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Diane S. Leichman Special Education Center

Public | 8-12 | 204 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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Posted January 30, 2014

A friend of the family has an autistic girl that has unfortunately attended this school most of her life. The girl comes home filthy and with bruises. Whenever the mom has gone to question the state her daughter comes home in she's always told that no one knows. This poor girl has suffered so much. We have personally witnessed her being ok and bruise free during school breaks and then all of a sudden when school starts she magical happens to have bruises. Not tiny bruises, huge bruises that I'm pretty sure happen after getting KICKED by frustrated staff. This school is a shame and horrible place for kids with disabilities. Let me point out that the girl can not talk so of course she has no way of saying who is doing this to her at that place. Horrible and so unfortunate.


Posted September 15, 2013

Great school to work out. Staff is great they really care about the students. Special Ed centers are important to have it gives the parents and student a choice where they can play sports just like at a regular high school. Principal is a nice guy.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 16, 2009

This school is amazing and really involved. The staff, teachers, an administration do a fantastic job! there are also many school activities for students and family.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

919

Change from
2012 to 2013

+52

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

N/A

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

N/A


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Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

919

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

+52

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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.
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(2012)

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API Statewide 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.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 54% 51%
White 25% 27%
Asian 14% 11%
Black 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Based on 112 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
65%
agree
 
District average
72%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
65%
 

District average

 
70%
 
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
74%
agree
 
District average
77%
agree
 

Employees

This school

 
74%
 

District average

 
81%
 
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
88%
agree
 
District average
70%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
89%
 

District average

 
78%
 

Employees

This school

 
87%
 

District average

 
74%
 
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
 
District average
68%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
72%
 

District average

 
66%
 

Employees

This school

 
81%
 

District average

 
71%
 
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
64%
agree
 
District average
66%
agree
 

Employees

This school

 
64%
 

District average

 
66%
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents5328%
Employees5960%

12012-13 Los Angeles Unified School District School Experience Survey

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School Leader's name
  • Pauline Furman
Fax number
  • (818) 881-4606

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