Lakewood's youths are served by four public school districts: Long Beach Unified School District, Paramount Unified School District, Bellflower Unified School District, and ABC Unified School District. Several private and parochial schools are also located throughout the city, ready to serve the educational needs of today's scholars in a faith-based setting.
Colleges and Universities
High school graduates and adult learners have many options when it comes to higher learning. Whether it's an undergraduate or post-graduate degree, a certificate, or you're just looking to sharpen your skills for your career, there are a number of nearby colleges and universities that will help you achieve your higher learning ambitions. Lakewood residents are only about a 5 mile jaunt from Long Beach City College, California State University-Long Beach, Cerritos College, Cypress College, and Compton Community College. Biola University is located in La Mirada, about 10 miles from the heart of Lakewood.
Hospitals and Health Care
Lakewood Regional Medical Center serves as the primarily health care facility for residents. However, other hospitals and medical centers located near Lakewood include Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Bellflower Medical Center (both located in Bellflower), and College Hospital in Cerritos.
Transportation and Travel
Getting in and around Lakewood is easy thanks to the efficiency of Los Angeles County's public transportation system. Residents looking to travel to downtown Los Angeles can take the Metro Blue Line. The Amtrak is also available for residents who are looking to travel by train to other cities up and down the California coast. The Long Beach Transit and Metropolitan Transportation Authority have buses traveling throughout Lakewood and LA County, while the Long Beach Passport Bus Shuttle offers free rides to downtown Long Beach. If you're looking to fly out of Lakewood, three airports service the area: Long Beach Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and John Wayne Airport.
Local Attractions and Community Events
Lakewood is just a short drive from a number of activities and points of interest in the LA County area, especially those in the city of Long Beach. Some popular attractions residents and visitors will take an interest in include the Lakewood Center Mall, Aquarium of the Pacific, the Long Beach Marina, the Queen Mary, Long Beach Museum of Art, and a variety of dining options that range from ambient, waterfront dining to home cooked meals in diners.
There are also a slew of community events that keep residents' social calendars full throughout the year. A sampling of annual events and festivities in Lakewood and the Long Beach area include the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach Marathon, Lakewood Civic Center Block Party and Fireworks Extravaganza, Summer Concerts in the Park, and the Pan American Fiesta.