< Back What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? What are some examples of these schools? Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? How are most kids transported to and from school? When does the typical school year start and end? Is there anything else I should know about local schools? What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? There are many excellent public, private and charter schools available in Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. Public schools are publicly funded, free, and adhere to a standard curriculum. Private schools charge a fee for attending and usually offer a more specialized curriculum. Charter schools are non-profit, self-managed public schools, operating under a performance contract with the local school board. Although charter schools are authorized and monitored by the local school district, they operate independently. They are sometimes referred to as independent public schools. Most parents choose a school for their children dependent on the child's needs and interests. For more information on all the schools that are located close to where you are moving to, contact Crown Los Angeles, check the local yellow pages or visit the websites listed below. ↑ Top What are some examples of these schools? Because of the expansive size of the Los Angeles area, the large number of both public and private schools and the diverse educational needs of children; it would not be in the best interest to provide a list of schools here. Please consult with Crown Los Angeles who can assist with providing a list of schools which correspond to your child's needs. Selecting a school here depends on the city you reside in (city boundaries determine the public school that will be attended), and the private schools are determined by living arrangements as well. Lycee French Schools are available for French expats, but they are in only a few cities Monrovia, Tustin and Anaheim. All told, it is generally a good idea to research homes and schools at the same time, as one may affect the other. ↑ Top Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? If your child will be attending a public school, there is no competition. Public schools are zoned so they are obliged to accept all children within the school zone in which you live. Private schools however, typically have entrance requirements and waiting lists. If you plan to send your child to a private school, it is recommended that you apply as soon as you arrive in the area to guarantee a spot on the waiting list. Charter schools, like private schools, require registration. However, instead of entry requirements, they have a "random selection" policy. If you decide this is the choice for your child, it is also recommended that you register as early as possible. ↑ Top Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? Yes. There are many preschools available, from public such as YMCA to private, like Montessori and Carden Academy. Most preschools charge for enrolment tuition. ↑ Top How are most kids transported to and from school? Most schools operate school bus transportation or parents bring their children to and from school. ↑ Top When does the typical school year start and end? Most schools operate from the first week of September to mid-June. ↑ Top Is there anything else I should know about local schools? Please consult with Crown Los Angeles to obtain additional information about the local schools. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.