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Denker Avenue Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 784 students

 

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Posted August 4, 2011

Denker is under new leadership as of July 29, 2011, and the teaching staff is wonderful. It is a school you definitely want to checkout.


Posted October 12, 2009

zero score! This school is terrible and the administration dept. is not competent and they could care less about the students! Complain all you want and they fall on deaf ears... guess it because they are part of the LAUSD failing system. Sad but true.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2008

Denker Ave. is a wonderful schoolthat offers students a welcoming environment and motivated teachers that care about their student's academic success. The only thing that the school is lacking is support from parents. The school has a wonderful PTA president but they lack parents who are willing to take the time to participate in their children education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

I am a parent of a student that went to Denker for the Pre-K program with Mrs. Snow and Kindergarden with Mrs. Morihara and I have to say I was very please with both teachers and Denker Elementary School. They put a lot of effort in teaching their students. When ever there I had a question or concern, I asked the teachers and got an answer. As parents we can not just stand, watch and expect our kids to be the best in school without our involvement. Volunteering or helping in/out of our kids classroom is very important. Unfortunately our family had to move but I would've like her to finish all her elementary there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2006

The school is good overall. They do have a big security flaw in their afterschool program. Teachers are OK some better or worse than others. Parents get involved to a certain level but most do not speak up when they see something wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

I love this school because is always informing all parents of programs that can help students. They are very involved with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

My children attended this school for 4 years. The school has progressed tremendously from 4 years ago. The school does offer an after school program for those students that are behind, however the quality of the program is not that great. This program was not beneficial for my daughter. Extracurricular activities are rare, with the exception of music. Parent's are very involved here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

I really love this school. My son is in kinder and I really like the response with his teacher. Her name is Mrs.Gutierez. I just hope that my daughter gets her next year. The programs they offer here are great too. So if your moving to this area and considering Denker I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2004

This is an excellent, no nonsense school that puts the kids to the books to learn, learn, learn. While most of the children are from low income, minority homes these are some of the brightest stars. The staff is committed and most of the teachers have many years of experience at this school. I would like to see more beauty in the school surroundings. The PTA could paint flowers or pixs of children on the buildings instead of paying $$$ to have a DJ and balloons go up in the air. Area schools such as Torrance District have beautiful schools that have better play equipment and the schools just look inviting. Children feel what they see. I do believe this is an awesome school and while we are one of the few to have a choice we chose this public school instead of private for all that it has to offer the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2003

This school has very low parent help!
—Submitted by a parent


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API Statewide Rank
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7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
70%
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

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
40%
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 Students72%
Females78%
Males67%
African American69%
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner76%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate82%
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state72%

Math

All Students78%
Females78%
Males78%
African American69%
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner80%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate82%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state79%
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

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Females62%
Males53%
African American38%
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state51%

Math

All Students81%
Females85%
Males78%
African American62%
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner79%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state81%
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

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females74%
Males50%
African American53%
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner37%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state63%

Math

All Students73%
Females73%
Males72%
African American53%
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner61%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state76%
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

English Language Arts

All Students53%
Females56%
Males49%
African American28%
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state58%

Math

All Students61%
Females59%
Males67%
African American35%
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state54%

Science

All Students55%
Females54%
Males58%
African American22%
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state58%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 64%
Asian 18%
Black 12%
White 4%
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 77%N/AN/A
English language learners 36%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
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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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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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72%
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Parents

This school

 
72%
 

Students

This school

 
72%
 
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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80%
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Students

This school

 
68%
 

Employees

This school

 
92%
 
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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77%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
88%
 

Students

This school

 
57%
 

Employees

This school

 
85%
 
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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76%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
69%
 

Employees

This school

 
84%
 
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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77%
agree
 

Employees

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77%
 

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Parents35452%
Students38295%
Employees5064%

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School start time
  • 8:10
School end time
  • 2:34
School Leader's name
  • Alison Yoshimoto-Towery
Fax number
  • (310) 324-6949

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1620 West 162nd Street
Gardena, CA 90247
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