Long Beach Unified School District, California

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Long Beach Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California
Long Beach Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Christopher J. Steinhauser
Enrollment:83,691 students
Graduation rate:77.8%[1]
Number of schools:86
Budget: $754.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John McGinnis
Board members:5
Term length:4
Long Beach Unified School District is a school district in California that served 83,691 students in 86 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the third-largest by enrollment in the state of California.

About the district

Long Beach Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California.
Long Beach Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California. The county seat of Los Angeles County is Los Angeles. Los Angeles County is home to 10,017,068 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Los Angeles County underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Los Angeles County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income in Los Angeles County was $56,241 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Los Angeles County was 17.1 percent compared to 15.3 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Los Angeles County (%) California (%)
White 71.6 73.7
Black or African American 9.3 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5 1.7
Asian 14.5 13.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or More Races 2.8 3.6
Hispanic or Latino 48.2 38.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Los Angeles County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,450,612 50.77
Republican 1,021,666 21.16
American Independent 108,709 2.25
Peace and Freedom 34,940 0.72
Libertarian 26,221 0.54
Green 24,465 0.51
Americans Elect 2,466 0.05
Other 316,634 6.56
Unaffiliated 841,559 17.43

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District is Christopher J. Steinhauser, whom the school board appointed to the position in 2002. Steinhauser attended and graduated from the Long Beach Unified School District before he earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Long Beach City College and his master's degree in educational administration from California State University at Long Beach. He began his career as an inner-city elementary school teacher in the Long Beach school district. Before becoming the superintendent, he served as a school principal and as the deputy superintendent in the district.[7]

School board

Long Beach Unified School District is overseen by a five-member board, all of whom are elected to four-year terms by geographic electoral district.[8]

Long Beach Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Megan Kerr 1 2018
Felton Williams 2 2016
John McGinnis 3 2018
Jon Meyer 4 2016
Diana F. Craighead 5 2018

School board elections

See also: Long Beach Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Long Beach Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Long Beach Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Placing an Item on the Agenda

You may place matters directly related to school district business on the agenda by filing a request form, available from the assistant secretary of the Board of Education. Please include available back-up material. The Superintendent or designee will determine whether the matter is directly related to school district business. Written requests must be received at least 10 working days prior to the meeting date.

Addressing the Board Regarding Agenda Items

You may address the Board on agenda items, before action is taken, by filing a written request with the assistant secretary (forms are available near the entrance prior to the meeting); or seeking permission of the chair - if the need to speak could not be foreseen. Persons will be allowed to speak in the order in which the requests are received.

Addressing the Board Regarding Items Not on the Agenda

If you request to speak about a matter of school district business not on the agenda, you will be invited to make your remarks during the "Public Testimony on Items Not Listed on Agenda" portion of the agenda. Limited discussion may take place on the part of the Board of Education on an item which has not received public notice by being listed on the agenda. However, after receiving public testimony, the Board president or any member of the Board may recommend placing such item(s) on the agenda of a future meeting or refer the item(s) to staff for a report.

When You Are Recognized to Speak

Please step to the microphone, state your name and address for the record, and direct your remarks to the chair. Remarks by persons addressing the Board of Education shall be limited to five (5) minutes per person for agenda items (30 minutes total) and three (3) minutes for non-agenda items (30 minutes total), unless the Board agrees to extend the time. No person shall orally present or discuss, at any meeting of the Board, charges or complaints against an individual employee. Remarks by any person addressing the Board which reflect adversely upon the political, religious, racial or economic views, character, or motives of any person are out of order.[9]

—Long Beach Unified School District website, (2014)[10]


The table below displays the budget for Long Beach Unified School District:[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $581,693,196 84.8% $30,929,054 4.5% $73,387,922 10.7% $0 0% $162,897 0% $686,173,069
2014-2015 $627,734,357 83.2% $41,600,462 5.5% $82,409,485 10.9% $0 0% $3,197,459 0.4% $754,941,763
Averages: $604,713,776.5 84% $36,264,758 5% $77,898,703.5 11% $0 0% $1,680,178 0% $720,557,416

Teacher salaries

Long Beach Unified School District employed 3,358 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[12] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Teachers Association of Long Beach for 2013-2014:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 51,306 75,101
B.A. + 28 51,308 80,135
B.A. + 56 or MA 51,309 85,169
B.A. + 56 w/MA or MA + 28 51,310 90,202
B.A. + 75 w/MA or MA + 45 55,287 96,425

Schools in Long Beach Unified School District


Long Beach Unified School District served 83,691 students during the 2011-2012 school year. Long Beach Unified School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Long Beach Unified School District operates 86 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Long Beach Unified School District
School Name
Addams Elementary School
Alvarado Elementary School
Avalon Elementary School
Avalon High School
Avalon Middle School
Bancroft Middle School
Barton Elementary School
Beach High School
Bethune Elementary School
Birney Elementary School
Bixby Elementary School
Bryant Elementary School
Burbank Elementary School
Burcham K-8 School
Burnett Elementary School
Cabrillo High School
CAMS High School
Carver Elementary School
Chavez Elementary School
Cleveland Elementary School
Cubberley K-8 School
Dooley Elementary School
Edison Elementary School
Franklin Middle School
Fremont Elementary School
Gant Elementary School
Garfield Elementary School
Gompers K-8 School
Grant Elementary School
Hamilton Middle School
Harte Elementary School
Henry K-8 School
Hill Middle School
Holmes Elementary School
Hoover Middle School
Hudson K-8 School
Hughes Middle School
International Elementary School
Jefferson Middle School
Jordan High School
Jordan Plus High School
Kettering Elementary School
King Elementary School
Lafayette Elementary School
Lakewood High School
Lee Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Lindbergh Middle School
Lindsey Middle School
Longfellow Elementary School
Los Cerritos Elementary School
Lowell Elementary School
MacArthur Elementary School
Madison Elementary School
Mann Elementary School
Marshall Middle School
McBride High School
McKinley Elementary School
Millikan High School
Monroe K-8 School
Muir K-8 School
Naples Elementary School
Nelson Middle School
Newcomb K-8 School
Poly PAAL High School
Polytechnic High School
Powell K-8 School
Prisk Elementary School
Reid High School
Renaissance High School
Riley Elementary School
Robinson K-8 School
Rogers Middle School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Signal Hill Elementary School
Stanford Middle School
Stephens Middle School
Stevenson Elementary School
Tincher K-8 School
Twain Elementary School
Two Harbors Elementary School
Washington Middle School
Webster Elementary School
Whittier Elementary School
Willard Elementary School
Wilson High School

Academic performance

California STAR program

California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests, the California Modified Assessment and the California Alternate Performance Assessment, measures student achievement in grades two through 11 for California's academic content standards. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades two through 11, science in grades five and eight through 11 and history and social science in grades eight, 10 and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are five STAR performance benchmarks to indicate a student's academic proficiency. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards.[1]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District (%) State average (%)
English-Language Arts 52 55
Mathematics 51 50
Science 53 59
History and Social Science 45 49

Contact information

Long Beach Unified School District seal.jpg

Long Beach Unified School District
515 Hughes Way
Long Beach, CA 90810
Phone: 562-997-8000
Email: info@lbschools.net

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed-Data, "Student Performance - 2012," accessed June 17, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Los Angeles County, California," accessed March 31, 2014
  4. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, "Report of Registration as of December 31, 2013 - Registration by County," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Long Beach Unified School District, "Christopher J. Steinhauser, Superintendent of Schools," accessed June 17, 2014
  8. Long Beach Unified School District, "LBUSD Board of Education," accessed June 17, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Long Beach Unified School District, "Public Participation," accessed June 17, 2014
  11. Long Beach Unified School District, "Financial Documents," accessed December 8, 2014
  12. Ed-Data, "District Profile - Fiscal Year: 2011-12," accessed June 17, 2014
  13. Long Beach Unified School District, "Schedule A4 - Elementary and Secondary Classroom Teacher with Full Credential - Traditional Calendar (10.20)," accessed June 17, 2014
  14. Long Beach Unified School District, "District Map," accessed June 17, 2014