Readers’ Choice 2012: Education

Cal State University
Cal State Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, 91330
At Cal State Northridge, 4,000 faculty members serve a student body 36,000 strong, emphasizing hands-on experience and academic excellence.

Inland Empire: Cal Poly Pomona
L.A. Central/Hollywood: Cal State Los Angeles
Orange County: Cal State Fullerton
South Bay/Southeast: Cal State Long Beach

405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, 90095
UCLA is a remarkable public asset that benefits Southern California residents — and society at large — by educating students, powering the economy and improving overall quality of life.

South Bay/Southeast: Loyola Marymount University
Westside: Pepperdine University


Community College
Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, 91106
Pasadena City College serves an astonishing 30,000 students every semester, many of whom come to the school seeking its famed transfer program.

L.A. Central/Hollywood: Los Angeles Community College
Orange County: Saddleback College
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Pierce College
South Bay/Southeast: El Camino College
Westside: Santa Monica College

Grade School
Village Christian Schools
8930 Village Ave.
Los Angeles, 91352
For the past 60 years, VCS has been one of the most prominent and celebrated Christian schools in the United States. The 30-acre campus serves students from K through 12th grade.

L.A. Central/Hollywood: Cathedral Chapel
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child
South Bay/Southeast: Pacific School
Westside: McKinley Elementary School

High School
Alverno High School
200 N. Michillinda Ave.
Sierra Madre, 91024
Alverno High School serves 225 young women on 13 tranquil acres. The school’s goal is simple: to empower each young woman to become exactly the person she wants to be.

Inland Empire: Webb School
L.A. Central/Hollywood: Loyola High School
Orange County: University High School
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Village Christian
South Bay/Southeast: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Westside: Santa Monica High School

Middle School
John Burroughs Middle School
600 S. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, 90005
John Burroughs Middle School has meticulously maintained a reputation for academic excellence and cultural diversity for nearly 90 years.

SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Village Christian
Westside: Lincoln Middle School


Performing Arts
Long Beach Ballet
1122 E. Wardlow Road
Long Beach, 90807
The celebrated Long Beach Ballet Academy offers a curriculum steeped in tradition and based largely on the eclectic repertoire of a professional ballet company. While the school emphasizes classical ballet technique, it also hosts an internationally recognized summer program.

L.A. Central/Hollywood: USC Performing Arts
Orange County: Orange County HS of the Arts
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: California Institute of the Arts

405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, 90095
UCLA believes that graduate students shouldn’t seclude themselves behind the walls of academia, but rather immerse themselves in the world they one day hope to change.

Inland Empire: Claremont Graduate University
Orange County: Chapman University
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Caltech
South Bay/Southeast: CSU Dominguez Hills
Westside: Pepperdine


SAGE Academy
5901 Lindley Ave.
Tarzana, 91356
SAGE offers flexible programs for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds, dedicated to providing a caring and loving atmosphere to enhance every child’s positive self-image.

Inland Empire: Child Development Center at Fairplex
L.A. Central/Hollywood: Fairplex Child Development
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Kids Club

Los Angeles Trade-Tech
400 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90015
Trade-Tech is the oldest of the nine public two-year colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District, dedicated to providing high-quality technical and professional education.
Inland Empire: Career & Technical Eduation Center