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Dearborn Elementary Charter School

Charter | K-5 | 538 students

Our school is best known for our School for Advanced Studies and Arts.

 

Living in Northridge

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $335,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted August 3, 2014

I have two kids who have graduated from Dearborn . Very political on how they run this school. Some of the comments below are very true, some positive and negative. Start with the Principal: "Any concerns were quickly disregarded which displayed to us that the principal cares more about the reputation of the school, than what is best for the children." My experience and what I have seen and heard from concerned parents is very true. If you are not on the PTA or in the "in crowd" of parents, you are not worth her attention. Also Science Fairs over the years are rigged with the parents obviously doing the projects for their kids with the people running the show with a "blind eye". Overall the teachers seem to be very well liked and take your concerns for your child seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

[Dearborn is great! We moved our oldest from a school where she attended an SRLDP program, had established good friends and loved her teacher. Adult connections with staff/teachers were made BUT we chose to come to Dearborn for the academic challenges that it would provide our children. I have to admit that sometimes I was like "What?" but it was all well worth it when my little ones surprised me with what they've learned. Both my children loved their kindergarten teachers and I love that they continue to be challenged as they get into the upper grades. ]
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

My daughter is in Kindergarten and she is thriving and enjoying the challenges the school is giving to her; 2-3 homework each day, 310 minutes reading per month, more reading log from 2 different sponsors, challenging math problems, projects, animal research, test and more test. So, you see, if your child is like mine, you will like Dearborn. But if you want a less challenging school for your kid then send your kid to an under performing school so that your kid and you as a parent will not be stressed out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

Love Dearborn! I was amazed by what my child can do at such a young age! Kindergarten and first grade is no longer glorified day care. It is amazing what my child is capable of! Thank you to all the great teachers at Dearborn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

I would not choose this school again. It is very militaristic. The amount of homework for kindergarten is ridiculous. The homework tonight: 5 sessions of timed 1 minute fluency test ( read 10-15 min by the time you instruct the child), 20 minutes of reading, writing 2 sentences, ( for a kid, (at least 10-15 min) then make a drawing and color it ( another 10 minutes), then write all the numbers from 1- 100, then say the numbers 1-100 3 times, then read and write the 4 words for Friday. Then work on the research of the animal you chose, write the 3 sentences. It is at least 2 hours of homework, in addition to being cooked up in the classroom for 7 hours. Tomorrow there will be more ... For a 5 year old. It is insane. i did just fine with much less homework, and that didn't stop me from having postgraduate degrees from top institutions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

The principal is hands-on, very active, and patient. She is genuinely caring towards the students, teachers, parents, everyone and the school. The parents are very friendly, kind and enthusiastic to participate! Students are motivated and excited to come to school and participate in various activities. It's an exceptional school with a strong initiative for a sense of community and health and well-being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

My three kids have attended Dearborn Elementary. The teachers, principal, staff and parents are really involved. I have never had any issues with this school. Our experience with this school has been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

I love this school, my childern had wonderful teachers. all the staff are amazing. Specially the ladies in the front office, they always have a smile and they are willing to help sbove and beyond as long as is resonably possible. The Principal is wonderful, always working hard for the safety and well being of the students, teachers and staff. The school has amazing programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

I love this school for my daughter.. She is currently in the SAS class in 2nd grade. She learns a lot and have great activities for kids. Principal is very nice and teachers and staffs as well. Giving good education for kids! Parents are very involved as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

All three of my children have gone to Dearborn. I currently have two still at Dearborn and have been quite pleased with my experience here since day one. I sent my daughter to private school before attending Dearborn and was a little hesitant at first. (With all the negative comments about public schools)It has been the best decision I have ever made. I wish I could take back the years she was in private school! The teachers are all excellent as well as the principal. The principal was just awarded principal of the year! In my opinion she is what makes the school great! The same rules apply to everyone. The PTA is awesome as well. Very involved and raise extra money for things the school and kids need. I really do not have anything negative to say about this school. I am so lucky to have it as my home school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

I am very proud to have my 2 children attend Dearborn Elementary. The leadership is excellent & teachers are fabulous ! I would highly recommend this school to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

Dearborn Elementary is an excellent neighborhood school. My son has been attending since he was in Kindergarten and is now in third grade. He is not a student performing at the top of his class but all the teachers he's had to now have pushed him to to work hard. He loves going to school and I never get that "I don't want to go to school today." The administrator definitely works hard to keep this school in tip top shape! They have an extremely active PTA that helps fund many extras that the LAUSD does not provide. It is definitely a well rounded school and feel very blessed that my son gets to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2012

Wow, after four years attending Dearborn with 4 very different teachers and groups of classmates, I am thoroughly pleased with the education our child received!! The PTA is very busy and involved in the school providing events, activities, field trip buses and PE where LAUSD funds were cut. These extra events like art, music, ballroom dancing, psychomotor and after school activities make school fun and enjoyable for the children! The principal and staff are WONDERFUL and exceptionally hardworking which shows in the great test results and academic progress of the students. We will stay involved in Dearborn well after our child culminates from the school, because supporting our local school is important and we have made so many friends we would hate to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

My son has just finished Kinder and had a great year. I am very happy with his growth both socially and academically. I know the Principal has been criticized for not being "warm and fuzzy" but this has not been a problem for our family. The school's policies are clearly explained and the only problems I have heard of are from parents who want an exception to them. I would recommend Dearborn to any parent, there are different teaching styles within the Kinder classes and one is sure to match with your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2012

Our time at Dearborn Street Elementary was terrible. My child experienced issues with a cold and inattentive teacher and a principal on a power-trip. Any concerns were quickly disregarded which displayed to us that the principal cares more about the reputation of the school, than what is best for the children. We are happily not attending this school anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

As a parent of children at Dearborn, I am very pleased with the education they are getting there. I have always felt welcomed and encouraged to be a part of my children's school life. The staff is very professional and welcoming. Although the principal is not a "warm and fuzzy" type person, she is an excellent administrator who is fair and consistant with all of the students. I feel that my children are very safe on the Dearborn campus and the teachers there are absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

Dearborn is an amazing school. They care about the kids and make the parents feel welcome. The level of instruction is outstanding and the teachers and staff are top notch. They offer so much to the children outside of the normal instruction.....ballroom dancing, pyschomotor, theater, music, dance...the list goes on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

This school is my home school and it's our 1st year attending after coming from another district where I work. I wish i would've put my daughter here in Kindergarten, she is now in the 2nd grade. Her teacher is an amazing, hands-on, caring teacher. I wish all teachers were like her. I'm constantly getting updates of the current LAUSD issues, fund raisers for the school, information on after school activities, etc....The Principal is everywhere all the time and always says hello and will be the 1st to help you when you walk into the office. The parent involvement is very high and there is ALWAYS something going on at the school. My daughter wakes up every single morning excited to come to Dearborn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

Dearborn is our home school....we love it...our kids love it. The teachers that our kids have had have been surperb in everyway. The principal is an amazing leader and loves and respects the kids. Both of our children have their orange folders because of this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

Dearborn is a school where everyone is welcome. The academics are strong, the library and computer lab and arts program have been fantastic! We are so glad to be part of this school where the principal and staff take the time to help everyone regardless of who they are. Mrs. Hirsch is helpful and the staff in the office really keeps the school running great.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

856

Change from
2012 to 2013

+14

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

856

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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

+14

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 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)

3 / 10

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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students65%
Females60%
Males70%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner43%
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 graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females69%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
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%
Females71%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
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 graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females79%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
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 Students77%
Females82%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students82%
Females84%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
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 Students63%
Females72%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students59%
Females65%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students74%
Females85%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
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)67%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 51%
White 26%
Asian 12%
Black 6%
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 47%N/AN/A
English language learners 16%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
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Principal of the Year (2013)
  • API 858 (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • PTA (2011)
  • YMCA (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language 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)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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 459 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
72%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
68%
 

Students

This school

 
75%
 
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
84%
agree
 

Students

This school

 
79%
 

Employees

This school

 
88%
 
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
83%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
93%
 

Students

This school

 
63%
 

Employees

This school

 
93%
 
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
 

Parents

This school

 
67%
 

Employees

This school

 
85%
 
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
71%
agree
 

Employees

This school

 
71%
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents18541%
Students24292%
Employees3270%

12012-13 Los Angeles Unified School District School Experience Survey

School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Debrah Hirsch
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (818) 886-2149

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • North Valley YMCA
  • CSU Northridge
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
60
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
120

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Holmes MS /Magnet
Nobel MS/Magnet
Patrick Henry MS/Magnet
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9240 Wish Avenue
Northridge, CA 91325
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Phone: (818) 349-4381

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