The fact that there is no plan in place for English speakers to learn is a disgrace. This school is 75% ESL and English is not promoted. Last I checked the school was in an English Speaking Country!!! If it was an emersion program or offered Spanish as a second language that would be great but when it isn't that is a big problem.
This school is a joke! At orientation the PTA president spoke only in spanish, never in english!!!! This is not an emersion school. Every kinder class was 75% ESL. When an english speaking student is done with their work they can go "read in a corner or be a great asset to the ESL students" told by the teacher. No SAS program as far as I can see. No curriculum for English speakers. This school is a disgrace to the community it is in and no one from the community attends this school.
LAUSD, let the teachers have more control in their classrooms. Stop making them do things for the kids that the parents should be doing. (Breakfast in the classroom, lunch program - almost every free lunch student has a parent who wears $200 athletic shoes and a nicer car than me. it's only $4, come on.)
My Daughter has finished up the TK/K year this year and it was the best place for her to be. The Principal, teachers and staff are caring and work hard at polishing these little kids into well-rounded diamonds. My daughter loved all the learning and constant enrichment in math, reading, science and other subjects and given the pressures that are always brought on LAUSD by internal and external factors, the school does amazingly well. The fundraisers where students, parents and children got to hang out together were highly appreciated by working families and my kids adored these times together with their classmates. Our little TKer learned math and reading and is has begun her educational career on a solid foundation. Lots of after-school activities and lots of hard working teachers and volunteers who give their all. My only complaint is that parent involvement does not seem to be high, but this is not the school's fault. There also seems to be a lot of kids who are not from the school neighborhood, which in my opinion detracts from the sense of community that a school should have. Other than that, an amazing school.
Granada is a wonderful school with caring staff and principal. Mrs. van Houten is one of the best principals around. Both my kids went through the school and had wonderful learning experience. Love how the school puts so much effort to provide quality education to all students.