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!
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.
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.
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!
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.