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K-8
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 285
 

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3150 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90018

(323) 731-9346
(323) 730-1976
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Map of Mid-City's Prescott School Of Enriched Sciences address.

August 03, 2015
UPDATE: A new principal is going to give the school a much needed opportunity to reset expectations, establish functioning processes, engage and involve parents in meaningful ways and enrich and inspire students in science. This is all GREAT news and we very much look forward to turning this into a GREAT SCHOOL! Updated the ratings to a 3-star as there is now real hope for success! ----ORIGINAL REVIEW: Are you a parent with high expectations and want the best education for your child? Do you plan to be very involved in school life? Do you want your child to go to LACES and succeed? Then you will be very disappointed at this school! As a parent, at every turn, you'll meet obstacles. Whether you are trying to get answers to basic questions, wanting to volunteer and offer your support, needing to use the parent center, visiting your child's classroom for observation, looking for an audience with the principal, receiving basic communication of school events or getting involved in school councils you will be frustrated! Your child will likely be unprepared for the demanding and high quality education at LACES so prepare to tutor them. If you are up for a challenge, willing to put in the work as a parent to stand up for parent rights, improve the school, resourceful and are in it for the long haul, then this is the school for you! This year, many parents have raised their concerns to the district and are fighting to gain their support to change the administration and fix the dysfunction. Such a shame as the school has so much potential and the students deserve better!

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July 22, 2015
I, too received a phone call that district has stepped up and removed the principal. This is very good news. Accent on VERY. I am putting three stars because we now have a fighting chance to make MidCity great. This is a real opportunity to change lives. Does every parent understand that a high school graduate only earns 62 percent as much as a college grad? Google it. MidCity feeds one of the highest rated Middle/High schools in the state of California. This is a gift. Prior to now the old principal did not support this relationship. We now can all step up and do what we can for our child and the MidCity community to get our kids on track to be successes in elementary school middle school and high school. Let's step up and jump on this real opportunity.

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July 20, 2015
UPDATE: I have just heard the principal was removed! I personally know of a parent at this school who was removed from the School Site Council (a parent volunteer) out of retaliation by the principal for asking questions about the title 1 monies and budget decisions. LAUSD obviously supports this kind of behavior by it's principals, because she is still at the school. I have been to the SSC meetings and they are a JOKE. I have even seen the principal talk back and humiliate a district administrative employee at one meeting and was mortified for the poor woman. The principal is a bully to the parents and staff and needs to be removed for this school to succeed.

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July 17, 2015
This is a small school that has a lack of parent cooperation and communication. Only a few teachers are well prepared.

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Develops grit: Strongly disagree
July 16, 2015
Laces is the end game, but Mid City doesn't care if you succeed once you get there. So in a sense, yes children are determined to succeed because they are doomed to fail coming from Mid city to laces.

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
July 16, 2015
School and staff could care less about the children. It is very disturbing to watch the staff speak to the children in such a disrespectful way.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 16, 2015
There are no award ceremonies to celebrate the children doing well. There are some sort of Mid City currency the children receive, but what those fake dollars buy, I have no idea and neither does my child. The school could care less if your child is a good citizen. I would describe it best as a baby prison. Treat all children as future criminals!

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Amount of homework: Don't know
July 16, 2015
My child's teacher actually complained during the parent teacher conference that my child did too much, too comprehensive of work. First time I've ever had that complaint from a teacher. The extra mile and curiosity is discouraged at this school.

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Develops grit: Strongly disagree
July 16, 2015
The principal has very little faith in these kids and personally resents the attachment to LACES. Her expectation on their success is low and thwarts parent involvement at every turn.

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Develops respect: Strongly disagree
July 16, 2015
The children are kind at this school. But they are verbally abused by the staff. It is not a warm and nurturing environment where their needs are met.

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
July 16, 2015
Do not send a child with any sort of special needs to this school. Not only will the law not be followed but staff will bully them for asking for assistance.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 16, 2015
Students needs are ignored here. There is a culture of yelling at this school that is so toxic my child often got in the car at the end of the day and wept.

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July 16, 2015
Do you have both the time and money to send your child to therapy to undue the damage from being constantly screamed at by staff members? Do you have the time to lodge complaints with both the principal and the district all of which will be ignored? Would you like to send your child to a school where the district has sent in mediators to deal with parent complaints? If so this is the school for you!

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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
July 16, 2015
My child's teacher this year flat out told me she didn't have the time to meet my child's educational needs. She was working too hard to bring up the kids who were below grade level to deal with a child who exceeded grade level.

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July 16, 2015
We tried to volunteer at this school last year and our volunteer applications were never approved. We kept hearing from the Principal how the school was understaffed and how there was no help because there was no more grant money left. But she never approved volunteer applications! The parent rep is there for the principal and is not there for the parents. The majority spanish speaking parents have been without a proper spanish speaking representative. Safety is also a concern at this school. How can you have all grades 1-5 out at recess at the same time? That is a recipe for disaster. When I see the children hurling balls at each other on the cement, I almost have a panic attack. There is a lack of supervision on the yard which is also upsetting. The Principal is quick to ignore concerns and talk to parents like they are inferior to her. The principal is also a bully who threatens parents and scares them away from the school. Who is monitoring the success of the students at Mid City Prescott School of Enriched Sciences? I have to remind myself constantly why we are there...LACES.

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July 08, 2015
The lack of cooperation between parents, students, teachers and the administration shows a lack of unity . The success of all children does not seem like the main priority. Some of the teachers are not well prepared. There isn't a well running parent center and volunteer program.

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March 25, 2015
Staff and Administration are extremely unprofessional. Academics are weak. The principal is awful. There are NO EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES at this school, NONE! If you are looking for a free baby sitting service that does the absolute bare minimum, by all means send your child here! Yes, the school is small- but if you have a complaint to the staff NO ONE will keep it confidential and the news will spread like wildfire (that explains the dirty looks). Oh, did I mention this school feeds into LACES? Pathetic.

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August 08, 2013
A sweet small community centered school, where the teachers and staff are dedicated to all!

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March 19, 2013
The federal science grant that was awarded the school a few years ago has given the teachers many hours of professional development and much needed technology for the classrooms. With all the science influence at the school, my daughter has decided that she wants to be a scientist and is very eager to go to college to prepare for her career. She did exceptional on last year's CSTs and I expect she will do the same this year. After a rocky start last year, the new PTSA has had several successful meetings and has a very enthusiastic group making plans for this year and next. They have sponsored a few park play dates and have plans to have a school beautification day, staff and teacher appreciation, and classroom enrichments by the end of the school-year. Most importantly for me is that my daughter is doing wonderfully, socially. She has a ton of friends that greet her with hugs every morning. This grounded social group has let her be free to concentrate on her learning. Eventhough this is one of the first magnet schools in the district, it is an up and coming school that is about to stand on it's own merit without the connection it has to LACES- although that is a great perk!

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March 19, 2013
My children attend this school. We moved from another LAUSD school to this magnet program. I do not regret the move. The staff is caring, the principal is all for student growth and personal development. There is diversity at the school and a range of activities to participate in. I would reccomend this school (and I have) to other parents considering sending their child to "Mid-City>"

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March 06, 2013
My wife and I decided to move our son to MidCity when we learned of the relationship with LACES. We were very happy with our old school and didn't know how MCM would hold up by comparison. I am happy to say we have been happy with much of it. MCM has a hard working and caring staff. Socially it has been a great year for our son, making new friends and he seems to be getting good scores and talks a lot about what he is learning. He is very engaged in the science. Both my wife and I jumped in to help the parent group and it is starting to come together and I only anticpate it growing with each passing year (maybe even each month!) There are a lot of very nice families who want to help. It is lovely school and we are happy we made the move. We also intend to help after our son graduates.

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March 05, 2013
Mid City has some of the most giving, hardworking staff members I've ever encountered. My son started at the school in the 4th grade and is currently a 5th grader. He is doing well academically, though I think he could be challenged more. I especially felt this way in 4th grade but after he scored a perfect score on the math CST, maybe he was challenged enough. The science integration is great and is the strongest aspect of the school. The greatest opportunities for growth at Mid City are organized parent participation and communication. Most of my dissatisfaction from the school stems from the lack of organized parent participation. There are no room parents and it's taken 2 years just to get a PTA started. The school's website needs an active web master - an easy problem to solve if the parents could be more involved. But honestly, the problems at a school are all minor when you know that your child is loved and cared for, and this staff and administration LOVES these children.

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March 04, 2013
I moved my daughter to Mid City Prescott for 5th grade so that she could feed into LACES for middle and high school. Socially this has been a wonderful year for her. She has a great peer group to move with to LACES. There are areas academically where she could be more challenged. The Mid City parent association is having trouble getting off the ground, but I believe that it will get all its kinks worked out over the next year. Overall, we've been extremely happy at MCPSES.

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February 27, 2013
My son started MCPSES in fall. We left our much beloved school in order to make the move to LACES. I was nervous, who wouldn't be having been at the other school for five years. But I must say it has been a lovely experience in many ways. I do think my son would have been challenged more at the old school but I certainly don't think he has gone backwards. Socially, it has been a very good year. New kids, new experiences and my son is able to keep his rudder in his boat. The parent group is finding its way, it is early but there is a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of parents who want to help. I am happy with our decision and more importantly so is my son.

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October 29, 2012
My son is now an eighth grader attending this school. I truly believe it takes both the administrative staff but parents, we also play an important roll on how we conduct ourselves and our participation with our own children. I have found the entire administrative staff to be very polite and helpful from my sons first day of enrollment. I have an exceptionally gifted child and have found much of the assignments challenging for him. At his other school he did not need help with homework. Please don't rate the entire school on the bases of one seemingly incompetent teacher yes LACES is a great school but we are rating the school in its entirety not on the bases of a couple of bad apples.

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April 26, 2012
I sent my child to this school for fifth grade because she would receive a guaranteed spot at LACES for sixth. I have had to hire a tutor because my child, who was proficient in her studies in 4th grade, became very behind in the first semester at Mid City! Her teacher uses generalities when discussing my child such as "she is always." No one always does anything. The teacher just doesn't seem to like my child. My child received acceptable grades in the 3rd and 4th grade and her 4th grade teacher (different school) was great. I am writing this toward the end of the school year and we (my child and myself) are counting the weeks. If I had to do it over again I would because of the LACES opportunity, but would have hired a private tutor at the beginning of the year, knowing what I do now.

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November 09, 2011
Horrible school.My daughter was failing there.the staff are rude and horrible,and the teachers dont seem to care enough.I would strongly advise not putting your child into this school.My daughter is now at a new school (i moved her from that place immediately) and now is at the top of her class.Please,do yourself a favor and dont bring your child here!I learned the hard way.

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no rating
January 14, 2009
Excellent school. I am lucky to have my grandkids in this school. Hooray for Mid City Magnet.

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no rating
October 16, 2008
My son is now in the 2nd grade with Mrs. Hoye. He has learned so much @ this school. The teachers are great and work really close with the students. Mrs. Larry was also a great teacher and very involved. The school is small and all the staff is really nice. They make u feel comfortable walking in there. My son is involved in sports and stays for the after school program with Mr. Bermudez. I am very happy with this school and the way it runs and how the staff all work together.

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June 19, 2006
My child attended Mid City since he was 5 years old. The majority of the teachers are skilled and really care about the kids. Unfortunately - my child wasn't getting the kind of grades that I wanted, and I pulled him out of Mid City and put him in a Private School. Big mistake! I believe that if I had done more research, and worked more with the teachers - Mid City was my best option.

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April 01, 2005
As a Mom I think my daughter is in a great wounderful school. She has learn alot from her teacher and her principal is always conserning of what the kids need in the school. I defenely would have my other daughter in this school.

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Mid-City's Prescott School Of Enriched Sciences
3150 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90018
(323) 731-9346
Last modified Mid-City's Prescott School Of Enriched Sciences is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mid-City's Prescott School Of Enriched Sciences Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top