Neighborhood Highlight

Los Angeles is an exciting amalgam of vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own personality. During their two years of living in LA, corps members will experience a little bit of everything that makes the city unique. East of Hollywood, northwest of Downtown, and home to its namesake reservoir, Silver Lake is a neighborhood known for its great ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. Eclectic, creative, and progressive, Silver Lake is the center of LA's independent music scene as well as a friendly community of residents of all kinds. Housing in the area ranges from affordable apartments or house shares to the storied modernist mansions along the reservoir. Corps members living in Silver Lake enjoy its distinctive yet inclusive neighborhood vibe.

Living Here

If you are applying for the 2013 corps at the February 15 deadline, please note that you can no longer be assigned to teach in Los Angeles. The timing of the credentialing process in this region prevents corps members from meeting the requirements needed to teach in the 2013 school year if they haven’t applied by January 11.

Los Angeles County is 4,060 square miles of beaches, mountains, theaters, music, art, museums, television, movies, and sporting events. LA has two Chinatowns, a Little Tokyo, and a Koreatown. There is Ethiopian cuisine on Fairfax Avenue, and a nexus of African American art in Leimert Park. The entire city is a treasure trove of Latino history and culture.

Each of LA’s distinctive neighborhoods has its own flavor, from Hollywood’s booming live theater scene to Palos Verdes with its ocean-front whale watching. Of course, no true Angeleno will want to miss the must-dos: the carnival-like bustle of Venice Beach, the poetry slams in Leimert Park and Silver Lake, and the hipster scene on Melrose Avenue. A bit of exploring can lead to some surprising experiences, such as the increasingly popular walking tour of historic downtown, or great eats at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.

Los Angeles corps members currently teach in 15 school districts, three early childhood education centers, and 25 charter schools and management organizations, from Pacoima in the north valley to Carson in the south. Given that Los Angeles is such a big city, corps members tend to live in areas that will minimize their commute. Depending on where their school is located, this could be anywhere from the South Bay to Pasadena and everywhere in between. Since our placement schools are generally in a few concentrated areas, neighborhoods closer to the center of LA, such as Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Koreatown, Downtown, and West Adams are often more convenient than the southern beach communities.

Info & Stats

Placements Available

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Social Studies

Special Education


Schools with Corps Members

Assignment Percentages

Placement Percentage
Elementary 20%
Secondary 80%
At a school with another corps member or alumnus 85%