School Details

South Park Elementary School

8510 Towne Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90003
(323) 753-4591
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 964 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

41%
54%
56%
50%
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

28%
40%
46%
56%
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

49%
58%
65%
56%
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

42%
53%
60%
36%
61%
65%
31%
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

39%
49%
60%
29%
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

South Park Elementary School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of South Park Elementary School is Dennis Schaffer, whose e-mail is drs9195@lausd.net. 964 children attend South Park Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 47% of the South Park Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 76% of the 964 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at South Park Elementary School is 18:1. Mother Of Sorrows is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 83% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Asian 0.2% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 0.2% 9%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.3%
Filipino 0% 2%
Unspecified 0% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 75%
Limited English proficiency 47% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    south park is full of dedicated teachers who put their whole hearts into teaching. it is a good environment that fosters learning.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a former student from this school from 1999-2004. I never had those problems while i was there. Ms. Rose the principal when i was there was a very heplful staff. But then again i have not visited this school in 7 years and i dont have a clue about how the school is now. If what i readis true the school should getback Ms. Rose she was responsible and dedicated to her work. So was the rest of the Staff and especially La's Best it was becasue of them that i gotto understand and to love math.

  • (4 years ago)

    I totally agree with all the negative reviews left by other parents. My children attend and they hate it. The principal is a bully to the kids. He yells everyday and he is very rude. LA'S best is a joke. They let the kids run free without any supervision. They don't help with homework or offer any real guidance. Office staff are sometimes rude and the kids are out of control.

  • (4 years ago)

    The new principal at the school is very rude to the children he is a control freak and he has not business being around children. He yells at the kids everyday and is not a good role model for them at all. He doesn't seem to genuinely care for the children and he belittles them making them not want to come to school. I will be pulling my children out ASAP.

  • (6 years ago)

    South Park Elementary School is an ideal school for any child to learn. The teaching staff are all well educated and motivated to take any child positively to the next academic level. The principal Ms. Karen Rose is a super mom to everyone. She sees to it that the students needs come first at all time. She is always accessible caring and a wonderful listener. My daughter loves school because of her teachers and Ms. Rose. Every child wants to be in the 350 club - proficient and advance students. I will recommend this school to all parents with open mind. Long live Scorpions!!!!!!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    South Park is like an oasis in this community for these children. The administrators are highly educated people that know what they are doing all the time. The teachers and staff are dedicated and committed to positively impact the lives of these children. Let's not mention the school food. It has recently been improved significantly. This school must be a great school if teachers themselves have children enrolled. God bless South Park.

  • (7 years ago)

    My children attended this school for only one grade. this school is so overcrowded that it is no wonder that the education lacks. I was very glad to pull my kids out of this school. One star is too much but I will give to those teacher who are their because they are the last few who really do like their work and try to help those they can.

  • (7 years ago)

    One of the worst principals in ALL of LAUSD. Instead of dealing with problem administrators LAUSD tranfers problem administrators to poor neighborhoods where parents are less willing to stand up for themselves. She discourages meaningful parent and teacher participation.

  • (7 years ago)

    The best south park had to offer was the supervision of melvin of the after school program. He was great with the students and had great communication with the parents. Both of my daugthers were in tears when he left. He was just a kind and beautifull person.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think the problem of this school is the principle. The LA'S BEST progarm is very rude to the students they dont provide kindness and rarely help kids the with their homework. However the teaching staff is very good.

  • (7 years ago)

    South Park Elementary is a good school specially taking into account the challenges that our communtity present. Staff is caring and highly involved with the students. It is a campus that is kept safe and clean and should be a model to the schools around the area. The school's leadership has helped improve achievement as well as providing the students with many extra curricular oportunities including field trips and finding donations for camping trips movies and more.

  • (8 years ago)

    Discipline problems are not dealt with quickly or correctly. Due to many problems in the school teachers and administrators are numb to the serious problems that occur inside and outside the classroom. Students are not accountable for their behavior they are actually rewarded for misbehaving.

  • (9 years ago)

    South Park Elementary is a good school. It provides a safe learning environment. 3 of my children culminated from South Park. It has a wonderful wonder of reading library that provides children with excellent resources such as internet access and great books. South Park has an awesome staff.

  • (9 years ago)

    Teachers and administrators commited to the improvement of the school. Achievement of school has continually improved over the last few years making this school one of the best in South Los Angeles.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think that this school has great enrichment programs. 'LA's Best' Program is wonderful. They provide extra homework help for the children as well as extra physical activity.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have a child that attends south park and I love this school.The principal Ms.Rose is very involved in the community and makes sure that the teachers are involved in community activities. Ilove the halloween carnival because all the money collected goes back to the school to purchase folders computers ect. In 2004 they held the south park olympics where every class was assigned a contry to represent!The inaguration was beautiful as all the whole world gathered at south park.This school also has a 92% school attendance rate on a daily basis!The kids are very motivated and work hard because of the great rewards given to them.I love this school!

  • (10 years ago)

    I have two children attending this school and I do agree with what you state on your rating of this school. They are always given you information a day prior to school meetings they never have enough supervision in the play area. In the lunch area they are always yelling at the students to be quiet if not they are punished by picking up trash and for children that are fighting they just let that go. I assume so the school wont look bad. I really dont recommend this school to any one.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is a terrible school. My son was punched in the stomach the first day of school while on playground without any adult supervision! Adminstration is always running late in the morning loose school papers don't give you the right information and to top it off if you ask for clarification they are very rude in providing you half an answer. I would NOT recommend this school to any parent.

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