Im a parent at Academia Semillas. I have a daughter in kindergarten and I love the Nauhtl and Spanish teachings. I hope they bring back Chinese. It pushes parents to be involved in your children's life by having many meetings and emphasizing the importance of encouragement at home. I recommend this school to every body. I know LACOE should be proud of having this school in their district.
At Semilla s my children are instructed and encouraged to become what an International Baccalaureate Learner is. The IB student profile is a risk taker, communicator, well balanced, caring, reflective, and open minded. They are truly building them to be leaders.The teachers have been directed by an administration that values tradition and works collectively. Semilla s was able to speed through the process of becoming an IB school because the school was already structured in a circular (collaborative) way. In addition to this, the students education is supplemented with Indigenous circular values, teachings, and language in Nahuatl which is a large American Native language that is spoken traditionally throughout North America. The children at Semillas also receive reflective teachings from other native nations. My children come home excited about Nahuatl and teachings from the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Tongva, Shoshoni, Chumash, Maya, Zapoteca, Perepucha, Tarahumara, Inca, and more. My children are receiving an incomparable education. I receive a rubric at the start of each unit, along with it the focus inquiry, and the expected final project that needs to to be accomplish.
I am so sad to have to write this review because I really believed in Semillas but they have let me and my children down. Where do I even begin, the school is overcrowded and unorganized the staff is very unprofessional and at times rude to students. Many of the great teachers that worked there left or were fired for reasons unkown,one of my children had 3 english teachers in one year. I feel bad for the teachers that do work there because I know it can't be an easy place to work at. There was a great Math teacher there who was spectacular and really had the children doing great, however the principal fired him and suprize, now the Math scores are way down. Me and my husband don't feel comfortable speaking up because we feel there will be repurcussions on our children. We were just told because of "budget" cuts the students will be getting out of school at a different time. How can you just change the scheduale in the middle of the year. The priniple and vice principle are husband and wife and the husband is also on the board, a pretty cozy situation of power so there is really know way to rid them from the school, and we believe they are the root of the problem. FAIL
It's true the school is far from teaching students anything about leadership. The school is overcrowded, and not well organized. The teachers are great, staff is unprofessional, those who think they are leaders are far from it, and the school is a mess. I believed in the school, and its intentions to continue to teach dual languages, our culture, and roots. I trusted this school with my children, but they failed miserably in promoting independent thinking. The school is test driven. One more thing, the school does have a lice problem. The person who wrote "an uneducated idiotic bigot" is a staff from Semillas, and so this is what you have to deal with. We are simply giving our opinions from a parents perspective, and should be respected without being attacked. My daughter was always getting sent home with lice notices. She was infected many time, now in her new school she hasn't had a problem.
Great school, if your looking for the traditional LAUSD school this isn't your choice. This is not a test driven school and encourages kids to be independent thinkers.
The lice comment was posted on Sept 07 an uneducated idiotic bigot and I can imagine what the posters children are like. Thank god my children won't have engage with them there anymore.
Worst School EVER! Beware of poor leadership. No follow up by any administrator. We are truly disappointed with the quality of education provided by this school.
If you want your children to get head lice up to four times a year send them to ASDP.
they have teachers who really care about the students. Teachers are not just there to collect a paycheck
Amazing school, adm, faculty staff and student body. I have (3) of my children at semillas.
its a really good school my daughter goes there and she says she is enjoying what they teach her and the classes that they teach are aztec language, math, english, humanities, spanish, physical education,art , technology, and science ..
My child attended this school and now they are at a nearby Elementary School. My children were/ are great at speaking mandarin, dancing, singing and have learned about the american indian cultures. The problem is that they were not fluent in reading, math, or writing. I had to move them in order for them to learn these subjects.
Academia Semillas del Pueblo is a blessing for my children. The education they receive there goes above and beyond on all levels. The curriculum that is offered is rich and engaging. The teachers are very dedicated to their students. They are giving our children the opportunity to become truly global citizens. The languages and culture are expanding the students outlook on the world around them. My kids love their school and that is very important to me. I've seen them blossom in this enviornment. They have a chance to ask questions and to learn from their peers. They are encouraged to be individuals and to be leaders. Semillas is the wave of the future!
We have two boys enrolled at Semillas, and could not be happier with our childrens learning experience.We home-schooled our children before we found this school, and had we not found it, would still be home-schooling. The directors, teachers and staff are all caring,loving individuals that make our children and parents feel at home away from home. We love our school because it is highly comitted to higher learning and creating community through collective efforts, and for giving our children a global perspective.
I am a mother who would have had to struggle financially to home school my daughters. I would have struggled if it were not for Semillas Del Pueblo because it is the only school in L.A. county that offers exceptional teachers, ciriculum and cultural strength & awareness. This school by far stands strong in building a strong educated community.
Amazing!! wonderful teachers!! everything I was looking for in a school. Loving, caring, attentive to their educational needs, great curriculum! advanced, higher learning, quality education, what more can i ask for! highly recommend for parents who want the best of the best for their children.
Strong leadership demonstrated by the principal et al. Office personnel efficient and caring. Parental needs and concerns are always taken seriously. If my child so much as sniffles or if he doesn't eat his lunch, I can expect to hear about it. As parents of a future global citizen, instruction in English and Spanish was the most compelling feature of this school. Mandarin instruction by a Chinese instructor what a bonus! Our child is incorporating his ancestors' traditions in a rapidly changing, high-tech world. Thank you Semillas for existing off the grid, so to speak!
As a parent and high school teacher, Academia Semillas del Pueblo is truly pushing the envelope when it comes to innovation. By incorporating cultural content, such as native languages from Mexico and China,along with engaging lesson plans (i.e. project based curriculum)to fulfill state standards, Academia Semillas del Pueblo is providing a quality education for all their students. It is truly a unique experience,I recommend it for all children.
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