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Van Nuys Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1354 students

 

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Posted December 8, 2013

Congratulations Valley Environmental Academy (VEA) teachers and families. Your Holiday Pot Luck Celebration last Thursday (12-5-13) evening was wonderful! The capacity in the cafeteria is 245 and it looks like your attendance was well past that number. Parents... the food was delicious! Thank you for all you do for Van Nuys Middle School and our community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 6, 2013

The IEP team and the special education help at this school is wonderful. They really made me feel like they care about my child and have his best interests in mind. I received so much good information from the team and they seem to keep getting better. I have never found this type of help at any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2013

My son was a student of Magnet program in Van Nuys Middle school, and we felt welcomed and taken care of during all of 3 years being there. True, all teachers (and students) could not be at their best at 100%, but I realized that it's up to a parents to bring all the concerns to school management. In my experience I never had any problem with meeting teachers/counselors to discuss and improve whatever problem my child would incur. Good school with a great potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

Don't be fooled by some of the great comments about this school it's a low achieving school look at the test scores they speak for themselves they are not good especially when you compare them to other area schools numbers don't lie. Teachers and staff might be nice but that won't get your kid to college they definitely need to look in the mirror and ask themselves why the scores are so low. No excuses staff your not getting the job done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

My oldest daughter graduated from VNMS in 2011 and my youngest daughter will graduate this year. There are incredible teachers, staff and administrators, and quite a few who have been at the school for many years. I live across the street from the school and I have seen nothing which supports some of these negative comments. If you are going to accuse all of the parents who send their children here as some of the worst, then you should be willing to sign your name. Posting truly negative reviews and disparaging the entire student body as an anonymous parent is cowardly. I am sure there are students who bully and are bullied...it is an unfortunate and serious issue in school settings. However, there is a strong anti-bullying policy in place at VNMS and I know the staff works hard to make sure the students are safe. No school is perfect, and I don't imagine there is a school anywhere that is immune to dealing with children that need extra disciplinary measures from time to time. Send your kids here or don't, but posting such reviews is hurtful to the kids and families that are having a positive experience there. Happy to sign my name...Jennifer Howe
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

My son is in 7th grade at Van Nuys Middle School. So far we've found the staff and teachers to be nothing but compassionate and caring, as well as accessible. When we've contacted the magnet coordinator, he's responded immediately. The music teacher seems to be amazing at garnering resources for his students. The science teacher has animals in her classroom and the library is well-stocked.Plus, the campus is lovely. My son is happy. Yes, he is aware of racial disparities, but he's learning what it's like to operate in a diverse environment, which exactly mirrors the city in which he lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

I agree with the bullying comment. The anti-bullying policy does not work as I hear about it on a weekly basis. My child is being bullied at this school as well and I am working on another school for next year. The staff is willing to help, but, the stories I hear at this school is "off the charts" this problem is bigger than the staff can handle and I don't see an end to it. The children are rude, mean, and have no sense of morals whatsoever. The parent's of this school must be some of the worst to raise their kids to treat others as they do. I've heard about fighting, punching, name calling, stealing, intimidation, racial slurs, gangs, and the list goes on. Kids have to watch their back at all times while trying to learn- unfortunate. This school needs to do much much more to keep children safe and the district needs to get involved. I have heard how bad this school is before we started and it has lived up to its reputation - hands down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

In response to the below statement. I hear You! my son was bullied as well. He has an IEP. However, we worked with the school staff and they were more than willing to follow through. Listen, life can be a challenge, especially in middle school, but we need to teach our kids to persevere and not to back down. My son is now at VNHS...stronger than ever, and I attribute much of this to VNMS and their dedicated staff. I am sorry you and your son had this experiance though...best of luck...somewhere out there, everyone has a match..Mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2013

The bullying at this school was off the charts. The school's anti-bully policy was a joke and gave the power to the bullies. Even most of the girls were rude. The Dean was no help, and even made matters worse when he did attempt to correct the situation. Do not send your son and daughter into this antagonist atmosphere, they will lose their self-esteem and drop their grades. It doesn't matter if the teachers at the school are good. We removed our son and he is now being homeschooled before this school inflicted more damage. We know magnet students that hid in their rooms at lunchtime to avoid bullying; at breaks, our son sought out teachers to hang around so he wouldn't be picked on, shoved, and cursed at. The rave reviews are misleading. There is something horribly wrong in the school system and the culture on campus. If you can't homeschool, find a good private, religious school, but at all cost, stay away from Van Nuys Middle School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

I went to this school from sixth to eighth grade and am in the class of 2012. I couldn't be happier with this school. The teachers are awesome, the programs are great, the campus is beautiful, and the kids are the best. I don't know anyone who went to the school and wasn't happy with it. They have an award winning PE program and many programs such as Valley Enviormental Academy, AVID, honors, math/science magnet. Test scores keep going up for th entire school. Like in 2011 the magnet scored over 900 in the CST's. I highly recommend this school for anyone.


Posted August 11, 2012

The Magnet program at VNMS is a MARVEL!!! The magnet teachers and the staff are amazing mentors to the students. They really focus on producing intelligent and courteous students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2011

I love the change of demeanor from the top with our new principal, from last many years to this. Thanks to Mr. Del Cueto!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 5, 2010

Van Nuys middle school is a really good school. The teachers are nice and they make you earn the grades. Im in the AVID program so the teachers make you strive even more. So i like this school im going to graduate this year but its a really good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2009

I think this school is a good school for all kids. My daughter went to this school and she was a very happy child. I constantly checked with her teachers to make sure and kept getting updated. I think that as a parent, we all need to make contact with our child's teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

i think this school has an excellent magnet program. theres obviously going to be one or 2 bad teachers but for the most part all the teachers are great. very helpfull and the staff is very active and involved with the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

My son was in the honors program, and I was impressed with most of the teachers, the low crime, and the upbeat lunch time music! My daughter is to be a student in the fall of 2007.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

My daughter attended this school and I found overall my daughter's education was sub-standard. The after-school KYDS program was great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

Is a wonderful school with great teachers and friendly staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

good school, great tutoring, very helpful teachers and school staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2004

this school offers best teachers, lots of activities, students, and etc. I really recommend this school. It has 90% many hispanics, so some parents think it's not a good school, but it is a good school and you should concern about putting your child to this school.
—Submitted by a student


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This school's
API score

742

Change from
2012 to 2013

-9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

742

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

-9

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)

3 / 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)

7 / 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 60% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
38%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
85%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
31%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
82%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
38%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
49%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
92%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

429 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
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 Students40%
Females40%
Males40%
African American38%
Asian64%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state35%

Math

All Students45%
Females41%
Males49%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate63%
Parent education - declined to state44%
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

Algebra I

All Students61%
Females59%
Males64%
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)67%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state55%

English Language Arts

All Students41%
Females41%
Males39%
African American50%
Asian53%
Filipino55%
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state30%

Math

All Students32%
Females28%
Males34%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disability20%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate40%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state29%
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

Algebra I

All Students35%
Females26%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability35%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only36%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented62%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate24%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate41%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate42%
Parent education - declined to state33%

English Language Arts

All Students46%
Females48%
Males45%
African American57%
Asian85%
Filipino67%
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to state38%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students9%
Females7%
Males10%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino9%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Non-economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disability2%
Students with no reported disability11%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only13%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate6%
Parent education - high school graduate14%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)0%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state7%

Geometry

All Students67%
Females63%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented69%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state55%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students49%
Females48%
Males51%
African American64%
Asian71%
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate56%
Parent education - declined to state45%

Science

All Students67%
Females61%
Males72%
African American71%
Asian79%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state60%
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 80%
White 8%
Black 5%
Asian 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 85%N/AN/A
English language learners 20%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
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School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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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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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
64%
agree
 
District average
72%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
67%
 

District average

 
70%
 

Students

This school

 
62%
 

District average

 
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
68%
agree
 
District average
77%
agree
 

Students

This school

 
66%
 

District average

 
74%
 

Employees

This school

 
70%
 

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
63%
agree
 
District average
70%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
80%
 

District average

 
78%
 

Students

This school

 
45%
 

District average

 
58%
 

Employees

This school

 
63%
 

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
60%
agree
 
District average
68%
agree
 

Parents

This school

 
60%
 

District average

 
66%
 

Employees

This school

 
61%
 

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
50%
agree
 
District average
66%
agree
 

Employees

This school

 
50%
 

District average

 
66%
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents15917%
Students122192%
Employees5649%

12012-13 Los Angeles Unified School District School Experience Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Anita Barner
Fax number
  • (818) 909-7274

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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5435 Vesper Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
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Phone: (818) 267-5900

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