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Ribet Academy College Preparatory

Private | PK-12 | 500 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $339,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,330.

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2011:
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Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This school is awesome! Best place to work, best students to work with! Love my job!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!


Posted 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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Posted October 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

Amazing that this school has any accreditation. This school has no direction and offers little anything more a big bill
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!


Posted June 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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 !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 36% 26%
Hispanic 24% 52%
Black 10% 6%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
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  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Teresa Ruiz, Principal
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  • Coed
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  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (323) 344-4339

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  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Volleyball
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  • Softball
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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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2911 North San Fernando Road
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