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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
This is a great school. We have great teachers, nice staffs and a lot parent volunteers.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A 942 API! And you learn a second language! My concerns about retaining necessary English skills are no longer. Way to go El Marino!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is an unbelievable Language Immersion Elementary school... I couldn't have asked for a better school!
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!
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