Students enrolled 545
School leader Robyn Yarbrough
Transportation options Yes
District Centralia Elementary

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8122 Moody Street
La Palma, CA 90623

(714) 228-3260
(714) 826-5641
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4 stars
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August 01, 2013
In all honesty, I really detested the 3rd to 6th grade. My kinder-2nd grade school teachers were satisfactory, but from the 3rd grade on up, I really had a problem with my teachers. The only reason I actually managed to get good grades and know anything that the "teachers" "taught" was from my parents sending me to an afterschool. I learned literally nothing from my 3rd to 6th grade classes.I highly recommend that nobody should consider sending their children to this horrendous school. The teachers are extremely biased as well. For example, Teacher, ________ was biased to the point were she didn't give out detentions to only 1 student even when He/She didn't complete His/Her homework! If you want your child to have a good education I highly suggest that you send your student to a different school. This is coming from the best point of view one could have on insights in a school. Teachers are biased and won't report freely, parents aren't there at school with the students 24/7, and the same reason with teachers for the principal as well. Notice how all the reviews that are above me are by parents. There are almost none by the student, and now, you got one.

- submitted by a community member
July 07, 2012
as a past student of Los Coyotes i can say that this is a WONDERFUL, AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC school! the 6 years i was attending this school the teachers and staff are SPECTACULAR. The environment of the school is so friendly and welcoming! One of my friends that enrolled in this school when she was in 6th grade was welcomed by the whole 6th grade class and was never looked down upon or bullied! The teachers are strict but know what they are doing. The daycare program is soo fun! i was a daycare student and always LOVED daycare. The teachers for the daycare center were so nice and so open! i would ABSOLUTELY recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
December 28, 2011
So glad the old principal is gone. School is great for students and parents who are exceptional and smart. If not, then the staff and teachers want as little to do with you as possible. Do the teachers a favor and only send your children there if they will score a perfect 600 on their state tests, be quiet in the classroom, and not ask any questions. I'd send my child to another school but I hear that this is the best school in the district. shudder

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
My child transferred to Los Coyotes after Walter Knott Elementary School unexpectedly closed. At first I was disappointed that my child would have to attend a different school. It is a longer drive for us in the morning. Yet it is small price too pay, because little did we know LOS COYOTES would be a blessing in disguise. What an extreme difference from Walter Knott Elementary(RIP)! At Los Coyotes we have parents who volunteer, participate, and are involved in their children's education. At last a breath of fresh air. Kudos to the awesome office staff Sherry Martinez is outstanding! Finally a Principal that is visible, fun, friendly, positive and energetic. The only thing we miss about Walter Knott is the wonderful teachers, nothing else! In my opinion, Los Coyotes is the ideal model of a "close to perfect school". Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
Great staff, great atmosphere, great kids and great academics!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
Mrs. Miller is an excellent teacher. She has taught my daughter exceptionally well!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
I love the principal and both of the teachers my kids have. They are very high tech, in terms of teaching on smart boards, as well as communicating via the internet and phone messages...trying to be more green. They don't overdo the fundraisers, and have a heart for doing the right thing.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
I think this school is great. My daughter is very happy here. The principal works with the parents and kids. The teachers are really great with kids. I loved the combo class when my daughter was with upper grade. SHe loved the challenge.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
Los Coyotes is a good school, but the combo class was a real detriment to my child. I knew in September that the combo class was not going to be a good idea and now that the school year is over, it unfortunately became a truth. It seems as if my child wasted a year. As good as the teachers are at this school, they cannot possibly be able to handle this type of teaching. No one can...

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2009
This school is great. The Principal is hands down one of the best leaders I have ever come across. We have never been very involved in our childrens school before Los Coyotes, but the PTSO is so welcoming to everyone we couldn't help but want to be involved. The teachers are awesome! My kids love each of their teachers and so do we. The icing on the cake is the great API scores! We are so lucky to be a part of this school.

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March 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
When selecting a school, you need to consider many factors. By choosing Los Coyotes, all of your needs are met! The principal is an experienced leader whom the children adore. All of the teachers have the children's needs at the forefront of their daily work, and are truly concerned with there welfare, despite the enormous budget cuts to staff and programs. The PTSO is a STRONG organization, and have great parental involvement, and can provide many things for the children and teachers. Overall, I could not be happier with my decision to send my children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
The office staff at Los Coyotes is wonderful!!! Anytime I have a question or concern they are always helpful. It's sad that there is not enough money in the budget for them to have a full staff all day, but they work with what they are given.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2009
I am not too impressed with the office staff. They seem too busy and aren't always professional. The room environment in some of the classroom is also astonishing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 05, 2008
This school is great and the principal is strong and very fair. The staff is exceptional and the volunteers are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
I am very happy with the school now the last principal caused a lot of cliques and had no knowledge of proper discipline. The new parking lot and lunch area look beautiful but someone didn't do their homework before spending way too much money. The lunch area also didn't need to be so extravagant. Other schools in the area have simpler type shelters that cost less and are big enough to fit all the students comfortably. Money could have been saved and spent on playground equipment!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
Los Coyotes is the BEST SCHOOL OUT OF THE DISTRICT receiving a recent API score of 926. ! We transferred my son to Los Coyotes and he just started kindergarten this year. He absolutely loves his teacher. Many reviews are negative about the principle and I have only talked to her once and so far I think she is a professional leader. I don't really care what her personality or appearance is like so long as she gets her job done. I'm more concerned about the teachers and the QUALITY of the students and parents that my son and family will be around. At the recent Back to School Night, I was blown away at how many parents are involved in the Parent, Teacher, Student Association. Parents are really what makes a school. Visit the school yourself and you wont be dissapointed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2008
I do not care for the Principal. I feel that she is very unprofessional in her tactics and her appearance. She is very brash and unapologetic. She appears to not know how to deal with parents and is very confrontational. She appears to be disorganized and unaware of how children should behave. I have 2 children currently enrolled at this school and I like thier teachers, but I feel the school has lost it's integrity.

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August 27, 2008
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August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
The teachers are great as long as your child is a superb student. If your child struggles, this is not the school for him. The staff does not take challenges well. Especially teachers and the principal. This school is only great because of the parents and the students who attend here. The similiar schools ranking speaks for itself.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
I love the amount of parent participation, the teachers are good, but I could not give it top rating due to the outdated playground equipment and the unsavory new principal. There seems to be some sort of machismo thing going on with her; I don't think she knows her students and somehow just doesn't seem to fit in.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2008
I think that the new princapal is unfair,but i think the teachers are great!

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September 10, 2007
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September 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
I too have found the Principal to be unfair and inconsistent with some issues. Although we've had good experiences with teachers. I agree that some of playground equiptment should be brought up to date.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
I have had 2 students go through Los Coyotes and presently still have 1 in attendance. Our kids love the school, teachers, principal and parents. We have the best office staff in the district, great teachers, wonderful kids and unmeasured parent participation that any school in the district will tell you they envy! I have been to visit every school in the district and overall the atmosphere and experience is leaps and bounds above the others. We definitely could use new playground equipment, we still have hope! The Principal has gone out of her way to make an effort to tend to numerous issues that had never been dealt with prior and it is because of her efforts that we now have a safer parking lot than when my first 2 attended this school. My kids are top of the class students and we owe it to their great start.!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
I absolutely love this school, as I do all in this district.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
Los Coyotes' teaching system is tough and it challenges my kids. I love this school. API keeps growing almost up to 900. It's higher grade compared to near schools. Cool. Recommend.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2006
The principal is the big disappointment with this school. The teachers are great and so are the parents. The school needs updated play equipment.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2006
I don't know what the hype was about this school because clearly it isn't all that it is cracked up to be. The principal never seemed to care about our family's needs, I hope I never have to deal with her again in the future. Our family is so happy we transferred to a much better school... we wonder why we ever sent our children there.

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August 01, 2005
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August 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 12, 2005
One of the best teaching staffs in the Centralia school district. Good parent involvement. District recently dropped plans to build a Central Kitchen on school field, which was opposed by many parents and city officials, citing traffic and safety concerns.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
The school has been great. The school will increase its class size for 1-3 grades, because of budget cuts. Overall it is the best school in the district. Very satisfied with my child's education.

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February 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
I don't recommend this school to anyone nobody was respectful and the teachers were not that great like everyone said i was very disappointed in this school. Both my girls went there and we trasfered them to a better school because it was untoleratable. I'm sorry to have to say that the principal was more for the teachers and not the students. Very sad. And they are happier where there at then there.

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August 07, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
Los Coyotes has some of the very best teachers in Southern California! However, they have some of the very worst administrators. The teachers work in fear that the district will discover the innovative techniques they use to reach and teach the children. The teachers must show a lot of creativity to educate a very diverse ethnic population and they do an outstanding job. Additionally, the district personnel and the Los Coyotes principal specifically do not tolerate parents who care about their children and their safety. Together they are trying to bring 18 wheelers onto the school property to supply a district kitchen that is not needed. Hundreds of parents and residents protested and signed petitions against these actions. The principal and superintendent would not relent. A new superintendent is to be selected for 2004-05, hopefully she will be more open minded and display some common sense!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
I will have two children at LC in Sept. One in 4th grade, the other in Kindergarten. I feel it is a very good school. They have very high standards. I have been very pleased with all of the teachers so far.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I have two children attending Los Coyotes. One in the 6th grade and one in the 4th grade. They both have great teachers (Verga/Jantolak). Having said that, I would like to commend Ms. Jantolak for her ability to bring out the positive aspects in a child as well as making a childs' learning experience interesting. She really is an asset to the schoold and I think the school is fortunate to have teachers like Ms. Jantolak.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I have had a son graduate from LC abd a son still attending in third. Although, my older son did well, he came from another school at 6th grade and had a hard time adjusting socially. My younger son (3rd this year) is very happy with the social situation but I feel he does not get enough challenge in class. The primary students are not differentiated, although they claim so, and is taught at the same level as others, despite being gifted. My older son was a lot further along at this age at his old school of Walter Knott.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2003
I have two children attending LC (6th/1st grades). They both have excellant teachers (Verga/Adair respectively). I have had great experiences here. PTSO is very involved. Not too many parents attend the monthly mtgs though. In two years, I've never seen a fight or any serious problems. I wish they had a cafeteria though. My kids love their school.

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Los Coyotes Elementary School
8122 Moody Street, La Palma, CA  90623
(714) 228-3260
Last modified Los Coyotes Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Los Coyotes Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top