Grading the arts in LAUSD

John Marshall Senior High

3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 2,470

Low-income students: 68%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 59%, white: 14%, Asian: 13%, black: 2%, other: 13%


9 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








John Marshall Senior High scored 53 out of 80 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The secondary school offers five 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 "$1,001 - $2,999"

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
Franklin Avenue Elementary Elementary 1910 N Commonwealth Ave A
Ivanhoe Elementary Elementary 2828 Herkimer St C
Thomas Starr King Middle School Film and Media Magnet Secondary 4201 Fountain Ave C
Los Feliz Elementary Elementary 1740 N New Hampshire Ave C
Glenfeliz Boulevard Elementary Elementary 3955 Glenfeliz Bl C
Lexington Avenue Primary Center Elementary 4564 W Lexington Ave C
Atwater Avenue Elementary Elementary 3271 Silver Lake Blvd D
Micheltorena Street Elementary Elementary 1511 Micheltorena B
Lockwood Avenue Elementary Elementary 4345 Lockwood Ave C
Allesandro Elementary Elementary 2210 Riverside Dr B
Clifford Street Elementary Elementary 2150 Duane St D
Ramona Elementary Elementary 1133 N Mariposa Ave C
Mayberry Street Elementary Elementary 2414 Mayberry St C
Kingsley Elementary Elementary 5200 W Virginia Ave C
Dayton Heights Elementary Elementary 607 N Westmorelan 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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