Delevan Drive Elementary

    4168 West Avenue 42, Los Angeles, 90065























    Student body

    Student body ethnicity ?
    • Enrollment: 485 students
    • Free and reduced-price lunch: 59.8% ?
    • English language learners: 10.7%
    • Diversity rank: 7/10 ?
    Source: 2012-13 state data


    • Total teachers: 24
    • Student-teacher ratio: 20:1 ?
    Source: 2012-13 state data


    Academic Performance Index (API) ?
    Unofficial Rank: 9/10 ?
    Source: 2008-2013 state data
    California Standards Tests (STAR) ?
    Students scoring "proficient" or above:






    No Child Left Behind (AYP) ?
    Fail: Missed two of 21 federal targets for 2012

    Pass: Met federal targets for 2011

    Pass: Met federal targets for 2010

    Pass: Met federal targets for 2009

    Pass: Met federal targets for 2008

    Pass: Met federal targets for 2007

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      Three comments about Delevan Drive Elementary

      Delevan is a great school! I went to this elementary school in the 1980's. I also sent my child their for 2 1/2 years before we moved. The faculty staff works hard to maintain excellent standards. Delevan also offers classes for handicap/special needs students that other LAUSD schools do not. Ms. Velasquez is the new principle and is doing her best to stay afloat during these hard economic times. I want to mention Teacher Daniel Miyake who was not listed on the TIMES as a rated faculty member, but he is one dedicated professional who sets standards very high for his students. At Delevan the old principle Yolonda B. Hamilton and current new Principle Velasquez believed in rotating teachers to teach different grade levels. My daughter had Daniel Miyake and he taught six grade the year before he taught 4th grade. As parents we were slightly nervous due to the high academic expectations Mr. Miyake had for his students. But what he did was allow his students to grow and achieve beyond standard methods. What the TIMES has refused to focus on is parent involvement and accountability. When we worked with Mr. Miyake we felt compelled to work harder with our child in math and language arts. He gave his students more homework and introduced extra homework on computer software. But most of all he kept an open communication and consistently gave us feedback regarding our child. We felt like major stakeholders for the school and our child's education. We saw a teacher that cared and motivated our child, we saw a difference and it made us want to do more. I hope the TIMES completes an article on "Parent Accountability" because teachers are responsible for teaching and educating during school hours, but how can we hold them accountable 24/7. Parents should be held accountable for their child's education because that education starts in the home. If I place blame on a teacher for not educating my child then I am just to blame for not working together with that teacher and helping my child succeed. Delevan Teachers and staff hold themselves to higher standards. In spite of eminent teacher lay offs and school budgets shortcomings and without any salary increases or new techonology/innovations for older schools, the API scores at Delevan have increased over the last two years. The community at Delevan from the PTA to faculty and staff are on survival mode due to the current socio-economic spiral that keeps going downhill. The personnel at Delevan will keep pulling through with little they have because they care, they have motivation, pride and perseverance that will continue to help them thrive through this tough journey.

      — A. Shoemake
      August 30, 2010 at 5:33 p.m.

      Our school is like a family-the staff, the parents & of course the students. I am proud to be the school librarian and I love getting the kids excited about reading.

      — A.Garcia
      November 27, 2009 at 6:12 p.m.

      Delavan Drive has been my school for over six years Mrs.Yolanda Hamilton has been a very wonderful princeble till now that is going to have a new princeble ( I hope she is nice too) we do have a school website that will be updated soon

      Jadyn Ferris

      — jadyn ferris
      August 31, 2009 at 9:58 a.m.

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