New Echo Park charter school claims neighborhood’s highest test scores *

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.


  1. Hi, thank you for taking note of our charter’s school’s 09-10 test scores. However, the API score listed in your otherwise accurate story was incorrect. Gabriella’s API score was 874 for 09-10, an increase of 20 points from the prior year. All the best, Liza Bercovici, Gabriella Charter School Executive Director.

  2. Thank you for the article and for spreading the word about our school’s success. Please note however that our API this year is 874, not 847 as you reported. Thank you for making the correction.

    Congratulations to our colleagues at other schools who are making amazing gains as well. We all have much to celebrate.

    Lisa Rooney, Principal GCS

  3. Please don’t forget about Clifford’s API – which is at 845. We went up 4 points from last year.

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