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In 2013, Palms Middle School was one of only six middle schools in all of LAUSD to have an Academic Growth Over Time ranking of "Far Above Predicted" three years in a row.

School Statistics


  • Number of students: 1667 (2019-2020)
  • Percentage of students in the neighborhood school: 15% (2019-2020)
  • Percentage of students in Magnet program: 52% (2019-2020)
  • Percentage of students in SAS program: 33%
  • Percentage of students in GATE, SAS, or Honors classes: approximately 67% (2015-2016)
  • Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch: see history
  • Percentage of students socioeconomically disadvantaged: 53.9% (2014-2015)
  • Percentage of students who are English Learners: 4% (2018-2019)
  • Percentage of student with disabilities: 6.4% (2013-2014)
  • Rate of suspensions: 2.3% (2017-2018) -- state average is 3.5%
  • Rate of expulsions: 0.1% (2017-2018) -- state average is 0.1%

School Experience Survey Results:

Data sources:


Enrollment as of August 2020

Enrollment pie charts

Older statistics

2015-2016 Ethnicity2016-2017 Average Class SizeHistory of Suspensions and Expulsions

English Learners

LAUSD classifies students as English Learners (EL) based on their enrollment language survey and results of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).

LAUSD reclassifies EL students as Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) when specialized language and academic support services are no longer needed for success in the mainstream educational program.

For details, download the LAUSD English Learners Master Plan.

English Learners 2014-2019Native Languages of English Learners 2018-2019

2018-2019 Language Percentages, Grades 6-8

Palms ELA percentagesLAUSD ELA percentagesL.A. County ELA percentagesCalifornia ELA percentages

Start of School

LAUSD surveyed parents for their preferred start-of-school date, releasing the results in January 2016. Parents in Local District West preferred a start after Labor Day, and so did a plurality of parents across the district, but LAUSD still opted for a mid-August start to the school year.

Reasons often given for starting school in August include the ability to finish the Fall semester before the winter break, and better student preparation for state assessment tests in the Spring.

2016-01 start of school survey