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Our Lady Of Guadalupe Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 184 students


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Posted October 9, 2014

OLG is great! This is My son's second year and I have nothing but the best to say about the teachers, the program and the community . Super warm environment, everybody is happy, When you go in you get greeted by other parents, staff and sometimes children . I found this school to be very nurturing . They care about the children and they pay attention to each one of them . The teachers are in constant contact with the parents so communication is great. I believe in Catholic education and my kids are learning about God at a slow pace , the religion program is designed to their age. Mrs Beauder is very friendly , approachable and flexible. Secretary Adela Buruca is great!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2013

OLG fosters a loving environment conducive to learning. The honing of academic skills and the imbibing of virtues is approached with genuine concern and consideration of the individual needs of each child. I tried to put my child in a public school but she was unhappy. She came home heavy-hearted for the last two weeks she was in that school. Finally, we brought her back to OLG and her glow returned! She was inspired, motivated, and back to her old curious-and-eager-to-learn-self. The teachers are very communicative and their teaching experience, coupled with their credentials are all impeccable! Truly an institution where learning meets faith.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2011

I have been fortunate to experience OLG from two points of view. All 3 of my children attended this school and have gone on to higher education well prepared for success. They have excelled and pursued their interests and not only are independent and self-sustaining adults, but well-rounded moral citizens. I have also taught there for over a decade, as have many staff members, and have been able to see from the inside the level of effort the staff makes to love and nurture their students, provide for their needs, and seek resources with parents support to help each student find success. No school is perfect, but the balance of spiritual and academic maturation that these students often achieve is due to the moral strength of the faculty and staff that hold them accountable.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted September 16, 2011

Every teacher assigns 3-5 hours of homework every night including weekends- even at age 7. The homework is extremely excessive and the parents and students are 100% sick of it! MANY parents have been removing their kids from this school the past year. The school claims it is because of finances- that is a lie. Your 7-year-old will have a nervous breakdown at this school because of the ridiculous and extremely excessive homework every night. Don't enroll here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 12, 2011

I have been a parent at OLG for almost 6 yrs and have grown to love this sweet school because of my daughters enthusiasm and love for it, she utterly loves her school, friends and teachers. She thrives in her studies and at 10 yrs old, she has managed to make life long friends because of the schools closeness and respect for god. OLG has a great academic program in a safe nurturing environment. The teachers are professional and caring. We'll be here until 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 3, 2011

I have to suspect that at least a couple of these posts were submitted by the same person. Both my children have been attending this school for 2 years now. We are very involved parents as are most of the parents at this school. They do not diagnose students with ADD. If they have a concern they will ask you to have the child tested. I know this since my own child has ADD (we knew this before attending OLG) and he is doing great at OLG thanks to their understanding. When my kids were at Washington they were not challenged and performed extraordinarily low on the ITBS. Since they have been at OLG the ITBS scores have improved for both my children. The ITBS scores of most children at OLG tend to be higher than the grade level and this was not the case at our previous school. Enrollment has declined due to families' financial situations. We can barely afford to send two children to OLG, but feel we have not much choice. I know there are some very good public schools in Redondo Beach, but we are not allowed to attend those schools because of where we live. The children at OLG are also very well mannered and use proper English which was not the case in the previous school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 10, 2010

I LOVE this school! I came from England and had to make the very difficult choice of choosing a school from abroad, the smaller intimate nature of this school felt a perfect fit for us. This school went well beyond my expectations. The teachers are so involved with each child from day one. My daughter loves this school, and is doing so, so well. I consider the faculty and church as extended family. I am not even going to comment on bad reviews, as in my opinion there aren't any that are valid.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2010

I must say that I have been nothing but impressed with the staff and the education my child has been receiving at OLG. I love the fact that each class not only has a well qualified teacher, but a teachers aid. That coupled with a smaller class size puts all the kids in a better postion to succeed. I agree with the last parent about some of the reviews I read on this site. Please keep in mind that they were from a couple years ago, OLG has made great strides and we are looking forward to a great 2010-2011 school year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 29, 2010

OLG has a lot to offer to those seeking a great education. Each class has one teacher and one teachers aid. Class sizes are small in nature. If you visit the school and ask the kids what they think of their small school they will tell you they love OLG. My son is looking forward to the new year with the new exciting things the school has planned. Don't let negative reviews deter you from looking at the school. You might just be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2010

In general, it is a great school with many great teachers, parents, and students. They provide a special loving environment to children while maintaining their discipline. However, I was very dissapointed when I discovered the unjust discrimination activities toward innocent children committed by the church leader. Be aware they can be overly political on certain aspects beyond the imagination of us Catholics. Also from the other posts, I find it problematic that some teachers are unable to clearly identify the core issues of children in their classrooms. Psychological diagnosis on children should be conducted solely by professional neuropsychologists.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2010

I am very sad to say that the school is just not meeting our expectations at all...There is a lack of discipline and guidance...I've heard a lot of parents are going to pull their children out...Some teachers even diagnose children with ADD even though they are not qualified to do so

Posted April 23, 2010

Great teachers and a wonderful parent to student ration. The teachers are really dedicated to the children and thier learning
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 31, 2010

The teachers are amazing!
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Posted May 7, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe School has provided our three children with an excellent education and infinite opportunities. The small class sizes and dedicated teachers transform the traditional classroom into a tutorial, where students feel at ease asking questions and participating in class discusions. A multitude of enrichment activities, frequently left out of public schools, are offered during school hours and afterwards. These include art, music, computers, Spanish, athletics, academic decathalon and dance. Religious education extends beyond the school and Parish into the community where children gather funds and goods for the disadvantaged here and abroad. Their continued efforts to clean up local sands in conjunction with Heal the Bay will enable the school to adopt a beach. If you are looking for a school where students, teachers, and parents work together to ensure a quality education for their children, you will find it at Our Lady of Guadalupe.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 6, 2009

Our family has been blessed by our experience at OLG, with both the school and the parish. We've had 3 children go through the school without any regrets. With only 1 class per grade, the students develop superior communication and interpersonal relationship skills with both adults and fellow students. Couple this with a strong academic/religous foundation, and an athletic program and you have one great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 28, 2008

I'm worried about the turn this school has taken. We've lived with poorly trained and unqualified staff for years and put up with it under the guise of being good parish members. Now the families most involved in fundraising and volunteerism for the parish took their kids out of the school this year and enrollment is at it's lowest ever. I suppose my family will suffer through one more year of OLG and then move the kids to public school in Sept. 09. If I can wait that long.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2008

So many familes have left the school for the 2008-09 school year, that I can't imagine the school will last much longer. Parents have been frustrated by the administration's failure to implement improvements while at the same time creating irritating rules that make no sense and help nothing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2007

My daughter graduated from OLG in June 2006. She is extremely well prepared in High School and excels in many areas due to her preparation at OLG. The teachers, staff and adminstration take great interest in all of the students. We appreciated the Principal's signature and comments on grade reports during the year. OLG is a true Catholic Community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2006

This is a great school with a close knit family feeling. Acedemics are important as well as values and morals such as giving to the comunity and kindness to each other. The ohter children in the school are great to be around and I find it a refreshing change from the public school system.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 27, 2006

We have two children attending Our Lady Of Gudalupe School. It is a wonderful and warm community. The children are taught compassion and values. The academics are on par with the local schools which are all good schools. Once the children reach 5th grade they can participate in the CYA Sports programs such as volleyball, football, basketball and softball. They also have an academic decathalon team. There are other extracurricular programs such as ART, Piano, Chior, Acting and Scouts.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 40% 26%
Two or more races 27% 3%
Hispanic 23% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 5% 11%
Black 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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340 Massey Street
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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