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4400 Coliseum Street
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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4 stars
Based on 42 ratings

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April 01, 2013
My oldest son has been here for 3 years and my second oldest for a year, they both come from a private school. They are both doing great, they have great teachers and they have learned a lot and both are so interested in learning. We are very proud of them and grateful for CLAS.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
CLAS is a great school. My daughters started at CLAS their inaugural year. Both of my daughters are excelling in high school. They were well prepared by the academic and education philosophy CLAS instilled in them. Both daughters have made the principal's list at their "colege prepatory" high school. My oldest is being sought by top universities and ivy league schools. If you are willing to invest your time and commitment to the school, CLAS can do the same for you.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
This school is horrible! I would not recommend it to anyone. The administration is backwards and very frustrating to deal with. The school is constantly in the red asking for money to stay afloat. The concept of what they should be sounds good on paper but in reality not worth the investment of risking your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
This school s model is based on the premise that Black-American children s cultural identity, and their needs based on their cultural identity, is not affirmed in the traditional public school setting. So, know that going in (if your family is from one of the racial/ethnic groups that is usually catered to in LAUSD, you may want to find another school). Parents of the Coliseum site, housing the K-1st grade, LOVE it. Parents at the Orville Wright Site (in Westchester), housing the 2nd 8th grade, differ widely on their opinion, based on the teacher. For the 09-10 school year, 60-70% of the teaching staff was new, the vast majority of which were new to teaching, period. While the support staff is friendly, they definitely need professional development. The three co-leaders of the school also differ widely in their responsiveness to student and parental needs/concerns, but are overall very loving, present, and knowledgeable. The children are challenged academically. This school DOES NOT remediate, so if your child is behind, do all you can during the summer to get them up to speed. Consider that most of the staff that have K-8 kids, have their kids enrolled here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2010
CLAS is a wonderful school and a well kept secret. It has been great for my daughter and she has excelled in all of her subjects. I found the school through a relative and have come to love the family environment and the outstanding teaching staff. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a small nuturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
CLAS is a great school for all children, it excels over others.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
CLAS is my family. My daughter has been a student going on four years. They are supportive, helpful and great leaders. I have experience poor teaching and poor leadership before attending CLAS! CLAS believes in it takes a village to raise our kids into positive, succesful and respectful human being! I wish they could expand to high school... Got to love'em

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
I can't say enough about how wonderful a school CLAS is. My experience over the past four or five years has been great. it's true though that CLAS, like any other school of choice, may not be the right choice for every family. My experience has been that the families who actively participate in their child's education, take the time to familiarize themselves with the school's philosophy and otherwise become a partner in the educational process are on the whole very satisfied with their experience at CLAS. Those families who more or less stand on the sidelines arrive on the scene with a critical eye and don't always come away satisfied. That is too bad because CLAS has so much to offer. Those who have given lower ratings reflect isolated incidents that shouldn't take away from the greatness of the entirety of the program.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
I can't say enough about how wonderful a school CLAS is. My experience over the past four or five years has been great. it's true though that CLAS, like any other school of choice, may not be the right choice for every family. My experience has been that the families who actively participate in their child's education, take the time to familiarize themselves with the school's philosophy and otherwise become a partner in the educational process are on the whole very satisfied with their experience at CLAS. Those families who more or less stand on the sidelines arrive on the scene with a critical eye and don't always come away satisfied. That is too bad because CLAS has so much to offer. Those who have given lower ratings reflect isolated incidents that shouldn't take away from the greatness of the entirety of the program.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
I am a parent of two kids that attend clas. I have and 4th grade child that is doing very well with his school and teacher.His learning has progress and he has learned balance and righteous -ness.I have an 7th grade child that attend the middle school campus that is not doin so good. My child is an good student and works very hard at the middle school. But recently we have had an problem between two kids with the verbal and physcial abuse. I know the problem should have been handle better then it did. The middle site is not a good site I know the teacher aid's need training and the school need structure.There is no school nurse and no bed or anything for the students to lay on.I love the concept of the school but the school structure has gone out the window!!!The middle school need improvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2009
clas is a cultral based school. it is were we learn and can be proud of are cultral. In each unit we learn we have a poem to learn and resite. Are poems are based on are proverb studies. Clas is a fun yet educational school. CLAS ROCKS!

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2009
The CLAS charter school in our opinion is not recommended for all African American children, especially children who do not have a cultural practice of speaking ebonics or AAL, as a means of daily communication. While I have heard other parents found CLAS to be uplifting, culturally gratifying and educationally stimulating for their children, as a parent I found CLAS to be lacking in many areas, Despite how they 'pitched' the programs during the orentation, to perspective students, and parents CLAS as a school did not deliver! As parents, we were diappointed with the lack of support from the school, teachers, and administrator on so many levels, and especially disappointed with the lack of proper follow through with the referral process, after CLAS initally informed us that they could not adequately provide services for my childs IEP, and would be providing us with a referral. We got nothing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2008
I feel CLAS is an excellent school. I give them five stars

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
Fabulous education! CLAS incorporates academics and the 'who you are' culturally. We applaude and thank the chief advocates, student advocates, parent organization, community council and support staff! Kindergarten was challenging, yet exciting for our son. We thank the Lord for the seed that has been sown into our sons life. Expect blessings beyond what you could ever think or even imagine.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 05, 2008
CLAS is an awesome school. Culture & academically strong! I have a granddaughter who has completed kindergarten what she has learned in the 2007-2008 school year is astonishing and she looks forward to returning next year. Keep up the great work CLAS. Submitted by The Paulk/Ross Family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2008
CLAS is a very good shcool. I have been a part of the community since the school has opened. I have not seen nor heard of any school teaching and proving support the way this school does. My family is blessed to have a staff that cares about kids the way the staff does at CLAS. Everyone at CLAS is a Family. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
CLAS has been an extraordinary experience for myself as a parent, my children and my family as a whole. My children are learning in an environment that is comfortable and engaging. I am more than grateful to the faculty for the opportunity that we have in Culture and Language Academy of Success.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
This school is Awesome! I am an ALUMNI of Omawalee Ujamma Shule... one of the first founding African American Enrichment Studies Schools and I find it an Honor to have my child at CLAS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2008
Excelllent school that provides students with true differentiated instruction!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2008
I am a member of the C.L.A.S. family and I just love the school I would not want my son at any other school it is the best.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
my kids never liked a school some in their life. my son thrivs andmy daughter is servoving as well as thriving. Excellent aproach and alternitive to teaching and very effective reaching technique

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2007
Vwer knowlegeable and culturally competent staff ho put theory into practice to optimize the learning outcomes of cultural and linguistically diverse urban learners. They have taken education to new level is educating our future community leaders. this is the kind of academy that is well overdue for our Arican american students

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
I'm very disappointed with the administrative job of the school. They give last minute notifications. For example, all summer their website said school started on September 5, 2006 and then a week before school is to start we receive a notice that school now starts on September 4th. We also received last minute notice about back to school night. Some of the teachers are good (from other conversations with parents)but I didn't like my child's teacher. The school has this carpet throughout that is very dirty and it needs to be removed permanently. They also use to have Arts (Enrichment Program) and they've since removed it. (CLAS definitely needs to bring enrichment back!) They are constantly complaining about the lack of money they have. On a high, Academically the school is good.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
CLAS is absolutely amazing! My daughter has been a student since September 2003, 4th grade and is now going into 8th grade in the fall. I wish CLAS would extend its curriculum to high school...I recommend any parents to enroll their child. The CLAS community promotes confidence, integrity, respect for self and others + an amazing curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
WE have 2 children attending C.L.A.S. since 2005-2006 and all I can say is 'This school is great!' Our children love it, especially the teachers, like Mrs. Cook, Mr. Russell, and Mr.Rochester!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2006
Two of our children attend CLAS. The dynamic staff and leadership constantly strive to foster an educational environment where students are engaged and inspired to learn. In our opinion, CLAS exemplifies exactly what schooling should be.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Awesome! CLAS has an exceptional academic program and the Enrichment Program is unbelievable! My daughter is experiencing education, technology and extracurricular activities that she would not have had the exposure to in any other school! Arts Computer Music Athletics....WE LOVE CLAS!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
CLAS is a great school. I am especially pleased with the curriculum and the leadership. We had a hard time finding the right school, but my kids love CLAS and so do we.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2006
I Love CLAS. My family has been a part of the CLAS family since its Inaugural year and we are still impressed. As the enrollment grows, CLAS continues to give us one on one attention. The curriculum is exceptional and all concerns that my family has had have been addressed in a timely manner. Our recent Heritage tour to Jamaica reminded me once again why we chose CLAS in the first place. We wanted the small intensive program to educate our children to the fullest. All activities have had a true family feel. This school is truly a CLAS Act!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 07, 2006
The quality of education and exposure offered by CLAS is top notch. This school constantly monitors the progress of the child to ensure they are being taught at the appropriate grade level. The school has made good on its promise to develop the whole child and I am so pleased.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
CLAS is a technology based school that emphasizes academic enrichment through non-traditional methods that have been proven to be more effective in meeting the needs of its prodominantly African-American student population. CLAS offers music, drama, dance, athletics, and various arts as an inclusive component of student curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
CLAS has proved to be an exceptionally well balanced school offering curriuculum to students on many learning levels. My kindergarten student was not held back by his ability to read on a 1st grade level. Check them out, they feed the mind, soul and spirit of the youth today!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2005
My 2nd grade grandson attends our crown jewel school, CLAS. We love it because the administrators are really visionaries. If we could bottle them and distribute them, we would. They lead a skilled and efficient school and advocates (teachers) and are familiar with the theory that children, especially African American boys, need instruction that allows them to have movement and to have hands-on learning. Students receive culturally relevant lessons that instill self esteem, have some free movement incorporated into the class, are allowed to work in different work groups and to have discussion time or different activities during class, and very importantly, are encouraged to ask questions and receive answers to their questions. On our families [extended family of 15] scale between 1 - 10, 10 being best, CLAS gets our grade of 10!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
The academic programs at CLAS are outstanding. My daughter is in 1st grade and is already a fluent reader. Wednesdays are 'Enrichment Days' when students spend the day in classes devoted to music, dance, foreign languages and even martial arts. Parents are encouraged (and required) to actively participate in their chilren's success. My wife and I are very happy to have found such an amazing school for our precious little girl.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
We are so pleased with CLAS. My children are excited to go to school everyday. They rush me out of the house because they can't wait to start their day. This is a big change from the attitudes they held at their previous school. My eight year old daughters self esteem has soared over the last year. My son takes pride in a job well done. I don't know that the most popular private schools in this city can accomplish that. The teachers & administrators are the most dedicated that I've seen. We are proud to be CLAS parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
Clas is student focused. There is a strong emphasis on instruction. Clas is dedicated to using technology in learning. Each student has their own computer and the daily instruction is designed around various forms of technology. We are highly pleased with our child's learning environment and we highly support this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2005
ClAS is a technology and innovative charter school. They consistantly teach their students about themselves while providing them with with excellent language and art skills. The creative writing skills of the students are amazing. They have a strong parent involvement, and the parents support the educational vision of the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
Culture Language Academy of Success is a public charter school that gives the children a FIRST RATE educational experience equivialent to and surpassing most private schools! This is a school that is helping the inner city children have a chance at a TOP quality education. This is my daughter's first year at CLAS and it is truely a place where the KIDS come first! Each child is encouraged to do their best and there are no labels like 'Top group or Low group' to make them feel bad. The advocates (teachers)are highly skilled and open to parents and students alike. They know the entire student population by name. This makes the children feel important. My child wakes up every morning in a hurry to get to school.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
CLAS is the hidden jewel of our community. Affirmation, exposure, rigor, interaction, involvement, self-discipline and achievment are but a few of the highlights my children have the benefit of every day. I can't say enough about the vision and committment of the administrators to see our children enriched and prepared to be contributing members of society. We are a community here at CLAS all working toward giving our children the best foundation we can. Anyone wondering about the record or reputations of charter schools can rest assured that CLAS will be nothing less than a positive experience for their family. Use of culture as an entry point for learning may be different and a challenging concept for some of us. Rather than listening to mainstream messages that say our heritage isn't relevant in today's world, just look at the joy of your child to go to school each day. Trust them!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
CLAS is a unique school in a needed neighborhood. My child has shown great inprovement in her ability to read, write, and use the computer. CLAS teaches its students using cutting edge technology, while preparing the students for the real world. Students are challenged in their thinking, problem solving skills. The faculty and staff are great to work with. They take the child's intrest at heart and teach using various methods of the learning curve to instruct the child.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
In my opinion, CLAS is a place where the students are held to high expectations and are expected to achieve. CLAS is a place where academic rigor is stressed. At the same time, the school's administrators and teachers have an appreciation for the arts, sports and community involvement (service), and their importance to the development of an educated and well-rounded child. My son is in the second grade. I have witnessed him blossom into a poised, confident and conscientious student. Each child has his or her own laptop computer, where they research topics and compose reports. My 7-year old son is as at ease on the computer as am I. He is turned on by learning and looks forward to going to school. Lastly, CLAS is great because it truly is a community school where most parents know and interact with each other, and participate in their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
I love the fact that this school focuses on our children and their heritage along with the traditional academics. I am learning with my children and that improves me as a parent.

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October 11, 2004
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CLAS Affirmation School
4400 Coliseum Street, Los Angeles, CA  90016
(323) 777-8400
Last modified CLAS Affirmation School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
CLAS Affirmation School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top