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Canoga Park, CA

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7510 Desoto Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91303

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October 25, 2014
Multicultural Learning Center (MLC) is extraordinary. Small classroom size teaching, with consistent reflection on how the students are adapting, learning, behaving and growing. For the 2014/15 school year, communication has been ramped up. The administration is always working to find positive solutions and changes, not just quick momentary fixes (which are also sometimes necessary). The parental involvement is very good. This is a long term commitment for the students to become bi-literate in two languages, and well worth it. In addition, the students experience a caring family-like environment that is truly multicultural.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
Parental involvement in the school is exceptional! the disappointing thing is the principal and the new staff members that have been hired in both daytime and afterschool program. They are disrespectful and show not enthusiasm for their job. Student are no longer involved as they were before the new afterschool program came into place. The administrators are also disrespectful and make me ,as well as the other parents, wish they would remove the principal, underperforming staff, and complete removal of the new YPI program

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
A few of the previous reviews definitely do not represent the opinions of the entire MLC community (nor do they follow the "GreatSchools review guidelines"). Of course, all posts are subjective and each family has their own experience with the teachers, administration, parents, and students. Our experience has been phenomenal, and my children are thriving in a supportive, academically challenging, innovative, inclusive environment. I have volunteered for years at the school (in the classroom, at Parent Council events, on field trips, etc.), and I have felt welcomed, appreciated and part of the partnership in educating my children. I am overwhelmed by the dedication and energy of the teachers and administration. No school is without challenges, growing pains, staff turnover, or conflicting personalities, but for our family, MLC is providing excellent and rare opportunities in education and in life.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
Principal lacks teaching credentials and was given the position of principal because her mother was the former principal and was handed down the position. The new principal, Gayle Nadler, has made horrible decisions in the past few couple years and the quality has become horrendous. The kids no longer feel happy or comfortable as they did before, they no longer trust the principal, as well as the staff members. Highly regret taking my child there. -Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2014
They have a great program, one of the only Dual language programs on the West end of the San Fernando Valley. My problem is with the lack of communication and professionalism. My child has been on the waiting list for nearly two years. She was selected in the lottery and would have entered into a 3rd Kinder class, which did not happen. I have called on more than 10 occasions getting different information about where she stands On their waiting list each time. I understand how lotteries work but am considering being more proactive about their follow up with the board of education charter department. I'm sure if I have never received on follow up call, how would they know if other parent ahead of my child is still interested.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
MLC is a great school if you value bilingualism. Don't let the 5/10 rating scare you! Our home school was 10/10 and we were so happy that our kids got into this one. Some people thought we made a mistake but for us, giving our children the gift of another language is worth much more than a school having high test scores. Other advantages:small classroom sizes (20 students or less), free high quality before & afterschool care, caring teachers who are supported to pursue their professional development, and a being part of a very diverse community.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
I am responding because someone wrote a review saying that negative comments are taken down regarding this school. I signed up for emails to alert me to the fact that a new review had been posted on Great Schools regarding the Multicultural Learning Center in 2006. I have never been alerted to a review being posted, later to learn that it was taken down. The posts that I have been alerted to are the posts that are there. The Multicultural Learning Center is a great school. I have a child that will be graduating from MLC this year. I could not be happier with my experience and my child's experience at this school. My child has been so happy with the school, had a wonderful social experience, and has tested very high on all State Testing in elementary and middle school. I feel my child is well prepared for high school and also now has the gift of being biligual and biliterate and an appreciation of cultural values that you just don't get at most schools. Certainly this school is not for everyone. That can pretty much be said for every school. Most parents that I know at MLC, and I know a lot, could not be happier with the choice to send their kids to MLC.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
It is has an exemplary dual language 90/10 Spanish immersion program. A big plus for me is that Spanish is the only language they focus on. Monolingual English speakers become fluent in Spanish--bilingual and biliteral in only a couple of years.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
A great school has : Excellent teachers, Strong principal/school leadership, Challenging academic programs and no bully's. In that case, Multicultural Learning Center is a great school. MLC(the school's nickname) is a bully-free school and clique-free school. MLC may have a 5 out of 10, but I think it should have a 7 out of 10. Not only is it bilingual, but all the teachers are warm and push you to do your best. I like that. Do you? Well only you can find out if you do. The lines to enter kindergarten are sooooooooooooooooo loooooooooonnnnnggggggggg......... So hurry and put your child in this school!

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2012
I have two children at MLC and they both love it. I have loved all of their teachers but one (my child loved that teacher though) and they have a pretty good after school program for free if you go every day. Their test scores are a little low but that is to be expected when children are learning two languages and being compared to those who only learn one. My kids love the school and there are the usual problems you find at any school but overall it is a small community that really cares about their students. The class sizes are small, even in this horrible economy, and although there is not an overabundance of funds, the school does just fine with supplies, programs, etc. I have no problem with my child going in other cars for field trips. Insurance is always verrified beforehand and if that is really a big issue then you should volunteer and drive the kids yourself :) I am happy my kids will be going to middle school at MLC because the kids really are better watched there than at a larger school and I feel like the middle schoolers have better heads on their shoulders thanother kids. But, if you have special needs for your child, this is not the school for you. Sorry!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
I was an intern at this school... great school. The school is well structured

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
MLC is a Spanish Immersion school. It is fantastic. I have a daughter in 1st grade and she loves it. I love that she is learning Spanish effortlessly and that she is getting the tools she needs to flourish in a multi-cultural world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 18, 2009
MLC is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation. Our children will be so much more successful in the world by their exposure not only to another language but the cultural diversity, tolerance and understanding that comes with it. We are English only speaking parents and were very nervous through most of Kindergarten but are so happy we held strong and stuck it out. Now our son is ready Spanish beautifully and picking up English all on his own. Just as we were told he would. We are incredibly happy that our children have this opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2009
I cannot recommend MLC enough. I looked into over 15 schools, from privates to charters, and MLC is the only one that offers a Bi- lingual/Bi-literate program, with a progressive, creative focus, and a strong academic curriculum. Also, from K-8th grade! We are a English-only speaking family and my child started Kinder this year. It was a challenging transition for her the first month, but her teacher and the administrators were so supportive, available, and helpful to ALL of us. She loves school and is thriving beyond our expectations. In addition to all she is learning at MLC, we can't believe how well she speaks and understands spanish already. We love the cultural diversity at MLC and how all cultures are honored and celebrated in creative, meaningful ways. Also, we carpool from Valley Village with 2 other families, which makes it very manageable and creates a sense of community with one another.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
You are going to be hearing more and more about this school. My wife speaks minimal Spanish (from a college class) and I speak none and we have one child at MLC and another beginning next year. It's motivating us to learn new languages and challenge ourselves along with our children. MLC helps broaden the students' view of the world while giving an amazing education. The administration is so dedicated and the teachers educate with vision, creativity, and unbelievable energy. The parents are always invited to be involved and the school community is thriving.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 02, 2008
I have two children at MLC, one 3rd grader and one 7th grader. (MLC currently goes K-7 and next year will go K-8.) Almost two years ago, we transferred from another dual immersion (90-10) in Santa Monica because my son promoted out of the school at the end of 5th grade. I actively searched for another language immersion so that my children would continue on their road to being biliterate and sensitive to other cultures. The transition to MLC was seamless because the curriculum was exactly the same. The number of students in the classrooms are much lower than conventional LAUSD schools -- especially in the higher grades. The teachers are excellent and the school feels like a community with broad parent support. If you re looking for a school that will enhance your child s vision of the world, then MLC is the school you re looking for.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2008
MLC is a great school. If you are looking for your child to perform well on standardized tests, then this school is not for you. This school teachers your children not only fluency in another language, but about respect, diversity, people, friendship, etc. My daughter has learned a lot since starting Kindergarten, but what I like most is that she is happy there and has made some wonderful friends. I love their afterschool program ESCAPE. The after school teachers are loving and keep the children entertained. Just yesterday I picked my daughter up and all the kids and teachers were dancing to music and having a blast! Kids have the same teacher for Kindergarten and 1st grade, which is great cause Senora Hernandez is the best!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
I am a parent of a 1st grader. My daughter started kinder at MLC. I did not study in this country and I came to USA just 7 years ago; I did not understand very well what a charter school was, two scholar years have almost passed and they confirmed that I did the right choice and now I see my daughter having fun and enjoying school life so much, I can just say thanks teachers, administrators and other parents for making education so pleased to be involved with. And of course, my younger one will start kinder here too.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
I am a parent of a Kinder. I am excited to be part of MLC. The administration and staff have a vision to build a community among the students and their families, in addition to encouraging academic achievement. The teachers teach to the needs of the child -- not merely for success on standardized tests (although the standardized test scores are rapidly climbing). You owe it to yourself to take a tour so that you can see all of the fantastic things that are going on, and to witness how well non-Spanish speakers are grasping the language with ease and excellence.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
I am a parent of a first grader at MLC. My son started at MLC in pre-K. As a bilingual, bicultural parent, I felt it very important for my son to become proficient in Spanish, not only in English. As a clinical psychologist, I applaud MLC teachers and staff for their commitment to my child and all the students. I am pleased that my child's academic, social, and emotional well-being are of utmost concern to his school. Thank you, MLC!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
I am a parent with two children at MLC. After seeing the quality of the school, the staff, and the commitment by all to the children learning not only academic content, but also to be caring citizens of our world, it was not difficult to remove my children from a gifted magnet school and place them at MLC. This was 4 years ago, and I couldn't be happier with my decision as I've seen the school grow and develop year by year.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2007
As a parent and educator, I am very impressed with MLC. I became aware of MLC when many of their graduates attended the magnet school at which I was teaching. The graduates of MLC were well prepared for a rigorous academic program and were nice, respectful students. After working with former MLC students, I chose to put my child in this school: I couldn't be happier. My son is only in second grade, but so far my experience has been very positive: outstanding teachers, support staff, and school leaders. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2006
MLC is a great premise; unfortunately, there are many kinks to be worked out. The administration is very weak, the discipline is inconsistent, and if your child is accelerated or special needs, this is not a place for your child. There is little to no differentiation of instruction for those students who are above-average. I removed my high-achieving children after 3 years of no improvement in practices. Be wary.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
MLC delivers its vision of a 'dual language education' as advertised. The school has a very strong and visible parental involvement. The teachers and support staff truly believe in the school's commitment to deliver a bilingual education through full content exposure in Spanish language during the lower primary grades gradually transitioning to English language in the upper primary grades; they do so, that they have chosen to enroll their own children to MLC. The children have a sense of pride and respect for their school/community rare for today's standards. Although lower primary grades standardized testing results don't reflect the real academic achievements of the children at this stage, 4th. and 5th. graders prove the effectiveness of MLC's educational program.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
This is an excellent school. The staff is very well trained and innovative, they really care about each child. There is a very high number of tutors and special programs; no child gets left behind. The kids who have been in the program from kindergarten are showing excellent test scores. My 2d grade son, who speaks no Spanish at home, scored in the top 20% on the Aprenda, which is given in Spanish. My son started reading full books at 7 years old, and is well adjusted and integrated into his class. This is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
My oldest son attends this school, he has so since its inception 4 years ago. It is a dual language school teaching 90% Spanish and 10% English. We wanted our son to have the advantage of being bilingual, especially here in California. So far I am un-impressed with the academic programs. Particularly with the history and grammar/enlgish subjects. They tend to focus almost exclusively on Spanish at the detriment of our children learning basic grammatical skills in english. Also, their history sections tend to focus way to much for my taste on Native American history. This is probably where I have the biggest problem. I want my son to learn the truth regarding our American history that is fair and objective, not one-sided where he begins to believe that the very country he lives in is evil.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
This school is so ahead of it's time! 10 years from now parents of those who did not go here will be kicking themselves. Whether coming from an English speaking home or a Spanish speaking home, these kids find themselves speaking, reading and writing in either language easily by 5th grade. The arts programs are wonderful and the computer experience is incredible. Parents are involved with their kids and the school doing fundraisers, creating a yearbook, a school picnic, and exciting events like Math Night, Science Night, Career and College Night. The kids do have PE, but no organized sports. Overall, I rate this school highly for its academics, dedication to the kids, and ability to teach critical thinking skills.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
MLC is a dual language program that offers a terrific arts program as well as a content rich curriculum. The students truly enjoy this cultural experience. Students are bilingual and biliterate performing at grade level or above in English and Spanish at a very young age. This is an asset in Los Angeles County and beyond. I encourage parents to contact the school, take a tour, and sit in on the informational meetings. This is a great program and learning experience for our children. The parents of MLC children are very involved and take an active role in the educational process through committees and volunteering. The partnership with the Music Center adds to the cultural experience with specialized training in the arts. This is a great way for the kids to tap their own creative ability in a very fun way. The school has a great acedemic and administrative staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2006
MLC is the best choice I could have made for my children. They are thriving at this school and learning in two langauges. Parent involvement is welcomed on many different levels and the teachers are outstanding and highly quailified. If you are looking for a diverse learning community where culture, language, and the arts are highly valued, this school is it. My children paint, make music, sing, dance, read, write, and use computers every week, and they come home excited and ready to go back the next day. They are making good friends at school and so am I with other parents. I know my children are going to grow up valuing other cultures and that will in a large part, be a result of their experiences at MLC. You really have to look past the test scores--a true bilingual education can't be measured accurately with tests given in one language.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2005
This school is a charter school,so the curriculum is a little different than the rest of the schools. If you want your child to have bi-lingual (Engllish/Spanish) education, this is the place. The level of parent involvement is more than any other school, I have compared, though. Overall is a good school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2004
My daughter is in her second year at MLC and she loves it. She's stimulated and the teachers are very supportive. We're very happy there!

- submitted by a parent

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Multicultural Learning Center
7510 Desoto Avenue, Canoga Park, CA  91303
(818) 716-5783
Last modified Multicultural Learning Center is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Multicultural Learning Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top