East LA Performing Arts Magnet Academy

Basic Information

Address: 4211 Dozier Street, Los Angeles, CA 90063
County: Los Angeles
School District: Los Angeles Unified School District
Phone Number: 323-265-6725
Fax Number: 323-265-6726
President: N/A
Principal: Carolyn McKnight

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Additional Information

Accreditation: WASC
Organization Affilationss: Arts Schools Network
School Type: Magnet School and Pilot School
School Mascot: Toro
Founded: 2010
Ages/Grades: 9-12
School Setting:

Vibrant urban neighborhood in East Los Angeles

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 8 am to 3 pm
School Days in Calendar Year: 180
School Holidays: LAUSD calendar, with one week off for Thanksgiving, three weeks for the winter vacation and one week for spring vacation


School Size: 500
Classroom Size: 25
Student/Teacher Ratio: 25/1
  •  English
  • Math
  • Science
  • History/Social Science
  • Spanish
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Film-making/Media Arts
  •  College preparatory
  • Honors and AP courses 
  • Interdisciplinary instruction linking English, History and the Arts
  • Arts Integration in all subjects
  • Beginning and advanced courses in the arts
Arts Programs:
  •  Dance - ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, West African, Latin
  • Advanced dance class - Dance Company
  • Advanced after-school dance - Torres Dance Team
  • Music - orchestra, brass/woodwinds, guitar-bass-drums, choir, piano/keyboards
  • Advanced Orchestra
  • Torres Pep Band
  • Theatre - beginning, Shakespeare, playwriting, directing, improv
  • Advanced theatre class - Theatre Company
  • Film/Media Arts - digital photography, film-making
  • Poetry Performance
  • Creative Writing
Percentage of Graduating Class: 85%
Support Services:

Counseling, College Counseling, Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor, on-site Wellness Center, family support services

After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

4 lap-top carts, campus-wide WiFi

School Clubs:

Leadership, Rock Band Club, Bible Club, Yearbook, Student Humane Society, Drawing Club, Best Buddies Club, Math Club

Parking Spaces/Availability:


Auditions:  No audition required for 2014-2015 school year
Admissions Deadline: Rolling admissions for 2014-2015 school year
Mission Statement:  The mission of the East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet Academy is to develop creative, contributing member of society through a standards-based curriculum featuring rigorous interdisciplinary instruction that is rich in the performing arts.
Philosophy/Belief Statement:  All students learn better when their interests and passions are linked to their academic experiences.  All students have the capacity and deserve the opportunity to develop their talents and express themselves through the performing arts.  Giving students access to the cultural riches of their community, including concerts, plays, museums and other experiential learning opportunities, is a vital part of preparing them to be informed and thoughtful citizens of the world.
School History:  The school was founded in 2010 by a group of teachers, students, parents and community organizations to address the long-standing challenges of low educational attainment in East Los Angeles.  At that time there were no high schools focused on the performing arts in the area that were accessible to students who had limited prior experience in the arts.  The school is designed to meet the needs of students who are already studying the arts as well as students who are interested in exploring the arts.  Intervention and student support programs are essential parts of the school's strategies for raising student achievement and graduation rates.

In 2013, the school was selected for a long-term grant from Exploring the Arts/Tony Bennett Foundation. 
Additional Information:

The school receives support from major arts organizations through arts residencies, field trips, teaching artists and internships, including: LA Opera, the Huntington Library & Gardens, the Flourish Foundation, the LA County Music Center, Center Theatre Group, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, LA Repertory Theatre, VersaStyle Dance Company, Contra-tiempo Urban Latin Dance Company, Get Lit Poetry Performance Troupe, StreetPoets.