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2911 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065

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(323) 344-4330
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June 29, 2015
Overall, my family and I love this school. My sister is an alumni who graduated from the high school two years ago and went on to UC Davis. Ribet prepared her for the rigorous academic structure that was ahead. Additionally my daughter attending Ribet for several years and was on too sad to leave, but was accepted to a performing arts dance school that Ribet's diverse dance program strengthened her for. Lastly, my son has been attending the Red Barn pre-school since he was 2 1/2 years old, we absolutely love this school and considering that my kids often spent more than 9 hours a day here it is an extension of home to us. The teachers and management staff are open to communicating and coordinating with parents to best meet each child's needs. They are consistent in there learning programs, while still managing to include fun filled activities that my children have LOVED participating in. Most importantly, I love that it is a pre-k through high school program that my child can grow into, it really takes the guess work out of having to look into different school; its an all-in-one school that stands above the rest.

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June 25, 2015
It was a great experience that we have with Ribet and my child loves it there. The school have a good curriculum, and good students. What I really like with Ribet is they see potentials in every student and they help them to be great with their strong suit.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 25, 2015
Now my son will be on 8th grade and he loves Ribet, students, teacher and staff members. It's a great school that focus student to their study, sports and other academia that will prepare them to higher education.

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 25, 2015
They gave just right amount of homework that the student can do at home without being overwhelmed

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June 25, 2015
When my son transfer to Ribet in 2013 as a 6th grader, it was so warmth as soon as you step into the property and we were welcomed by a teacher and a student and tour us to the school and meet the whole staff.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 22, 2015
This school does so much to make the kids understand that being honest and having integrity should be their number one priority.

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June 17, 2015
I have explored with various types of schools within the Los Angeles County area. From public school to private schools. Private schools that included religion based studies. Of all four types I have experienced for my children, I have found that Ribet excells in providing an overall academic curriculum. This includes studies in fine arts like music and art. The administration has been helpful and understanding with accommodating all my needs. Overall, I have had a great experience with Ribet Academy.

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June 15, 2015
My son has been at Ribet since Kindergarten, and will be entering the sixth grade next year. Sometimes I cannot believe how much he loves his school. He actually gets excited about going every day, and never ever wants to miss a day. He loves his teachers and has never once had an issue with being bullied. All the kids from different grades play with each other during lunch, which is rare these days, and pretty special. It's a tight knit community at Ribet, because everyone really makes an effort to make it feel that way. I also really love that they don't overload the students with homework. The fundamentals of math was instilled since first grade. There's a big emphasis on reading and comprehension, which I love. They also have a great science fair each year. I feel very confident that my son is learning everything he would need to learn in order to attend the college of his choice when the time comes. Bottom line - the education your child gets at Ribet is an excellent one; well rounded, with a nice balance of art and music to boot. They have a great staff of educators, whose aim is to sculpt a brilliant future for your child.

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June 02, 2015
I came across this site by chance as I was looking up end of the year activities for my son who's a junior at Ribet. To say that it's been a battle with him academically would be an understatement, but I have to honestly say that has changed this semester. My son has been under the tutelage of the Drama Teacher, Mr. Costello. Since then my son has communicated more with me than he has in his whole time in High School. He's excited when he comes home, and it's changed his whole outlook on school. In my conversations with Mr. Costello my opinion of Ribet has changed, because they have invested in someone who cares about the students not only because their drama students but because they are students who need guidance and motivation. Mr. Costello not only motivates the students, but he also gets the parents excited, something I haven't seen in a long time. Job well done Ribet.

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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
June 02, 2015
I would say they are on the right track, however there are a few teachers I feel are not reaching the students like a true teacher would.

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May 31, 2015
My 11th grade daughter loves Ribet. She came when she was a sophomore, coming from a huge public school. The people and environment is superb: feeling welcomed, doesn't seem snobby, and you feel like a family. I believe that private school isn't for every student, but if your child doesn't care about popularity then definitely come here. There are no cliques and everyone accepts one another. There are also a whole bunch of activities to do such as: varsity sports, performing arts, leadership, and clubs to join. The teachers will give you all the attention you need, staying after school just to help you. The campus might not look the best, but in the inside, the people and the environment is a reason why you should come to Ribet.

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May 28, 2015
My daughter is in Jr. High there and like any school there's good and bad to it. The school has some incredible teachers, my daughter has struggled with math her whole life and Mr. Watkins has done a tremendous job making sure she understands everything before they go on. Some things have been said about admin on here and while there are a few that need a lot of work, Mr. Dailey and Mrs. Adams have been completely transparent and honest with me and my husband. I believe in all sincerity that they have my child's best interest in mind. One of the most important things that I see as a parent is that my daughter is excited to come home and talk about her day. Whether that's because of Mr. Watkins, Mrs. M (can't think of her name) or Mr. Costello who has transformed that performing arts department into something that will continue to grow based on his enthusiasm and excitement he instills in the students he works with. There are still some glaring issues with certain teachers, choices that are made at Ribet, and facilities that need upgrades so I'm not sure if we will be back for High School, but that's a year away. We will have to see how things continue to change next year. Until then I look forward to what Ribet has in store.

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May 22, 2015
Both of my children are currently enrolled in Ribet Academy. My son has been attending since he was in Pre-K and he is now entering 3rd grade. My daughter started in Pre- K as well, and is now going into 1st grade. The great experiences I have had with this school is endless. Each one of my childrens teachers have been amazing and contributed to their success they have had thus far. The teachers are always available to hear any and all concerns and keep parents in the loop of communications with any challenges your child may experience. There are dedicated teacher at this school that care about the success and well being of their students. I recommend this school to anyone considering it. Ribet is currently undergoing remodling to its campus and expanding on their sports curriculum.

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May 19, 2015
Ribet Academy goes above and beyond for all its students and parents. My son has developed academically and socially in such a way it's unbelievable. I look forward to my son attending Ribet throughout his elementary and high school years.

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May 15, 2015
Ribet is an excellent school that offers the arts, as well as being educationally challenging preparing the students for college. They also teach life skills like responsibility, respect and kindness. I have been impressed with how quickly they handle any issues that arise and resolve those issues to everyone's satisfaction. I highly recommend it to any parent interested in a high quality education for their children.

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May 15, 2015
Had a very poor experience here. Administration remarkably unresponsive, and seems not particularly interested in the welfare of the students. I echo the comments of an earlier poster. This is a business first and foremost. Your child only gets to go to school for 13 years. Look closely and don't make a hasty decision. That's what we did and we lived to regret it. Our entire family is much happier after my child switched to another nearby school.

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May 12, 2015
My son is a student at Ribet. The administration office staff members are always available, helpful, and supportive that makes us feel welcomed at all times. We like that the school keeps the classroom size small to ensure every student is getting enough attention from their teacher, and the teachers are truly dedicated to their students. Ribet is definitely the perfect choice for my child.

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May 08, 2015
Our son has attended Ribet since Kindergarten and he will start 5th grade in the Fall of this year. We appreciate the small class sizes at Ribet, lots of individual support and attention to address the unique needs of each student, and teachers who are passionate about teaching and who sincerely care for our children. We also appreciate the supportive community of parents who are all very dedicated in ensuring that their kids are not only doing well in school, but are teaching their kids the value of friendship and cultivating relationships with their peers. We recommend Ribet highly to those who are seeking a quality education in a nurturing environment.

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May 08, 2015
My son has joined Ribet Academy since age 3. And now he is at his first grade and we are very pleased with his academic results. We can see that he really enjoys this school and learns new things every day. The teachers are wonderful and encouraging. Especially, the elementary school staffs are very nurturing and the kids learn tons while having a lot of fun. In addition, We like that the school keeps the classroom size small to ensure every students getting enough attention from their teacher. The administration office staffs are very helpful, courteous, and efficient that make us feel welcomed and supported at all times.

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May 03, 2015
I attended the high school drama play over the weekend and thought it was exceptional. Bravo to the drama teacher and his students!! Looking forward to watching many more productions!

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May 02, 2015
Facilities are very outdated. Sure, classes are small, but too small IMO. According to this website, 415 kids in the whole school. This is a Pre-k through 12 school. That averages out to about 30 kids per grade if you assume there are 25 pre-k kids. This gets to be pretty troublesome once you start high school, which are the smallest grades in the school, I think less than 100 kids are in the entire high school. That means every class can't get taught every year and sometimes you can't get the classes you want. Here is my advice: Do heavy, heavy research before choosing to go to this school. Find out if the classes that the administration highlights (Marine Biology, Debate, etc) will actually be available to your child every year. Get a schedule of the AP classes that will be taught to your child before enrolling and have the school put down in writing that your child will actually get to take those courses. Get a teacher roster and find out the tenure of the teachers and how many of the teachers are certified. Then, compare that to other nearby schools and make your own decision.

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April 29, 2015
We have had our 2 children at Ribet for 7 school years now. Our experience at Ribet continues getting better every year. Our children have maintained straight A's every semester and have tested high in the ISEE's. Our daughter recently was awarded a bronze medal, competing against more than 150 students from different schools, at the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair. There, she was selected as a candidate for Broadcom MASTERS Program of Society for Science and the Public. A prestigious achievement awarded to a very select few. Our daughter is currently in 8th grade and our son, in 6th. Our son is also a well rounded student who has exceled in his studies and sports. We have no intention of going anywhere else. Both our children are very engaged with their studies and we owe this to their teachers. One of the most important traits of this school is that the faculty and administration are extremely approachable and maintain an open door policy. It is hard to find a good school where both parents and children are happy..... Thankfully, we found ours. I highly recommend this school!

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April 29, 2015
We have a great experience at this school. Class sizes are small and the teachers have been excellent. Our children have been excelling and seem to be well on their way to being very well prepared for college. The teachers are very attentive and are very open to both students and parents. I couldn't recommend this school more.

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April 29, 2015
Rib t is a great school. The teachers are amazing and care about our kids. The year we transferred our son to Rib t, I remember asking him what he did at recess. He said he and his classmates were quizzing each other before their test. I love the diversity Rib t has to offer. Great school!

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April 17, 2015
I started at Ribet in 8th grade and graduated here from high school. I was awarded several awards and was involved in a good number of their extra curriculars. That being said, this was a terrible school. The so-called counselor was not helpful during the critical junior and senior years while I blindly figured out the college application process. During summer school, the math T.A. got frustrated with me and laughed, "Oh my God, how old are you again?" This among other humiliating memories. Two years ago, when I got my teaching credential, I interviewed for an elementary position. After going through the entire hiring process, I was granted the position. Right before the open house, the job was rudely pulled out from under me by phone call, and, according to the administrator who had done so, was given to another alumni. Fortunately, I am now a second-year teacher in a Title I school in a farming community, where I know I matter. I know now that Ribet is an unprofessional environment with low quality education and a facade of excellence. Terrible business.

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February 09, 2015
Worst school on the world! Students use offensive language in front of teachers. Poor quality education. Refuse to refund students wanting to leave. Inferior education. Oversized classes students have to stand against the wall due to lack of space. Rude admin staff. Claim they own students

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February 09, 2015
My daughter is an international student who passed grade 9. She started school in the second semester. My daughter was told that she had to repeat grade 9 for 1 semester. After paying $26 000 for one semester we were horrified to see what was on offer. As core subjects they offered art, drama, dancing and English as a second language. Our home language is English. We opted to leave the school. The teachers were mostly unavailable for lessons. Students use vulgar language. In U.S. history class there were no desks available for her. They had to stand against the wall. A nearby Christian school accepted her for grade 10 after assessment. When the host mother went to Ribet to get my daughter's transfer documents & refund they refused to give it & told my daughter she had no right leaving the school because they own her. They told her that she couldn t be promoted to grade 10 because she didn t pass grade 9 in the U.S? They attacked the host mother & told her to evict my daughter. She has a contract with them & shouldn t accept a student who is no longer @ their school. They told her that they Owned her too. She refused to evict my daughter. They keep students by refusing refunds

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August 31, 2014
We came to this school from a, top 100 public school, that only teaches to state tests. The quality of education my daughter has received is well rounded. Her classes are very challenging and the students seriousness about education is positive. We have the #1 math student in the nation and have won many science awards. The athletic programs ares on the rise. The girls basketball team won CIF, the girls volleyball team made it to the CIF playoffs. If you want bougie, this is not the place to go. This is not a fancy private school that WOWs you because of all of it s amenities, it s average. What they do have is a lot of support to be successful in the classroom. What you get out of an education, is what you are willing to put in. I don't place too much emphasis on "teacher credentials", because I have known way too many "credentialed teachers" who are horrible. I look at quality not quantity and my daughters SAT scores say quality . Ribet is in the "business" of teaching students and timely tuition payments are necessary. Being several months late on tuition could cause your child to loose privileges. This is a private school, not a public school.

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August 12, 2014
Worst school ever! We all make fun of this supposed academy up here in Mt Washington. Yes, I have tried the school... Yuck.

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June 23, 2014
Bottom line - this place is a BUSINESS and the main driving force is to make money. Providing children with a quality education is secondary, if that. The well-being of children is definitely not a priority here (there is no school nurse on campus). The program for international students is full of false claims made by administration. For example, the Ribet website claims students have access to a college style dining hall. In actuality, international students are given donuts every morning for breakfast (and this is not done in any sort of dining hall - they place a box of donuts in the office for students to come get their "breakfast"). Classes are taught by non-credentialed teachers. Tuition costs are comparable to college tuition costs. If a student is late in paying tuition, they are denied access to school. If they haven't already lost their accreditation, they will be losing it soon. Save your money, and go somewhere else!

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January 21, 2014
Love this school. Friendly staff. Specially the Kinder program. It has wonderful enriched activities like yoga, Spanish, PE, dance and events to help the kids have fun learning. It would be nice to have more parents participate, and help to make a difference instead of just dropping off their children and criticizing the administration. Submitted by a Parent

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October 03, 2013
The best part of Ribet use to be the kindergarten program. This year the kinder program has been downgraded immensely. Wonderful, experienced, teachers were replaced with inexperienced, less costly staff. The teacher to student ratio increased and the enrichment and activities that made the kinder program the amazing program it once was are all gone. After just one month into the school year two families have left.

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October 01, 2013
Amazing that this school has any accreditation. This school has no direction and offers little anything more a big bill

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August 20, 2013
This school is HORRIBLE! They need a new admin asap or that school is going under! You have to see it to believe it!

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June 07, 2013
At the school a year now and really happy we're there. Great staff and a terrific community atmosphere. We left public school and the cost was tough to swing, but so far really well worth every cent.

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April 27, 2013
Ribet finally got it right! The change in administration is amazing! I think the other parents feel the same. The new principal is awesome! She holds the students accoutable and they love her. She makes a point of getting involved in all of the activities. Great change in the athletic department as well. New positive energy going through the school. My family looks forward to many more years at Ribet Academy!

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October 02, 2012
My duaghter has been attending Ribet since Kindergarten, she is now in 4th grade and I am impressed with her eagerness to learn. Each year she has a renewed sense of wonder as it pertains to the subjects at hand. She loves this school, loves her classmates and teachers. Ribet fosters a great environment that allows kids to really thrive in part because they are each treated as the individuals that they are. I couldn't be happier with her continued desire to learn EVERYTHING she gets her hands on. From math, reading, comptuer/science to guitar, she is overall very happy to be at this school. Ribet has been a great investment in my kid's education!

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September 23, 2012
I have been in this school for about 3 yrs , I am very satisfied , on my child's education ,

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September 18, 2012
We have been at Ribet for two years and are very pleased. Our son loves school and his teachers (K and 1st) have been fantastic - accessible, caring, and very responsive to our son and his needs/strengths. Ribet is cost-effective and you cannot beat the small class sizes.

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June 25, 2012
Sour grapes is sometimes all some can say, I believe Ribet is a great school and doe's a great job of trying to help all of it's families out. I speak from experience we have had a financial downturn, but the staff and Headmaster have really worked it out for my daughter to stay put and I am very greatful. There is definitely a small town feel to the school right in the middle of one of the world's biggest cities, AWESOME. Keep on trucking RIBET !

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June 23, 2012
My children have been going to Ribet for a few years now. I am continually impressed and pleased with this school. The staff are very invested and very open and receptive to parents. I am very happy with this school. I love that the class sizes are small and that you really get to know everyone in the class. Teachers and kids from other years will know your child, and I like that it has a very small town vibe. I love the other parents that we have met and feel we have an excellent community. There will always be one or two families who are not happy.. But that is true for life no matter what you do you cant please everyone. Fortunately we have a choice, we continue to choose to go to Ribet. I have found that any time I am am unhappy or have a concern the staff and school respond very very well and try to fix it. They are very open and receptive. Of course there are some parents who will always keep your problem to themselves and dont tell anyone, other than to moan on a website. My children have thrived here, academically and socially.

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May 09, 2012
Sending your children to a private school is a big deal these days due to the state of our economy and everyone's financial situations. One would think that Ribet would offer a fine education given it's name....college prep. This school does NOT produce students who are ready for college. We wasted our time and money at Ribet. I strongly suggest you look elsewhere for a school that will give a proper education.

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December 05, 2011
For two years now, my child has had a wonderful experience at Ribet Academy. The pre-elementary staff is wonderful and the support ffrom the parents is tremendous. My chidl came from a montessori preschool and when she came here she was challenged and grew. I love her two teachers and the entire staff from preschool to high school. I got involved in teh parent club volunteering and going to many events on and off campus. It has been a wonderful experience so far and my child does not want to leave her teachers or friends she has made at this great little school. I assure you that your childs education is secure and worth it here at Ribet Academy.

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December 05, 2011
My child is currently enrolled as a senior in high school. Just recently, he has applied to over 35 UC's and Cal States. The college counselor was extremly helpful in instructing him during the confusing admissions process. His older brother also graduated from Ribet Academy and now is attending UCLA. Not only has he been accepted to ALL of the schools he applied to, but he has receieved numerous amounts of grants. The school was very helpful in making the students knowledgeable of these scholarship oppurtunities. No doubt, has the academic experiance at Ribet Academy readied my child for the riggorous academics at such a prestigous institution. Ribet Academy was a perfect fit for both of my children. If you are interested in a strong well-rounded education, send your child to Ribet Academy.

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May 26, 2011
What a horrible experience it was been. Admin. staff are rude and cold and for them its all about the BOTTOM LINE: money. If you are not current on your tuition, your child cannot attend school.

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March 26, 2011
We left Ribet and regret ever sending our kids there. This school was a nightmare for my children. The teachers did not teach and expected students to learn from doing workbooks without any instruction. The teachers did not even know what the state standards were for the grade they were teaching. I have spoken to a lot of families who have left and they all say the same thing, "Our kids were considered BEHIND grade level once they entered public school." Is this what you expect from a college prep school?

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January 10, 2011
I was a bit apprehensive when my daughter first entered Ribet, but found it to be a perfect fit for her. The relationships between the students and their teachers is a close one and there seems to be a lot of respect for one another. The academics are demanding, but the arts are also well-taught and respected. She received a very good education, tailored to her needs, at Ribet. I would recommend the school for children of all ages.

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December 04, 2010
Ribet has a very low standard for student behavior. The kids are allowed to use foul language in front of little kids and adults and it is completely tolerated. Kids bully each other and the school looks the other way. The middle and high school girls come to school with super high heels or extremely sexy outfits and nothing happens to them. What is worse is that Ribet is a pre-k to 12th grade school. The small children look up to the bigger kids and view them as role models and want to emulate them. Do we send our kids to a private school so they can be exposed to things years before they are ready?

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November 29, 2010
I graduated from Ribet last year. I cannot say I got the best education. Most teachers at Ribet don t have their credential and don t know how to teach. Some of the teachers just hand out packets and expect the kids to learn the material on their own. One of the darlings of the administration spent his time yelling and mistreating the kids. We complained about him but nothing was done. I don t know how it is for the other grades, but the high school at Ribet is mediocre.

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May 26, 2010
Academic but not old school. The faculty is AMAZING. There is daily yoga in Pre-K and K! Grass, a garden, a playground, a track, a football field, tennis courts, a gym, a marine biology lab, a moot court and a theater. There is choir, orchestra, and band. Art is HUGE at Rib t. Walls are covered in students' works. A darkroom, potters' wheels, and a kiln. Champion debate teams for both middle and high school. The most decorated school in the history of The LA Science Fair. "Science Teacher of the Year" in CA. The basketball team won their division and went to state. One player won the 2010 John R. Wooden Award. 1st grade: 1 teacher to 12 kids. 100% of the students go to college. USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Stanford, Berkely and Harvard. Very convenient for people in Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, Atwater, Mt. Washington, and Eagle Rock. My daughter (1st Grade) comes home filthy every day and wants to go to school every morning.

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April 13, 2010
We appreciate what Ribet has done for our daughter. We feel she learned many good lessons there, made wonderful friends and accounting works with us through the hard times. We are very thankful for such treatment and will always refer Ribet to friends, because we want them to feel good about their child education and emotional development as we do.

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April 03, 2010
I currently have three boys that attend Ribet Academy and have been very pleased with the school. When we looked at schools, we looked at both the academics and the surrounding elements that would influence our children's lives. Children are very susceptible to outside influence at a young age so we are very cautious of their surroundings. We feel that Ribet offers an excellent academic program that really challenges our children. The courses our children take are impressive compared to other schools in the area. The teachers encourage learning and it shows through our children as they are always eager to learn new things. Homework is a pleasure and not a chore for them because they enjoy learning. I attribute this behavior to their teachers who instill the old adage 'Give them fish, they eat for a day. Teach them how to fish, they eat for a lifetime.' Again, the academic choices are outstanding and they encourage extracurricular activates so that each student is a well rounded individual. In addition, the students here respect each other and treat each other in a way that nurtures friendship and camaraderie. This is an quality that can never be found in public schools as private schools offer a more sheltered environment in which students have similar goals and aspirations. These are the attributes that sets Ribet Academy separate from other schools and why we have chosen to send our children to this fine institution.

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April 01, 2010
I have 2 children who have been going to Ribet since Pre-k. Since they are twins they are in different elementary classrooms. The teachers always plan together and there is a consistency and creativity in the curriculum. I also like the fact that I don t have to drive my kids somewhere else for enrichment classes. There is choir, instrumental music, computer, drama, Spanish, dance, pep squad, running club and swim team. So there is something for each of my kids. The teachers are very good at communicating with us and there is a wonderful sense of community. I am glad I found out about Ribet.

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April 01, 2010
My son has graduated from Ribet Academy and in the six years that he attended he has developed into a well rounded young man. He is college bound now and I have no fears about his future. I know that the work ethic that was instilled not only in the home, but reinforced at Ribet will help him to continue to become a success in his adult life

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March 31, 2010
I wish to honor the Ribet teachers for their remarkable work in educating, and guiding my child. I am filled with emotion because soon, my son will be graduating, going to college, earn a degree, and will no longer physically be a part of the incredible Ribet family. My heart is heavy because a separation will occur but it is also very happy because Ribet made it possible for my son to achieve the maximum in great grades and in acquiring life skills to continue to succeed. I wish to thank the teachers from the bottom of my heart for their selflessness, their untiring commitment to teach with excellence, and for being incomparable role-models. Without Ribet we never would have experienced a top-notch, first-class, exceptionally magnificent academic environment of this level in California. I believe that Ribet Academy was the best thing that could have ever happened to my son.

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March 24, 2010
The saying 'the fish rots from the head' is unfortunately the perfect analogy for this school. It used to be great, really really great. Now it's not even casting a shadow of its former self. There's a galling dearth of leadership to truly galvanise all stakeholders (staff and parents) along with a petty penny-wise/pound-stupid mentality which has rendered this place merely repetition in motion, without any heart or soul. This squandering of legacy and opportunity is sad, because the teachers there are actually fantastic. They've simply got no support. And parent initiatives are constantly either exploited or ignored.

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March 19, 2010
By definition, a so-called college prep school should offer a well-rounded and solid academic curriculum that prepares students for a scholarly life, employ well qualified credentialed teachers, and provide an open-minded and creative learning environment. Ribet Academy offers none of the above. The curriculum is far from college prep level and advanced students are not given the opportunity to grow above and beyond their abilities. The hire and fire attitude of the completely inept school administration leads to a never heard of teacher turn-over and to the hiring of people who have never before stood in a classroom. Finally, the daily school environment is shaped by nepotism, favoritism, and the constant and obvious need to make money out of education. Is this a college prep school?

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March 17, 2010
What in the past was the jewel of Northeast L.A. has unfortunately become a poor choice school (unless your child belongs to the inner circle). Turned into a for-profit organization, leadership diversification was lost, some great teachers and loyal family supporters were not backed, programs cut, teacher credentials not uniformly required, adherence to California standards not mandated, rules bent, dropped or created as needed. Welcome parent input is limited to applauding. - Interesting business model.

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September 15, 2009
My daughter just started her Ribet experience and she's very happy. They're constanly engaging the little ones to be curious and explore. The teachers are friendly and great with the kids. I catch my Kindergarten singing in French every now and then and she doesn't even realize that she's learning a different language. The building needs a little TLC but hopefully something can be done about that in the coming years. I only wish the parents were a little more friendly and not so snooty!

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August 04, 2009
As a parent at Ribet Academy with two children, I feel a sense of safety and security as I drop my kids off in the mornings. I can honestly say they are happy throughout the year consistantly. They have made long lasting friendships and have participated in so many activities like team sports, dance class, and field trips to see a Civil War inactment , along with Astro Camp and a Science Fair winner at the L.A. County Fair, that have developed real self confidence. The changes in this school only make it better and it is too bad some parents just hate change. The teachers are positive and dedicated and the classes are diverse in a wide range of academics, but each always had an element of fun!

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August 04, 2009
I have been a teacher at Ribet Academy for 12 years. The best part of this school are the children themselves. They are calm, eager to learn, and ask lots of questions. They are on time, which tells me a lot about the parents, and they always do their homework. They are extremely respectful to me and to each other. I have witnessed many of my students as they mature into high school students who have a real desire to go on to college. My fellow teachers are always smiling, so I know they feel the same about the unique environment we have at Ribet. I recommend this school whole-heartedly.

- submitted by a teacher

August 04, 2009
Ribet Academy is one stop shopping. We started our sons in Kindergarden and now they are in High School. I have seem their confindence in Math and Writing change dramatically in the last three years. They have finally, fallen in love with reading and have a variety of interests in Science and Literature. They have both made quality friends at this school and so have I. Some parents have had a hard time with some changes the school has made, but every successful corporation makes changes, so why should Ribet be any different. I feel very blessed to be a parent at theis school.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2009
I am a parent of a child in elementary school that has been going to Ribet for 3 years. In that time, I have seen the quality of the school decline drastically. Teachers do not communicate with parents effectiveley as you would think would be the case in a private school where the tuition is not cheap. The school has become more obsessed with the almighty dollar, than the students education in my opinion. The new owner Mr. Dauzat, has no idea what he is doing, or how to run a school properly. The school is run down badly. Suffice it to say, I am very disappointed in the Administration at this school and would not recommend it. There are better schools for the money in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2009
Let me give you a student's perspective. I've been attending Ribet for over a decade and I can honestly say this school gives its students an advantage because there is no limit to how much your child can learn or experience here. Sure, Ribet has definitely gone downhill in the last few years but I'm positive that the school's new management will return it to its former glory. Lastly, those of you who complain that the school has limited resources, I can assure you that you have not taken the full advantage (here, I purposefully use the same word again) this school offers. I myself have taken over 10 APs, maintained a 4.4 cumulative GPA, participated in two varsity sports, committed to the top public university in the country, and procured lasting relationships with my friends and teachers that I will take on for the rest of my life.

- submitted by a student

June 21, 2008
Following up on a previous post, Ribet Academy is college prep and that is exactly what it does- prepare your child for college. If your child is an achiever, Ribet will give him/her all they need to succeed. Given a second chance, I would not have sent my daughter anywhere else. It is because of Ribet, and Mr. Dailey and Mr. Miller in particular, that she is now enrolled in the top university in California and the country (and doing very well). Thank you Ribet!

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2008
I have to disagree with the previous post. Ribet works very hard to continue their programs to keep underprivileged kids in this school. The new headmaster is a good person. The non-profit base for the school, REF, is also working on scholarship programs. The school has a problem with (some) parents that want to give nothing in return for their child's education. Not money, no volunteering, nothing. And some of these kids are not even doing well in school. Education costs money even if you are in a public school. We pay for public school out of our income taxes and property taxes. And that is the biggest waste of dollar I can think of. Ribet has a program for underprivileged kids. You can volunteer services, you can host an exchange student, etc. You also must have good grades. So I have to disagree. Parental involvement should also be a requirement.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2008
Ribet is an excellent school. There are some people that will criticize the school that do not step up to the plate to be involved with improving things they are not happy with. The new owner is very receptive to implementing changes requested by parents. As a whole, Ribet offers a well adjusted whole-child curriculum. My children are happy, love their school and are doing far more than they would in public school. That is all the reassurance I need. Can't wait for the British Invasion music program this year!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 08, 2008
This school used to be an excellent school. The founder of the school intended this school to be a place where children could get the best education REGARDLESS of socioeconomic background. The school and current administration have completely lost sight of this - now it is all about the power of the almighty dollar. And dollar for dollar, the high cost of tuition is not worth the education your child will receive. A real disappointment....and a disservice to Jacques Ribet's original dream.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 16, 2007
I work at Ribet and I also have children that attend Ribet, As a whole Ribet is an excellent school. No school is perfect, you can pick apart every school, need more AP courses, more athletic programs, this or that. but this is a college prep school, and it does what it says it will do...It prepares you for college!

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2007
Ive worked at Ribet Academy for 28 years...at this point I'm the veteran of the place. I've read all of the posted reviews and feel that each is valid. Education is personal, and each individual's opinion of the experience is informed by a unique frame of reference. Ribet has a history of consistent improvement motivated by a desire to compete with older, more established schools (those which typically have endowments and/or funding apart from tuition)in order to provide the students an increasingly excellent program. Those who might not have been here for a year or two might find that changes they thought would improve the school have been implemented since then! Our seniors' acceptances into universities has been 100% in the past couple of years, and we're happy with the accomplishments that we've achieved. New owners seem commited to original Ribet philosophy. Nec pluribus impar - we shall never be stopped!

- submitted by a teacher

May 11, 2007
I have been a Teacher at Ribet for almost 10 years. I love teaching at Ribet for 1 main reason, the Students. The Students are nice, respectful and interested in learning. We have many excellent Programs such as Science, Art and Debate which have achieved exceptional success at the County, State and National levels. Our seniors have been accepted to universities such as Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, UPenn, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Pomona College, USC, Syracuse, Purdue and that was just the last two years. Every school has things that need work and Ribet is no different. Whether Ribet has a pay scale or not, results are achieved. I am confident that after a student has passed through my classes they have been exposed to the material in a way that has well prepared them for college.

- submitted by a teacher

April 24, 2007
I have had a very disapointing experience as a faculty member at Ribet Academy. Though Ribet promises class sizes of under 25 students, I had several classes of over 30 students, making it very difficult to provide students with the individual attention that parents are promised. Additionally, most teachers here have more than four classes to prep for daily which makes it necessary to make sacrifices in teaching and curriculum on a daily basis. Students are thought of and refered to as 'customers' by the administration, and though I do believe that everyone on the faculty and admin genuinly cares about the students, the mindset of the administration is mostly on making and saving money. Teacher turnover rate is shockingly high because teachers are paid at the poverty line, there is not a pay scale, they are not given benefits, and are given very little support and guidance from the administration.

- submitted by a teacher

March 18, 2007
We left Ribet to send our child to a local public school and found this to be a mistake. In comparison to other private schools, Ribet's tuition is much more affordable for a similar curriculum. The principal and staff are very friendly and helpful. The Kindergarten teacher is one of the best one could come by. Children go on several educational field trips and the curriculum is balanced with art, music, PE and spanish starting in PreK. These subjects are not offered in public school. I have found myself running around all over town supplementing all of this when my child could have stayed at Ribet and experienced these subjects with his classmates. As someone said previously, there is some teacher turnover, but there are many that have been there for a long time as well. Mr. Daly has been there for quite a while and is EXCELLENT.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2006
Ribet Academy does not have their administration in place. They always seem to be trying to do the right and impressive thing but fall short. I wish they had been more selective in their student admissions. It seems like everyone who wants to pay for it can get in. I'm not sure that the academics are much better than a public school. Teachers change all the time only a few have been there for a long period of time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 28, 2005
I am impressed with the good energy I feel at Ribet as well as the diverse student population which reflects real life in Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2005
I enjoyed going to school here.

- submitted by a student

November 02, 2005
My child has been attending this school for two years now. The teachers have worked one-on-one to help my child be her best.

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2005
The debate program was very good. Class size was good. Web site to keep parents informed was excellent. School assignments due and past assignments with grades was available on the web.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2005
The tuition is quite high. The extracurricular activitites (sports and performing arts, especially the band) is lacking. The building is old and in need of a remodel. There a a handful of very qualified teachers but the majority is very average.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2005
Ribet Academy provided a temporary haven from the bureaucracy of public high school. Ribet has a very strong history and science dept but is very weak in the English Dept, unless if they will have improved miraculously in the next few years.

- submitted by a student

April 15, 2005
I have been working as an independent counselor for many students at Ribet Academy for about 6 years. I am so pleased with the school's administration and staff. The administrators are so willing to work with and for each student that I have represented and the teachers really care about their students. I am planning to send my daughter to Ribet in the Fall.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2005
I went to this school from preschool-12th. The academics for elementary age children are wonderful. It is not a school I would recommend, however for Jr.High-High School. You don't get the quality you would expect for what you're paying.

- submitted by a student

January 08, 2005
very limited resources considering the tuition costs.

- submitted by a parent

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Students at Ribét engage in a number of community service projects. They participate in community clean-ups like the Los Angeles River Day, run a Thanksgiving Food Drive for a local homeless children’s center, the Shoebox Drive provides women a the Downtown Women’s Shelter with toiletries and personal items. The children were asked to split their Halloween candy and brought in over 10,000 pieces that went to incarcerated women to give to their children.

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Ribet Academy College Preparatory
2911 North San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA  90065
(323) 344-4330
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