Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School opened in 2002 to offers students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grades with an opportunity to learn in a safe and nurturing environment. The school offers a curriculum that focuses on the whole child as well as community building. The student body population is diverse including 89% Hispanic, 4% White, 3% Filipino, 2% African American, 1% American Indian, and 1% Asian.
Along with core subjects, Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School offers a variety of other activities. These include basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, painting, choir, orchestra, gardening, and student newspaper.
Overall parents and students alike are not happy with the school. Many commented that teachers are very unhappy and this falls down to the students. The classrooms have more students in class with up to 50 students in each room with only 2 teachers. Some students stated that the classrooms are hectic with many students being very disruptive. The changes as noted by parents are recent events, but did state they are noticing a few changes and hope that the school does the changes that are needed. Some parents expressed that the good teachers are trying their best but are being overwhelmed. Students stated they do like many of the teachers but think that there are too many students in the classroom.
The Academic Performance Index showed an increase of 10 points from the previous year to a score of 743. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are happy to see the score increase but would like to see a better score next year.
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 mixed with percentages being above and below state averages. Examples include 74% of 2nd graders passed the math exam with the state at 64% and 39% of 6th graders passed the English exam with the average at 59%.
With the comments of parents being mainly negative, it would be a good idea to take a tour of the school and talk with parents that have students enrolled prior to enrollment.
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Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School
1022 N. Van Ness Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038