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Culver City, CA
 

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3430 McManus Ave
Culver City, CA 90232

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May 11, 2015
Echo Horizon is an OUTSTANDING school! I'm a current 5th grade student. Echo Horizon has excellent teachers, incredible art programs, and great after school classes. I am learning so much from my teachers and they're really helping me thrive. The Language Arts teacher is beyond extraordinary. I'm not going to be here next year, and I'm going to miss all the great teachers and students. Echo Horizon has really given me the wings to fly.

- submitted by a community member

May 11, 2015
It always seems a little concerning when there is a flurry of posts to validate a school's position, vision and all-around "awesomesness" once a negative review has been posted. Silence is a wonderful communicator and life is a continual episode of likes and dislikes. According to the California Dept. of Education Private School listing (updated on 5/6/2015) the school only has 175 students, and an additional 21 in the Echo Center, in a facility that can accommodate over 300 students. Facts speak louder than any amount of rallying. One point to note is that the Board of Trustees has been intrenched for many years with the same leadership at the helm. If the demise of student enrollment was but one factor of an ineffectual trusteeship then the Board would have been discharged. Take time to find out the facts, ask the hard questions and don't get sucked in to the "rapid response review team" that aims to prove that everything is amazing.

- submitted by a community member

May 03, 2015
Echo Horizon is an amazing school. Martha Schuur has a true vision of what a 21st century school needs to provide: children who are collaborative, have the grit to manage a challenge and overcome defeat (see the addition of sports) and who are creative enough to innovate in a constantly changing world (see the 20% student-driven inquiry modeled after Google). Combine that with true diversity and you have an environment where the kids are kind, willing to learn and excited to go to school every day. Come watch the early morning line-up and see the kids literally skipping into class. My child reads for hours daily, unprompted, because of the emphasis on learning through a love of reading that the full-time librarian has instilled. This year's sixth grade all got into great schools, including Harvard Westlake and Winward. Yes, it's a time of transition, as you would expect after 30 years under a single leader. But this transition is being managed in a straightforward, logical and sustainable way. The parents are still a group of incredibly diverse and NORMAL people, without the preening and craziness of other westside institutions.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2015
As a current employee of Echo Horizon School, I would like to respond to a previous negative posting about us. Echo Horizon is a wonderful school. Our new Head of School is visionary, hard working and wholeheartedly dedicated to our mission and the future of our school. Our teaching style is collaborative, inspiring and hands on. Recently, we adopted a new school mascot to compliment our newly formed sports team program. I can assure everyone that the sports program and the mascot were both implemented in response to student and family requests. The students then asked that the mascot be displayed on both of our playgrounds. So, we had a mural painted and and a large banner installed. That's the kind of Head we have, responsive. While I understand that the recent changes at Echo Horizon may be jarring to some, for those of us leaving and those of us staying it is very difficult to see a valued member of our community speak of us so disrespectfully. I respectfully disagree with the previous post and sincerely hope that my response is helpful.

- submitted by a teacher

April 30, 2015
Echo Horizon is an amazing school. We feel lucky and grateful to be a part of this community. The school has done a good job cultivating a warm and grounded atmosphere while also evolving into one of the most selective and high-quality elementary schools in LA. Personally, as an alumni of top-tier private schools from elementary school through Harvard, I can say definitively that Echo stands up well to other top-tier schools across the nation. As Echo admissions have become more selective over the years and the school has has chosen to stand apart from the crowd of independent elementary schools in LA with quality at the center, some current parents and unlucky applicants have balked at the changes. Our family counts itself lucky to be a part of this great school.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2015
I strongly disagree with the earlier negative comment. Anyone that is actually a part of Echo knows that this school s mission and practical implementation is simply the opposite of these false arguments. Martha and her team couldn t be more active about driving this school to be inspiring, innovative and flexible. Its students couldn t be more engaged, excited and curious. Echo is a school that celebrates differences, promotes innovative thinking and exploration. It s a really tight community with wonderful families who care deeply about this school and its kids. We know many of the other Westside independent schools and have friends with kids in most of them. All have their pluses and minuses and most are dealing with similar trends of enrollment. We salute Martha and her dedicated team for having vision, passion and for recognizing the opportunity to turn Echo into a smaller school with a clearer direction. Yes, we are sad to see some of the teachers leave but confident that the new structure and direction will only make Echo a better learning and development environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2015
I am a parent with two children at the school. We feel very fortunate to have a school such as Echo Horizon. From our experience, bigger isn't better, and the fact that the school is actively choosing the get smaller is a welcome change. The school feels like a home, now more than ever. Losing a few teacher's assistants is regrettable but hardly earth shattering. The certified teacher to student ratio will be even lower, and they're not cutting a single service the school provides -- in fact, they're adding more! Lean and mean! But the most amazing thing (to me) about the school is the community of parents and students who belong to it. Great kids, great families. That's what truly makes a school strong, and Echo Horizon has exactly that. The negative reviewer clearly isn't part of that community, which is almost as surprising as it is sad. I hope you find someplace that better suits your family, mine happily belongs to Echo Horizon.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2015
As a parent who went through the school selection process for our child last year, I want to give as much information as I can to help other families. - TEACHERS & STAFF: I have never doubted the commitment of the teachers and staff since I took my first tour here. We've always felt comfortable reaching out to teachers, sharing tips on how our child learns best and tracking progress. The projects you see decorating the hallways are done by the students (not their parents late at night). - COMMUNITY: We wanted a smaller learning environment, the way neighborhood schools used to be. When you walk the halls, it's peaceful and the children are laughing and smiling. Echo families are supportive and welcoming. - COMMUNICATION: You receive weekly updates via email, and you can always walk in and talk to someone. --->I lowered this review by a star however, due to the way they rolled out the significant changes coming up this year (moving to a one class per grade model, ~20-24 students per class with 2 teachers in each room). At the town hall, parents asked the school for greater transparency going forward, and we plan to stay at least another year to evaluate the changes.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2015
This school is a sinking ship. Due to plummeting enrollment and shrinking revenue, they are planning to eliminate all teaching assistants and half the teachers. The new administration has no vision. Its leadership style is divisive, rigid, and overly reactive; the focus seems to be politician first, educator second. Stylistically the school has done a 180 from a developmental, meet the child where they are approach to a one size fits all, rote learning, workbook-based, drill-and-kill approach with test after test after test. There is a heavy focus on sports teams, logos, mascots, and sweatshirts, and precious little innovation in terms of actual academics. The school once boasted some passionate, talented, devoted teachers, but most have fled or been forced out, leaving behind one or two good teachers and a slew of mediocre or downright awful ones. The original mission of the school, to educate deaf children in a mainstream environment, seems lost in a misguided attempt to become the next Curtis or JTD. It s a shame. The gentle, nurturing place that once was EHS is no longer. Like many others, we would leave at our earliest opportunity, but there is nowhere to go.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2015
We have been at EHS for one year and couldn't be more satisfied. The school is going in the right direction. Every school goes through a change and EHS has the best interest of the students at heart. We support Martha's vision for creating a motivating environment for the school. I question if the negative post was actually written by anyone connected to EHS.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2015
My son graduated from Echo Horizon School last year, and I am writing this today, as he is back visiting his school and teachers with his friend. We came to Echo Horizon in 4th grade. Words cannot describe how much we love this school and how grateful we are to have ever found this amazingly loving, nurturing school and to have joined it's beautiful community of dedicated parents, teachers, staff, and administrators. This place promotes creativity, teaches critical thinking, and upholds community service. But beyond that and beyond excellent academics and arts, Echo Horizon School teaches compassion, empathy, and love. During his three years at Echo, we watched my son's self-esteem flourish immensely, and we all have made friends whom we will cherish for life. I feel pure joy and peace as I revisit the school today.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2015
I cannot recommend Echo Horizon enough. My daughter went there from 1st-6th grade and had a wonderful time. The teachers are professionally trained in their field and the overall education has given my daughter an excellent foundation for middle school. In her graduating class all kids all were successful enough on the ISEE test to get into top Los Angeles private middle schools, and socially the kids still keep in touch and are friends. I feel that Echo Horizon's focus is to educate young leaders, to give them a voice through writing & public speaking, to expose the kids to theatre, choreography, dance, visual arts, music, sports and all standard academics. My daughters transition into middle school has been excellent and she is thriving. My opinion is that the heartfelt and caring community of Echo Horizon taught her that her unique voice matters so that she continues to be curious about the world and her place in it.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2014
We have been at Echo Horizon for 6 years and couldn't be happier. Kids are well adjusted, well educated and kind. Martha, administration and teachers are a top-notch group of educators who will clearly lead our school into the next 30+ years. Come to a tour, you'll love Lisa, our Admissions Director, too!

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2014
Our daughter is blossoming at Echo Horizon - we absolutely adore the teachers, the integration of technology and the way that the school fosters creativity and social development. We have loved becoming a part of this small, caring community and are so glad that it is everything we hoped for. Once we visited EH, we knew that she would get the introduction to academics as well as be able to develop in richer ways - and this has all been true. The head of school, Martha Schurr, is wonderful with parents and at knowing and advocating for her students.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2014
Echo Horizon is an elementary school by design, one that nurtures the imagination and creativity of early childhood that are essential for future academic and social learning. The School provides a safe, supportive, community with strong, loving adults whom children can trust. Here, they have time to discover and explore themselves, as they chart their paths into the future. Echo Horizon is a place where great teaching and great values converge and great kids thrive. Get to know us and see our impact.

- submitted by a school leader

June 25, 2014
Echo is an awesome school. As a parent at the school for several years now I've been impressed with how EHS combines strong academics with a nurturing approach-- students come first, use of technology is top notch and the envy of many l.a. private schools. (I mean that literally-- other schools come to Echo to see tech done right). The arts are integrated thru out and the school simply feels like a breath of fresh air compared to many other schools. For an independent school, there is much less attitude from the majority of the parents. We were so happy when we enrolled to see how happy our kids were and we remain pleased. My kids are doing well, are progressively challenged and are learning in a much more motivated fashion than their previous independent school. The Head of School is a dynamic, long time educator from Marlborough and a strong leader. She is moving the school forward even more and making adjustments after the school was capably led by the previous Head for 27 years. We feel fortunate to have our kids at Echo Horizon!

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2014
We looked at a lot of schools -- and I do mean A LOT -- before we chose Echo Horizon. It has been a wonderful fit for my son who just completed Kindergarten this year. We chose Echo because of the quality, kindness and involvement of the teachers and staff. From our very first day there, all of the educators, not just the ones who taught Kindergarten, knew my son and greeted him by name each morning. The focus here is on educating the whole child, so in addition to wonderful academics, there is also emphasis placed on character, leadership, creativity and community. Personally, I feel that education is a marathon, not a sprint, and Echo's gentle way of teaching demonstrates why it is so important to keep children's natural curiosity intact. The new principal seems to be making some much needed changes and is open and receptive to parent input. The other parents and older children have been extremely welcoming and we really love being part of the Echo Horizon family

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2014
I usually don't have the time to post how much I love something - but after reading a previous review - I felt compelled to respond. My family has been at Echo Horizon School for 4 years and we are so happy! I can't say enough wonderful things about the incredible, thought-provoking, creative academics they offer and the warmest community full of truly nice, bright kids and lovely, down-to-earth families. Teachers are top-notch academically, genuinely caring, and are all trained in Responsive Classroom and how to integrate technology into everyday learning to enhance the lessons. Our four arts disciplines are integrated into what each grade is studying academically - creating an enriching, unique multi-disciplinary approach to learning. While we did go through a seamless transition this year and we have an amazing new Head - any changes taking place are positive to ensure the best academic and character education. We now have sports teams! And a school is always best when fantastic new blood enters with fresh ideas - which is exactly what is excitedly happening here! Kids at this school love to learn! Echo Horizon School is a special place - and you'd be lucky to join us!

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2014
We have been parents at EHS for over 12 years. We researched and visited a broad spectrum of schools,from traditional to cutting edge.EHS offered a balanced academic,social and artistic environment at a beautiful campus adjacent to a large park.EHS provided a fantastic foundation for our children,one of whom is thriving at LA's most competitive secondary school and another who is on the way.The school continues to build on a foundation of inclusiveness and thoughtful teaching principals.It has earned and maintains a world class reputation as a technology leader(Apple Distinguished School for 5 years running).A new Head of School brings new energy and ever improving best practices to numerous aspects of school life.Curriculum and other key areas such as athletics and the arts are always improving.It is an imperfect process,but there is a new found spirit that embraces positive change while adhering to core principals of inclusiveness,character and group as well as individual achievement.We live in the heart of a city that groans under the stress of its affluence, poverty, competitiveness and stress.This school and greater community is an oasis. We would do it again in an LA minute.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2014
A school in serious decline. Their summer school was just abruptly canceled due to low enrollment. Only 22 of the 40 Kinder spots were filled for this coming fall. Staff turnover is high; they seem to be having trouble attracting quality teachers. The school feels like it is dying. We are glad to be out soon.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2014
We have been at Echo Horizon for over four years now and it has been an outstanding school in so many mays. When you think of Westside Private school, you automatically have a biased opinion, am I correct? This school defies all stereotypes. The children, the families, the community and excellent teaching create a warm, friendly and loving environment. The kids are kind, empathetic and bright-This is a great reflection of the parents and the philosophy of the school. The new head of school, Martha Schurr is a great asset to Echo. If you are to look at a school on the westside of LA, with a well balanced, down to earth community with solid academics look no further.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2014
We are huge fans of Echo Horizon and our daughter has thrived there since the moment she first walked through the door of Pre-K. The teaching staff is attentive, warm, creative, and forward-thinking. And we love the other parents too! It is a truly great community.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2014
I love the academic and character education my kids are receiving at Echo Horizon School! In any school, transitions are positive and needed to ensure the best and most current educational practices. Martha Schuur is an incredible leader (with years of teaching and administrative experience at Marlborough) with a motto of "what is best for the kids" always at the forefront of all her thoughtful decision-making. We produce self-confident kids who are academically challenged through our use of technology as an Apple Distinguished School, our Singapore math teaching kids to think critically about math concepts rather than just memorize, our Kahn-Academy-like flipped classroom lessons, our real-world project-based learning, and our great arts program, just to name a few. But additionally, our kids are shown how to be good citizens within themselves, with their peers, and the outside community. And the parent community is warm and inviting. All our students matriculate into all the top middle schools in and around LA. I can't say enough wonderful things about the education your young child will receive and the incredible friendships you will make at Echo Horizon School!

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2014
My whole family is happy at Echo! Enriching, challenging and creative academics, great caring teachers, strong character building, smart, nice kids, and wonderfully down-to-earth parents. And the new head is superb. (i strongly disagree with the posting from Feb 4 that says Martha rules with a heavy hand - she is an excellent leader moving the school forward in the right direction.) Martha has made so many positive changes and really listens to the kids' desires and the parents' requests. SHE HAS ADDED COMPETITIVE SPORTS TEAMS THIS YEAR - BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL! AND THE INTEGRATED USE OF TECHNOLOGY IS THE BEST I'VE SEEN! Echo is an all-around excellent school!

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2014
I have 2 children that graduated Echo Horizon School, and still have one enrolled. If you want your children to have a character based education, while at the same time be academically empowered to succeed at the next level, this is the school for you. Families at this school are down to earth, unpretentious and nice. The program is top notched....technology program is first rate, my kids love the science curriculum, and after not having a sports program for many years, team sports have been introduced. We don't live that close to the school, but it's been worth the drive. This school is a match for our family and our values.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2014
Echo Horizon School has been an amazingly good experience for my children. They are excited to go to school and are learning in such a way that a foundation for life long learning is being laid. We tried other private schools so we are able to make real comparisons in a way many private school parents are not. The school has a strong, down to Earth leader and dynamic new head of school in Martha Schuur, who was the asst head of school before becoming head... So the transition is a pretty smooth one, especially considering the prior head was at Echo for 27 years. Echo is a pretty special place. If you want a school that is completely focused on elementary education, always seeking to incorporate the best of new educational practices, has a great placement record with LA secondary schools, and turns out good, smart kids that others like being around then its hard to go wrong with Echo Horizon.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2014
If you are considering Echo Horizon, think twice. After an exhaustive independent school search, we decided on Echo Horizon. While we love the Echo Horizon community/families/kids, the school is in the midst of change with a new head of school, with a heavy handed approach and rush to judgement, and lots of transition. The school openly admits that certain grades (and lots of other things) need work. In hindsight, we fell for the marketing - nurturing the uniqueness and different learning styles of each child, roots & wings, etc. which has not been our reality.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013
I am thrilled with Echo Horizon so far, the community is welcoming without being overbearing. The teachers seem excited and happy to be there. I feel like my son is in a wholesome, nurturing environment, and he is excited to go to school everyday. He has made great strides in what he has learned in only a month. The teacher communicates at least weekly with parents about what was covered in class. I love that he brings home a folder with everything they did that day so that I can talk to him about it. Echo Horizon is the best of private school without any of the pretensions.

- submitted by a parent

July 16, 2013
Echo Horizon is a Westside gem. My daughter is thriving at Echo. The technology program is one of the best in the nation. The teachers are passionate and experts in their craft. They take the time to get to know their students and teach them to their individual levels. I also understand the school isn t perfect, but no school is. The head of school completed her last year prior to retiring, and an interim head of school is in place for the coming school year. It is normal for the talent pool to be in flux to adjust to new leadership and for programs to shift slightly. The Board is strong and committed and will not let this amazing school sink. Overall, Echo still offers the same or more than its competitors like Willows, Turning Point, etc. in terms of quality of teaching, academics, individual attention and community. We are happy and not jumping this ship.

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2013
Echo Horizon School is a well-balanced school that is pragmatic. This is not only exhibited in its curriculum, but also throughout the EHS Community - which make it the special place that it is. This school is moving through some changes which is exciting. Never will it lose it's nurturing characteristic. This is due to it's committed parent body and Board of Trustees. We have two children who attend and who have attended EHS. Our oldest just graduated and is moving on to an academically challenging middle school. We truly believe EHS prepared him well for getting him into that school and that he will thrive once there. Our younger child will likely attend a different middle school that is more suitable to him and this is what makes EHS truly awesome. The students are different (as is true of all children everywhere). At EHS they are not expected to nor are they forced to fit into one box. They are permitted to thrive in their way and be challenged in the way that meets their personal needs. This is a school that gets it. You don't want to miss the opportunity to be a part of this special community.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2013
Echo Horizon School is truly a great place for students to learn and develop their individual talents. The Arts program is cutting-edge and professionally run, fostering immense creativity. All teachers and staff really take the time to make sure every student is respected and nurtured. The negative reviews on this site are misleading and do not accurately reflect the community that is Echo Horizon. If you are seriously considering a private school, this is about as good as it gets. I highly encourage you visit and take a tour. You will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2013
Echo Horizon has been nothing but a living nightmare for my child. They say they give their children roots and wings but they give them anything but that. I think I speak for many of the parents by saying that their children are not academically prepared for middle school. Another problem with this school is they don't have a sports program. The reason why they don't have a sports program is because they don't believe in competition. They say it's unfair if you loose, but they don't realize that you're going to loose in life and you're going to have to deal with it. They also have very unreasonable yard rules such you're not allowed to play tag on the yard, and you can't go on the pull up bars or monkey bars until you're in 3rd grade. I highly recommend that you don't send your to this school so they have to go through the unpleasant experienced that my child went through.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2013
This is an excellent school - we are very happy with Echo Horizon. The teachers and staff are very responsive and truly know each child so they can deal with their individual strengths and needs. My kids love their school!

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2013
Sad to agree with another reviewer but Echo Horizon School really is a sinking ship. Enrollment continues to spiral downward causing the school to make desperate, cost cutting decisions. Over the last few years, they have eliminated many well qualified, beloved teachers for cheaper, less experienced, more affordable staff. This plan has back fired! Parents are wondering why they are paying all this tuition for inexperienced newbies. In order to attempt to fill classes they continue to accept and keep children with special emotional and learning needs that the staff is not qualified to serve. With no school psychiatrist or even a school nurse, these exceptional children drain the staff and students. We've been involved with the school for the past 10 years and it's really sad to see the direction the school has gone. What was once a vibrant, amazing school has become an empty shell of it's former self. As our oldest graduated yesterday, we feel that we got off the sinking ship with only minutes to spare.

- submitted by a parent

March 18, 2013
Echo Horizon School is the Best School EVER! Paula Dashiell is one of the best Principals ever. The school is half between a taking notes and project base learning. This is coming from a students prospective and I recommend this school to everyone. Kids go to middle schools like, Windward, WIldwood, Crossroads, Campbell Hall, Harvard Westlake, and so many more.

- submitted by a community member

July 19, 2012
We have two children, one who has graduated from Echo Horizon, and one who has just one year remaining. I am already mourning the end of our time at EHS. This is an honest, caring community, an anecdote to the Westside frenzy. Like our daughter was, we know our son will be more than academically prepared to face the challenges of secondary school, he'll be prepared ethically and morally. Immersed in a positive respectful environment where every child is known and appreciated is the best elementary school experience we could give our children.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2012
We have 3 kids at Echo and have been very happy there. The thing that makes Echo unique is how sweet the school is. Yes, they have solid academics, but so do other places. But the character education, the ethic of kindness and the warmth of the parents and faculty is what really sets this place apart. Our son entered the school two years ago as a bright, but shy kindergartener. We decided on private school because were worried that he'd get lost at public school -- we figured he'd do fine, but he would remain a wall flower. At Echo, he has really blossomed. He can read by himself and can add/subtract in his head. But best of all, he has become an outgoing little guy - he has gained social confidence and speaking skills. We believe that this has everything to do with the emphasis that Echo places on interpersonal dynamics, public speaking and really knowing the kids at the school. Our 2 daughters are in the pre-K program, which has been nothing short of spectacular. They have gained a solid foundation for building language and math skills, and they have gained independence. We had high hopes for Echo and it hasn't disappointed us in the least.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2012
Echo Horizon school is not only a great school; it is a great community. We have been in the school for 5 years and would never consider another school. In a city where superficial things are often valued above true character, this school stands apart. The families are friendly and down to earth. The faculty are respectful and responsive, and the students benefit from all of it. We feel the administrators design curriculum and set school policies based on reasoned experience -- always taking into account the most important thing -- how it will affect the students...

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2012
Echo Horizon like all schools has it's flaws, no doubt about it. Overall it is truly a fantastic school ( A school that is an Apple Distinguished School for innovative technology ) and some of the comments on this page are just not accurate. It's unfortunate that so many parents refuse to recognize their own childrens shortcomings and expect the faculty and staff to get their kids to a place academiclly and socially that they woudn't get to on their own. Sure, throw down lots of a money to a reputable school and that should fix my kid and get them automatically into Winward, Harvard Westlake and Brentwood. Well that's just not going to happen unless these micro managing Westside ex lawyer stay at home moms actually roll up their sleeves and put in some work with their own kids! I'm writing this message because my kid is graduating this year and coudn't have been in a better school and is going on to another great school. Hater parents, you're adults so take some personal accountability for your childs success or lack of it. Stop pointing fingers at the school and get more involved...you'd be suprised at what can happen when you actually get involed in your kids education.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2012
The poster below states "no one leaves feeling their kids got a fantastic education"? Really? Yes, I feel there are some weaknesses, but, it is elementary school NOT college! While there is no second language in the curriculum, it IS offered after school. In the early years, a second language may prove challenging to a child with hearing loss; The school is true to its mission to mainstream deaf and hard of hearing children. The fancy trips mentioned below, are middle school trips! The Tech is Top-notch My child is well prepared for the next part of the journey. It's no "secret" we did some tutoring. My child hit a bump in the road, and rather than blame the school, we were proactive and met w the Head. For 6 months, we hired a tutor once a week; My child got through the bumpy patch and did well on both ERBs and ISEEs and no longer requires the extra support. My kid is graduating to a top Secondary School. Admission was gained on merit and not one connection! The pressures only increase in Secondary School, connections can't help with that! Echo does a good job of preparing the kids. This year, the graduating class is 28 kids - 28 were admitted to independent schools

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2012
The school has gone downhill and it s a sad fact. The flurry of emails all posted on April 17th won't hide it . There are a few great, talented teachers, but the turnover has been crazy and the morale sucks. The school will keep any student and that is a disaster for the child who needs more and the rest of the class too. Administration is hands off when it comes to teaching kids conflict resolution and this leads to full on bullying. Kids will be kids but EHS lets things go too far. Lack of a school psychologist on staff doesn't help. You will find yourself envious of what other private schools are doing ( trips to Sacramento, D.C., and Boston), amazing art classes, and their rich curriculum and wonder what you are paying for. No second language class, no orchestra or instruments, no chorus, art is unimpressive. The technology dept., are on their game. Still, no one leaves feeling like their kids got a fantastic education, even though you are paying for one. The education is "ok". The kids secretly get tutored to compensate for the curriculum. Get your connections ready to get into secondary school because you will need them.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2012
I have been a parent at Echo Horizon for almost 10 years. From the first day to the present, I have been delighted and grateful that we found this wonderful school. The teachers are inventive problem-solvers who are encouraged to teach the whole child, not just feed them the curriculum. The use of cutting edge technological tools in the classroom to make motivated and positive learners out of each student is both inspired and award-winning!! The use of the arts to not only teach color/movement/song/drama but to foster self-expression and confidence in each child is a strong component of a core program that values each child's unique identity. My children are very different learners/people and both of them have been supported in exploring and asserting their own best self. The teachers are responsive and engaged. The administration is energetic and focused. The parents are warm, fun-loving and dedicated in their support of each other and our great school!

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2012
I could not be happier with EHS. It is the perfect combination of traditional academics and a developmental attitude. The teachers are enthusiastic, caring and supportive. They acknowledge strenghts and nuture other areas. The parents are unassuming and down to earth. It is a wonderful choice.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2012
I agree with the previous review. This school The curriculum leaves much to be desired. Students in younger grades spend most of their time doing rote worksheets, and cookie cutter art projects. The teachers expect everyone to be on the same page and do not try to accomidate children who are working at difference paces. The discipline is not all developmental and the school is very rigid in adopting any kind of progressive discipline policy. The children are constantly placed in, "sit outs" for doing things like not staying in line. Even in specialists classes like music. They have been incidents of children "sitting out" for up to twenty minutes. The are also using a system of rewards, and star systems. I did not feel that this school respected children or their contributions and talents. It is definitely not a progressive school. Also their is no conflict resolution system and children are allowed to leave each other out, etc. if you want your child to be more than a passive receipt of teacher directed learning, I would rethink attending here.

- submitted by a community member

August 30, 2011
Now that my son is preparing for USC, and his closest buddies from Echo Horizon are off to Berkeley, Dartmouth, and Harvey Mudd, I have had some time to reflect on how great I felt his educational foundation has been. I attribute a great part of this to Echo Horizon School, and cherish the memories of the community of children, teachers, and friends that we made there.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2010
Our experience at Echo Horizon has been tremendously positive. Our two children have been at Echo since kindergarten. After graduating, our older daughter and four of her classmates went to Marlborough School, which their Echo experience prepared them well for. The head of school has a great talent for selecting, supporting and inspiring her teachers. In our nine years at Echo, we have never had a bad experience with a teacher and most have been exceptional. All seem to have an innate understanding of how to adapt and present material so that each child is sufficiently challenged without being overwhelmed. Another notable feature of Echo Horizon that we have greatly appreciated is the quiet unpretentiousness extending throughout the community. This is a community of staff and parents who value excellence in education but also believe that education at the elementary school level should be joyful and unpressured.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2010
Echo Horizon has provided our children with an excellent education for over ten years. The school s teaching methods put it right in the middle of that developmental vs. highly structured academic spectrum. The two of our children who have graduated were well-prepared for the very rigorous school they next attended, and we have no doubt the last will be as well. The families are down to earth and involved. In addition to providing a solid academic foundation, Echo Horizon faculty and staff work hard to instill in the children a sense of responsibility for themselves, others and the world around them.

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July 29, 2010
This used to be a wonderful school. The years of weak administrative oversight have taken a toll of the quality of education and we can't wait for our last child to graduate out. The principal, knowing how difficult is to change schools and knowing that families will need her recommendation for middle school, is indifferent to parental concerns. Those that do complain are branded as troublemakers. It's too bad because it used to be a happy, unpretentious place to send your kid on the westside with a great mission. Now the school can't maintain enrollment and accepts anyone who applies. Many students come in with serious learning and or behavioral issues that can not be addressed in that setting. The rest of the kids are being quietly tutored for middle school, especially in math. There are some great teachers but many have left or are marginalized. Look elsewhere for now.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2010
This gem of a school is an oasis in Los Angeles. It provides an incredibly nurturing environment with top notch educators, a state of the art facility, and amazing after-school programs. The Echo Horizon community is caring and conscientious, and we have been very proud to be an Echo family! Our daughter is so happy at Echo Horizon School, and we know she is getting an amazing education.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2010
This school, though not officially 'traditional' in its academic approach, definitely falls on that side of the spectrum (with progressive/developmental being on the other end). While the teachers are caring, responsive, and communicative, the teaching is in the old model of: children sit still, listen while the teacher teaches, then do the worksheet/assignment according to the directions. The work is very 'cookie cutter,' so if you are looking for a school that nurtures creativity or personal expression, this is not the right place. The approach to discipline at EHS is authoritarian, with many 'sit outs' (time outs) and young children (kindergartners) being sent to the hall (alone). Conflict resolution consists of the adults deciding who is right and wrong, not listening to children's feelings, or letting them figure out how to resolve problems. Positive: community is vibrant, parents are invited, not pressured, to participate in many ways. Very accessible head of school.

- submitted by a parent
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July 31, 2007
We have had two children at this school and overall have been very pleased with it. The school is unpretentious by westside standards, the parent and staff community work very well together, and Paula Dashiell (Head of School) is a first rate educator who really believes in the educational principles practiced here. Some of the teachers at Echo are true artists in the education field. If you are looking for a hard charging, grinding academic environment with lots of testing, Echo Horizon is not be the choice for you. My only criticism is that the math curriculum should be more muscular and challenging, but overall this is a great school for high achievers and late bloomers alike. The upper grade overnight trips were wonderful growth experiences and the community really does feel like a family.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2006
This is a wonderful, traditional nurturing school with enthusiastic, friendly parents. Teachers are excellent. Facility is beautiful-- a new additon has been completed for the fallof 2006 and there is a spacious park next door. Only drawback is lack of music and second language curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

December 01, 2005
My son is in first grade and attended kindergarten at Echo Horizon School also. He loves it. The staff is very warm and friendly, and it's a high quality group of children and families.

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May 03, 2005
Excellent teachers and staff. I'm never worried that my child will be lost in the shuffle. We've been there for three years, and are very happy. Terrific art, music and tech programs. In 2005 the school will be open, but under construction. An improved playground, and many expanded inside spaces will be created. Very involved parent body. Parents' work and dedication really make this school a special place.

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April 27, 2005
Echo Horizon is a magnificent school. The teachers are friendly to both Children and Parent alike. They also do an excellent job of teaching as well in a colorful, fun, nurturing environment that posesses other knowledge craving students. The academics are top notch from what I have seen. School is not just limited to the classroom as many field trips are taken, and the school tries to adapt to all types of learners. In the lessons, they serve audiotry, visual, and kinestetic learners. Parents are involved in and run many commitees at the school. I am an alumni and we are currently looking for a High-school that has the same kind of magic that Echo Horizon did. Great School!!!!

- submitted by a student

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At Echo Horizon School, we value character education as highly as we do academic rigor. We believe that the education, care, and nurturing of the elementary age child is best accomplished in our PreK-6 grade setting. Echo Horizon’s teaching emphasizes character education to facilitate social and emotional growth, critical thinking, autonomy, resilience, and social responsibility. Prepared with 21st century skills, our graduates are admitted to their top choice secondary schools in Los Angeles.

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Echo Horizon School
3430 McManus Ave, Culver City, CA  90232
(310) 838-2442
Last modified Echo Horizon School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
Echo Horizon School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top