School Details

Kester Avenue Elementary School

5353 Kester Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 787-6751
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 957 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

82%
54%
56%
76%
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

78%
40%
46%
89%
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

84%
58%
65%
88%
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

78%
53%
60%
84%
61%
65%
87%
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

Kester Avenue Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Kester Avenue Elementary School is Karen Scanlon Double, whose e-mail is karen.scanlon@lausd.net. 957 students go to Kester Avenue Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Filipino. 17% of the Kester Avenue Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 57% of the 957 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Kester Avenue Elementary School is 19:1. Abc Little School?Sherman Oaks 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

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 11%
Hispanic 42% 73%
Filipino 4% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 9%
Unspecified 3% 0.7%
Asian 10% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 75%
Limited English proficiency 17% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This teacher we had for third fourth and fifth grades were very good. The teacher for 2nd grade didn't have an understanding that these children were just a step up from babies and didn't comprehend at the level she felt they should. Third grade teacher Mrs. Hovsepian was wonderful. She was challenging and made it easier when we got to Ms. Garcia's in 4th followed by Ms. Karapetian in 5th. My issue is with the administration. My son was bullied and his life was threatened by a child on school grounds. Mrs. Scanlin-Double said the situation would be resolved and that my child would be safe and she didn't follow through on her word. The child continued to bully. The school grounds are filthy and my son witnessed a janitor mopping the tables with a mop used on the seats and ground. My child has attended school in two states before coming here and I found Kester to fall short of the recommendations I was given.

  • (11 months ago)

    Kester is definitely a 5 star school. Our daughter started as a kindergartner and grew throughout the year. Her kindergarten teacher was amazing as is the principal Mrs. Double. She makes herself visible and available. The parents contribute their time as well. Our child has made some really great friends. We are looking forward to another great year. Welcome!

  • (11 months ago)

    I kids have been going to Kester Home School since 2006 and every school year my kids have gotten teachers that are just amazing. its no wonder that we have many teachers that are also parents of students that attend Kester. My sons will be ready for Middle School when they leave Kester

  • (11 months ago)

    We are absolutely thrilled with Kester!! Our daughter started at Kester last year as a kindergartner and had a wonderful experience. Her kindergarten teacher was amazing! In fact we got to know the other kindergarten teachers as well and found them all to be really terrific. The principal Mrs. Double is spectacular!!!! We feel so fortunate to have started Kester when we did because Mrs. Double has really shaped up the school. She is visible at the school everyday and is accessible to parents. The parent involvement is fantastic as well. The school benefits greatly by the dedication of the parent volunteers as well as the teachers principal and students dedication to the school. The families at Kester are wonderful and our daughter has made some really terrific friends. Our daughter is now in 1st grade in the Kester Magnet program and is off to a great start with a truly incredible and dedicated teacher. We are looking forward to another fabulous year at Kester. I highly recommend Kester!!

  • (11 months ago)

    I changed my son in the middle of the class year. He was in TK. In his first week at Kester I saw a huge improvement in him. He was happy to go to school enjoyed doing his homework and he was actually learning. He is now in Kindergarten and I couldn't be happier with my decision to change him schools. I look forward to the rest of the years as part of the Kester Family!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an awesome school and it's due to the principal school staff teachers and parents working together. Couldn't be happier

  • (1 year ago)

    Great teachers. Great parent involvement. Makes for a wonderful community that we are happy to be a part of.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are having a very good experience at Kester. Enrolled in the Magnet program and our children are flourishing with all of the "extras" that used to be part of just the regular program before budget cuts. The home school does its best to ensure students access many enriching activities and the school is a consistent high performer academically.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my 5th year as a Kester Parent. I have gotten to know many teachers parents and students at both the Magnet and the Home School. I can honestly say that for a school this LARGE you couldn't get a nicer small community feel. That is if you involve yourself in your child's education volunteer and help as much as you can and make it a point to be PRESENT. It's very easy to complain but in my experience the one's that always do are RARELY willing to step up to the plate and bring forth a solution. So that said yes there will be bad experiences. Some kids will be mean some Cafeteria food will be bland some Staff will be inadequate and when it happens to your kid it hurts. But that is going to happen AT EVERY SCHOOL! Bottom line Kester is wonderful school. When you have teachers that CARE about their students' progress parents that are PROPERLY RAISING their children and students that TRY and DO their very best you will always be happy with the results. Those who have all 3 factors going strong will be the ones that give their school 5 stars. The others will only complain about it. Kester School and Staff you have my support and recommendation.

  • (1 year ago)

    Kester is a fantastic school. The teachers and administrators are top notch! The parent organization works very hard to continue to improve on and expand opportunities and experiences for the children each and every year. Our son loves the school. We are proud members and supporters of Kester. Keep up the great work!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our school is very involved with the community. The parents provide school supplies for each class room. We do fun raisers . Many parents do volunteering in and for the school. Our PTA leader does everything on her own time. Kids get together one day at the beach for the summer vacation those that can make it.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wonderful parent community teachers and principal! Lovely campus. My son graduated from Kester and my daughter currently attends the school. We feel incredible fortunate that Kester is our neighborhood school!

  • (2 years ago)

    What a joke. I don't know which group is worse the unresponsive and negligent administration the negligent staff or the negligent parents. Our 2 kids are super bright since we're heavily involved with our children and engage with them constantly. We only take them to Kester because it's the lesser of 2 evils and because it's the law if they're not home-schooled. It's just a shame they aren't developing friendships that will last a lifetime since they're more compatible with their friends in other neighborhoods.

  • (2 years ago)

    So far I have had horrible experiences with the school administrative staff and my child hasn't even enrolled there yet. They're extremely unresponsive and gave me the run around for 2 months regarding an inquiry I had concerning an assessment I requested. I really hope this changes by the time the 2013-2014 school year starts.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our kids loved Kester. I agree with others that the school has some of the best teachers in the area. I would recommend networking with parents of older students to see who is the best for each year of study then submit a request for that teacher. To give you some background four years ago the principal was replaced and everything took a turn for the worse. Some of it was due to reduced funding affecting all schools - but some of it was also due to mismanagement like bad choices regarding which instructors to let go. Not only were the two librarians laid off but all the money collected from the book fairs was transferred from PTA to KAMPA and then used for other purposes instead of providing new books. We visited the school last month for their annual Music & Arts festival and bumped into many of the fine teachers who are still there. From what I understand they have hired yet another principal and are trying to get it back into position as one of the top elementary schools in the valley.

  • (2 years ago)

    4th year in a row we've been lucky to have amazing teachers year after year.I embrace the amount of homework the kids get (sorry I do not like the projects).I would agree with some parents regarding cleanliness of the schoo. But did they bring up their concerns or just posted on the website? When I saw a problem I informed the principle and it was addressed. Furthermore I've been checking for sustainability and there is no more issue. I can't volunteer my time but I donate to the PTA and items needed for the classroom.The challenge with lack of parental involvement is diversity of incomes backgrounds and education unlike in other schools that do not "share" zipcodes.If you can't help donate time or $$ and don't complain.It's a great school and the teachers care.As parents we owe to our kids to work with the educators to further and enforce learning when at home. So don't blame the school or the teacher for your daughter or son not knowing the capital.Each one of us should be reaching out to see how we can support and help giving the state of the budget and funding for our children. Critizing is easy - doing something about it is not!

  • (2 years ago)

    Our experience with Kester has been stellar. Our kids have had fantastic teachers who love their positions and are so dedicated to sharing knowledge in fun and interesting ways. We have been fortunate to experience both the home school and Magnet program and see the children thrive in each. The new Principal is energetic and innovative and the school seems to be prospering from her enthusiasm. PTA and KAMPA do a great job and could benefit from more volunteers. I think you d be hard-pressed to find a better LAUSD elementary school in our area.

  • (2 years ago)

    I think Kester Ave is a very good school. There are lots of opportunities to get involved with the community but we still need more parents to step up.

  • (2 years ago)

    I work at this school and I know how disorganized and how it has hygiene issues. The faculty doesn't take their work seriously we teachers only pay close attention to the kids whose mothers we know. I know its pretty sad how the kids are not provided enough attention and if I were you I would stay away from this school. I'm also moving to a different school soon and stay away from all the bad influence.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school continues to meet my child's needs as a 4th grader. She loves her teacher because the teacher is caring. She can't wait to do PE on Thursday. She and her class enjoy the read aloud three times a week from a wonderful volunteer. She always looking forward to orchestra. What more can a mom ask for in a school?

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