Grading the arts in LAUSD

Van Ness Avenue Elementary

501 N Van Ness Av, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 263

Low-income students: 83%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 72%, white: 5%, Asian: 9%, black: 5%, other: 9%


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elementary schools


What arts classes are offered?






Van Ness Avenue Elementary scored 29 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 "$201 - $500"

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
Harvard Elementary Elementary 330 N Harvard Blv C
Hollywood Primary Center Elementary 1115 Tamarind Ave C
Charles H. Kim Elementary Elementary 225 South Oxford Ave C
Vine Street Elementary Elementary 955 N Vine St C
Cahuenga Elementary Elementary 220 S Hobart Blvd B
Alexandria Avenue Elementary Elementary 4211 Oakwood Ave D
Joseph Le Conte Middle Secondary 1316 N Bronson Av B
STEM Academy at Bernstein High Secondary 1309 N Wilton Pl C
Kingsley Elementary Elementary 5200 W Virginia Ave C
Ramona Elementary Elementary 1133 N Mariposa Ave C
Third Street Elementary Elementary 201 S June St B
Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle Secondary 929 N Las Palmas Ave B
Wilshire Park Elementary Elementary 4063 Ingraham St D
Grant Elementary Elementary 1530 N Wilton Pl C
Frank del Olmo Elementary Elementary 100 N New Hampshire 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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