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19200 East Ely Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

(562) 865-1257
(562) 402-8678
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May 27, 2015
I could not agree more to the previous reviews over the years. Unfortunately this Principal still remains at Carver and continues to badger students until she gets the information she is looking for. She punishes students by keeping them in the office and precludes them from achieving academically with her atrocious leadership tactics. She definitely has her favorites and concentrates more on discipline and disregards the progress academically that a student achieves whether its high scores in the state testing or grades in class. If you are a parent in search of an elementary school in the Cerritos area and are considering Carver as the stepping stone to your child's future, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2014
I've attended Carver Academy since I was in Kimdrrgarten and that was an amazing school and I've never complained about going there because there was no reason to. There is an amazing activity called clusters at Carver and basically what that is is when there is a group of kids that chose an activity they wanted to do and they either perform their activity or present it in the auditorium after 6 weeks of practice. Carver Academy won the award of California Distinguished School in 2012-2013.I think Carver should be your first choice for a good education for your child, I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a community member

April 17, 2012
My daughter has been going to Carver since kindergarten. The school is great and my daughter has done excellent in the school. Some of the teachers put limited efforts while other are excellent. However, with everything, the parents need to be involve.

- submitted by a parent

December 19, 2011
So far very pleased with Carver Academy. When my son started kindergarten this year his teacher very honestly expressed several concerns. Looking for the best interest of my child she gave several recommendations, which we immediately put into action at home. We kept good communication with his teacher and worked with him at home. My son is still struggling with a few things but has made tremendous improvement. The teachers there are excellent and you can really tell that they care about their students.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2011
The new Principal at this school is horrendous. The reviews I read are accurate. She is constantly yelling at children, has them seated in the office for hours, gets in arguments with parents and, honestly, it's a surprise that she is still there. Many great families have left the school because of her. She micromanages volunteers and pushes community away. Although my child was top of the class and never in trouble... children talk. We were awarded school of choice for my child and are elated to have switched school. What an amazing difference a good Principal makes. My child loves school now and isn't afraid of the Principal but actually makes pictures and gifts for their new Principal. What a shame and disservice the Carver Principal is to the community.

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2011
The parent before is absolutely correct. There have been many times when I have witnessed students wasting a whole day of learning by sitting in the crowded school office. I have also heard the principal yelling at students in her office through closed doors. Some students are a challenge but this principal's way of coping with them is unacceptable. The principal definitely has her favorites, whether it is a student, parent, or a teacher. The lack of an informative website at this school seems to set the tone for the lack of communication with the parents. A more culturally and socioeconomically sensitive principal would be welcome. The way one of the kindergarten teachers spoke to a bilingual student also showed a lack of cultural sensitivity in the teacher's role. Respect is always expected from the principal and teachers. Maybe the district should require the staff to do a little more cultural awareness and sensitivity training. An elementary setting is a child's first step toward a better future, not just for themselves, but for America. The initial impression set forth by these leaders will remain with the students forever.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2011
This principal is very vindictive and will stop at nothing to get your child out of the school if your child misbehaves and you don't agree with her disciplinary methods. She is very deceptive. Not nice, despite the big phony grin she displays every day. Her way of dealing with playground disputes is to keep your child inside her office until she forces them to tell her who did what, oftentimes getting the wrong story, even if it means the child is missing an important lesson in the classroom. She will badger your child into submission. Don't be fooled, parents. Beware!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 11, 2009
Hello, I truly believe that Carver is an excellent school for any child wether he or she is in preschool or any grade. The teachers there are excellent and very qualified for their positions. I feel that sometimes as parents we don't realize how hard it is to be in a teachers shoes on a daily baises. They can conquere anything I believe! Also, I want to add to the first comment that was left by a parent, that is your opinion and your opinion only! If it wasn't for the great director of Carver Early learning Academy and the wonderful experiences she gives the children they wouldn't be excelling in kindergaten.I do believe their is a long, line that stands overnight just to get in the program, so it speaks for itself! I believe that Carver is an overall excellent school most important they have teachers who truly care!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 22, 2009
The director of the preschool is a horrible. She shows favorites and does a terrible job hiding this. My son has done well in this school, but not because he was nurtured or made to feel that he had any special talents. He is a stubborn and wanted to learn. If you do put your child in the preschool program ask a lot of questions and stay involved. Parents beware!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 07, 2009
The new principal needs to listen to the parents and return phone calls and answer letters. The communication is lax compared to when Mrs. Brown was the principal.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2008
This school is an excellent choice for any parent for their children. My children have loved the school from the very first day. Top notch teachers. Excellent Magnet programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 30, 2008
I am considering this school as a school of choice and am quite impressed with the Magnet program. They seem to treat each child as if they are gifted and provide a variety of interests for the students.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2006
qualified teacher, conducive environment for learning.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2006
The very first day my husband I noticed the difference of schools. My kids most of all came home and were excited about the variety of different programs that are offered throughout the day to them. Computer Lab, Cluster Program, Chess Class after school, and so on. I can go on but would not have room to say that Carver has changed my kids love for reading and math. They both love to read and most of all write about what they read. Parents are substantially involved with different programs throughout the school year.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2003
I graduated from the 6th grade from Carver Elementry back in 1982. I did not speak very good English at the time I started in kindergarden. The teachers were so patient with me. Learning how to speak English was a challenge for me. I like the different techniques they used to help me speak it as well as writing it. I thank all the teachers at Carver school for all the help. It sure made my life easier when I left Carver. I have two sons and they both attend this school. I am very pleased with their teachings and I have no complaints from my kids about getting up in the morning to go to school.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2003
I graduated from the 6th grade at Carver Elementary in 1992, went on to graduate from Whitney High School, then completed my undergraduate work at UCLA, and am now a first year medical student. Carver Elem. was a great experience for me, as well as the best part of my childhood. Whatever the scores may be (good, bad, or indifferent) this is a great school. I consider myself to be successful, and I have no doubt about a bright future for myself, and I owe much of my success to having a good start in my education at this school. I am still very good friends with several of my school mates from Carver. This is a great place for kids to spend their childhood. I have no regrets, nor do my parents for sending me there.

- submitted by a student
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Carver (Charles J.) Elementary School
19200 East Ely Street, Cerritos, CA  90703
(562) 865-1257
Last modified Carver (Charles J.) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Carver (Charles J.) Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top