Grading the arts in LAUSD

Robert A. Millikan Middle

5041 Sunnyslope Ave, Sherman Oaks

Enrollment: 2,079

Low-income students: 36%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 28%, white: 53%, Asian: 7%, black: 8%, other: 4%


2 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








Robert A. Millikan Middle scored 65 out of 80 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The secondary school offers seven 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 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

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 "more than $3,000"

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
Chandler Learning Academy Elementary 14030 Weddington St D
Riverside Drive Charter Elementary Elementary 13061 Riverside Dr B
Dixie Canyon Community Charter Elementary 4220 Dixie Canyon Ave A
Ulysses S. Grant Senior High Secondary 13000 Oxnard St C
Erwin Elementary Elementary 13400 Erwin St V B
Van Nuys Middle Secondary 5435 Vesper Ave C
John B. Monlux Elementary Elementary 6051 Bellaire Ave C
Kester Avenue Elementary Elementary 5353 Kester Ave B
Burbank Boulevard Elementary Elementary 12215 Albers St D
Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter Elementary 14755 Greenleaf St A
Kittridge Street Elementary Elementary 13619 Kittridge St C
Van Nuys Elementary Elementary 6464 Sylmar Ave B
Will Rogers Continuation Secondary 14711 Gilmore St D
North Hollywood Senior High Secondary 5231 Colfax Ave A
Colfax Charter Elementary Elementary 11724 Addison 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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