Contact Carthay Center Elementary School

6351 West Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90048

tel: 323-935-8173

fax: 323-933-2698


Carthay Center Elementary School : "A Community of Learners"

Our community at Carthay Center shares the responsibility of creating a safe, clean and inviting environment. Through open communication and mutual respect we will create equitable learning opportunities that result in high student achievement.


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Carthay Today

Starting Fall 2014, Carthay will be an Environmental Studies Magnet!

In June 2013, LAUSD approved Carthay's application to become the Carthay Environmental Studies Magnet!

Carthay Environmental Studies Magnet will be the only magnet school in the LAUSD that combines the sciences and the humanities in an educational program centered on society and the environment. Environmental Studies is a broad, comprehensive field of study that engages students in real life explorations and gives them the skills and abilities they need to be active participants in improving quality of life for themselves and future generations. Rooted in rigorous, project-based learning both in the arts and sciences with a commitment to policies that foster sustainable development and social equality, environmental education at Carthay will embody a learning process that increases students' knowledge and awareness about relationships between the environment and human well-being, while guiding them to become ecologically responsible citizens of the world.

The school will be a full-school magnet, meaning every student at Carthay will need to complete a Choices application to enroll. Students residing within former Carthay Elementary School attendance boundaries may continuously enroll throughout the year upon application of a Choices application. Students residing outside the attendance boundaries who wish to pursue an environmental studies themed course of study will have an opportunity to attend the school on the basis of the Magnet priority points and/or available space. The Choices application is due November 15, 2013 for students outside the attendance boundaries. The Environmental Studies Magnet will build on Carthay's current Garden Science program in Carthay's celebrated Garden of Possibilities.

Fewer than 400 neighborhood children are enrolled at Carthay, which will enable students from outside Carthay's traditional boundaries to enroll in the school through its new magnet program. The school follows the traditional September June calendar and will take children from Kindergarten through fifth grade. Kindergarten through third grade classes are limited to a student to teacher ratio of approximately twenty to one. In fourth through sixth grades, the ratio increases to approximately thirty to one.

Children entering Carthay Environmental Studies Magnet will follow the enrollment guidelines as set forth by the LAUSD. For details, see the LAUSD web site.

Area History

Carthay Center Elementary School opened in 1924 to serve Carthay Center, a subdivision in mid-city Los Angeles planned by developer Harvey J. McCarthy. The school was located just opposite the famous Carthay Circle Theater, which hosted such dazzling movie premieres as "Snow White," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Gone with the Wind." Although the theater was demolished in 1969, the beautiful school building was preserved and remains an architectural centerpiece of the neighborhood.