Grading the arts in LAUSD

Manual Arts Senior High

4131 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 1,709

Low-income students: 79%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 80%, white: 2%, Asian: 0%, black: 18%, other: 1%


156 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








Manual Arts Senior High scored 25 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 "$501 - $1,000"

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
Menlo Avenue Elementary Elementary 4156 Menlo Ave C
Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte Elementary Elementary 4410 Orchard Ave C
Dr. James Edward Jones Primary Center Elementary 1017 W 47th St C
Normandie Avenue Elementary Elementary 4505 S Raymond Av C
Dr. Theo. T. Alexander Jr., Science Center Elementary 3737 S Figueroa St C
West Vernon Avenue Elementary Elementary 4312 S Grand Ave A
Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary Elementary 1260 W 36th Pl C
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary Elementary 3989 S Hobart Blv C
Fifty-Second Street Elementary Elementary 816 W 51st St C
Foshay Learning Center Secondary 3751 S Harvard Bl A
Foshay Learning Center Elementary 3751 S Harvard Bl D
William Jefferson Clinton Middle Secondary 3500 South Hill St D
Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy Secondary 1700 W 46th St C
John W. Mack Elementary Elementary 3020 S Catalina St C
Thirty-Second Street USC Performing Arts Elementary 822 W 32nd 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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