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Citizens of the World Charter School

Charter | PK-2 & ungraded | 660 students

We are best known for hands-on learning approach.

 

Living in Los Angeles

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $430,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,250.

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Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 12 ratings
2012:
Based on 14 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted August 23, 2012

My daughter has been at this school for the past two years, and she couldn't be happier. I will say that the school needs to do a bit more to work toward it's stated objective of teaching to each child's level and learning style. Currently, it feels as if it's falling into the trap of all other LAUSD schools and spending all 1on1 time with the children that are either behind or behaviorally challenged, leaving students with more advanced needs to fall down to the lowest common denominator. This school is fantastic as it is, but will only get better as they continue to get more comfortable. I also agree with other reviewers that the principal needs some serious admin assistance. Marissa does it all as well as makes herself fully available to parents and students. One reviewer noted that the school is always wanting money. The school asks for money as do all other LAUSD public schools. If you're in a private school, triple the amount that is being asked. With all of the budget cuts that cause massive shortfalls, it is only the donations that are keeping the class sizes small, and keeping two teachers in a classroom. If you can't donate, nobody looks down on you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

this school is always looking for parents to give money. the school is really small and dirty .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2012

CWC is the best school I could have chosen for my son. My son gets better every day. Usually, my son is very shy, but has gained confidence in himself. I could compare the knowledge that my son gained with another child in a private school. The only difference between private school and CWC is the money must be paid for being there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

CWC is a good school in its second year of operation. It seems to still be trying to find its identity both in terms of its curriculum and in terms of how to relate to the students. The principal strikes me as overwhelmed and maybe lacking in the personal skill set a principal would need for this school to fulfill its vision. The staff is very enthusiastic at the school, but somehow that enthusiasm hasn't morphed into a working knowledge of how to run the school. It's like if you had a really enthusiastic basketball coach, but he didn't know how to run plays or didn't know the nuts and bolts of how to run a team. That's not to say I don't love the enthusiasm, because I do. And I do believe that CWC has a lot of potential to be a great school someday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

Excellent, enthusiastic teachers and teaching assistants. My children love CWC, the staff ,and the friends they have made. Very good school, working toward greatness. The principal is fantastic and very accessible, however she is over-worked and under-staffed on the admin end. The after school program has fun, spunky teachers and great class offerings where the kids can learn piano, spanish, karate, cooking, etc., but the supervision is a little lax. The student body is a true rainbow of diversity, which is fabulous. The parent community still has some work to do. There's the dedicated handful of parents who volunteer regularly, while the rest slack off. The classroom instruction is excellent, as there are two teachers in every class, all day long! You can't beat that. However, it seems more special attention is given to those falling behind, than those who need accelerated instruction. That said, the "average" student at CWC is performing above grade level, so the standard is high to start with. Overall, we feel lucky to be at CWC. I would give it 5 stars (because the teachers deserve it) but they need to get more admin help for this school to really be great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

I feel extremely lucky to be part of this community. My daughter is very happy to be here and she is learning more than just academics, she is learning to share, to care for others, to be a peacemaker, to be a team player, she is learning other cultures, other traditions, etc. I could not be more grateful, for the diversity, the principal, the teachers and staff and all the people that is helping me shape my daughter into a citizen of the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

My daughter has been at Citizens of the World for nearly two years and she loves it! This school has a fantastic ethos, great teachers and a Principal with boundless energy and a passion for education in every sense of the word.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

This is my son's first year here and we are so happy with this school. The entire staff really go above and beyond in their dedication to producing well rounded little individuals!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

You couldn't ask for a more caring, driven and inspirational school. My first grade daughter has loved every minute since the first day of kindergarten. My wife and I are delighted with her academic and social development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2011

This school is AMAZING!!! We are SO LUCKY and blessed to be here. Best teachers, incredible principal. My daughter is SO HAPPY HERE!!! I would recommend this school to everyone-couldn't ask for more
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

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

This school's
API score

912

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

N/A


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 the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

912

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

-16

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

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

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Females91%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner83%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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 graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females88%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner83%
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 48%
Hispanic 25%
Asian 17%
Black 5%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/AN/A
English language learners 30%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Korean
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Marissa Berman
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (323) 464-8292

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Global
  • Social justice
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
  • Spanish
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)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Westside Children's Center
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • CWC's curriculum is based on three of the leading strategies in education: * Constructivism: This theory, based on research about how people learn, focuses on active, hands-on learning in which students "construct" their own knowledge. Constructivism also emphasizes that teaching and learning must be "differentiated" or individually tailored for each student, beginning with each learner's level of understanding and guiding students in building upon their prior knowledge. * Project-Based Learning: In this framework, students are involved in planning, problem-solving, decision-making, and investigation around a central theme. They work relatively autonomously as well as cooperatively over extended periods of time; they reflect on their work, receive feedback and incorporate the feedback; they are guided by teachers' facilitation, not direction, to develop skills; their final product represents the skills and knowledge they gained, which fulfill explicit educational goals based on the state standards. * Multiple Intelligence Theory: First detailed by Harvard professor Howard Gardner in 1983, Multiple Intelligence theory rejects the notion that intelligence is a single, fixed measurement. Rather, Gardner argues - in a theory that has since had a major impact on education around the world - "I believe that human cognitive competence is better described in terms of a set of abilities, talents, or mental skills, which I call intelligences. All normal individuals possess each of these skills to some extent; individuals differ in the degree of skill and in the nature of their combination ... [I]ntelligences always work in concert, and any sophisticated adult role will involve a melding of several of them." (Gardner, Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons, 2006.)
School leaders can update this information here.

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3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
158
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
458
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1316 North Bronson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Phone: (323) 464-4292

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