32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet: Full Guide

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Are you a student or parent at 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

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

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

Let's get started!

Basic Information

32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet is a public school, supporting grades 0 to 12 . It's located in Los Angeles, CA in Los Angeles County.

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


Contact Information

Mailing address:

32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet
822 W. 32nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007-3601

Phone number: 2137480126

32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet homepage: https://32ndstreet-uscmagnet.schoolloop.com/

Principal: Ezequiel Gonzalez
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet is 1099 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, USC CAE 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 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at USC CAE 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 53 42 95
10th grade 43 41 84
11th grade 35 38 73
12th grade 29 39 68

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 27 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 USC CAE. Alternatively, USC CAE could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet?

From our statistics, USC CAE has a 50:50 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

USC CAE 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 USC CAE 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 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, USC CAE has a homogenous student body, with the overwhelming majority of students identifying as one ethnicity. Only a third of California schools show as little diversity as USC CAE does. When attending class, most students will be of the same ethnicity, with some variation.

The majority of students at USC CAE 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 USC CAE fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 1.3% 15
Asian 5.6% 62
Hispanic 71.7% 789
Black 15.5% 171
White 5.6% 62
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.0% 0
Two or more races 0.0% 0

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 USC CAE Families

What are the family incomes of students at 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet? 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 USC CAE, 12.6% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 73.6% qualify for free lunches.

This means USC CAE 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, USC CAE 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 139 12.6%
Free lunches 809 73.6%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 151 13.7%

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 USC CAE 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 USC CAE 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.

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School Safety

How safe is 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet 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 USC CAE: 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 USC CAE students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 6 referrals to law enforcement (4 male, 2 female), and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 1080 students.

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

This means that 0.5 USC CAE is a safe school. For every 100 students, there is much fewer than 1 law-enforcement related action. It's not a perfect record, but it happens so infrequently that it might have just been a few bad apples.

With this record, is 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet significantly different from other schools in the area? It could be that USC CAE has an especially bad record, or it could be that the local area shows a pattern.

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 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

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


Standardized Testing


Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet 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 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1310 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 31 at USC CAE take the SAT.

This is a below-average SAT score, putting 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet in the bottom 50% of all California schools. Only 16% of students here score the national average or higher. Because the SAT measures academic achievement, this suggests that USC CAE may offer a somewhat lacking high school education, compared to schools with higher SAT averages.

Note, however, that an average is just an average - top performers will still be able to impress. If you work hard and get an SAT score well above USC CAE's average, you'll have a great shot at entering a good college.

Keep in mind, however, that only 9% of all students at USC CAE 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
USC CAE 442 423 450 1310
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 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At USC CAE, the average ACT composite score was 17, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 16 out of 320 total students take the ACT.

Unfortunately, this is well below average performance, putting USC CAE 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 USC CAE may be lacking compared to other schools.

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

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
USC CAE 17 18 17 18
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 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet 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 61 students in grades 9-12 at USC CAE take 130 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 USC CAE is 1.6 out of 5.

Compared to schools across California, this score puts USC CAE 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 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet in the bottom 25 % of schools for AP tests.

This isn't all bad news for you, though. It's still good that USC CAE 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:


AP Test-Taking Statistics

Another way to gauge the quality of a school's AP program is to see how many AP students actually took AP exams at 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet. If a lot of students enroll in AP courses but don't actually take the AP tests, it can be a sign that students don't feel adequately prepared to take the test, or the school isn't encouraging students to take the exams enough.

At USC CAE, there is a total enrollment of 90 in AP courses (a student taking more than one AP course counts more than once).

Of AP-taking students, 64 took AP tests for ALL AP courses. 20 students took AP tests for SOME AP Courses, and 14 took AP courses but took NO tests.


This is good test participation. Most AP students at 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet take the AP test for every one of their AP courses, outnumbering the students who take some or no AP exams. This is a good sign that students feel confident enough to take tests for all AP courses available to them, which reflects well on the teachers and course material. USC CAE can continue to improve by reducing the number of students who take AP exams for some or none of their courses, but it's in a good state.

Note: The most recent data we have available is from 2012, so the statistics may have changed since then. Most likely, however, the trends are likely to continue - above average schools are likely to stay above average, and below average schools are likely to stay below average.


AP Passing Rates

For AP students at 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet who take the exam, it's important to know how they do. Here we have specific data on how many students got a passing grade (a 3 or above) on all, some, or none of the AP exams that they took.

Of all AP test takers, 0 students passed every AP test they took, which is a fantastic job. 11 students passed some but not all AP exams, and 56 students didn't pass ANY AP exam they took.

 

To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet, 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 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet 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 USC CAE 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 USC CAE.

English/Language Arts

At 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet, 73% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered good and puts USC CAE in the top 25% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. Most USC CAE students pass or exceed state standards, though there is also a sizable portion of students who fail to meet state standards.

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 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet, 31% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This math performance is considered excellent and puts USC CAE in the top 5% of all high schools in California.

Math Test Results (2015)

 

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


Sports Teams

Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet. Sports are an integral part of many students' high school experiences. The more sports that are available, and the more levels supported (Frosh, JV, Varsity), the more likely you'll be able to participate in a sport at USC CAE.

By the way, the Thirty-second Street Usc Performing Arts mascot is the Trojans. Go Trojans!

32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet fields 7 teams for girls' sports. This is a low number that puts USC CAE in the bottom 25% of California schools that offer girls' sports. This is understandable - sports teams are expensive to support, and many schools would rather support other programs with their limited resources. If you play a sport that USC CAE doesn't field a team for, consider joining a local non-school team to get practice and compete.

And now for the boys: 32nd Street USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet fields 6 teams for boys' sports. This low number puts USC CAE in the bottom 25% of California schools that offer boys' sports. If you play a sport that USC CAE doesn't field a team for, consider joining a local non-school team to get practice and compete.

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Sources

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