Daniel Pearl Magnet High School
|Daniel Pearl Magnet High School|
Non multa sed multum (Not many but mighty)
|Lake Balboa, Los Angeles, California
|Type||Public Magnet School|
|School district||Los Angeles Unified School District|
|Color(s)||Turquoise & Black|
|Magnet Coordinator||Noreen Castellani|
It is the smallest comprehensive high school in LAUSD. The high school offers a complete academic program with an emphasis on journalism and communications.
The school started as a part of Birmingham High School in 1995. In May 2007, the Magnet was renamed. Its current name honors Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter killed by terrorists who was an alumnus of Birmingham High School.
Prior to Pearl Magnet's separation from Birmingham, Birmingham became an independent charter school within LAUSD. About 66% of the faculty members of the school supported it. Because of the divisions within teachers and other staff members, the faculty and staff of the magnet program received permission from LAUSD to split from Birmingham. In 2009, DPMHS was formed as an independent high school on the Birmingham campus. Connie Llanos of the Los Angeles Daily News said that Pearl "got off to a rocky start." During the first year as a standalone school, one third of the students left. Some left due to conflicts with Birmingham staff and students; some Birmingham students and staff members tormented Pearl students. Some left because Pearl was so small; they wanted a more comprehensive high school experience.
DPMHS showed academic prowess as a standalone school. In the Spring 2011 semester, 94% of the tenth grade students passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) on the first attempt. It is one of the highest passing rates of the rates of the high schools within the district. As of 2011 the school has an 80% graduation rate, while the average LAUSD graduation rate is 56%. In addition, 72% of the Pearl classes meet university entrance requirements.
In 2010 Pearl moved into a former special education center adjacent to Birmingham. Its current location is made up of the last buildings remaining from Birmingham General Hospital. The site had previously been occupied by West Valley School since 1970. During that year the school had 313 students, while it had a capacity of 500. Pearl is among the smallest high schools in the LAUSD. Most classes had 30 or less students, and some classes had 12 students each. Many LAUSD high schools have classes of 40 students. The school expected its enrollment to increase by 30% in the Fall 2011 semester.
At the June, 2010 graduation, 65 of 68 seniors graduated, which gave the school a 95.5% pass rate, compared to 53% for LAUSD. For the June, 2011 graduation, 59 of 61 seniors will graduate, which will be a 96.7% pass rate.
In May, 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked DPMHS in the top 4% (746 out of 21,776) of public high schools in the United States, and awarded the school a Silver Medal ranking.
All areas of academic classes are offered at DPMHS:
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- AP Calculus
- American Literature
- World Literature
- AP English Literature
- AP English Language
- Social Sciences
- World History
- US History
- Modern Languages
- Spanish for Spanish Speakers
- Anatomy & Physiology
- AP Biology
- Video Production
- Film Making
- Physical Education
- Sports (at Birmingham High School)
The Pearl Post is the student newspaper published at DPMHS.
On June 24, 2012, the Los Angeles Press Club recognized The Pearl Post as High School Newspaper of the year, stating that the newspaper was "Very informative, well advanced level of writing, great graphics and photos."
In the Spring 2011 semester, Houses were introduced as a part of the school culture. The houses are named after famous journalists. Members of the Houses are awarded House Points for academic, athletic, or service achievements; points are deducted for infractions such as tardiness, missing homework, or violation of class or school rules. All of the Houses compete for the House Cup, which is awarded at an annual Banquet at the end of the school year.
|Clemens House||Samuel Clemens||black and gold||Ship's Wheel|
|Hersey House||John Hersey||red and gold||Sunburst|
|Higgins House||Marguerite Higgins||blue and silver||Griffin|
|Salazar House||Ruben Salazar||green and silver||Castle Tower|
House of the Year
|2010 - 2011||Salazar House|
|2011 - 2012||Clemens House|
|2012 - 2013||Hersey House|
- Map. Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
- "Home." Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. Retrieved on September 1, 2011. "6649 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, California 91406-5529"
- Llanos, Connie. "Daniel Pearl Magnet High School small but mighty." Los Angeles Daily News. August 19, 2011. Retrieved on September 1, 2011.
- "Historic California Posts: Birmingham General Hospital". Militarymuseum.org. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
- Llanos, Connie (10 May 2011). "Many students failing college prep courses". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- "Appendix B". CAHSEE Pass Rates for Current 12th, 11th and 10th Graders, as of the March 2011 Administration. LAUSD Office of Data and Accountability.
- California Department of Education. "2012 Growth API Schools Report". Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- Dobrer, Johnathan (26 September 2011). "Daniel Pearl Magnet High School: A Mighty Heart Leaves A Mighty Legacy". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- "Daniel Pearl Magnet High School". U. S. News and World Report. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- Los Angeles Press Club. "Winners of 54th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards 2012".