Students enrolled 259
Hours 7:50 - 2:45
School leader Mrs. Diana Girskis
Transportation options no info
Type Religious
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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123 West Glenoaks Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91202

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(818) 241-2269
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4 stars
Based on 59 ratings

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July 13, 2014
There is a point when parents need to stop looking at the past and start looking towards the future. The school hired a fabulous new Principal who previously was VP at highly esteemed Notre Dame High School. Also, a new very organized and diligent 8th grade teacher has just been announced as a new hire...(with academic decathlon coach, WASC/WCEA chairperson experience) a teacher with a wealth of experience!! A huge plus considering the importance for families with children preparing for their high school search. With these two incredible new hires....The school is already at a positive and exciting turning point.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2014
Each time a person says that this school is heading to the right direction, IT FALLS APART. The school lacks cohesion. The church administrator and the school staff members are always in disagreement with each other and the church ultimately wins over disputed issues. If you want this chaos as part of your child's learning process, then go ahead and enroll; otherwise run as fast as you can away from this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
Run! Once you think things a finally going to change you realize there is once again a hidden. There is truly only one person running Incarnation and unfortunately it's the VP who's only goal is to be in charge. Congratulations, you did it. The VP elbowed out the current principal and the new principal is pregnant, which will leave VP in charge next year. To make matters worse, she is not credentialed nor has leadership skills. We are pulling out our child until something is done about the great and powerful OZ.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
The school recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and has a long history being a faithful part of the community since the 1940s not a lot of institutions can say that!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
The priest hired the principal knowing she did not have the credentials to be a principal. Priest has his own agenda. He needs to remove himself from school dealings. He's ruining the school. He didn't allow a great teacher to interview for the principal position because she forwarded her resume to the archdiocese. It hurt his pride. He's letting a great math teacher go because his credentials lapsed. However, he was able to renew them. This done just a month before school end. Definitely has hurt the kids. School lacks consistency. If you love inconsistency and instability, come to Incarnation. You'll be glad you did.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
Why blame the priest who fired the principal? She isn't doing her job well! In my opinion, if the principal doesn't know much about running a school, she should choose a a vice-principal who knows how. The principal was based on performance and the teachers' aides were based on budget.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
A 2 year principal who was once a long time teacher of this school has been let go (fired?) by the priest. 1 year ago, all teachers aides and a long time clerk were terminated by the same priest. What is going on in this school we don't know about?

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
Incarnation is doing so well! We are one third of the way done and we have had so much fun learning! We have a wonderful group of new parents that make every event exciting for the children. I am so proud that we are there and the children are very happy..we have seen really positive things happen to our school! I feel that the parents, students, faculty, staff and administration have done a fantastic job, in making the children feel so happy in this learning environment!

- submitted by a teacher
September 05, 2013
I have two children at this school and continue to be pleased with all that it offers. While losing some of the aides was sad, it has not hindered the academic programs at all, and honestly an aide is not necessary in my child's fifth grade class of only 26 children. My children are happy to go to school daily, and thriving academically according to all measures. The parents are involved and invested in the school. Some strong personalities make mountains out of molehills and seem determined to hurt Incarnation's image. But if you look for yourself you will find much to love about Incarnation.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
As the parent of a younger-grade child, I've been very happy with Incarnation school. There seems to be an old-guard group of parents who are unhappy with the recent success of the school. The reason they are unhappy is that enrollment has gone up - which means that classes are at capacity. They understandably preferred a past when classes were smaller...but I think that's an underestimation of the teachers' skills. Another recent controversy causing dissent is the release of teachers' aides for grades 4+. The Administration avers that this reduction in staff is in line with Diocese guidelines...but the parents are reacting to any reduction in staff as a dire event. Again, I see it as an underestimation of the present teaching staff. Aides for older grade classes might be a luxury, but they are not a necessity. The school has well-behaved students with very involved parents. The teachers are capable of maintaining order & educating the students. At the end of the day, the tuition is a great deal for such a caring and intimate school. I think the critics should vote with their feet, but I fear they believe that public harping can change the inevitable progress.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2013
The loss of many staff members will surely cause some problems next school year. Unfortunately, the school's excuse to terminate their employment was due to lack of funds. This school has a on-going problem with mismanaging its finances for several years now. Some of the expenses were extravagant such as holding parties at 5 star hotels and giving away brand new cars. This school will continue to go downhill and many more staff terminations to follow. I do not want any parent to experience these problems, and I will not recommend any parent to enroll his/her child.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
I am a student here. This school absolutely sucks. I wouldn't even give it HALF a star. The teachers & staff are lovely but the other students are rude & incompetent. They are mean & there alot of bullies & I would not reccommend this school to anyone. I've been at this school for a while now & I've had so many HORRIBLE experiences. I get bullied almost everyday & I want to move schools.

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2013
We've been through several Catholic schools, and INCA by far is the best in academics, safety, and value. Although there are things that the school could improve upon; we are very satisfied with the teachers and staff. Yes, we are concerned about the loss of higher grade teacher assistants, except for one, but we also understand that the school has fiscal responsibilities they must meet. We are pleased that INCA is pushing forward with the CORE Values for higher achievement and to be competitive. We highly recommend this school to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
I love Incarnation Parish School, and I can't wait for the summer to be over! My favorite subjects are Science, Social Studies, Math, Literature (creative writing), and Religion. The teachers make studying fun! I'm glad my parents gave my brother and me a chance to go to this school. With a good foundation, I know from my heart that I will be successful someday, and thanks to my parents and all the caring teachers at INCA!

- submitted by a community member
July 06, 2013
This school is overcrowded with students in each classrooms. Many teachers have voiced their concerns over the firings of the aides that they may not be able to function like they used to. Many parents have also voiced their concern over the safety of their children especially before school, lunch time, and afterschool since these aides were also supervising the children when not in the classrooms. At the present moment, the administration HAS NO ANSWER to these problems and seemed to have shoved them under the rug. Downsizing is never good for children and the entire school in general. I will never, ever recommend this school to anyone. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
Rude, rude principal -- I called her several times and sent an email. When I never received a response, I asked the office staff and was told that if she wasn't interested, she did not respond, which is the bottom of the barrel in civility or its lack thereof -- want your child in that school?

- submitted by a community member
June 24, 2013
Numerous errors on this year's yearbook helped end the school year on a sour note. Errors included blurry pictures, misspelled names, incorrect pictures and missing pictures. Errors affected many students. School has not arrived at a remedy. These yearbooks were $30. A big embarrassment for the school. Most teachers are very good. Need more emphasis on math at the 3rd grade level. Communication between administration and parents is poor. Lead administrator needs to show more involvement/interest at school related functions outside of school like Academic Decathlon. School is not as challenging and as professional in previous years.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
This school has now turn for the worse. Nearly half of the staff members were fired for lack of funds even though the enrollment seemed to have increased this year and at the same time, increasing tuition fees to make up for those funds. I believe the administration cannot control its spending. The coming school year will have a skeleton crew. Good luck if you are enrolling your child.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
Best school in the area, all things considered. Each year I search Glendale for a school that can beat Incarnation in academic achievement, quality of faculty/staff, safety, parent involvement, and extra curricular opportunities (in that order). Each year, Incarnation Parish School wins.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
Incarnation is a caring and welcoming environment for education. The staff believes in the importance of every child's success! My child continues to strive and looks forward to going to school each day. A happy child and a great education...what more could a parent want?!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
Our daughter is in her 2nd year of preschool at Incarnation. She loves all the teachers and aides and is delighted to be going 5 days instead of just 2. She's learning to sit and pay attention, she learned all her letters last year, only going twice a week and her huge interest in science and math are growing thanks to the fun way they are taught. She is a funny, confident little charmer, who is excited to learn more. I love how the teachers encourage friendships and playing together, yet let the shy ones discover friends at their own pace. Parent involvement is easy and encouraged and fun!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
Thankfully we have moved our children from Incarnation and they are extremely happy with their new school. It says alot when a child comes home and tells you how much better social situations and academics are handled elsewhere. I wish this school all the best but I do think that they need a reality check.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
Incarnation School is one of the best Catholic schools in the area. Its academic program is excellent with dedicated homeroom teachers and specialists in areas of science, art, music, and pe. The school has a separate science lab and produces an art show every year during open house. The academic decathlon has won many awards and the sport teams are competitive. Graduates attend top high schools in the area and are prepared to succeed.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2012
Incarnation has highly competent teachers and staff who nurture the students with challenging academics and strong Catholic values. The community of families are close-knit and support each other in times of need. The previous principal always had the children's interests at heart and the school improved much with her gentle leadership, but the new energetic principal also shows great promise. I highly recommend this school for families seeking to be a part of a strong faith-based educational community.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2012
Incarnation school has been a wonderful experience thus far for my children. They are challanged academically and engaged in exploring art, music, and athletics in a way which encourages them to be well rounded individuals. The staff is caring, approachable and always have the best interests of the children at heart. What makes the school unique though is the truly wonderful and supportive community of families that surround the children on a daily basis. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
We are very happy at this school. Our kids are learning in ways that align with our values. the teachers are great! I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
Newly hired math teacher leaving after only two and half months on the job. There are too many parents at this school who need attitude adjustment. Teachers and parents need to get along. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL to anyone and to encounter these parents, you will regret it.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
Incarnation School has been very good to our children. The principal, teachers and staff are committed to academic excellence and Catholic values. In a period where there has been a sharp decline in Catholic school enrollment across the state, Incarnation's enrollment has remained strong. We highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
Incarnation school is a very strong community, kids are very happy there. Teachers are very dedicated as well as our Principal, who is leaving after 5 amazing years. We wish her success and we are positive that we will find a strong leader, to continue the great work. God bless Incarnation School.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2012
The principal of this school has recently quit leaving it with no leadership. There is something terrible happening at this school. Absolutely NOT RECOMMENDED!!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
Last year, three teachers quit and this year the math teacher quit and a teacher's aide quit in the middle of school year. I no longer trust that this school will provide a good education for my child. This is going to be his last year attending Incarnation Parish School.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
My two children attended this school, and we continue to be involved with the school and school community even as my son has recently graduated from his 4-year Poly-Technic university. The staff is dedicated to their students, and preparing their students for continued success academically and socially capable in moving on to quality high schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
I am very happy with Incarnation. My 3 children have (one current) attended this school and I am extremely satisfied with the quality. The only thing I would see is a problem is the small group of parents who believe they are entitled to run the school. I can say that Incarnation has always been a great school but it is better now. Students are well prepared for the future religiously, socially and academically.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
My child has been at Incarnation for seven years now, and we've been pleased to see the school grow and change to meet his needs over those years. He's now in a phenomenal junior high where teachers take a personal concern with each of their students and provide an interesting and engaging atmosphere in a rigorous academic program. It's been a pleasure to see both of my children flourish under the care of their teachers and their principal, who is always, always working with her staff on improving the school. The only negative who has been a few loudly complaining parents, but they don't hurt what is overall a loving and nurturing community. highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
I will give this school an average score. My boy had been with this school for 7 years also, but the academics continued to okay - not excellent. The improvements that been made recently were because that money was raised for a very, very long period of time. Most of the parents who contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the improvement of this school NEVER BENEFITTED from their generosity. On top of that, the fundraising that was held last year at the hotel across from this school produced nothing. The school spent thousands of dollars collected from the parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
We have been at Incarnation for three years and are extremely happy with the quality of education, the administration, the teachers, and the extra-curricular activities. The standard of learning at Incarnation is very high. The school has always placed above average in the yearly ITBS standardized tests. The administration is very professional and friendly. It is very open to suggestions and has responded immediately to our concerns. The teachers we have had are all very dedicated to the success of every student. They work together with the parents to ensure they are prepared for the next grade level. We love the variety of extra-curricular activities (chess club, spanish, guitar, karate, homework club, etc.) and classes (computer lab, music, art, accelerated reading). They expand the students' education beyond just the basic three R's. Overall, we think Incarnation provides our children the balanced education they will need to prepare them for their high schools years and beyond. We are very happy at Incarnation and highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2011
Great school in every way! Some of the parents are a little neurotic but overall it's a nice community.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
I thought I found the right school for my child, but unfortunately I had pull him out in the middle of school year in 2010. He was enrolled in kindergarten and met with the teacher several times to address my concerns. Instead of finding solutions, she blamed my child for his behavior problem and suggested to find another school that can deal with it. So I did just that. This school is more interested in getting money from you than educating your child. NOT RECOMMENDED.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
In my search for schools, I found the staff at Incarnation to be very welcoming. I was able to sit in the classroom while in session before making the decision to enroll and was impressed with what I saw. Class sizes range between 30-35 students, but I find that my child is getting exactly what he needs to be successful. He is able to function well in this setting, and an aide is an added bonus. Not every school is the right fit for every child/family. You might feel that your child needs a smaller classroom setting in order to be successful in school, but for me, Incarnation is just right and we are very happy here!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
I don't recommend this school at all. The teacher to child ratio is 32 to 1. There are way too many students in the classroom for the teacher to handle. Academics are average. The parents are force to volunteer or else they will pay a very large monetary fine. If you don't have time to do 40 hours of volunteer work at this school, I don't recommend enrolling your child. Visit the school while in session and they will say no.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
We've had 3 out of 4 children attend this school. It's affordable with multiple child and parishoner discounts. Teachers here are caring and excellent in preparing children for high school. Communication with teacher and ease of scheduling conferences make it very convenient. There is incorporation of Jesus Christ and spiritual aspects taught to the children as well. The PTO is strong. There are many parent volunteers as well. There is before and after school care/tutoring. Also, there are after school activities (girl scouts,boy scouts, chess, science, karate, academic decathelon) and sports (football, basketball, swimming, volleyball). I know that this is the best decision I've made in regards to my children's education and to prepare them for successful high school years. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
My two daughters attend this school. Incarnation offers great accademics, an excellent principal, a wonderful talent show every year, and most of the teachers are caring and dedicated. Reasonbly priced.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
Enrolling our kids at Incarnation, is one of the best decisions we have made during our marriage. This is a well organized school with a high level for academics as well as teaching our children to be good followers of Jesus Christ. The principal, teachers, office personnel, after school personnel as well as the parents lead our children by example. All subjects are taught at a top notch level. We plan on having our children attend the school until 8th grade. The parental involvement is OUTSTANDING!! There is a true sense of everyone helping one another in a courteous and sincere manner. What a great school!!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
Incarnation is the best school we could have chosen for our children to attend. Our children are learning extremely well. The teachers are understanding, well organized and dedicated. The principal has done an outstanding job at meeting and exceeding the expectations we all before she started her career here. There is strong parental involvement and a well organized PTO with the kids and school interests at heart. Great School!!!!

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February 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2010
We give Incarnation 4 out of 5 stars. Our 6th grader is adequately challenged and yet has fun with the different acitivities. Our 4th grader has been really motivated to read and explore social studies and science in depth.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
I give Incarnation an above average rating for it's excellent academics, particularly with Mrs. I. Rodriguez whom my daughter had in 3rd grade and again in 8th gr. The principal is accessible and innovative. I love their spiritual aspect of helping others through community service as the catholic belief espouses. I've been there for 8 years experiencing a big, connected, helpful community of school parents and church parishioners.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2010
I am greatful to be a part of this school. I have 2 children currently enrolled. I personally could say that the prinicipal is great,understanding, compassionate and considerate of whatever a family is going thru. She listens to any concerns that you have. To the business office staff special mention to Mrs. Fenton they are great!!! To the teachers a job well done to all the children. I appreciate all of you!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
As a teacher, I chose Incarnation for my kids for several reasons: academic excellence, outstanding arts instruction, clear expectations, and a good student:teacher ratio-elementary classes have an aide. Great teaching staff includes Science, Computer, Music, Art, PE, and a Librarian. Students are challenged to academic excellence and personal growth. Standards-based instruction includes small group instruction, research projects, Writing to Read and Accelerated Reading. Thinking Maps support writing instruction across the curriculum. Catholic teachings are brought to real-life experiences with special events (holiday concerts, field trips, Talent Show, weekly mass, Science Fair, Art Gallery, etc). Students learn about giving by supporting our sister parish in South Central LA and participate in the parish and extra-curricular activities (homework club, Spanish Club, Student Council, team and individual sports). Our Academic Decathlon Team wins awards and our graduates go on to the best high schools. Incarnation is a great value for an outstanding education.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 19, 2009
I agree with the most recent posting. The new principal is great. She is not the same as the last principal and has improved the teacher quality and stability a great deal. She makes decisions that are good for the entire school and not just for the few parents that complain.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 31, 2009
Things have improved with the new principal!!! Incarnation is the bomb! It has many fantastic things to offer, including a specialized Science teacher, an extremely talented Art teacher, and gifted instructors in Music, Physical Education, and Computer Technology. Incarnation is a wonderful place for children. The teachers are hard working, conscientious, and, above all, Christ-centered individuals with the students' best interests at heart. I recommend Incarnation to anyone who wants his/her child to thrive.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 29, 2007
I was very disappointed in Incarnation. I attended Catholic school most of my life and expected better. My two children attended for two years but I pulled them out because I was very frustrated with the adminastration and inconsistend teacher quality. There was a great deal of teacher turnover and the principal did not take parent concerns seriously at all. It's a lot like the Catholic church, I guess: very top down management. Yes, parental involvement is high, but you must realize that it is mandatory for every family to put in a minimum number of hours or pay a big xtra fee. Having said that, one of the best things about the school was the families who attended. They were generally very interested in their kids and their education and there was a sense of cohesiveness. I understand there is finally a new peincipal. Perhaps things will improve.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
Very good school, my 2 daughters attended inca for a couple , we moved to another area that is the only reason I moved them. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2006
This school, very good in academics! That's about it.

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2006
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March 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
my two sons has been going to this school since K' and Iam so impressed with their developments.

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Incarnation Elementary School
123 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, CA  91202
(818) 241-2269
Last modified Incarnation Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Incarnation Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews.