Students enrolled 845
Hours 8:05 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
School leader Narek Kassabian
District Glendale Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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744 East Doran Street
Glendale, CA 91206

(818) 241-2164
(818) 409-8974
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4 stars
Based on 39 ratings

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September 29, 2014
I lived 30 years in Glendale ca My two daughters goes to R D White I the best elementary school in all southern California With flag program and best teachers The principal DR kassabian and vice P Mr D are the best make school one the best Thank you

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
My daughter start in RD white school from Kinder 2013 and she is now in first grade she is very happy and we very proud, we want thanks this grate school team to help us generally and my daughter specially, God bless this school with his team.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My granddaughters are students at R.D. White and I am always so impressed by the high standards and moral fiber inculcated in them from the faculty members. My granddaughters are being reinforced by this environment to cultivate strong self confidence which is essential for their future adulthood. I believe they are learning valuable social skills and academic skills at this warm and united school.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2014
My daughter attended R.D White for a few months for first grade. I have taken her out after a very awful experience that forces us to leave the school. I addressed to a teacher of my daughter that another student was hitting and exposing her genitals to my daughter. He did nothing but rearrange where my daughter and the other girl sat in class. My daughter then told me the girl started to do those in appropriate things to others. The teacher confirmed that the girl admitted doing those awful things. The principle knew about it and did not take action. It is such an unorganized school with uncaring staff. It was such an awful traumatic experience for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
This is our second year at R.D. White and so far I really like the school. My Daughters teachers are amazing and very caring. The staff are helpful and what I love the most is that we have amazing parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Love the staff, parents and kids. My kids first year was so great and looking forward to more great memories this year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2013
This school is a mess. They do have new principals so maye that is why they are going downhill. Today, after school, I had trouble finding my son and found he had been placed in a wrong class in the beginning of the day and I food out he had been put into an entirely wrong grade! I know the first day of school can be a little hectic but today's experience being the first day of school for my son should have been more properly prepared for by the school. The parents involved and the programs parents volunteer for sound great and the staff seem to be more unenthusiastic and less helpful than the parents who are giving their all into the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
my kids are going to RD white Elementry School and i am very proud of this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2012
My daughter is a proud student of this school and absolutely loves it. Teachers are great, Ms. Risse is very involved. We are happy

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
The demographics of Glendale is predominantly Armenian and they make it known. It s sad to say, but there is a lot of racism and bullying that goes on at this school. One example: I was first in line and was supposed to be helped next at the administration office. The lady working there was talking in Armenian with the lady standing behind me then helped her first instead. Stay away from this school if you want your child to grow up in a TRUE American school (where immigrants actually want to be American and embrace other ethnicities cultural assimilation).

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
i am a student at RD White my teacher is miss Avedian the school its self has taught me to get used to it my class in the grade before this one i had people help me and so me around and the became my friend i have never lost a friend in this school everyone is up tone and happy i am happy i am not in Cheeritos elementy where every one would make fun of my name this school gives me an education and i am looking forward to 5th grade thank you miss.Rissie!

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2011
I've had children at RD White for almost 3 years now. One child is in special education. We have had nothing but great experiences with teachers and staff. RD White has caring professionals who are interested in the full potential of my children. They listen, react, and have great insights to help our kids learn and grow. The school has a large group of active parents. They volunteer their time to raise funds for art and technology education, to solve complex safety issues, to educate and empower parents, and are even in the classrooms right alongside the teachers. The professionals and parent support at RD White are a great community, I am happy to be part of it!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
We have a great community of students, teachers and committed parents - lots of GREAT things happening...art, music, increasing physical activity, a safe routes to school program, community volunteerism, you name it...all good!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
RD White has an excellent staff. The school is a bright light in our community.

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2010
My daugther was in Catholic School in Kinder and she was struggling to read. I transferred her to RD White and now she is a good reader. Their school program to help kids succeed is amazing! The principal and the teachers are all great, especially Mrs. Melanie Doody . She treated her students as if they are all her own. I'm grateful that I have enrolled my child in RD White!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
I have been a parent of three children at this school over the past 8 years. The principal and staff are amazing, their theatre program and monthly flag ceremonies are additional wonderful learning experiences for the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
it is a great school and it has great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2010
Our daughter started Kindergarten at R D White last year and she loves her teacher... she's learning a lot and the principal knows her name... they're are a lot of kids there, but I feel they try hard to create a good atmosphere for the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
The first time we visited R.D. White, we were amazed at how much the staff were like family. The halls were filled with smiles and people happy to be there. Mrs. Risse, the principal, gave us a tour, and children went out of the way to say hello to her and give her big hugs. I then discovered the amazing programs the school had to offer, and how these programs address the individual needs of each student. The have also found a way to add and art teacher, and after and before school French, Spanish, and Ballet classes. A supportive, loving, enriching environment. Amazing teachers, most who have been there many many years. Although we had considered private schools, we are so happy we are at R.D. White.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The best school with the best teachers, best principal and best kids (especially my girls Emma and Nonie)

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
After our first year I am pleased with how well the Principal is involved in all of the student activities and reaches out to parents....I like there push for READING everyday and I like how they take a team apporach to discipline (parent, teacher, principal)...the front desk folks aren't as thorough and seem cluesless w/o the principal or assistant principal's direct guidance but I guess if there had to be a weakness as a parent I'll take it in that area! Looking forward to this new school year and making my best efforts at being as involved as possible...Here we go!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
My girls have been going to school since kindergarten and I love it and my girls love it . My girls are now going into first and third grade and I would not want them in any other school

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June 04, 2009
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April 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 04, 2009
I would give it more stars if I could. RD White is an excellent school. Ms. Rissi is phenominal. She knows all of the students by name and encourages students with possitive rewards. The GATE program can't be beat. There aren't enough words to say how fantastic this school is.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2008
Phenominal School! We are very proud to send our children to R.D. White!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2008
R.D. White is a terrific school. Mrs. Risse, our principal does know every student by name. She has three children of her own and I have seen her at every school event I have attended! Sometimes with her children. The teachers are so wonderful and careing. I have been in communication with each teacher my child has had either by email, or a note sent to school or by volunteering in the classroom. It has made all the difference in my childs education. I have also noticed that many teachers are very qualified. Many have or are in the process of higher education. This coming school year will be the begining of a tradional calendar, I didn't care for the year round calendar. It never felt like a vacation from homework. I don't know why anyone would go private when we have R.D. White!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
I have gone to R. D. White for 7 years, and have no complaints with the excellent teachers, staff, and parent volunteers, after all, the principal knows each and every student's name. I love R. D. White, and never want to leave it!

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2008
I love R. D. White. It is so culturally diverse, and the teachers and staff really care about the students. I am amazed, the principal knows every child's name. I am happy that my children feel safe, and know that my children look forward to coming to this great school every single day. My daughter is going to wilson next year, and i know that she will miss this excellent school. We love R. D. White

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
RDW provides an amazing education at many levels. The student population is very diverse economically and culturally. The teaching and support staff are dedicated and enthusiastic, led by a phenomenal principal. While many parents are not involved due to work or language limitations, any parent wanting to be involved can participate, by classroom volunteering, the art docent program, PTA events, or the Foundation. There's an optional instrumental music program, and choral programs. Students can help in classrooms or the office during their holidays. The year-round schedule spreads the year more evenly, and allows for 'low-season' vacations. On-site afternoon/off-track child care is available and reasonable. The building itself is one of the most beautiful in Glendale (1930's-era, updated in 2003.) My child has been here kindergarten through sixth grade (currently), and has had an excellent, well-rounded elementary experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2007
Our Principal, is the finest person I have ever met. She deeply cares for all of our students, she knows the names of each and every child. The education and emotional health of our children is utmost on her mind. Our school, has a very diverse population and Ms. Risse and staff, have given us all the opportunity for success. What a great school !!!!!

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June 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
I used to be a parent helper at RD White, and agree that Suzanne Risse is an excellent principal, better than most.She really sets the tone for the school, despite the lack of parent involvement, she keeps the teachers there.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
I think this school is great. My son goes to school there and so far I've had no problems he loves it there and is learning a lot the teachers are so nice and I love it. There school is clean and the employees there are really helpful.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
Although RD White ranks only a 7/10, part of the reason is the incredible diversity of the student body--nearly 70% of the children speak a language other than English at home. For my two gifted children (one of whom has ADHD), I have found that both the teachers and the principal are an amazing support team. They work hand in hand with me to provide my children with tools, resources and (if needed) accommodation to excel in their academic and personal development! Additionally, there is low turnover of teachers, which makes for a stable learning environment and also allows us (both students and parents) to develop relationships and a sense of community at the school! Thanks for the hard work that all the staff and teachers do to make it such a great place to be a student and a parent! We love RD White!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2005
This is a great elementary School. There are many well experienced teachers and there is a lot of extra curricular activities that students can indulge in.

- submitted by a student
September 06, 2005
My child attended r.D. White from kindergarten to part of third grade. The experience has been great. The teachers and school leadership is top notch.

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April 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2004
I believe that R.D. White has a lot commited and experienced teachers, who get the kids involved in community work, learning, friendship and respect. Our principal is inspiring teachers, students and parents to do their best. Whenever you need our principal she always has an 'ear' for you! The remodelling is taking place since summer 2003 and thanks to everybody who is involved in it everything is getting smoothly nicer. Thank you R.D.White.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2003
R.D. White is a very good school. The Principal is doing a good job of leading the school and she is very dedicated. My children's teachers have been very good or excellent. The school was a California Distinguished School in 2002. The school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2003. As of 2003, the school is being refurbished and will be a very pleasant place for children once the work is complete. The school would be stronger if more parents would become active. Overall, I'd say the school is a very good school. It has the potential to be a great school. Efforts are being made to make the school great.

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R. D. White Elementary School
744 East Doran Street, Glendale, CA  91206
(818) 241-2164
Last modified R. D. White Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
R. D. White Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top