Award Year: 2021

Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School

17020 Labrador Street
Los Angeles, CA, 91325-1906

(818) 349-4801

Ms. Christine Chun, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Los Angeles Unified School District

School Website


The mission of Balboa Gifted Magnet is to provide an academic program to engage and challenge our 21st century learners to exceed California's Common Core Standards.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 35%
  • Hispanic: 23%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 6%
  • Asian: 27%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Explorers begin their journey here!

Explorers begin their journey here!

We believe our full magnet campus of gifted/high ability students should work at a pace that is appropriate to their abilities and engage the curriculum in greater depth and with greater complexity. This reflects a philosophy of "quality, not quantity" and fosters critical thinking, independence, and creativity in order to initiate each child's journey as a lifelong learner.

We believe that 21st century learners must be prepared to think critically, make informed decisions, collaborate effectively with others, and continue growing as learners. We believe our students should think like disciplinarians in order to solve problems and understand the world around them. Our students should be independent thinkers who are responsible partners in their own learning.