Miguel Contreras Learning Complex

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Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
322 Lucas Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Type Public
Established September 5, 2006
School district LAUSD
Principal Depends on the academy
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,500
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Teal, black, & white
Athletics conference Central League
CIF Los Angeles City Section
Mascot Cobras

Miguel Contreras Learning Complex (MCLC) is a high school in Downtown Los Angeles, California, United States.

The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The school is located at 322 South Lucas Avenue, just down Third Street from the LAUSD Board of Education headquarters building. It houses three Small Learning Communities (SLCs): The Academic Leadership Community (ALC), Social Justice, and Business & Tourism (B&T), which is the largest academy.[1]

The complex also holds a separate school called the Los Angeles School Of Global Studies. This usually referred to as LASGS and is a new technology school with a focus on Project Based Learning (PBL). LASGS currently holds an API score of 591.[2] LASGS is known as one of the first schools to be a part of the New Tech Foundation. The New Tech Foundation supports "Project Based Learning" (PBL).

Contreras was named after Miguel Contreras, a labor union organizer.[3]


MCLC opened its doors for the first time on September 5, 2006.[4] Prior to its opening, the school building project was known as Central Los Angeles Area New High School #10.

The school took many students who were enrolled in Belmont High School and chose to transfer, as well as students who were unable to attend overcrowded local schools, and had been bussed to nearby schools throughout their entire academic careers. The three Small Learning Communities (SLCs) were originally established at Belmont High School and essentially moved their entire community (teachers and students) to the new complex. The three SLCs were Academic Learning Complex (ALC), Business and Tourism (BT) and Social Justice (SJ). This will be the protocol for other new schools in the area that will aim to relieve the overcrowding at Belmont as it transitions into a 6-12 school.

The total budget for this school was $161,276,500.[5]

Neighborhoods served by Contreras[edit]

Areas served by Contreras include portions of the Pico-Union and Westlake, Angelino Heights, Chinatown, Koreatown, Echo Park, and Little Tokyo areas.

MCLC & LASGS and Belmont share the same attendance boundary and are separate schools which are called pilot schools.


Coordinates: 34°3′29″N 118°15′37″W / 34.05806°N 118.26028°W / 34.05806; -118.26028