Grading the arts in LAUSD

Fifty-Ninth Street Elementary

5939 Second Ave, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 3,795

Low-income students: 82%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 59%, white: 1%, Asian: 0%, black: 39%, other: 1%


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elementary schools


What arts classes are offered?






Fifty-Ninth Street Elementary scored 21 out of 83 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The elementary school offers two of five standard arts classes tracked by the district and does not provide extra programs, according to responses by administrators before the 2015-16 academic year. The school's survey response earned a C grade in a Times analysis of the results. Districtwide, 535 schools (70.8%) received the same grade.

How much is taught?

Administrators answered multiple-choice questions about arts instruction, training and equipment provided by the school.

Students and class availability

Percentage of students receiving arts instruction: The estimated percentage of students who get arts instruction

Weeks of arts instruction: The number of weeks that each student receives arts instruction

Instructional time per week: The estimated amount of time spent on arts education per week

Number of arts courses: The number of arts programs offered

Percentage of students receiving arts instruction

Weeks of arts instruction

Instructional time per week

Number of arts courses

Teachers and facilities

Arts instructors: For elementary schools, this is the number of days per week that a district-employed arts teacher provides instruction. For secondary schools, this is the number of full-time arts teachers on staff.

Training: Arts-specific training opportunites offered to teachers

Equipment and facilities: Quality of equipment and facilities available at each school to support the arts

Arts instructors


Equipment and facilities

Who pays and who else teaches?

Administrators answered yes-or-no questions about sources of funding and instruction for arts education.

Funds for standard classes

Sources of funding for arts resources and supplies (e.g. paintbrushes, instruments) used for instruction during the regular school day

School budget*


Fundraising by school or parent groups





* Amount from budget reported as "$201 - $500"

Funds for extra instruction

Sources of funding for arts programs that are not provided as part of the regular school day

School budget


Fundraising by school or parent groups






Teachers of extra classes

Who provides the extra arts instruction at this school

A district teacher not dedicated to teaching the arts


Community arts partner


Parent or community volunteer


Accomplished artist


How did nearby schools score?

Compare the grades earned by L.A. Unified schools in surrounding neighborhoods.

Name Type Address Grade
YES Academy Elementary 3140 Hyde Park Bl C
Angeles Mesa Elementary Elementary 2611 W 52nd St C
Horace Mann Junior High Secondary 7001 S St Andrews Pl C
Crenshaw Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine Magnet Secondary 5010 11th Ave C
Western Avenue Elementary Elementary 1724 W 53rd St C
Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary Elementary 2112 W 74th St C
Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy Secondary 1700 W 46th St C
Forty-Second Street Elementary Elementary 4231 Fourth Ave D
Fifty-Fourth Street Elementary Elementary 5501 S Eileen Ave D
Budlong Avenue Elementary Elementary 5940 S Budlong Ave C
John Muir Middle Secondary 5929 S Vermont Av C
Raymond Avenue Elementary Elementary 7511 Raymond Ave C
Normandie Avenue Elementary Elementary 4505 S Raymond Av C
Audubon Middle Secondary 4120 11th Ave D
Gerald A. Lawson Academy of the Arts, Mathematics and Science Elementary 929 W 69th St C

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Footnote: Low-income percentage tallied using the total number of students receiving free and reduced-price lunch. Some errors in survey responses exist; read more about how these data were assembled.

Sources: Los Angeles Unified School District, California Department of Education, Times analysis

Credits: Ryan Menezes, Lily Mihalik, Zahira Torres, Ben Welsh

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