School Details

Thomas Starr King Middle School Film And Media Magnet

Test Scores by grade

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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

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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

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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

Thomas Starr King Middle School Film And Media Magnet is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Thomas Starr King Middle School Film And Media Magnet is Mark Naulls, whose e-mail is mnaulls@lausd.net. 1,517 students attend Thomas Starr King Middle School Film And Media Magnet and are mostly Filipino; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Thomas Starr King Middle School Film And Media Magnet students are "limited in English proficiency." 70% of the 1,517 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Thomas Starr King Middle School Film And Media Magnet is 19:1. Canyon Oaks 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
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 7% 2%
Hispanic 57% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 19% 9%
Asian 13% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.4% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 646343%
Multiracial 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70% 75%
Limited English proficiency 9% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    There is so much to love about King. I love the trees and garden; I love that the 6th graders are on the hill a bit separate from the bigger kids; All the teachers are intelligent and invested. A lot of the learning is project-based clever and stimulating and multi-disciplinary too where the different subjects & teachers feed into one big assignment. This is all GREAT -- in groups individually...creative engagement that requires imagination and care. Love it! My only issue -- and it is a big one -- is the demolition of the accelerated math track. King has opted to no longer offer Algebra in 7th grade and Geometry in 8th grade. For kids in the GAT who could swing the advanced subject matter the fact that the accelerated math path has been erased (in alleged compliance with the Common Core) is infuriating. Maybe with enough parent protest they will reinstate what they formerly offered. On balance I think TSK is an excellent understanding middle school. I'm just disappointed by the loss of a true (not just "taught faster") accelerated math program where mathematically-inclined kids who are ready for more challenge are being told to slow down and 'wait.'

  • (6 months ago)

    I grew up in the area and I remember when this school had a bad reputation. What a difference the past few years have made! 1. An API jump from the 600's to the mid 800's and rising in the span of a few short years is amazing. 2. The transition to an ALL magnet school (Film Environmental and Gifted) has really helped this school blossom. 3. Increased parent involvement with a very active group called the Friends of King. 4. Great teachers who really care about the students (my son is in the environmental studies program). 5. A pretty campus with a lovely vegetable garden smack in the middle of campus. 6.Excellent field trips 7. Great afterschool programs and extracurricular activities. We are so lucky to live in a neighborhood in which all three public schools (elementary middle and high school) are excellent!

  • (6 months ago)

    This is our son's first year in the Environmental Studies Magnet program. He absolutely loves attending Thomas Starr King Middle School. As a parent we are so grateful to have extremely dedicated teachers that really care about the students academic success. Our family is very happy to be a part of this school community. Thank you to everyone who works so hard to give our children the very best education.

  • (7 months ago)

    Our son is in the Arts and Tech Magnet in the 8th grade. He has been there all three years of middle school and it has been a wonderful experience for him. The teachers for the most part are fantastic. Devoted inspiring and setting the bar high for these kids. I feel our son has developed a real love of learning and being challenged to think outside the box. And we feel King has prepared him nicely for high school. We would highly recommend King to any family looking for a challenging education.

  • (7 months ago)

    My kids have had a lovely experience in the GAT magnet. Their teachers have ranged from pretty good to outstanding with many in the "outstanding" category. The one blot was the 7th grade social studies teacher who is an odd character to say the least but my kids did learn the content (and so did I along with them). BTW my kids LOVED the "militant" 7th grade English teacher referenced below and blossomed in her class. I think this program prepares kids well for academically challenging high school programs. A great option for a neighborhood middle school.

  • (7 months ago)

    Our son just started at TSK Gifted Arts/Tech "GAT" after a very poor academic experience at Larchmont Charter. So far we are thrilled with with TSK both the teachers and the program but it has been only 2 months. I think this year will continue to be great but when doing my research on the school I did hear negative feedback on the teachers for 7th grade. So I am concerned about next year. I heard that the science teacher is a creationist & a battle-ax to boot so really hope she is put to pasture by the time my son is in 7th. I am writing this review both to praise the program in 6th and to remind the school admin they need to fix 7th!

  • (7 months ago)

    Thomas Starr King has been changing on the inside for years and now that it's 3 magnets and API scores increasing each year is a true testament to the work done before we started. Our daughter attends the Environmental magnet and just loves it. My hubby and are are part of the beautification committee "I Keep King Clean" and see a bright future for generations to come.

  • (7 months ago)

    Growing and changing. This school is in an amazing process of becoming a true neighborhood and citywide gem. The teachers and families are committed to higher standards of academics and environment. With three magnets the school can accommodate varied interests and challenge levels. The kids have a ton of spirit and Lion pride.

  • (7 months ago)

    Truth-be-told I spent the better part of my son's elementary school years filled with dread/anxiety about sending him to this school. However over the past several years things have changed tremendously and I'm so happy we're here! TSK is now an all-magnet school which means no more have's/have not's and all the kids benefit from the same great opportunities. The collaboration between parents/administration/and teachers is pushing this school to new heights and it shows! My son is in the former "home school" which was transformed into the Film & Media magnet and he is happy and thriving here. There are so many fabulous teachers who care about what they do and the kids they teach and welcome parent involvement. We came from one of the top-rated elementary schools in LAUSD and as our neighborhood school TSK is now completely worthy of the students that are filling it's halls. The only down-side is the lack of standard music/art education as part of the core curriculum but unfortunately this is a cultural condition and not a fault of TSK.

  • (7 months ago)

    My son is in the 7th Grade Environmental Studies Magnet. We started in 6th and could be happier. The teachers are outstanding the campus is warm and inviting with mature trees and gardens --feels large but not too large. There is daily PE music a great library and the community of kids and parent volunteers (Friends Of King) couldn't be more friendly. He has lots of new friends and said the other day how much he couldn't wait to go back to school because he's having so much fun learning! What more can you ask for? Truly a gem in the LAUSD magnet system.

  • (8 months ago)

    My son went through the the Arts and Tech program it was challenging but overall a good fit for our family. Most teachers were personable approachable encouraging and engaging. Most classes were enriching and my son enjoyed producing videos and acting out historical skids at the Renaissance Faire. English class in 7th grade was the only negative experience for my son. Though young and energetic the teacher's approach was rigid militant and simply missed the point of teaching the joy of learning. She failed to help my son when he was struggling but focused on strict formalities at the cost of crushing his spirit. Overall the Arts and Tech magnet is a great program however I wish leadership would support parents more when a problem with a teacher arises.

  • (11 months ago)

    Gifted Arts and Tech Magnet is an amazing program and unbelievable as it sounds every single teacher is amazing dedicated approachable engaging. The Admin is great the counselor is terrific. It's a feel good happy place from the top down to the kids a really great environment.

  • (11 months ago)

    The Environmental Studies Magnet is the best! I just graduated and I miss everyone already! The ESM teachers are all great and I recommend it to everyone. I have learned so much - I am so happy my parents sent me to this program. The kids are nice there is no bullying in the ESM and the teachers are all warm and caring. I wish I didn't have to leave.

  • (12 months ago)

    i hate this school its the worst whenever u have a problem they just make it worst

  • (1 year ago)

    The Environmental Studies Magnet here is wonderful! My daughter will be graduating in June after three years in the ESM and I couldn't be happier with my choice. The teachers are amazing.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am an 8th grade student attending this school right now. I love it so much here and it's going to be hard for me to say good by. The teachers and staff expect so much from us here and they really push us to do our best. This is the place to send your child.you won't regret it.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wow the switch to all-magnet really took the school to a whole new level. My son is in 6th grade at the GAT magnet and he loves it. Project-based learning a nice open campus that is being cleaned up bit by bit. The teachers are excellent and the curriculum challenging. I am amazed at how many of the magnet kids are coming from Franklin Ivanhoe Wonderland and the Los Feliz arts charter schools. I think King got a bad rap 10-15 years ago and it just stuck.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have 2 kids at this school and it has the best organization in place that I have seen. I get informed of every detail that's going on at the school. Campus is clean and students and staff are very courteous. Teachers take every child's needs individually to offer the appropriate help. THere's plenty of supervision including parent volunteers. My questions are answered and addressed right away. My kids love it and so do I. One thing i wish could get improved is the parking access to parents for events at the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have an 8th grader & a 6th grader in the gifted/arts/tech magnet and am reminded every day what a great school this is. Starting at the helm with the administration you have a group of people who are extremely approachable sharp warm and reasonable. They have a camaraderie that clearly extends to the amazing teachers - they all seem to genuinely like each other and have pride and a team passion if you will towards the school and teaching. This in turn extends to the students who soak up these good vibes in their dynamic classroom settings. The kids are all challenged and not only "taught to the test" as we've been hearing but inspired every day pushed and encouraged to think critically to consider other perspectives and strive to achieve their best all while utilizing tools at the forefront of technology and the arts. Socially the kids feel cared for and supported by the adults and any discord between students is handled seriously and with the same familial warmth. It's a middle school experience that is unheard of! To top it off check out our API scores from year to year now at an impressive 843. Pay attention you will hear much more about this great place.

  • (1 year ago)

    King Middle School has changed a lot over the passed 6 years. It has become a better enviroment for the students and more strict staff. I like the fact that things are more together here and I feel comfortable having my child attend here. The Magnet Program is fantastic and I have no complaints once so ever !

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