Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise is geographically located in Los Angeles, California. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the county and city of Los Angeles is inhabited by almost ten million and four million people respectively. This makes Los Angeles the most populous city in California and the second most populous in the United States. The climate, geography, diversity, and entertainment industry are some of the many reasons that make Los Angeles appealing to its residents.
One hundred and fourteen distinct neighborhoods are recognized throughout Los Angeles’ 469 square miles. Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise is located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown. According to the Los Angeles Times, with 42,611 people per square mile, Koreatown has the highest population density in both the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles. The Association of American Geographers, reports that Koreans now only constitute about one-third of this ethnic enclave. Although Hispanics account for approximately one-half of the community’s population, they have historically been overrepresented at the school and account for 94% of the current enrollment. Additional relevant demographic data is presented below.
Student Demographic Data 2013-2014
|Total||363 of 386||94%||121 of 386||33%||25 of 386||7%|
|Male||169 of 363||47%||57 of 121||47%||6 of 25||24%|
|Female||194 of 363||53%||64 of 121||53%||19 of 25||76%|
The County of Los Angeles is home to dozens of school districts and hundreds of schools. Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest school district in California and the second largest in the United States. Los Angeles Unified authorized Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise to open in 2005. Two one-year renewals extended the initial three-year charter, which expired in 2008. In 2010, the charter was renewed until 2015. Upon initial authorization in 2005, the school only serviced sixth grade and was located in a former parochial school site in the Rampart/MacArthur Park neighborhood. In 2006, the school moved to its current facility (a converted office building) and continued to add an additional grade with each subsequent year. Graduating its inaugural class in 2012, the school has now graduated three senior classes.
The first few years of a start-up charter school are typically characterized by struggle. Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise is no exception. Despite these challenges and serving a predominantly minority, immigrant, and socially and economically underserved population, the school is making strides toward increasing student achievement. The tables below provide additional information on the academic performance indicator (API) history and an academic performance indicator (API) analysis of nearby schools.
|2013 API Nearby School Analysis|
|Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise||High||701||59|
|Salvador Castro Middle||Middle||692||-5|
|John Liechty Middle||Middle||684||-11|
|Belmont High School||High||668||23|
|Miguel Contreras Learning Complex||High||677||27|
|Ambassador School of Global Leadership||High||647||-8|
|Los Angeles High School of the Arts||High||705||-27|
|School for the Visual Arts and Humanities||High||685||-5|
|UCLA Community School||High||680||-17|
|Edward Roybal Learning Center||High||664||23|
|West Adams Preparatory High||High||646||14|
With a 59 point growth during the 2012-2013 school year, Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise shared rank 196-202 out of 10,000 public schools for which California Department of Education provided public data. This placed LAAAE at the top two percent for academic growth in the entire state of California. This is remarkable because 58% of other California schools with growth data had negative growth during this administration. Another two percent of schools during this same administration plateaued on performance.
Although the state’s accountability system was suspended during the 2013-2014 schoolyear, the preceding academic growth yielded a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program improvement stay for 2014-2015. Accordingly, LAAAE was reassigned program improvement status year four. Status four was initially assigned in 2013-2014. To be removed from federal program improvement status, the school must make adequately yearly progress for two consecutive years. LAAAE was successful in another program improvement stay just two years earlier. Specifically, LAAAE accomplished a program improvement year three stay in 2012-2013. Program improvement year three was initially assigned the 2011-2012 schoolyear.