School Details

Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School

17020 Labrador Street, Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 349-4801
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 1-5 748 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

97%
54%
56%
95%
57%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
40%
46%
97%
65%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
58%
65%
98%
70%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
53%
60%
93%
61%
65%
93%
51%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School is Jana Davenport, who can be contacted at jdaven1@lausd.net. 748 students attend Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School and identify primarily as Filipino; Unspecified; and White, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 21% of the 748 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School is 22:1. Kindercare Learning Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 5% 2%
Unspecified 4% 0.7%
White, non-Hispanic 36% 9%
Asian 35% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
Hispanic 20% 73%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 75%
Limited English proficiency 2% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    School cherry picks students based on three-questions on Choices brochure completed by prior school teacher. Test scores don't accurately reflect teacher/admin efforts. Parents do a lot of the sent home projects. In 9 years I felt my concerns were NEVER addressed by teachers or admin. Agree with "brick wall" comment and 5/22 & 8/27 posts. No transparency. Lots of fundraisers. Annual donation request was $300 per child when we started at school. Now up to $1 000. Parents allowed to make monthly payments. Felt pressured to give. Donor's named published. Do your homework. There are other great area SAS/Magnet programs with responsive teachers and admins. If you are a parent who wants or expects concerns addressed or needs to feel heard this place can leave you feeling frustrated and helpless. Ask around. Ask if teachers are required to do annual training to stay fresh and grow. Ask for SPECIFIC examples of how admin addresses discipline issues (bullying online and off). Ask how school notifies parents about issues (head lice) that can be costly/rampant/perennial/frustrating when parents are unaware. Ask about carpool safety. Nice office staff.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school goes above and beyond expectations. We are thrilled to have our son there.

  • (1 year ago)

    We had one incredible teacher at Balboa but that teacher would be a star anywhere. If you are considering Balboa 1) It's a "10" but the kids are gifted/high ability so the score is skewed. Students are already 'brighter' than most i.e. not an accurate reflection of teacher/admin efforts. 2) Teachers may or may not "challenge" your child. Each teacher is different quality varies. GREATLY. 3) Balboa has over 750 students four grade levels. If you meet with principal and magnet coordinator they'll smile but likely you won't get what you want. 4) Don't even think to request a specific teacher from administration. Again almost 800 children here; you are talking to the wall. 6) If you and child's teacher are on different wavelengths tough luck. (You don't like it? Leave says magnet coord.) 7) If your child has social issues you are on your own. Forget about asking for socialization programs. The focus is competition not empathy and 'high academic achievement' is everyone's goal. 8) Playground is scary if your child is at 'psychomotor' recess or after school. Yard aides need to teach conflict resolution supervision is wanting. Result This school falls short.

  • (1 year ago)

    Best school ever! Thank you for the best 5 years of my life! There are no bullies at this school the kids are as close to angels as they can possibly get! The teachers are amazing sweet and they help a lot! So send your kid there to the best elementary school in the world!

  • (1 year ago)

    Balboa Magnet is truly one of a kind. The administrators teachers parents and students work together to create a school that operates in perfect harmony. Students are valued for their individuality as well as for their unique and creative contributions to the school community. Lifelong learners are cultivated at Balboa thanks to the support of the families and staff. I love being a part of such a hard-working and loving team!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an exceptional school. The kids work hard and are prepared for middle school. The parent volunteer is above and beyond. The teachers care for the children. Office staff is great too. I can't say enough about this school. My son has been there for 3 years now and he loves it so much!

  • (1 year ago)

    my daughter just graduation from this school. we had a really bad expireince with his 5th grade teacher mrs Convirs....She used to lower my daughter grades until I let her know that she needs to be fair with every child that color and religion..... it's a different topic ... she try to changin but I was counting for the last day of school I hope that we never going to see her again.... not good teacher she has preferents.... too bad....

  • (1 year ago)

    I loved Balboa. This school definitely helped me excel because of their high standards. I'm not saying middle school was a breeze but I definitely did not struggle as much as the other kids. Thank you to all my teachers who made my elementary years amazing.

  • (1 year ago)

    There's a reason that Balboa Maget has ranked number one among LAUSD elementary schools -- it has an excellent teaching staff that's supported by a wonderful principal and administrative team as well as a very involved parents organization.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a student at balboa magnet and I'm in fifth grade. I have been going to this school for almost 5 years. I have loved it so far here. They challenge you while making everyday fun. For example in fourth grade you have pioneer day where you dress up like pioneers and learn about their daily life. The teachers always listen to you and get you ready for the next school year. I really reccommend this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    The Balboa STAR Ed. after school program is the best enrichment and care program I've ever seen. The kids are happy and do not ever want to leave early. Every day is an amazing enrichment activity including science experiments art of the Masters ecology awareness and animal interaction music (rockstar bands or musical theater) sports/athletics... Homework is completed and kids are full of excitement about the day's activities. I could not be happier!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am having so much difficulties with my son's teacher. She only likes kids that do not cause any "issues". Kids get benched and punished there for every little reason. And in some cases they are not treated fairly. Some kids can misbehave and get away with it and some kids get noticed for every little thing that they have done wrong. My son got accepted this year. He is in second grade. His grades are high and he is working really hard to make it better. However he is very energetic and talkative which is an issue for the teacher. The teacher doesn't want to deal with kids like this. She does not accept the fact that he is still a kid. She would not try to find the right approach to him. Instead she suggested that he has a disorder and asked to take him to a specialist. My son has achieved so much in his learning and has never heard one positive feedback from the teacher whatsoever. But if he fails for once the teacher would get him benched send him to the office and send me a letter pointing that she was right to think that he had a disorder. That brought so much and stress to may family and my son. He thinks he is not good enough for his teacher. This is really sad!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a great school and it challegenges the students. Parent involvement is awesome. My son loves Balboa...

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a daughter 3.5 yrs old and would like to enroll her when she gets to first grade.

  • (2 years ago)

    We're in our fifth and final year at Balboa and have a wonderful experience from the start. Yes the academic expectations are high but they are reasonable. I think the best part of Balboa are the even higher expectations of behavior for everyone from the students to the parents to the teachers to the administration. The people are just decent and respectful here. You can be as involved in volunteering as you want or not you are not frowned upon. There are so many dedicated parents here the school runs like a well-oiled machine.

  • (2 years ago)

    I cannot say enough about my daughter's experience at Balboa. She just finished 4th grade. My daughter came to Balboa after leaving a very pricey "academic" school in the valley. Their curriculum teachers and administration paled compared to what Balboa offers. Balboa's new principal is a dedicated and visionary leader whose door is always open to parents and kids. We are lucky to have her. The teachers are all fantastic. The kids are sweet and smart. The student population is wonderfully diverse. My daughter has made amazing friendships. The parents are involved. The workload is not overwhelming. She loves the longterm projects which allow the kids a more in depth exploration of certain areas. She participates in orchestra (great!) chorus. They do beautiful art projects and go on interesting field trips. Everyone is dedicated to the children's education and development. We are grateful for Balboa

  • (3 years ago)

    One of the best school. Excellent teachers. My kids love their teachers and school. Highly recommended.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is finishing up 2nd grade and I can't say enough about the two absolutely WONDERFUL and GIFTED teachers that he has had so far. He has been attending Balboa Magnet since 1st grade and has loved it. The homework is completely reasonable (20-30 minutes/weekday -if that plus any long-term projects) and each student has the ROOM to go above and beyond if they are so inclined to do so. The level of instruction and the extras (music science labs computer lab PE orchestra field trips virtual field trips etc.) that they are exposed to is a huge bonus. Fellow students are also great so the overall school environment is peaceful (no bullying whatsoever). We feel so fortunate to have this school for our son. He's thriving! Can't wait for our younger son to go to Balboa when he's in 1st grade too!

  • (3 years ago)

    I have twins in 1st grade; one here at Balboa and the other at Castlebay Lane Elementary (940 2010 API). Balboa has 5 take home projects for every one Castlebay project. Work hard play hard. There has been a field trip every 1.5 months at Balboa (Castlebay Lane has had no field trips by the 100 day of school) Balboa is organized enough so that the trips are partially paid for by the parents $5 per kid and sometimes relies on parents driving the kids or even walking to places (fire station and Mcdonalds). The home projects are creative that really get the kids excited. They are graded on their oral presentation and quality of the information/props. Powerpoint is taught in the 1st grade computer class. It hasn't been required of the home projects....yet. The teacher maintains her own website and emails a weekly update to the parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    High Expectations! High Standards! That's the environment I like to creat for my kids but you have to understand they are still kids. The fact that this school is"Gifted/High Ability" comes with its challenges for teachers and administrators...they can expect to deal with challenging kids and personalities. Teacher should be prepared and properly trained to deal with such!!! Yet I have felt that some teachers are not willing to deal with such challenges and prefer a model student with no issues or problems. My son is able to keep uwith all the academic requirements and needs the challenge but he has behavior issues and at times it seems that they don't want to deal with the behavior. It's part of teaching don't you think??

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