Opportunities Unlimited Charter High School opened in 2005 to serve students in 9th through 12th grades that are at risk students. The school on average has only 160 students enrolled per year, which allows for a more personal learning environment. The curriculum is college preparatory, standards based, and project based program that works with students on an individual basis to ensure their success. The main focus is on social justice.
Along with core subjects, Opportunities Unlimited Charter High School offers drawing, creative writing, drama, poetry, computer animation, graphics, film production, art club, drama club, martial arts, science club, student government, and yearbook. Sports include basketball and soccer. Students are very happy with the activities and events the school offers even though a few mentioned they would also like to join football and cheerleading.
Parents stated that over the last few years they have noticed the school is not performing as well as it was before. They are pleased with the majority of the teachers and staff but would like to see more emphasis placed on academics as the test scores have dropped dramatically. Students stated that teachers are not as attentive as they were in previous years as well.
The Academic Performance Index declined 48 points from the previous year to 586. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are not happy at all with this figure and are talking with teachers and administration to learn how to improve this score.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was below state averages in all grades and all subjects. Once again, parents are working with teachers to learn how they can help their students improve on these exam scores. Many stated they would like to see the scores closer to the state averages since some percentages were in the single digits.
The California High School Exit Exam tests 10th graders mastering skills in English language arts and mathematics. Students at the school saw scores of 63% passing the English exam with the state average at 83% and 65% in math with the state at 84%. Parents and students are not very pleased with this number as only just over half of the students are prepared to graduate.
From comments of parents and students, the school needs some improvement. If you are considering enrolling your child, but having some concerns it would be a good idea to talk with staff and teachers to learn more about the low exam scores.
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Opportunities Unlimited Charter High School
8825 S. Vermont St.
Los Angeles, CA 90044