Grading the arts in LAUSD

One Hundred Eighty-Sixth Street Elementary

1581 W 186Th St, Gardena

Enrollment: 824

Low-income students: 84%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 68%, white: 3%, Asian: 5%, black: 17%, other: 7%


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What arts classes are offered?






One Hundred Eighty-Sixth Street Elementary scored 54 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 an A grade in a Times analysis of the results. Districtwide, 35 schools (4.6%) 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
Gardena Senior High Secondary 1301 W 182nd St C
Denker Avenue Elementary Elementary 1620 W 162nd St C
Robert E. Peary Middle Secondary 1415 W Gardena Blvd C
Gardena Elementary Elementary 647 W Gardena Blv C
One Hundred Fifty-Sixth Street Elementary Elementary 2100 W 156th St C
Van Deene Avenue Elementary Elementary 826 W Javelin St B
Halldale Elementary Elementary 21514 Halldale Av A
One Hundred Fifty-Third Street Elementary 1605 W 153rd St C
Towne Avenue Elementary Elementary 18924 Towne Ave C
Ambler Avenue Elementary Elementary 319 E Sherman Dr C
Chapman Elementary Elementary 1947 Marine Ave C
Amestoy Elementary Elementary 1048 W 149th St C
Leapwood Avenue Elementary Elementary 19302 Leapwood Av D
Meyler Street Elementary Elementary 1123 W 223rd St C
Carson Street Elementary Elementary 161 E Carson St 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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