The local high school graduation rate is at 38%.

Plaza de la Raza’s primary constituency is the surrounding Latino community of Lincoln Heights and East Los Angeles, with many of its programs and services designed specifically for these immediate neighbors. Plaza also hosts a large and growing population of Asian (10%) and African-American children and families (5%). 

The students that attended Plaza’s School of Performing and Visual Arts are children and teenagers, ages 5-18,  and 95% of who are from poverty to low-income families. The 2010 US Census reports that 62% of the immediate area is at or below the federal income level. Plaza de la Raza’s programs are vital to the larger Latino community of Los Angeles as well.  

62% of the immediate area surrounding Plaza is at or below the federal income level.

Census figures show Latinos comprise more that 40% of Los Angeles County’s population and Plaza remains the only multi-disciplinary cultural arts center solely dedicated to address the needs of this growing population.  As a result, Plaza has become a valuable bridge between the Latino community and the larger Los Angeles cultural landscape.  

In Lincoln Heights, one of the oldest regional communities in Los Angeles, we have a local population that is nearly 65% under the age of 18, and that margin is growing each year. Nationally, Latinos in the US are getting younger with each new census, an indication of the growth patterns of the population that will one day see Latinos in California alone at over 50%. Yet Latinos are nearly two third behind in income, education and other arenas of engagement in the greater society.



Student Ages


Area Schools

Plaza serves a wide geographic area throughout Los Angeles County, so the list of schools below is not inclusive.

Most schools in Plaza's proximity received a C score from the LA Times arts education report card.

Elementary Schools

Albion Elementary School
322 E. Ave. 18
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 221-3108

Ann Street Elementary School
126 E. Bloom St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 221-3194

Farmdale School
2660 Ruth Swiggett Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 222-6659

Griffin Avenue Elementary School
2025 Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 222-8131

Harrison School
3529 City Terrace Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323) 263-9191

Hillside School
120 E. Ave 35
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 222-2665

Huntington Drive Elementary
4435 N. Huntington Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 223-1336

Multnomah Elementary
2101 N. Indiana Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 225-6005

Murchison Elementary
1501 Murchison St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 222-0148

Solano Avenue Elementary
615 Solano Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 223-4291

Middle School

El Sereno Middle School
2839 N. Eastern Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 223-2441

High Schools

Lincoln High School
3501 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 223-4021

Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center
1200 Plaza del Sol (near Mission Rd. and 1st St.)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 981-5400