School Details

Multicultural Learning Center

7510 Desoto Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 716-5783
5

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 379 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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54%
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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

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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

52%
58%
65%
53%
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

62%
53%
60%
59%
61%
65%
56%
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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

69%
49%
60%
48%
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

63%
47%
60%
38%
39%
52%

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

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50%
65%
44%
57%
50%
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52%
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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

Multicultural Learning Center is a charter middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Multicultural Learning Center is Gayle Nadler, whose e-mail is gayle@mlccharter.org. 379 children attend Multicultural Learning Center and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 28% of the Multicultural Learning Center students have "limited English proficiency." 57% of the 379 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Multicultural Learning Center is 18:1. John A. Sutter Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 9%
Hispanic 81% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 11%
Multiracial 4% %
Unspecified 3% 0.7%
Asian 0.9% 4%
Filipino 0.3% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 75%
Limited English proficiency 28% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Multicultural Learning Center (MLC) is extraordinary. Small classroom size teaching with consistent reflection on how the students are adapting learning behaving and growing. For the 2014/15 school year communication has been ramped up. The administration is always working to find positive solutions and changes not just quick momentary fixes (which are also sometimes necessary). The parental involvement is very good. This is a long term commitment for the students to become bi-literate in two languages and well worth it. In addition the students experience a caring family-like environment that is truly multicultural.

  • (7 months ago)

    Parental involvement in the school is exceptional! the disappointing thing is the principal and the new staff members that have been hired in both daytime and afterschool program. They are disrespectful and show not enthusiasm for their job. Student are no longer involved as they were before the new afterschool program came into place. The administrators are also disrespectful and make me as well as the other parents wish they would remove the principal underperforming staff and complete removal of the new YPI program

  • (9 months ago)

    A few of the previous reviews definitely do not represent the opinions of the entire MLC community (nor do they follow the "GreatSchools review guidelines"). Of course all posts are subjective and each family has their own experience with the teachers administration parents and students. Our experience has been phenomenal and my children are thriving in a supportive academically challenging innovative inclusive environment. I have volunteered for years at the school (in the classroom at Parent Council events on field trips etc.) and I have felt welcomed appreciated and part of the partnership in educating my children. I am overwhelmed by the dedication and energy of the teachers and administration. No school is without challenges growing pains staff turnover or conflicting personalities but for our family MLC is providing excellent and rare opportunities in education and in life.

  • (9 months ago)

    Principal lacks teaching credentials and was given the position of principal because her mother was the former principal and was handed down the position. The new principal Gayle Nadler has made horrible decisions in the past few couple years and the quality has become horrendous. The kids no longer feel happy or comfortable as they did before they no longer trust the principal as well as the staff members. Highly regret taking my child there. -Submitted by a parent

  • (10 months ago)

    They have a great program one of the only Dual language programs on the West end of the San Fernando Valley. My problem is with the lack of communication and professionalism. My child has been on the waiting list for nearly two years. She was selected in the lottery and would have entered into a 3rd Kinder class which did not happen. I have called on more than 10 occasions getting different information about where she stands On their waiting list each time. I understand how lotteries work but am considering being more proactive about their follow up with the board of education charter department. I'm sure if I have never received on follow up call how would they know if other parent ahead of my child is still interested.

  • (1 year ago)

    MLC is a great school if you value bilingualism. Don't let the 5/10 rating scare you! Our home school was 10/10 and we were so happy that our kids got into this one. Some people thought we made a mistake but for us giving our children the gift of another language is worth much more than a school having high test scores. Other advantages small classroom sizes (20 students or less) free high quality before & afterschool care caring teachers who are supported to pursue their professional development and a being part of a very diverse community.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am responding because someone wrote a review saying that negative comments are taken down regarding this school. I signed up for emails to alert me to the fact that a new review had been posted on Great Schools regarding the Multicultural Learning Center in 2006. I have never been alerted to a review being posted later to learn that it was taken down. The posts that I have been alerted to are the posts that are there. The Multicultural Learning Center is a great school. I have a child that will be graduating from MLC this year. I could not be happier with my experience and my child's experience at this school. My child has been so happy with the school had a wonderful social experience and has tested very high on all State Testing in elementary and middle school. I feel my child is well prepared for high school and also now has the gift of being biligual and biliterate and an appreciation of cultural values that you just don't get at most schools. Certainly this school is not for everyone. That can pretty much be said for every school. Most parents that I know at MLC and I know a lot could not be happier with the choice to send their kids to MLC.

  • (2 years ago)

    It is has an exemplary dual language 90/10 Spanish immersion program. A big plus for me is that Spanish is the only language they focus on. Monolingual English speakers become fluent in Spanish--bilingual and biliteral in only a couple of years.

  • (3 years ago)

    A great school has Excellent teachers Strong principal/school leadership Challenging academic programs and no bully's. In that case Multicultural Learning Center is a great school. MLC(the school's nickname) is a bully-free school and clique-free school. MLC may have a 5 out of 10 but I think it should have a 7 out of 10. Not only is it bilingual but all the teachers are warm and push you to do your best. I like that. Do you? Well only you can find out if you do. The lines to enter kindergarten are sooooooooooooooooo loooooooooonnnnnggggggggg......... So hurry and put your child in this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children at MLC and they both love it. I have loved all of their teachers but one (my child loved that teacher though) and they have a pretty good after school program for free if you go every day. Their test scores are a little low but that is to be expected when children are learning two languages and being compared to those who only learn one. My kids love the school and there are the usual problems you find at any school but overall it is a small community that really cares about their students. The class sizes are small even in this horrible economy and although there is not an overabundance of funds the school does just fine with supplies programs etc. I have no problem with my child going in other cars for field trips. Insurance is always verrified beforehand and if that is really a big issue then you should volunteer and drive the kids yourself ) I am happy my kids will be going to middle school at MLC because the kids really are better watched there than at a larger school and I feel like the middle schoolers have better heads on their shoulders thanother kids. But if you have special needs for your child this is not the school for you. Sorry!

  • (5 years ago)

    I was an intern at this school... great school. The school is well structured

  • (5 years ago)

    MLC is a Spanish Immersion school. It is fantastic. I have a daughter in 1st grade and she loves it. I love that she is learning Spanish effortlessly and that she is getting the tools she needs to flourish in a multi-cultural world.

  • (6 years ago)

    MLC is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation. Our children will be so much more successful in the world by their exposure not only to another language but the cultural diversity tolerance and understanding that comes with it. We are English only speaking parents and were very nervous through most of Kindergarten but are so happy we held strong and stuck it out. Now our son is ready Spanish beautifully and picking up English all on his own. Just as we were told he would. We are incredibly happy that our children have this opportunity.

  • (6 years ago)

    I cannot recommend MLC enough. I looked into over 15 schools from privates to charters and MLC is the only one that offers a Bi- lingual/Bi-literate program with a progressive creative focus and a strong academic curriculum. Also from K-8th grade! We are a English-only speaking family and my child started Kinder this year. It was a challenging transition for her the first month but her teacher and the administrators were so supportive available and helpful to ALL of us. She loves school and is thriving beyond our expectations. In addition to all she is learning at MLC we can't believe how well she speaks and understands spanish already. We love the cultural diversity at MLC and how all cultures are honored and celebrated in creative meaningful ways. Also we carpool from Valley Village with 2 other families which makes it very manageable and creates a sense of community with one another.

  • (6 years ago)

    You are going to be hearing more and more about this school. My wife speaks minimal Spanish (from a college class) and I speak none and we have one child at MLC and another beginning next year. It's motivating us to learn new languages and challenge ourselves along with our children. MLC helps broaden the students' view of the world while giving an amazing education. The administration is so dedicated and the teachers educate with vision creativity and unbelievable energy. The parents are always invited to be involved and the school community is thriving.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children at MLC one 3rd grader and one 7th grader. (MLC currently goes K-7 and next year will go K-8.) Almost two years ago we transferred from another dual immersion (90-10) in Santa Monica because my son promoted out of the school at the end of 5th grade. I actively searched for another language immersion so that my children would continue on their road to being biliterate and sensitive to other cultures. The transition to MLC was seamless because the curriculum was exactly the same. The number of students in the classrooms are much lower than conventional LAUSD schools -- especially in the higher grades. The teachers are excellent and the school feels like a community with broad parent support. If you re looking for a school that will enhance your child s vision of the world then MLC is the school you re looking for.

  • (7 years ago)

    MLC is a great school. If you are looking for your child to perform well on standardized tests then this school is not for you. This school teachers your children not only fluency in another language but about respect diversity people friendship etc. My daughter has learned a lot since starting Kindergarten but what I like most is that she is happy there and has made some wonderful friends. I love their afterschool program ESCAPE. The after school teachers are loving and keep the children entertained. Just yesterday I picked my daughter up and all the kids and teachers were dancing to music and having a blast! Kids have the same teacher for Kindergarten and 1st grade which is great cause Senora Hernandez is the best!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent of a 1st grader. My daughter started kinder at MLC. I did not study in this country and I came to USA just 7 years ago; I did not understand very well what a charter school was two scholar years have almost passed and they confirmed that I did the right choice and now I see my daughter having fun and enjoying school life so much I can just say thanks teachers administrators and other parents for making education so pleased to be involved with. And of course my younger one will start kinder here too.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent of a Kinder. I am excited to be part of MLC. The administration and staff have a vision to build a community among the students and their families in addition to encouraging academic achievement. The teachers teach to the needs of the child -- not merely for success on standardized tests (although the standardized test scores are rapidly climbing). You owe it to yourself to take a tour so that you can see all of the fantastic things that are going on and to witness how well non-Spanish speakers are grasping the language with ease and excellence.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent of a first grader at MLC. My son started at MLC in pre-K. As a bilingual bicultural parent I felt it very important for my son to become proficient in Spanish not only in English. As a clinical psychologist I applaud MLC teachers and staff for their commitment to my child and all the students. I am pleased that my child's academic social and emotional well-being are of utmost concern to his school. Thank you MLC!

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