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.
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.
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.
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!
unfortunately this school lacks true leadership. once again heavy parent involvement which gets in the way. too many cooks in the kitchen.very political rude unfriendly office staff. and after school program. .
The school is wonderful. My children have been going there for years. The parking situation needs work.
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.
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.
Lanai is a great school with incredible parent involvement. The enrichments offered compare with the best private schools in the area.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent teachers -- very involved parents. Great environment for children.
It's well run, with wonderful, skilled teachers, and many enrichment programs for kids.
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.
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.
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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