Grading the arts in LAUSD

Sal Castro Middle

1575 W 2Nd St, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 421

Low-income students: 93%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 91%, white: 0%, Asian: 1%, black: 2%, other: 5%


156 of 249

secondary schools


What arts classes are offered?








Sal Castro Middle scored 25 out of 80 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The secondary school offers one of seven 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

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
Belmont Senior High Secondary 1575 W 2nd St C
Union Avenue Elementary Elementary 150 S Burlington Ave C
Harris Newmark Continuation Secondary 134 Witmer St D
Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars (GLAYS) Elementary 309 Lucas Ave C
Contreras Learning Center-School of Social Justice Secondary 322 S Lucas Ave C
Contreras Learning Center-Los Angeles School of Global Studies Secondary 322 S Lucas Ave D
Contreras Learning Center-Academic Leadership Community Secondary 322 Lucas Ave C
School of Business and Tourism at Contreras Learning Complex Secondary 322 S Lucas Ave C
Edward R. Roybal Learning Center Secondary 1213 West 1st St B
CDS Secondary Secondary 333 S Beaudry Ave 18th Fl D
Betty Plasencia Elementary Elementary 1321 Cortez St C
John H. Liechty Middle Secondary 650 S Union Ave C
Lake Street Primary Elementary 135 N Lake St C
Esperanza Elementary Elementary 680 Little St B
Rosemont Avenue Elementary Elementary 421 N Rosemont Av B

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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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