Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School: Full Guide

Location: Carson, CA

Are you a student or parent at Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

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

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

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Basic Information

Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Carson, CA in Los Angeles County.

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


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School
22328 S. Main St.
Carson, CA 90745

Phone number: 3108471455

Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School homepage: http://aee-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/

Principal: Michelle Bryant
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School is 567 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, AEE 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 Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at AEE has 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 88 98 186
10th grade 51 60 111
11th grade 63 66 129
12th grade 57 84 141

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 45 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 Carson could be growing in population, thus sending more students into AEE. Alternatively, AEE could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School?

From our statistics, AEE has a 46:54 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

AEE has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in Los Angeles County. Since the student body is roughly half and half, it should feel like there are equal numbers of boys and girls in your classes.

This usually means that AEE doesn't strongly select for either males or females, unlike other schools that have a large majority of males or females.


Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, AEE has a diverse student body. No single ethnicity composes more than 50% of all students, which means you'll be surrounded by a diverse set of students in class. Only a third of California schools show this much diversity.

The most common ethnicity at AEE is Hispanic. In California, 51.5% of all students are Hispanic, making it the most common ethnicity. Even though AEE is relatively diverse, students of Hispanic descent are the most common ethnicity here.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.0% 0
Asian 26.8% 152
Hispanic 46.3% 263
Black 17.4% 99
White 2.4% 14
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 6.7% 38
Two or more races 0.1% 1

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Carson. 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 AEE Families

What are the family incomes of students at Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School? 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 AEE, 16.7% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 44.9% qualify for free lunches.

This means AEE has a below average level of poverty. With most students not qualifying for free or reduced price lunches, AEE is below average among California schools in poverty level. The income level of families in Carson is thus likely to be relatively high.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 95 16.7%
Free lunches 255 44.9%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 217 38.2%

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

AEE is in the middle 50% of schools by income level. Generally, higher income level schools are better-funded and have a higher quality range of classes and activities. AEE is likely in the middle of the pack in this regard and will give you a good set of options to try.

If you have any interests that AEE doesn't cover, look to your local community for activities, or to the Internet for self-study AP classes.

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School Safety

How safe is Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School 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 AEE: 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 AEE students at risk.

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 Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

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


Standardized Testing


Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School 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 Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1290 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 42 at AEE take the SAT.

This is a very low SAT score, putting AEE in the bottom 25% of all California schools, and well below the national average. Only 14% of SAT takers here score above the national average. Unfortunately, this suggests that most students attending AEE 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 AEE's average, you'll have a great shot at entering a good college.

Keep in mind, however, that only 7% of all students at AEE took the SAT, so the results could be skewed by the small sample size.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
AEE 436 420 436 1290
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.

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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 Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At AEE, the average ACT composite score was 18, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 41 out of 567 total students take the ACT.

This is below average performance, putting AEE in the bottom 50% of California high schools. Most students who take the ACT are below the national average.

Since the ACT tests what you learn in school, this is a pretty strong indicator that you'll get an average or below average education at AEE.

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

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
AEE 18 19 19 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.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School 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 90 students in grades 9-12 at AEE take 173 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 AEE is 1.6 out of 5.

Compared to schools across California, this score puts AEE at below average performance. On AP tests, the passing score is considered a 3, and unfortunately the number of students who don't pass is greater than the number of do. This performance places Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School in the bottom 25 % of schools for AP tests.

This isn't all bad news for you, though. It's still good that AEE offers AP classes so you have the opportunity to take courses at a college level. Your school might be new to offering AP courses, and typically teachers get better at preparing students for AP tests over time. Finally, as you'll see below, there are still students who earn a passing grade of 3 or above - and with hard work, you can be one of them.

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 Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School, 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 Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School 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 AEE 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 AEE.

English/Language Arts

At Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School, 38% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered below average and puts AEE in the bottom 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The majority of AEE 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 AEE will likely rise over time. But it still reflects AEE'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 Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School, 25% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts AEE in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of AEE 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 Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School 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 AEE. 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 AEE. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your AEE 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 Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School offer?

AP Courses

Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School offers AP courses in 10 subjects.

This is a reasonable number of AP subjects, putting Academies of Education and Empowerment at Carson High School in the top 50% of California schools that offer AP courses. You'll likely have access to some of the most popular math and humanities AP subjects, as well as a few others.

The total number of AP subjects is 38, so AEE is missing a large number of subjects, including some popular ones. If there are any AP courses you want to take that aren't being offered at AEE, ask your counselor for ideas on how to cover the gap.

Of course, keep in mind that quality matters even more than quantity - even if AEE doesn't offer every AP course under the sun, the classes might still be taught very well. You can see student performance in the AP score analysis section above.

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

Course Title
Calculus AB
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Environmental Science
Macroeconomics
Psychology
Spanish Language and Culture
United States Government and Politics
United States History
World History

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