Grading the arts in LAUSD

Northridge Middle

17960 Chase St, Northridge

Enrollment: 844

Low-income students: 93%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 82%, white: 5%, Asian: 5%, black: 3%, other: 4%


202 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








Northridge Middle scored 19 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 provides 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 - $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
Lorne Street Elementary Elementary 17440 Lorne St B
Blythe Street Elementary Elementary 18730 Blythe St N/A
John R. Wooden High Secondary 18741 Elkwood St C
Garden Grove Elementary Elementary 18141 Valerio St B
Stagg Street Elementary Elementary 7839 Amestoy Ave A
Napa Street Elementary Elementary 19010 Napa St C
Joaquin Miller Career and Transition Center Secondary 8218 Vanalden Ave D
Grover Cleveland Charter High Secondary 8140 Vanalden Ave C
Calahan Community Charter Elementary 18722 Knapp St C
Dearborn Elementary Charter Academy Elementary 9240 Wish Ave A
Parthenia Street Elementary Elementary 16825 Napa St A
Anatola Avenue Elementary Elementary 7364 Anatola Ave C
Northridge Academy High Secondary 9601 Zelzah Ave C
Reseda Elementary Elementary 7265 Amigo Ave C
Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle Secondary 9351 Paso Robles Ave 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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