Gabriella Charter School and its 360 students moved to Echo Park only last fall but it has already emerged as the top scoring neighborhood school on the state’s closely watched Academic Performance Index. The school, which occupies several buildings on the campus of Logan Street Elementary, earned an API score of 874 compared to 854 the year before, according to statewide results issued Monday. Gabriella’s score was significantly higher than Logan’s, which came in at 715 (though Logan showed a nearly 40 point gain over the previous year’s scores), but barely above Clifford Street Elementary, which had an API of 845. Gabriella, in a press release, noted that the scores of its Latino and low income students rose as well. Principal Lisa Rooney in an email to the staff said:
“Thank you for proving that we can provide students, even those who are most at-risk, with an amazing, well-rounded education. Our kids are readers, writers, dancers, scientists, mathematicians, problem solvers, friends, artists, musicians, and scholars. They will be successful and go to college, because of you and what you do.”
The API scores for some other schools serving Echo Park:
Elysian Heights Elementary: API 815
Mayberry Street Elementary: 791
Rosemont Avenue Elementary: 756
* Correction: A previous version said that Gabriella has an API score of 847. That’s wrong. The correct score is 874.