School Details

Orville Wright Engineering And Design Magnet

6550 West 80th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 258-6600
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 786 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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

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47%
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52%

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

24%
41%
50%
47%
44%
57%
38%
43%
52%
49%
57%
67%

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

Orville Wright Engineering And Design Magnet is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Orville Wright Engineering And Design Magnet is Dana Perryman, whose e-mail is dana.perryman@lausd.net. 786 students attend Orville Wright Engineering And Design Magnet and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 3% of the Orville Wright Engineering And Design Magnet students are "limited in English proficiency." 66% of the 786 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Orville Wright Engineering And Design Magnet is 18:1. Visitation Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • 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 7% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 67% 11%
Hispanic 22% 73%
Asian 2% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Filipino 0.6% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.3% 0.7%
Multiracial 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 75%
Limited English proficiency 3% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    My daughter transferred to Wright STEAM Magnet in January after a not so great experience at another middle school and is extremely happy. Teachers have been great and welcoming. The Principal is amazing and she has made many new friends. Thank goodness that finally our neighborhood school has turned into someplace the neighborhood can be really proud of. Thanks Ms Wantz for all you do!

  • (4 months ago)

    I've had three kids go through Orville and now have a current 6th grader. We have been so happy with the education they received. The staff makes it a point to know all the kids there which makes such a difference for the middle school years. Ms. Wantz has been a constant at Orville through many changes in admin and now has the position of Principal. They are very interactive in the community and with the current parents. We highly recommend checking this school out with an open mind. My kids have all had excellent experiences and were very well prepared for high school.

  • (4 months ago)

    I love this school....when we made the change from our old middle school I must admit I was wondering if my son would be successful. ...after being here for his first semester he has done great. Love the fact that teachers and administration care about the students. ..I am a big believer that what makes a great school comes from involved parents. ..parent involvement is the key. May of us blame the school and teachers but lets get real if our children love what they are doing and how they are being taught they will do great...love Mrs. Wantz and Mrs. Gardner they make you feel part of the school..my son love the hands on pbl that they offer here..

  • (7 months ago)

    For the parent who posted a review on March 30 2014 and made a special point of first complaining about the "ignorance" of another parent who had posted a comment earlier adding a haughty suggestion to that parent to "check your spelling"....... You wrote that "our child....has been excepted to serveral private high schools...." when you meant to write "accepted" and "we have been notified of excessing talking...." when you meant to write "excessive." Check this out "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Matthew 7 3

  • (1 year ago)

    My son just finished his first year at wright middle as a 6th grader. He finished with straight A's! His teachers were very good with keeping me informed with my son's progress and also where he needed to work more. The staff was always helpful whenever I had questions. I am very pleased with the school and my son enjoyed his first year and wants to return for 7th.

  • (1 year ago)

    For the parent who made the last comment Very ignorant comment on your part and check your spelling. Our child has been extremely successful for the last three years and scored a perfect score in math last year on the CST. You cannot earn that without being taught well and your child staying focused. Our child has great grades and behavior marks and has been excepted to several private high schools passing the examination at a high percentile. Our child has never been bullied and gets along with all diverse learners. When we have been notified of excessing talking as a family we do not place blame on the school or other students. We teach our child to take responsibility for negative actions and to fix the situation. Mrs. Wantz and the staff work hard to improve not only the academics within the school but to provide positive incentives for those students who earn them and work with those students who need assistance. Parents need to be involved in their child's education and behavior. Placing blame on a school does not solve any issues.

  • (1 year ago)

    this school has to much drama h oriole teachers and it has not money for flied trips this school is buuuuffff (bummmmy)

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my sons first and LAST year at this school. The bullying and fighting is out of control and the staff gives off a very bad attitude as if they're only there for a check. There are no challenging programs and two of my sons teachers are still training because they have never taught at a middle school before. There is no support for the children and it seems as though they allow just any child to attend. My son excelled all throughout elementary and has come to the 6th grade at OWMS and started failing. One of his teachers couldn't even explain how she grades her students. Don't bring your child here unless you want them to fail and be bullied.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm sorry but it seems to me that the PARENTS of the rotten eggs should be interviewed & screened then DENIED the opportunity to bring their kids here. The Staff....well it's a revolving door of some (not all) careless paycheck seekers.

  • (2 years ago)

    HORRIBLE school! This is my daughters first & last year here I have seen a dramatic change in her since starting this school. I'm so sad she had to go here & thats ONLY because it's our home school and no other magnet's had openings. She did get in the honor magnet classes but is not challenging and the bullying & fights are out of control!!! My daughters says there's a fight every day she even mentioned a girl said she was going to kill herself because of being bullied. It's sad this school is even operating and next yr will be a full magnet. Keep your child away from this school if you care about their future!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I understand that new leadership has its issues but come on. There's a kid threatening to harm himself and others here and the school is doing nothing. The first threat was back in December another in February another in March and from what my son is saying....pretty much everyday. He's obviously trying to get help. What does it take from you guys to take this kid seriously? My son will definitely NOT be attending next year! I may even pull him out early for his own safety.

  • (2 years ago)

    OWMS has had its ups and downs over the past years. Some want to attribute this to the change in leadership teachers budget and students. It is all very true. When the interim principal was present OWMS began to get its "light" back and staff was working together and a lot happier. Now that it's under new administration from a former principal that was here before things are back to the way they were prior to the interim...a mess. There is little to no staff support and everyone looks and feels terrible. With such a small population of students there seems to be a high number of dysfunctional ones and it's not because some are permitted students as stated below. It is because of the lack of support from parents and the lack of "doing" from the principal. Additionally the school lacks "a sense of belonging". Where is the beauty? Where is the pride? Where is the enrichment? There's more to a school than flight and a garden. Our students are extremely talented but need some motivation to get them going. Teachers need some motivation to keep us sane and healthy. I'm not sure that a full blown magnet will get the job done but I can only be hopeful.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in his second year at Orville Wright. There are some good teachers and because the new students that enrolled is less the 6th graders had no choice but to be put in the Magnet area. The bulling is a problem which is really sad. I'm hoping that the principal does the job that we pay him to do.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter attended Orville Wright for all of her Middle School years. She excelled with all the wonderful teachers here and was told continually during her high school parent conferences whoever taught the group of students who were from OW did a great job as her current teachers are able to move at a faster pace. My son is currently in 7th grade and has been challenged by all ciriculum at the school. He has been doing a lot of projects (individual & group) which have given him an excellent chance to learn from each one. We looked at other middle schools but loved the diversity of the students at the school magnet coordinator & magnet teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    Orville Wright is in a sorry state. They continue to lose students and it is hard to see how they are going to keep it open for more than another year. They only give lip service to their anti-bullying campaign. My son was punched in the face by another boy in the classroom and he did not strike back. Although the teacher sent out the other boy he was returned to the class by an administrator about 10 minutes later. The administrator said "He said he was sorry and he will act right." A few minutes later this same bully cursed at my kid and throw a pencil at him. The kid was sent out only to come back a few minutes later. This boy should have been suspended or at least kept in the office on the first offense. The only time they clean the campus is when they are trying to recruit parents to send their kids. In October they held such an event and now the campus is back to being dirty. I am saddened by the situation and am joining the parents who have pulled out their child.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is horrible. Apparently the principal has told the teachers on the first meeting of the semester that he was glad that he was demoted from the District Office so now he can "coast" and doesn't have to work hard. He certainly does not work hard and sees this job as little more than a paycheck. This school gets a new principal every year so this guy probably knows this and doesn't care what happens. If you have read many of the previous reviews you will see that they all mention that there is a lot of bullying at this school even the positive reviews are forced to mention this problem. The bullying is very out of control and little is done about it. The noise levels in the classrooms tend to be very high and it is difficult to see how any learning can take place. When I saw how all the classes my son was in were so out of control I pulled him out that day. If you care about your child don't send them to this school! If you don't care go ahead and put them in!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has lost about 1/2 it's students in the last year because it is being poorly run. Often the principal is gone for the day before the students are dismissed and sometimes leaves as early as noon. When the school had to displace teachers because of low enrollment they sent away the best teachers and kept the weak teachers who have no classroom control. Bullying is out of control on the campus and there are many fights that occur on the campus daily. The campus is often littered with trash. Parents have been changing over to other middle schools in the area Mark Twain Audubon Marina Del Rey. All of these schools are easily better than Orville Wright.

  • (2 years ago)

    My grandsons first semester at Orville Wright. I'll just have to wait and see how it goes.

  • (2 years ago)

    Orville Wright Middle/Magnet is a school that can withstand many challenges and succeed. With new permanent leadership in place many changes are already shining through. CST scores show an improvement in all areas safety has been improved and the teachers continue to put their best foot forward even in challenging environments. More parent involvement would be a plus. Students need to understand that an education is the key to success not being disruptive and disrespectful both of themselves and others. Assemblies are being held to address bullying along with the "no tolerance" policy in the District. Classes are above the norm due to student enrollment being low. Parents why pay for education when you have an excellent school right in your neighborhood. Charter schools stress that they provide better yet the charters in this area have parents enrolling in Orville after attending the charters since August 2012. No school is perfect but at Orville we are very close. Parents need to come and visit meet the new administration and the teachers. I'm sure you will like what you see. My daughter attended for 3 yrs. She appreciates the strong foundation they provided.

  • (2 years ago)

    I currently have an 8th grade son in the aerospace magnet and a 7th grade daughter in the community school. My son has learned how to fly a plane in this program. On March 12 2012 he flew a Cesna C-172A for free with classmates and the young eagles program. My son has high functioning autism and struggles socially but the teachers and staff all listen kindly and patiently to him. Middle school is a struggle for anyone. I love that my kids walk to school. My daughter has made some lovely friends and has assisted in planting and harvesting in the school garden. Last year they took a field trip to the Santa Monica Farmers market. And her class published a community garden cook book. At the last honor roll assembly there were over 300 kids. I feel like my kids are getting a well rounded experience. I just wish everyone that lived in our community would go here but there are so many choices that the kids end up all over. The teachers so far have been so nice too. Let's face it middle school kids are not easy so I give them respect for doing what they do on a budget.

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