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Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School

Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School is a magnet public high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District with a focus on serving students who plan to study in the healthcare field. It is located near the LAC+USC Medical Center, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.

Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School
Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School.jpg
1200 N Cornwell St, Los Angeles, California 90033
TypeMagnet public high school
Motto"Quality and Integrity"
School districtLos Angeles Unified School District
PrincipalLuis Lopez
Faculty75 FTEs[1]
Enrollment1,847 (as of 2016-17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio25:1
Color(s)Maroon & Gray         
AthleticsVolleyball (Boys and Girls), Basketball (Boys and Girls), Soccer (Boys and Girls), Cross-Country (Boys and Girls), Track (Boys and Girls), Softball (Girls)
MascotBravo Knights

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,841 students and 70.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 26.2:1. There were 1,583 students (86.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 69 (3.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards and recognitionEdit

During the 2006-2007 school year, Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[2][3] the highest award an American school can receive.[4][5]

In their annual list of the top 1,300 high schools in the United States, Newsweek ranked Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School as 352nd in 2008 and 291st in 2007.[6] In 2007, U.S. News and World Report named it one of its top 100 public high schools.[7]


Originally, a magnet center was established at nearby Lincoln High School before moving to Wilson High School from 1985 until 1989. Bravo Medical Magnet is named after Francisco Bravo M.D., a well-known physician who practiced in East Los Angeles, established his own clinic, and founded a scholarship fund for needy high school students interested in the health science professions. Groundbreaking on Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School started in 1987 and construction was completed in 1990. Dr. Rosa Maria Hernández, who was instrumental in the school's construction, served as principal from the school's opening until 2003 when she became the District F Coordinator. She was then succeeded by Maria Torres-Flores.


Bravo is located in a commercial and residential section of Eastside Los Angeles, about 8 minutes from the Los Angeles Civic Center.

Bravo is located adjacent to the LAC+USC Medical Center Complex, which includes the Keck School of Medicine of USC, USC School of Pharmacy, Doheny Eye Hospital, Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Norris Cancer Hospital, and the USC University Hospital.

The school's proximity to USC has enabled partnerships, Bravo was adopted by the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center in September 1981, shortly after the school opened as a small magnet center on the Lincoln High School campus. The school has agreements with USC Medical Center as well as California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) in promoting health-related activities and projects.

Magnet ProgramEdit

Bravo’s medical magnet program was originally part of the school integration program to be accessible to all students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, so the school community has wide geographical boundaries. Thirty buses deliver 85% of Bravo’s 1,726 students, some of whom travel up to an hour to school and are drawn from 32 middle schools. Students apply through the District’s “Choices” program and are selected by the district’s lottery.

Student BodyEdit

Bravo serves around 1,847 students in grades nine through twelve, with a student-teacher ratio of 25:1. Full-time teachers 75. Approximately 40% of the students attending Bravo are from the surrounding community in what now comprises LAUSD Local District East. The remaining 60% commute from other areas of the Los Angeles Unified School District.


Bravo's demographics currently indicate 80% Hispanic students, 13.1% Asian/Filipino/Pacific Islander, 2% African-American, and 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native. Over the past six years, Bravo has maintained a steady total enrollment and has seen a general decline in all ethnic populations except the Hispanic group which has increased 15% (with a corresponding drop in other populations).

2019 Demographics of student body
Native Americans 0.1%
Hispanic and Latino American 80%
African American 2%
Asian American 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0.1%
White European Americans 5%
Multiracial Americans 0.4%
Female 61%
Male 39%

Title I StudentsEdit

For 2006-07, Bravo has approximately 82% (1,415 students) of all students that are socioeconomically disadvantaged. About 72% of the students’ home language is not English. Bravo High School has a school-wide Title I program and is one of the very few Title I High Schools that have surpassed the 800 API level.


us news 2019 Rankings[8]Edit

Academic Performance Index (API)Edit

The Academic Performance Index—API for High Schools in the LAUSD District 5 and local small public charter high schools in the East Los Angeles region.

School 2007 [9] 2008 [10] 2009 [11] 2010 [12] 2011 [13] 2012 2013 [14]
Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School 807 818 815 820 832 842 847
Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School 718 792 788 788 809 785 775
Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School 662 726 709 710 744 744 738
James A. Garfield High School 553 597 593 632 705 710 714
Abraham Lincoln High School 594 609 588 616 643 761 738
Woodrow Wilson High School 582 585 600 615 636
Theodore Roosevelt High School 557 551 576 608 793 788
Thomas Jefferson High School 457 516 514 546 546
Santee Education Complex 502 521 552 565 612 636

Bravo API ScoresEdit

The Bravo Medical Magnet High School API scores:[15]

  • 2012 API: 842
  • 2011 API: 832
  • 2010 API: 820
  • 2009 API: 815[16]
  • 2008 API: 818[16]
  • 2007 API: 807
  • 2006 API: 807
  • 2005 API: 819
  • 2004 API: 788
  • 2003 API: 766
  • 2002 API: 737
  • 2001 API: 733
  • 2000 API: 732
  • 1999 API: 715

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c School data for Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Boghossian, NAUSH. It has also been awarded the California Distinguished School Award. "LEMAY LAURELS MOSTLY LATINO VALLEY SCHOOL EARNS U.S. EDUCATION HONOR.", Los Angeles Daily News, September 23, 2006. Accessed November 20, 2007.
  3. ^ U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 2003 through 2006 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  4. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  5. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2017-08-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "usnews". Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  9. ^ 2006-07 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 25, 2009
  10. ^ 2007-08 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 25, 2009
  11. ^ 2008-09 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 8, 2012
  12. ^ 2009-10 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 8, 2012
  13. ^ 2010-11 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 8, 2012
  14. ^ 2012-13 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR)[permanent dead link] Retrieved on February 27, 2017
  15. ^ "LAUSD: Bravo Medical Magnet High School API" (PDF).
  16. ^ a b "Academic Performance Index (API) - Programs No Longer Administered by CDE (CA Dept of Education)".

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