School Details

Stella Middle Charter Academy

2636 Mansfield Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 954-9957
5

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 5-8 560 students 25 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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

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49%
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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

53%
47%
60%
29%
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

55%
41%
50%
52%
44%
57%
38%
19%
31%
57%
43%
52%
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57%
67%

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

Stella Middle Charter Academy is a charter middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Stella Middle Charter Academy is Elysa Vargas & Olivia Eagleson. 560 students go to Stella Middle Charter Academy and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Pacific Islander. 30% of the Stella Middle Charter Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 96% of the 560 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Stella Middle Charter Academy is 25:1. Rejoyce In Jesus Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 90% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 11%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.3%
Asian 0.7% 4%
Unspecified 0.5% 0.7%
White, non-Hispanic 0.4% 9%
Filipino 0.2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 96% 75%
Limited English proficiency 30% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I took my chance on this school with my oldest she's in her last year now and with the guidance this school n staff has offered She's has travel 3/4 of the united states under $800.00 & is getting top colleges notice... Her dream is to attend USC and with the Academics the Bright star family offers her dream will come true )

  • (11 months ago)

    5/6 site has teachers without credentials and no EL program. My niece is in the 6th grade and hasn't had a stable history teacher. That's ridiculous. We are not returning. Just look at their scores.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a proud parent of Stella Middle Charter 7/8 campus. When my daughter first started at the Bright Stars family we were welcomed with open arms. I jumped in and supports the school in many ways. The school offers alot of tutorial support if need financial counseling and outside support. I would highly recommend this school and it teaches their students independence and preparing for college. The exposure during the Life Experience Lesson Trip something your child will never forget.

  • (1 year ago)

    Stella Charter Middle School in Los Angeles CA. I have been a parent since elementary school and have valued the staff and students. My child loves this school because of the caring students and friends. I love this school because the staff is young fresh and intelligent. I highly recommend it to any parent whose child is serious about learning. The staff has excellent portfolios. Bravo Stella Charter.

  • (1 year ago)

    SMCA 7/8 I cannot say enough about this school my daughter is in the 8th grade and will be continuing to the High School. My daughter has attended Stella since the 5th grade and I have seen great improvement in her grades and overall attitude towards her future and goals. This school promotes higher learning. The work and homework may be challenging but so is the future. This school prepares them. It is not an easy ride. Your child must put in work and as parents we also have to be involved at home in their learning to continue witnessing success. There has been minor concerns but with communication and Ms. Eagleson's (principal) professionalism they have been resolved. The teacher's are also very knowledgable in their subject area. I am an advocate of quality education and this school has met and at times exceeded my expectations! Thank you! SMCA! Your teachers staff and administrators do not get enough credit or appreciation. Ms. Sosa

  • (1 year ago)

    Thank you 11/19 for your feedback on our program. In the many years that I have worked for the organization we have always welcomed suggestions as means to strengthen our systems to ensure the best possible education for our students. This year we implemented PREP which allows families to see the behavioral strengths and areas for growth of their child every week. Teachers and families can use this tool to help students be better and achieve more. As a school we know that there is always room for growth but as a teaching team we are fully invested in the mission of preparing all our students for college and life beyond. Each week the staff meets to discuss our students' academic and behavioral data; together we create individualized learning and behavioral plans for struggling students. Not many schools can boast a staff who knows every child by name nor many with assessment proficiencies in the 70%. Current and prospective families alike I invite you to walk a day in the life of our students; our work will speak for itself! The education of a child is no small task and cannot be done by the parents or the school alone it takes a team. Sincerely Ms. Vargas

  • (1 year ago)

    The administrator is hard working and dedicated to always improving the school community. She is works with teachers parents and students in an effort to move the school forward academically. Stella is moving in a positive direction with her leadership.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is awful even though the overview may seem good its not. My daughter went for 6th grade this year and Stella has discipline issues. The kids are rude and class stops very often because teachers cant control the students. The school has no cafeteria and makes the kids eat on the ground or very unsanitary benches which are old. my daughters friend had a broken eye vessel from a bench that was broken. Almost all teachers are right out of college and have no real world experience. the school also has no real library. this schools is awful and i do NOT recommended.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child attended Stella Middle Charter (5th & 6th) I was very happy with the staff and the school but once they entered (7th - 12th) which it's located by LAX I cannot say I feel the same anymore. This school is so stuck on how to punish your child then actually teaching them. They give out detention like it's candy. My child self-esteem has gone down they don t have any programs for kids with special needs basically they expect ALL students to be perfect (sorry in the real world it doesn t work that way). 99% of the teachers are right out of college and have no patients for kids they do not have the background to deal with different type of kids and they think by giving out detentions the problem is solved. If you speak you get detention if you horse around with your friends you get detention (that s during the Childs free time). I don t think my child has really learned anything this year but how to get detention. Can t wait for the year to end to get my kid out of here!

  • (3 years ago)

    please tell me about sports programs at this school. my son is 10. entered your school for 1st time this year. i help the family and the son and want to be sure he has opportunities for physical education at your school. and if not i want to provide something outside for him.

  • (3 years ago)

    An outstanding school. It really engages student in every aspect of their lives. My daughter has really learned a lot in this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    It doesn't matter what your child's intellect ability or grades are all that matters is that your child fulfills the school's requirements otherwise you can be certain that your child will be held back no matter how many "A's" he or she has. As my child's Advisory Teacher put it "These schools give a lot of work because the students are not up to level and so they may reach level. Your child belongs in a regular school where he can play after school sports."

  • (4 years ago)

    Wow. That is all I have to say about this school. I am a professional college-educated parent who has a child enrolled at this school. If you and your child do not enjoy learning and working hard to achieve what you want they don't bother coming to this stupendous school. The academic curriculum is grueling; the MS kids read HS level books while the HS students read college level. I like the fact that they are required to read several books a year. My child is never NOT reading a book. As soon as he finishes one he starts another and this is thanks to the habits Stella Academy has taught him. These kids are the cream of the crop and will no doubt be successful with the help of their parents teachers and Bright Star Schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    Yes the hours are long and academic (and behavioral) expectations are HIGH but if you want to give your child a real chance at succeeding in today's cutthroat business world (and yes...every field is essentially a business) where a Bachelor's degree is starting to resemble a mere elementary school certificate...then Stella is the school for your child 9and you). The teachers are dedicated and the Vice Principal is committed to not only working with the students but also supporting parents. Principal however...is on campus once in a blue moon and is rather distant and superficial.

  • (4 years ago)

    Stella Charter has a very structure and challenging academic program the parent that doesn't get why natural color socks are important its ashame I send my child to learn and get educated not to worry who has the name brand socks. At a LAUSD school my kid was rated as 2nd grade reading level two months before entering a classroom in Stella Charter he had completed 2 summer reading count books. I rather have his mind occupied in books than 3-4 hrs in video games Thank you Stella Charter for giving the ghetto side of LA a chance for a better tomorrow.

  • (4 years ago)

    Stell has to be one of the worst schools. This school is to strict give way to much homework and have extensive hours of schooling. What kid has to go to school at 7 25 and come out at 6pm. The rules in the dress code are riddiculous who cares what colored your socks are. They school isn't even racially diveresed. This school is a joke why would you let these kids out so late and give them so much homework. At this school elective starts at 3 30 compared to other middle schools that end at 3 00. The elective when I was there was for the girls to learn spanish. While the guys go to play soccer. The school wouldn't let kids bring junk food and if they did the teachers would take it and eat it themselves why not give the kids the food at the end of the day.

  • (4 years ago)

    I searched high and low for a school that would challenge my child accordingly and this school is it. The academic program is strong and is set up in a way that mirrors what they will get when they attend college. I have read the other reviews and much of what has been said about the long hours & huge amount of homework is true. This is not a school for every family. I use the word family because it's not a type of program that your child can attend if they don't have family support. The staff is caring and very responsive. My only hope is one day it will become a little more culturally diverse.

  • (5 years ago)

    Even though i am about to graduate to high school this school is very good and you learn a lot and you get to do fun things to

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my childs second year at Stella and I stayed only because of the two teachers. The hours are long and some are not productive at all. The ASES program is a joke as well as some of the mandatory items the Director comes up with. The location move has caused more problems and more cost to a 'free' school. The overall idea is good implementation is another subject.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is in some ways amazing and in others horrible beyond imagining. When I was in a different school the year before I enrolled in Stella I had terrible grades. I never listened to the teacher and all I cared about was recess. But when I came to this charter school my grades lifted to all As. Unfortunately that is the only good thing I have to say about Stella. The school hours are unreasonable starting from 7 in the morning to 6 at night. The teachers don't care about the feelings of the students and they have barely any punishments for the students being bad making bullies common in the area. If your child may go to this school I suggest you should dig a little deeper into the information on Stella.

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