Grading the arts in LAUSD

Pio Pico Middle

1512 S Arlington Ave, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 627

Low-income students: 83%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 88%, white: 2%, Asian: 1%, black: 8%, other: 1%


202 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








Pio Pico 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 one 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 - $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
Carson-Gore Academy of Enviornmental Studies Elementary 3200 W Washington Blvd C
Arlington Heights Elementary Elementary 1717 Seventh Ave D
Los Angeles Elementary Elementary 1211 S Hobart Blv C
Johnnie Cochran, Jr., Middle Secondary 4066 W 17th St D
Joseph Pomeroy Widney High Secondary 2302 S Gramercy P C
Twenty-Fourth Street Elementary Elementary 2055 W 24th St D
Hobart Boulevard Elementary Elementary 980 S Hobart Blvd C
Wilton Place Elementary Elementary 745 S Wilton Pl B
Queen Anne Place Elementary Elementary 1212 Queen Anne Pl C
Mid-City's Prescott School of Enriched Sciences Elementary 3150 W Adams Blvd C
Wilshire Park Elementary Elementary 4063 Ingraham St D
Los Angeles Senior High Secondary 4650 W Olympic Bl C
Mariposa-Nabi Primary Center Elementary 987 S Mariposa Ave D
Sophia T. Salvin Special Education Center Elementary 1925 Budlong Ave C
Berendo Middle Secondary 1157 S Berendo St B

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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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