School of Arts and Enterprise opened in 2003 as a charter school for students in 9th through 11th grades to blend core subjects with arts and art related business. Students are introduced to the various art related businesses and can pursue their own career upon graduation. Along with core subjects, there are many different clubs and other activities for students that wish to participate. The curriculum is based on project based methods to ensure that students that have the best opportunity to learn. The student body population is diverse including 73% Hispanic or Latino, 11% White, 10% African American, 1% Asian, 1% Filipino, and 4% unspecified.
Students expressed that the school is not what it claims to be. Even though they offer music programs, the classes are not better than traditional schools. The dance program as stated by students is pretty good and fun. Some students were concerned that there is no security on the school property and that they do not feel safe at school. Some parents had some of the same concerns but did state that the overall curriculum is excellent. Many parents are talking with administration and teachers with their concerns for safety and that a few staff members seem to be unprofessional.
The Academic Performance Index showed an increase of 1 point from the previous year to a score of 702. The statewide goal is 800. Parents were not impressed with the small increase and are not happy with the statewide rank of 3. Many parents are working with the school to learn what can be done to improve the 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 average across the board in all grade levels and all subjects. Parents are not pleased with the percentage of students passing the exams and are talking with teachers to learn what can be done to improve the number of students that pass the exams.
The California High School Exit Exam tests 10th graders mastering skills in English language arts and mathematics. The percentage of students passing the English exam was 83% in English with the average at 83% and in math 79% passed with the average at 84%. Most parents were amazed that the students were so close to the averages since other exams were not as good.
For families that desire to have their children in a school that focuses on the arts and art related business, the school may be a good fit. However, it would be in your best interest to learn more about the learning environment prior to enrollment.
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School of Arts and Enterprise
295 N. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767