Grading the arts in LAUSD

West Vernon Avenue Elementary

4312 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

Enrollment: 767

Low-income students: 96%

Race/Ethnicity: Latino: 92%, white: 2%, Asian: 0%, black: 6%, other: 1%


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elementary schools


What arts classes are offered?






West Vernon Avenue Elementary scored 56 out of 83 points on a first-of-its-kind survey of arts education at L.A. Unified. The elementary school offers one 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 "$501 - $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
Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte Elementary Elementary 4410 Orchard Ave C
Menlo Avenue Elementary Elementary 4156 Menlo Ave C
Dr. James Edward Jones Primary Center Elementary 1017 W 47th St C
Fifty-Second Street Elementary Elementary 816 W 51st St C
Main Street Elementary Elementary 129 E 53rd St C
Manual Arts Senior High Secondary 4131 S Vermont Ave C
Trinity Street Elementary Elementary 3736 Trinity St D
Ricardo Lizarraga Elementary Elementary 401 East 40th Place C
Maple Primary Center Elementary 3601 S Maple Ave C
William Jefferson Clinton Middle Secondary 3500 South Hill St D
Dr. Theo. T. Alexander Jr., Science Center Elementary 3737 S Figueroa St C
Dr. Maya Angelou Community High Secondary 300 E 53rd St C
Estrella Elementary Elementary 120 E 57th St C
Forty-Ninth Street Elementary Elementary 750 E 49th St B
Forty-Ninth Street Elementary Secondary 750 E 49th 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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