Grading the arts in LAUSD

South Gate Middle

4100 Firestone Bl, South Gate

Enrollment: 2,176

Low-income students: 94%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 99%, white: 0%, Asian: 0%, black: 0%, other: 0%


109 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








South Gate Middle scored 30 out of 80 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The secondary school offers three 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
San Gabriel Avenue Elementary Elementary 8628 San Gabriel Ave C
San Miguel Elementary Elementary 9801 San Miguel Ave C
Bryson Avenue Elementary Elementary 4470 Missouri Ave B
South Gate Senior High Secondary 3351 Firestone Bl N/A
Victoria Avenue Elementary Elementary 3320 Missouri Ave C
Independence Elementary Elementary 8435 Victoria Ave D
Teresa Hughes Elementary Elementary 4242 Clara St Cu C
Madison Elementary Elementary 9820 Madison Ave C
Tweedy Elementary Elementary 9724 Pinehurst Ave C
Stanford Primary Center Elementary 3020 Kansas Ave D
State Street Elementary Elementary 3211 Santa Ana St C
Elizabeth Learning Center Elementary 4811 Elizabeth St C
Elizabeth Learning Center Secondary 4811 Elizabeth St C
Montara Avenue Elementary Elementary 10018 Montara Ave C
International Studies Learning Center at Legacy High School Complex Secondary 5225 Tweedy Blvd N/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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