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Zela Davis School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $328,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,240.

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Posted May 2, 2014

I am very surprised Zela Davis has 4 stars. The school is over crowded which adds to the teachers work load/stress level. Poor 2nd graders don't have lunch until around 12pm. So they and I complain of being hungry by 11am. It's unacceptable, when you see a teacher complaining about a 4th greade student behavior in front of the student, staff, principal and other students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 28, 2013

Zela davis an amazing school..I love how the teahers and principle are involved with students and parents. keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2012

Amazing school in a community that wants their children to be successful! The teachers and staff really care about the students. I can see how hard they work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

I USE TO REALLY LOVE ZELA DAVIS. i THOUGHT MY SON WAS DOING REALLY GREAT AND HIS GRADES WAS EXCELLENT. HE WAS ON THE TOP CLASSMATE LIST. UNTIL WE MOVED TO MORENO VALLEY AND MY SON WAS WAY BEHIND IN HIS CLASS. HIS READING WASN'T AT THE LEVEL IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

Zela Davis is a very good school. Both of my children have attended Zela Davis since kindergarten. The majority of the are GREAT educator and really care for the children. Zela Davis also give monthly workshops to keep parents involved with their child's curriculum. Last but not least Zela Davis scored highest on CST in the Hawthorne School District in 2009!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

I know and feel tha zela davis is very good school because my daughter has been going there since the 1st grade. I love the parent and teaher involvement that I have because it keeps me on top of daughter and what she is doing in school....i think that parent need care more about their children education and get involve with the teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

This school is not conducive to the learning process. The student merely are taught what them need to know to take the district and state test but they do not learn. They expect all the students to learn on the same level, which in my opinion and in the opinions of other parents is higher that what it should be. Students are made to learn the information they are not supposed to learn until the following grades. Who ever heard of kinder and firstgrader learning algebra. This school is not very excepting of students with disablities either. Parents of students with disability have to fight to hard for the basic needs of their children. The only saving grace of this school is the faculty and staff. Who try there best to help the student succeed dispite the growing push for high test score at the expense of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2007

my son has been at Zela Davis for a few month now and so far this school has shown me that they care about their students. They are trying to do as much as they can to make sure our children succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2007

i feel that zela davis teachers and staff love the kids where the children are very well protected and safe at school. The teacher care about the kids education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2006

I work at Zela Davis Elementary School and with the new changes, namely, the principal, things have not been the same. This has hendered the teachers ability to teach and the students ability to learn.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted January 11, 2006

Overall Zela Davis is a good school. The teachers do an excellent job and it's a safe environment. However, I do feel that more extra curricular activities should be added. There should be more school performances for parents to attend and for the kids to show off their hidden talents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2005

Zela Davis is a school in a location with few resources. However, the teachers are working hard and the children want to learn. Their are parents that are not as involved as they should be, but overall they want the best for their children. The district does hinder the teachers and is not very supportive of the teachers at times.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 3, 2005

Zela Davis is a great school. Both my daughters attended and 1 is actually still there. The curriculum is very stimulating and they start with the kindergarden class. They're coming out of kindergarden knowing how to read and tell time. The parent involvement is high. They inform and invite the parents to everything. They keep the kids very busy and leave no time for fooling around. They also start them on computers in kindergarden. They take test and do all sorts of things. Zela Davis is giving the kids a good head start to whats to come to them in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2004

My daughter has atteneded Zela Davis for the last three years. What I like most is the constant communication all the teachers so willing give.I am a single mother and I am not always able to go to the school at the drop of a hat but my daughter's teacher sends notes, e-mail, and phone messages to keep me informed. It is nice to see that there are still good teachers who care about their students on a personal and professional level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2003

I think Zela Davis is a wonderful school. My daughter loves it and her teachers have been very pleasant. Her grades are good. I like the way the curriculm is put together
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

809

Change from
2012 to 2013

-6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
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API score

809

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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5 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

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

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
38%
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 Students66%
Females68%
Males64%
African American65%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner68%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate66%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students65%
Females66%
Males64%
African American68%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner66%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students39%
Females44%
Males35%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females57%
Males65%
African American57%
Asiann/a
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 disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students67%
Females68%
Males66%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate65%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Females73%
Males77%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner62%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate77%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state91%
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 Students59%
Females62%
Males56%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
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 disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state42%

Math

All Students66%
Females65%
Males67%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate68%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

Science

All Students43%
Females40%
Males48%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%
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 66%
Black 27%
Asian 2%
White 2%
Two or more races 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90%N/AN/A
English language learners 40%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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13435 South Yukon Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250
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