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K-5
Public charter
Granada Hills, CA
Students enrolled: 481
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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17160 Van Gogh Street
Granada Hills, CA 91344

(818) 360-2141
(818) 831-9081
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November 06, 2014
It is obvious that the review from Nov. 5th is not a parent of a third, fourth, or fifth grader. Those of us who are can tell you that for an upper grade student, these overnight field trips are something they had been looking forward to for years. Let's not forget that starting in second grade (or maybe even 1st), fundraisers take place to help the students pay for these overnight trips. Even though it may not be "written" anywhere, that's what parents and students have been told all along. We understand that teachers cannot be forced to go on these trips, yet when these teachers sign up for these grade levels they know that these trips will be part of their assignment because that's what is done at Van Gogh. If the teachers were not happy with these trips, they should have spoken up long ago so that it could have been phased out little by little. What hurts me the most is that it is clear that for the teachers and administrators, the last thing on their minds is the student. They are playing with the students' emotions and that seems to be of no concern to them.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2014
It's unfortunate that the previous reviewer's personal agenda colored their review and led them to throw an entire school under the bus, teachers and administrators included. While there was a change to the fourth and fifth grade overnight field trips, the field trips are still going on. The only change is that they are no longer going to be overnight due to liability issues. The rest of the field trip has not changed. It is both unfair and inaccurate to imply that this is because the field trips are in any way inconvenient to the teachers. The teachers have valid concerns. How does removing only the overnight component change the school's test scores? It doesn't. It is simply that there has been a change and the only way some parents know how to deal with it is to lash out and be disrespectful.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2014
This school has been on cruise control for a few years. The previous advances came with a forward-thinking principal who retired two years ago, and the new principal simply goes through the motions. Overnight field trips, the standard in high performing schools, were cancelled without consulting parents--because they're inconvenient. The kids at this school are generally high performing, so the question is how much is the school adding to what they already come in with? New test scores will surely show a drop, and it no longer feels like a school-family partnership. The school is safe, and the families do support the school, but the lack of LAUSD funding limits options. Look under the hood because it's not all it seems.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2014
I agree with the last review. Although it is a decent school set in a lovely residential neighborhood, the school is definitely overrated. I have two children attending the school and they are content, but one of them is GATE and has been bored and there is no real GATE program for my child to thrive in. The other child is also very bright and was not challenged at all last year and spent the majority of the year bored. Their after school programs are mediocre and although they do have a school orchestra which children can enroll in for a hefty fee, without extra private lessons it isn't really worth it. Even with a new principal last year, I didn't see an improvement in the quality of the school with the exception of safety rules being enforced more regularly.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
I agree with the previous review. This school is completely over rated. The teachers are totally average. They don't provide challenges for above average students. They do however put on a spectacular show for open house. NOTHING BUT A SHOW. My two kids love this school. My daughter who is in second grade is totally bored, but she's happy I guess. Upper grade boy is content. They just wish they could actually LEARN something new. Overall I'm just happy they are in a safe environment. This is supposedly as good as it gets....

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
We love Van Gogh, teachers, new principle, everything is the best!!!! My children are so happy with this school as we are!!!! Thank you to all hard worker teachers, principle, and PTO as well to make the school BEST!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
Overall, the school is over rated. The only reason Van Gogh thrives is because of the ongoing parental support, both at home and at school. The parents who run the PTO do a fantastic job; they are fair with all grade levels and extremely organized. The teachers are okay. They are not better than any other LAUSD teacher. There are a few teachers who provide a rigorous curriculum. The new principal seems approachable and genuine.

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2013
Van Gogh was our number one choice when scouting public schools for our son. Great extra-curricular programs round out an excellent staff and group of teachers. My son is thriving, and I can't talk more highly of this place. Excellent location, as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
Van Gogh is a hidden gem. From principal leadership to parental involvement, the school is top notch and I feel fortunate that my children are enjoying such a great elementary school experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Van Gogh is a great school with awesome parent that volunteer for every event and help in any way they can. The teachers are great they go out of their way to make our kids education their number 1 priority . Students are polite and thankful of the parents who are in the school yard and classrooms. I consider myself lucky to be part of Van Gogh family.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I am fortunate that this is my home school, and moved into the neighborhood over 10 years ago before kids were even considered. Van Gogh is a hidden gem in the North Valley. Their API scores are on par with the "Magnet school down the street." considering we have English Language Learners and others factored in. Love the PTO - they welcome everyone with open arms, and the parental involvement is phenomenal. The new principal is also very focused on providing a safe, nurturing environment for our kids (she had big shoes to fill after Principal Gundersen retired at the end of the 2012-13 academic year). As for "highly gifted kids" - my daughter was also identified as "highly gifted" and IS being challenged in the classroom. At this age, yes, being challenged is important, but so is their socialization and learning to work/share/get along with others. I refuse to steal her childhood for the sake of academics. Sometimes we forget to let our kids be kids, and this school provides a nice balance of academics and socialization. I also love that there is an on-site YMCA program since I am a working parent, and would rather have supervised care afterschool vs. the YS.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My two children came from a private preschool in the Valley. I honestly did not think they would receive a well-rounded and balanced education through LAUSD. I could not be happier with Van Gogh Charter!! The Principal, teachers and staff all work so hard and really create an enriching environment. We have a wonderful Art, Music and Physical Education program led by caring and professional staff. Thank you for paving the way for their future.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
Yeah I know that they don't really make much of an effort to accommodate those who are truly highly gifted like my kids but at least most of the teachers at this school are for advanced learners and really push our children to meet their highest expectations! They offer enrichment after school programs and the entire staff is very envolved in parents needs and are always taking in new suggestions to perform even better each day! I live 30 mins away from this school yet I still refuse to change to a much closer one because no school could possibly be at Van Gogh's level! I must say though that the best teacher is Mrs. Reinhart from second grade, she truly made a huge difference in our lives, specially for my son who has autism. I'll always be grateful to her.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Thank you Ms. Escobar for everything. My son loves her so much. Great teachers. Good Principle. Friendly staff. Good school to go to.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
Van Gogh is not only a phenominal school but the parent involment is exeptional. I hesitated in pulling my son out of private school but it was the BEST decision I've made. He not only loves going to school but loves his kindergarten teacher. Thank you Ms. Weinstein for making it an easy transition for him and for making it a great experience for all of us.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
This school does not have enough resources for the truly gifted student. Pulled my child out and home schooled instead. Minor attempt was made to meet my child's needs (by needs I mean because he was ahead not behind). Glad to read that so many others are having a much different experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
I am having great experiences at Van Gogh Charter School. We are in our 2nd year here. The principal has an open-door policy, and is always visible. The PTO is warm, and welcoming of everyone. The teachers are truly invested in the students, and the students generally seem happy to be their. I feel my daughter is receiving a wonderful education at Van Gogh. The school has a small-town/community feel. This makes it easy to get to know the kids and parents, which helps also keep our campus safe. I highly recommend Van Gogh Charter School.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
Van Gogh is the best School in neighborhood! My daughter is about to graduate and happy all those wonderful years. Nice staff, teachers and principal. Strongly recommend to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
My son is currently a kindergarten student at Van Gogh, and my husband and I are so impressed at how the school is run. The principal, Mrs. Gunderson is very nice and approachable, and she really knows how t I run the school. Mrs. Serobyan, my son's teacher has a real good handle on her class. She is very organized, and my son loves her! Not to mention that my son is flourishing and loves going and being at school. We couldn't be happier with the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2012
What an absolute great school!! We took our daughter out of a pricey private school with much hesitation, only to be thrilled with the stellar education Van Gogh offers. From the principal, to the teachers, to the PTO and the families our family was welcomed with open arms, which I had not expected in a public school setting. The sense of community is outstanding. The only thing I regret is that my daughter didn't start sooner!

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2012
This school is amazing! My kids love Van Gogh, as do I. There is a place for students of all ability levels, including special education. ALL kids thrive here. The teachers are both dedicated and hard-working. The principal is a gem, as well. I have to give kudos to the special education program at Van Gogh. You cannot go wrong.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2012
Van Gogh is a phenominal school on all counts! Great leadership, great teachers, and great family community!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2012
There's something really special about this amazing school. Everyone from the teachers to the administration to the parents are friendly, warm and welcoming. The incredible principle has set a precedence of strong leadership from the top down. My daughter loves going to school every morning and loves to talk about her day once I pick her up. The curriculum is enriched with creative teaching and integrates all facets of the arts to entice an appetite to learn. My daughter's kindergarten teacher has a genuine passion for teaching that can't be denied. She cares about each and every one of her students and welcomes parental participation. She looks for the strengths in her students and know how to nourish those traits. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
Amazing school... exceptional teaching strategies that work wonders with kids. The teachers have the knowledge, support and abilities to be able to keep all their students at a level of learning that is just superb. Students with difficulties in learning are made sure they get what they need, the extra time and effort is there! And the principal is very involved, always thinking of creative ways to make the school stomp through budget cuts and be there for staff and students. No one wants to leave this caring and warm school, where PTO is very strong, welcoming and friendly. Always thinking what is the best for the kids and staff in the school. Love the "bonding and friendships" in the entire school. Highly recommend to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2011
Van Gogh really is a hidden gem in the valley. The school has an excellent principal, superior teachers and support staff and a very close knit, small community feel. My little one is in the second grade and although we entertained the idea of moving him to Balboa Magnet, I am so happy we decided to stay.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2011
Great school, great teachers, amazing principal. My daughter is in 1st grade, and, cannot wait to go to school every day. Van Gogh has a great team with its teachers, principal and PTO, all of whom make it the wonderful institution that it is.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
I can't say enough great things about this school. The teachers are great and continue to do a great job in the rapidly changing environment of the LAUSD system. The principal is incredible. Her attitude, attention to issues, and perspective is above and beyond expectations. My son attends via open enrollment and I am SO happy we got in.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
Van Gogh is an amazing place. I am thrilled my kids are here and I have nothing but great things to say about the teachers staff and especially the Principal, Mrs. Gundersen.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
I absolutely love Van Gogh. Mrs. Gundersen is always working hard to make it great for parents and students even in the face of big challenges from the district.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
Im am so happy with Van Gogh. The teachers have been the best and the principal has such high standards for her school. The parent invovlement is outstanding. It feels like we are in a private school because this school is the diamond of all the LAUSD schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
Our experience both academically and personally have by far exceeded any expectations we had when enrolling our daughter to Van Gogh. Principal Gale Gunderson sets the tone for the whole school. We are sooo grateful and comforted to know that our child is under her loving wing!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
We loved Van Gogh - All the years to Graduation for my daughter

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
My grand children go to Van Gogh and they love it.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 19, 2010
My daughter went to Van Gogh from K - 5 and I couldn't have asked for a better learning experience for her. I highly recommend Van Gogh!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
I love this school because both of my wonderful grandchildren attend this school and my daughter-in-law is one of the highly motivated and highly motivating teachers at Van Gogh! What more can a grandmother ask for in great education for her loved ones?

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2010
It is the finest LAUSD has to offer. My grandchildren attend classes there. My daughter is a dedicated educator there, making society better by devoting so much energy and passion into her classes. She has very dear friends who also teach there, and they form a cohesive team which combines to give all their students the best education in America.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
A unique school a public school with a private school feel. Excellent leadership by principal, Gale Gundersen. Awesome staff and faculty. Strong presence of PTO, and much parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Van Gogh is a fantastic school! Staff is very welcoming and the principal is always there to hear the parents... PTO is top notch... parents truly care for the school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Amazing community that comes together. A unique throwback feel of '50s family type values with parents and grandparents dropping off and picking up every day combined with an incredibly diverse community that feels so inclusive. Regular evening events give families time to catch up and feel a part of something bigger. Onsite afterschool care and permits make this a treasure we can share.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
Van Gogh= Awesome staff, wonderful teachers, hard working parents, and great kids! Students receive a well rounded, competitive education that prepares them for the future. Lead by The amazing Principal Gale Gundersen; parents,teachers and staff work tirelessly to make sure Van Gogh kids stay a step ahead.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
The new principal and the assistant principal seems to really care about the students. The special ed department is really great and works closely with parents. I can't thank them enough for taking the time to really help us and we feel like they genuinely care about our child. The teachers are very dedicated and really want the kids to succeed. I've had mixed feelings in the past about how my child was treated by teachers but anytime we've had complaints or concerns, they have been addressed and resolved. You have to speak up to make things happen and I don't feel like our child has suffered because of this at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
This is a great school - loyal and dedicated and talented teachers, involved parents, a great PTO, fantastic staffers who work their tails off and keep a smil eon their faces and of course, great students. The campus is beautiful and modern and everyone has pulled together to lessen the impact of the incredibly draconian budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
Van Gogh has an active parent teacher organization. The parents are supportive of both the school and teachers. The staff at Van Gogh truly care about each and every student.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 01, 2009
Very dedicated teachers, staff, and principal and wonderful families.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Amazing arts program, along with music, math, science, dance, gardening and language arts. Best education at a public school!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
New this year (2009) to the school. Love the friendly staff and parents and the committment of everyone (including teachers and parents). Can't wait to see what the year brings.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
Van Gogh is great. Collaboration between teachers, administration, and parents allow for great programs including afterschool enrichment, family fun nights, classroom fieldtrips, music, art and more.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
Van Gogh is celebrating its second year with the most dynamic principal imaginable. Mrs. Gundersen is omnipresent--in classrooms, meeting with parents, and leading this dynamic school. Van Gogh is going places--great places. Join us!

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September 25, 2009
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September 25, 2009
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September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Van Gogh is a school that facilitates collaboration between parents and teachers in order to provide the best possible experience for the children. We are very pleased to have our daughter at Van Gogh.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
We came from a private school and Van Gogh is just as good if not better than a private school. My daughter has thrived in second grade and has developed a positive attitude in school because of her teacher, Miss Malkin. She really cares about her students and motivates them in new and exciting ways. There is a lot of support at Van Gogh and the principal is very approachable. We look forward to 3rd grade!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 15, 2009
Our first grader is finishing this week and we can't be more thrilled with her progress. Her current teacher, Mrs. Atlas, has been great. She has helped our Daughter get up to the Van Gogh standards in reading, which are to be better than average. She has also challenged our daughter in math where she already excels. It has been a great experience to see what she does with a child that struggles in one subject and is proficient in another. I can't say enough about the school. The community is fantastic, and the extra things the PTA does for the kids is rewarding.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2009
We are private school transfer parents and my husband and I really love Van Gogh! We just couldn't afford the expensive tuition anymore and we were very lucky to be accepted under the LAUSD Open Enrollment Program to Van Gogh. Our daughter is thriving in her Kindergarten class ready to take on the challenge of 1st grade. She loves her teacher and school. My son, who is currently in 3rd grade, struggled in the beginning of the year with a new environment and stronger academic program but is now thriving also. The teachers really care at this school and so does the principal, Gale Gunderson. I'm so happy to know my children are both excelling at school and making new friends. I highly recommend Van Gogh to anyone looking for a small, community school!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
Van Gogh is probably one of the best schools I have ever encountered. While gifted students are pushed others are given the oppurtunity to become a gifted or GATE program student. The teachers are wonderful and know how to handle our children well. As an alumni, I understand what is happening. Although past principals may have not taken charge I am hearing great things about the new one. All students of every ethnicity, neighborhood, or social standing are welcomed at Van Gogh. I miss you Van Gogh! Go Starry Knights!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 29, 2008
My Kindergartener is reading. Thank you Miss Weinstein. You are a great teacher and loved by every student and parent that walks into your classroom.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
Extremely exceptional school. The dedicated teachers go over and beyond to make sure all children follow along and they are very creative in making the curriculum interesting and challenging. The active PTA is fantastic and surely makes you want to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2008
My son's teacher Mrs. Serobyan has made the hard transition into public school an enjoyable, daily routine. He comes home with so many stories about his day. The other teachers are very involved and the PTA works hard to include everyone AND spend the money wisely. Mrs. Gunderson has created a positive and nurturing environment for the students, parents and staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2008
My son recently graduated from Van Gogh and my daughter still attends. We chose Van Gogh via the Open Enrollment process after researching area schools extensively. We moved the children from a great private school because Van Gogh promised to be better, and it is. Some of the criticisms from other posters seem somewhat petty. Perhaps it's not perfect, but Van Gogh does a phenomenal job compared to other schools in the area. The new principal, Ms. Gundersen, is responsive and caring. The teachers, on the whole, are outstanding. My favorite is Ms. Atlas, who after many years on the job still gets excited about what she teaches, and, better yet, knows how to foster that excitement in her students. She did an outstanding job, not only teaching my daughter to read, but imparting a love of reading that will last a lifetime.

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August 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
My son has been at Van Gogh since Kinder. He has just finished second grade with Miss Weinstein. She is a great teacher and made this year very memorable. Van Gogh is a great school and the teachers make it a special place for the children.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
Excellent school. Mrs. Serobyan is a great teacher. My son LOVES going to school! Very good PTA.

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April 19, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating February 28, 2008
I would rate this school a 9 to a 9.5 because of the staff, including the new principal. We have great parental & community involvement. It's a smaller size overall & population. Everyone knows everyone. It's like when I was a kid going to my neighborhood school. The academics, fieldtrips & school activies are great too. My husband tells people our kids go to a semi-private school. It's private without the large tuition & uniforms. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to attend this school.

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January 06, 2008
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December 11, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2007
Although we live in the Castlebay ES district, we chose to move our son to Van Gogh because the school is just all-around awesome. Mr. Orkin (kinder) is - no exaggeration - the best teacher I've ever encountered. The vast majority of the teachers and staff are equally committed and helpful. Thanks to Van Gogh, our son enjoys learning and looks forward to going to school. My daughter went here as well and absolutely adored Ms. Perry (5th). You really couldn't do better than Van Gogh.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
I am a new parent at Van Gogh and have found the school to provide a complete cirriculum in terms of academics and enrichment programs. The children receive art, music and PE as well as challenging academic program. The parents are extremely involved and supportive of the school and the teachers excellent. We are truly happy to be part of such a great school community!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
I am a relatively new parent at Van Gogh. I find it a great school academically with excellent teachers and very involved parents who want success for their children. Both my children were very happy with their new school. They made friends, were challenged more in the classroom, and were nurtured by the staff. The Assistant Principal follows up on issues so that discipline is not a serious issue at this school. I am thrilled to have my children at Van Gogh.

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June 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
My daughter's first grade teacher, Mrs. Stage, is outstanding. She is dedicated to her students and I am so happy that my daughter was given the privledge to have her as a teacher. The quality of the work that I see my daughter bring home is excellent. In addition to that, I am pleased to also hear about the different things she has learned from Mrs. Stage just through normal everyday interaction with her in class. Thank you Mrs. Stage!

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March 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2006
Happy open enrollment family here. This tiny school of 430 kids makes it feel like a private school. Kindergarten classes are as small as 18 kids. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the classroom and in the school at large. There are fundraising opportunities but never any pressure to do more than what you feel comfortable with. These fundraisers pay for field trips, assemblies, music programs, and art programs for each grade. Family Nights are well attended and we're no longer looking to get into a local magnet when we get enough points.

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December 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
Its already starting, the high pressure fund raisers the teachers seem so unhappy,the parents especially the new ones don't know what hit them.Every one disappointed. I wish the administration would wake up and re invent themselves there is so much potential.

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July 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2006
I find it amazing so many families are constantly trying to get their kids into Van Gogh, yet they complain about the curriculum. And, if anyone reads the paper, they would know that the teachers are not setting the standards. In fact, they often oppose the pressure of today s curriculum. But they keep trying to help our kid succeed. The teachers and administrator s are always willing to meet to discuss the needs of the students. If the administration and teachers are keeping our children safe, communicating with the community, continually training to provide the best education for our children, and helping out kids develop into good citizens, then I think Van Gogh deserves the fine reputation that it has earned.

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June 18, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2006
I love the Meet the Masters program, my two children have brought home wonderful artwork. The movie nights, fieldtrips that my children have taken, not to mention their great teachers...I really do like it.

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June 10, 2006
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June 02, 2006
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June 02, 2006
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May 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
academics pushed, creativity discouraged. no field trips. kids must conform. parental invovlement discouraged unfriendly atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2006
Parents are subtly and not-so-subtly discouraged from participating, because the administration knows VG parents are very demanding. Because it's a high-performing school, kids are inordinately pushed beyond age and developmentally appropriate levels. You'd think that because the typical VG kid comes in very well prepared, they could just stick to the basic curriculum and also enhance it with enriching activities, like fingerpainting (this is kindergarten, after all), but instead, they just pile on more academics. Be aware that if you choose VG, your child will be pushed very hard and may wind up disliking school.

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March 12, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2006
Administration is always helpful, school is safe. What wmore can you ask for from a school?

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January 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 19, 2005
Too much testing, too many interruptions!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
Although I agree with the logical reviews posted here, one of the best things about the school is the principal. The parents who posted badly about her are obviously from the same grade who had trouble with one kindergarten teacher and blamed one innocent child and the principal. The problem was with the overprotective parents. Wait until third grade teachers-by far the worst teachers in LAUSD when it comes to humiliation techniques, and yes, they are the teachers who have problems with boys in general. There is the barest minimum of parental support. The same couple of parents do it all. I agree the high pressure fundraising is irritating. The safety around the perimeter of the school is appalling. It's the parents driving who are the biggest problem. The discipline techniques leave a lot to be desired. No running on the playground? Witholding recess from kids who need it? Paper pickup?

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2005
This school needs a lot of improvement. The Principal doesn't address serious problems that fall within the purview of the 'zero tolerance' policy. She gives a lot of 'lip service' in place of strong and effective leadership. Elementary age kids need guidance. Also, limited resources are completely mismanaged and she's at the helm of a sinking ship.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
The teachers we have encountered K-4, are all dedicated and care a great deal about their own classrooms as well as improving the reputation of the school. I feel grateful my daughter has a school like Van Gogh to attend. It is a hidden gem. However, Van Gogh could be a truly great school with more effective leadership.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
They are very interested in getting high scores but unfortunately, not in the children. It is not a good environment for many children. If the proscribed method of teaching does not reach a particular child, they will not bend or try to find a method that will actually reach an individual child. Even in the lower grades. It is not a happy place.

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September 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2005
The principal is not proactive. While we all wish this school could improve, in the absence of good leadership, that is not realistic. Much of what occurs could be prevented and a word to the wise: beware because there's a lot of hateful/criminal activity that goes on at this school and the principal does not take a strong, proactive stand. For all of you that have had good experiences, yippee.. your kids are lucky.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
I just found out about this site and I have to tell you, I am shocked reading some of these statements. I have been around many schools. Some of the issues addressed are LAUSD concerns, not Van Gogh problems. Other remarks sound like personal issues. Does abyone really know how good Van Gogh really is? Both administrators have an open door policy, teachers actually call and communicate, and my child's success is a priority. What more can one ask for? Thanks, Van Gogh!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 21, 2005
I'm thrilled with the support. I am a new parent.I have a child with an IEP and when I called, the VP took the time to listen and acknowledge my concerns. And she only had positive things to say, which gave me a lot of confidence about the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
Great Administration and approachable teachers make this school a safe and supportive atmosphere for children. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
Highest Academic Quality. Parent volunteers support the arts and physical education program. My child has special needs, and the teachers and administration are right there taking care of his needs and monitoring his progress. They really know my child. I couldn't pay for this kind of attention.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
This is an amazing school. I have never seen so many dedicated teachers at one school before. I am especially happy with my son's teacher, Mrs. Steinhardt. She is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
My 4th grade daughter has been at Van Gogh since 1st grade. She loves Van Gogh. We are not unhappy though we see room for improvement. Teachers are basically good but many are very young. My daughters last two teachers are younger than my eldest child. With youth comes inexperience and unrealistic expectations. My daughters 3rd grade experience was better than 4th grade. I feel leadership at this school is weak. Though the principle pays lip service to an open door policy and a willingness to help when there is a problem nothing is ever really resolved. This year we were threatened with losing two teachers and a possibility of having to split most of the classes. It didn't happen because the parents campaigned to get more students in but I think this was poor planning on the principles part.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
Two of my children attend Van Gogh St. School. I find that the teaching staff is excellent. They are making the most out of the standards based approach to education. In general, they have been very easy to approach when there is a question or a problem and have made special efforts to accommodate the needs of all of their students. The parent group could be stronger. I don't feel have much respect for the principal and often think the teachers know more about early childhood education than she does.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
This school is about test scores, not children. It does not seem to be the teacher's responsibilty to make sure each child is succeeding, as any work that is not understood the first time is immediately sent home for the parent to teach. rather than being retaught in another way? Concerns about teachers fall on the deaf ears of the VP, as there never appears to be any change in teacher's teaching style (parents must go in mob style). Many of the student reports/projects that are sent home return to school having obvbiously been done by the parent, not the student. Could this be because all of the work is sent to be done at home without any classroom instruction on how to do the research or project?

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
The quality of teachers varies vastly. The principal is about as ineffective as one can be. She tends to ignore problems until they are so dastardly that she can no longer sit in her corner office. Any parent concern should be taken seriously. Discipline problems in the school are out of control~ Van Gogh can no longer ride on the stellar reputation it had many, many years ago. The District should take note because it's time for strong leadership with someone who is a demonstrated leader~that is sorely lacking.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
My child began school at Van Gogh with some learning disabilities. Although we were unaware of it at the time, the first grade teacher alerted us to the problem. With the excellent teaching abilities of Mrs. Hirsch (resource teacher) and my child's teachers, my child's academic progress has greatly improved. Faculty and staff members have always been professional and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
Extremely wonderful, age appropriate academic programs, fun while learning too. Superb music, art & sports programs. After school programs too. More parents involved than not. This allows teachers to do that much more with the children. Projects, field trips etc.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2004
Caring and supportive teachers, safe & clean school grounds, on-site YMCA, but too many [high pressure] fund raisers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 29, 2004
Van Gogh is our home school. Through Open Enrollment, we chose another school early on in my son's education. I felt that there was too much competition at this school, and most of it was coming from the parents and teachers. The school was very cliquish. People must realize that a school's test scores, what a child wears, and how a child looks are not all that matters. Yes, we all want our children to be successful, but we must realize that every child has a right to an education, no matter what their learning style is. We must teach tolerance, understanding, and set good examples as parents, and remember that high test scores and your zip code do not always not equal good character. Van Gogh still has much to offer, but so do other schools in the valley. Try making a difference at one.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
I strongly agree with the above comments. We have 12 children and one grandson that has attend Van Gogh. I have never had a problem with any teacher at Van Gogh except for two years ago, when I like many other parents had to meet with the teacher and principal. The principal listens to your complaints but nothing is done regarding the teacher. From the comments I read I bet it's the same teacher. I removed my child from her class and placed her in a lower class. Remember what makes Van Gogh special it's the caring parents, their children and the whole Van Gogh Staff. The school is great. Parents must do what's best for their child. At Van Gogh the staff and parents do work together to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. I am going to miss them all! Great after school program.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2003
Our son thrived at Van Gogh the first 3 years of school. He was exposed to a variety of teaching styles, all of which motivated him and nurtured a healthy attitude toward learning. Now he is having to deal with teachers who continue to provide a degrading,overstructured, controlling environment. The difference between the nature of boys and girls seems to be misunderstood. We never heard an ill word about any of our son's teachers until he got to his present grade level. We are struggling with the decision of pulling him out of the school for the remainder of this year. These particular teachers need to understand that there is a difference between strict and cruel.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2003
We moved to Van Gogh because of its reputation. The school provides many enrichment opportunities and welcomes parents to be involved. Depending on the teachers there are a variety of hand on projects. The office is polite and helpful. My child has a wonderful teacher this year and is quite happy. At any school you have to make sure you child has the teacher that is right for them. Van Gogh has a varity of personalites on their staff. I have had my children in other private and public elementary schools and I am the happiest with Van Gogh.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2003
The reason why we moved to the area was to get our kids enrolled in Van Gogh. Based on the test scores, the school is doing something right. However, I agree about certain teachers. Our child has had four teachers so far -- two were excellent, one was a complete jerk and it's too soon in the school year to rate the current instructor. The lousy teacher seemed hell bent on phoning us, having us come in to meet with her and the principal and, ultimately, pushing us to take our child to see a therapist. All this because she felt the kid was too shy and withdrawn -- and this was in kindergarten at a new school where the child knew no one. The psychologist we consulted said that there was nothing at all wrong with our child. Ironically, within a couple of years, our child was identified as talented/gifted. But other that this one unpleasant year, our child has done quite well at Van Gogh. I do believe it's one of the best schools in the LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2003
Some of the teachers do not seem to like boys and for some unexplanable reason seem to think that negative reinforcement works. They do not get it. It does not, especially when dealing with children who are doing their best and are overall good children. They do not seem to care.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
The quality of the education at Van Gogh is suffering. Overall, there appears to be mismanagement as there's always a shortage of supplies, basic copy paper, etc. which inhibit the teachers from getting the tools they need to effectively teach. Extracurricular activities are nearly nonexistent despite fundraising by parents.

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2003
I would have to stronlgy agree with the above comments. Personally I have dealt with specific teachers that are uncooperative and arrogant. It is unfair for the children to deal with unprfessional educators that harm innocent childrens self-esteem.

- submitted by a community member
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Van Gogh Charter School
17160 Van Gogh Street, Granada Hills, CA  91344
(818) 360-2141
Last modified Van Gogh Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Van Gogh Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 128 reviews. Top