School Details

Emelita Academy Charter School

17931 Hatteras Street, Encino, CA 91316
(818) 342-6353
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-5 422 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

57%
54%
56%
54%
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

42%
40%
46%
78%
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

69%
58%
65%
73%
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

53%
53%
60%
62%
61%
65%
60%
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

Emelita Academy Charter School is a charter elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Emelita Academy Charter School is Elizabeth Mayorga, who can be contacted at elizabeth.mayorga@lausd.net. 422 students go to Emelita Academy Charter School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 28% of the Emelita Academy Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 62% of the 422 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Emelita Academy Charter School is 17:1. Sage Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 11%
Hispanic 51% 73%
Asian 5% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 34% 9%
Filipino 2% 2%
Unspecified 2% 0.7%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 75%
Limited English proficiency 28% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    At first I wanted my girls to attend a school that was rated a 9 or 10 and was pretty disappointed when I was left with no choice but to attend this school that was rated a 6. This school has been great though The principal is accessible office managers have been friendly my girls love their teacher and last but not least they are very happy with the friends that they have made. I have to say that if my daughters are happy then I'm happy too! The student body is small with just over 400 or so students which makes the school feel even more intimate. You run into the same parents which is great. The PTA is deeply involved and want to make this school better. I have not seen bullying here I hope that doesn't change. The only thing I have experienced are well mannered kids Kids taking the time to open the door for me when they see that I have a baby/stroller in tow. This experience has taught me a lesson in not judging the book by its cover. In this case by its rating. I know that Emelita may not be perfect but then again I think that the idea of anything being perfect is non existent in this world. It's a great neighborhood school!

  • (9 months ago)

    MY Daughter attends this school and the staff there is awful they do not greet you or deal with your child's issues or bulling situations well at all they do not inform the parents of any issues there child is having at school and if your child tells you they tell them not to tell there parents what a way to deal with a small child and then we wonder why are children a committing suicide due to school bulling because the schools do nothing and then they tell your children not to tell you as well this is not the first time i have had this problem with this school it's the forth

  • (9 months ago)

    This school should be better. They do not have a focus. The scores are terrible and they do not work on curriculum. Most of the children in my immediate neighborhood attend other schools. The parents have rented in other areas and donated money/time to the other schools just to ensure their child's enrollment. In addition the principal treats people with disrespect and has even lied to district officials when approached about a specific issue. The best part of the school is the before and after school program Soaring Eagles. Micah is kind and fair. The kids are happy and get homework help when needed. I wish this school was better.

  • (10 months ago)

    My child started kindergarten this year but at a different school. We live across the street from this school so I see what goes on. I decided a long time ago that there was no way I was sending my kid here. Yes it would have been convenient but I see how the teachers yell at the kids during recess. No way.

  • (10 months ago)

    We have been going to this school for almost 7 years between my 2 kids. We have never had a problem there. Most of the teachers are really wonderful and caring. Sure there are a couple that could be changed but out of 24 i would said 22 are really good teachers. So far no complaints sure parents could get a little more involved but i think we are getting back on track there and this year should be wonderful.

  • (10 months ago)

    This school was a horrible experience for my son. The teachers that are bad are REALLY BAD. I have moved him to a school where the learning is much more enriching beyond worksheets and teaching to a test. Was the best move we ever did. He is at a school he doesn't want to leave versus being at a school that terrified him between the teachers and the bullies.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school looks cute when you drive by but it is such a disappointment. People keep pulling their kids out. It just gets a little worse every year. Communication is lacking. There are good and bad teachers like any school. The office staff is not always nice. The principal gets a 2. The soaring eagles is just okay nothing more. My kids say they have not been bullied but they talk about it seeing it all the time. The charter didn't make anything better. We're just waiting to see if we'll win a lottery so we can get out like everyone else.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a parent who lives in the neighborhood and went to this school as a child. My child has been there 2 years. The after school care program Soaring Eagles is Excellent! The people that run it truly care about the kids and I feel my daughter is safe there and very well taken care of. The Principal really cares about the school and is always involved with all aspects of the school even after hours. I realize that dealing with the LAUSD is frustrating and although both teachers my child has had at have been excellent I have a concern with the participation levels of the teaching staff. At our recent Harvest Festival I was disappointed to see that only 6 of the 24 teachers at the school were at the event! I believe this is in part to VERY low parental participation at the school. The few parents that have taken an active role in the school are left feeling frustrated and overworked. It is slowly improving but can be much better. If teachers see the parents passion for their kids education then perhaps they will join the teachers who are already going that extra mile. Without a firm commitment from parents and teachers no school will prosper - it s a symboitic relationship!

  • (1 year ago)

    My grandchild goes to this school and she loves it! The Soaring Eagles is the BEST after school program I've seen around. They are very caring people. So far everyone at the school has been very supportive and knowledgeable. The principal communicates very well on all the needed information.

  • (1 year ago)

    We enrolled our son in the kindergarten class at the beginning of the school year. It has been great so far. Our son loves it there. The food program has been excellent and the cafeteria lady very helpful. His teacher is very nice and he loves her. The after school program Soaring Eagles is really awesome and the guy that runs it seems to care a lot for the kids. We love the community feel in the morning when we all line up on the school yard before class. We love that time of the day because we get to meet the other parents and get a feel for our son's class mates and who he is hanging out with. Over all it has been a very good experience for our family so far. We live in the neighborhood and are grateful to have such a safe environment for our son to learn and grow.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm not sure why there are so many negatives reviews. My son just entered this school being in the first grade. I know "several" that have had/have their kids here. It is a wonderful and SAFE school! My son's teacher is awesome and challenges my son and works extremely well with his needs. The office staff is very helpful along with the principal. They put effort and really care about their school and their NO BULLYING. They sons teacher make a big effort on teaching empathy and communication. She really works with parents and does what she can and reaches out of her own pocket considering LAUSD budget cuts. The school as well. The PTA works their behinds off no matter what. If anything changes I will be sure to revise but as of right now from my own personal experience and about a half a dozen others Emelita is the BEST!! And they also just became a charter school =).....go Emelita!!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Emelita Street Elementary School. I need to learn more about the school. I am involved in the PTA so I will be able to give more info as the year progresses as my child just started in Kindergarten.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is just okay. It's not terrible and it's not great. The problem is the test scores keep going down. The PTA borders on insane but there are some good teachers here that do good work with the kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is awful. The principal and teachers have ruined this school. Worst school EVER!

  • (2 years ago)

    It's a very average school. The teachers and staff don't seem to care. It's really disorganized. Who ever wrote the last glowing review must be a staff member. It is not the worst place ever but it is nothing to brag about.

  • (2 years ago)

    BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!!! This school has excellent teachers and staff members. They help my child with his work personalities and are there to help anyone with anything. The principal is a very strong person and is not afraid to speak her mind. She helps the school function and does much of the behind-the-scenes work. The academics at Emelita are fabulous. They challenge my child and make sure he always has some kind of hard work to do. It will help my child in his future. THANK YOU EMELITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    If you have a choice go somewhere else anywhere else. The place is depressing. The teachers teach to the test and they can't even get that right because the scores have seriously dropped. The few good teachers are afraid to speak up and the principal is always hiding in her office. There are no extras for the kids like other schools. You can join the pta but it looks like the school doesn't want the parents involved. They seem to be trying and they do a few things here and there. They used to do all kinds of fun stuff in the past but rumor is the lady gave up. The teachers dont want to do anything extra to make things better I guess its only about a paycheck to them. There is no pride in their work. The school is a total mess and it shows! It makes me sad and a little afraid everyday I have to drop my kid off at this place. It shouldn't be that way school should be good and safe place.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is horrible careless with our children and documents from them the people working in the front office are rude and do not give explanations when you come with a complaint or question ... not even able to say good morning and let alone a smile from them personally every time I go I have met rude people with bad attitude always .. if they treat us rudely to us as adults ... how do they treat our children?. Also my child has been changed teachers three times in four months and I don't think that is good for the child nor the parents.

  • (2 years ago)

    PI school and it shows. Unsatisfied with some negative staff attitudes and lack of parent/teacher connections. I have four children and this has been the worst Elementary yet. My child is unhappy with being mistreated by the teacher only to have the Principal to act as if my child is WRONG about the teacher's ways of behaving. This kind of humiliation leads to poor self esteem and lower academic success! Our taxes pay for this??

  • (2 years ago)

    The principal cares about the students at this school. The teacher quality is top rate/high where there is technology in the classroom. The CST scores for our subgroups were 965 and 918 respectively. BTW that rates up near the best of the schools. And the kids are happy here. If you are looking for a good community neighborhood school for your child to thrive at and if you care about your child's well being -- then get involved at school to make it great where ever you go. The world does not need any more complainers -- get the facts and do your homework. For most schools look at the sub-groups talk to the staff and make up your own mind on what's real. This school is a hidden gem as mentioned previously. This school is for folks looking for a great education in a nice community in a good neighborhood area for their children. The parents who are involved in school go all out to make this a great experience for their children for ALL children at the entire school site inclusive of the parents in the classrooms parents on the councils and parents running and participating in the PTA and booster club. PS the ratings have been manipulated on this site. This is a good school.

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