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4548 Haskell Avenue
Encino, CA 91436

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(818) 501-4155
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May 11, 2015
This was our first year at St. Cyril's. My daughter entered the Junior High (aka Middle School) this year. I was concerned, after coming out of a very high achieving elementary school, that my daughter would not be challenged. Those concerns are long gone. The teachers on the Jr High team are so on fire for teaching the kids. They really know how to motive and engage. And they are very advanced in their use of technology, with every student on ipads, and with Mindcraft ED for their classrooms. My daughter had to build the Parthenon to scale...how cool is that? She didn't like math before coming here, and now she's working very hard in math and her grades show it. Just take a look at the number of kids that came out of this school and went to AP classes in high school and also some got scholarships. Excellent academics. Mr. Halverson is the principal here, and he is awesome. He's a very good listener, and very thoughtful in how he manages the school. I also love that though the school is progressive in their teaching, they are traditional in their values. Good behavior is expected from all, and corrected quickly if there are issues.

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May 29, 2014
St. Cyril is one of the best kept secrets in the Valley. One class per grade. Outstanding academics and a community that truly cares about your child. My two children have been thriving here over the years. My older child gets extra help with advanced studies with the help of Mrs. De Carteret. The interim principal is wonderful. Strong yet caring. So far she seems to have enough sense to tell the meddling parents to stand back and let her run the school. Previous families thought they could throw their money around so they would run the school. Thankfully this is no longer the happening. Those families are gone and rules are being followed again. The junior high teachers are very strong and all the 8th graders got into their top choices for high school. I highly recommend this school to any parent looking to raise a smart, well-rounded child with values.

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May 27, 2014
My 2 children are very happy here. The reason for the issues the past few years is the parents that feel that school is for the benefit of their social life. Too many parents get too involved and try to run the school, please let the administration run the school and go get a life /job of your own. School is for our children and not a social outlet for us parents. Stay involved but that does not mean live at the school. You know who you are parents. Kids need space to flourish on their own. Helicopter parents need not apply here. The teachers are great and the interim principal is strong but fair. The kids think she is too strict so maybe a little less changes so quickly may be a better transition. Hopefully she will stay on as Principal, we don't need more changes. My kids get a great education here and overall love it. I gave them the option to change schools and they said. No way. For the most part families are very welcoming and most of the controlling parents have been flushed out the ladt 2 years. Some were asked to leave. It's getting smoother and should be great for the 2014-2015 school year. I am excited.

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March 10, 2014
When I came in pre-k, I enjoyed it! I am graduating finally, and got into all 3 of my high schools of choice. I scored very well on my HSPT and I have to admit that this was because of the quality of teachers that taught at St. Cyril's. Although it may seem like they can be strict at times, the teachers there have taught me a lot, especially the junior high teachers. Another part I loved about this school was the friends that I made. Some kids I've been friends with in pre-k are friends I still hang out with today! I can also say that there has been nothing crazy going on, like drugs, violence, etc. All the students here, even in the lower grades, are very friendly, and I know almost everyone who goes here. Probably the best part about St. Cyril's is the events that are held here. The carnival that is annually held here is always enjoyable, but I believe that there won't be one this year, for unknown reasons. Many of the former staff have left, and the principals have changed over the past couple of years, but that did not ruin my experience here. Who cares if the principals change? Overall, this school is a good choice!

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February 13, 2014
Just got a new principal, again. She is interim principal until a new one comes in September 2014. So four principals within four years? School is in chaos right now.

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October 24, 2013
St. Cyril is an amazing community and my kids are incredibly happy at the school. I'm pleased with the variety of extracurricular activities that are offered and the family environment that is fostered.

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September 02, 2013
My children are academically and socially successful here. This school shines because of its loving and nurturing culture. Mrs. Pugliese (new VP) is a great addition to our community. She meets the parents and kids' needs and has a very action-driven style of leadership.

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June 05, 2013
St Cyril School has been a wonderful experience for our family. We are grateful for such a strong faith community. Our children are truly enjoying their education here and I highly recommend this school if you are searching for a welcoming catholic community and education for your children.

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May 19, 2013
All I have to say is ask around. You'll get a very honest answer about the smoke and mirrors going on over there. Very sad, as it used to be such a nice school environment. Teachers are great, management leaves a lot to be desired.

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May 06, 2013
The school is a great choice, outside of a few issues. The school has gone through a leadership transfer recently with the introduction of a new Principal. Her style of management leaves a lot to be desired. Having said, if you are willing to spend the time and effort in the participation of your child's education, then this school is for you. This is not a school where you can drop your child off, you need to be involved. This is the key component to your child's developmental success. In respects to the management of the school, it's the families the make the school an ideally nurturing environment . I'm not discouraged by the lack of a dynamic principal, since most of parents are career professionals, we budget our resources and delegate. The fundraisers are endless and mandatory volunteer hours are a component to the parents participation in our community. We gladly open our community to your family, if you seek the same experience.

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April 22, 2013
A large part of what makes this school such a winning experience for our family is the level of attention our kids get on a daily basis. A special shout out to Mrs. Liliana DeCarteret in the C.L.A.S.S. Center who provides individual attention to students who need a little extra help, yet also challenges those who are advanced in order to stimulate them academically. Mrs. DeCarteret is truly a one-of-a-kind gem! Our experience at this school has only been in the lower grades thus far, but I must say that all of the teachers (grades PK-4) have been amazing and caring partners in our children's love of learning, emotional growth, spiritual awareness and academic success. St. Cyril's is truly a special place that our children love to attend each and every day. As parents, we are thankful to be a part of this special community that is like an extended family for us.

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April 17, 2013
One of the best things about St. Cyril is that it is a true community. Our family has made life long friends here. At the same time, my kids are thriving academically, socially and emotionally. They love waking up and going to school here everyday.

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March 26, 2013
This school was the worst experience of my life. I went there since kindergarten and graduated in 2011. The people/parents of the school were very snobby, and rude. It was all about the playdates, and such when we were little and I was always excluded because my family is not as "rich" as others appear to be. The schools teachers were very poor, and I felt as if they really did not care about me. It was hilarious that the previous principal lived 3 minutes away from the school, walked to work, and most ironic, went to school. The old principal there was a joke, he had no drive and was very passive. The principal before him was amazing, my family and I called her "Sarge" because she got the job done and disciplined everyone. I feel as if the school is falling apart right now, a few of the great teacher have left, and now all the 3 last principals are gone from what I have heard. In the 5th grade, we were told "We were not wanted here." My family and I almost called the archdiocese about it. I would avoid this school at all cost, do NOT send your children through so much pain like I went through. I was counting the days until I graduated. Please take this review into consideration.

- submitted by a community member

June 04, 2012
its ok. the teachers are fun, but some of the rules are hard to follow. i heave been going there for 9 years and its time to shake it up a little. also the head principle is really annoying and no one likes or respects her

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May 25, 2010
St. Cyril is the perfect school for my three kids! My oldest graduated last year and was accepted by Louisville High School, with many thanks to St. Cyril's wonderful teachers. We took our three kids out of public school once we started to notice they weren't getting a good education. Now, all three have caught up and are thriving at this school. The education that my children are getting is outstanding! The parents are encouraged to help out and they do. The schools web site has all the information needed to keep you up to date on the sports, after school programs, events and important school announcements. St. Cyril's was the BEST choice for our kids!

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March 26, 2010
My daughter transfered here from a highly rated public school. While I find the endless fundraisers to be a pain and the requirement of 40 service hours to be excessive, this is a small, lovely school. Character and academics are given the same weight. This makes the school a nurturing environment where bullying isn't tolerated. The homework is spot on. They increase the load as the grades go up. Kids are expected to do their own projects and the long time teachers recognize what is done by kids and what is done by parents. The school is extremely safe, there is a nurse to go to if your child gets sick.Mr. Muir is a highly empathetic leader and always has a smile on his face. My daughter looks forward to going to school each day. The teachers know all the kids. fantastic!

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February 22, 2010
GREAT SCHOOL! best choice we've made so far!! the Principal is the leadership and he does a great job! Results of leadership are evident. The IOWA test results were just posted, and on average every grade score was 1 grade above own grade level and older grades scored 2 above their own grade level! What's that saying?(don't sweat the small stuff)

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November 17, 2009
The teachers do allright. I do have issues with the leadership. I tried to make appoinments to meet principal it was a challange. i don't like the way the afterschool care is handled. I want more hands on.

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August 11, 2009
This is a small community school. Many of the parents went here when they were kids and the grandparents built the school! The children take their studies very seriously and good character is considered equally important to academic success. The principal is super hands-on and involved with the kids. It's a very sweet school.

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October 22, 2007
Having been a parent at this school for 25 years, I have seen many changes. The school continues to just get better and better. The parent involvement is one of it's strongest qualities. The staff is fantastic. It is a very family orientated school.

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October 25, 2006
St. Cyril's is a fantastic school. Our daughter transferred this year from a public school. She absolutely loves it! The teachers, principal, and entire staff are wonderful and very supportive. It is a great environment with excellent academics. Plenty of opportunities for athletics and varied extracurricular programs. Parents are very involved. I do not have enough words to express how grateful we are to have our daughter there.

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March 07, 2005
There is a high level of parent involvement at this school. Our kids LOVE attending St. Cyril's. There are a lot of extra-curricular activities for the kids to participate in after school.

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St. Cyril of Jerusalem Elementary School
4548 Haskell Avenue, Encino, CA  91436
(818) 501-4155
Last modified St. Cyril of Jerusalem Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Cyril of Jerusalem Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top