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PK-6|Private
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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.
October 10, 2014

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After an exhaustive independent school experience, we were excited to accept Echo's admission offer for our Kindergartner. Just 2 months into the school year, the tides turned & the nightmare began. Everything ranging from strong encouragement for multi-thousand $$ testing with their "preferred" partners, encouragement of meds for attention issues, and a general treatment of my little one like a disposable napkin. We hightailed it out of there after a year!!! My little one is doing great with no education issues, so I am confused about our time at Echo - I know there have been financial issues and staff reductions, so perhaps reducing the # of kids was a factor. Soooo...not worth the tuition. I will say that all of the families and kids were great.



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Our oldest went through terrible bullying at Echo which when brought to the attention of the Head of School was responded to quite insensitively. In fact her statement when we went to discuss it with her, was: 'Welcome to 3rd grade.' Couldn't wait to pull our kids out of there. They are both extraordinarily happy in their new schools, both of which are much more welcoming and kind than Echo. And incidentally, for the same tuition, they both have a MUCH better campus and better facilities. I mean having PE classes at the park down the block -- for 30K/year? Give me a break. Best guess is that the school closes in the next 5 years -- unless it merges with Windward and becomes their lower school.


Handles bullying effectively: Strongly agree


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The one bullying incident one of our kids encounter was addressed very well. The teacher (Earl Hunter) handled it with sensitivity and really brought the whole class to consciousness about he difference between being a bystander and an "upstander."

Amount of homework: Agree


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Most homework is well conceived and not overly burdensome.



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We have 3 kids at Echo and the school has served them all well. They've grown into kind kids who see teachers as mentors who really do care. The library in particular is pure magic. Claudette Brown (librarian) is a genius with kids. She knows the reading level and interests of every single kid in the school. She steers them toward books that open up the world to them.




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My kids love Echo Horizon school. As a parent, to see my kids waking up in the morning and never complain to have to go to school is huge! I love that they have PE three times a week, that they have theater, dance, art and music! I think the bad review a parent gave is extremely a personal experienced, not share by many in the school at ALL! I am actually surprised to hear a parent being so unhappy.



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My daughter loves being a student at Echo Horizon. The School is a small community of down-to-earth families who value character education and academic preparedness. We may come from different backgrounds, but we bring our children to Echo because we want to raise respectful, empathetic, and engaged life-long learners. The last review is completely at odds with what my family has experienced. I can’t help but read between the lines and hear a parent who refused to recognize that their child was unable to handle the academic and social expectations at Echo. Was the parent hoping their child would have hours of unstructured play time with no consequences for unfinished work? In the Maker Space, kids brainstorm what they are passionate about and then take those ideas and invent something that will benefit others. They are asked to document their process; self-reflecting on successes and failures. If that’s controlled and contrived, sign my child up for more. Piles of worksheets has not been my child’s experience. Homework doesn’t start until 2nd grade, and even then it’s 20 minutes of reading with a worksheet that reiterates lessons taught in class. There are also projects requiring work over a number of days. Work increases as the kids are prepared for middle school. It is used as a tool for the teachers to see what the kids need more help with and also to develop time management skills and instill personal accountability in the kids. Teaching about history, art, songs, and stories from other cultures does not constitute “appropriation.” Such learning occurs in the classrooms and spans across the arts disciplines, where, yes *gasp* it may culminate in a performance. The teachers care about emotional growth. They have done an amazing job navigating the complicated and ever-changing world of girl social drama, helping the kids understand and communicate their feelings and empathize with their classmates. Character education is integral to the curriculum and reinforced by our HOS. Unsolicited parenting advice? Was that when our HOS wrote about the importance of kids getting a good night sleep? Or when she suggested ways to talk to our kids about national tragedies that occurred and that they may overhear things about? I’m baffled that the thoughtful insights from an experienced educator are construed as over-reaching and condescending.



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Echo Horizon suffers from an identity crisis. The school touts the importance of both academic rigor and the value of play, yet accomplishes neither. Students are given very little unstructured time; even their time in the Maker Space is rigidly controlled by filling out packets and "learning to fail" in a contrived manner. Old school “chalk and talk” teaching, piles of out-of-a-workbook worksheets and too much homework are dull and time consuming. History is taught through a colonial lens, glossing over the struggles of indigenous people and shamelessly appropriating cultural traditions for performances and pageants. Breaks are short and can be withheld if class work is not completed quickly enough. Tired carrot-and-stick reward/punishment techniques are employed (withholding recess, name on the board, tearing up homework and throwing it away because the student forgot to write their name on it…) Jumping through hoops and staying in line is valued over independent thought. Several times I’ve overheard teachers speaking harshly to children who they are correcting, or who are in conflict with each other…the approach seems to be “knock it off” rather than encouraging the kids to take the time to listen and respond to one another. Weekly email messages from the Head of School offer unsolicited parenting advice. Sometimes the Head of School will use overheard parent/child interactions as examples of how not to parent or interact with one’s own children. This reach into students’ private family lives often takes a condescending and superior tone. Most disturbingly, teachers will quickly recommend psychological testing for students who earn their negative attention. Although there are still a few kind and concerned teachers here, overall Echo should be your first choice only if you wish to spend a lot of money for a mediocre education punctuated by punishment and condescension.




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Teaches your kids to be good people above all else while getting a great education in a small setting. Empathy and problem solving are key without the pretension of other Los Angeles private schools. The diversity of students and families makes for an enriching experience!



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As a parent of a hearing impaired student and also of a typical hearing student, I feel I must respond to the one star review posted previously on 3/31/16. Both my children are treated EQUALLY which is the point of having a mainstream environment for hearing impaired students. My kids are very different yet both of their sets of teachers value them for who they are. The teachers take their time to understand each child's unique qualities and support those strengths. The school is such a wonderful mix of people. It is a community of warm families from all over Los Angeles that share values and education for their children.

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