Grading the arts in LAUSD

Santee Education Complex

1921 South Maple Ave, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 1,800

Low-income students: 89%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 93%, white: 0%, Asian: 0%, black: 6%, other: 0%


68 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








Santee Education Complex scored 36 out of 80 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The secondary school offers four 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






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
Frida Kahlo High Secondary 1924 S Los Angeles St C
San Pedro Street Elementary Elementary 1635 S San Pedro C
Orthopaedic Hospital Secondary 300 W 23rd St C
Early College Academy-LA Trade Tech College Secondary 400 W Washington Blvd C
John Adams Middle Secondary 151 W 30th St B
Twenty-Eighth Street Elementary Elementary 2807 Stanford Ave C
Tri-C Community Day Secondary 716 E Fourteenth St C
Central High Secondary 716 E 14th St C
Dolores Huerta Elementary Elementary 260 E 31st St C
Twentieth Street Elementary Elementary 1353 E 20th St C
Frank Lanterman Secondary 2328 St James Pl C
Maple Primary Center Elementary 3601 S Maple Ave C
Quincy Jones Elementary Elementary 900 E 33rd St C
William Jefferson Clinton Middle Secondary 3500 South Hill St D
Ninth Street Elementary Elementary 835 Stanford Ave A

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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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