In Partnership with 74

Here’s how to use the interactive map on school climate in LA schools

Sarah Favot | June 8, 2017

Your donation will help us produce journalism like this. Please give today.

The green pin on the left is Crestwood Street Elementary School and the red pin on the right is Barton Hill Elementary School.

We just published an interactive map that shows the results of school climate surveys taken by teachers and students at LA schools. The map makes it easy for parents for the first time to compare the climate in their child’s school to other schools in the same neighborhood and across LA.

There’s data on 786 schools — district and charter — that includes whether students feel safe, if bullying is a problem and if teachers feel like their disciplinary practices are effective. Only a small portion of charter schools participated in the survey and made their data available.

For data lovers like myself, the map is a cool tool.

• READ MORE: Exclusive: How safe are LA’s schools? New interactive map compares what teachers and students are seeing

Here are some overall findings:

• 191 schools are labeled “safe schools”

• 434 schools are “somewhat safe”

• 161 schools are “less safe”

You can search an individual school in the search bar and see the results. For example, if you click the magnifying glass and type “Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies,” you can click on the result and the map will zoom in to the school. The school is categorized “somewhat safe.” The sidebar will give you details of the survey results from staff and students. For example, 24 percent of the staff said school discipline isn’t effective and 28 percent of students said they do not feel safe at school.

Another way to search the map is by just zooming in and out and moving it around and clicking on the pins to get the results of the school that you’ve clicked on.

You can also click on the categories “safe school,” “somewhat safe,” and “less safe” and see all the schools in each of the categories highlighted on the map and listed in the sidebar by name.

When you click on a school, a number of survey results appear including:

• teachers say bullying is a severe/moderate problem
• teachers say school discipline is not effective
• students don’t feel safe at school
• students have been afraid of being beaten up

Parents can now see how their child’s school compares to one down the street.

For instance, a Los Angeles mother who sends her child to Barton Hill Elementary School in San Pedro may be disturbed to learn that 33 percent of students say they don’t feel safe, 82 percent say bullying is a problem, 83 percent of teachers say that disruptive behavior is a significant problem, and 92 percent of teachers say discipline is ineffective.

Whereas, nearby, at Crestwood Street Elementary School, less than a quarter of teachers think discipline is ineffective, less than a fifth think disruptive behavior is a significant problem, and only 37 percent of students say bullying is a problem.

So go ahead and get started — and share it with your friends.

Click here to search by a specific school name or address.

Curious about New York City schools? Check out their map here.

Read Next