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St. Michael Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 235 students

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $190,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,330.

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Posted August 26, 2013

St. Michael's has been a blessing to our children and to us; we've been part of the St. Michael's family for 6 years and I am so happy we found it. The teachers are loving and caring but also firm in there teachings.Our principal is a great leader in our school always open for suggestions. Parents are very active and involved in our children's everyday life and needs. Not only does the school have teachers and parents that care but we also have Father David that is there to also provide our children/students with spiritual guidance. We all try to work together to make St. Michale's a better school. Our children are attending a school where they feel safe and are safe, a school that does not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind our children are getting a great education, learning morals, family values, and above they are learning to be responsible children so in the future when they leave St. Michael's school they know what's right and what's wrong. I a proud parent of two boys 10 year old son in 5th grade and a 4 year old son in Transition to Kinder class.Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my feelings for our wonderful school St. Michael's Catholic School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 10, 2010

Saint Michael's school has shown great value in educating are children's about the importance of a good solid education as a parent I believe are children's deserved the opportunity to accomplish there dreams in Saint Michael's they will have the opportunity for those dreams to come true.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 8, 2010

Is the best school in town, tutuion is very low and the teachers and school staff is great, school uniforms are very cheap
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Posted November 3, 2010

I have seen how St Michael's School has greatly improved my granddaughter's need to learn and explore. She is a very happy child and enjoys doing her homework. The teacher has found an innovative way to teach the children in way that learning is exciting and fun. St Michael has proven to excel in giving the children what they need to grow intellectually and spiritually
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2010

My Niece goes to that school and she loves it. She enjoys the activities that she has at school. Each month her kindergarten teacher gives them a project to work with her mom. I think that helps the family get involved with a child's education. It really is an innovative way to get children more enthusiastic about learning. My niece is always reciting some song or poem too. That shows that she enjoys being there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2010

I am a firm believer in Catholic education. I think it is an advantage in making choices in life and just for being a good citizen over-all. St. Michael's School has not fallen short in this expectation. The school is very keen on attendance, uniforms and parent involvement. The teachers are open to communications and the campus is a safe haven for such a troubled area. The school curriculum is value-based .By me saying this, I believe they just don't offer the academic basics but above all, offers Religion and Music which for me is very important for my child's future well-being. Plus, did I mention the Principal was a former U.S. Marine? I just thought it's a plus worth mentioning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2010

I needed to find a school that would offer my daughter an excellent education. We had just moved into the area and found St Michael, a wonderful school. I have found out that all students that graduate from this school end up going to catholic high schools. If you want your child to succeed in their educational career, St Michael would be the best school to attend. The Principal, Admin personnel, and the teachers are all directly involved and vested completely in each child's success.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2010

St. Michael's is an inner city school trying to make a better life for the students and parents through education, faith, and hard work. The school has increased enrollment over the past two years by 20% which shows the community they are making progress.

Posted March 24, 2010

Great school!! Almost all of the students that graduate for 8th grader go to Catholic high school with the teachers and principal's help. If you want a school that is going help your child succeed you need to bring them to St. Michaels.
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Posted March 24, 2010

I have a daughter & son who attend St. Michael's and I could not be happier it's an excellent private school that exceeds my expectations. The attention that we receive from the principal, Mrs. Rosa & Mrs. Olga and the entire school staff is incredible with an excellent learning environment. The school is very family oriented.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 14, 2007

Despite some recent staff changes, St.Michael's continues to have loyal, dedicated, senior staff that contribute experience and methods of teaching that work. The newest staff member, the principal, come in with fresh ideas and a receptive attitude. It is exciting to see that we are again going to see a strong group that will hopefully catapult our children into academic success.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 82%
Black 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
White 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Koin for Kids (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Music room
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Student newspaper
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook

Language learning

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
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking club
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jim McMains
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (323) 752-6785


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
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


Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Decathlon
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook
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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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • St. Michael for the past 4 years has worked with the University of Norte Dame's ACE Program. These students are working on their Masters Degree and Teaching Credentials over a two year period. The students come from all over the country and have exceptional work ethic and enthusiasm. Our school is able to keep up with the most recent teaching techniques thru these young teachers.
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What are your chances?

9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.

Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
Students typically come from these schools
Manchester Elementary LAUSD
Ninety-Fifth St. LAUSD

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$1000 - $3000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Verbum Dei
Serra High School
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1027 W 87th St
Los Angeles, CA 90044
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