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K-5
Public
Encino, CA
Students enrolled: 548
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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4241 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436

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(818) 788-1590
(818) 788-4264
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August 31, 2014
bravo to the parent who spoke up about the school.i also think lanai should seriously consider replacing seeds with STAR who is at Dixie and carpenter and throughout t the valley. they are hard working extremely educated professionals who run a fantastic program.i don't mind the leadership since these days schools are basically run by parents anyway. the office staff can be rude tho.especially one in particular.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2014
The new principal, Mr. Hansen is simply amazing! I cannot say enough great things about him as a parent. He fits the school perfectly. The teachers are all dedicated and outstanding with great passion for their field and the children. This school has a lot of fundraising, but it is all worth it because through the booster we are able to have so many things no other public school has. I will pay my 700$ to the LOVE fund every year, anything to make my child have the best education possible. This is the best elementary school in the valley because of the new principal and dedicated parents and staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
This is an amazing school! The leadership is outstanding and really cares about the students. Office staff is very friendly even with the sometimes overbearing parents. SEEDS is the after school program that really offers a diverse and enriching after school program that meets the needs of every child. It's a shame that someone with a grudge would take the time to post a negative review... most people can read between the lines.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
Lanai is an amazing school. My children child loves to learn and the faculty is the reason. The teachers care the new principal is an amazing encourager and has brought life back to this wonderful gem. The afterscool program is great. Seeds offers homework assistance, enrichment activities and supervise my child daily. The enrichment classes are top notch. My children child has participated in almost all the classes and registered by request to be in the basketball programy 3 times in a row. No school is perfect but Lanai does a great job at reaching for perfection. API scores are through the roof at 900. How many public charter or private schools can say that. Lanai has great family and alumni support. I am proud to be apart of the Lanai heritage.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
My kids have been at this school for one year now and I think it is outstanding. The wonderful, dedicated parents give so much of themselves to the kids that for a public school, this school has far more than some private schools in terms of additional class time programs. The office staff are very nice and I have never had an issue receiving information. What needs work is the Afterschool,or Seeds program, which is very patchy. Some are great (science, cooking). Some are not good (basketball, general homework seeds). The parking,AND as a result, the fact that they do not do any pickup is incomprehensible to me. The parking is so bad that its hard even to describe. From the few parent PTA meetings I have attended, the PTA seems very defensive about some things amongst which are security and afternoon pick-up suggestions. It would be nice to feel safe to discuss these things again, even if this has been done in past years. Thanks again to the dedicated staff and amazing parents who make this school so outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
The school is wonderful. My children have been going there for years. The parking situation needs work.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
Lanai Road Elementary School has a serious and dangerous traffic and safety problem. Accidents happen in the neighborhood at an alarming rate. There is a blatant disregard for the law by many of the parents who park illegally, drive recklessly and simply put, are destroying the quality of life in our neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
Hands down this has got to be one of the best run school's in LA. I have only been here a short time and I could not be more impressed. I feel a sense of gratitude and excitement to be a part of such an amazing community of parents and teachers. Lene L.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
Lanai is a great school with incredible parent involvement. The enrichments offered compare with the best private schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
Amazing school with lots of extras! Lanai is such a wonderful community school with fantastic teachers who really care and a ton of parent involvement. Parents are asked to volunteer and contribute financially, and it is ALL worth it to have art docents, choir, orchestra, a PE coach, science and computer labs, a full-time nurse and more. Its like a private school but all your children's friends live nearby.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
My family has been at Lanai for many years with a few principals. It is a wonderful place and children are lucky to go there. We are been very very happy..

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
I completely disagree with this parent. Our new principal at Lanai is amazing. She has been nothing but warm and welcoming to myself and my daughter, she is a great leader at a time when our school was seriously lacking the correct leadership. The principal should lead a school, not the parents. Our principal truly cares about her students and school, we are incredibly fortunate to have her as our principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
In the midst of LAUSD budget cuts and turmoil, Lanai is a shining gem of a school. The children get an excellent education because of the incredible teachers and parent volunteers. Lanai is truly a model school.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2012
Lanai has so much to offer the Encino community. My son has had a great experience at Lanai and I adore the new principal. I don't know why other people would use a public forum like this to badmouth anyone at the school. So sad to see parents bring the school down. It is a happy fun place to be where real learning takes place.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
Lanai is a true neighborhood school. Parents, Teachers, Support Staff and Administrators all work together for our common goal- a successful school experience for our students and children. While the school has mastered the core curriculum, it never stops adding to the enriching program- Science days, garden and planting, art activities, cultural days, music, dance, drama... even a Talent Show. Lanai is a gift to our Encino Community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
Excellent teachers -- very involved parents. Great environment for children.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 12, 2010
It's well run, with wonderful, skilled teachers, and many enrichment programs for kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2010
Feel like we won the lottery when our daughter began school at Lanai. Came from a small private school where she suffered and where her "teacher" was more concerned with getting the boys to settle than teaching. Lanai was a breath of fresh air, amazing teachers, amazing programs, wonderful community. So much family involvement. My daughter learned so much in the one year she has been at Lanai I feel blessed that we found an amazing place to spark the love of learning in our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2010
To the reviewer who ranked Lanai 1 star based on one review s/he read on this website - if you judge a book wholly on its cover, you may never get to enjoy the story. You've rated Lanai a 1 based on 1 review. You've never been to the school, you've never met Lanai staff, teachers, parents or students. How dare you rate our school 1-star. Shame on you. And by the way, our special learners and English learners are an integral part of the Lanai community, as is every student, teacher, staff member and parent. We are a collaborative community - come by and take a look - meet us, see our school - before you judge.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
To say that the principal will not push the teachers is finding fault with the wrong issue. Keeping a special ed child at grade level requires, in my opinion, a supplemental team outside of the school - doctors (possible medication), therapist (behavioral or emotional), a parent willing to sit down with the child after school - yes - at least 2 hours every day to tutor them or help them with homework to reinforce their learning. You cannot put all the weight on an already over-burdened teacher and special ed teacher, it is unrealistic. My son is at Lanai, he has learning disability, I was told by 2 different teachers in his young life he cannot learn yet he has won the academic achievement award in his class 2 years in a row. Somebody is doing something right. Hmmm, it takes a village....?

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November 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
The whole community is so sad by the decrease of our test scores and API score. It is really time for a fresh administration to come in that loves special education kids and doesn't treat them as special but like regular kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
As a teacher and someone who just moved to the area of Lanai Rd. School. I look forward to having my daughter attend this school. Those of you that are 'deeply sadden' by test scores over 900, get over it. You are lucky to attend a public school that performs so high the administration and teachers are doing something right. Bravo students! Also, special populations of students such as ELL or Special Ed. do not 'bring down' your scores. What brings your scores up? Kids who move from Far Below to Below Basic or Basic to Proficient. NOT Advance kids staying advance. The reason for the drop in points is because not enough kids moved up a level. With that being said a 933 is OUTSTANDING!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
As a parent of a special needs twin students at Lanai, it is unfortunate and very sad that the parents are pinning the decrease in scores squarely on the special ed kids. When in fact, my autistic kids are smarter the the non-autistic kids. Don't blame others and focus on your own kids. Everyone is sad the test scores went down for they are the measure in which we judge schools today.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
The whole school community is deeply saddened by the decrease in test scores across all grades and subjects this year. The principal is very sweet but will not push the teachers to so their teaching better; and thus the little children are the losers. Maybe it's time for a change at Lanai. Maybe we should focus on academic achievement and not fund raising so much.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
My son started 5th grade at Lanai today. I trust that this year will be as wonderful as the five that preceded it. The administration truly cares about delivering a great education, and the parent groups and volunteers work hard to ensure that the teachers and administrators have the tools they need. We all know that California's public schools are severely underfunded - and so I do not feel it is a burden being asked to donate $600 per child (or whatever you can give) and to volunteer/ participate in fundraisers (much of which are really fun!). That $350k we raise provides a private-school experience in a public school: arts, science, computer lab, PE, TAs, a nurse, garden program...and so much more. We are winning awards for a reason! Plus, we are big on community service and have a model Recycling program! My younger son starts kinder next year...he can't wait.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2008
Money can't buy better education than at Lanai. It IS the greatest public school around town and we are so lucky to have our kids at Lanai. This school has the bestr art docents, book club program, traffic and safety program, orchester and recorder program and the best parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
Lanai is everything the last writer said. The students that are learning English and their families are not able to afford the $300,000 in donations that the families have to give each year, so we are sad.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2007
The music program at this school is outstanding. Students study woodwinds, brass and strings and perform as an orchestra. Thank you to a wonderful parent boosters group who help fund this and other essential programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2007
Lanai has a new principal, Mary Melvin - what a score! Mrs. Melvin is a fabulous administrator, very responsive, willing to listen to new ideas and suggestions and genuinely concerned. This lady does her homework!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
As a grandmother who had 3 children at Lanai starting in 1962 I see a tremendous improvement in the quality of education, parent involvement and the arts and sciences. My granddaughter will be entering 4th grade on 9/5 and she is fortunate to be attending this outstanding school.

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June 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
Lovely school. Very good parent involvement.

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May 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
My daughter is in 4th grade and has been at Lanai since kindergarten. She has had consistently excellent teachers. The availability of arts programs has greatly improved during her years here, and is now quite good. The disappointment of 4th grade was leaping to a class size of 34. I don't know if this can be avoided in LAUSD, but it has really interfered with learning this year, so I felt it important to note. Parents are extremely involved in this school; volunteerism is high and expected. The administration has become more distant and hard to communicate with as the school has become more popular. Still, they are doing an excellent job on most fronts. We are concerned that the demographics are becoming a bit homogenous; that is, as more area students enter, the student population is becoming less diverse.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Lanai Road Elementary is a wonderful, nurturing place for children. The school has arts, science, music, sports, wonderful teachers and administrators and a supportive group of parents. The academic program is challenging, with accomodation for gifted students. We are very happy to be a part of the Lanai community.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
This school is totally overrated. What appears to be a homey neighborhood school is in reality a school where the pressure to donate (money, more money and then more money) as well as time became so monotonous and troublesome that I finally pulled my child out and put him in private school. If I'm going to pay, I might as well have my child get the superior education that our new private school provides.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
A great public school that feels like a private school. Remarkable parent involvement; great, caring teachers; and an environment ideal learning. I give it my highest recommendation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2005
Parent involvement at this school is high, which makes the school exceptional. The teachers and the after school programs are top notch.

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September 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
The level of parent involvement is superb, frequent regular meetings.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
Lanai Road is an outstanding neighborhood school, with a strong focus on parent and community involvement. Through dedicated fundraising, they are able to provide enrichment programs, a full-time school nurse, science, PE, music, computer, art -- all of the things that contribute to a well-rounded learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
This is an excellent school. A very high level of parental involvement, a committed teaching staff and good facilities. Proably the best school in the area fee paying or otherwise. Diverse ethnic mix. Strong recommendation from a parent with a kid in the school.

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March 10, 2005
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March 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
lanai is a school on the move. the academics , the teaching staff and the administrators are on truly wonderful path. the school is great. it is safe it is improving scores etc etc.

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February 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
Excellent curriculum and teachers! Unbelievable parent and community involvment. School has wonderful recorder, chorus and orchestra programs as well as art, science and garden. Among the highest levels of parent involvement of any school in the valley.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2004
We love our school. It's a good school with lots of parent involvement.

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November 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 15, 2004
Parents have worked hard to bring this school up. Now it is great.

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Lanai Rd. Elementary is known for its amazing parental involvement and fundraising activities. The curriculum is rigorous and the students receive daily enrichment to enhance the curriculum.

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Lanai Road Elementary School
4241 Lanai Rd., Encino, CA  91436
(818) 788-1590
Last modified Lanai Road 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.
Lanai Road Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top