School Details

Laverne Elementary Preparatory Academy

7280 Oxford Avenue, Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 948-4333
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 210 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

91%
53%
56%
93%
64%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hesperia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
35%
46%
92%
61%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hesperia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
54%
65%
88%
65%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hesperia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
53%
60%
88%
61%
65%
90%
50%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hesperia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
55%
60%
69%
51%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hesperia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
46%
60%
75%
38%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hesperia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
20%
50%
81%
44%
57%
82%
44%
52%
90%
58%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hesperia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Laverne Elementary Preparatory Academy is a charter middle school in Hesperia. The principal of Laverne Elementary Preparatory Academy is Debbie Tarver, who can be contacted at dacphoto@aol.com. 210 children attend Laverne Elementary Preparatory Academy and are mostly Unspecified; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Laverne Elementary Preparatory Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." The student to teacher ratio at Laverne Elementary Preparatory Academy is 16:1. Hesperia Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 7% 3%
Hispanic 46% 56%
White, non-Hispanic 39% 30%
Asian 3% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 8%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 23343%
Filipino 0% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Limited English proficiency 11% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I agree with the previous post. If your kid is not academically up to the accelerated challengeof LEPA then of course your child will not do well in the mental and emotional aspects of the curriculum. If your child is challenged and you just want to put them here because you've heard it is the highest scoring elementary school in the high desert make sure your child is ready for the work ahead. No easy day here and my daughter loves it like that.

  • (9 months ago)

    There are pros and cons to this school. If absorbing information does not come easy to your child then this school is NOT for you! My oldest is very book smart and does extremely well here but my youngest is has a REALLY hard time and is burdened with LOADS of homework. I spend hours a night with my 5 year old on homework. The standards are VERY high and they do not adapt to your child individual needs. They are extremely unforgiving of family emergencies if it effects your child's attendance. The teaching staff and principal seem to more driven by money/funding than the interest of the children. There is ALWAYS pressure to buy something and you are required to pay for a lot more than at most schools. The office staff however is WONDERFUL and always willing to lend a helping hand. I have dealt with a total of 5 teachers during my children's attendance here and 2 out of the 5 teachers were exceptional 2 were ok one was extremely difficult and not any help at all! She even went as far as discussing politics with my 7 year old and tried convincing to him why WE (his parents) were wrong. This is not a line you cross in my opinion. Very unprofessional and completely out of line.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great my kids came from Victor christian preschool and am a teacher myself and I switched schools 3 times before I was happy. This school is it!

  • (1 year ago)

    LePA has come a long way since it opened its doors. Although the saying goes 'Don't judge a book by it's cover' many do. As a parent who has been with LEpA for many years I would like to share their history. They began in a business facility for the first four years or so. Then they were able to lease the current property from Hesperia school district. Hesperia built the facility to be a six grade only school. Many want to put down the facility. You need to understand that the staff is making this facility work for them. I think they are doing an amazing job. They have high expectations and are dedicated to helping each child learn as much as they can. This does result in very educated scholars and the highest test scores in the high desert. Every child is cared for at this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I pulled my child from this school after two years. The principal is horrible! She is rude and very cold! The children are pushed to get pefect scores on state testing. It's all about the Money..This school is underfunded and have a play area that looks like a prison yard. My child was very depressed after picking her up.

  • (1 year ago)

    we love lepa its been a part of our lives for a few years now. i would definetly tell others about this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    LEPA is BY FAR the best school in the High Desert! My daughter is in kinder and is reading at a 2nd grade level!! She can do addition subtraction count to 200 tell time and count money and its only the middle of the year!!! I am so impressed by the academics of this school. I have other kinder age family members who don't come close to the academic skills my daughter has obtained. Her teacher is amazing and always pushes the kids to their full potential!! We love you Mrs. Strickland! Thanks to all the staff at La Verne for making this school year amazing for my daughter and our whole family!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    LEPA!!! I am not surprised that the API scores once again jumped...this time to a 911 for the 2012 academic year. Great job everybody...My daughter was with this school since they opened and was part of the first 8th grade graduating class.. The teachers and administrators are caring and hardworking and the scholars are bright happy and all around awesome...I am so proud to be a part of this schools legacy!

  • (2 years ago)

    Congratulations LEPA!!! 15 students received perfect scores on their state test and my son was one of them. He was so excited about his math score and now understands why he had to work so hard. He now appreciates and values studying. We are so pleased with the director teachers and office staff. What a wonderful school!!! Now can you please go to High School. Keep up the good work!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is by far the best school up here in all the high desert area. This is my daughter's 3rd year at this school and it feels so good that I don't have to ever worry about her when we're apart. The teachers all love the kids and treat them as if they were their own. At first my daughter thought this school was too hard but then as she was learning things that have always been difficult for her she began to appreciate her education and really loves going to school everyday and learning. She always talks about how nice the principal is and how she is always going around to all the classrooms to say "hi" to all the kids. So if you're looking for a great school where your children will be safe learn a lot and be loved and cared for then give this school a try. You won't be sorry!

  • (2 years ago)

    As quiet as it's kept this is one of the best schools in the High Desert. This school is now going into its fifth year and they have excelled to the highest level. The staff the director and the teachers are superb! My children as well as all the children are challenged to the highest level. When you get to the school you are greeted by the huge smiles customer service and everyone knows you and the children by their names. You consistently see the principal walking around greeting each and every child as well as seeing her in the classrooms daily. There is an open door policy for any concerns you may have. Above all else children are very respectful and there is no bullying or discipline problems at the school.If I could call something perfect this is perfection! Thank you to all the LEPA staff for being so caring and challenging all children to learn.

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids have been coming to this school for a couple of years now. I am very impressed how hard the teachers teach the kids and how the office staff is helpful and the director has an open door policy when you have concerns. I don't have to worry about the safety of my children as I would in a public school. I find that my children are very motivated in their learning process and taking responsibility for their own actions. I did a lot of research before enrolling my children and I would highly recommend this school. Actually I would rate this school a 10.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has been a wonderful surprise. Coming from Los Angeles and finding a great school in the High Desert was a huge challenge. When we heard about LEPA we contacted the school right away. We have been a part of the school since it opened in 2008 and it has never disappointed me. The teachers are at the top of their game and the office staff is so helpful and polite. They seem to know each student by name and treat them as if the students were their own children. The principal is impressive. With the busy school schedule she always makes time to talk with parents. If you are looking for a great school that will treat you and your student as individuals not numbers as well as challenge your student academically LEPA is the one for your. At LEPA I know that my children are loved and well taken care of which warms my heart.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is the worst school in all of the high desert! do not send your children here unless you want them to be treated poorly by the teachers and principal. this school is more about discipline then learning and it was the worst mistake taking my kids here! The principal is the major problem. My youngest was being mistreated by the teachers and instead of helping the situation we were told in so many words that it was our problem. there was also an accident report for my child because my child fell and bumped her head on the playground the office staff contacted me and i spoke to my child and my child said she wanted to return to class and that she was okay. well the accident report that the principal signed stated that i " didn't want to pick up my child" Reading that was humiliating! I would never ever not want to come get my children if anything was going on. Beware of this school! the principal is the director of the school and they take their own complaints which goes nowhere! i contacted the school district and hopefully i will get somewhere with them and put a stop to laverne treating the parents like this. the office staff is the only thing going good for this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great school great teachers well run. This is an example of what a quality education is.

  • (3 years ago)

    Let me start off by saying that the teacher's here at lepa are fantastic. My children love going to school everyday. The staff is wonderful and as caring as you are for your children. Now just to add the high school to it and its the perfect school all together. WE LOVE THIS SCHOOL....

  • (4 years ago)

    I cannot begin to tell you how great this charter school was. My son came out as bright as the sun at years end.We were so proud of our son! The teachers there all take an interest in the students they inform you everyday of what progress they are making the staff is loving concerned and always watchful of or little ones. Mrs Michelle Rhodes was one of the best teachers we could have gotten to experience our first child going through school. You Rock Mrs Rhodes!! We had our challenges but we worked through them together as with anything else in life you have to do your part. Our son passed to 1st grade with a confidence level that only parents would dream of. Parents who are looking for a school this is it! it doesnt get any better than this! If it does I'm all ears....

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great charter school! My children are learning and happy. I can't say enough about how wonderful the staff teachers and administration are. Everyone always puts the children first. Now that our children can go through eighth grade I hope they are planning on opening a high school. We can't ask for a better educational program for our children.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great alternative to regular public school. The class sizes are 20 1. The teachers are wonderful! I highly recommend this school to anyone.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is absolutely awesome! Small class sizes parent support great teachers and staff. The atmosphere is so welcoming and you truly feel the sense that everyone is there for the children. Students are learning and special attention is given to each and every child. The Principal has an open door policy. Parents and students can go to her anytime throughout the day. Students can share there successes on a daily basis and even if they have a bad day she gives them a chance and says tomorrow is a new day so lets start over again. The teachers are so knowledgeable and always willingly to go the extra mile. You can't ask for a better office staff. I can't say enough about this school. Academically the students are truly going to be college bound. Professionalism and customer service is what this school is about. This school rocks!!!!

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