School Details

Dixie Canyon Community Charter School

4220 Dixie Canyon Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 784-6283
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 620 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

82%
54%
56%
79%
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

64%
40%
46%
80%
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

80%
58%
65%
87%
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

85%
53%
60%
78%
61%
65%
82%
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

About this school

Dixie Canyon Community Charter School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Dixie Canyon Community Charter School is Lea Moche. 620 students go to Dixie Canyon Community Charter School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 9% of the Dixie Canyon Community Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 25% of the 620 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Dixie Canyon Community Charter School is 19:1. C. and E. Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 59% 9%
Filipino 2% 2%
Unspecified 2% 0.7%
Hispanic 19% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 11%
Multiracial 1.0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 646343%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 75%
Limited English proficiency 9% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My son has attended since kindergarten. He's going into 3rd grade and we couldn't be happier with dixie. The teachers and administration care so much about the kids. Along with regular core curriculum they have science computers art and drama. Every child has an enriching experience. The API scores improve every year. This school is a winner!

  • (10 months ago)

    Dixie Canyon is an exemplary school. The teachers are dedicated the parents are active and the kids are excited to be there. There is always something to look forward to spirit days student of the month assemblies and movie nights. The art program at Dixie is great. Drama Sue and Ms Barbro challenge the kids artistically and keep them engaged. The tech and science centers are equally great. My child loves the tech center with Mr Merkelson. She is always excited to report what new program she's learned to use. We love Dixie and are so happy to be a part of this amazing community.

  • (10 months ago)

    Wonderful school. Very involved faculty. Both the parents and teachers do everything they can to provide the kids with everything they need Drama Computer Lab Science Lab Art etc. Test scores have gone up every year we've been there. Our older son has been very happy there and our youngest is going to start kindergarten next year.

  • (11 months ago)

    This school is a huge disappointment. It's not safe. There is bullying and worse. The Principal is cold and does not care.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school gets it right. Wonderful caring teachers; involved parents. Very high scores. Small feel.

  • (1 year ago)

    So proud of the administration and faculty for taking the initiative to do the "right" things for this school and it's students. And awfully proud of the kids. The principal had a vision when first coming to Dixie and has put forth a valiant effort to bring the school to where it is today. Our child had a fantastic experience at Dixie which afforded her the opportunity to be a stellar student in middle school. Thanks Dixie and Ms. Moche for the excellent job you're doing! Gandhi said to "be the change you wish to see in the world" and you're bringing light to the world one child at a time.

  • (1 year ago)

    Dixie is a great neighborhood school - and has improved in many ways since our son started in kindergarten - the 9 score is well earned. Our son is in his last year and is thriving and becoming more independent and has high scores entering middle school. Not to use this forum to be too back and forth amongst parents but having a full time job is not an "excuse" to not be on campus but a harsh reality for many parents today. I am sure they would all rather be dropping off their children walking them to the classroom and interracting as much as possible with teachers and administrators. Luckily Dixie is a solid safe and nurturing environment so if you are amongst those who has to clock in before the bell rings my experience is your child can still thrive at Dixie. Just because a parent has to work doesn't mean they are not involved in homework mentoring loving and nurturing thier children at home after 6pm.

  • (1 year ago)

    - the school is dirty - does not feel safe there (you can easily get in the school even during school hours)

  • (1 year ago)

    My son loves this school and has been an enthusiastic learner here since Kindergarten. Now heading into his last year. 5th Grader!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree that the Principal is more of a Risk Management Legal Beagle than an educator. However Dixie Canyon is more than one person. It is a fantastic school with great teachers. I strongly disagree with the Parent that makes excuses why she or he is not involved in the School. Teachers teach. Parents should Parent. And Parenting is about encouragement involvement knowing what your child is learning knowing that they are not being bullied. I couldn't imagine delegating that to others. It is so much fun being around the kids because they are straight talkers. And it makes a difference for your Child to know their Parent cares enough to visit the classroom volunteer or Room Parent. It demonstrates to them that they value education.

  • (1 year ago)

    My two girls just finished a total of 12 years at Dixie and we're very proud they are Dixie graduates. In the past they have donated a heartfelt donations to the victims of the Haiti and Japan earthquakes. They have conducted food drives and toy drives annually and have a lemonade stand daily to promote the fund for pancreatic cancer research. Last year we sponsored a table for mission's Thanksgiving dinner and volunteered and worked the mission's toy giveaway as well. About 4 years ago Kids planted about 30 trees in the yard and brought cans and bottles to Tuesday recycling program every week. This school is not only getting high API but educating children about how important it is to be part of the change that they want to see in the future and taking pride in doing work as a big team. The PTA is very active and have a great supporting community. We're sad to leave but highly recommend this school and wish the best for them. It was a great experience being a Dixie parent. Thank you Dixie for having us for 12 years!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Both of my kids are here. LOVE this school. The kids are happy. The teachers are great!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is my daughters second year at Dixie and she is so motivated and excited every day!! to attend. The teachers and all the dedication of the principal and PTA are outstanding. We are very lucky theat Dixie is our local public school. Dixie rocks!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is our 5th year at Dixie Canyon now a charter and our son is thriving and adores his school. Our son won't let us even contemplate the thought of changing. With the exception of an occasional new teacher the teachers at Dixie are experienced and know their stuff. The enrichment programs are exceptional - visual arts drama computer and science labe. This year the PTA is investing in a PE coach at lunch and recess. The principal has improved Dixie's overall scores and runs the school well. In reading the recent reviews I was hurt by the parent who accused parents of not being on campus. First of all the indication of a child's success is their increased independence and success at school without being tied to their parents hemstrings. And many parents today work full time and are not able to be on campus as much as they would like. The upper grade teachers do not appreciate parents in the classroom all the time. One thing I love about DIxie is that when I have to drop my son off and run to work every day I am confident he is safe and in the best place possible with caring teachers and staff and the parents who can be on campus are generally very kind too.

  • (2 years ago)

    It sounds like the previous review had more complaints about LAUSD and society than the school itself. We have been at Dixie for four years and have had a terrific experience. I am involved have a relationship with our hard-working principal (whom I DON'T find to be narcissistic at all) and love our community. Our daughter's teacher is firm tough warm creative fun and extremely interactive. She set up a class website which we all can participate in the first week of school. Yes as parents we are our children's most important advocates but I feel confident that if I couldn't be there my child would be well cared for. We have a very strong active PTA that works hard to compensate for all the LAUSD cutbacks. Because of this we have Science Computer Art Drama and PE programs. I don't observe much in the way of politics. If anything we have made some terrific friends here because we are all working together for the betterment of our kids. As far as the permits go why shouldn't schools allow people in if there's room? We find that permit families are hard-working. Why? Because they're grateful to be at such a great school. We love Dixie Canyon!

  • (2 years ago)

    The school is good for gifted children. If your child is not gifted or "god forbid" has some difficulties she won't be appreciated. For a few years being there we've met quit a few tired irritated and unapproachable teachers and staff members. Only one teacher was understanding and acceptive god blesses his heart. Add on top of that principal who doesn't care about nothing but scores and assistant principle who is dangerous and not stable and you are getting the whole picture.

  • (2 years ago)

    If you want your children to be apart of a wonderful learning environment chock full of diverse experiences this is the place for you and your family. Dixie Canyon is a gem of a school complete with a dynamic PTA that works extremely hard to make it so. I was one of those parents from the previous review who worked an enormous amount of volunteer hours to help the auction become a success. It is the dedication of that group of parents teachers and staff that make this school ROCK ! My child is adequately prepared for the journey ahead because of the education received here. If you can muster the courage to make your child's education a priority then by all means come in. If you want to gripe about what's not right without lifting a finger to make it better move on. We are a California Distinguished School for a reason and that is providing a great learning environment for kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    Ten years ago my son started kindergarten at Dixie Canyon. I went to the PTA's first silent auction meeting and found only 3 other overworked moms with a few hundred dollars in the bank. Undaunted we went on to hold our event in a local rented room and raised a few thousand more. It was a small start but the PTA has never looked back. Last week dozens of hardworking moms (and dads!) put together a special evening at CBS Studios that was nearly sold out and certain to have made tens of thousands of dollars. All this from parent's fierce desire to supplement their children's schooling with a drama art science and computer program. Say what you want about the shortcomings of the LAUSD system you can't beat a school where the parents are as dedicated as this!

  • (3 years ago)

    The principal of Dixie Canyon told me that the substitute teacher (who was temporarily teaching my son's kindergarten class) left the school because of my son's behavioral problems. My son did have ADHD but I thought that this was a completely inappropriate and unprofessional comment for the principal to tell me. Regardless my son finished kindergarten there (with much difficulty). I don't feel like the teachers were as professional or as helpful as they could have been. My son goes to Kester Ave Elementary now and we are much happier there.

  • (3 years ago)

    Dixie is our home school and I had heard good things about it so we enrolled for Kindergarten figuring if it wasn't good we could look elsewhere the next year. Kindergarten was fantastic! My daughter came out of kindergarten reading doing math and with a thirst for more learning. I love the school and my daughter does too. She learned so much in Kindergarten! She is in 1st grade now and we are still so happy at Dixie. My youngest daughter starts next year in Kindergarten and she is so excited. The school has fantastic teachers and staff. The PTA has worked hard to make sure we keep our fantastic Art teacher and Drama teacher. We are so lucky to have them and their enthusiasm at our school. We take advantage of the after school art and drama classes as well even though I feel she gets enough during the regular school week she loves to take after school classes with these two incredible teachers. Parents are very involved at the school as well. I feel like my child is safe when she is at school and I know that she is happy to be there. I am happy we choose to go to our local school and I am looking forward to seeing how much she learns this year!

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