LACEF supports programs that stimulate academic excellence and cultural enrichment that fully expands the potential of children and youth of Los Angeles County. LACEF’s partner, the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), offers the following programs:
The Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, produced by LACOE, is a rigorous two-day scholastic team competition that tests the knowledge and skills of high school students who compete against other school teams for gold, silver and bronze medals. The winning teams from Los Angeles County schools move on to the state and national decathlons. Decathletes are challenged to use analytical skills, performance abilities and test-taking and writing aptitude in 10 events: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language & Literature, Math, Music, Science, Social Science and Speech. More than 50 schools participate in the county-wide scholastic competition.
LACOE supports county-wide arts and poetry competitions including Poetry Out Loud, an annual competition for high school students. Participants–poetry recitation champions from their respective school districts–present and interpret classical poetry through memorization. Poetry Out Loud contestants have embraced classical poetry in many ways, including their interest in hip-hop culture, rap music and slam contests.
The Los Angeles County Elementary Spelling Bee is a competition held each year in March for district-level spelling champions in grades 4 to 6 by LACOE. Each district in the county is invited to send one district winner to compete in the county competition. Family members, friends and teachers are on hand for the nerve-wracking competition that tests the skills, smarts and stamina of the participating “word nerds.”
Los Angeles County History Day L.A. encourages students to prepare posters, exhibits, papers, web sites, performances, and documentary presentations on a historical theme. Participation in History Day L.A. provides opportunities for students to improve academic achievement and develop important 21st century skills in preparation for college, career and citizenship – critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication and creativity and innovation. As an authentic performance assessment measure, teachers can utilize History Day projects to easily assess the knowledge and skills of their students.
The Los Angeles County Math Field Day is designed as an enrichment activity to promote mathematical reasoning, teamwork and a balanced mathematics curriculum for all students in upper elementary and middle school. Participation allows students to demonstrate their math knowledge through competition in the following elements: computational and procedural skill, conceptual understanding and problem-solving. It is open to 4-person teams from schools in Los Angeles County.
The Marine Science Floating Lab (MSFL) is an excellent opportunity for students to explore the amazing biodiversity of what is often a hidden habitat on a 3-hour cruise through the Long Beach or Los Angeles Harbor. Students see first-hand how human behavior affects the quality of water, air, habitat, animal life, plant life, and human life in the marine environment specifically as well as in the students’ communities.