I love the school and its approach to education. Within all the budget cuts they try their best to keep it up to the standards. Teachers and administration are really nice and open, and ready to adjust. The only downside - some parents are very conservative!
It's concerning that the current principal is implementing an inordinate amount of rules. The children are no longer allowed to sit with their friends at lunch, sit on the grass, play for longer than 25 seconds on the monkey bars, freely get and play with balls on the playground and the list goes on and on. The concern for safety is being expressed as excessive control and it's sad. When approached, the principal dismisses concerns and feels that her authority is beyond reproach.
My kids love it here and I feel they're getting a wonderful education. I'm glad we chose this area, it's so focused on education, community and family.
They still have all the arts, orchestra, science, after school events, summer school, gate classes, and great teachers.
Not only does our school academically challenge our children, it also knows the value of the arts and offers the children music (chorus and orchestra) as well!
CA Distinguised Schoo Award - Great kids, Great teachers, Great Parents
The teachers here are excellent, very nice and understanding, as well as easy to talk to about anything. The principal, however is very strict, and not the best.
2 of my 3 children went to Dunsmore. One is currently finishing 6th grade. This school has a lot of parent involvement. It is a safe, clean and comfortable school. The children throughout the years have always seemed to be happy and proud of their school. For several years I would volunteer in the classroom and on trips. I never heard the students put down their school. I love that. I highly recommend this school to anyone who can afford to live in this area. I chose to live in a smaller house and have this wonderful school than live in a larger home in another area. I feel safe with them here.
All three of my children attended this school k-6th and I must say they were better prepared for futher education than others in their jr. high class. The principal has a long way to come and I am sure everyone misses Mr. Gould but the excellent teachers make up for it.
This is one of the best schools I've seen. Yes, the principal is very strict, but she is interested and knows every single one of the children. She is over involved with situations occuring in the school. She will help any parent, student, or staff member that needs her guidance or expertise! Come on people... she is Ph.D. level working with a middle to upper class elementary school where parents can be a little bit more than demanding! She is awesome at what she does. The students are the cuttest and parents are the best! The teachers are what hold this school together. They treat their children with dignity and respect.
Disorganization, scattered concepts, and too much time spent on fundraising this year. Principal La Masa is superfiscial, and stern at the wrong opportune times.
I went to this school, and now my daughter does. Still a great school. The new principal still has a few parents to win over, but she'll do fine.
Dunsmore is a great school. Parent, teacher, administator and student participation make Dunsmore a hard-working and involved school community.
I love this school! La Crescenta is a wonderful community filled with families that value education, and it shows in the school. The teachers are experienced and dedicated, and they welcome parents into the classroom to be a part of our childrens education. The campus is beautiful. The PTA and Foundation are great places to meet new friends and support our school.
My daughter attended Dunsmore for grades k thru 4th. I really thought the school was great. The teachers for the most were very kind and helpful to both parents and students. The afterschool program was excellent and headed by a very thoughtful person with whom I placed a great deal of responsibility and trust. I would highly recommend this school but be aware that parent involvement is extremely important to this school.
I recently transferred my 2 children to this school from a private school and I must say that I could not have been happier with my decision. The faculty is tops and the various programs offered are wonderful! Parent involvement is high and my kids are having a marvelous time, something I never thought possible.
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