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Emerson Community Charter School

Public | 6-8 | 650 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 17, 2014

My daughter is now attending 6th grade at this school. it is our home school and we are very happy that we stayed in the area. My daughter is in the STEAM academy and really enjoys it as well as the futsal team. The school has a diverse student body which represents real life in los angeles which we love. Since we chose this school it has became a charter has a beautiful new gym under construction and has done everything they promised. One of the best things is that is not overly sized but still gives real middle school experience. they have a lot of involvement from parents and UCLA which is awesome. My daughter is currently in the UCLA after school, Spanish and guitar programs. Most of all my daughter actually likes to going to school and loves her teachers ! Can't ask for much more :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2014

My child transferred to Emerson and we just couldn't be happier! Emerson offers kids a choice of "academies": STEM, Art/media, Sports, and Leadership, and this system creates affinity groups around which relationships are formed with like minded kids and instructors. The academies offer a truly innovative system for both motivating kids to come to school every day and giving them what amounts to an extra elective in a subject area of their choosing. My son was so excited to tell me about all the things they were doing in his robotics class! The facilities are amazing. The new multi-million $ sports facility is being completed and will be open by fall, there's a big impressive theatre where elaborate productions are staged regularly, and the buildings themselves were designed by celebrated mid-century architect Richard Neutra, and they're surrounded by green spaces. The teachers and principal have been very responsive, caring and available (a benefit of being at a smaller school). I feel like they are invested in helping my child succeed. Lastly, my son is having a wonderful experience socially at emerson, and that's so important at this age. Just a great school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2014

I am a current parent of two seventh graders at Emerson Community Charter. My boys have had a wonderful middle school experience at Emerson. This school has so much to offer a child. There are great teachers, off-campus learning, smaller community learning "Academies", a gorgeous campus, a rich performing arts and costume design program, sports teams, Common Core learning, etc. etc. Most importantly the teachers really care about their students and really help them make a smooth transition through what is a very complicated time in a teen's life. It's so disappointing when I hear the rumors that swirl around our community about our school. I wish those people would just come visit the school and see for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

I am a current parent of a 6th grader and a 8th grader at Emerson. In response to the prior reviewer, I have to say the rating is the biggest conundrum about Emerson. I don't know how GreatSchools ranks the school, but it must not put much weight on what the parents and students think because everyone I know who goes there loves the school. The school emphasizes the development of the whole child. It's not concentrated on teaching to the test. I think GreatSchools must put a lot of weight on the API score and test scores. Frankly, I think all of the schools should get rid of standardized testing and devote that time to more teaching in the classroom. For what it's worth to the prior viewer, we love Emerson and it only keeps getting better each year with the new principal (not so new now), the Academies which are great, and the prospect of becoming an affiliated charter in August. And, of course, the campus improvements which they now say will be done by August 2015!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

My daughter will be entering middle school next year and Emerson is our home school. The reviews are really positive and encouraging but why is this school rated only a 3 out of 10?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

The diversity of the student body is possibly my favorite thing about Emerson. Coming from an elementary school that was rather homogeneous, I was thrilled to know that my kids were meeting other kids from all cultures and walks of life. The world is obviously a highly diverse place, so being able to learn to embrace that diversity early in life is one of the most important lessons you can receive. The academic and extracurricular programs are also outstanding. My current Emerson student participates in the SAS program (as did my older son who is now a freshman at University High School). The program is very challenging and definitely keeps my son on his toes. The subject matter is tough, but the methods of teaching, including project-based learning, field trips and guest speakers, make it very interesting for the kids and helps keep them focused and engaged. The level of teaching and work required is/was great preparation for high school and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

Our daughter can be very uncomfortable in new situations. Every year in elementary school it took her a few months to become comfortable volunteering in class and talk audibly. We were concerned about how she would adapt to Emerson because she knew only two other girls there, but we have been amazed at how quickly she has formed new friendships, and she started raising her hand in class - repeatedly - the first week of school. We have been so happy with Emerson's warm environment. Mr. Watson, the principal, has really fostered an environment that feels like family. We've also been pleased with the strong academic program offered. Our daughter loves the robotics program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

In 2006, we moved into the Westwood area so our younger son could attend Fairburn Elementary School. Our older son attended Fairburn but under a permit as they issued them at that time. But no more, so we had to move into the area. At that time, our older son was attending Emerson Middle School and we were thrilled. Many of his friends from Fairburn attended Emerson and then moved on to University High School. The Fairburn, Emerson, University High feeder patter of schools provided the perfect foundation and education for my older son, so much so that he graduated 4th in his graduating senior class at Uni. In fact, the top four graduating seniors at University High all came from Fairburn & Emerson. They now attend prestigious universities, such as UCLA, Yale, Cornell & Loyola Marymount University. My son attends LMU on a major academic scholarship. I credit his success to the preparation he received at Emerson, allowing him to be prepared and successful at Uni. When it came time to decide on middle schools for our younger son, we looked no further than the Emerson Middle School doors. We knew it would be a perfect match, a perfect fit, & it absolutely has been without a doubt!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

This is my 3rd child entering a public middle school. I must say, I have been very impressed with Emerson so far. The way my child has been treated, and the way I have been treated, made the transition into middle school very comfortable. When you step onto campus, you see the teachers, the principal, the staff, and the volunteer parents working hard to make the school better. It is a under-enrolled public school in an area where most people send their kids to private schools. It is a very diverse campus. And if you are the kind of person to be put off by that, then this is not for you. If you are someone who can focus on your child's experience and your child's education, I think you'd be very happy there. Besides, you don't want to raise your kid to be the kind of person who can't coexist with diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

I have a sixth grader entering Emerson Middle School. She attended Camp Emerson, the transitional program that orients the kids to middle school and the campus. Even though she knew many other kids from elementary school attending with her, she came home from the camp and talked about all of the new kids she met from other elementary schools. She rotated through classrooms and met many of the teachers. They played flag football and had a blast even though she didn't win. The school is very inviting, has dynamic teachers, a principal that has been very accessible and an amazing new assistant principal. Most of all, it has a very diverse and involved parent body. Couldn't be happier that this is our neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

It is the best school ever we just had a camp emerson before we go to school the teachers are great and nice :) I reccomend Ms Graham the drama teacher she is such an amazing teacher !!!! There academics are great all the students have a lot of dicipline they are very nice !! The Principal Dimmone Watson is the best:) All the staff are very polite and respectful they listen to what u need to say :) The classes are really advanced even if u dont get into the SAS program !! Well All I Can Say Is That Emerson Middle School Is A Perfect School !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

To be completely honest, Emerson's academics are not that great. I studied there for a year before moving on to a private school. I went through the IHP program and got straight AEEs, but despite all that, I was still behind my peers at the private school. The school is not academically rigorous and there were students in the IHP program that would not be considered "IHP worthy". There seem to be more bad teachers than good. They don't seem to really inspire their students and many are easy graders (but that does not give one an excuse to not work hard). Social life is decent. As long as you are not overweight or weird looking/acting, you will do fine. It sounds cruel, but it's middle school. Many kids love to make racial slurs (if your Asian) or fat jokes to their peers (the students are very unimaginative and it shows by the insults they come up with). Though I do not have as favorable of a view of Emerson, I was glad to spend a year here. I made many friends and enjoyed a stress free year.


Posted November 17, 2012

Our neighborhood middle school is Palms. Though a Magnet, we thought Palms was too big. We hoped to get into LACES because it is 6-12th grade, has a great reputation, and lovely learning space. Emerson was our back-up. We were attracted to Emerson because of its size, welcoming spirit, friendly Principal, an active parent group, and programs that challenge my child. We were excited to be a part of the IHP program, which allows kids to test in to a higher level Honors class in Math and English, the Emerson Sports Academy, which focuses athletes on self-dicipline in fitness and study habits, as well as the Costume Design Workshop a year-long elective in which kids work together to build costumes for the fabulous 8th grade drama productions & the week-long experiential science Yosemite trip, where kids get to learn about glaciers and history and teamwork while surviving snowshoe hikes, cross-country ski outings, ice skating, mountain climbing, cave exploration and night hikes while also taking care of themselves and keeping their feet dry. Because "the only thing that stays the same is change" there's been changes while we've been here at Emerson. Read on for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2012

I have a daughter in 7th grade at Emerson. She loves the small school environment and has been academically challenged throughout her time at Emerson. The teachers and administration are committed to creating a supportive and creative learning environment for the students. I have been particularly impressed with the curriculum development and collaboration amongst the faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

My child has been at Emerson for the last 2 years and we couldn't be happier! He is challenged academically, the teachers and staff are dedicated, hardworking and committed to educating their students as well as easily accessible to both students and parents. Socially he is grounded and has made a ton of new friends. It is a safe and welcoming community school where each child is greeted by name by their principal - he too, is a hard working dedicated educator! The parent group is also great! They work hard to keep parents informed and make families feel welcome! We will definitely be send our next child to this school in 2 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2012

We are proud to have both of our daughters attend Emerson Middle School. Our eldest is in 8th (she is going to miss Emerson next year) and our youngest is in 6th (she feels at home already). Our daughters are thriving in the excellent learning environment at Emerson. The staff is professional and hardworking. The students are motivated and engaged. What a pretty campus sitting up on a little hill!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

We are very happy with Emerson, and our 7th grade daughter loves it. She is challenged academically and has made good friends from the other schools that feed into Emerson (she went to Westwood Chater). We really like the new principal Mr. Watson and really appreciate how he is always striving to improve Emerson. Although there have been staff changes, there are still very good teachers. We have no hesitancy in recommending Emerson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

My children love this school. Great teachers and the students are well behaved. Don't hesitate on letting your child attend this school. If there is a problem, which so far I haven't had the principle and teachers will do everything they can to put a stop to the problem. Best school ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

I have 2 daughters, one going into 7th & one going into 8th. They love their school. They have an outstanding curriculum. They are always challenged yet always feel confident. My girls' test scores are extremely impressive and that is what I look at. They take amazing field trips. We feel spoiled that we drive 3 minutes to our neighborhood school when I hear stories of their friends having very long commutes to theirs. We couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2012

I am an incoming 7th grader and I really don't like this school. The kids are very mean and annoying. Also, we lost three of our best teachers. Since I have an IEP and a BII, it is worse for me. Many kids are making fun of me because I have this. The only good thing about this school is the academics.


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API score

728

Change from
2012 to 2013

-37

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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API score

728

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
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2012 to 2013

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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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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 60% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
31%

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

Algebra I

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

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
73%
English Language Arts

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

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
24%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
31%
English Language Arts

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

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
42%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
19%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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52%

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52%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
48%
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 Students43%
Females47%
Males38%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state39%

Math

All Students40%
Females42%
Males38%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)17%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to state42%
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 Students85%
Females87%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
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 state64%

English Language Arts

All Students49%
Females60%
Males37%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state45%

Math

All Students28%
Females29%
Males28%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only32%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented70%
Parent education - not a high school graduate20%
Parent education - high school graduate11%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)39%
Parent education - college graduate7%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state34%
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 Students21%
Females25%
Males16%
African American11%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino17%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)31%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability22%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only22%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented50%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)15%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state9%

English Language Arts

All Students42%
Females50%
Males34%
African American41%
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)22%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state43%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students21%
Females16%
Males23%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability27%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only20%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)17%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state17%

Geometry

All Students67%
Females67%
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented72%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students37%
Females40%
Males34%
African American29%
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)11%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state33%

Science

All Students52%
Females52%
Males52%
African American51%
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state46%
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 53%
White 21%
Black 20%
Asian 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/AN/A
English language learners 13%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)
Computer specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • 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 679 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
59%
agree
 
District average
77%
agree
 

Students

This school

 
59%
 

District average

 
74%
 
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
70%
agree
 
District average
70%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
95%
 

District average

 
78%
 

Students

This school

 
50%
 

District average

 
58%
 

Employees

This school

 
64%
 

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
64%
agree
 
District average
68%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
64%
 

District average

 
66%
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents4911%
Students61694%
Employees1425%

12012-13 Los Angeles Unified School District School Experience Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dimone Watson
Fax number
  • (310) 474-6517

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1650 Selby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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