School Details

Cesar Chavez Elementary School

5243 Oakland Street, Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 276-1440
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 371 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

48%
54%
56%
61%
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 School District 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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
58%
65%
54%
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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
53%
60%
42%
61%
65%
23%
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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

36%
49%
60%
23%
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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cesar Chavez Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Cesar Chavez Elementary School is MaryHelen Torres. 371 children attend Cesar Chavez Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 37% of the Cesar Chavez Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 371 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cesar Chavez Elementary School is 20:1. All Saints Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 95% 73%
Asian 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 11%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Filipino 0% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Unspecified 0% 0.7%
White, non-Hispanic 0% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 75%
Limited English proficiency 37% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I work at the school for one of the after school programs and I like to say that this is a very great school. I am proud and honored to be a part of such a wonderful school. The staff teachers Principal and parents are all so nice and very helpful. It is great to be part of this school. I strongly recommend to all parents to register their children here. This school has so many activities for the students and the teacher love teaching to their students.

  • (7 months ago)

    We are parents that just moved into this community here in EL Sereno and loved that this school was so welcoming. I registered my 3 kids in 1st 2nd and 3rd grade! I went by on June 10th and meet the staff and principal. Every one is so friendly and polite and sweet. I am going to tell my family who will be moving in to this community to transfer their kids too. We like how they care for all students and looks like they do a lot for all the students through out the year. I am excited and looking forward to help in any way I can.

  • (7 months ago)

    So glad that we are taking our son out of this school. The principal at this school has got to go she really is a reason that we are pulling our son out of this school yes we will have to work harder to pay for a private school but in the end it will be the best for are son.to the rest of parents make this a charter school and you will see that your kids will be better off.

  • (7 months ago)

    Principal has to go. She has no backbone. going to start a motion to change it to a charter school.

  • (7 months ago)

    I love this school it is always clean its in a very nice area and the principal and volunteers are so friendly and kind! The principal is such an outstanding leader she has what it takes to lead us. I am so proud and honored to be a part of this staff. We need a little work with a few teachers but nothing that our principal can't handle.This is why she is the boss and in charge of the school. The principal loves all the kids so much she goes out of her way for them. I love it that she is such a determine leader to make our school a better one every day. She works hard and long hours and that alone shows that she is always in the best interest of our students and staff.Thank you for all your hard work and for your way of being in showing us that as a team &a family we can concur any and all challenges together. All schools have challenges and drama but there is nothing that stops our principal form seeking and finding support for us to build community amongst one another.This is an on going challenge but with such a GREAT OUTSTANDING and AMAZING principal we will move forward for the sake our students.In the end the students is why we love to come to work at the school.

  • (7 months ago)

    I do not know what some of these people are talking about but I know a parent that was volunteering there and she always kept watched and listen to what people say about each other and she never said a thing about what was going on until she realized that teachers do talk badly about each other and the volunteers and they still try to play it off like there is nothing wrong here. I feel said for the students here because the teachers are followers and not leaders and it comes to mind to what are they teaching the students here. Test scores are low because some of the teachers here do not take the time to handle these students.

  • (7 months ago)

    Cesar Chavez was on of the best run schools before the "parent volunteers" started volunteering & the principal was placed at this school. Chavez was known for its dedication towards motivating students to succeed in their educational goals to be respectful & for teaching children right from wrong. Chavez has dedicated a great amount of time in teaching students that bullying and harassment is absolutely intolerable however with the new "leader" of the school & parent volunteers this dedication has gone out the window. I believe that this school has been struck with bad luck and poor judgement when these people took a step into the school. There is absolutely no authority no leadership no discipline no love and no respect for the teachers students and TA's. Wiser decisions needs to be made to benefit the children not the parents who want to become known to benefit themselves outside of school business. this school should be taken into serious consideration for review by the district to get better wiser educated personnel. to get parent volunteers who want the betterment of children and not themselves. The parent volunteers that are there now want to take control (cont)..

  • (7 months ago)

    My school is falling apart I am a TA and I see and hear a lot of negative things said from this actually teacher who spends most of her time finding ways to tear apart the community rather than unite it. This teacher needs to be stopped and most of us are intimidated by her. She is only getting worse and I am afraid of the well being of the students that have to sit in her class every day.

  • (7 months ago)

    Even if we change it to a charter school it wont change the low test scores.most of the teachers there wont use common core.I am a parent there and my 2nd grade teacher wont use it.I asked her why and she thinks is it not good enough to her.I called the district and say that teachers need to jump start on common core.so we can not go around blaming the principal?when it is a team & these few teachers are the cause of our school falling apart.So when we are putting down the school please refer to entire staff not just one person to blame because these few teachers were in the PTA and are causing trouble in trying to bring it back. I am sorry but PTA did not do nothing for my school. The only thing PTA did was act in such unprofessional and disrespectful to us volunteers when we try to join them. I was a member of PTA and if you were not part of their circle you were not "COOL" with them.. So if you want to help the school its not about taking out the principal but reporting to the district on how these teachers are just not there for our kids. The new volunteer group looks like they know what they are doing is helping my school. good work and we support the new volunteer group

  • (7 months ago)

    I am glad we are leaving the school. I am a 6th grade single parent and I really feel bad for the principal because she has to deal such negativity from them few teachers and negative parents. Even the front secretary who is really rude she is always in a bad mood. no customer service from the main office. I see the principal really trying to make this a better place for us but honestly that PTA needs to go they just corrupted my school and never involved us parents on anything. It was always about only them. This new parent group has it together I really wish them the best because they will need it. Too many people are haters and don't appreciate a good thing when they have it. I recommend this school but only if PTA permanently leaves!!!!!!!!!!!!! I only wish this new parent group was there when the school started they would not allowed any of this negativity to go on and on like what is happening right now. Chin up things will get better we need to stick together as a team and not allow for any bad influence. They bad will always be there but the good always concur over evil.Good luck to the principal and keep up the great work with the volunteer parent group.

  • (8 months ago)

    Omg this is sad... I can only imagine what the principal must be going thru. I meet her once! She is really nice. I really do hope things get better for Cesar Chavez elementary School. But seriously them negative people gotta go ... Especially those group of teachers that are the senior teachers who think they own the school lol lol seriously ? Really ? The school belongs to us the community. I am a community member to el Sereno I live here and own business here and these teachers don't even live in my town El Sereno. You need to go and let us be.

  • (8 months ago)

    Under the current administrator Cesar Chavez ES has dropped in academic achievement student enrollment and staff morale. She is highly influenced by a parent volunteer group and her decisions do not always benefit the students and staff. Volunteers are not monitored and are free to come on campus at any time. Parent volunteers are permitted to speak unkindly of staff members to others. District policy is upheld based on convenience. An active PTA was cancelled but a volunteer group has been allowed to fund raise. Equitable and fair treat for all students staff and volunteers has not be demonstrated by the administrator.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school's great! The principal does a great job as well as the teacher. I love working with these kids after school.

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