School Details

Mt. Washington Elementary School

3981 San Rafael Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 225-8320
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 346 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

84%
54%
56%
90%
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

58%
40%
46%
79%
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

88%
58%
65%
78%
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

93%
53%
60%
86%
61%
65%
79%
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

88%
49%
60%
73%
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

Mt. Washington Elementary School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Mt. Washington Elementary School is Elizabeth Valentino, who can be contacted at elizabeth.valentino@lausd.net. 346 students go to Mt. Washington Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 1% of the Mt. Washington Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 17% of the 346 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Mt. Washington Elementary School is 19:1. Arroyo Seco Museum Science is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 44% 9%
Hispanic 33% 73%
Filipino 3% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 0.3%
Unspecified 12% 0.7%
Asian 11% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 75%
Limited English proficiency 1% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Mount Washington is a school like no other! The administration teachers staff & parents make it the GREAT school that it is. This school has gone through numerous principals; finally we have someone who stands for what she believes in; supporting the teachers to ensure that the children of Mt Washington receive the BEST education possible. The teachers are all highly qualified & often go above & beyond the call of duty. Many are often seen putting in more hours beyond the bell; planning collaborating tutoring & conferencing with parents. This doesn't include the hours they put in on the weekends. Just drive & you'll see cars in the parking lot. The principal & her teachers are dedicated. The teachers attend trainings & conferences continuously read & refer to the latest research & implement school wide strategies & techniques to meet the needs of all students. Parental involvement is outstanding. They too work hard to make sure that their children & their teachers are supported by volunteering & using their resources to provide additional learning opportunities. The conversations that take place in the classrooms & the quality of learning is something to be proud of.

  • (5 months ago)

    Mt Washington Elementary School is a good school and not a great school. It is mediocre as most lausd schools and at the end of the day it's a public school with no money. The parent volunteers are the reason it is the school that it is with high API scores that are status quo because teachers don't do more and don't do less. Our experience has been okay. Last year there was more police cars and we started yes school yr the same because of problems with kids and parents. In my opinion the principal Georgina Gravino lacks leadership skills is divisive and does not have a presence. She is no Valentino. The PTA has a strong presence and runs the principal and the school. It is unfortunate it is not more than what it is. Our children do well and would do well at any school.

  • (9 months ago)

    Echoing what many parents here have said. Your voice and your child's voice are definitely heard. I had a child (one of three who attended MW) who was not stimulated enough and we had countless meetings with teachers and the principal to find ways to help her. She had great work ethic even then. Eventually she started a program whereby the older students would tutor the younger ones in Math and Reading. From an initial crew of 6 volunteers it grew to 30+ by the time she graduated. Those 3 children eventually went to an Ivy League university two of whom graduated from the #1 business school Wharton. We loved the location. Where other elem school in the city of Los Angeles can be in such an idyllic location where the children can pick and eat kumquats? My children loved their time there and when they come back for a visit from NYC where they live they take a drive and visit and reminisce over the wonderful times at Mt. Washington.

  • (10 months ago)

    My kids' school is a place where my voice as a parent is heard there are opportunities for volunteering and there is a push to constantly improve in all aspects.

  • (2 years ago)

    I sent two children to Mt. Washington Elementary School. One went on to graduate from Harvard the other graduated from UCSB and received a master's degree from the University of Antwerp (she resides there and learned the language). I have one grandchild who graduated from Mt. Washington and is now at 14 in a special program for gifted and high achievers at CSULA. And...I have a granddaughter currently attending. I should be obvious what I think of the school. It has a lot going for it. Its small size its unique hilltop location and parents that have always more or less run the school. We are so lucky to live in an area with such great public education available.

  • (2 years ago)

    I've been a parent to one student for a couple of years now my son has been at Mt Washington since kindergarten. He's currently in the 5th grade. I now have two attending as my daughter is beginning kindergarten. The Principal and teachers I've encountered are incredible. With the leadership of Mrs. V's the Principal at Mt. Washington Ive noticed an extremely high standard of excellence set throughout the entire school and all the faculty members. Mrs. V has been at Mt. Washington a couple of years now and it's good to know that the school's leadership is far superior to that of many other LAUSD schools well in to the future. Lastly the school's location is one of tranquility. It's nestled on a mountain overlooking all of Los Angeles in a very upscale neighboring community. There is ZERO violence...ZERO! How many other LAUSD schools can say that and with confidence.. Great School Great Environment (you literally forget you are in Los Angeles). Need I say more!

  • (2 years ago)

    Principal Valentino is a visionary and a gifted leader. She gives of herself heart and soul works tirelessly and is dedicated to making Mt. Washington the very best it can be. The location is serene and lovely and the parent body is invested and hardworking. It really feels like a close-knit community. In the face of audacious budget cuts and economic crisis we continue to work together to solve problems and to keep moving forward always keeping what is best for the students at the forefront of our decisions. One of the ways this is done is in the form of surveys administered to parents and students to assess their priorities as to where what little money we have should be spent. Everyone has a voice! Mt. Washington is a gem and deserving of it's recent California Distinguished School award. We feel so fortunate to be a part of it.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been a parent of two children who have attended this wonderful school for the past eight years. There have been some bumpy points with changeover however I believe this school is in its prime right now. We have just received a distinguished school award have a top notch principle who replaced the non-working principle wonderful teachers & staff and a group of parents who work VERY hard at making up funding with the lack of allocations from the district. I don't think you could find a stronger community.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was a student (k-6). I have always looked back and know how great my school was. Teachers knew all kids and everyone looked after the kids. In looking at schools for my son this is the school I compare all elementary schools against. I wish I could send my son here!

  • (3 years ago)

    I have truly enjoyed this school. It has taught me everything that I know today and it truly is a great learning enviroment since it is so small and quiet. I think this school is a great way for kids to learn and meet kids even though they are still in a peaceful enviroment.

  • (3 years ago)

    We now have a new principal as of 2010/12 year. She is fantastic supportive and gets done what she promises. We could not ask for more. Parents at our school are very involved. And despite budget cuts we have raised enough dollars to support our extra curricular programs.

  • (3 years ago)

    I took a tour of this school and it is wonderful. The new principal seems fantastic the school grounds are dreamy and the children were happy and engaged.

  • (3 years ago)

    I recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona. I believe that intensive early education is extremely important for kids. Especially for the type of kid I was (shy and lacked self confidence). I went to Mount Washington and as an alum of my small elementary school I can say that it was a truly unique learning environment. Small is always a better and Mt. Washington elementary was almost like a private school. Very involved staff and most importantly involved PARENTS. I'm not sure of how things have changed but they have added a great new recreation center and I hope it continues to grow.

  • (3 years ago)

    There has been a huge turnaround and improvement in administration and satisfaction with this school. Recent math night and up-coming literacy night value-based assemblies and school spirit contests (name your mascot slogan) for the children are examples of how this school is on the verge of becoming something great. The children are the focus now and rightly so.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mt. Washington is the rare public school both devoted to rigorous academic standards and deeply appreciative of the arts. Not only have our students earned one of the highest API scores in the district they clearly support intelligence and creativity in each other. On this campus the smart artistic confident kids rule! The teachers my children have had have gone way out of their way to make sure their students have a rich happy dazzling experience. Nine field trips in one year -- amazing. And now that we've replaced our old dispassionate leadership with a seasoned visionary principal we are flying. I think Mt. Washington breeds a culture of excellence innovation and fun. We feel incredibly lucky to be part of this super group of human beings!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Mount Washington Elementary School because teachers and parents work hard together to improve the education of our kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    Unfortunately District Director is moving current Principal to Monte Vista Elementary. Although it brings relief to parents of this school it doesnt make the bigger community better by transferring her to another school in the same Northeast community. Our children deserve better.

  • (4 years ago)

    We chose to live on the hill for the great views but mostly so our kids could attend Mt. Washington ES. If you read the reviews prior to latest principle you would have too. The current principle is unresponsive to parents and resistant to parent involvement. Complete failure of leadership and favoritism are a common theme when discussing current principle. We are questioning our participation in next years fund raising. Our money might be better put to use for private tutors. However teachers are amazing resulting in high academic standards that prepare students for college bound dreams. We love this school. Failed leadership. Caring teachers. STRONG community support.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our children love Mt. Washington and the teachers and parents are caring passionate and dedicated. Our parents and community are so passionate about education that they raised $75K to help defray budget cuts for the upcoming school year. Although many feel our principal takes our efforts for granted. Families are tired of waiting to see her passion and leadership and are leaving. The fact that the back door of her office connects to the parent room where the FT volunteers hang out ensures easy access to the principal for these parents. An experienced principle would be careful not to give impression of favoritism. Greeting parents and students in the morning or afternoon and inviting parents for a monthly coffee to discuss issues and concerns would go a long way. If our parents filled out a performance evaluation our principal would fail.

  • (4 years ago)

    If your child is assigned a good teacher at this school it's great. If not you're sunk. There is a great deal of favoritism towards the more active parents/families so if you are working and don't have time to hang around in the mornings talk up the administrators and get the inside track on placing your child in the good classes it will be a disheartening experience. It is a small school so there isn't much choice if you aren't happy with your child's teacher. You can't expect a good teaching assignment every year but when it looked like our child would have 2-3 years with the weaker teachers we left. Unfortunately there is a new principal at this school who is unresponsive to parents (doesn't even return phone calls!). We know other families who have left.

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