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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Daniel Pearl Magnet High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Lake Balboa, CA. It has 355 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.

Daniel Pearl Magnet High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1100
55 responses
Average ACT
24
16 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D
Median Household Income
$58,385
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,376
National
$949
Median Home Value
$599,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 29 responses
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  • Spirit week
    31%
  • Winter formal.silent auction.DP world music day
    24%
  • Fiesta Friday
    21%
  • When Morrison has cake at lunch
    17%
  • PearlCon
    3%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
355
Free or Reduced Lunch
66%
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$88,947
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.9%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,176/ year
National
$12,239
44%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.16 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.16 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.16 responses
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My experience at Daniel Pearl was overall wonderful. I met my best friends and the fact that it's a small school allowed me to easily socialize with other people including the staff and teachers. This made learning and connections better. I also engaged in its journalism program, and it's amazing for such a small body. For instance, we recently won our first pacemaker for our online website! Not only that but our publication competes with other massive publications like USC. We also participate in journalism conventions and many of the staff are recognized and win awards. But the small size of a school does have its cons and one of them is the fact that we become underfunded at times and some programs and classes aren't there. However, the fact that students have a chance to become close to teachers and the teachers do their best, it sort of balances it out. But I truly loved this school and have developed and grown so much throughout my four years.
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I am proud to say that this was the best school I could have ever gone to! Without the help of my counselor, I wouldn't be able to graduate a year early (but I did) with the class of 2019! The teachers here were amazing but I'm sad that they had to retire or move to another school. Overall, I will still continue to volunteer there because they need our help and my sister and I are gladly happy to do it. Now that I graduated as a junior, I am . lucky enough to continue my last and final year (fourth year) at Los Angeles Pierce College and will be able to transfer.
Teachers regularly come and go. I can understand that. But it should not be a 50/50 chance when this particular school gets a new administrator or teacher they will make the students miserable. I like this school, and the teachers that complete their job well and the historically loose enforcement of rules created a relaxed environment without hostility between the teachers. As teachers move and retire, however, it is slowly making the school a less enjoyable place to be. Overall, the high points are high enough to balance out the low ones, so you cannot hate or love the school, only exist in it.