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About This School

Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School is Elmore Collier. 1,866 students go to Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; Filipino; and White, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 57% of the 1,866 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School is 22:1. Miraleste Kindergarten is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 59% 73%
Filipino 4% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 16% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 11%
Asian 11% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 646343%
Unspecified 0.7% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 75%
Limited English proficiency 9% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I am an alumni student from Dodson and I also was bussed in from Wilmington. I went on to graduate from HS and college with my BA and now my daughter is a 7th grader at Dodson. I chose to not have her bussed in. I make the drive everyday before and after school because I didnt want her to be labled as a WILMINGTON kid as I was. Because of that I did experience some problems with the kids from Pedro. So to those who say the Wilmington kids are bad Im here to say Pedro has bad apples too! Matter of fact my cousin who attended Dodson with me was a Pedro student and she was the one who chose to ditch and by the way got caught. I on the other hand never ditched. SO with that I am here to say its not the school who produces bad students. Its the parents. If us parents dont instill in our kids a passion to learn and if we dont motivate and encourage them then how can we expect them to get good grades choose not to ditch and succeed. Teachers are given a classroom of children that are products of us parents. My daughter is in Magnet straight A's involved in leadership and she has friends from both Wilmington and San Pedro.

  • (6 months ago)

    Dodson is an AMAZING SCHOO. I am an eighth grader (class of 2014) and honestly this school is a great fit for me. Yes some kids being bussed cause problems but not all. There are problems at all schools. In comparison to my home school (Curtiss middle school) Dodson is completely safe. I totally disagree with the comments on the kids from the housing project. The teachers are very effective. The ONLY thing i didn't like was the physical education was mainly based off of running. I would DEFINITELY recommend this school. - Submitted by a student

  • (1 year ago)

    First of all the comments in reference to children from Wilmington or from the housing project are ridiculous. My son is fortunate to know students from various areas of the South Bay. If you are a parent that is fully aware of your child's schedule activities your child will do well (isn't that what we do anyway). Dodson teachers use technology to enhance learning - thank goodness. That is a trend that is isn't going away. I personally am proud that my son is exposed to subject matter he gets now instead of when I got it in college. Allow your child to be challenged now. Middle school does not count towards college (sorry it doesn't - don't tell your child) Prep for high school in organizational skills is what they will primarily get. One big negative is the principal needs more experience in developing a relationship with parents. I want anticipatory guidance regarding my child's academic experience. I want to be called when it is appropriate. Perhaps if they developed a web based general question message board on the home page. There access to frequently asked questions/concerns - a parent could start a dialog with their child to enhance the middle school expeience.

  • (1 year ago)

    Dodson Magnet is ridiculous! The teachers think "accelerated program" means give lots and lots of homework don't allow the students to have weekends or holidays and teach to the tests. Ms. Ortiz teaches English in a sane manner so 1 out of 10 teachers is cool. They conference with parents in packs too. You can't just meet with one teacher and work through problems. But that's another thing. They'll never bend. They're arrogant and won't ever change the way they treat a child or perform a routine function within their class. Their class. They forget the kids are there too and that it's everyone's classroom. They rely on technology way too much as well. Assignments were due DURING the Spring Break!!! The drama program was excellent but it looks like the new principal has ideas to destroy even that. Today my child culminated and we are finally free. Good luck to you if you choose Dodson Magnet.

  • (2 years ago)

    First and foremost this school is completely overrated! It is a beautiful- looking school in a nice/quiet area but one of the problems is too many"badly behaved" kids from areas such as Wilmington and other areas being bused into the school. Additionally project housing is within walking distance and there are quite a few "badly behaved" kids that attend from there as well. I know that not all kids are bad from these areas. The (new) Principal severely lacks in experience people skills teaching knowledge vision and seems to have obtained the position based on connections. When fights do occur at this school they are minimized and put in hush mode( as if they never happened) instead of having assemblies to combat them. The assistant principals are good and there are some good teachers but there are some that need to leave the profession due to lack of concern/care for students and using constant "drill seargant" teaching methods. It seems that only the gifted program is the only thing lifting up overall test scores...API etc. Beware! A completely overrated school.

  • (2 years ago)

    this school is really good my child came here and she never had problems good job!

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from this school in 2007. At the time I thought it was a lame school but once I went to a really bad high school I realized how awesome this place was. Not only is the surrounding area quiet and nice but the staff is good too. I think the only problem are some students that come from Wilmington or other areas they don't take much seriously. The drama program is one of the best every play we put on was a success but our teacher was very.... out there. This is a good school though and the magnet program is the best. It's a real challenge I got more work here than I did in high school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Some of the teachers are qualified but most just talk a good game. Administration doesn't care too much about the students as long as they don't cause a stir.

  • (4 years ago)

    I didn't like Dodson at all! I had trouble there alot i tried asking the counselors for help and they NEVER helped me. There are way to many fights and to many people smoking weed on the field. I couldnt even finish the wrest of my 7th grade year there! People think it's the best school cuz its in RPV but it's not. The sixth grade teachers are very very nice but not the seventh and eigth. I do not and will not recomened Dodson to anyone. I feel sorry for all my friends still there.

  • (5 years ago)

    The gifted program stresses more on quantity of work rather than quality or challenge. Sixth grade was an enormous work load of busy work; nothing much gifted about it. Excellent drama program just have to deal with an overly dramatic teacher. Seventh and eighth grade settle down a bit in terms of work load. Excellent trip to Yosemite in the winter for a week.Administrators have a difficult time dealing with students with special needs.

  • (5 years ago)

    Dodson has had the most positive impact on my life. The magnet program is amazing and it really taught me to be independent. It's beautiful campus and remarkable experienced system was a surprise to me. I didn't want to go to this school but i can't imagine how my life would be like if i didn't. I'm overly grateful for Dodson's existance and I really don't know how dumb i would be if I went to my homeschool.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a student here and i think no i know that it is a great school

  • (6 years ago)

    Dodson is not the school you think it is. Parent's beware the school is far from perfect and I don't know how it received the score it did. The previous ratings must have been written by teachers. If you are not a straight A student the school can't help you get there. If your child has an incident at the school be prepared for the Administrative staff to turn their head the other way. Let me just get to the point your child must be an A+ student with outside help. Dodson teachers are on a freight train of teaching and they will not stop to help. If you not know the work forget about it. The help care and attention is just not there. It's just another poor LAUSD SCHOOL that's been over-rated!

  • (6 years ago)

    As a former student of Dodson Middle School I would have to say that this has been the best school I have attended so far in my academic career. Dodson provided me the foundation I needed not only to excel in high school but also in college (UC Berkeley). I learned how to study what to study and even learned how to play the clarinet! While in Dodson although I struggled (because of the course load and the intensity of the gifted magnet program) I came out greatly prepared for high school. I am very grateful for Dodson Middle School; it has helped to make me who I am today.

  • (6 years ago)

    We're a military family living in San Pedro's USAF housing and have a son attending Dodson. The school structure like most in this district is old & worn with 'temporary' buildings from the 1960's. The best situation for your child at this school is placement in the gifted program and then being placed in the top tier of this program (they select the top 40 math students in the 6th grade to start Pre-Algebra). The two core/block teachers for the Pre-Algebra designated 6th graders are outstanding. To our amazement our son has had a wonderful experience and thrived this school year. Since the 'gifted' classification and high math scores open the best doors in the Los Angeles Unified School District I suggest enrolling your children in a Kumon or similar extra-curricular math center if you anticipate being stationed in the Los Angeles area.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a student her at Dodson and I like it a lot. My only problem is that some of the teachers don't give you a chance to get better they point a finger at you.I love participating in all the activities they have during school and after like drama dance cheer running football music chorus and art.I love Dodson because now I understand science more than anything.

  • (6 years ago)

    Dodson has its achievements and shortcomings. Some teachers set a reasonable swift pace in covering the criteria. However not all the teachers are so forthcoming. Some lag and drag at the information which causes students to forget the material. Yet others do not explain the material well at all and are puzzles why their students receive such low marks.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that Dodson needs a better reading program. A program like Fleming Middle school has. Power reading programs teach the kids to appreciate reading and promotes good writing habits. A must at Dodson. I am considering pulling my son out of Dodson for this reason. The concern of the leadership at Dodson is very low. Especially when it comes to warning signs of bad behavior from a child. The teachers call the parents but the counselors do not return calls or show up to meeting when asked. There is no time to help parents solve problems that your child is having in class. Kids and parent needs are not met.

  • (8 years ago)

    Excellent free public school. A little crowded however the quality of education among achools in the same level in superior. Very good music department. Music teacher has a personal relationship with all music students.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son attended Dodson and he liked it there very much. The teachers seemed good and eager to teach.

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