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Central High School Tri-C CDS

Our Background

Central High Tri-C CDS is an urban, continuous enrollment, alternative education school. The school offers 9th-12th grade education within two components: Central High School (a continuation school) and Tri-C CDS (a community day school).

As a dropout prevention program, Central High Tri-C CDS is the largest multi-site Educational Options school in LAUSD, with an enrollment averaging between 500-800 students. Tri-C averages around 200 students.

Students receive individualized graduation plans, a standards-based A-G curriculum, college counseling, and support to explore career and technical education training in a smaller class environment. Continuation students (Central High) are required to attend school for 240 minutes per day, and community day students (Tri-C) attend for 360 minutes per day.

Central High Tri-C is comprised of twenty-eight sites located in communities throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. The classrooms are located on LAUSD school campuses, a senior center, commercial office space, a bank building, community centers, and LAUSD occupational centers.

Central High also provides an evening Work Experience Program, serving students who work full-time. These students attend school one night each week for four hours.

Students are often referred to Central High Tri-C CDS by schools and various agencies, including the student discipline and expulsion unit of LAUSD, group homes, camp returnee programs, foster care programs, school counselors, and self-referrals based on word-of-mouth.

Central High Tri-C CDS offers a complete academic program that includes the A - G requirements for high school graduation and admission to college. Upon successful completion of all mandated courses, students earn an LAUSD high school diploma.

The school was granted a full six-year accreditation with a three-year mid-term revisit by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2015. Our next WASC Self-Study will take place in 2021.