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1637 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90813

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4 stars
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September 06, 2013
I love this school and my daughter does too. She has been going there since kinder and is now a 4th grader. I could not ask for a better more caring school than New City. The kids, the parents, the staff and all the teachers really make us all one family. We all look out for each other and are a great family. It really is a small school with BIG IDEAS!!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
New City school used to be a great place. There are some great teachers like Armando but many of the great ones, like claudia, jose, and brenda have left. Since closing the pine campus New City school has really gone downhill. Safety is a big concern and having classrooms in a big open space creates an environment of chaos. The school lacks accountability and if your children have any concerns with safety no one will help you. All of my children attended this school at one point but none of them are there now. I would not recommend this school to anyone. The school claims to have a strong game plan for your kids but for the most part many teachers are just shooting from the hip. My child would start to read a text and suddenly be moved onto something else without any closure or culminating task. It is really sad. We really wanted to love this school because in theory it sounds great. If your child attends NCS I suggest you sit in and observe and ask yourself if that environment is truly helping your child.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2012
Both my children go to the Pine Ave. campus of New City PS and we have been very happy with this forward thinking school. The K-2 and 3-5 multi age classrooms create a wonderful sense of community and caring among the students. Both boys are excelling in math and LOVE the music, art and science program and we love the bilingual instruction. It is amazing to know that all students and teachers, and almost all parents know each other. The parents are fiercely supportive of the school and the students. The teachers are committed and teach to the whole child. How refreshing and inspiring. My boys are curious about the world around them, full of questions and LOVE to learn. They don't view school as a chore or a burden, they are excited to go back to school after breaks and love their teachers. It's ridiculous that this website scores New City at "1 out of 10." This scoring is another example of how off track our society is on what really matters in preparing our young children for the future.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
Learning is reflected in so much more than test scores. Do our kids love learning? Are they curious? Do they have confidence that they can find the answers to their inquiries? Are they part of a community that is working in cooperation with one another vs. competition? Are they given the tools of problem solving? The kids at New City Public Schools are learn all of these skills and more. Your child will greatly benefit from his or her experience at the New City Public Schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2012
We LOVE this school. We have a 5th grader, a 1st grader, and our youngest will start Kindergarten in the fall. This is a bilingual program- our 5th grader is fluent in Spanish and English, and our 1st grader already understands almost all the Spanish she hears, and can speak quite a bit. The teachers are fabulous, and the focus is on the student as an individual learner, not as a drone test-taker. I can't say enough good things about this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2012
My daughter is a 2nd grader at New City and she loves it. My husband and I chose the school for the bilingual program but the school offers so much more than just the Spanish program. My daughter is learning to be engaged in her community, learning about other cultures, to be a critical thinker and be allowed to apply her skills. Of course she is also learning to read, mathematics, language arts, etc. All subjects the traditional schools teach plus so much more. How many kids celebrate Earth Day by marching near their schools chanting: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle", in both English and Spanish? The teachers and the curriculum at the school are fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
This is a great school! You can tell by how many teachers send their kids here! I have even seen families leave this school only to come back.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2011
My 11 year old left New City to head off to a large non-bilingual middle school after 5 years there. Initially I was concerned that she was going to have a difficult transition but I can now say that New City prepared her well for her future. She is reading above grade level, doing honor's level math and is excelling in all areas. She is ahead of her peers as a writer, artist, musician and thinker. New City also gave her a moral compass that makes her compassionate toward her peers and a tireless fighter of injustices that she sees at school. This little non traditional school is not for everyone, but it was definitely for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
My son goes to new city and it seems like hes being taught second grade material. Is this what its coming to? I dislike this very much. No wonder the district wants to close it.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
My daughter Mia has blossomed at New City School since kinder. She started as a shy 5 year old and now is an articulate and confident 7 year old who is an enthusiastic learner and curious about the world around her. Their learning program emphasizes critical thinking over memorization and offers music and art as well as an amazing bilingual immersion program. The best part of our experience is that Mia can't wait to get to school in the morning! Also, because the teachers and staff are nurturing and don't rely on punishment, she calls New City School her 2nd home. As a parent, I couldn't be happier and would highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2011
We love New City School on Pine. It is small and friendly, everybody knows everybody and the staff care about your child as a whole. It has especially been a God send for my son who has autism but is in general ed. He has learned how to handle change, how to talk through any social dilemma and that learning can be fun.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
My son has attended New City School in Long Beach for 6 years, and I am very happy that we chose this school for him. With no report cards or grades, it is different than the schools I attended as a child, but we always know how he is doing in school. They have student-led conferences every few months where he gets to show us how he is doing and what he has been working on. There is less focus on memorization and more emphasis on understanding how math problems work. He has learned to love to read, and it is not a chore to get him to sit down with a book. He is always excited about his history lessons, and loves to talk to us about them. I appreciate their bi-lingual program, and it is neat that he is much better at following conversations in Spanish than I am. He is in a safe environment at the New City School, and I have great respect for their staff and leadership. I feel that they honestly care about him and his educational prgress.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
I have been sending one ore more kids off to New City for the past six years. When we first started, the whole enterprise for me was a leap of faith. When I would compare notes with moms of kids who attended other schools in Long Beach, I would usually end the conversation in a quiet panic, secretly plotting to purchase math facts flashcards and giving Saturday a.m. spelling tests. But the my child would do something mind-blowing, like solve what amounts to an algebra problem in Kindergarten and I would think, "fine, let's give it another chance." New City may not be for every family, every child. But the great unspoken truth about New City's approach, with multi-age classrooms and hyper-individual attention to progress, is that it tends to mitigate the natural variation in how quickly kids learn new concepts. Indeed -- and quite organically -- leaving no child behind.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
After sending 3 children through traditional Calif. schools that were a maze of testing and often critical, competitive, one-size-fits all programs, we sent our last child to New City School four years ago. The bilingual, constructivist curriculum is supported through strong and long student-teacher relationships. A culture rich in music and the arts and an active commitment to educating students about social justice and healthy lifestyles is evident across the disciplines. The high level of parent input and involvement and emphasis on students' collaborative learning process are key to the school's success. The recent addition of an urban farm has provided yet another opportunity to engage in real-time exploration and learning. This is a school that responds and grows with the needs and challenges of a rapidly changing world; a place where Spanish is sung, art is individually designed and molded, and young hands plant seeds that will one day noursh them.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
We have attended NCS for 2yrs and are more than happy with our daughters progress. She is reading & writing so well. She loves her teachers & the staff. She has lots of unique opportunites at New City that she would not have at other schools in the district! I recommend New City to many parents each year.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
My 5th grade son has attended New City Public School since kindergarten. We chose New City because of the emphasis on the whole child, problem solving, second language acquisition, and developing a love of reading, and school, in general. Our son has received a good education, feels that he is in a good, safe, place, has embraced problem solving both academically and interpersonally, and has acquired a love of reading. We are very happy with New City School and it has proven to be a great alternative for our family.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
My son entered K last year and we chose to attend New City School rather than our highly-ranked (by test scores) neighborhood school. We have definitely made the right decision for our family. Things I love about New City - the bilingual program, its emphasis on the environment and social justice, the farm and the hands-on science lessons that take place there, field trips, small classes, a strong sense of community, no drilling and memorization for standardized tests, student-led conferences, daily music, and electives. It is a school staffed with committed teachers and administrators who passionately believe in the school's mission.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
This school is wonderful place for children to learn. My child has been in the program for six years and has thrived (I drive from an affluent neighborhood far way to have her attend). Her teachers are amazing at bringing out the best in children.I could list an endless array of the benefits of this sort of learning: an appreciation of history through the prism of social justice, a math program that teaches math understanding over result-driven algorithms, bilingualism as a means to navigating our multicultural world, why fairness matters, how being a morally autonomous person means more than just getting stars on the board or not getting in trouble ( it means caring about others and treating them as ends in themselves), how science fuels innovation, why music and art matter, how every person (even a child) has a voice and should be heard, how learning is something that we should all love to do (not just to get grades or high test scores) because learning is good and fun and makes us better citizens, etc. I recommend this school to everyone. It is a model for the right kind of learning. Ahead of its time perhaps. But what new way of thinking was ever accepted when it was proposed?

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2011
NCS is currently in jeopardy of loosing their Charter. They are ranked LOWEST school in the LBUSD and have some of the lowest test scores. This school is failing and so are the students. My child has been in NCS since Kindergarten. Now in the 3rd grade and at barely a 2nd grade literacy I am taking her out. The none traditional form of Math is taught in Spanish. No hom from te work or tutoring to help out the students is offered, even after requests to Director. The open environment of the LB Blvd campus can be chaotic and distracting for some learners. I would not recommend this school academically. The philosophy is great as well as the dual immersion but that is all the school has to offer. That is not enough for my child.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
Thank you for so nicely saying all the things I feel about this school! My child just started kinder there, and while the outside world seems to regard my choice as a naive mistake, I feel very lucky to be there. It is a privelege to work with such a caring staff that truly understands that I am entrusting them with caring for the most important person in my life!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2011
My daughter has been a student at the New City School for five years. The New City School has never represented to me to be anything other than what it is; which is a nurturing environment that fosters in children a love of learning, a deeper understanding of the world around them, a sense of social justice, the confidence that comes from knowing how to speak your mind, and the importance of bilingualism. My daughter (a white child of moderate privilege) has thrived at the Pine Campus. She loves to read and looks forward to doing homework (!?) The teachers are wonderful. The environment is very sweet and the parent community is involved and supportive. And yes this is an inner-city school with a large percentage of socially disadvantaged students. Reviewers have lamented the commitment that the school shows to its ELLs, but I see that as a plus and a necessity for a school whose mission includes a commitment to social justice. We are a lottery school. No tests or interviews to get in. Every child is seen as equally deserving of an education. This may be a turn-off for some. But for me, to be able to send my child to this deeply human, fair, and kind place everyday, it's a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
I have two children who attend New City School at the Long Beach Blvd. site. My oldest is in 3rd grade & has been there since kindergarten and my other son has attended both kinder and 1st grade. The school has gone through many changes & some "growing pains", but we are very happy with the education our children are receiving. The focus is not on "test-taking" which is very important to us. They are progressing well academically & are exposed to different cultures, music, the arts & to care about the earth/their community. We speak Spanish in our home & the school's bilingual program reinforces Spanish and they are completely bilingual in both languages (speaking/reading/writing). The school is not for everyone. It is not as "structured" as traditional schools, but the small class sizes & multi-age classrooms which keeps students with the same teacher for 3 years allows for strong relationships to be built which is crucial in learning. Parent involvement is crucial & we are very involved, attending meetings & volunteering as much as we can. My children love going to school and we believe children learn more when they are enjoying themselves & they are at New City School!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
Pros (specifically stuff you're unlikely to get at another school): Learning Spanish - being able to communicate in our culturally transitioning country. Being more marketable later in life due to this. Already people who are bilingual make higher salaries than those who don't in Southern California. Learning about the environment - being able to understand the dangers the world faces today, and possibly be more marketable later in life because of this understanding. Sense of community - child learns social skills appropriate for their age group, and learns about adult social skills through community modeling. Cons: Low scores in Math, reading, and writing - these things have been sacrificed for the afore mentioned pros. Kids are behind in math, because they're taught math in a language they don't understand. As a parent you have to decide if its worth it. As a parent I decided that it was. Also, I decided that my kid is smart enough to catch up with a little extra studying.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
As a parent of a student who promoted from New City School, I must say that my student was prepared for high school. At EVERY Back to school Night/Open House, the high school teachers could not emphasize how refreshing it was to have my child in their classes [ every subject] due to the fact that he always brought a new perspective to assignments. I also must share that at the New City School parent/student orientation, the directors are very honest and frank about the instruction and language of instruction, there are no surprises. This school program is not for every child and I am extremely glad that I had my student attend.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
As a parent of a former New City School student, I stay in touch with how the school is doing. I have to say I am not surprised by the recent reviews posted here as to academic quality, particularly in math. My daughter already knew how to read before she entered New City, but I clearly saw in 3rd grade how poorly the math curriculum was preparing her, a consequence that reverberated throughout her middle school years (I took her out of NCS at the end of 4th grade). While this school is excellent in the arts, music, and a sense of community (never experienced any violent episodes while she was there), and I will say that her Spanish immersion here definitely put her ahead of peers in subsequent schools when studying Spanish, I would not recommend this school overall if you want your child prepared adequately in math for high school. I also felt that instruction and focus was skewed to the ESL students to the detriment of other students who were prepared to move ahead but the structure did not allow that. This is really not the right fit for families who are looking for strong academic preparation for middle school and high school.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2011
Although I appreciate the warmth of the teaching staff and director, my 2nd grader could not even read by the end of first grade. As a parent I accept responsibility for my part, but when I send my child to school I expect that he receive an EDUCATION. The main draw for the school was the bilingual immersion program which I wanted in order to prepare my son for the future in a global economy. While considering to transfer him, he was tested at another dual immersion school and fell far short disqualifying him for admission. It was a huge wake up call. I understand that the curriculum emphasizes problem solving and self motivation, it was not a good fit for my son. With the exception of some great friends my son made there, I otherwise regret my decision for him to attend. Thankfully, I began a program that teaches reading at home based on a solid foundation in phonics. We are now working twice as hard playing catch-up to get my son where he needs to be academically by sending him to a traditional school and supplementing his education at home. A tough lesson learned.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2011
i have been a student at the new city school for 8 years. and to start off idd like to point out that i have been lectured for voicing my opinion honestly about this school. we learn everything in spanish;math science pe electives music INSPANISH. kids are failing because majority of them cant understand spanish.they teach us the same stuff over again in math,and they never told us how to multiply right or do long division as brenda says,"you will learn that in high school" i want to be a cartoonist when i grow up,and go to wilson to get a scholorship(or rennescaince) but i cant do that with my poor grades. i do not like this school and i reccomend everyone not to go to this school,and leave while you can. take this from a student whos had experience.shut this school down immedietly!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2010
My daughter has been in this school for 2 years. She has been bullied, hit and called many names. The teachers did NOTHING to solve the issue. The school is poorly run. The "dual immersion program" is 90% spanish,and the teachers mainly focus on their ESL students. New city has a math program that is based on the students learning by themselves! We are sending our children to school for a reason, to be taught! If we wanted our children to learn on their own, then we would leave them at home. Last year the students were "taught" in a windowless basement of an art building in downtown long beach. The new city school is a low rate middle school and I would not recommend it to ANY parents or guardians who care for their children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
What the New City School will not tell parents up front is that they are primarily a Spanish-language school. We enrolled our student at this school happily after hearing of their immersion programs and dual-language approach in the thought that it could only benefit him to learn Spanish, but were appalled to learn the following: The native Spanish speakers and native English speakers are segregated. For Spanish speaking students, 85% of instruction is Spanish, the remainder English. For English speaking students, 30% is done in English, 70% Spanish.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2010
My daughter loves going to school everyday. Homework is meaningful and appropriate--no packets here. Because this school focuses on the love of learning, especially reading, she is reading well above grade level. She loves Friday art days where local artists come in to teach and she gets practice different types of art.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2010
I really like smaller class sizes. and my daughter enjoys her teacher and activities.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
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- submitted by a student
October 20, 2009
Individualized instruction. Love it! Kids learn their subjects in their dominant language, then are immersed in Spanish as well. So far very pleased. Staff is friendly and very dedicated to the kids and the families.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
our city needs more places like this. i can't say enough good things. my husband was recently offered a job in another city. we turned it down to stay at new city. bravo to the founders and staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It's a small neighborhood charter school. The children have art, music, a great library and they are taught two languages.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2009
I am so pleased with this school. My child loves going to school and has learned so much in her time at the school. I highly recommend it to you.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
My child just started at the Long Beach Boulevard campus. It is an amazing place. Every school should be like this one. My child is so happy and the teachers are very professional. I am impressed.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
This school is very different from traditional public schools and that is a great thing. It is an alternative, school of choice. My child has blossomed in this environment. He was shy and quiet before and scared of his teacher. Now he is singing, speaking Spanish and he absolutely loves his teachers. Bravo. I highly recommend this school. But first make sure it is right for you!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2009
i am so impressed with this school. it is unlike anything i have experienced. the teachers are kind and professional. the principal is always available to answer my questions. it is safe and my child is treated like a human being. it is a beautiful place!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
My son is entering 2nd grade this year and started here in kindergarten. He has thrived at this school and is looking forward to school. We love the emphasis on connection and believe it is nurturing a love of learning rather than an attitude of enforcement. I think the dual immersion and emphasis on connection can equate to feeling like academics are not being pushed enough. But in my opion I see my son blossoming and expect that as he continues, this approach and the emotional skills he is learning will more than make up for a slower start in the long run.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
My child has been at New City for 3 years. This is a school challenges the way we raise our kids. I see a lot of comments about discipline - and yes, New City does things very differently. They do not punish/reward but instead emphasize connection and communication. My child is learning empathy and internal motivation vs. behaving to earn a star. He is learning to speak up for himself. He is learning that his opinions matter. He is not learning to sit quietly until spoken to. He is not fear of punishment as a tool for controlling him. I've found this very challenging as a parent and have ended up looking at myself and how I was raised and the messages I learned as a child. I believe I am a better parent because of this challenge and think my son is a better human being

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
Dear fellow parent, If your child was being treated so horribly at this school...why did you keep taking there? I hardly doubt that a group of professionals that took some of their own personal time away from their families to write a charter would be teaching kids how to 'glue sticks together'.

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2009
This school does not deliver on its promise in every aspect. Politics outway professionalism, and the longer your child stays there the greater are the inevititable academic deficits, particularly in mathematics, reading and writing. Even with private tutoring and extra curricular learning at home we are struggling to bring our children up to speed. Not recommended!!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2009
The discipline procedure of 'communication and guidance' is not well implemented at the school. Students enjoy talking to their teachers and in no way do they feel that they are in trouble. Students are not learning the basic skills that are required. I have spoken to several parents that really enjoy the arts aspect, but feel their children are not learning. There are several incidents that have occurred at the school that would be grounds for expulsion in any other school. I agree with the review below, this school should be shut down!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Talk abuot over promise and under deliver. My son is at the Pine school now and we are counting down the days until he is out. I feel that I have let my child down by putting him in this school. He is not learning anything here other then how to glue sticks together. In fact we have been teaching him at home since he first started here. We were really hoping that this would be a great school for him and to learn spanish, it would have been great but that hasn't happened at all. The staff doesn't seem to care that the kids a very mean, rude and hurtful to classmates. They don't try to corret any poor behavior and just let it go. If I could find a way to shut this school down I would. No child should have to attend a school this poor.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 23, 2009
I'm a parent of two students at the Pine Campus while I love the mission of the school. However, I believe the children are being taught way below grade level which results in reading and math problems later on. I'm paying for tutor each month in order to bring my daughter up to the current grade level. I'm considering pulling them out but I fear the possibility of retainment in a traditional public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2009
The New City School has a wonderful mission. However the management at the school is a major issue. The school's mission cannot be put into place because the directors have no idea how to run the place. Students are not disciplined properly and are sometimes a hazard to other students. There are so many things that need to be fixed in the school before students are able to learn properly. The environment at the school is not suitable for students that need a challenge. The material taught is below grade level and I feel that my child is at a disadvantage here. He will be pulled out the school at the end of the year.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
It is sad to see a few disgruntled ex employees and parents vent anonymously about the school. If one thing is true about New City it is that they are willing to listen and work with everyone. Anytime I have had a concern I have had no trouble meeting with the principal and teachers. They always take my concerns seriously and take action if necessary. I am pleased with the school and my child's progress. Thank you New City!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2008
The New City School has an ambitious mission. To develop autonomy in its students. The school takes a different approach to problem solving than most typical public schools. This is a slow process for students but so much more valuable. It is interesting to read these posts and see the development of the larger community. The school has grown substantially over the past few years. This has not been without pitfalls and problems but things are on the right track. It takes time to build a meaningful community and it is not for everyone. The teachers and administration work tirelessly to continually improve. They are open to parents and are willing to listen and help. They see parents as part of the team. My daughter is learning a lot and has been very happy here. Ted and Stephanie, the founders, are great. They have a great vision.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2008
I worked as an aide with this school, and I was very optimistic about their mission statement and philosophy. All that changed on the first day. There is lack of discipline and structure. The kids do not care to learn because of this. This is supposed to be a bilingual school, but the kids do not receive the proper English Language support they need, and the English speaking students do not care to learn Spanish. I spoke to many of the middle school students there who wanted out, and they truly are worried about their academic future. Please do not enroll your child in this school.

- submitted by a teacher
October 25, 2008
I've read many posts with concerns about student behavior...This school is truly different. It offers children the opportunity to think in a different way...to use their words to find solutions to their problems...of course this does not happen overnight. It takes time for children to develop autonomy. No rewards and no punishments is tough for teachers to teach and tough for students to understand. Still, overtime, students learn to reflect on the results of their actions. This school builds caring, small community relationships, strengthen by good teachers. I wont say there are no problems at New City, but over the last month I have seen an interest in admin. to help parents, teachers and students. I truly hope this blossoms into more outreach and support so that we can give society what it needs more of: people aware of their impact in life and a voice to express it.

- submitted by a teacher
October 16, 2008
I think it is great to see all the good things that happen at The New City School. They are doing so much for the community and the kids. Its soothing to see that so many people have a passion for better education for the inner city and strive everyday to make it better for the kids they come in contact with. They are open to suggestions and always willing to change for the greater good of the children.

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2008
Our daughter was on the waiting list for two years, we were very excited about the method and mission. In the four years since the emphasis on the original path has been sacrificed to the emphasis on growth. Why would the founders give up their valuable vision an subjugate that vision in the interest of only expanding? Our child has been ostracized, harassed and threatened by other students..with little or no effective response from the administrators; Stephanie, Ted, Brenda and Jose, there is no policy in place for dealing with these situations. Ask them what the average length of employment of their teachers is (1-2 years) and come to your own conclusion...it is mayhem. We have offered our time, ideas and money...significantly. We are socially in contact with several teachers and they verify the lack of respect and concern for both staff, students and parents. We are removing our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
I am a teacher at the Long Beach Blvd campus. We did have some hiccups last year but that should be expected with a brand new school. We are on a much better track this year. I love what this school is about and the goals it has for its students. It is a great school that will get even better.

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2008
we have had a great experience at the long beach boulevard campus. wonderful staff and our kids are happy and learning so much. i highly recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2008
I am very disappointed with the school. The Pine Ave campus is wonderful, but the Long Beach Blvd. site is another story. Administration seems to be in disagreement with each other and they contradict themselves. They don't seem to be working well with some teachers. I just wish they were more united.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 13, 2008
wonderful school, very child oriented. working on parent communications and sustainable community support

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 07, 2008
I have been at teacher at The New City School for the past five years. I feel so fortunate to work in such a great place. I have learned so much. My students are wonderful and I have the luxury of working with them over multiple years. I am treated like a professional and my expertise is valued. I would not teach anywhere else!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating August 06, 2008
I am so thrilled with this school. What a great program. My child is so happy and can't wait to start school again this fall. The teachers here are wonderful. I am fortunate to have found this place.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2008
We have been New City School parents for the past six years. What a great six years it has been. This is the most wonderful school in the whole world! My husband is a teacher and we would not send our kids anywhere else. The staff does a great job of keeping us in the loop about how our children are doing. My kids are thriving here!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
I normally don't write reviews but feel others should be aware. My daughter has been going to NCS for 4 years. The first 2 years were great, the last 2 years have been horrible. This deterioration coincided when the school shifted it's focus from the students to expansion and fundraising. There is no discipline of any kind which leads to an unsafe environment, both physically and mentally. Academics are substandard, I have had to supplement at home 2-3 hrs per day. There are constant changes in staff during the year creating an even further unstable environment. There is a severe lack of communication between the school and the parents. You never know what's going on and if you do it's last minute. The administrators started with good intentions but they are completely lost now. They focused their efforts on fundraising and expansion before a solid and stable foundation had been established.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2008
My child is in the second grade at the Pine Avenue campus. This is our second year at New CIty. We have been very pleased with her progress. She is learning Spanish very well. Her creativity has blossomed and she is very happy with her school. The parents are very active. Hopefully I will be able to help more next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 31, 2008
The New City School is a great place. My son graduated from there two years ago. It prepared him well for success in high school and in his life. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
When we were selected in the lottery last year my wife cried with joy. The school has lived up to our expectations. This is truly a remarkable place with amazing teachers and great leadership. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
My child started Kindergarten this year at the new Long Beach Boulevard campus. We have been thrilled with the school and the progress my son has made. It is a wonderful place, full of art, culture and friendly people. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2008
My impression of New City has changed from the initial enrollment to now the close of the first year my son has attended. My biggest disappointment has to due with the style of teaching and the language barrier that exists between staff and students. At the parent orientation, we were told that the use of Spanish in the classroom would be equal to the use of English. So not the case! Its is actually primarily Spanish and English is actually a secondary language. This creates an obvious challenge for both students and parents who do not speak Spanish at home. I am very pleased with the cultural diversity of the student and parents bodies. The use of creative art and focus on important world issues such as peace and the environment are very impressive. I just wish New City had been more up front with their curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
I am extremely disappointed with the school. My son was on the waiting list and I was so excited when their new campus opened. The school is not what I thought it would be. Many of the teachers are great. They are professional and easy to talk to. Administration is a totally different story. They are not consistent and do not follow through. The school lacks structure and there are no rules for students to follow.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
This school lacks academics, discipline, communication and safety. The school field trips and the Spanish immersion program are definately priorities. I agree with the previous post. If you choose to keep your child in this school, you should devote 2 to 3 hours a day at home to teach your kids what they are not taught at school. Of course children love a school where they can do arts and crafts all day, take field trips every week and run wild without having to follow everyday rules.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2007
I wholeheartedly disagree with the previous post. This is truly an amazing school. My children have thrived since starting there. They love going to school and their teachers really care about our family. My children's live have become so much better since attending Th New City School.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
It is a good school if you can sit with your child at home everyday for 2-3 hours and teach them what they are not taught at school (e.g spelling, math, writing, test taking) field trips are more important. I also think that the school has lost sight of the mission. It is now ran like a business not keeping the students best interest at heart....

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
It is a good school if you can sit with your child at home everyday for 2-3 hours and teach them what they are not taught at school (e.g spelling, math, writing, test taking) field trips are more important. I also think that the school has lost sight of the mission. It is now ran like a business not keeping the students best interest at heart....

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2006
We have been at New City since the first year and are grateful that charter schools exist and Long Beach Unified supports them. Our children have thrived in the multi grade classes, and have excelled in the arts and acedemic fields (their standardized test scores are all advanced or proficient) There is a lack of space for p.e. and there are limited afterschool programs, but on the whole we are very happy with New City. What other urban school takes all the 8th graders to Washington DC and has 3rd graders that can explain the difference between Cubism and Surrealism? NCS is a special place, and our family will always be grateful that we stumbled upon an ad in the local free paper about a new charter school opening in fall 2000....

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
If you are looking for a creative, caring, safe environment with an emphasis on the arts and community field trips, this is a wonderful school for K-2 grade. What is of greatest concern to me, however, is that their effectiveness in standard academics (i.e., learning multiplication tables) is questionable. Read the mission carefully - it has changed in 5 years but will clearly tell you all you need to know.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
I am a 8th grader at The New City School and I really think that it is a good school for kids to go to. We have learned to develope our Spanish and our Creativeness. We not only do math, science, history, and language arts, we also have spanish class and other electives. We have the yearbook elective, dance (salsa, hip hop ect.), drama, art, computers, and more interesting electives. In most of our classes we get to practice our spanish and learn it better. I really like that because at my other schools I didn't have a chance to use it at all. Our teachers are great! They really give us the attention that we need. Our prinicpal really pays attention to what we need. She helps us a lot and I really appeciate that. I really think this is a great school.

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2005
We love New City School. It is a school that has a strong community feel where children are valued and instructed as individuals. Diversity is highly valued and children learn about community, culture, and conservation along with core academics. My child loves going to school which is the most valuable foundation I could hope for in an elementary school experience. There is a built-in music program (students begin each day with singing in the community room), and electives are offered in a child's second language (spanish or english) including computers, dance, yoga, photography, drama. Parents are an important part of the school community and are active. This is a great elementary school that I would highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
New city brilliantly challenges kids to be creative, enthusiastic thinkers and doers, with a community-centered program that includes weekly field trips turning museums, the waterfront and our entire community into a classroom. Passionate teachers thoughtfully shape the school day to the different needs of individual kids. They offer long beach's alternative to regimented, rote, test-score centered schooling. Music and arts are well-integrated into a program which helped my kindergardener quickly become an enthusiastic reader. Other key features include multi-age classrooms (k-2 etc.), Dual language curriculum (spanish-english), social justice focus. Led by a board which includes elected representatives of parents and teachers. But don't pick this school if you care most about test scores. New city refuses to place drill on making pencil marks ahead of genuine education.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2003
I love the school and so does my daughter. She is doing well and the school provides an excellent environment for learning. The school is a public/charter school operated within the Long Beach district. It offers full day kindergarten and before and after school care at a very reasonable cost. The school currently has one class per grade up to grade six with ten native english speakers and ten native spanish speakers in each class. Enrollment is by Lottery per the LB district. The language immersion component was a major draw for our family and has proved one of its strongest features. The constructivist approach to learning that the school uses has been succesful with our daughter and has many advantages over the traditional public school model. If you are in the Long beach area, stop by and see for yourself, although call first.

- submitted by a parent
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New City School
1637 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, CA  90813
(562) 599-6404
Last modified New City School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New City School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 84 reviews.