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Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted June 23, 2014

This school goes above and beyond expectations. We are thrilled to have our son there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

We had one incredible teacher at Balboa, but that teacher would be a star anywhere. If you are considering Balboa: 1) It's a "10" but the kids are gifted/high ability, so the score is skewed. Students are already 'brighter' than most, i.e., not an accurate reflection of teacher/admin efforts. 2) Teachers may or may not "challenge" your child. Each teacher is different, quality varies. GREATLY. 3) Balboa has over 750 students, four grade levels. If you meet with principal and magnet coordinator, they'll smile, but likely you won't get what you want. 4) Don't even think to request a specific teacher from administration. Again, almost 800 children here; you are talking to the wall. 6) If you and child's teacher are on different wavelengths, tough luck. (You don't like it? Leave, says magnet coord.) 7) If your child has social issues you are on your own. Forget about asking for socialization programs. The focus is competition, not empathy, and 'high academic achievement' is everyone's goal. 8) Playground is scary if your child is at 'psychomotor', recess or after school. Yard aides need to teach conflict resolution, supervision is wanting. Result: This school falls short.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

This is an exceptional school. The kids work hard and are prepared for middle school. The parent volunteer is above and beyond. The teachers care for the children. Office staff is great too. I can't say enough about this school. My son has been there for 3 years now and he loves it so much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

Balboa Magnet is truly one of a kind. The administrators, teachers, parents, and students work together to create a school that operates in perfect harmony. Students are valued for their individuality, as well as for their unique and creative contributions to the school community. Lifelong learners are cultivated at Balboa thanks to the support of the families and staff. I love being a part of such a hard-working and loving team!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 27, 2013

my daughter just graduation from this school. we had a really bad expireince with his 5th grade teacher mrs Convirs....She used to lower my daughter grades until I let her know that she needs to be fair with every child that color and religion..... it's a different topic ... she try to changin but I was counting for the last day of school I hope that we never going to see her again.... not good teacher she has preferents.... too bad....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

I loved Balboa. This school definitely helped me excel because of their high standards. I'm not saying middle school was a breeze, but I definitely did not struggle as much as the other kids. Thank you to all my teachers who made my elementary years amazing.


Posted August 4, 2013

There's a reason that Balboa Maget has ranked number one among LAUSD elementary schools -- it has an excellent teaching staff that's supported by a wonderful principal and administrative team, as well as a very involved parents organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

I am a student at balboa magnet and I'm in fifth grade. I have been going to this school for almost 5 years. I have loved it so far here. They challenge you while making everyday fun. For example, in fourth grade, you have pioneer day where you dress up like pioneers and learn about their daily life. The teachers always listen to you and get you ready for the next school year. I really reccommend this school.


Posted February 7, 2013

The Balboa STAR Ed. after school program is the best enrichment and care program I've ever seen. The kids are happy and do not ever want to leave early. Every day is an amazing enrichment activity including science experiments, art of the Masters, ecology awareness and animal interaction, music (rockstar bands or musical theater), sports/athletics... Homework is completed and kids are full of excitement about the day's activities. I could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

I am having so much difficulties with my son's teacher. She only likes kids that do not cause any "issues". Kids get benched and punished there for every little reason. And in some cases they are not treated fairly. Some kids can misbehave and get away with it and some kids get noticed for every little thing that they have done wrong. My son got accepted this year. He is in second grade. His grades are high and he is working really hard to make it better. However, he is very energetic and talkative which is an issue for the teacher. The teacher doesn't want to deal with kids like this. She does not accept the fact that he is still a kid. She would not try to find the right approach to him. Instead, she suggested that he has a disorder and asked to take him to a specialist. My son has achieved so much in his learning and has never heard one positive feedback from the teacher whatsoever. But if he fails for once, the teacher would get him benched, send him to the office, and send me a letter pointing that she was right to think that he had a disorder. That brought so much and stress to may family and my son. He thinks he is not good enough for his teacher. This is really sad!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

This is a great school and it challegenges the students. Parent involvement is awesome. My son loves Balboa...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

I have a daughter 3.5 yrs old and would like to enroll her when she gets to first grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

We're in our fifth and final year at Balboa and have a wonderful experience from the start. Yes, the academic expectations are high, but they are reasonable. I think the best part of Balboa are the even higher expectations of behavior for everyone from the students, to the parents, to the teachers, to the administration. The people are just decent and respectful here. You can be as involved in volunteering as you want or not, you are not frowned upon. There are so many dedicated parents here the school runs like a well-oiled machine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

I cannot say enough about my daughter's experience at Balboa. She just finished 4th grade. My daughter came to Balboa after leaving a very pricey "academic" school in the valley. Their curriculum, teachers and administration paled compared to what Balboa offers. Balboa's new principal is a dedicated and visionary leader whose door is always open to parents and kids. We are lucky to have her. The teachers are all fantastic. The kids are sweet and smart. The student population is wonderfully diverse. My daughter has made amazing friendships. The parents are involved. The workload is not overwhelming. She loves the longterm projects which allow the kids a more in depth exploration of certain areas. She participates in orchestra (great!) chorus. They do beautiful art projects and go on interesting field trips. Everyone is dedicated to the children's education and development. We are grateful for Balboa
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2012

One of the best school. Excellent teachers. My kids love their teachers and school. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

My son is finishing up 2nd grade and I can't say enough about the two absolutely WONDERFUL and GIFTED teachers that he has had so far. He has been attending Balboa Magnet since 1st grade and has loved it. The homework is completely reasonable (20-30 minutes/weekday -if that, plus any long-term projects) and each student has the ROOM to go above and beyond if they are so inclined to do so. The level of instruction and the extras (music, science labs, computer lab, PE, orchestra, field trips, virtual field trips, etc.) that they are exposed to is a huge bonus. Fellow students are also great, so the overall school environment is peaceful (no bullying whatsoever). We feel so fortunate to have this school for our son. He's thriving! Can't wait for our younger son to go to Balboa when he's in 1st grade, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

I have twins in 1st grade; one here at Balboa and the other at Castlebay Lane Elementary (940 2010 API). Balboa has 5 take home projects for every one Castlebay project. Work hard, play hard. There has been a field trip every 1.5 months at Balboa, (Castlebay Lane has had no field trips by the 100 day of school) Balboa is organized enough so that the trips are partially paid for by the parents, $5 per kid and sometimes relies on parents driving the kids or even walking to places (fire station and Mcdonalds). The home projects are creative that really get the kids excited. They are graded on their oral presentation and quality of the information/props. Powerpoint is taught in the 1st grade computer class. It hasn't been required of the home projects....yet. The teacher, maintains her own website and emails a weekly update to the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

High Expectations! High Standards! That's the environment I like to creat for my kids, but you have to understand they are still kids. The fact that this school is"Gifted/High Ability" comes with its challenges for teachers and administrators...they can expect to deal with challenging kids and personalities. Teacher should be prepared and properly trained to deal with such!!! Yet I have felt that some teachers are not willing to deal with such challenges and prefer a model student with no issues or problems. My son is able to keep uwith all the academic requirements and needs the challenge, but he has behavior issues and at times it seems that they don't want to deal with the behavior. It's part of teaching, don't you think??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2010

I agree with an early review that the school is great for independent workers. Unfortunately we didn't know this when our son got accepted and he is having a very difficult time adapting to the routine. Read on your own, follow instructions and complete work. For a third-week first grader? A bit much I think. Expectations are incredibly high. They should let parents know up front what the expectations are for the students so that the parents can either prepare their child or at least manage the problems when they come up. I have a conference with my son's teacher tomorrow - don't know what she's going to say. Half of me thinks she's going to tell me my son's an idiot and needs to drop out. My son is not an idiot and is incredibly bright. I fear that this will affect his self-esteem if it hasn't already .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2010

After completing 5th grade at Balboa, where do most kids go to middle school? I am searching for a middle school for my daughter. Thanks


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This school's
API score

981

Change from
2012 to 2013

-3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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This school's
API score

981

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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

-3

Change from 2012 to 2013
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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.
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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 56% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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2010

 
 
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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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

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96%
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

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Females97%
Males97%
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Hispanic or Latino94%
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Samoann/a
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Economically disadvantaged93%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
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English learner100%
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Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

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Females94%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)96%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
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Students with no reported disability94%
English learner100%
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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 Students89%
Females85%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students97%
Females96%
Males99%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate99%
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 Students97%
Females98%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students98%
Females97%
Males99%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)99%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate99%
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 Students97%
Females97%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state92%

Math

All Students93%
Females93%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state92%

Science

All Students93%
Females93%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate99%
Parent education - declined to state92%
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 36%
Asian 35%
Hispanic 20%
Black 3%
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 21%N/AN/A
English language learners 2%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

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Music teacher(s)
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PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.
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 821 responses

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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
73%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
73%
 

Students

This school

 
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
89%
agree
 

Students

This school

 
79%
 

Employees

This school

 
99%
 
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
85%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
94%
 

Students

This school

 
69%
 

Employees

This school

 
92%
 
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
82%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
67%
 

Employees

This school

 
98%
 
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
86%
agree
 

Employees

This school

 
86%
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents29345%
Students49898%
Employees3058%

12012-13 Los Angeles Unified School District School Experience Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Jana Davenport
Fax number
  • (818) 993-3470

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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17020 Labrador Street
Northridge, CA 91325
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