About the Long Beach Unified School District

A National and International Reputation for Excellence

The Long Beach Unified School District has earned a reputation as one of America’s finest school systems, winning many awards as a national and international model of excellence

Established in 1885 with fewer than a dozen students meeting in a borrowed tent, LBUSD now educates 65,500 students in 84 public schools located in the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, and Avalon on Catalina Island. With a team of more than 12,000 full-time and part-time employees, the school district is the largest employer in Long Beach. The fourth largest school district in California, LBUSD serves one of the most diverse large cities in the United States, and dozens of languages are spoken by local students.

LBUSD Facts at a Glance 

Opened in 1885


  • 65,500 Students


  • 84 schools in Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Avalon (Catalina Island)


  • $1.2 billion operating budget for 2022-23


  • 59.1% Hispanic
  • 12.4% African American
  • 12.1% White
  • 6.7% Asian
  • 5.5% Two or More Races
  • 2.8% Filipino
  • 1.1% Pacific Islander
  • 15.1% English Language Learners
  • 64.3% Socioeconomically Disadvantaged