Bay Laurel has a program that focuses on fostering key traits each month including honesty, kindness, integrity, fairness, sense of humor, helpful, etc. Each classroom gives one child an award each month at the Monday morning assembly. This is reinforced by the Principal and Teaches on an ongoing basis.
My daughter began Kinder at Bay Laurel in 2012 and currently attends. This is an absolutely fantastic school - The principal, Mr. Steve Scifres, is excellent and the students love him! The families in this entire community are amazing. Wonderful parents who are very attentive and involved in their child's lives, education, sports, interests, etc. So many of the families get together often and become good friends. Sure - its a wealthy area, and sure there are some snobby people - like anywhere - but overall - everyone is pretty down-to-earth and we have a very kind, supportive and involved school and community. There are TONS of parents who volunteer at the school and the PFA is incredible. If anyone would like to know more about the school - they should come take a tour and see for themselves.
The school on a whole is good. The teachers are great and the Principal (who is leaving this year) is phenomenal. They have a lot of nice programs both during and after school. The academic level doesn't seem very high, but all of the kids seem generally happy. The biggest problem with this school is the level of snobiness. If you don't drive a Maserati and live in the Oaks, then good luck fitting in. The parents are decked out, the kids are decked out and it really is the "haves" versus the "have nots" It's pretty sad.
New principal is great. Teachers and staff are way too strict over minor behavior issues. The school is well staffed, clean and organized. It would be better if the school was gated and locked during school hours but it is a very safe area all together and there is security and police presence. Also, I felt that there was no real connection between the homework, classwork and the actual content of the testing. I had to tutor my daughter all year, which is the only reason she is getting her high grades. The curriculum is challenging, so at least she is getting educated one way or another. Overall, the school is really good.
The new principal has made all the difference! The teachers and administration are happy, the parents are happy and the kids are having a fantastic year. It's pretty fantastic to have a complete turn-around in terms of the overall school 'vibe' within a few months of the school year, but it has definitely happened. Everyone notices the difference - the kids and parents are so much more at ease and consequently, things are overall going very well!
Disorganized administration. Snobby parents. Ineffective and very unpleasant principal. Teachers are average and unequipped to handle kids who are not vegetables. Extremely disappointed in this school.
Our child attended for four years and, so far, we have mixed up feelings about this school. The good things are that it is safe, the Principal is very responsive addressing problems immediately and there are some great teachers. PFA does an outstanding work. The not so good thing is that economic status differences are felt in a subtle way. Being wealthy is not a problem if wasn t for the over controlling attitude of many parents who think their children should go to a perfect school because they make big donations. Parents, here, have the tendency to complain with teachers, aids, principal if their perfect child is bother by another child for any meaningless reasons even no reasons at all. They put pressure on school staff to have the other child punished. As result the teachers/aids tends to be overly restrictive and punitive. So, if your child don t fit in aspect a lot of blue sheets, apology notes, teachers reports and so on until your unfitted child do a misstep and is suspended. But if you have a perfectly conforming child, this is the school to go. Everything looks beautiful from an outside viewpoint.
We have a 5th grader and moved to Calabasas because it was known that LVUSD is highly rated. Most of the children that go here are from the very wealthy gated communities in the Calabasas area. Most of the parents are successful and definitely provide for the school as it is not lacking at all in the extras. The school has numerous aides, a full time nurse and librarian., a fantastic music and performance program, computer labs and they are working on providing IPads for every child. Pretty impressive. The PFA is outstanding however there is hardly any other parent participation in the meetings besides the board.. We really liked the teachers our child had but other parents haven't been so lucky. Also, the curriculum didn't seem advanced as what my child experienced from LAUSD. Also, LVUSD doesn't have a gifted program until Jr. High so if your child is gifted, they will basically have to move with the herd until they culminate to AC Steele. Another horrible thing here is that the parents are extremely clique-y. This is at every school but here it's all money, fancy cars, giant houses. Be prepared to be compared and good luck trying to fit in if your child didn't start her in K.