Grading the arts in LAUSD

John Muir Middle

5929 S Vermont Av, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 1,063

Low-income students: 76%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 81%, white: 1%, Asian: 0%, black: 18%, other: 1%


128 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








John Muir Middle scored 28 out of 80 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The secondary school offers two of seven 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

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

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 "$1,001 - $2,999"

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
Budlong Avenue Elementary Elementary 5940 S Budlong Ave C
Augustus F. Hawkins High A Critical Design and Gaming Secondary 825 W 60th St C
Augustus F. Hawkins High B Community Health Advocates Secondary 825 W 60th St C
Augustus F. Hawkins High C Responsible Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship Secondary 825 W 60th St C
Gerald A. Lawson Academy of the Arts, Mathematics and Science Elementary 929 W 69th St C
Sixty-First Street Elementary Elementary 6020 S Figueroa St C
Fifty-Second Street Elementary Elementary 816 W 51st St C
Sixty-Eighth Street Elementary Elementary 612 W 68th St C
Western Avenue Elementary Elementary 1724 W 53rd St C
Dr. James Edward Jones Primary Center Elementary 1017 W 47th St C
Raymond Avenue Elementary Elementary 7511 Raymond Ave C
Mary McLeod Bethune Middle Secondary 155 W 69th St B
Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte Elementary Elementary 4410 Orchard Ave C
Normandie Avenue Elementary Elementary 4505 S Raymond Av C
Estrella Elementary Elementary 120 E 57th 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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