Grading the arts in LAUSD

Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

3537 Farmdale Ave, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 1,152

Low-income students: 66%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 46%, white: 1%, Asian: 0%, black: 51%, other: 2%


22 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High scored 47 out of 80 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The secondary school offers six 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 B grade in a Times analysis of the results. Districtwide, 94 schools (12.4%) 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 "more than $3,000"

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
Coliseum Street Elementary Elementary 4400 Coliseum St D
Virginia Road Elementary Elementary 2925 Virginia Rd C
Hillcrest Drive Elementary Elementary 4041 Hillcrest Dr C
Cienega Elementary Elementary 2611 S Orange Dr C
Baldwin Hills Elementary Elementary 5421 Rodeo Rd B
Marlton Elementary 4000 Santo Tomas Dr C
Marvin Elementary Elementary 2411 Marvin Ave C
Sixth Avenue Elementary Elementary 3109 Sixth Ave D
Audubon Middle Secondary 4120 11th Ave D
Alta Loma Elementary Elementary 1745 Vineyard Ave C
Tom Bradley Global Awareness Magnet Elementary 3875 Dublin Ave C
Saturn Street Elementary Elementary 5360 Saturn St C
Johnnie Cochran, Jr., Middle Secondary 4066 W 17th St D
Mid-City's Prescott School of Enriched Sciences Elementary 3150 W Adams Blvd C
Arlington Heights Elementary Elementary 1717 Seventh Ave D

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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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