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605 North Whittier Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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(310) 229-3670
(310) 275-3185
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May 14, 2014
All our children have attended El Rodeo since kindergarten and we have personal experience with almost every teacher there. Most of the teachers are competent and dedicated, but a sizable minority of the teachers are very mean and controlling. The administrators have no power or desire to help.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
We are extremely happy with El Rodeo. I have two kids that have been attending this school since Kindergarten and they will soon start 2nd and 4 th grade. Overall, I would give this school 5 Stars, as the teachers are well educated, and available. Furthermore, the families are caring and put in time to volunteer their time to make this a better school (myself included.)

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Best school ever! Such a great culture at this school. Everyone is a high achiever, the teachers, the students, the faculty and even the parents. Children who attend El Rodeo are independent, smart, organized and very successful.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2012
My son went here for kindergarden and loved it. Very challenging. Many kids are left behind for socially not being ready.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
El Rodeo is as good as public schools get. The teachers are fantastic and the staff is great. I've been to interviews for private schools, and they have all had the rudest people ever.

- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2011
I have to agree with the previous comments. My three children are at the school and they are very happy. Yes the workload is tough but it is a high academic school. The children all come from good homes and the teachers and staff are extremely caring and involved. I can not fault this school at all. It is excellent in every way. Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Painter have zillions of years experience between them so El Rodeo runs like clockwork! Also the campus is gorgeous, quintessential Beverly Hills.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2011
El Rodeo is a very prestigious school located in prime Beverly Hills. The residents expect the highest education, a 100% satisfaction rate and El Rodeo does not fail to deliver! This school is impeccable! The new administration run by Mr. Hoffman, is terrific. I had a tiny small issue for my child and he personally took care of it with in the hour. We came from a West side private school. I always queried whether my child was receiving the best education for my money. With El Rodeo, I KNOW my child is receiving the highest standard and I have that question no more. I LOVE this school and so does my child!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2010
i realy like this school it is really good and they teach really good stuff and my children are really happy in it

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2010
I have had my children at El Rodeo since they were in kindergarten. My experience with the elementary school teachers have been wonderful and I can say the same of the families at El Rodeo. The principal however is another story. She my have an open door policy but she's much more interested in appearances than what's good or helpful for any individual child. she pays closest attention to those families who donate the most $$ to the school.She's up in her ivory tower and in my opinion does more harm than good. The school would be a better place without her there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers are wonderful and caring, Especially, Miss Anderson. She was always kind and helpful when it came to matters with my son.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating June 14, 2009
The principal never has time for the parents unless they make an appointment days in advance. Not good for correcting a situation at hand or emergencies! most of the teachers are cold and not helpful to students. The good news is that a lot is expected from these students and a student who excels has a chance to prove him/herself. I wish they had a tennis team.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2008
Having had my children attend school in a couple of US cities and abroad, I can safely say that El Rodeo is a fine school. When people talk about inadequate or excessive homework, I chuckle because the data is clear -- homework does not matter to long term educational or life success. And when folks speak about private schools, I chuckle louder because the same thing is true. The 'hidden' secret of private schools is that the teachers are not required to be certified and are lower paid. Maybe others are willing to pay extra to subject their children to a generally lower quality education (but 'better' people), but not me. Some folks will not like the student population or the mix of folks, but there is no question that El Rodeo kids perform well on tests, participate in activities, and will matriculate to the the superb Beverly Hills High School.

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2008
I've great classmates there. I'm new on this school.

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2008
This school is not my cup of tea. First, lets look at the homework load. 5th grade and 1 sheet of writing. How are these children going to learn? There is low security, so anyone can take your child home! Trust me, do not send your children to this public school. We tried, and it wasn't working out. I sent my child to a private school and she is learning and she tells me what she learned everyday! Sometimes, I say 'I didn't even know that!' because I didn't. Spend the extra money and send a child to a private school!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2008
The Parent Body at El Rodeo is excellent. Involved parents and nice families.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
El Rodeo greatly surpasses the quality of the pricey private school I sent my oldest daughter to for years. The academic needs of all students are met here. The brightest students are challenged and the challenged students are supported. The music, theater and art programs are superior. The principal and teachers are very attentive to the needs of students and parents. The families are so much more down-to-earth and value-oriented. The only thing lacking is competitive sports.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
After researching several schools in the area, this is one of the best schools in the public school system. Why pay for private when you can get the same level of education, if not more, here at El Rodeo. However, I will say that Pat Escalante, the school principal, is not in touch with the student and parent wants and needs. The cliques seem to be a concern for some parents but you are going to get that wherever you go. I would say to just be an active parent and volunteer in your child's classroom. This will give you a different way of bonding with your child's teacher and allows you to see how well or bad your child does as a student. The extracurricular activities and connections the kids make here are priceless!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My child has done well at El Rodeo. He started there in kindergarten and immediately his teacher recognized that he was a gifted child. The school worked with him by putting him in advanced classes and then he was put into the honors classes. The art program is excellent as well as the music, poetry and computer labs. Parent involvement is open if parents are interested and the principal has an open door policy. My son is now in 8th grade and has many friends and is happy at the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
This principal is useless. She does not have a clue how to run a school. The teachers are wonderful and caring.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2006
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January 11, 2006
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August 24, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
August 19, 2005
EL Rodeo has always been a great private level public schools. You'll find a community of parents, teachers and administrator (Specially in the most recent years) that care about their students. Everyone works from heart to make a better education system for the students. It's all about students learning. I am proud to have three children going through this school. You'd love the new principal and assistant principal. Although it was scary to see the change but the outcome has been fabulous. With this team of administrators, El Rodeo will continue to be the shinning star in the Beverly Hills School District:-)

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
This has historically been a very good school that provided a well rounded education. The staff has turned over in the recent past, which has made it difficult to judge, but the newer teachers seem to be very capable.

- submitted by a former student
April 27, 2005
El Rodeo is a public school offering private school level of services to the school population. With the amount of parents envolvement available, PTA is able to raise fuds and bring in a lot of great programs to school. Programs like, Drop in zones for lunch time. Libarary at lunch time, Cultural Arts programs. Poetry, Writing skills. Reading enhancement programs and many more.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
EL Rodeo school remains an 'intimate' campus, where all the teachers know all the students, and actually care about them. The school works hard at developing the 3R's and we were amazed how quickly our daughter learned all the concepts in math, writing, etc.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
Teachers are great. Too much homework. Not enough FREE extracurricular activities. Like a school play. Parents are very involved. There are no organized sports teams at all. Teachers are very concerned about students. Very white and persian - not a lot of other diversity. Lots of overly rich spoiled Beverly Hills kids. But it's definitely safe.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2004
After working at this school as an intern for three months, I found that it was very organized. Students were offered the freedom to explore different modalities of learning throught the use of technology, field trips, and project based learning. I was quite impressed.

- submitted by a teacher
June 08, 2004
My two oldest attended this school from '97-2003. The adminstration cares more about test scores than the students. The principal is ineffective and spineless. The population of students is mostly Persian, not white, like the the statistics states. The school is very old and the bathrooms are not kept in top working order. There is no grass for the children to play on, only black top. My children hated their overall experience there.

- submitted by a parent
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El Rodeo Elementary School
605 North Whittier Drive, Beverly Hills, CA  90210
(310) 229-3670
Last modified El Rodeo Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
El Rodeo Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top