diagnosis parenting seminar, and mental health workshop.Sliding scale, half of services free7
Perez Career and Transition Center - Los Angeles Unified School Distrcit

4540 Michigan Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Mon-Fri: 7:30AM-4:30PM
Office hours: 7:30AM-4:30PM
(323) 269-0681
English, SpanishServices include: medical supervision, financial screening, social work services, durable medial equipment, inter-agency consultaiton. Sliding scale7

ResourceLanguagesSummaryEligibilitySPA
California Department of Education

(916) 319-0800
Multiple; English, SpanishWebsites and resources about bullying, preventing bullying, and other publications.N/A
Los Angeles Unified School District

333 South Beaudry Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Mon-Fri: 7:30AM-4:40PM
(213) 241-1000
Multiple; English, SpanishLAUSD bullying policy2
Stomp Out Bullying

Resources for victims of bullying, including an online chat. N/A
Stop Bullying

English, Spanish Instructions on what to do if a child is being bullied at school. N/A
Teaching Tolerance

Information/Definition of different types of bullying. N/A
Teen Health and Wellness

Extensive list of hotlines ranging from alcohol and drugs, grief and loss, bullying, stress, suicide, teen pregnancy, and more. N/A
The Cybersmile Foundation

List of hotlines regarding individual situations involving bullying. N/A
Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando Valley

11251 Glenoaks Boulevard
Pacoima, CA 91331
Mon: 3:00PM-7:45PM
Tues: 2:00PM-6:45PM
Wed-Fri: 3:00PM-7:45PM
(818) 896-5261
English, SpanishVarious Programs designed to develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors to nurture their well-being, set personal goals, and grow into self-sufficient adults. Programs include: Cyber Safety, SMART girls, and Passport to Manhood.Free; part of annual membership2
San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center INC

14535 Sherman Circle
Van Nuys, California 91405
Mon-Thur: 8:00AM-7:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
(818) 901-4930
Multiple; English, Spanish Multitude of programs for children, teens, and adults ranging from domestic violence and bullying counseling to 24 hour hotlines. Therapy and counseling for adults and some youths ages 12-30. Free; no citizenship documents required2
Project Sister Family Services

363 S. Park Ave. Suite 303
Pomona, CA 91766
Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-5:00PM
(909) 623-1619
English, SpanishWalk in counseling for victims of child abuse and sexual asault. Bullying workshop that defines bullying and the different forms. Discusses effects of bullying and how to protect against and stop bullying by reporting to an adult. Help with U visa for parents to stay in the country. Free; no citizenship documents required. Victims of all ages3

Student Rights
As a result of the Williams v. California case filed in 2000, the governor of California signed into law that students had the following rights:18

  1. the right to a clean and safe school
  2. the right to have a book to use in class and at home
  3. the right to a qualified teacher.
Under California Education Code Section 35186, students and families have the right to file a complaint at their school and/or school district.19

Parents’ and Legal Guardian’s Rights 
The California State Parent Teacher Association, based on laws and policies approved by the California Department of Education, have listed the following as legal, guaranteed rights that families have regarding school and student involvement.20
  • Visiting a school for classroom observation
  • Participating in parent-teacher conferences
  • Volunteering
  • Monitoring student attendance
  • Receiving student testing results
  • Determining school selection
  • Ensuring safe school environments
  • Reviewing curriculum
  • Monitoring their student’s academic progress
  • Having access to their students’ records
  • Helping to establish and review standards
  • Participating in the development of school rules
  • Being informed about psychological testing
  • Participating in councils and committees
  • Contributing to policy development.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is responsible for ensuring that all persons are provided equal access to its available services and information. The CDE is required to provide resources, which include interpreters and translated materials of information and services in the language readily understood by an individual seeking guidance or assistance.21 A person has the right to interact with the CDE in a language that best ensures meaningful access to programs and services at no cost to them.

Schools must provide a program for English learners to overcome language barriers and provide access to the core curriculum. This was determined by the 1974 Lau v. Nichols and 1981 Castañeda v. Pickard cases.22 As such, English learners have the right to participate meaningfully and equally in all educational programs and services. For more information, please visit the Dear Colleague Letter regarding English Learners.23

The following educational programs are ones that might be available to English learners in their school district:24

  • Dual-Language Immersion Program: A classroom setting that provides language learning and academic instruction for native speakers of English and native speakers of another language, with the goals of high academic achievement, first and second language proficiency, and cross-cultural understanding
  • Transitional or Developmental Program: A classroom setting for English learners that provides instruction to pupils that utilizes a pupil’s native language for literacy and academic instruction and enables an English learner to achieve English proficiency and academic mastery of subject matter content and higher order skills, including critical thinking, in order to meet the state-adopted academic content standards
  • Structured English Immersion: A classroom setting for English learners in which nearly all classroom instruction is provided in English but with a curriculum and presentation designed for pupils who are learning English. At minimum, English learners will be provided a program of Structured English Immersion.

Families should also be informed that a California public school district with 51 or more English learners must form a District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) unless the district designates for this purpose a sub-committee of an existing district wide advisory committee.25  At the school level, each California public school with 21 or more English learners must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).26

These committees allow parents and guardians to:

At the school level

  • Advise the principal and staff in the development of a site plan for English learners and submitting the plan to the School Site Council for consideration of inclusion in the School Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Assist in the development of the school wide needs assessment.

At the district level

  • Assist with the development of a district master plan for education programs and services for English learners.
  • Conduct a district wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis.
  • Establishment of district programs, goals, and objectives for programs and services for English learners.
  • Development of a plan to ensure compliance with any applicable teacher and/or teacher aide requirements.
  • Review and comment on the school district reclassification procedures.
  • Review and comment on the written notifications required to be sent to parents and guardians.
  • Review and comment on the development or annual update of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).*

For more detailed information, we have a list of English as Second Language resources for students and families under the “Language Services” section of our toolkit.

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth is a national membership association dedicated to educational excellence of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a primary piece of federal legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.27 Eligible children and youth have the right to immediate school enrollment even when records are not present, right to remain in the school or origin if it’s in the student’s best interest, right to receive transportation to and from the school of origin, and the right to receive support for academic success.

 

Further information for Los Angeles Unified School District Homeless Education Program can be found at here.

 

Additional Info:

Department of Public School Services 28

Address: 1819 Charlie Sifford Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90047

Phone: (323) 420-2918

Languages: Multiple

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-5:00PM

Eligibility: For LA County Immigrants

  •  List of immigrant rights and services provided by LA County School District

  1. U.S. Department of Education. (2014). Dear colleague letter on the rights of all children to enroll in public schools. Retrieved from https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2014/05/08/plylerletter.pdf
  2. U.S. Department of Education. (2018). Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
  3. American Civil Liberties Union. (2020). FAQ for educators on immigrant students in public schools. Retrieved from https://www.aclu.org/other/faq-educators-immigrant-students-public-schools
  4. U.S. Department of Education. (2015). Information for Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents and guardians and for schools and school districts that communicate with them. Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501.pdf
  5. U.S. Department of Education. (2011). Questions and answers for school districts and parents regarding documentation. Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-201101.pdf
  6. Los Angeles Unified School District. (2018). We are one L.A. Unified: Standing with immigrant families. Los Angeles, CA: Author. Retrieved from https://achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/domain/818/pdfs/We%20Are%20One_Booklet_Family.pdf
  7. California Department of Education. (n.d.). Truancy. Retrieved from https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/tr/
  8. California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. (2020). Admission requirements. Retrieved from https://www.cccapply.org/colleges/requirements
  9. California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. (2020). Admissions and records. Retrieved from https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Educational-Services-and-Support/Special-Populations/Admissions-and-Records
  10. U.S. Department of Education. (2020). Federal student aid. Retrieved from https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
  11. California Student Aid Commission. (2020. California Dream Act application. Retrieved from https://www.csac.ca.gov/california-dream-act
  12. California Student Aid Commission. (2020). California student aid commission. Retrieved from https://www.csac.ca.gov/
  13. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (2015). Retrieved from https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/6/e1650 
  14. California Department of Education. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/sr/cefspeced.asp
  15. American Psychological Association. (2020). The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with special educational needs. Retrieved from https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/6/e1650 
  16. Los Angeles County Office of Education. (2015). Section 504: Supporting students with disabilities.  Retrieved from https://www.lacoe.edu/Student-Services/Supporting-Students-w-Disabilities-Section-504 
  17. California Department of Education. (2019). Parents’ rights. Retrieved from https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/qa/pssummary.asp 
  18. American Civil Liberties Union. (2020). Williams v. California. Retrieved from https://www.aclusocal.org/en/cases/williams-v-state-California
  19. American Civil Liberties Union. (2020). Williams complaint process. Retrieved from https://www.aclusocal.org/en/williams-complaint-process
  20. California State PTA. (2016). Parents: Know your rights. Retrieved from https://capta.org/focus-areas/family-engagement/parents-rights/
  21. California Department of Education. (2020). Language services policy and process. Retrieved from https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/eo/languageservices.asp 
  22. Colorín Colorado. (2010). Landmark court rulings regarding English language learners. Retrieved from https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/landmark-court-rulings-regarding-english-language-learners
  23. U.S. Department of Education. (2015). Dear colleague letter: English learners. Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-el-201501.pdf 
  24. California Department of Education. (2019). Facts about English Learners in California - CalEdFacts. Retrieved from https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sd/cb/cefelfacts.asp 
  25. California Department of Education. (2019). District English Learner advisory committee. Retrieved from https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/delac.asp 
  26. California Department of Education. (2019). English Learner Advisory committee. Retrieved from https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/elac.asp 
  27. National Center for Homeless Education. (n.d.). The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Retrieved from https://nche.ed.gov/mckinney-vento/ 
  28.  Department of Public Social Services. (n.d.). Department of public social services. Retrieved from http://dpss.lacounty.gov