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1081 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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(213) 481-0371
(213) 482-0792
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January 26, 2015
I don't know why this school only gets a rating of 7 on comparison with similar schools because this school is great! My son chose to go to DMHS because of the computer programming track and it has been well worth the effort of getting up at 5:30 AM to catch the school bus to downtown. This is a small high school which is very college oriented. We are so very lucky to have a great college counselor (Ms. McGee) who is always available to help and is very knowledgeable about everything college. The teachers are very engaged with the students and know the kids on a personal level. The administration is friendly, supportive and always helpful. The kids are very accepting of each other - there is no racism or bullying that my son has seen in his four years here (he will graduate this spring). Downtown Magnets is truly a Stellar school.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
so... as much as I lack school spirit, I have to say that it's not so bad. there are some pretty cool people here. if you work hard enough, you'll pass your classes. sure, there may be some unbearable teachers, but you'll get used to it and eventually minimize your own complaints. people are supportive + the counselors are approachable. I just wish we had windows to see the sun.

- submitted by a community member
September 29, 2013
If you are planning to stay for an after school activity and take the school bus be prepared for a long ride. Also, make sure you do not overwhelm yourself with clubs and classes you know you can't handle or you will suffer.

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2013
This is a very impressive school. The teachers are committed and it's cool to be smart here. I could not believe the great luck in my daughter being able to attend here. Much better than many expensive private schools, I bet.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
I have a son at this school, and I echo the reviews before mine. This school is stellar, and the amazing graduation + college attendance rate of its students is a testament to that. The recent budget cuts have not been kind to the school's extra-curriculars + sports, but the focus on academics is unwavering. The commitment from the teachers + administration is like no other, and there is simply no comparison to the neighboring schools (Roybal, Belmont, etc). The school draws students from all over LA, so only the best + most motivated attend. As another poster said, it's cool to be smart here, and that's a welcoming environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
It is a great place for students. I have taught here for 10 years and love it more than any other school I know. The students are safe and learning a lot and going to college at record rates. It is a great place.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 11, 2010
Because it's a safe place where it's cool to be smart, and everybody wants to go to college.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 10, 2010
I'm a teacher at this school, and I have so much faith in its teachers that I'd be willing to send my own children here.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 09, 2010
Downtown Business High isn't like any other school. It provides diversity, unity, and a 1 to 1 on student-teacher ratio. Students are bussed in from different parts of the city, and yet these student treat each other equally. Downtown Business High lacks many necessary materials but it does not lack student involvement. Students help each other out, they are each others' support. Downtown Business High may be small in numbers but it is big in community, intelligence, and equality.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2010
It's a school that pays attention to the students - not just the curriculum! They know hw to help students master the subject matter!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2010
It provides a rich, intellectually engaging and challenging curriculum in a nurturing and caring environment.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2010
Great teaching and staff. Small classes so teachers pay attention to students

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2010
this scholl is amazing, it offers many classes in short on sports though.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
It is an amazingly open, engaging, accepting atnosphere with staff that are concerned and caring of students. The students live all over the Los angeles area. It is one of the most racially diverse, peaceful, joyful campuses I've experienced. The counseling staff, in particular is fantastic. The numbers of graduates that receive scholarships and attend college is very high. The creativity and acceptance of every students' individuality is extraordinary.

- submitted by a community member
December 12, 2008
As an alumnus I also agreet that this school is excellent. Not only do I feel very well-prepared for college, but the close-bonds that I formed with my teachers, counselors, and administrators are perhaps the best out of all the DMHS has to offer. Since the school is so small, you really have an opportunity to get to know everyone and therefore attain an incredible support system. I am proud to say that I went to DMHS, and that the school, with it's new principal, is only getting better.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2008
DBM really is a good school not only its a magnet but the school also gives a lot of oppurtunity to be in a good univeristy and they also offer a lot of advance class for college that can help you for the future. And they also have a lot of great teachers that can help you through your problems at school.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 23, 2008
As the College Counselor at DMHS, I am happily surprised year after year at the quality and determination of our students. They just get better year after year. Even though most students are the first in their family to go to college, they are determined to make it, and my job is just to direct them to a school where they can be happy and successful. I can't imagine a better place to work. I plan on staying for a long long time.

- submitted by a community member
November 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
DBM is the kind of school that offers a wealth of opportunity to the individual that is ready to take advantage of it. The school is broken down into three different magnets, the Business Magnet, Electronics Information Magnet, and the Fashion Career Magnet. Each magnet offers specialized instruction from teachers that have a wealth of experience and understand the needs of teenagers. As an alumnus who has recently graduated with an MBA, I feel that that DBM prepared me for undergraduate and graduate school. My fianc , who is also a DBM graduate, shares my sentiments.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
Well I am very happy that I am attending this school because I a, exposed to a lot of diversity because, unlike other schools, this school has a lot more variety when it come to the different ethnicities of the students. The cunselors are also very helpuful when it comes to college because they guide each student step-by-step to help them get into college!

- submitted by a student
February 25, 2006
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DMHS is an outstanding, globally minded school that provides students a nurturing and supportive environment with high academic expectations and high achievement. Our primary goal is to ensure every one of our students becomes STELLAR (Scholars, Technologically Savvy, Effective Communicators, Leaders, Life-long Learners, Aware, Responsible) over the course their four years with us. A STELLAR student is not someone who only tests well, but is a person who will positively contribute to the community, who can challenge an argument, who cares about the consequences of an action, who embraces the differences among us, and who has a love of learning. We have a faculty that works tirelessly to improve their professional practice and support student learning as evidenced by our year after year improvement in test scores, graduation rates, and four-year college attendance rates. We are proud to have the highest high school Academic Performance Index (API) in LAUSD’s Local District 4 for three years running, and our score rose to 784 in 2011 – a 28-point increase! We have continued to devote our efforts to developing our robust Magnet career pathways in business, electronic information, and fashion. Students learn 21st Century skills to prepare themselves to enter a workforce that demands effective communication, collaboration, and creativity. We give students the opportunity to experience work-based learning at many of our local Downtown Los Angeles business partners. We currently receive over $200,000 in grant money annually for our three academies, and we have had ongoing professional development for all of our teachers to enrich the interdisciplinary connections necessary for relevant and rigorous learning. We are proud to add engineering as an additional STEM pathway for the 2011-2012 school year, giving our students yet another option in preparing to be both career and college ready when they graduate Downtown Magnets High School. We also have a vibrant advanced placement (AP) and honors program that now includes a ninth grade AP Human Geography option and a wide range of choices throughout a student's four-year stay here. We make an effort to give all of our students the opportunity to take one or more of these courses, and we have shown marked improvement in our pass rates in recent years, including a 96% pass rate on last year's AP United States History test. I invite you to stop by and learn more about the stellar learning experience we offer our students at DMHS. Our school has an incredibly warm and welcoming family culture, and our DMHS parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are all an integral part of it. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you would like to learn more.


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Downtown Business High School
1081 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012
(213) 481-0371
Last modified Downtown Business High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Downtown Business High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top