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Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school.

See the educational standards below by subject.


Curriculum frameworks provide guidance for implementing the standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

See curriculum frameworks below by subject


Elementary School Academics

Preparing Our Students for Success From Day One!

At LESD we take great pride in offering students from Lawndale and adjacent communities with rigorous preschool and elementary school programs. We are an educational community with a robust roster of resources to ensure our students become successful and productive members of society. Our programs ensure our students develop into innovative thinkers and creative problem-solvers.

Our curricula are designed to be academically stimulating—encouraging creativity, providing hands-on opportunities, and—most importantly, engaging our students! We are proud to instill in our students a life-long passion for learning as they successfully prepare for high school, college, and beyond!

Beyond Academics:

Ensuring Social & Emotional Wellness

At LESD we place a high value on meeting our students’ social and emotional needs. We have systems in place to provide additional support to students that need it in order to be successful at school.

Our Student Support Services Department  can provide students and families with resources and services to improve their lives. We also have social workers at all sites to help students who are struggling with problems that might affect their academic performance or social and psychological well-being. In addition, we have Community Liaisons at schools to support parent engagement.

Find out more about our efforts to foster safe and positive school culture.

Elementary School Curriculum

LESD has 6 elementary schools: Anderson, FDR, Green, Mitchell, Smith, and Twain.

Our core elementary academic program focuses on:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Language Arts
  • Dual Immersion Curriculum (Spanish)
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts

We introduce these subjects at an early age to spark curiosity in our students and make them excited to learn as they begin their educational journeys at LESD. Our teachers use a variety of instructional methods to build skills and encourage critical thinking.

With the support of TOSA’s (Teachers on Special Assignment) ELIRT’s (English Language Instructional Resource Teachers), and LAS’s (Language Arts Specialists) our educators design classroom experiences that capture our students’ interests and actively engage them in learning.

Above and beyond our curriculum, we instill skills in our students that are essential for future academic and professional success: organization, time management, communication, collaboration, and study skills.