Westminster Avenue Elementary School

1010 Abbott Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-3041
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 350 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

62%
54%
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71%
57%
65%

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

39%
40%
46%
67%
65%
66%

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

64%
58%
65%
68%
70%
72%

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

74%
53%
60%
78%
61%
65%
61%
51%
57%

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

Westminster Avenue Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Westminster Avenue Elementary School is Karen Brown, who can be contacted at kbrown6@lausd.net. 350 children attend Westminster Avenue Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 38% of the Westminster Avenue Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 75% of the 350 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Westminster Avenue Elementary School is 18:1. Broadway Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 9%
Hispanic 74% 73%
Asian 2% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.3%
Filipino 0.3% 2%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Unspecified 0% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 75%
Limited English proficiency 38% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I love Westminster Ave. Elementary in Venice. I have been a teacher for 27 years and Westminster is a jewel. The 2012-2013 school year was my first year teaching at Westminster in the Math/Computer Magnet and I had one of the best classes of my teaching career. Everyone welcomed me warmly and the the parent involvement is amazing. I am so excited about the upcoming new school year. I am looking forward to working with the our amazing staff parents and awesome kids. Here's to a fabulous school year!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is just completing second grade at Westminster. As a strong believer in local public schools enrolling her was not a difficult decision for me. Having said that Westminster has FAR exceeded my expectations. Not only is she thriving academically my daughter has learned powerful lessons about education and community that can only be achieved at a place where teachers administration and parents all share a common passion for learning and neighborhood unity. I would not only recommend prospective parents to visit this amazing school I would challenge them to find a more nurturing inspiring school ANYWHERE and at any price. Like their fabulous WE Garden this school is destined to grow beautifully and be a shining example of community involvement. This is what an elementary education should be. Kudos to everyone involved at this school. You are doing a great job.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a GREAT school I graduated from this school in 02' from the Magnet program The teacher's were excellent & also the staff & the principle. I want to thank Mr. Robins who was such an amazing teacher he would sit down & listen to your problems individually & give you GREAT advise on how to handle it I also want to thank Mr. Lesner who was another GREAT teacher was so calm NEVER mistreated his students always took his time on teaching & never rushed a student if he/she didn't understand. & last but not least my 3rd grade teacher Ms. Okin who made learning fun & helped each & everyone of her students patiently & you can tell how much she enjoyed teaching because there was NEVER a day where she didn't have smile on her face ( I miss this school so so much! GREAT SCHOOL

  • (3 years ago)

    I really love this school. My son has attended for the past 2 years and this fall my daughter started kinder and I am super excited for this school year. Everyone from parents to staff teachers and principal are great. Keep up the good work!

  • (4 years ago)

    The school has an excellent principal that listens to the ideas and concerns of parent during the course of the current principal's leadership the school's API has increased by 43 points. She has managed to keep extracurricular activities in our school such as art music and drama during this economic crisis. I can't fail to mention or fabulous WE garden which speaks for itself.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a son enrolled in the 3rd grade magnet program and a daughter that just began kindergarten I am impressed with the principal's dedication to striving for academice excellence and that in the midst of budget cuts she had been able to maintain extracurricular activities such as arts drama and music. The WE garden speaks for itself.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a gem of a school just waiting to be discovered!

  • (4 years ago)

    Westminster Elementary School has a strong teaching staff experienced intelligent and caring principal and a supportive parent group. In a short time the principal has transformed the school into a serious center of learning discovery and growth.

  • (5 years ago)

    Westminster Magnet paves the way for advanced technology education. Students integrate state standards into projects in PowerPoint Excel Frames Pixie iMovie and iPhoto. Come see our original animations and claymations. You won't find this at any other school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Westminister is a very GOOD school. The entire staff is very professional and always ready to assist a child or a parent. The Principal is very hardworking and I really appreciate EVERYONE there )

  • (5 years ago)

    They are helping the children plant gardens at the school and there is so much parent involvement!

  • (5 years ago)

    Westminster Elementary and Magnet is a wonderful school. There is a tremendous amount of parent teacher and student involvement. We were also one of the first schools in Los Angeles to provide a green garden.

  • (5 years ago)

    great neighborhood involvement..And an amazing gardening program that teaches about plants nature sustainability and nutrition.

  • (5 years ago)

    amazing dedicated staff! great garden! wonderful kids! fantastic principal!

  • (5 years ago)

    We love the Principal all the staff and we love the fact that Westminster Ave.Elem.School's students share musical performances plays and other school activities as gardening with the pupils of bilingual Claire Fontaine their neighbor.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teacher great effort great staff overall. amazing organic garden LA's Best after school program which is free and their staff at Westminster is amazin hard working and committed. Also API scores growing beyond expectations best location.

  • (5 years ago)

    Westminster Avenue School has faculty that truly cares about the students wants them to learn and grow happy and healthy. The administration really listens to the students and to the parents. Their learning garden is amazing too.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is going to be the school that everyone is trying to get into. Jump on board so many wonderful things happening. It is all about parent involvement and there are parents that are making a difference. Let's keep it going.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have my son in 3rd grade and daughter in kindergarden and we love the school our kids also love the school because of the dedicated teachers n staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    Love this school my daughter is in 4th grade of the Magnet program we are so happy to have been part of this school the last 5 year watching it grow and accomplish its goals. The teachers are all amazing and very caring and with the help of parent and other community member and our garden volunteers our garden has expanded and now there will be another garden for Kindergarten. API scores went up 23 point last years. Our New principal is hands on. Does magic! The campus is beautiful and on a great street palms trees and ocean breeze in a Community to be known for its art and diversity. We just love it and are sad it doesn't carry on all the way to highschool )

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