Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex: Full Guide

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Are you a student or parent at Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to ALC available. Here we'll cover:

  • Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
  • How safe ALC is to attend
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by ALC students
  • Which AP/IB classes you can take at ALC
  • Every sports team you can join at ALC

Let's get started!

Basic Information

Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Los Angeles, CA in Los Angeles County.

Based on its location, ALC is classified as a school in a large city. Here's the location on a map:


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
322 Lucas Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone number: 2132403815

Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex homepage: http://www.alccobras.net/

Principal: Tadeo Climaco
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex is 445 students, making it a somewhat large high school, in the top half of all California high schools by size.

As a mid-sized high school, ALC strikes the balance between size and comfort. There will be enough students to provide a diversity of experiences, like clubs and sports, for you to join. But it'll be small enough that you'll likely get to know most people in your class.


Growth in Student Body Size

Is Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at ALC has steadily increased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 100 65 165
10th grade 68 47 115
11th grade 50 47 97
12th grade 33 35 68

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 97 students larger than the senior class. This suggests that the school is growing in size and taking on more students.

There are a few reasons this could be happening. The city of Los Angeles could be growing in population, thus sending more students into ALC. Alternatively, ALC could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex?

From our statistics, ALC has a 57:43 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

There is a large male majority at ALC, and much more than you would expect from the general population in Los Angeles County. As a result, it'll feel like there are a lot more girls than boys in your classes.

Sometimes this imbalance can result from random chance and may not suggest anything about ALC. In other cases, the school might preferentially select for males. For example, in our data we find that continuation high schools unfortunately seem to be male-dominated. In yet other cases, other neighboring schools might attract female students, drawing them away from ALC.

If the male majority is concerning to you, we suggest contacting ALC administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a gender imbalance. Their phone number is 2132403815.


Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, ALC has a very homogenous student body, with over 90% of students identifying as one ethnicity. This is especially extreme - fewer than 10% of California schools show as little racial diversity as ALC does. When attending class, you'll be surrounded by students of the same ethnicity.

The majority of students at ALC are Hispanic. In California, Hispanic students make up the majority of all students at 51.5%, and are thus the most common ethnicity. Predominantly Hispanic schools are the most common type of homogenous school, and ALC fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.2% 1
Asian 2.4% 11
Hispanic 94.6% 421
Black 1.7% 8
White 0.4% 2
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.2% 1
Two or more races 0.2% 1

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Los Angeles. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.


Income Level of ALC Families

What are the family incomes of students at Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.

To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.

To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.

The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.

At ALC, 4.9% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 91.6% qualify for free lunches.

This means ALC has a high percentage of students at or near poverty. Almost a third of all schools in California show this level of poverty, and by National Center for Education Statistics standards, ALC can be classified as a high poverty school. The income level of families in Los Angeles is thus likely to be low.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 22 4.9%
Free lunches 408 91.6%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 15 3.3%

As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Los Angeles and doesn't speak much about the school itself.

Unfortunately, schools in areas of lower income levels are likely to be more poorly funded. As a result, they might feature less advanced coursework like AP/IB classes, and you may not have a full range of sports and extracurriculars to draw from. Because ALC is an especially high poverty-level school, it might not have the resources you need to meet your full potential.

You definitely don't have control over the city, the school, or other families, but you can structure your own learning to be more productive. If you'd like to open yourself to more opportunities, you can look into whether it's possible to transfer to a nearby school with higher income levels.

If not, don't be alarmed - it's possible that ALC has all that you need for your ambition. And you can definitely be proactive about learning outside of your school, looking to your community or to the Internet to find more resources.

Exclusive: Want to learn how to improve your SAT score by 160 points? image description

Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and SAT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.

Get eBook: 5 Tips for 240+ Points

School Safety

How safe is Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex to attend? Can you expect a lot of conflict as a student here?

To study this, we look at disciplinary data for two types of incidents at ALC: referrals to law enforcement (when incidents are reported to police), and arrests.

These are the most serious disciplinary actions available to school administration and are more severe than suspensions or expulsions. Suspensions are often discretionary and can be given just for being disruptive in class. In contrast, law enforcement referrals and arrests often indicate incidents that put the safety of other ALC students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 0 referrals to law enforcement, and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 416 students.

To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.

Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:

Los Angeles Unified School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Frank Lanterman 0 0 222
Youth Opportunities Unlimited 6 0 323
Jane Addams Continuation 0 0 216
William Tell Aggeler Opportunity High 0 0 65
John R. Wooden High 0 0 144
Angel's Gate (continuation) 0 0 84

Academic Performance


Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about ALC's academics here.


Standardized Testing


Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.

Let’s start by taking a look at the data for nationally administered standardized tests.

SAT Scores

As you probably know, the SAT is a critical test used for college admissions. The higher the score you get, the better your academic performance compared to students nationwide, and the easier it is to get into top colleges.

We did in-depth research and found the average Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1220 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 83 at ALC take the SAT.

This is a very low SAT score, putting ALC in the bottom 25% of all California schools, and well below the national average. Only 6% of SAT takers here score above the national average. Unfortunately, this suggests that most students attending ALC are not high-achieving, and may find it difficult to be admitted to a good college.

Note, however, that an average is just an average - you still have the potential to rise above expectations. If you work hard and earn an SAT score well above ALC's average, you'll have a great shot at entering a good college.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
ALC 399 416 410 1220
California 498 510 496 1504
United States 495 511 484 1490

Note that the SAT has since changed to a 1600 scale, but the trends above for your high school are likely to continue. Just use this guide to convert between the old 2400 scale and the new 1600 scale.

To learn more about SAT percentile rankings, read our guide on what SAT percentiles really mean.

How good is 1220 as an SAT score? Find out with our complete 1220 SAT score guide, including which colleges you can get into with a 1220 or any other SAT score!

Exclusive: Want to learn how to improve your SAT score by 160 points? image description

Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and SAT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.

Get eBook: 5 Tips for 240+ Points

ACT Scores

In California, the ACT is less popular than the SAT. Fewer students take the ACT, and typically these students are more motivated and academically prepared for college. Therefore, it's harder to compare Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At ALC, the average ACT composite score was 17, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 45 out of 445 total students take the ACT.

Unfortunately, this is well below average performance, putting ALC in the bottom 25% of high schools in California. Most students who take the ACT here are well below the national average.

Since the ACT tests what you learn in school, this may be a warning sign that the quality of education you'll receive at ALC may be lacking compared to other schools.

Here are the average English, Math, Reading, and Science scores for ALC compared to California and the US:

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
ALC 16 18 17 17
California 21.8 22.8 22.3 21.7
UnitedStates 20.3 20.9 21.3 20.8

Scores provided are for the 2013-14 school year.

Find out more about percentile rankings and the ACT in this article.

Every individual is different. What counts as a good ACT score for you? Learn more with this article!

Exclusive: Want to learn how to improve your ACT score by 4 points? image description

Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and ACT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.

Free eBook: 5 Tips to 4+ Points on the ACT

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex students credit for college.

Here's what we're looking for: high average AP test scores as well as high AP passing rates.

AP Scores

Every year, roughly 82 students in grades 9-12 at ALC take 141 AP exams. It's important to understand how students score on the AP - earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test means passing the test and often earning college credit.

The average score of all AP exams taken at ALC is 2.0 out of 5.

Unfortunately, this score puts ALC at below average performance. For AP tests, the passing score is considered a 3, and the majority of students who take AP tests at ALC don't pass. This performance places Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in the bottom 50% of schools for AP tests in California.

This isn't all bad news. It's already good that ALC offers an AP program, so you can start dipping your toes into college-level courses. Some schools are new to offering AP courses, and teachers often get better at preparing students for AP tests. Furthermore, a good number of students still earn a passing grade of 3 or above. With hard work throughout the year, you'll still be able to beat your school's average.

We have specific data on how many students got a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) on AP exams in the chart below:


To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, you'll have to talk to your guidance counselor (who can then help you find that information). For instance, one AP Calculus teacher may have an above-90% passing rate, while another might only have a 50% passing rate. If you can, you'll want to take the class with the teacher who has more students get a 3 or above on the AP exam.

Find out more about the average score for each AP subject here.


State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex must take standardized tests in English/Language Arts and Math as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These align with the new Common Core standards and are called the "Smarter Balanced" tests.

If ALC students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at ALC.

English/Language Arts

At Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, 37% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered below average and puts ALC in the bottom 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The majority of ALC students do not pass state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

This specific percentage isn't much cause for concern - because the Common Core is new, the pass rate at ALC will likely rise over time. But it still reflects ALC's below average standing among California high schools.

English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each ELA area score here.


Math

The other major test taken for state assessments is Math. Across the state, Math performance is generally lower than English/Language Arts performance, so it's natural for this number to be lower.

At Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, 19% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts ALC in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of ALC students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

Math Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each Math area score, go here.


Academic Offerings


In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Brief Intro to AP/IB

AP and IB courses are designed at the difficulty level of college introductory classes. There are several important benefits to taking advanced coursework at ALC. First, taking more advanced classes shows colleges that you're committed to challenging yourself academically, and that you're one of the more advanced students at ALC. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your ALC AP/IB coursework as college coursework. In some cases, you'll be able to skip introductory-level classes and move to more advanced classes. In other cases, you'll be able to avoid having to take required courses and might even be able to graduate earlier than the standard 4 years. Often this will require you to pass the AP test, getting a score of 3 or above.

So what advanced courses does Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex offer?

AP Courses

Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex offers AP courses in 4 subjects.

This is a relatively low number of AP subjects, putting Academic Leadership Community School at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in the bottom 50% of California schools offering AP courses. You'll likely be able to take the most popular courses like Calculus, English, and US History, but you won't have most other subjects available.

The total number of AP subjects is 38, so ALC is missing most. If you want to take any AP courses not being offered at ALC, ask your counselor for ideas on how to cover the gap. If you're a strong student, you might consider transferring schools to access a more advanced curriculum.

Of course, keep in mind that even though ALC doesn't offer many AP courses, it might teach the ones it does offer quite well. You can see student performance in the AP score analysis section above.

The following AP courses were offered at ALC during 2015-2016:

Course Title
Calculus AB
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Environmental Science

Sports Teams


What’s Next?


Want to get more useful information about high school classes and preparing for colleges? Our blog has a ton of articles and advice on topics ranging from coursework and GPA to letters of recommendation, extracurriculars, and much more!

Ready to bulk up your schedule and maximize your college preparedness? Read all about the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

Not quite in high school yet, but eager to get started? We've also got information for younger students interested in advanced learning opportunities, both in and out of school.

If You Liked Our Advice...

Visit our blog for free strategy guides on college admissions and test prep.

Our experts have written hundreds of useful articles on improving your SAT score and getting into college. You'll definitely find something useful here.

Visit our blog now.

Subscribe to our newsletter to get FREE strategies and guides sent to your email. Learn how to ace the SAT/ACT and get into college, with exclusive tips and insights that we share with our private newsletter subscribers.

Get Free SAT Tips to Boost Your Score
100% Privacy. No spam ever.


You should definitely follow us on social media. You'll get updates on our latest articles right on your feed. Follow us on all of our social networks:



Sources

The data on this page is drawn from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to):