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School of Leadership and Public Service (LPS)

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Pathway Description

Leadership and Public Service Students experience four years of integrated academics focused on the Public Service industry. In addition to completing rigorous A-G courses, students take a four year course sequence of classes teaching the skills and addressing the issues that surround the Public Service industry, specifically Legal Services. These courses include: Intro to Law, Intro to Social Justice and then starting in their Junior and Senior years: Criminal Justice in the 21st Century, and Journey for Justice in America: American Government and Public Service. Working with their academic classes and larger community, students are expected to practice their skills outside the classroom with internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities.



Entrance Criteria

  • Any interested student is encouraged to apply to the pathway.
  • Students interested in the Distinguished Scholar experience may apply with a minimum GPA of 3.0

Pathway Vision: LPS students will be advocates for justice, aspiring to serve the community and become ethical problem solvers.

Pathway Mission: To develop socially conscious contributors to the community who partner to create meaningful change through experiences in public service and leadership.


Sample Schedule

Grade 9

  • Introduction to Law
  • English 1-2 or English 1-2 Accelerated
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry Accelerated
  • Biology: The Living Earth
  • World Language 1-2
  • Visual or Performing Art
  • PE/Marching Band/Sport

Grade 10

  • Introduction to Social Justice
  • Modern World History or AP World History: Modern
  • English 3-4 or English 3-4 Accelerated
  • Geometry or Algebra 2 Accelerated
  • Chemistry in the Earth System or Chemistry Honors
  • World Language 3-4
  • PE/Marching Band/Sport


Grade 11

  • Criminal Justice in the 21st Century
  • U.S. History or AP U.S. History
  • English 5-6 or AP English Language
  • Algebra 2 or AP Pre Calculus or Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry
  • Academic or Athletic Elective 2 recommended


Grade 12

  • Journey for Justice in America: American Government and Public Service
  • Government Accelerated and Economics or AP Government and AP Economics
  • Literature and Communications or
  • AP English Literature
  • Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry or Intro to Data Science or AP Statistics or AP Calculus
  • Academic or Athletic Elective 2-3 recommended





Leadership and Public Service Slides

LPS Slides
LPS Slides

Work-Based Learning

  • Mock Trial
  • Mock Interviews
  • Guest Speakers (attorneys and law enforcement and community non-profits)


For More Information

Contact Joel Jelinowicz
(562) 433-0481 ext. 6850

Nondiscrimination Statement: The Long Beach Unified School District prohibits discrimination, intimidation, harassment (including sexual harassment) or bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, immigration status, national origin, religion, race or ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

For questions or complaints, contact Equity Compliance Officer: Steve Rockenbach, Director of Employee Relations,1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-997-8220, and Title IX Coordinator: Kimberly Dalton, Director of Human Resource Services, 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90815, 562-997-8108, and 504 Coordinator: Jenny R. Acosta, Program Administrator, 2221 Argonne Ave, LB 90815, 562-986-6870,