Forty-Second Street Elementary

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Forty-Second Street Elementary is a public elementary school in Los Angeles, California, serving 195 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the Los Angeles Unified school district, which is ranked 909 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Forty-Second Street Elementary has a unique racial makeup, with 55.75% African American and 35.63% Hispanic students, and no representation from other racial groups. The school consistently ranks among the lowest-performing elementary schools in California, with proficiency rates on standardized tests well below the state and district averages. Chronic absenteeism has also been a significant issue, rising from 26.4% in 2017-2018 to 51.6% in the 2022-2023 school year. Over 95% of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage.

In comparison, nearby schools like Tom Bradley Global Awareness Magnet and Birdielee V. Bright Elementary have higher proficiency rates and better statewide rankings than Forty-Second Street Elementary, suggesting that the challenges faced by this school may be unique or more severe than those experienced by other schools in the area. Addressing the underlying causes of the school's academic struggles and high chronic absenteeism should be a priority for the school and district.


Detail:

Public K-5

 4231 Fourth Ave.
       Los Angeles, CA  90008-3903


(323) 296-7550

District: Los Angeles Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
5779th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,543 Help


Students who attend Forty-Second Street Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Audubon Middle
High:    Crenshaw Sci Technical Engr Math and Med Magnet

Student/teacher ratio:  16.2 Help
Number of students:  195

Racial breakdown:

Not Specified:
100.0%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  95.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Forty-Second Street Elementary ranks worse than 98.4% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 483rd among 487 ranked elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 8.53. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details 95.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Forty-Second Street Elementary is 16.2, which is the 28th best among 487 elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Forty-Second Street Elementary is $18,543, which is the 21st highest among 487 elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Forty-Second Street Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Forty-Second Street Elementary 5779th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Forty-Second Street Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Los Angeles Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Los Angeles Unified 918th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Forty-Second Street Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Forty-Second Street Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 13.42 4456th 4809 7.3%
2005 11.97 4529th 4822 6.1%
2006 12.04 4536th 4818 5.9%
2007 8.30 4996th 5113 2.3%
2008 11.97 4817th 5113 5.8%
2009 8.58 5053rd 5193 2.7%
2010 4.91 5275th 5314 0.7%
2011 5.34 5338th 5377 0.7%
2012 6.97 5297th 5390 1.7%
2013 7.68 5386th 5530 2.6%
2015 11.31 5394th 5611 3.9%
2016 8.64 5508th 5614 1.9%
2017 5.76 5656th 5692 0.6%
2018 4.53 5635th 5662 0.5%
2019 4.00 5772nd 5789 0.3%
2022 12.58 5563rd 5883 5.4%
2023 8.53 5779th 5874 1.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Forty-Second Street Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 5.78 5050th 5084 0.7%
2019 4.59 5153rd 5173 0.4%
2022 18.62 4745th 5264 9.9%
2023 10.99 5255th 5374 2.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Forty-Second Street Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.47 5400th 5413 0.2%
2019 3.79 5488th 5492 0.1%
2022 14.71 5211th 5635 7.5%
2023 9.49 5519th 5617 1.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Forty-Second Street Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 18.13 2441st 2585 5.6%
2022 18.65 2131st 2227 4.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Forty-Second Street Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 5.78 5400th 5431 0.6%
2019 5.17 5487th 5510 0.4%
2022 11.97 5446th 5663 3.8%
2023 9.22 5559th 5650 1.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Forty-Second Street Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.95 683rd 700 2.4%
2019 14.66 725th 747 2.9%
2022 23.56 568th 663 14.3%
2023 16.82 631st 662 4.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Forty-Second Street Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 8.72 4887th 4963 1.5%
2022 27.18 3938th 5084 22.5%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Forty-Second Street Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 4 591 3 49 0 n/a n/a 0 647
1989 4 567 2 63 0 n/a n/a 0 636
1990 7 599 1 72 0 n/a n/a 0 679
1991 2 644 1 83 1 n/a n/a 0 731
1992 4 654 1 100 1 n/a n/a 0 760
1993 5 678 1 102 0 n/a n/a 0 786
1994 3 614 2 115 4 n/a n/a 0 738
1995 2 563 1 103 1 n/a n/a 0 670
1996 2 563 1 103 1 n/a n/a 0 670
1997 2 597 3 135 0 n/a n/a 0 737
1998 2 569 2 131 1 n/a n/a 0 705
1999 1 619 1 151 2 n/a n/a 0 774
2000 0 561 2 152 4 n/a n/a 0 719
2001 0 569 4 142 2 n/a n/a 0 717
2002 1 523 7 154 0 n/a n/a 0 685
2003 1 523 7 154 0 n/a n/a 0 685
2004 1 481 3 151 2 n/a n/a 0 638
2005 2 484 3 153 1 n/a n/a 0 643
2006 4 391 2 168 3 n/a n/a 0 568
2007 4 378 1 143 1 n/a n/a 0 527
2008 5 365 n/a 142 1 n/a n/a 0 513
2009 5 328 0 118 2 0 0 0 453
2010 5 310 0 116 4 0 0 0 435
2011 1 239 0 99 5 0 2 0 346
2012 2 224 0 89 4 0 1 0 320
2013 6 196 0 83 3 2 1 0 291
2014 4 191 0 88 1 2 0 0 286
2015 0 173 0 72 0 1 5 0 251
2016 1 201 1 70 0 1 7 0 281
2017 1 151 0 64 0 1 3 0 220
2018 1 126 0 70 0 1 3 0 201
2019 1 135 0 65 0 0 0 0 201
2020 1 130 0 76 0 0 2 0 209
2021 2 122 0 65 0 0 11 0 200
2022 3 97 0 62 0 1 11 0 174
2023 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 195 195

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Forty-Second Street Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 647 27.0 23.9 n/a
1989 636 27.0 23.5 n/a
1990 679 28.0 24.2 n/a
1991 731 28.7 25.4 n/a
1992 760 29.2 26.0 81.3
1993 786 33.0 23.8 78.8
1994 738 31.0 23.8 88.5
1995 670 29.0 23.1 94.6
1996 670 29.0 23.1 94.6
1997 737 36.0 20.5 91.7
1998 705 38.0 18.6 91.9
1999 774 39.0 19.8 89.3
2000 719 39.0 18.4 86.1
2001 717 38.0 18.9 93.9
2002 685 36.0 19.0 92.8
2003 685 36.0 19.0 92.8
2004 638 31.0 20.6 95.3
2005 643 30.0 21.4 89.9
2006 568 29.0 19.6 91.4
2007 527 28.0 18.8 94.7
2008 513 31.0 16.5 94.3
2009 453 27.0 15.1 93.8
2010 435 22.0 19.7 92.2
2011 346 n/a n/a 50
2012 320 14.0 22.8 n/a
2013 291 13.0 22.3 87.6
2014 286 13.0 22.0 78.3
2015 251 13.0 19.3 87.6
2016 281 14.0 20.0 90.7
2017 220 13.0 16.9 88.2
2018 201 11.0 18.2 89.6
2019 201 11.5 17.4 91
2020 209 n/a n/a 91.9
2021 200 13.0 15.3 89
2022 174 11.0 15.8 96
2023 195 12.0 16.2 95.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Forty-Second Street Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 647 27.0 23.9 n/a
1989 636 27.0 23.5 n/a
1990 679 28.0 24.2 n/a
1991 731 28.7 25.4 n/a
1992 760 29.2 26.0 81.3
1993 786 33.0 23.8 78.8
1994 738 31.0 23.8 88.5
1995 670 29.0 23.1 94.6
1996 670 29.0 23.1 94.6
1997 737 36.0 20.5 91.7
1998 705 38.0 18.6 91.9
1999 774 39.0 19.8 89.3
2000 719 39.0 18.4 86.1
2001 717 38.0 18.9 93.9
2002 685 36.0 19.0 92.8
2003 685 36.0 19.0 92.8
2004 638 31.0 20.6 95.3
2005 643 30.0 21.4 89.9
2006 568 29.0 19.6 91.4
2007 527 28.0 18.8 94.7
2008 513 31.0 16.5 94.3
2009 453 27.0 15.1 93.8
2010 435 22.0 19.7 92.2
2011 346 n/a n/a 50
2012 320 14.0 22.8 n/a
2013 291 13.0 22.3 87.6
2014 286 13.0 22.0 78.3
2015 251 13.0 19.3 87.6
2016 281 14.0 20.0 90.7
2017 220 13.0 16.9 88.2
2018 201 11.0 18.2 89.6
2019 201 11.5 17.4 91
2020 209 n/a n/a 91.9
2021 200 13.0 15.3 89
2022 174 11.0 15.8 96
2023 195 12.0 16.2 95.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Forty-Second Street Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201242.0%0.0%0.0%58.0%53.0%58.0%95.0%53.0%93.0%
201335.0%2.0%0.0%63.0%53.0%65.0%79.0%47.0%47.0%
201432.0%0.0%0.0%68.0%47.0%78.0%86.0%53.0%56.0%
201566.0%3.0%0.0%31.0%83.0%97.0%94.0%77.0%74.0%
201676.0%0.0%0.0%24.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%92.0%92.0%
201792.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%92.0%96.0%≥98.0%92.0%96.0%
201885.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%87.0%95.0%≥98.0%88.0%88.0%
201961.0%0.0%2.0%78.0%92.0%92.0%66.0%75.0%
202088.4%0.0%0.0%94.2%97.1%91.3%92.8%92.8%
202166.7%0.0%0.0%78.3%91.7%73.3%70.0%73.3%
202293.0%0.0%4.7%93.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Forty-Second Street Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $18,543

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Forty-Second Street Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 5772nd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5779th of 5874 Elementary schools
 1.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Forty-Second Street Elementary)4.612.5
 8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)42.940.1
 2.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Forty-Second Street Elementary)4.415.6
 11.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)44.442.8
 1.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Forty-Second Street Elementary)5.38
 2.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)43.439.9
 3.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Forty-Second Street Elementary)08.3
 8.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)3837.6
 0.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Forty-Second Street Elementary)13.215.4
 2.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)44.741.5
 3.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Forty-Second Street Elementary)5.17.7
 2.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)31.130.5
 0.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Forty-Second Street Elementary)53.9
 1.2%
   5th Grade Science (Los Angeles Unified)24.324.8
 0.5%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students201195
 3%
African American1350
 100%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic650
 100%
Pacific Islander00
White10
 100%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients91%95.4%
 4.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Forty-Second Street Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 195 students attended Forty-Second Street Elementary.

Students at Forty-Second Street Elementary are 100% Not Specified.

Forty-Second Street Elementary ranks in the bottom 1.6% of California elementary schools.

Students who attend Forty-Second Street Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Audubon Middle
High : Crenshaw Sci Technical Engr Math and Med Magnet


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