School Details

Melvin Avenue Elementary School

7700 Melvin Avenue, Reseda, CA 91335
(818) 886-7171
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 654 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

57%
54%
56%
57%
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 average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

36%
40%
46%
60%
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 average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
58%
65%
72%
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 average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
53%
60%
53%
61%
65%
49%
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 average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Melvin Avenue Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Melvin Avenue Elementary School is Danny Dixon. 654 students attend Melvin Avenue Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 38% of the Melvin Avenue Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 71% of the 654 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Melvin Avenue Elementary School is 18:1. Lewis Carroll Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 75% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
Filipino 3% 2%
Unspecified 3% 0.7%
Asian 13% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 646343%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71% 75%
Limited English proficiency 38% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The ambiance of the school is so authentic - with large trees lining up the fields which is luscious green. It looks exactly like the school I went to 35 years back in my Homeland Bangladesh. The teachers are great and the principal Mr. Dixon is very involved. He is always on top of everything.

  • (3 years ago)

    I would like to congratulate the school Principal he works very hard to keep Melvin clean and the education of students.

  • (4 years ago)

    MY SON IS IN THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (FOR AUTISM) @ MELVIN ELEMENTARY AND THE TEACHERS ARE THE BEST!

  • (4 years ago)

    this school taught my child a lot. she was constantly challenged and yet she still had a lot of fun. she excelled in test scores more than she had in any other school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The students work hard. The teachers put so much of their time and inquisitivemess into planning and delivery for the students. The staff are ready to try new approaches.

  • (4 years ago)

    Melvin is a great place to teach. I love my students. The entire staff is loving and supportive.

  • (4 years ago)

    I daughter is in the SAS program and we love Melvin. Fantastic school. All the teachers she has had have always welcomed me to update me on my daughters progress as well as hear my feedback. The principal have always had time for me if there was ever a concern. The instruction is interesting challenging teachers go above and beyond. Character matters. My kid will be ready for middle school! Mr Grubb is a star!

  • (5 years ago)

    Top notch teachers! Great staff! Students who want to learn!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is one of the finest schools. They have a wonderful professional staff with a complete investment in the students they teach. The parents are supportive and want their children to have complete success. It is a rewarding place to work.

  • (6 years ago)

    After many years of experience at this school I must say that we are blessed to have the best of the best in our teachers. The school uses technology and has continued to help its staff gain knowledge through on-going professional development. The only complaint is the lack of parent involvement in the PTA. There are a handful of parents that have worked long and hard to make the PTA special. We need more parents. Although not all teachers are capable most are great and truly teacher because of their love for it.

  • (8 years ago)

    I like the fact that the school requires uniforms for children. Mine feel very important as if they belong to a group of special children and feel they are professional students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Melvin Avenue Elementary continues to impress me. I have 2 children currently enrolled there and another that helps out in it's autistic pre-K classroom as a 'modeling' child. The teachers there are really above the norm!

  • (9 years ago)

    My 2 daughters go to Melvin Avenue Elementary School. They are very happy there and I am happy with the care and education that they receive there. The teachers there are top rate and the Principal and Vice Principal are the best in the district. It would be hard to find a school that is as good for my kids as this one is. We are totally spoiled!

  • (9 years ago)

    I have one child that has attended this school for two years. I have had positive feedback from all of the teachers whether it be good or bad. They really make it a point to get parents involved. The biggest impression I've gotten is how visible the principal has been. She greets the children first thing in the morning. The teacher make it a point to be available whenever you need to speak with them. I really love this school and will be enrolling my second child next year.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have 2 childern enrolled at Melvin Avenue Elementary School. This is my second grader's second year and my Kindergartener's first year. My second grader went to a charter school for kindergarten because I was afraid to send her to my local public school Melvin. When the charter school closed last year I was forced to put her in Melvin Avenue Elementary for first grade. I am so glad that I was! The teachers at Melvin for the most part are warm and caring people. It is obvious that the kids love them and that they are loved back. The curriculum is standard LA Unified curriculum but is taught differently by different teachers. Bad behavior is definitely discouraged and so is teasing and name calling. The principal Mrs. Grossman loves the kids and wants the school to be the best for all of them. She is encouraging and tough but warm as well. Parents are highly welcomed and encouraged to participate in their children's school life and that makes a difference in how children enjoy school. My only wish is that I had put my oldest daughter into Melvin for her Kindergarten year since that charter school which is 'supposed' to be better didn't even rate a 3 with me overall!

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