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Walgrove Avenue Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 350 students

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 15 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 9 ratings

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Posted September 13, 2014

This is a wonderful neighborhood school dedicated to providing the best education to our children. The teachers are passionate, the principal is dedicated and involved, and the staff are warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. The class sizes are beneficially small so teachers really get to know all their kids and can maximize the classroom experience. I'm amazed at what the parent community has done within the school, as well as with out-reach, to provide additional funding for the school and it's many enrichment offerings like STEAM, the Studio Lab, the Wildlands, and it's new Theater program. Parent volunteering whether with time or money (or both) is now a standard part of attending an LAUSD school, whether you're at a charter or not. I don't think Walgrove pressures parents for either, but they do stress the importance of both by mapping out exactly how school funds and donations are allocated and asking families to contribute however they can. My son loves this school and has loved all his teachers. We left a bi-lingual charter to come to Walgrove and have not regretted our decision. Support this amazing local school and send your kids here - they will love it too and thrive!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2014

I love this school so much. The community is amazing, the teachers are motivated and think outside the box. There is an excellent studio program, the STEAM program is exceptional, there is PE, a library with a librarian, and arts. This school is a perfect example of what a neighborhood school should be. It has steadily gotten better over the years , as the few mediocre teachers that were once there have finally retired or moved on. Walgrove is solid, real and just because it isn't an SAS school or isn't a charter does not mean a darn thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2014

I have enjoyed working at Walgrove for over 10 years now. I'm so happy to have chosen Walgrove over another school that at the time was in a much better place and more established. Since then, Walgrove has gone through quite a transformation becoming a neighborhood school with high community and parental involvement working alongside the teachers. We continue to improve at meeting the needs of our diverse learners through enrichment programs, STEAM, Studio Lab, small groups, differentiated hands on teaching and great professional development, just to name a few. I am proud to say that I work at Walgrove and would love my very own children to have the Walgrove experience!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 7, 2014

I have taught high school of rears and have an M.Ed. from UCLA. To say that education is important to me is an understatement. I felt the search for the right school was stressful. Not only are you looking for the right place, but you are navigating a system that is sometimes disorganized. To say that the clouds parted when we got our call from Walgrove, is an understatement. I wasn't sure where I would get in, but I was hoping for Walgrove. I forewent many of the popular charters that called last minute and stayed at this wonderful neighborhood school and my children's lives are better for it. Walgrove is a truly progressive school. They practice Council and use restorative practices when they need discipline. No one is "benched" ever. The fact that my girl's social/emotional needs would be respected, was a HUGE plus. Academically, they thrive. The teachers are AMAZING. Truly!! And that in itself, makes it a gem. Friends of Walgrove fundraises to put aides in EVERY room, an amazing STEAM/Studio program (which is hands down why I picked this school) unlike anything I saw, a gardening program (Wildlands, kinder garden, edibles garden), drama, library, PE and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2014

I looked at many schools before finding Walgrove. What a gem! Small classes, enrichment, great teachers and an incredible parent community. From the STEAM lab to the Wildlands, it's truly an incredible place. A great balance of academics with attention to social and emotional development. We feel so lucky to be part of such a special place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

we have been here for over 4 years and have experienced the equivalent of a private school education. Their differentiation small groups program is now being emulated by other schools - as it has been responsible for double digit increases in performance year over year. such a wonderful community!! bar none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

Walgrove Elementary has a great year for their 4th grade students. The kids learn all about California history and government. The class then takes a trip to Sacramento in the spring to actually SEE first hand the government in action. The class works together to raise enough money so the each and every student in the grade can attend the trip (for some it is their first airplane ride!) At a recent boutique held at the school the kids sold their rainbow loom bracelets and donated their proceeds towards the class trip. Great community feel at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

I have been really disappointed by this school's long term ability to gets its act together. It embodies all of the dysfunctionality with the 'race' and other politics endemic to LAUSD. Terrible leadership and organization. Poor academics. There is no real leadership or unifying vision at the school. Students there are just 'going through the motions'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2013

I just love our neighborhood school. It has been an amazing experience with a tight community. My girls have flourished here. Both of them are completely different and their needs have been met. My oldest is in fifth grade and is very sad to be leaving our dear school. Like every school there are doers and takers. You will find that everywhere. I am glad to say my daughters, husband and I are part of the doers. The spirit of Walgrove is that of doers. If you want change be part of the solution. : ) The reason our API will not be the highest is because of the high iep students at our school. These students are an asset to the school. They teach our kids empathy and compassion. They are amazing. I am frustrated with people that are all about the number game. Life is sooooo much more than that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

I have a 3rd grader and a Kindergartener at Walgrove. I LOVE this school. I drop my kids off and head to work and know that they will have a wonderful day. The Principal, teachers, staff and parents are amazing. My kids are exposed to so many fantastic programs ranging from a wonderful garden program (including the Walgrove Wildlands), a Studio lab program (which is hands on project based learning), small group instruction, and an amazing theatre and movement program (PS Arts). Every week is an week full of excitement! The parents are very involved and are constantly getting grants to create even more amazing programs (they just got a grant from Google). Find out more on friendsofwalgrove.com !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

I couldn't agree more with the last few posts. Walgrove has been an amazing school for my children. With programs like Differentiation Groups, Art Studio, PS Arts, the Wildlands, Shakespeare Club - I know my kids are getting access to a lot of individualized teaching and enrichment classes that are not offered at most schools. Grants by Google & Tommy Hilfiger are going to brings some fantastic opportunities to Walgrove. Our teachers, staff and administrators are extremely dedicated to the students and are constantly striving to make Walgrove a amazing place. My children feel safe and comfortable at this little school, and the fact that it's in our neighborhood makes it all the better! And the parent participation is above and beyond - I am proud to be a part of the Walgrove community, and so are my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Focus at this inclusive neighborhood school is on SUPPORTING the WHOLE CHILD!! - small groups for reading and math, yoga for concentration, and GOOGLE AWARDED THIS SCHOOL A GREAT technology grant!!! Such a great community. Year of year - award winning teachers recognized by the local West LA Community!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

We have looked at many, many schools in the neighborhood and Walgrove - is like getting a private school education - nestled into this little community neighborhood public school. Teachers come early and stay late. They respond to all your needs and go above and beyond. Everything from Shakespeare club to the STEAM Maker Lab ! They have a reggio inspired Kinder teacher and the 4th grade takes a field trip to Sacramento!! No other public school is doing this kind of work with children. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

Fantastic, small neighborhood school. With LAUSD cutting extras across the board to focus primary on The Test, this school, thanks to the parents/teachers/principal, offers lots of extras to give a well rounded elementary school education. Yes parents are asked to donate time and/or money but the results are front and center: a functional library, an amazing learning through arts studio, PE, the Wildlands Project, a council program, and even afternoon electives where kids can choose from learning Japanese and Hebrew to great science and arts classes. There is so much more too. A bit more than 5 years ago Walgrove was known in the neighborhood as a disaster and was labeled a "Failing School" by the state. A group of parents and a hands on "out of the box" thinking principal helped this school rise up from the ashes and made this school a special place for children. If tests scores are the be all/end all for you and you want your child to be drilled to memorize and regurgitate 6hrs a day then skip Walgrove. If you are sick and tired of LAUSD bare bones approach and think your kids deserves more then check out this place. We did and do not regret our decision to come here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

I'm out.. This school gets a LOT of money from us families, but is it well spent? Way too many funded ideas have led to a watered down version of everything. The school lacks the basics, and any visible form of leadership. The classrooms can not compete with other districts -- there is very little technology. Being a small school, there are often overcrowded classes or split level classes. Some parents are poorly represented. If you ask me, it is one small clique making all of the major decisions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

We have just started our 6th year at Walgrove Elementary School and we LOVE IT. Our kids are in 3rd and 5th grade and they are so happy to go to school every day. Things that make Walgrove different than other neighborhood schools... 1 - The teachers are dedicated to teaching the kids how to think not just spit back information. 2 - The school is small and the parents are involved so we have really cool things going on around campus constantly. 3 - Programs like Studio which every kid gets to participate in weekly. This is hands on learning at its best. 4 - Small group learning. The kids are broken up into small groups by their academic ability and taught in a way that will help them succeed. 5 - The parents are an amazing community. We love hanging out together and we always watch out for each others kids. We truly are one big family. 6 - I could go on and on about our amazing neighborhood school but my advice to you would be...come tour the school yourself and see what you think!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

The school has been wonderful from beginning to end. My oldest is in his 6th and last year at Walgrove this year, and I have nothing but great things to say about our experience. He has been academically challenged in every subject, and has learned incredible things. From performing in the Shakespeare club to taking a class field trip to our state capital in Sacramento, from learning how to compost to studying the Chumash Indians--he has been engaged, and interested in every grade level. Not only that, but socially and emotionally he has had a wonderful experience, making so many great friends and feeling success and building confidence. He actually enjoys going to school every day. To top it off, on a personal level, the community of other parents and educators I have become part of enriches my life in many ways. There are easily 15 people I can call on, all who live right in the neighborhood, who would drop anything to help me if I was in a bind. You just don't find that everywhere. I encourage you to give Walgrove a try. You won't be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

I dont think my kid was asked to read a novel during his entire fifth grade year. Academics were a joke. And that playground looks like the school district hasnt spent a penny on it since the fifties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2013

I am a fifth grader and have been attending Walgrove for 6 years. The staff are extremely dedicated to students. The kids here are welcoming and extremely friendly and there are many people I can go to if I need help with schoolwork, homework, or trouble at school. We have technology at our school which consists of two computer carts, and on them we have a math program that I feel helps me to learn, as it teaches me on my level. By far one of the best public elementary schools ever!


Posted April 23, 2013

franklin elementary in Santa Monica just kicked my 9 year old out of the school with 8 weeks left to the end of the year just because we moved out of the district. Not a school that cares about children at all, but i am not here to complain about that awful school, i am here to praise Walgrove Elementary. I moved to this neighborhood in the beginning of the year and 3 weeks ago we enrolled my daughter at Walgrove. The moment we met all the amazing parents, the polite staff and the awesome principal all the fears and trepidations we were experiencing faded away. What an amazing group of individuals. The parents are actively raising money to fund all these great educational programs through auctions, parties, raffles, you name it. We meet once a month for "Coffee with the Principal". During this get together we have an informal conversation with Olivia (the principal) about everything that is going on in the school over delicious treats and tasty coffee. I am so excited to be part of such a great family. I encourage everyone to come for a tour to experience the same feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

804

Change from
2012 to 2013

-6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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This school's
API score

804

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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.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-6

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank (2012)
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English Language Arts

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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44%

2011

 
 
67%

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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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students68%
Females80%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
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Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students65%
Females60%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate56%
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 Students58%
Females63%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students54%
Females61%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)68%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 graduate60%
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%
Females58%
Males79%
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 state75%

Math

All Students70%
Females63%
Males79%
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 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 Students66%
Females76%
Males50%
African Americann/a
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 state84%

Math

All Students51%
Females57%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 state60%

Science

All Students62%
Females62%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 state75%
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
White 44%
Hispanic 33%
Black 15%
Asian 7%
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 44%N/AN/A
English language learners 8%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 Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this 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 259 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
70%
agree
 
District average
72%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
65%
 

District average

 
70%
 

Students

This school

 
74%
 

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
77%
agree
 
District average
77%
agree
 

Students

This school

 
76%
 

District average

 
74%
 

Employees

This school

 
78%
 

District average

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

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

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This school
78%
agree
 
District average
70%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
87%
 

District average

 
78%
 

Students

This school

 
59%
 

District average

 
58%
 

Employees

This school

 
88%
 

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
76%
agree
 
District average
68%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
68%
 

District average

 
66%
 

Employees

This school

 
84%
 

District average

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

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

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This school
63%
agree
 
District average
66%
agree
 

Employees

This school

 
63%
 

District average

 
66%
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents9431%
Students12987%
Employees3680%

12012-13 Los Angeles Unified School District School Experience Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Olivia Adams
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • www.friendsofwalgrove.com
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (310) 391-9809

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Independent Study
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Bus from 98th Street area only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Council Club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Teach enrichment classes
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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1630 Walgrove Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066
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Phone: (310) 391-7104

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