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The Long Beach Unified School District is dedicated to improving standards, providing superior education and motivating its students to succeed and reach their potential. The more than 90 schools of the district have all proven themselves to be a cut above the rest, recognized for their efforts with innumerable honors and awards.

The Long Beach Unified School District serves the cities of Long Beach, Avalon, Lakewood and Signal Hill. The enrollment reaches approximately 90,000 students. The expansive size of the district requires a large staff of about 8,000 employees, making it a major employer in Long Beach.

The District was awarded one of the highest honors a school can receive. In 2003-04, it was the winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education and has been a finalist every year it has been eligible since then. This is a groundbreaking feat as no other school has ever achieved this kind of rank.

A private education is also available in Long Beach. An abundance of Montessori, Christian, Catholic and other parochial schools offer students in grades kindergarten through 12th a first-rate education.


California State University, Long Beach lies on a gorgeous 322-acre campus, part of which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The University’s approximately 37,000 students can study for hours with a serene view of waves crashing on the shore. Several on-campus sculpture installments enhance the surroundings.

Founded on September 28, 1949, California State University, Long Beach now has eight colleges to choose from: College of Arts, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University College and Extension Services. Students can earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees or certificates in anything from aerospace engineering to dance and Italian studies to kinesiology.

The arts are alive on this campus with seven theater facilities, the University Art Museum and student and faculty galleries. Athletes participate in competitive Division I sports. About 200 campus groups and organizations offer endless opportunities for involvement.

Long Beach City College is the choice of over 25,000 students. More than 1,000 courses make it easy for students to earn a degree or certificate in anything from international business to culinary arts. Programs also exist in physical education, cabinet making, horticulture and more. The college is made up of six schools: School of Health and Science, School of Creative Arts and Applied Sciences, School of Business and Social Science, School of Language Arts, School of Physical Education and Athletics and School of Trade and Industrial Technologies. Distance learning and web-enhanced courses make it easy for students to work toward a degree that works with their schedule.

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