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K-5
Public charter
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 495
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3751 West 54th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90043

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(323) 290-6950
(323) 291-5918
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April 28, 2014
Although I am not a long-time parent of a student at VPP, I have been very fortunate that my child has had two great teachers and I couldn't be more pleased with the academic strength of my child based on those teachers!

- submitted by a parent

July 16, 2013
this is my home school my family! i love this place! ive been here since kindergarden and now im entering middle school. Anyone who is thinking about going to this school do it because it is great!

- submitted by a community member

July 14, 2013
My daughter attends View Park High she been going to the School since 7th grade and I never had problem...

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2013
I really wanted to like this school for my kindergartener, and overall I felt she learned alot this past year. However, with that said, the issues this school has from an organizational standpoint are huge. The tests scores for View Park sink a little with each passing year and it is easy to see why. There is lack of skill set and experience among its adiminstrators, teachers and volunteers. I realize that alot of this stems from the school's budget problems; not being able to hire experienced and skilled staff is the main problem I encountered this year. This school was once a thriving resource for education in the community it serves, but that was under a different administration. Currently, its director and support staff are an unorganized and somewhat unprofessional team that appear to be trying to do their best (they do try), but without the proper skill set and experience lack the ability to give the school what it needs most--effective management. My child won't be returning back for first grade and under View Park's current director, I can only see the school's tests scores dropping even further next year.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2012
It pains me to rate this school as just "average." But I have no choice. This was a terrific school when Mrs. Robin Harris was the Director. But under the administration(s) since she left, the school has been on an absolute downward plummet. Last year's test scores are indicative of the administration's anti-intellectual and completely non-data-driven approach to education. Combine that with a dictatorial, 100%-top-down management style and a ridiculous level of micromanagement, and you see why so many experienced teachers have left, to be replaced by 1st year intern teachers... Although the API score hasn't yet been posted, the CST scores from last year tell the story. It is a chilling sign for ICEF as an educational organization that the Principal who oversaw the precipitous drop in test scores last year was *promoted* to Chief Academic Officer of the entire Charter Management Organization, leaving the old Vice Principal -- who received questionable test results in his years as an educator, and is one of the worst staff managers you could imagine -- in charge. Really, truly sad...

- submitted by a teacher

August 13, 2012
Apparently, the bullying starts in the elementary school and is not dealt with by the teachers or administration. My granddaughter was bullied in the View Park Middle School by children who were jealous of her high academic intersts and skills. The bullying was verbal and physical. She is not continuing at View Park.

- submitted by a community member

July 12, 2012
I love View Park Elementary. I feel that the teachers here and at the middle school go above and beyond to help your child succeed. I have a 2nd grader, 4th and a 9th grader, that attend View Park I feel that this is an Excellent school, as a single parent it is very important that my children are in an Environment that wants them to succeed as well as gives them encouragement. this was Our 1st year here at View Park and it was Great! Mrs Gaska was my sons 1st grade teacher she is very caring and patient I feel that for my son she was a great fit she helped him to have a great 1st year. all of the teacher were great Mrs Woods the director is Kind and very Knowledgable I Believe in View Park and look forward to All of my Children Graduating from High School here and off to Great Universities!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2011
K-2nd is as far as I'll go with this school. VPP use to be a great school. Unfortunately, the constant changes with ICEF has affected VPP in a negative way. Larger classes (30), loss of quality teachers, no computer class, $$ issues that just seem to not end..... Every year that goes by, VPP gets worse.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2010
my daughter attended this school in third grade and I removed her during the first semister of fourth grade. The staff on the fourth and fifth grade campus are the most unprofessional teachers I have ever encountered. There is NO postive reforcement given to the students. The staff yells and screams at the students. In 2009 a teacher was fired for duct taping a third grade student to a chair and taping his mouth closed because the student misbehaved. Also given the new issues with the ceo of icef this school is not what it use to be. Dont put your children in this school.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2010
The school has very high standards for even the kindergarten children. Parents must actively participate and volunteer a minimum amount of hours per year. In other words parents, teachers, community members all work together to foster an overall positive and nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 29, 2010
excellent caring staff with great academics

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2010
My little sister went to VPP. She was the first generation of students to attend the school K-8th grade. The elementary school offers great teachers, and topics for students and is academically challenging. She learned so much, and was very good at all subjects. She now goes to Bishop Montgomery and has maintained a 4.0 GPA since she started (10th grade). Most of the students that go to VVP elementary continue on into middle school there, but leave for private High Schools such as Brentwood, Bishop Montgomery, Archer, and Campbell Hall. The school consists of mostly African American students and Hispanic student numbers are also rising. It requires a lot of parent volunteering, but I loved the school, the culture,and the time, energy, and care the teachers put into the students, (as if they were their own). The only bad thing about the school is the high population of rowdy children.

- submitted by a community member

August 05, 2009
What a fantastic first year it's been for us at View Park. The school came highly recommended and did not disappoint. I was told that one area of concern was that the school administration failed to communicate with the parents effectively. And if that was ever a true concern, you've certainly addressed and corrected the problem. I felt fully informed of everything happening at the school. I was even braced for an onslaught of fundraising and found that it wasn't excessive. The first grade teachers were all very effective at the jobs and extended love, patience and compassion to the children. My son's teacher, Mrs. Walker, was always available whenever I reached out to her. Great suprises were dance, yoga, art, spelling bees, speech contests and weekly library trips. My one area of concern-onboarding new families-has already been addressed in the handbook that I received at the 2009-10 orientation. Great job!

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2009
I must say my daughter is soaring in this school. I am seeing so much of her potential being pulled out in a challenging yet fun way. As a parent you always want to know that your second grader is being nurtured rather than babied, challenged rather than scolded, and I must say that this year has been everything I had hoped for. Mrs. Fife has been so awesome. She's available to answer my questions, give me tools to help my child excel and grow and is so much fun. Thank you so much for offering an amazing education in MY community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 20, 2009
My son has been part of tthe ICEF (View Park) system since Kinder. he is now in the 6th grade. While the school has excellent benefits, it has been on a slippery slope and contrary to popular belieft it is not due the 'new' students lowering the classroom performance. The school does need better communication for new families and integration of newer students. When 75% of a class gets invited to a party and the new kids are rarely if ever included in outside events that is a problem and not an attitude we should be allowing our kids to promote. But too often we as parents are not doing our part. The school can be a little high schoolish, but as a concerned parent, remember you are there for the kids and let it just roll off the back.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2008
View Park Prep is an exceptional school. Thery have caring teachers, prinicipals and administrators, and really strive to make their students successful.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2008
I was very concerned about the experiences one of the parents had at VPP. We are a close school community, however there are probably parent cliques at any school where the parents have been together for a long time. I personally go out of my way to welcome new families and try to make their transition smooth. I think maybe we should implement a parent/partner program where new parents are assigned a returning family as a buddy. I will talk to the parent liason about this. In regards to the teachers they are all passionate. Anyone can have a bad day, maybe you caught the teacher on one. VPPACS ES may not be for everyone, but my son has continued to excel. He is in his 7th year in the VPP family.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2008
My child has attended VPPACS for two years now and is entering the 6th grade this Sept.During the past 2 years, I was diappointed in the school academically. There are some good teachers and the rest seem to put on a front like they really care. I've talked to parents on all of the different campuses from k-12 and it doesn't look to good for VPP anymore. The staff is rude and the parents are very 'clicky'. If you haven't been there since the beginning, you are looked upon as beneath the others. I have decided NOT to send my daughter back for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 05, 2008
I have one child attending VPP. When he first da first came to the school 2 years ago I considered myself blessed to be involved with this school. My opinion has totally changed as a result of many things that have occured over the past school year. ICEF really needs to invest its time, energy, resources, and talents back into VPP Elementary school. The ICEF foundation is so concerned with opening new schools that they are forgetting about thier former star school. Scores have gone down drastically in the last two years. Overall I am no longer happy with the quality of education at VPP, and will be exploring other opportunities for my family.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2008
This is our first year at View Park and my daughter has enjoyed herself, meeting new friends and have such a loving environment to be educated in. Her fourth grade teacher, and the Liasion, made her school year very interesting and exciting. Kudos to her teacher and the staff at View Park 4th & 5th grade campus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 02, 2008
View Park Prep Elementary is overall a good school. Improvement is needed just like any other school. There was a large turnover of teachers and administration when school began September 2007 and before Christmas break. There is a positive change that is reflected in this school on the K -3 campus. There are teachers who really care and spend a lot of time making sure the students learn. I have observed a lot this year and there is a genuine love for teaching that is visible in the classroom. Mrs. Robin Harris is the newly appointed principal who comes with a wealth of experience in administration. She is the former principal of Inglewood Christian School. It takes a year for someone to come in and clean up former administrators actions.

- submitted by a parent

November 27, 2007
I love View Park for one because of my friends but I also enjoy my classes like drama, choir, and Spanish. I love this school because its mid sized and just perfect.

- submitted by a student

September 07, 2007
My daughter is in her second year at View Park Prep. When she first started I was very skeptical about whether I should leave her in the school. The administration wasn't cohesive enough and there was a lot of miscommunication at certain levels. Overall, she has been receiving excellent education compared to her peers that are older than she is, are in public schools, and are not doing as well academically. She always gets complemented for being able to read so well at 6 and speaking so properly. I think it is worth some of the headache for the parents if the child is receiving a quality education.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2007
I have never experienced the lack of professionalism, disorganization and poor management of a school as I have this past year. The communication between the staff and the parents was poor. There would be last minute notices, repeated errors in memos that were sent home, etc. The administration from the top down is poorly organized which is reflected in discipline, communication with parents and teachers.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2007
The few I've spoken to were unfriendly, unprofessional and made me question their level of education. If they're this way with parents, how are they with our kids throughout the day? When parents address their concerns regarding the staff, it seems to be ignored as the same problems continue. There's a big gap in communication. I find myself leaving the school frustrated and in disbelief. Their academics and extracurricular activities are competitive. However, if VPP improves the quality of their admin. staff, it would be an overall great school.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2007
My child just graduated from Kindergarten and I can not express more the frustration I experienced this year from the lack of professionalism, disorganization and poor management of a school thats been around for a while. We are seeking another school because though the academic level of education was impressionable, the way it was taught was sometimes questionable. I had a real problem with the staff, last minute notices, repeated errors in memos sent home, etc. I would not recommend this school to anyone without 'thick skin' to say the least.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2006
Overall, an excellent school compared to others in the neighborhoood. Many parents are professionals and/or educators which contributes greatly to the student's success. The curriculum is typical of an LAUSD elementary school, and the school purports to follow the 'accelerated model' which directs teachers to teach to the top 25% of the class and pile on a great deal of homework. The problem is that intervention strategies for students not in the uppper echelons are not firmly in place and are frankly more fluff than action. The school also uses it's charter status to proclaim that they don't have the resources to handle Special Ed children so they are virtually ignored. Comprehensive extracurriular activities are not in place. The administration from the top down is poorly organized which is reflected in discipline, communication with parents and teachers and overall unprofessionalism.

- submitted by a teacher

June 24, 2006
my son is a recent kindergarten graduate. i am so impressed with the scholastic achievements gained through this school and the teaching staff. i feel very fortunate that my child had mrs. somerville, whom i consider to be the top kinder teacher. her combination of knowledge and classroom management skills, mixed with a desire to really teach children were unparalleled. if you are looking to come to vpp, please understand that you may (will) experience frustration regarding the administrative staff at times (last minute notices, etc). i believe this is due to the fact that mrs. dunigan (on the k-3 campus)is severely overworked and under assisted. but i did not send my child there for administrative reasons. if you are looking for a top notch education for your child, view park is the place to be. get on the waitlist now if you're pregnant.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2006
This is a school with a wonderful program ranging from sports to music. The teachers are friendly and parent involvement is a must.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2006
View Park Prep's administrative team leaves much to be desired. The Director of the middle school obviously wears too many hats and does not have an effective support staff system in place to follow-up on parent inquiries. The school system is in shambles, which provoked establishing 'Charter Schools' in the first place.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2006
Parental involvement is outstanding. The school has truly fostered a family-like environment. The academic programs are rigorous and teachers work hard to bring out the best in students. The school's facilites are not ideal, but perhaps that will change in time.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2006
VPP is excellent for children to be challenged and grow. The teachers are dedicated and supportive. The problem is, this school is not for children with special needs. The school needs to be more proactive in helping all children succeed in their environment. If you do not fit into their accelerated model, there really is little assitance for the child. The teachers work hard to help the child as much as they can, but it is difficult with the work load that is given. Every child needs a chance to succeed in this system. Otherwise, the school is very good. I just advise parents to make sure the school is the right fit for their child before to much time is waisted in an enviornment that is geared toward this kind of model.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2005
My Kindergartener is really learning ! She has been through a kindergarten curriculum for the last 2 years and we are pleased that she is not reviewing the same information, but being challenged to learn more about science, social studies ect. A parent really has to be ready to play an active role in their child's education as there are spelling/math tests weekly. There are very many extra activities, probably too many because I cannot keep up! Since this school does not have the funding that regular public schools, there is a great need for parents to volunteer and participate in fundraisers all through the year.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2005
This school had a good start but fell down when the administration failed to put in experienced upper management to help train and develop the teachers and handle the needs of a steadily growing student population. The school facilities are substandard and the director has failed to make good on his promise to get better facilities. The children and the parents are hard working and the tests scores are not bad, but that is not enough. The teachers are hard working and caring but they need the full support and direction of experienced administrators and proper resources. The accelerated school model has been abandoned and there is little structure to support the parent/school relationship. A great school gone sour, maybe they will recover in the future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 24, 2005
My friend's children are thriving here. High expectations are set. They love their school and are high achievers.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2005
View Park Preparatory Elementary School provides an academically challenging and enriching curriculum, lead by extraordinarily talented teachers. In addition to the school s academic excellence, I appreciate the supportive and nurturing environment that has been cultivated at View Park Prep. The school does not treat the children like robots created for producing test scores. Rather, the entire school community embraces the children, making them feel secure and valued. The children are allowed to exercise their creativity, athleticism, leadership skills, and social consciousness. All students -- not just the few who might be targeted as gifted -- are expected and encouraged to meet their personal goals and attain success in college. Parents are required to volunteer 40 hours per year and are provided opportunities to take leadership in determining the direction of the school.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2005
My daughter has been on the waiting list for the last 2 yrs. I've been knowing about this school since she was in Kindergarten. She used to attend the after-school program before they made it into a charter school. I remember seeing on the news that it was finally made into a operating school and that the school got presented an academic achievement award for being one of the best schools in the LAUSD. I was very proud of that. My daughter was then attending Windsor Hills Elementary. Since then, everyone I knew was trying to get their kids into the school. All the kids that I know who go to View Park Prep have accelerated into some pretty smart kids! I've never heard anything negative as far as that school is concerned.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 06, 2004
I am instrested in this school

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2004
My son attended kindergarten during the 2003-2004 school year. There were two kindergarten classes and a total of 40 students. Each teacher had an aide to assist during class and play time. Though both teachers were young (they were each returning to the school for their second year of service at the school) they were very enthusiastic. During the school year both reading and writing skills were emphasized in addition to math, science, social studies, and physical fitness. Overall I was pleased with the teaching and office staff. However, this is a relatively new charter school (only five years old) and it is sorely lacking in infrastructure. Parents never received basic information I am accustomed to having at my disposal in my business life (e.g., organization chart, phone listing, roles and responsibilities, etc.). Given time and concerted effort though, I'm certain these shortcomings can be remedied.

- submitted by a parent

November 27, 2003
My daughter has been a participant since kindergarten. She's now in the 5th grade. The standards are very high and family participation is a must. What attracted me to the school was the enthusiastic vision of the headmaster Mr. Piscal, who wanted the same quality and successful scholastic principles of education implemented in the inner city that was almost taken for granted in the more weathier parts of the county schools. Now our children will have the tools and skills necessary to qualify and compete in any ivy league school of their choosing all without leaving our own neighborhood to obtain these skills from qualified caring teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent

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View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter School
3751 West 54th Street, Los Angeles, CA  90043
(323) 290-6950
Last modified View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top