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Village Charter Academy

Charter | K-5 | 250 students

Teaching the Core Knowledge curriculum, integrated with arts and technology.
 
 

 
 
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5 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 11, 2013

New LA is a wonderful school! It offers a great environment for children to learn and be part of the community. It's a great place for children to grow and become better persons!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

This was my daughter's first choice for middle school. As a student, she has thrived at New Los Angeles and I would attribute this to the attention she received from her teachers and the staff. The small school environment helped her make a successful transition. She became involved in student government, served as a school ambassador and made honor roll - all things I never thought my daughter would do. She has a genuine interest in doing well in school and being a good citizen both in and out of school. She wants New LA to expand to high school so that she doesn't have to leave! As a parent, I appreciate how well the school communicates with me about my daughter's academic and emotional growth. There are lots of opportunity for involvement and I am impressed with just how well everyone at the school knows my daughter. She had a great sixth grade year and is looking forward to seventh grade. We couldn't be happier with New Los Angeles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

I'm very pleased with the education my kids have received at New Los Angeles. The teachers are outstanding, very supportive, and offer challenging and exciting course work. I appreciate that extra help is always available to those who need it. I'm especially impressed with the scope of work in humanities and science. It's wonderful that they're able to keep class sizes so small as it creates a far superior learning environment. The principal is fantastic and really has a grasp of what is going on with the kids at any given time. Teachers and staff are very accessible, and that's a great plus of a small school like New LA. So far it's been a tremendously positive academic experience for both my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

The growth that I have seen in my 2 girls has been exceptional! They both have a voice & an opinion & have been supported by their peers to speak out & say what they are thinking & their articulation makes me so proud & envious of what I feel they have gotten compared to what I was taught growing up. But that is a good thing. It is not stagnant & the approach to teaching is inspiring for me to see & hear the excitement almost daily as to what they did in class each day. Kudos New LA...Where is the High School?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

This is our third year at New LA and it has been the best year of the three by far. The school put in a new program for intensive help for kids who need it. And for the advanced students (such as my daughter), they are doing foreign language and advanced math and journalism. Don't get stuck on test scores. It's weird, the overall scores of the school went down, but the program is much improved and my daughter (and her friends) got advanced scores on the CSTs. My wife and I really love this school, and it's the teachers that make it so special. They love and care about my daughter, but really push her with some really advanced work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2012

I have been a parent at the school since its inception. It is a daunting task to find a great school for your child. Our greatest fear was our wonderful daughter getting lost in a big middle school. By attending New LA she really blossomed into a wonderfully prepared student for HS. Great administration, great teachers, supporting parents, diverse school population, smaller class sizes and, compared to some larger MS, wonderfully behaved students. After sending our oldest to New LA we now have two more of our childrent attending. This school is a jewel within LAUSD. After saying all that, is the school perfect? Before answering that question please let me know of a school that is. I will say that it is refreshing to have teachers and administration return your calls the same day. Is it the school for everyone, maybe not. Currently hey don't have a large sports field or a music program. What they do offer is a good education and a safe place for our ladies to grow. That is most important thing to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2012

New Los Angeles Charter has provided our son with a stimulating and highly academic curriculum in an intimate environment. By keeping the class sizes small it provides the opportunity for the teachers to work closely with each student unlike current middle schools in LAUSD which have 35-40 students per class. Also the cultural diversity at New Los Angeles has given our son a broad understanding of the world we live in. New Los Angeles embraces each student so that they will have the tools to succeed academically and socially. We feel that New Los Angeles has provided our son with a top notch education which excels beyond even that of a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2012

Our son was in the first sixth grade class at New LA. In 8th grade he got into LACES and we reluctantly transferred him so his high school placement would be assured. After one semester we came back for the far more differentiated and nurturing educational environment that New LA provides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2011

i go here and the teachers are engaged with the students and we get together and have meetings and then we are very engaged in class with smart boards they provide us with the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) <3 <3 <3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )


Posted September 11, 2011

I am searching for a good Middle school in Los angeles Area. Many parents have recommended me about this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

We love this school. Our son came from a private school and has adapted well. Teacher's are truly responsive and caring. Finally a school that really is diverse in all ways imaginable. The only thing missing is outdoor space.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

This entry needs updating: our school is now 6-7-8, with 283 students, in a newly renovated building at West Washington & Burnside in L.A. My daughter completed 6th grade here and is a 7th grader this year; I cannot say enough good things about the faculty and staff, their responsiveness and creativity, and how happy & successful the students are. A grant has given us a free after-school program from Champions, and a new parents' club is making the school even stronger. We have referred four other students here, and they are equally pleased. My biggest problem is, where can I find a high school to equal New L.A. Charter Middle School? We'll need one in two years....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2010

I have been going to New LA since the beginning. It engages in the community and teaches kids passion for learning. All of the kids are engaged in the school, helping it grow and thrive. There are few amount of kids who help the teachers get to know everyone. The building was pretty small, but since we are moving, I am looking forward to see how this will turn out. I love New LA and I am very happy that I am there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2010

OMG! I love New LA. I've only been here since 7th grade during the 09-10 school year and just cant leave! This is the most fun and engaging middle school ive been to:) I cant wait to go back to my favorite teachers and awesome friends in the new building!!! 8TH GRADERS WILL RULE THE SCHOOL!<3
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2010

Creative, rigorous, and very thoughtful program of learning. Students are engaged in the process and sense of community is taken quite seriously. Superior teachers who truly care about the individual student and approach their jobs with extraordinary perspicacity and humor. A school that actually does keep the big picture in mind. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

fantastic school with strong teachers and stimulating curriculum
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Love the school. I love the closeness betwwen the teacher and the parents,the parents and the students. The classroom size and the over all learning place and looking forward to moving in our new building and welcoming new families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Great mission and programs, wonderful student body & teachers/staff, small size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Go in asking lots of questions. When a spot opens up, ask who left, and why. If a spot in an upper grade is available at the beginning of the school year, ask how many spots are open. If there are many, and it's so wonderful, why aren't the kids coming back? Ask how many of the younger siblings of students are coming. People want this place to work, and so nobody wants to say anything negative about it. I think the completely positive reviews are part that and part 'Emperor's New Clothes.' New L.A. is not for everybody, and I know a lot of people who got there and were surprised to find out how wrong it was for their family when they'd only heard the glowing stuff. It will be better for some kids and worse for others. If your grade school was top-notch, you may be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

It is very diverse. The class sizes are small. The teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


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

This school's
API score

760

Change from
2012 to 2013

+18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

760

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.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+18

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
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3 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 40% 52%
Black 37% 6%
Two or more races 12% 3%
White 9% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 50%N/A48%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 99%N/A55%
Male 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Tutor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Speech and language therapist(s)
Special education coordinator
School psychologist
Music teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jennifer Clark
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (323) 939-6411

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Kickball
Girls sports
  • Lacrosse

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Carpool & Lunch
  • Chaperone school trips
  • 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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Please check out our webpage! There are tons of pictures and other valuable information about New LA.
School leaders can update this information here.
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7357 Jordan Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016
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Phone: (818) 716-2887

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