Before you consider the unfortunate academic statistics below, here are other quality of life statistics that further illustrate the thorny issues and social quicksand our kids must navigate every day.

The Green- Meadows/ Watts neighborhoods in which we operate consistently rank as two of the most dangerous for violent crime in the city - Green Meadows ranking 3rd and Watts ranking 15th out 272 neighborhoods (LA Times).

 

High Crime Rates

The following image shows both Violent and Non-violent crimes for the 90003 neighborhood since January 1, 2016. Detailed reports can be found here.

Six-Month Summary:

  • 230 Violent Crimes
  • 395 Property Crimes
  • 242.3 Crimes per 1,000 people

(Los Angeles Times; Broadway Manchester Neighborhood.)

 

High Volume of Registered Sex Offenders

Taken from www.meganslaw.ca.gov, this shocking map shows the 90003 neighborhood where most of our students reside (the star marks Strive's location).

Academic Realities in Our Community
May I ask you to consider the unhealthy link connecting the following two stats, before absorbing the remaining statistics?

(1) Students behind in reading in 3rd grade have only a 12 – 20% chance of ever catching up.

(2) 60% of students at the high school nearest Strive (Locke High School) scored Below Basic or Far Below Basic in English-Language Arts on the 2012 California Standards Tests

School Statistics

Of the 451 schools in California's bottom 5%, more than 50 are found in the South LA area as shown below (LA Times). 

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Below are the California Standard Testing statistics for some of the elementary and high schools nearest Strive.

Watts Learning Center:

  • Academic performance rating: 1/10
  • Free and reduced-price lunch: 96.2%
  • Students scoring "proficient" or above Math: 10.9%
  • Students scoring "proficient" or above English: 26.4%

93rd Street Elementary:

  • Academic performance rating: 1/10
  • Free and reduced-price lunch: 96.4%
  • Students scoring "proficient" or above Math: 40.5%
  • Students scoring "proficient" or above English: 31.3%

 

Neighborhood Statistics

The demographics of the neighborhoods surrounding Strive illustrate the need for the particular services we provide.   

Green-Meadows

  • $31,347 median household income (2008 dollars), low for the city of Los Angeles and low for the county
  • 3.6% of residents 25 and older have a four-year degree, low for the city of Los Angeles and low for the county
  • There are 1,605 families headed by single parents. The rate is 27.6%, high for the city of Los Angeles and high for the county

WATTS

  • $25,161 median household income (2008 dollars), low for the city of Los Angeles and low for the county
  • 2.9% of residents 25 and older have a four-year degree, low for the city of Los Angeles and low for the county 
  • There are 2,816 families headed by single parents. The rate is 38.9%,high for the city of Los Angeles and high for the county