Grading the arts in LAUSD

Topeka Charter School For Advanced Studies

9815 Topeka Dr, Northridge

Enrollment: 569

Low-income students: 37%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 34%, white: 30%, Asian: 16%, black: 6%, other: 13%


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elementary schools


What arts classes are offered?






Topeka Charter School For Advanced Studies scored 34 out of 83 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The elementary school offers five of five 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

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 "more than $1,000"

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
Alfred B. Nobel Charter Middle Secondary 9950 Tampa Ave C
Calahan Community Charter Elementary 18722 Knapp St C
CDS Elementary Elementary 10001 Jumilla Ave C
Northridge Academy High Secondary 9601 Zelzah Ave C
Beckford Charter for Enriched Studies Elementary 19130 Tulsa St C
Darby Avenue Charter Elementary 10818 Darby Ave C
Napa Street Elementary Elementary 19010 Napa St C
Superior Street Elementary Elementary 9756 Oso Ave C
Andasol Avenue Elementary Elementary 10126 Encino Ave B
Joaquin Miller Career and Transition Center Secondary 8218 Vanalden Ave D
Grover Cleveland Charter High Secondary 8140 Vanalden Ave C
Northridge Middle Secondary 17960 Chase St C
Patrick Henry Middle Secondary 17340 San Jose St C
Dearborn Elementary Charter Academy Elementary 9240 Wish Ave A
Chatsworth Charter High Secondary 10027 Lurline Ave C

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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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