Grading the arts in LAUSD

Telfair Avenue Elementary

10975 Telfair Ave, Pacoima

Enrollment: 869

Low-income students: 92%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 98%, white: 1%, Asian: 0%, black: 1%, other: 0%


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What arts classes are offered?






Telfair Avenue Elementary scored 24 out of 83 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The elementary school offers three of five 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

Percentage of students receiving arts instruction: The estimated percentage of students who get arts instruction

Weeks of arts instruction: The number of weeks that each student receives arts instruction

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

Percentage of students receiving arts instruction

Weeks of arts instruction

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 "$501 - $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
Mission Continuation Secondary 11015 O'melveny Ave C
San Fernando Senior High Secondary 11133 O'melveny Ave C
O'Melveny Elementary Elementary 728 Woodworth St C
San Fernando Middle Secondary 130 N Brand Blvd C
San Fernando Institute of Applied Media Secondary 130 N Brand Blvd C
Sharp Avenue Elementary Elementary 13800 Pierce St C
Haddon Avenue Elementary Elementary 10115 Haddon Ave C
San Fernando Elementary Elementary 1130 Mott St C
Pacoima Middle Secondary 9919 Laurel Canyon Blvd C
Morningside Elementary Elementary 576 N Maclay Ave N/A
Arleta High Secondary 14200 Van Nuys Blvd C
Charles Maclay Middle Secondary 12540 Pierce Ave C
Beachy Avenue Elementary Elementary 9757 Beachy Ave C
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies-Arts,Theatre, Entertainment (ArTES) Secondary 1001 Arroyo Ave A
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies-Social Justice Humanitas Academy Secondary 1001 Arroyo Ave 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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