School Details

Paseo Del Rey Natural Science Magnet

Test Scores by grade

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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 average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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74%
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

78%
58%
65%
81%
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

68%
53%
60%
73%
61%
65%
75%
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

Paseo Del Rey Natural Science Magnet is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Paseo Del Rey Natural Science Magnet is Jennifer Theodore-Sullivan. 514 children attend Paseo Del Rey Natural Science Magnet and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 10% of the Paseo Del Rey Natural Science Magnet students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 514 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Paseo Del Rey Natural Science Magnet is 19:1. St. Anastasia Catholic School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 38% 11%
Hispanic 26% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 9%
Asian 10% 4%
Filipino 0.6% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 646343%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Unspecified 0% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 75%
Limited English proficiency 10% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    This school is awesome! I have a first grader at Paseo del Rey and she rates the school as a 10/10 every day. She has an awesome first grade teacher she has a class full of friends enjoys the variety of after school class such as cooking and rock star. She is constantly making connections to what she has learned in school to real life situations. We feel blessed to be here.

  • (6 months ago)

    I have a kindergartners and a first grader in Paseo and I am a believer. Our older daughter did private school for Transitional Kinder and Kinder but we decided to move both children to Los Angeles Unified once the younger one was able to attend kinder. We have been so impressed with the school. There is a very active and committed parent organization. The principal and teachers are excellent and very committed to educating the children academically and in their character. Kids are granted leadership opportunities (student government "intern" to the administrative office play leaders etc) and are rewarded for good citizenship. The kinder teachers for free are leading an intensive reading and writing workshop after school to prep my kindergartner for first grade. Both children despite being on the younger side were expected to prepare a scientific poster for the annual science fair. There's a student orchestra and a well-stocked library. The campus is clean and cheerful. The student body is diverse. Super duper like it here. )

  • (10 months ago)

    This is my child's first year at Paseo (3rd grade). Overall I can say that the school is pretty good...solid curriculum outstanding Parent involvement (PTO) and a diverse student body. The Star after-school program is awesome. Mr. Arnold and his staff are engaging and warm. The principal Mrs. Sullivan seems very sweet and approachable. This school year thus far has been a transition for my daughter with coming from a small parochial school. Surprisingly the school work here at Paseo has been more challenging and more critical than what she is used to. There is a greater emphasis testing and drills. But all of these challenges has allowed her to flourish academically. She has become more of a critical thinker and a proactive student. I love that! There has just been one hiccup regarding communication with the ladies in the front office. Other than that I would recommend Paseo Del Rey.

  • (11 months ago)

    I have 2 children at Paseo Del Rey who have are receiving a wonderful education with a great and caring Principal staff PTO and Awesome Parent volunteers who work TOGETHER (which you HAVE to do in LAUSD and any school for that matter) in giving their students the best education possible. A pretty amazing feat considering all of the budget cuts and limitations our public schools have had to contend with. You will not be disappointed sending your child to PDR.

  • (11 months ago)

    Paseo Del Rey is an amazing school with a great a wonderful leader Jennifer Sullivan the principal. This school offers a safe and welcoming environment for your kids to thrive and learn in. I have been a parent here for over 6 years and I have made some incredible friendships and my kids are well adjusted. We have a great library computer lab and science lab.and this in additional to our incredible teachers sets us aprat from other schools.

  • (11 months ago)

    This is a really GREAT school. My daughter has been in attendance since kindergarten and I am very pleased with her academic growth these last 5 years. The teachers and staff are friendly and go the extra mile for our students. Though I work full time and can not volunteer like I wish I could I am amazed and impressed at how many parent volunteers there are that put in countless hours to the various programs at this school. Highly recommended. )

  • (11 months ago)

    I love love love this school!!!! Very diverse very family oriented very warm and welcoming and most of all the parents teachers and staff truly advocate for our children to ensure that they have the best educational experience! Ms. Sullivan is an amazing principal who is always visible and very much so involved. I also love how the teachers make themselves available through email and phone. They don't mind you asking questions about the progress of your child and encourage parents to reach out to them anytime. The school also has an awesome PTO group! You can't help but to get involved and be apart of the Paseo family! Don't look any further....Paseo Del Rey has got the full package.

  • (1 year ago)

    Paseo Del Rey is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the success of their students. The PTO is very active and full of energetic dedicated parents that care about the education of all of the students at Paseo.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a retired LAUSD teacher and a grandmother who volunteers. I am delighted that my granddaughters attend Paseo. The staff are fabulous from the Plant Manager to the Principal. Everyone is involved in the children's education. I am surprised about the reference to the 60's by one poster. This school is as well run as my elementary school in the 50's! I have much more confidence in the educational environment and integrity at Paseo than I would have at many private schools. The teachers not only follow the State Standards but go well beyond! I am at the school frequently in and out of classrooms and I've seen only respect for others among all stakeholders. (I have never observed bullying either in classrooms nor on the yard.) There is great parent involvement in spite of many students not being "local." Any parent who isn't satisfied should become part of the solution by volunteering. The teachers know how to make the volunteer experience meaningful. Many volunteers there are former teachers but others bring special skills such as technology medicine or entertainment industry experience that really enrich the curriculum.

  • (1 year ago)

    To the parent who posted on 5/25...Let me get this straight...you are upset that our school is nothing like the schools of the 60"s? Well if I recall correctly you are right because most of Paseo's community would not have been allowed to attend a "white" school. Thank goodness we are nothing like that time period! The teachers at Paseo are hard working professional and caring nothing like you described. The school has the highest API in the area and that is because the teachers work so hard to have each child succeed....many times without any help from home. If you think expectations are too high then perhaps you need to reevaluate your perspective on education. Ask yourself....have you contributed to the school? Have you volunteered and worked with the teachers and administration? If not you may be the problem.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's adequate in comparison with a lot of LAUSD but it is a mess compared with schools in the 1960's. The teachers are in their own little kingdoms-- unanswerable to parents students or administration. Principal does the best that she can she has a difficult job trying to navigate all of the conflicting interests. The biggest problem the children are NOT the priority at LAUSD. The special education department is a joke (seriously understaffed and unfunded--not the Spec. Ed. teacher's fault). Majority of the teachers should have been fired years ago. Unfortunately this is a common problem at many schools. My child had a teacher who would sit and play his iPad in class as students worked on their own at their desks. I could do that for $60 000 or more a year. The bullying is also continuous and pervasive. Although she tried the principal was unable to do much. You'd think there would be some sort of limit on the # of times a child can physically attack another before they are expelled or at least have some serious counseling. Vulgarity by students is excessive and unchecked. Parents are not respected. Students' potential are not realized unless gifted so beware.

  • (1 year ago)

    Thank you to all of the supportive parents out there! We really love our students and ultimately have to make tough choices sometimes. We REALLY appreciate all of your hard work and support! ))

  • (1 year ago)

    To the teacher who says "shame on me"....really? I voted to keep you working for the entire year (no furlough days) and have supported this school with my time and money for 5 years...so far. The shame is on the teachers who voted that a paid P.E. program is more important than the full-time librarian! Thank heaven for the PTO who had the ability to pay for everything. Why do they have that ability? Because of parents like me who happily continue to support the many fundraisers conducted every year!! How did you vote??

  • (1 year ago)

    My kids love Paseo! The teachers really care and the principal Mrs. Sullivan is very present and involved with the students. I love how accessible the principal and teachers are to the parents and students. The school community really comes together to continue to thrive during LAUSD budget cuts. Keep up the great work!

  • (1 year ago)

    Wow! When I first checked out this school's kindergarten I thought it must be a private school as I couldn't imagine a public school so well equipped. Both of my girls went thru kinder with an amazingly skilled teacher. As they have progressed thru the upper grades they have received individualized attention and a plan to address the development of the "whole child". The culture of the school is one of inclusion and it embraces its diversity-something I will look for in a middle school. The principal is a hands-on and caring leader who literally knows every child by name. There is good parent involvement in various groups to help the school and everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an amazing school with an incredible staff of teachers administration and support staff. I am disappointed that a parent would right a review criticizing them for making a difficult choice in where the money should go. With the way LAUSD has cutback on funding and the teachers doing the best they can with what they have to work with. Our children still are still getting the best education around.

  • (1 year ago)

    The Paseo staff and administration work extremely hard to meet the needs of all diverse learners with limited funds. Instead of being negative and nasty parents should be proactive in finding ways to help fund raise. Place blame on the state for lack of funding to public education not the teachers!

  • (1 year ago)

    Awesome! The commitment to individualized attention character development and academic excellence is second to none. And there is a genuine culture of inclusion and celebration of diversity. My children love their experience daily.

  • (1 year ago)

    The biggest asset that this school has is its amazing teachers. My daughter is in 5th grade and my son is in 3rd. They have both been at Paseo since kindergarten. Every teacher we have had in every grade has been excellent. Most have over 20 years of teaching experience. The principal is extremely dedicated and was named one of the 10 best principals in LAUSD a few years ago. We love how diverse this school is and how everyone gets along and respects each other!

  • (2 years ago)

    We are also very pleased with Paseo del Rey. We and other parents have been committed to being very involved with the school and it has made ALL the difference. Not that there aren't great teachers and administrators at this school because THEY ARE REALLY GREAT! It's just that the key is for groups of parents at every level to be very involved. We plan on doing the same at Orville Wright at the next level and then Westchester High again at the next level. As long as we parents remained totally committed I'm fully convinced that our kids will have a great experience in their years here in the Westchester/Playa area and will get a solid educational foundation.

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