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11450 Port Road
Culver City, CA 90230

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(310) 842-4241
(310) 572-9420
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5 stars
Based on 51 ratings

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April 27, 2014
We moved to this neighborhood to attend this school. Besides the languages the attitude towards learning and studding in general is what important in this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Great Immersion school with very high API score. My kids attended Japanese program and they speak/write Japanese fluently. It's a very small school and teacher/students have close connection. So bullying is really rare (or doesn't exist at all). Compared to other school, EM have lots of homework. Teachers pushes your kids to study/learn. So be prepared, you'll be fine!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2013
I consider my self one of the luckiest children in the work, to get so immersed with a culture and language at such a young age. I am SO proud to say that I'm from El Marino. If it was't for this school, i would't be the fluent spanish speaker I am today. The experience I had at elementary school was like no other.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2013
We have a 3rd grader and a Kindergartener at El Marino and feel very fortunate to be able to send our kids to such a great school. The teachers and parents work very hard to provide a level of excellence year after year. Lots of great cultural events each year on top of excellent arts, music, daily p.e., and academic instruction. And small class sizes!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
We have a 5th grader and a 1st grader at El Marino, and in our opinion, it is a fantastic school. It is amazing to see the kids thriving in their core subjects - exceeding their grade level expectations - while learning in a foreign language to boot! El Marino is also such a supportive community of like-minded parents focused on education. In fact, one way I think about El Marino is that it boasts the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the great public school that it is, but because it is an "opt-in" school, it also boasts the primary advantage of good private schools: every family at El Marino wants to be there and prioritizes education. Best of both worlds!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
My son loves going to El Marino. His teacher, Nagumo-sensei, is awesome. If you are lucky enough to live in Culver City and want your child to participate in a language immersion program (Spanish or Japanese), this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
El Marino Language Immersion School is an amazing institution for anyone who is supportive of the dual language immersion experience. The child who is immersed in the target language will learn it here. The administrative staff and teachers are extremely competent and the community of supportive cooperative parents makes this school a model of how all our public schools should operate. The community of families and the teachers take great pride in the school; it is demonstrated by all of the administrators, teachers, and families who are vested in the child s education through language immersion. The academics are age appropriate and challenging for the students, the expectations of the students and families are high but reasonable, the teachers are dedicated to academics and making students proficient in one of the two languages taught at the school. There are good channels of communication with the administration and the teachers. Internet communication with the teacher facilitates direct communications with her/him without disrupting the target language the students are learning and using at school throughout the day. However, it can be overwhelming to new parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
I was nervous about the language immersion at first but have loved this school. We are in year two and feel like we are getting a private school education at public school costs. What I mean by this is that the sense of community at the school is great, every one is working together to make it the best.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
This is a great school. We have great teachers, nice staffs and a lot parent volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
El Marino has been such an amazing school for my daughter. I'm so impressed by the commitment of the teacher and staff and other parents. After speaking with many of my friends with children at other schools, I realize how lucky we are to have field trips, anti-bully week, computer labs, art, special cultural events, etc. Additionally, I think given the long history of El Marino with language immersion, it is one of the best options if you are interested in exposing your child to a second language.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Lots of parent involvement, high API score, wonderful teachers, and immersion in either Spanish or Japanese. My child is very excited about learning Japanese and enjoys going to school here. Everyone I've come across here (staff and parents) has been just great. An amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
El Marino is a gem! Our son loves this school and is thriving. Overall, the students are motivated and attentive. The parents are very involved in every aspect of school life and that is why El Marino maintains a tradition of achievement.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2013
The great: Parent involvement throughout the school, rich cultural diversity. I also LOVE that every student is learning a second language. My 2nd son is currently in kinder and I have more time to spend on campus, leading to... The not so great: Classroom instruction - I'm concerned with our students limited creativity. Examples include art projects that all look the same, writing journals and math problems where students have drawn the same pictures and ideas...in other words, too many dittos, and copying the teacher from the overhead as the main route of instruction. With our API scores, I expect teaching to go beyond test prepping, and instead promote life long academic skills: student centered/differentiated activities - literature circles, inquiry based science, writer's workshop; not just as special occasional activities, but embedded throughout the daily curriculum. Most of his day is doing dittos in math and letters! Our teacher also has a habit of translating, which goes against all of the research of effective 2nd language acquisition. We shouldn't be lucky to get good instruction - critical thinking should be the foundation. There's much room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2012
A 942 API! And you learn a second language! My concerns about retaining necessary English skills are no longer. Way to go El Marino!

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2012
I think the review by the parent on Sept 28, 2012 is off base. My experience has been completely opposite theirs, in regard to the administration's willingness to accept parent involvement. The principal is wonderful, with children who attend Culver City schools. It's entirely possible to catch someone on a bad day, which could be the case here. El Marino is the beautiful result of collaborating parents, teachers & administrators with one mission of providing a fun, nurturing and challenging learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
The school is wonderful which is mostly due to a large group of experienced teachers and the tremendous parent involvement. Unfortunately, at times it feels that the parent involvement is not welcomed by the administration. This makes one feel like an outsider not a partner. The principal can appears cold, overwhelmed and unavailable. El Marino is a very large school with over 700 student. Given this it is hard for me to swallow that we don't have an assistant principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
This school was amazing. My son met so many great friends there and the school system was brilliant. He greatly improved on his Spanish and was so happy there. I definitely recommend going there.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2011
We love this school! We bought a house in Culver City just for this school. Our oldest daughter just finished kindergarten and had an amazing teacher. We are very pleased with the parental involvement, principal leadership, and the all around support services that assist families like the afterschool cornucopia activity program and the before/after school care provided through the Office of Child Development (also part of CCUSD). We can't wait until our younger daughter joins her sister in the Spanish immersion program next school year. The best way to get into this school is if your child already speaks Spanish (or Japanese) at home...start early to give your child the best opportunity. You will not regret it.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
We have had such am amazing time with El Marino. Our son has thrived! The educators are amazing and the curriculum much more demanding than most program but through the well organized program and staff the children achieve greatness. Tremendous parent involvement as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2011
I have a 2nd grader and Kindergartener who attend El Marino (Spanish track). Excellent teachers and parental support. We thank our lucky stars weekly that we got in.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
This is an unbelievable Language Immersion Elementary school... I couldn't have asked for a better school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Fabulous sense of community, great leadership and I'm looking forward to all the years to come. My daughter wants to go to school everyday and wants to hang around after. I guess I can't ask for more than that!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
most of the teachers are excellent!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
El Marino Elem. is a language immersion school. Watching the kids learn new things everyday is amazing. Watching them learn new things while learning it in a foreign language is beyond words.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
excellent teachers and dedicated staff. parent involvement is fantastic

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
The quality and dedication of our teaching staff is top-notch. In addition, there is a very strong parent support network that keeps the whole family very involved in the education process.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
It is a public school but because of parents involvement and great teachers ,it make this school so special.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Our kids get a great education in both English and another language! Learning Spanish or Japanese comes easily to most kids in elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
My kid loves it and she looks forward to it every morning. Thats a great start.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
Amazing immersion program, lots of culture learning, hands on PTA and ALLEM, amazing parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
High expectations and community support make this an incredible school, added plus, our kids are bilingual!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Teachers and parents work together to create a positive learning environment along with social activities and fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Great teachers, supportive administration, involved parents, a real sense of community

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The school has one of the nations best language immersion programs and the parents are very involved and care about their kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I am constantly amazed at my boy's progress in reading and the way the teachers and parents at El Marino invest wonderful and sicere energy in the environment there. I feel that we are fortunate to have our son there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Terrific, caring teachers, highly diverse community of students, foreign language based curricula, excellent parent support, enthusiastic students, a quality offering of after school programs

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
I love El Marino Language School because of all the dedicated teachers and administrators that truly love all of our children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Strong immersion programs. Great staff and families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The children are immersed into a foreign language. The teachers are all very motivated and excellent. They have many cultural activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
They learn both Spanish or Japanese plus English. The parents are so very involved,

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
El Marino has a great language immersion program where students have the opportunity to not only learn a second language, but to experience a curriculum and activities that are rich with the cultures surrounding the target languages of Spanish or Japanese. The superb administration and teaching staff, as well as the extraordinary volunteerism at this school make it first rate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Teachers at El Marino are always willing to devote their time and effort for kids. My daughter's teacher set up study hall every Monday and spends extra hours for students who need help with homework. Also, parents at this school are amazing. They do so much to make the school better for all. Best school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers really care about the students. The parents care as much as the teachers. The kids really enjoy learning the language.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We have the best teachers, the best parents and the best kids. Our children are learning in either spanish or japanese which is going to put them ahead of the game in middle school and high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2009
This school has an excellent curriculum. The teachers and Principal are devoted. Parent involvement is the key to the success at this school. They raise money to pay for T.A.'s in each classroom - plus many other crucial additions to a successful learning experience. Homework is consistently heavy especially in the japanese program. We are very happy.

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October 22, 2008
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no rating September 04, 2008
Great school, great teachers, great principal!

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September 03, 2008
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August 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
Great school....my kid is getting a great education while learning his Japanese culture. The teachers, administrative staff and learning environment are a few notches above the rest of surrounding schools. love it, Moise Garrett

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April 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 14, 2007
I had two children go to this school, one in Spanish immersion, and one in Japanese immersion. The youngest one finished in 2005 and the oldest is now a student at UCLA. The parental involvement, especially in Japanese, is very high, and the teachers are very committed. I will never regret having my children go to this school! By the way, most of the parents do not speak these foreign languages. I think they need to have a lot of confidence in their children, even at age 5, to put them in school where at first they don't understand much of what the teacher is saying. It takes a leap of faith. Some subjects are taught in the foreign language, depending on the grade and more so in Spanish than in Japanese, and soon the parents can't understand much of their children's homework. (The kids love that!)

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My daughter just started 1st grade at this school (she's going on her third week). So far my experience with the school has been great! My daughter is a little behind because she wasn't there for kindergarten, but her teacher has made me aware of her situation and recommended us to a tutor whom we just had the pleasure of meeting this past Saturday. I feel that it is a great school and I'm looking forward to getting more involved in every aspect. My daughter loves it!

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April 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 23, 2006
My daughter is in the Spanish immersion program at El Marino. So far so good. She really enjoys her school, and she's picking up reading in both Spanish AND English. She's only been at the school 4 months! Parent involvement is expected - a lot of work for parents, but I think it's worth it. I feel that she's getting a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2005
This is an excellent school for children whose parents are willing to work hard to support their children academically. It is a demanding program that prepares children well for middle school and high school.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2005
I have a 3rd grader in the Japanese immersion program. Although the level of Japanese is mediocre, I love the fact that he gets to experience it all in one environment.

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September 22, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
September 09, 2005
We have had two children in this school with very different learning styles and personalities. Both benefited enormously from the Spanish immersion program. Both speak Spanish well after attending El Marino. Parent involvement at the school is high, probably because people choose this school--it's not a neighborhood school--so they're generally committed to the program. Teachers range in experience and approach, but generally the quality of instruction has been satisfactory. The main advantage in my opinion is the language instrution. We're firm believers in immersion education after our experience here.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
Our school is terrific with very dedicated parents and excellent programs during and afterschool. Our students are talented and challenged to learn in more than one language. It feels like an exclusive school in which children really bond.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
El Marino is a language immersion school. Japanese and Spanish are taught. The high quality education is due to the dedication of the teaching staff. The unusually high parent involvment on the Japanese side of campus provides the school many opportunities not found in public schools. The atmosphere and expectations are similiar to a private school ecperience. The students are all exposed to music and instruments of Japanese and Spanish origin. Before and after-school care is an available option. The level of commitment to the students continued learning carries over and works with these programs as well.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2005
Great staff, great school! Love it, love it, love it!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
Excellent academic programs are offered to enhance each child's ability. Immersion programs are superb; it is rare to find multicultural/multilingual programs that are administered and work so well. Teachers are capable and devoted, and they make sure students get a good learning environment. A wide range of afterschool enrichment programs are offered, from academic to arts and sports, including very special programs such as traditional Japanese dance and music (taiko). Parents are very much involved in various aspects of school activities and fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2004
Not for everyone but it is a good school. We are in the Japanese program and thinking about switching schools. Our first grader is doing fine academically but emotionally the school discourages creativity and individuality which is why we are looking to move on. If you are not a Japanese speaker you will need outside help with homework after kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
Very good school especially if you want your child to be bilingual. Very good teacher to student ratio and excellent results. Parents are very involving.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2004
It is the best language school! Kids learn in either Spanish or Japanese and usually by 3rd grade, they are fluent in the language. After school activities include: flamenco dance, japanese drums, piano and even Shakespeare! But the best about the school are the caring teachers and staff. Parents also play a large part in the success because of their involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
This is the best elementary school in Culver City!There is an abundance of parent involvement, the children participate in all of the school events and activities, and the teachers reach out to every student in a positive, caring way.

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El Marino Elementary School
11450 Port Road, Culver City, CA  90230
(310) 842-4241
Last modified El Marino Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
El Marino Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top