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Ernest Lawrence Middle School

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Posted September 8, 2014

The Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability magnet at Lawrence is fantastic! All of our teachers are highly trained experts in their respective field of study (no "combo" teachers who teach both Math/Science or English/History/Social Science). The magnet coordinator and teachers are always there to help students. The previous reviewer who commented on the math teacher, I'm afraid, does not understand what "differentiation" means in the context of gifted education. The magnet students take honors level courses that meet their need for an accelerated curriculum. The magnet teachers really encourage the development of higher level thinking skills and problem solving skills. Majority of students came from rigorous gifted magnet programs (Balboa, Welby Way) but there is no clique. After school programs are great! Learning Zone, Sports, Dance, etc. absolutely free of charge. I'm so glad I chose this magnet! When students graduate from a magnet program, they will automatically get 12 points they can use for any high school magnet program of their choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2014

The magnet program serves approximately 390 gifted, highly gifted, and high ability students on the campus of Lawrence middle school. It's a school within a school, a model school of excellence, and has an API of 1,000!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2014

The magnet coordinator, Mrs. Vallejo, is the best! She has an open door policy and she works tirelessly to make sure the program runs smoothly. Teachers are great and so is the administration. I highly recommend this program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! The Magnet Program at Lawrence Middle School offers amazing opportunities to the students. The classes are taught on a very high level, encouraging the kids to use critical thinking and make connections. The teachers are carefully chosen for their knowledge of the subject, their love of teaching, and their special ability to teach gifted students. The homework assignments are thoughtful and reasonable as to content, expectations, and amount. All teachers and administrators are available for conferences any time you or your child has a question or wants to discuss something. I watched my daughter form strong study habits, learn to organize her work and manage her time. become persevering in going in depth with her research, and really become scholarly. Elective choices are outstanding. The opportunity to study in Hypocrites Circle or Model U.N. promotes global awareness, world concerns, and explore career goals. Very exciting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

Warning!!! Do not select this school for their Magnet Program. They only have four teachers in each grade level so if you have a problem with a teacher they will not switch you out of the class you are stuck in it for the year. The magnet math teachers leave a lot to be desired. The Magnet program thinks that the highly gifted child means pile on more work. They are not teaching them differentiated teaching geared for gifted students. I am extremely disappointed with the way this program has killed the love of learning in my child. I have seen the light in her dim, it use to shine so brightly. Others will tell you that this is a great school, and for them it was. I can tell you that if your child can learn when a teacher stands at the front of the class lecturing and the students take notes and when a teacher puts a problem on the board and without teaching a lesson tells the students to figure it out (basically teaching themselves) and have multiple projects from the different class going on at the same time, then this is the school for you. My child needs differentiated teaching were the students participate more in the teaching and don't get weighed down with needless work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

I love my school!! and all the teachers!!! They are super helpful and i can always go to them for help when it is needed. I have the best teachers.


Posted December 2, 2013

I can only rate the Magnet Program at this school, and that I have found to be top notch. The Magnet Coordinator actually answers her own phone and goes out of her way to make sure the needs of the magnet students are met. She has an open door policy for incoming parents and that continues after you are settled in. The school spends the first month of the year drilling the children on non-bullying policies and safety procedures. That pays off during the year since this is a large campus. Students go about their business and any issues are dealt with immediately by both teachers and administration. Our daughter is challenged and having fun while making new friends. Fifth to sixth grade transition is a hard one, especially within the LAUSD system. But the staff of Earnest Lawrence Magnet have made it as smooth of a transition as it could be. I am relieved that the choice we made has worked out well so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

Wonderful teachers, terrific principal (Mr Schar) and second-to-none amazing band program with Mr. Wamhoff. My two children attended here all three years until they culminated last week. I am pleased with the high quality of education at this school. My children were in the after school program - one in the sports program which was terrific and the other in the homework program in the library. The homework program was a bit long and tedious (but it allowed my son to finish his homework), but I typically arrived from work around 5 pm so my oldest was able to get some exercise once he arrived home. I was thrilled that this school provided free aftercare for the students! My children and I have great memories here - both utilized some portions of the special ed program and the teachers they had were phenomenal and caring. Really am so happy with the quality of their education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

PROS: The magnet school has truly amazing teachers., and that is probably the most important thing at any school. They were able to make classes interesting, challenging and taught my child a lot. This school can be considered an exemplary one in the way bulling is handle. There were lots of field trips during the year and one overnight camp trip. CONS: After school program is beyond bad. Students are forced to sit silent and still in the library from 3 to 6. On the days that were too hot/cold/rainy/windy/etc PE classes turned into TV watching. Overall about 10% of PE classes students spent watching movies like "Chicken Little".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

I'm currently and almost graduate of Lawrence and I have to say this school has changed me life. I'm in the Magnet and their Magnet program is superior. Honors are also very good but don't sign into the Regulars; just a tip. The teachers really do care about students' education and future, and the staff there are very supporting. They have many games and events at the school and they make student life comfortable there. They do KNOW about bullying problems and they do HELP students and parents there with it. Overall this school is amazing and I would recommend giving this school a try! :)


Posted January 16, 2013

We are very grateful to have my daughter transition to Lawrence Middle School. This is our first year and so far this school has been excellent and kind to us parents. The faculty are very kind and always acknowledging every parents that enter the school and offices. The only problem and issues we have encountered is that there are children bullies coming from dysfunctional families/parents something every school have. But we made better choice than going to Columbus Middle School. We love this school, the principal is very nice and funny guy :). First impression always counts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

I am NOT very happy with most teachers, some students, and the staff at the office and school. I do not feel welcome in this school. My child is in 8th grade now. For the past "almost" 3 years....teachers have been using "sarcastic" or "belittle" tones of voices to my child. I thought this school believes parent involvement and I did make calls to the office about several incidents about teachers and/or students, they (teachers, coordinator, staff) don't even show concerns or discuss this issue professionally. This school have "You deserve a Put-Up!" pink slips and mix it up at Lunch Put-Up Slip. One student wrote and put it in the opening of my child's locker wishing her to kill herself. That's SICK!!! If my child shows this to the teachers or the staffs, I guarantee you they will NOT do anything about it. SAD!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2012

I'm happy that my daughter attends to this school great teachers and you have to know them as a student to actaully appreciate them. The classes are great and the extracurricular activities are awesome
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

My daughter just finished three years at Lawrence and I truly feel that she received a top flight education. More than just academics, she was welcomed into the school and made to feel an integral part of the community. She is very proud of the mural her Art class painted on the North side of campus and makes me drive her by it to see it even though she no longer attends. The school prepared her well for high school as she has managed to glide almost effortlessly through the beginning of 9th grade. Couldn't be happier with Lawrence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2010

Its the best school i have ever went to. I am in the 6th grade magnet and i think it rocks. Everyone is very welcoming and nice to u. My teachers are great. We do many fun stuff in our school such as dance offs, games, we have clubs for learning and much more. Its an awesome school. The GIFTED magnet is challenging but its worth it because you learn a lot from those projects. There isnt much homework in which u need to struggle on. Lawrence Middle School is the best school in the whole valley. =)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2010

Im a 6th grade magnet student at Lawrence Middle School. The magnet is the best school you will ever think of going to. The teachers are AMAZING and all of the staff are very kind and they will help you with any problem you have. The kids in the magnet will welcome you like you are their best friend and they are the nicest kids in the world. There is never a lot of homework, but a medium level of projects is given. If you are looking for an AMAZING school, Lawrence Magnet Middle School is the place to be. Trust Me. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2009

I'm a Magnet kid, and I love the school. THe teachers are really great, and the projects are fun and unorthodox (as in they're unique). Good school, great friends too. I do have to admit the regular program is really bad, but the magnet is great. I dunno bout honors, but Gifted is very good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2009

I'm a student here at Ernest Lawrence Middle School. A first year 6th grader and already on the first day of school i felt very pleased with everyone welcoming me. After the first week have finished i already knew that this school was right. Even though it's hard at least i have some very nice teachers and staff that will always help us get through our school. All we need to do as students is to keep trying and never e afraid to ask for help. School is fun and this will school will always be there to support you. They have so many cool teachers and activities. They plan and work together. All their efforts helps this school even better. I wish Middle School Never ends. It's tough but someone will always be there for you when you need them to be there. This school is the best!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2009

LOVE this school, I think is the BEST of all Chatsworth
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

GREAT SCHOOL.. My daughter is here since 6 grade, for these last two years she has improved and learn so much that she is an Honors student, yes I know teachers give them lots of homework and projects to do at home with the PARENTS help which I don't seem is a problem with it, because that's why we are there PARENTS we should help with school stuff and more we as parents have more responsibilities with OUR children than the teachers. Counselors and Principal are GREAT! I have no complain at all from this school I am so happy that my daughter will graduate from this school that now my 6 grade son is coming here as well. And I know he will be an honors student too, because this school is Great. Oh did I mention that I drive 60miles EVERYDAY so they can come to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

810

Change from
2012 to 2013

-9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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API score

810

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

515 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

482 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
53%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

541 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
38%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
80%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

562 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

541 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females65%
Males51%
African American47%
Asian85%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate34%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state56%

Math

All Students52%
Females53%
Males50%
African American37%
Asian87%
Filipino65%
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate68%
Parent education - declined to state47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females63%
Males56%
African American48%
Asian85%
Filipino68%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability16%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state45%

Math

All Students55%
Females54%
Males55%
African American41%
Asian86%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students61%
Females62%
Males60%
African American33%
Asian81%
Filipino81%
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduate49%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state46%

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females57%
Males59%
African American45%
Asian86%
Filipino78%
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state48%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students12%
Females5%
Males20%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino12%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)15%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability15%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only13%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate12%
Parent education - high school graduate10%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)11%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state14%

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students57%
Females52%
Males64%
African American35%
Asian86%
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state52%

Science

All Students64%
Females58%
Males71%
African American62%
Asian90%
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 51%
Asian 18%
White 18%
Black 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/AN/A
English language learners 12%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Experience Survey asks parents, students and employees about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, engaging, safe, and collaborative. Learn more

We organized questions from the LAUSD School Experience Survey into five categories. The respondent group-level results (parents, students, and school employees) show the percent of each respondent group that agree or strongly agree that the school has positive results for that category.

Overall school results for each category are calculated by averaging across group-level results, ensuring that each respondent group is equally represented. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all LAUSD schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 2049 responses

This school provides ... 1

High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures the percent of parents and students that agree to strongly agree that this school sets high academic expectations for its students and expects them to be college-bound. This score is based on the average of the following LAUSD survey Content Areas: School Future Expectations (Parents), School Quality (Parents), Future Plans (Parents), Opportunities For Learning (Students), Future Plans (Students).

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This school
63%
agree
 
District average
72%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
69%
 

District average

 
70%
 

Students

This school

 
57%
 

District average

 
74%
 
Healthy, respectful relationshipsWhat's this?

This score measures the percent of students and employees that agree to strongly agree that this school has a positive learning environment and cultivates an atmosphere of respect. This score is based on the average of the following LAUSD survey Content Areas: School Support (Students), Commitment and Collaboration (Employees), Satisfaction (Students), School Support (Students).

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This school
68%
agree
 
District average
77%
agree
 

Students

This school

 
64%
 

District average

 
74%
 

Employees

This school

 
72%
 

District average

 
81%
 
A safe, clean and orderly environmentWhat's this?

This score measures the percent of parents, students and employees that agree to strongly agree that this school has a well-kept facility and a safe environment conducive to learning. This score is based on the average of the following LAUSD survey Content Areas: School Cleanliness (Employees), School Safety (Employees), Safety (Parents), School Cleanliness (Students), School Safety (Students).

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This school
67%
agree
 
District average
70%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
76%
 

District average

 
78%
 

Students

This school

 
50%
 

District average

 
58%
 

Employees

This school

 
75%
 

District average

 
74%
 
Strong family engagementWhat's this?

This score measures the percent of parents and employees that agree to strongly agree that this school engages parents and communicates with families to promote student learning. This score is based on the average of the following LAUSD survey Content Areas: Parent Involvement (Employees), Feeling of Welcome (Parents), School Involvement (Parents), Teacher to Parent Communication (Parents).

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This school
59%
agree
 
District average
68%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
56%
 

District average

 
66%
 

Employees

This school

 
61%
 

District average

 
71%
 
Teacher support and opportunities for collaborationWhat's this?

This score measures the percent of employees that agree to strongly agree that this school ensures that teachers work well together, learn from one another, have opportunities for professional development and feel supported by the administration. This score is based on the average of the following LAUSD survey Content Areas: Evaluation (Employees), Opportunities for Involvement (Employees), Professional Development (Employees), Resource Allocation (Employees), Teacher Collaboration and Data Use (Employees).

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This school
50%
agree
 
District average
66%
agree
 

Employees

This school

 
50%
 

District average

 
66%
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents55052%
Students143291%
Employees6758%

12012-13 Los Angeles Unified School District School Experience Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Danford Schar
Fax number
  • (818) 349-4539

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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Chatsworth, CA 91311
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