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K-5
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Culver City, CA
Students enrolled: 534
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10915 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

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(310) 842-4334
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March 10, 2014
Maestra Orosco is a fabulous Kindergarten teacher. My daughter had her for Kindergarten and was comfortably reading and singing in Spanish. The school itself felt like a larger version of my home--some things/people I liked, others I didn't like or understand, but in the end it's all family. I felt that my voice was heard and that I could effect change when I needed to. Could be more parent involvement.. but hay.. that's life.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
Hello. I am writing a review because it was hard for me to find information on this school last year while I was looking. My child is in the Spanish program and I couldn't be happier. The school is amazing. In just a few short months he is already speaking. I love how non pretentious the families are and how friendly the staff is. My son is Caucasian, so he is a minority at this school. But I haven't seen any negative effects from this. He is thriving and I am thrilled. Don't overlook this school because of it's location, age, lack of information on the web. It is AMAZING.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
I am a parent of a kindergartener at this school and it is an exceptional school. My son is in the Spanish dual-language program and is already speaking and reading in Spanish and English. Parent involvement is very high at this school. Just because a school is Title I, does not mean parents won't be involved, does not mean discipline problems, does mean low-quality education. Many people would rather El Marino to this school as they have been doing dual-immersion in Culver City for 30 years, but you couldn't ask for a better school, staff, teachers and parents than what we have here and, frankly, I think the high population of Latino's at this school and not wanting to be the minority is what scares many of the "locals" away. Simply put, that's really just the underpinnings of privilege rearing its ugly head, IMO. These are some of the most dedicate groups of parents I have ever seen and they want the same things that any loving parent wants for their child: stellar education, teachers, happiness and academic achievement for their children. This is true for the Title I, Latina, White, Black and Asian families alike.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
My son is in the 2nd grade in the Spanish immersion program. Both his Spanish and English literacy skills are above grade level. His scores in math and science are terrific. I can't say enough good things about the teaching staff: They are incredibly attentive and experienced. They communicate and support one another. My son's teacher this year has already taken the class on a number of field trips that support in-class curricula. My son especially enjoys the math+music and jiji math programs. Parents are very involved and there are activities (e.g. family night, movie night) and fundraisers (fall festival, book fairs) throughout the year that support community building. There is a new principal this year who, so far, seems excellent. La Ballona is definitely a "great school" where kids can develop socially and academically.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
We are so happy with the Dual Language program at La Ballona!! My son is in the 2nd grade which is the group of students from the first year of Dual Language learning at La Ballona. Every year we have to wait until early September to find out who they have hired to teach that year's Spanish immersion class and every year we are so deeply impressed with the wonderful teachers who have been chosen to teach our son! This year my youngest will enter kindergarten and I have no hesitation about sending him to La Ballona. I have found the teachers to be truly exceptional and dedicated, the principal to be a really great leader for the school, and the parents to be very involved both in the classroom and as fundraisers for the school. I love the international group of students and the fact that the school is heavily Latino. For our (non-native Spanish-speaking) son this means that he is truly immersed in Spanish language and Latino culture not only while he is in the classroom, but also in the lunchroom, on the playground, and during drop off and pick up as many of the adults around him converse in Spanish. I couldn't be happier with the school!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
La Ballona is the hidden secret of the Culver City school district. Our teachers are amazing and involved. We have an outstanding Spanish immersion program, a strong Math+Music program, Actors' Gang program, SuccessMakers, and now a Growing Garden program. The list goes on. A lot of high parent involvement, now with a booster club that organizes events and after school activities. If you want to be part of an up and coming school, you should check out La Ballona.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
La Ballona has a reputation as the redheaded stepchild of Culver City Schools because of its ELL population and socio-economically disadvantaged student population. More parent involvement is occurring, and test scores are rising. However last year 49% of students overall and 52% of free lunch population tested not proficient in language arts. It's a tough school for any student who is slightly outside the box, meaning for students who fall far behind or who excel because teachers already feel too much pressure. My child attended for many years and ultimately left because of low academic standards and because tensions between admin/teachers/staff was interfering with quality of education. The teacher quality simply depends on who you get and their relationship with admin. Unfortunately, I've seen some teachers yell at their students in class and office numerous times in a humiliating way. Two teachers were sweet and kind though.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
La Ballona continues to shine with involved parents, enthusiastic students, and dedicated teachers. Our scores keep going up! Our Booster Club and PTA work hard to enrich the school's learning opportunities for students. The La Ballona Green Club encourages students to be responsible custodians of the planet. Our teachers are technology-oriented, multi-lingual, and caring. We are a diverse school! Shake hands with the world at La Ballona!

- submitted by a teacher
May 20, 2011
We LOVE La Ballona! The Dual Immersion program in Spanish has been a fabulous experience! The teachers are the best and our principal is extremely committed to academic achievement, and is very approachable and responsive to the parents and booster club. All in all, we could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
La Ballona has been awarded the California Distinguished School Award and boasts some of the most dedicated and professional teachers in CCUSD. The population is diverse and children go to school with students from all over the world. Staff and involved parents are very sensitive to the culturally differing needs of the stakeholders. The motived parent groups have worked hard to involve more parents in these difficult budget times and a wonderful espirt du corps has emerged because of it. La Ballona also offers non-traditional enrichment programs like an Acting Conservatory Program with The Actor's Gang (founded by Tim Robbins), 5th grade ballroom dancing and folk dancing from all around the world. There are also literacy programs and many kinds of exposure to performing arts. Families who are interested in La Ballona should speak to other families who actually attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
Both of my children attended La Ballona. They had wonderful, enriched experiences at this diverse and supportive school. The principal and staff are by far some of the most professional and caring adults I have had the pleasure of partnering with. This is the kind of school where the parents participate without looking for a pat on the back. They just simply get the job done. I am proud of the education my children received and I would highly recommend La Ballona to any parent looking for an elementary school for their child.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
I love this school, proud member of the PTA and Booster Club. Teachers are very great and seemed very involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
Since my kid started this year I've grown to love this school. The teachers are very involved, and the parents do so much to provide the necessities for them to do well. Overall I am glad I made the decision to send them here.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
The school is a great environment, well diverse, and the teachers are very involved. My kids love this school from the activities such as the October fest to the Success Makers program. I can only say positive words about this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
I have sent all 4 of my kids to La Ballona and they all have a wonderfull learning experience. The teachers are top notch which is why we had an api score for 2010 of 800 and is also a distinguished school. There is much parental involvement as it has not only a pta but a booster club. Anyone who says La Ballona is not a good school has not experienced it .

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2011
My son is finishing his Kindergarten year in the Spanish immersion program and doing great! His teacher is fantastic and we have been very pleased with the curriculum. He is comfortably reading in Spanish and English, doing great art projects, learning about music in the symphonic music program, and enjoying going to school. I have volunteered in the classroom and seen first-hand the wonderful way his teacher interacts with the kids. The program is a full-day kindergarten (as opposed to El Marino's half day program) so our kids are getting more education at La Ballona. My only criticism-and these are just my issues and haven't effected my son at all-are that the school could have a better sense of community among parents and a larger grassy area for play. But all in all we are very happy with La Ballona!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2010
La Ballona is a gem. With a city campus, this school still manages to have wonderful play areas for the kids, while excelling at academics! With PE every day, a new Spanish Immersion program, and a Principal who really cares about each and every student, we couldn't ask for more. But the school could. With budget cuts, this money would mean more art programs for the upper grades, additional music programs for the first grade and much more. I vote for La Ballona Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
I find the overall rating of this school to be frustrating. The school has increased its test scores and won several awards for its academic improvement. The Spanish immersion program is exactly the same as El Marino. The parent involvement is increasing. All we need is for the school to update their own website!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
My son started at La Ballona and is now in 5th grade. My daughter is in 1st grade. They love their school. My daughter adored her Kindergarten teacher. I didn't think it was possible but she likes her first grade teacher even more! When my child comes home and plays 'school' and does her 'writers workshop' at home, making and illustrating stories, I know she's doing well. The principal is amazing and very open to ideas from the parents. My son has had great, experienced and dedicated teachers. These teachers come to the PTA and booster club meetings, volunteer at fundraising events and one 5th grade teacher stays after school on her own time 3 days a week to run a 'homework club' for 5th graders. La Ballona has the most experienced teachers in the district, a rich multicultural student body and fantastic involved parents. It really is a gem.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
My child is in the Spanish Immersion program in Kindergarten. She loves the school and the teachers. We have an amazing principle who has done great things with the school on the academic side. The new Booster club and the PTA are very involved and offer a great way for parents to feel they are contributing.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2009
My child attend this school since kidergarten until first grade. My child's experience in kidergarten was wonderful, but I cannot say the same for first grade. Some teachers enforce too much dicipline and stress the children. The school is located on a main street and can be dangerous during pick-up and dro-off. The school does have fundraisers but this events are sometimes not well organized.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
My grandson goes to La Ballona. His parents and I are all very happy and so is he. His teacher lets him move ahead of curriculum. He loves the after-school program. He has taken classes in acting, music, and many other things. He has wonderful friends. The parents are very involved. He was in love with his kindergarten teacher and now with his first grade teacher. When I go to pick him up, he does not want to leave because he is having so much fun.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
La Ballona School is an amazing school where my child has thrived. The principal has proven to be a great leader. The teachers are superb, respectful of their students and creative with the curriculum. The new teachers are mentored by the veterans, ensuring that LaBallona will keep its good teacher culture. Most of all, it's a happy, stimulating learning environment for the kids. And their academic performance proves it!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
What a great place I can't imagine why anyone who lives in this area would not go to this school. It's got the warmth of a nursery school. We have 2 kids there and they love it. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
Love the diversity at the school, the teacher's involvment, and the parent support.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
This school is too heavily influenced by partisan politics and a social agenda in the classroom. My kids loved their teachers and did well, however the school as a whole was never a fit for us. There needs to be more focus on fundamental academics and fit in cultural studies after that. Too much catering to non-english speaking kids and their 'homeland' customs. Not enough to stimulate the english speaker in the first couple of grades.Little value placed on the history of and integration into American life and culture. The best thing was the Math + music program and the teacher. Another plus is zero tolerance for bullying and fighting.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
There's a lot of chatter at our playgrounds about La Ballona. Some positive, but most, I hate to say it, not so good. Why??!!! La Ballona is an amazing school. The teachers are amazing, close knit, committed. The student body, a great mix of cultures. I've seen some really healthy competition amongst the students! It really warms my heart that there is a strong, positive Muslim presence (we're near the mosque). This by itself will teach us all to accept and befriend rather than hate. And last but not least, our standards are really good. Sure we can't compete with a school like El Marino or Farragut, but we have a different student body. So before you believe the hype, ask someone who knows. Call the principal! LB rocks!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
La Ballona is a Grrrreat School!!! The teachers are wonderful and Frankly, they are priceless! My son is going to the 4th grade and we have had nothing but great experiences and memories. What is great about the school is that it is so diverse. I would recommend this school to anyone. They have great programs such as math + music, and actor's gang. The PTA is a great parent and teacher organization that really care about our students and all children in general.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
My son entered the school in the 2nd grade and is now a 5th grader ready to graduate and begin jr. high. This school is really preparing him for the next step.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
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August 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
My children have been at La Ballona for 4 years now, and I will vehemently disagree with any of the other posted comments by parents saying that parent involvement at the school isn't welcomed and appreciated. It's a great school in all ways. The teachers are amazing; smart, confident and focused on the individual needs of each child. Bravo! La Ballona teachers and Principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
My son has been going to La Ballona since K and he is now finishing the 3rd grade. The parent involvement is nearly null and void unless you are in the 'select group'. The meeting times for the PTA are erradict and not parent friendly. As for the teachers we have had two great teachers and one ok.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
My son enrolled at La Ballona at the end of October 2006. He is in 2nd grade. His class is taught piano twice a week, and also they participate in computer class twice a week. I think these are great learning tools for children especially for those students that have any learning gaps. These extra curricular activities are the result of an organized PTA. My son's class has a 20 minute visitaton rule which I think is a little strict for me, but I do understand that a parent's visit can be disruptive. I am very happy with La Ballona, and I would recommend it to anyone. I have not had the chance to discuss any matters with the prinicipal. I will take responsibility for this. I should have made an appt. with the prinicipal to take about her direction.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
My children and I have been involved at La Ballona for 4 years now, and I think it is a great school. Teachers have always impresseed me, and both Principals that I've seen have been great. Academics seem to be tailored to each child's need. I think that more sports would be nice, and art. I think that parent involvement is always welcomed, but it may take a bit of initiative on the parents. If the teachers were more forthcoming with their needs, I think there woudl be more more parent involvement. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2006
A wonderful group of educated, caring teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
March 11, 2006
I was pleasantly surprised by the kindergarten education at La Ballona. My child's teacher is very structured and organized and in tune with my child's needs.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
La Ballona is a great school, they have a program called STAR my daughter loves it, All the teachers are great and highly quilified, the Principle is very nice, My daughter enjoys going to school every morning!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2005
This is our first year at La Ballona. So far we are very impressed with the teacher and principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
Unfortunately, this school's new principal had a rather rigid and fearful attitude about parent involvement and it had a negative impact on the school. I withdrew my son after completion of 4th grade, although I had been very satisfied with his K-3 experience before the change in administration.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
Sadly, this school used to be a warm, very parent-friendly school where the community gathered in support of the kids educational environment. Then a new principal came and everything we had worked to create changed rather drastically. Several parents pulled their children out withint the first few months. I did after one year with her in charge. Other parents could find this school tolerable, even adequate, but it wasn't for our family.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2004
This is a awesome school, the teacher are great and princible is wonderful. The one thing that is also great is that they have the best S.T.A.R after school program on the westside. There teacher love there jobs and the childrens in the program. And what else can you you say about the two people who run the program there they are the most loving people who will love your children like if they were yours you shoud just come and look at La Balliona.

- submitted by a parent
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La Ballona Elementary School
10915 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA  90232
(310) 842-4334
Last modified La Ballona Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
La Ballona Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top