School Details

Atwater Avenue Elementary School

3271 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 665-5941
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 389 students 14 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

45%
54%
56%
58%
57%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
40%
46%
73%
65%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
58%
65%
73%
70%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
53%
60%
63%
61%
65%
79%
51%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
49%
60%
58%
46%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Atwater Avenue Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Atwater Avenue Elementary School is Annie Elder. 389 students go to Atwater Avenue Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. 41% of the Atwater Avenue Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 74% of the 389 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Atwater Avenue Elementary School is 14:1. Cerritos Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 8% 9%
Hispanic 74% 73%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 646343%
Filipino 15% 2%
Asian 14% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 11%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Unspecified 0% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74% 75%
Limited English proficiency 41% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The principal is a very nica man. But some teachers are very abusive with kids. Several kids experiece it. I would never take my kid to this school. Some teachers intimidate the kids

  • (1 year ago)

    Atwater Ave Elementary is an amazing school! It is truly a jem. The staff and teachers are dedicated to educating the children of the school community. The students are dedicated to learning and actually want to be there. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to participate in and out of the classroom. Everyone is friendly and accepting of one another. My children are thriving in this school environment. They look forward to not only the regular school day but the after school activities. Atwater Elementary offers a computer lab G.A.T.E. program drill team homework help book club chess club sports healthy snacks (healthy eating is encouraged and taught throughout the day) fitness classes garden and other activities all free or at an exceptionally low price. All this is done with an extremely low budget. I often wonder what could be accomplished with the resources of a school with the highest possible budget. The funding is honestly the only thing I would change about this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Coming in as a new teacher to this school almost 3 years ago was one of the best experiences one could ask for. The staff and administration are so friendly dedicated and diligent. Everyone went out of their way to be helpful. The parents faculty and administrators not only focus on Academic excellence but also character building. A great public school with invested people who inspire everyday.

  • (1 year ago)

    increased parent involvement has helped this school come a long way in the past few years and there is a very caring & active principal.

  • (1 year ago)

    Why is it that all the negative ratings always disappear from the web site about Atwater Ave Elementary? FYI it is the same parents writing all the reviews. This school is run by two parents and the principal. Lets see how long this review stay on the site before it disappears?

  • (1 year ago)

    Every time I visit Atwater Avenue Elementary the energy for learning is positive creative and nurturing. The staff members are warm and welcoming and the parent involvement is another plus. They have a beautiful garden that the students help to grow and cultivate. Atwater Avenue Elementary is a rare and wonderful school.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers are very supportive of the children. The school could improve on communication between the parents & the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We're quietly confident in our choice of Atwater Elementary as it is truly our neighborhood school. I watch as my girls thrive in this academically challenging environment where the principal Mr Smith daily lives and breathes the school mantra of Safe Responsible Respectful. They see role models diversity and entrepeneurship daily. Wholeheartedly endorse.

  • (1 year ago)

    Atwater is a great school to join. We have been growing academically each year. I believe this is because the students feel the comfort of learning in their classrooms. There are many enrichment opportunities that will help your child develop as a life long learner. Furthermore Atwater welcomes parental involvement and many families help our school in many ways! We are not only a school family but a neighborhood family! Come join the fun!

  • (1 year ago)

    A true neighborhood school with committed creative parents and stellar invested staff. We've been here 3 years now (private school previously) and LOVE it. My girls feel academically challenged confident on campus and secure in the school community.

  • (1 year ago)

    Atwater Elementary has a wonderful principal and solid community support. I would definitely send my kids to Atwater Elementary.

  • (1 year ago)

    Such a great school!! My daughter is currently enrolled in the first grade here and is looking forward to second. The principal Mr. Charles Smith is a blessing. He genuinely cares about the students and is constantly striving towards making this a superb school which I think it is. Love love love this school!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is an amazing school with a great group of passionate people working together for the ultimate benefit of the children. The principal teachers parents and community members are all working together toward huge success. At this school everyone believes in the children and wants the best for them. The school environment is very welcoming where everyone feels apart of a family. I've only been here for three years and I love it!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter will be graduating next week. The two sixth grade teachers (Ms. Fogel and Ms. Craig) are excellent. With their help my daughter has been accepted to great magnet and private middle schools. Please come and meet our amazing principal teachers and staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am planing on sending my son there for 6th grade....I am not completely sure if this is the right school for him...more reviews from students or parents that have more information on the status on this school will be greatly appriciated to help parents like me to make the right decision..... )

  • (3 years ago)

    I can't say enough about our principle. He really has a vision for the students and has managed to get the vast majority of families to buy in. There is a lot of care and concern for all. I have had problems but have always been listened to and supported to a successful conclusion. It is a good school.

  • (4 years ago)

    When I first visited Atwater I fell in love with the teachers. When my daughter started kindergarten in 2009 she fell in love with school and then we knew we hit the jackpot when our new principal started later in 2009. First grade and 2010 are even better! What a gem here in our little neighborhood.

  • (4 years ago)

    This year we moved our two girls (aged 5 and 7) from a private school to Atwater Avenue Elementary and are beyond impressed. The quality and consistency of education plus the commitment and innovation of the teachers is all spearheaded by an inspirational new principal. He's not only invigorating a school and nurturing an academically challenging culturally diverse environs but he has also succeeded in galvanizing an entire community. Looking at sister LAUSD schools nearby such as Ivanhoe we are proud to see our API's leapfrogging and the level of parental involvement soaring. We're well on our way. We LOVE Atwater!

  • (4 years ago)

    We are looking forward to another year at Atwater the new administration and the amazing teachers have worked together to make our child really excited about stating school this year. The parent group is great and a lot of fun.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Atwater Elementary because of the afterschool program they offer to the kids. I make it a point to contribute in any way I can to keep the program going. My niece has benefited so much from the program. Thank you very much

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