Welcome to SOCES
Established in 1981 as a response to court ordered busing, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, located in the South-West San Fernando Valley in the city of Tarzana, is a Span-Magnet school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Starting in fourth grade, we provide the skills and academic content to prepare our students to meet requirements for graduation and entrance to the UC and CSU systems. While it seems like a simple concept, basing instruction on high expectations promises greater accountability to the community and an assurance to parents that their child is engaged in rich, challenging, and “hands on” learning experiences
All students who attend SOCES must apply through an application process outlined at eChoices.lausd.net , which is conducted annually through LAUSD Student Integration Services. Students are accepted into Magnet programs based on a district determined selection process. More SOCES history
Countdown to Graduation
What's Happening at SOCES
Meet our Staff
Mr. Fuentes is an Algebra 2 and AP calculus teacher. This is his first year teaching here at Sherman Oaks CES but has past experience teaching at Sylmar high school and CCLA.
He studied at CSUN. Fun fact about him is that he coaches football at San Fernando High school. He loves watching football and going to Disneyland.
As an official teacher, Mr. Martinez has taught 6th grade science for one year, chemistry and honors chem for 3, and AP Chem for two, and has taught a granted total of 3 years. Prior to that, I was a private tutor for all math through calculus, biology, chemistry, Spanish, and college writing for 6 years. One Quote he likes is “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” by I believe Dr. Seuss.
Suzanna Gordon is SOCES born and bred! Well, just about. She started here as a fifth-grade student and spent the next eight years learning from talented, loving teachers while making lifelong friends. Upon graduating college, she returned to teach at CES in 2001 and is continually amazed at how little has changed. Still a top performing school consisting of a diverse student body, creative teachers, and involved families, CES is a truly magical place.
Mrs. Swinson is one SOCES’ social studies teachers, teaching our students AP World history, Honors Economics, AP Government, and sponsoring an AVID class. Before coming to SOCES in 2012, she was a teacher at Panorama high school, also teaching social studies. She picked SOCES because the administration at the time “sold me on the concept of family,” due to our school teaching students from 4th through 12th grade. Her favorite activity when she’s not at school would be spending “mom moments” with her children.
Mrs. Pak is a 4th grade math and science teacher, who also teaches high school language courses Korean 1 and Korean 2. She has taught at SOCES for 10 years now. One quote to describe her is “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream…” – C.S Lewis
Ms. Young has taught Special Education, Beg/Int/Adv Dance, Dance Production, Physical Education/Kinesiology and English for a total of 31 years. Her favorite quote is “Laughing is one of the best exercise’s, it’s like running inside your mind. You can do it anywhere.”
Mrs. Woods found her passion for art at a very young age. She was told she had enough talent to pursue an art career when a famous cartoon illustrator viewed one of her works. She was only ten when Mrs. Woods realized art was what she wanted to pursue. Mrs. Woods went to Florida State University and moved to California in 1980. She has been teaching at SOCES since 2001. When asked what the greatest feeling she got from teaching, said it was when a student who, in the beginning of the year, claims he or she cannot draw, can boast that they have drawn a masterpiece of their own. Her strictness and intensity only exists because she believes every student can do better and succeed in art.
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Ms. Couples has been at SOCES since 1987. She taught math until the fall of 2016 when she became the Testing Coordinator and the English Learner Designee. Ms. Couples is extremely knowledgeable regarding many things related to SOCES and her door is always open for assistance.
Mr. Crockett is one of the new staff members that has worked in the LAUSD district for 16 years. Although he has been working for LAUSD for 16 years, he took a hiatus of 5 years from LAUSD and this is his third year after coming back. Before joining the Knight family, Mr. Crockett had a way around different schools but his most recent school was Maya Angelou Community High School. A few staff members at our school had talked to him of SOCES and after hearing the positive reviews, he knew that this was the school for him.