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K-8
Public charter
Los Angeles, CA

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12606 Culver Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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(310) 827-5511
(310) 827-2012
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August 10, 2014
Feel so blessed! A Waldorf inspired eduction in a public school setting- amazing! Our son is so happy- the staff is incredible, the school has a homey, natural, beautiful environment, and the children are so sweet and wholesome there. If you get in via lottery, you definitely have gotten the golden ticket!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
My school is OCS and I think it is the best school on this planet

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2014
This has been a perfect school for our child. We love the small intimate school. Currently the school has two campuses, but the board and administration is working on building a new school This school is not for everyone, and it has to be the right fit for your family and child. It is more grounded. No-technology, especially K through 6th grades. This includes limited screens, ie television, computers, cell phones, etc. Although, LAUSD choose this school as one of the test schools for the ipdad program, the school is limiting it's use in teaching programs. We love that they teach Japanese, and music, art. The students create their own text books, which by the end of the year are beautiful memory books. We love that the school grounds, planting, and outdoor activity are a big part of the program. We love the teachers, who are certified in Waldorf, project and creativity based education. We love that eye contact is part of the program. The administration are dedicated and energized to create the best school. The school has many dedicated parent volunteers. The Winter Faire and Spring Faire are amazing events.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
I have 2 kids at OCS and we all love it. Despite what many people think OCS is very structured. In order to be such a free, creative place to learn it needs structure and OCS does that successfully. The teachers are wonderful. The kids are kind and calm and don't watch very much tv (if any) so there is very little "sponge bob talk" here. My kids have learned how to knit, crochet, speak Japanese and they have learned far more, academically, than they did at the LAUSD neighborhood school they attended before switching to OCS. Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Great school. Individual attention, waldorf influence teaching. This is a creative approach to education. Teachers and administration are dedicated to children education in good environment. Very please with this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
The best experience a child or parent can have is to belong to a school like this. The stuff is incredible, teachers are amazing, my daughter is so happy to come everyday to school, She is learning having fun.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
a fairly dysfunctional school that bored our daughter. The level of education was somewhat better than the local public schools but lacks the spark that a great school has. Wasn't very responsive to the needs of our child and suffered from being a bit formula driven.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
What a beautiful and safe place that teaches the important values in life. Students are taught to learn and not to perform. The curriculum offers lots of art, theatre, gardening, Japanese and music. There is no TV in the class room and parents are asked to keep the children 'media free' on weekdays. What a difference it makes! The children are calm and focused in the class room and ready and eager to learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
My daughter attended Ocean Charter school for 2 1/2 years. Her first year was overall a fairly successful and happy transition, which thereafter began to go downhill as my daughter become the object of bullying, which was ignored by the teacher and staff, or which my daughter was blamed for causing. Her last year, was an absolutely horrible experience for our entire famiily, most of the teachers for her 6th grade year were new to the school and inept in the Waldorf method, and incapable of controlling the students. My family and family friends had to band together to ensure my daughter spent as little time on campus as possible, without one of us there to monitor to do our best that she not come home in tears, why the reaction of the staff and teachers was "all 6th grade girls get teased." I eventually reported the bullying to L.A. Unified, which seemed to make them take the matter a bit more seriously. My daughter attended a different school for 7th and 8th grade - where she is an A & B student, gifted athlete, and surrounded by friends. Ocean Charter was the problem! Notably, the child who bullied my daughter the most, was the child of a teacher at the school. hmmmm......

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
Both my children attended OCS K-6th and were prepared when they both went on to private middle schools. My thinking as to why my children did so well is that I bought into the philosophy of limited media. We have carried that philosophy over to their new schools and it is working out great. The school requires that the parents participate and if you are not interested in helping the school this is not the place for you. Please take the time to see what the school is about and choose accordingly.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
OCS has the potential to be a wonderful school. The teachers are (for the most part) excellent and loving, but the administration is incompetent and dishonest. OCS has lost so many excellent teachers because of the lack of support from their admin. Most of the parents are lovely, but the few bad apples make everyone's life miserable. Administration gives into their demands and teachers are unable to do their jobs effectively. It's difficult to create a nurturing environment for children when the teachers are stressed out and unhappy. If you are looking for a stable environment for your children, OCS is not the place. A change in administration is much needed and a better system for dealing with the ridiculous parents who believe their child can do no wrong. The school has wonderful curriculum and passionate teachers...it's a shame that all of that becomes lost in the hands of incapable leaders.

- submitted by a community member
April 12, 2012
My son went to eighth grade at Ocean Charter. It was an awful experience for us, his teacher was incredibly inept. If there is a problem, the staff blame the student for anything that is less than satisfactory. The special ed is especially lacking.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
Your child will be happy here, in a way you never thought was possible at a public school (or at least in California public schools over the past dozen years). Homework, curriculum, instructional techniques, and classrooms are all designed with the child in mind. Sometimes it can be worrying that your kids are having such a different experience than the regular public schools, both in timing of curriculum and exposure to media and computers. But don't worry -- just look at the well-adjusted 8th graders that come out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2011
What is the last poster talking about? Homelessness is like a permanent vacation. Seriously, though, do you think the principal would tell other families, "Have a nice vacation." And, then, point to the homeless mom and say, "Oh, you poor dear. Good luck to you finding a home over the holiday." Give me a break.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2011
I have 3 children at OCS and they love this school. Just like any place it has it's issues that are mostly addressed quickly and with passion. If you want a place that will barely watch your kids, much less educate them, put them in just any old public school. If you are looking for a place that has an extremely active, intelligent curriculum and incredible parent involvement then OCS is perfect for you. OCS has had their fair share of administrative problems in the past. There always seems to be one or two very intense and often irrational parents that have nothing better to do than complain about the little things that bug them about various administrators or teachers. The majority of the parents, though, truly admire the efforts of the school administration. I just think that an alternative school such as OCS tends to attract very passionate and opinionated parents who think the school is something that it is not. Again it's not for everybody. You know what's best for your family. We have been through quite a lot of ups and downs with this school yet we feel very fortunate to have discovered it.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
I love my sons teachers, the staff and his fellow students!. My son is going into his 7th year @ this school and he has done so well. He has thrived as a student, friend and over all citizen. This school has given him so much depth, knowledge and appreciation for the arts, language and community. He has grown into a fine young man in part because of his experiences @ Ocean. In his state tests scores he has consistently done well, even in the middle school. This is a very special school, not for everyone, but my son has unequivocally thrived here, how many public schools can you say have accomplished this?

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
teachers were great. The school is an awsome school. Everyone was really nice. The school was very good in teaching you in math.

- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2011
OCS test scores for middle school Math and English compare very favorably with other westside middle schools. Do your own comparisons. Our kids are doing great academically at OCS and we love the rich curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
OCS is a lovely place and there is a really nice community here. The plants and gardens are beautiful. Parental involvement is huge for fundraising and community events. Waldorf curriculum is gentle and loving, although the Waldorf rituals can feel secretive. What really disappoints me though is the lack of academic substance in the upper grades. I was told that Waldorf starts slow in the lower grades (which I love and think is done well at OCS) then soars past conventional schools in the upper elementary school grades, but this is not happening at OCS. The administration is unresponsive and unapologetic about this. I know a number of parents who are very troubled by the slacking academics and are pulling their children out, paying for private tutors or doing semi-home schooling because they know their children are behind and are missing out. It's a great school if you want a nurturing, progressive community and a beautiful school, but if your child loves to learn and you want them to have a good, solid academic education this is not the place. Transfers out of OCS say that their children were significantly behind. I don t know how this warrants an 8 rating.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2011
In reading the reviews from2005-2009 I really must say how great we thought the school would become but alas 50 point drop in STAR and more then half the 6th grade left rather then suffer another year of ineptitude, and more left at the spring/fall semester shift. The middle school is a sinking and stinking ship with an administration that covers their inability to lead with "concerned" nods and "smiles"and fire most of the middle school teachers year after year.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2010
As parent-founded schools grow, I think it is common for parents to feel excluded from decision making-- it is hard to be as included as a school grows from 160 to almost 400. Employees' right to confidentiality conflicts with parents desire to know why one teacher is retained and another let go. That said, magical things happen at Ocean Charter. The environment is overwhelmingly supportive and safe. The teachers are creative. The curriculum is beautiful. The lower grades are especially strong. Some of the parents are exceedingly hard to please and are used to private school "service". This is a public school where the learning challenges are way more diverse than at an exclusive private school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
Ocean Charter School has a great community, with wonderful teachers dedicated to providing the children with a creative 'Whole Child' curriculum. Look at the children's faces showing their enthusiasm for discovery, exploration and bio-dynamic gardening. We enjoy the hands on learning approach and understand the depth of the academics interwoven into the curriculum with a strong arts foundation. What a dynamic school and faculty who has the intention of creating the opportunity for each child to gain the capacity to 'think' for themselves. Just imagine if we could all do mathematics while skipping rope and singing- what a happy way to do accounting. What a magical school grounded in the principals of creative education and a strong healthy community of families together building this dynamic Charter School. Many families have helped set up the school, dig the gardens and raise this Charter school over the past years. It has now over 370 children enrolled from K-8th Grade. The Whole Child Curriculum teaches children in a safe, protective and naturally beautiful environment using methods that fill each child with delight, wonder and enthusiasm. To facilitate this ease of learning, classroom teachers stay with the children for three-year cycles. "Ocean Charter School's Whole Child Curriculum, informed by the Waldorf educational approach and built on a foundation of creativity and self-confidence, grows with the child to balance imagination, critical thinking and academic excellence. This foundation, combined with a focus on ecological and social responsibility, nurtures a sense of delight and wonder about the world, as well as respect for nature and humanity."

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
Ocean Charter had great potential. When it first opened it relied heavily on parent involvement, not just for their own children's experience but for the development of the school. Teachers and parents working together to actually create a school--just what the charter movement is about. The current board chair and administrators as leaders have hidden everything with their goal of running a school with no interference from anyone. With them at the helm, parents have no voice but are only asked for money and sweat. The biggest problem is that they have no professional capacity to run a school and the result is that every year, half the teachers leave. And forget the middle school--no resources devoted to it and new teachers constantly coming in.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2010
I would really like to hear someone speak to the fact that the parents of so many returning 6th graders have chosen to leave Ocean Charter this year.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2010
From initial observations, Ocean Charter School is a wonderful place for learning, most especially in the younger grades. But upon a closer review of the school organization, the administration, faculty and community meetings, and the relationships among the students, one begins to observe some major problems within this charter school organization. To begin with, the administrtative team of Mrs. Stephanie and Mrs. Kristy (neither of whom possess proper Admin. Credentials), have a gross reputation of incompetence among the faculty . These two self-empowered individuals blatantly disguise their ineptitude with smiles and other deceitful pleasantries. One egregious example is the fact that new teachers are not provided with a school handbook with accountable policies about the curriculum and for professional evaluations. As a result, the Administration operates under a very non-transparent screen that allows them to make decisions with no managerial oversight or accountability. Look closely & you'll be sadly surprised.

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2010
The sense of community--children, teachers, and parents working together to support a place where curriculum is shaped by the teachers themselves according to the developmental needs of the children at each particular age.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
i have 3 children at OCS and have been involved since the first year. i feel really good about the lower grades and moderately worried about the 4th-8th grade curriculum. i worry about my children being prepared for highschool, yet not worried enough to pull them out. Parents pull a lot of the weight, politics are a bit much, some cliques exist, admin seems continually overwhelmed and slow to respond to issues. much of these issues are due to growing pains and budget issues. i don't believe that any school will avoid all problems all the time, so I stay at OCS and stay involved. my children are greatly benefiting from the broad range of subjects (handworks, games, music, theatre, singing, math, science, japanese, spanish, etc...) the community of loving, hard-working teachers, parents and engaged curious children keep me living in this city!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2010
It's unfortunate the poster below had such a negative experience at OCS and that their child also was effected. I would like to say, however, that as one parent in a dual parent working household with a child at OCS, this has not been my experience. We as a family are friends with many dual working parents and with single parents at this school and this poster's experience has not been reflective of what we or our child has experienced. There are very likely some unfriendly people at this school or in a particular class, but find a school that doesn't have an element of that. I'm sorry this family felt they had to leave.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 06, 2010
I think that there is a large difference between the lower grades and the upper ones at Ocean. While I really like the 'whole child' approach in the younger grades, the upper grades suffer from the lack of rigor in the academics. The upper grades are well behind other schools in mathematics and writing, and they rarely do such basic things as book reports. Considering this continues through the 8th grade, the students are seriously disadvantaged when they move on to the high school level. While I will agree that parent involvement is high, the parent body (and students as well) are very cliquish. In addition, while they mean well, the parents are completely disorganized. Events such as field trips or even day trips are always thrown haphazardly together at the last minute, or cancelled due to lack of planning.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2010
OCS cannot use ethnicity to weigh lottery results because it is unlawful in the state of California to do so, unless it was grandfathered in like it was for some of the earliest charter schools. At this time, magnet schools remain exempt from these mandates. The diversity committee has been working very hard with it's outreach efforts to bring greater diversity to it's lottery pool and could use all the help it can get. It also has a great many other things it does to help celebrate diversity at OCS. Yes, the school needs improvement in this realm, but is working to achieve it. This is a great school otherwise and my child of color is learning a great deal and loves going to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2010
It's too bad they don't use a lottery and factor in race (like the magnet schools) to get a hetergeneous community w/in the classroom. You can have diversity committees all you want, but if children are not mixing with different races on a daily basis inside the classroom walls, then the school is not walking the talk.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
I am so sorry to hear that last review. It is true that OCS doesn't have the number of African American children and Hispanic children that is reflective of Los Angeles, but my daughter's class has children whose parents are from Asia, England, Ireland, Poland...so there is diversity in a sense. Plus, we have the most active diversity committee ever. They are reaching out to the community. All who get into OCS get in through a lottery system so it is not like the school itself controls who gets in. I have found the school truly wonderful. I love that the school stresses the importance of play and homework is not assigned until 2nd or 3rd grade, yet test scores are among the highest of all comparative schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
This is such an awesome community. Our kids are loved and nurtured by their teachers and a curriculum that is truly adapted to their development stages. Learning happens in such a natural way it really feels like blossoming !

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
It is a great comunity where the kids are the most important part.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
they truly care about growing well rounded kid.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Inspiring teachers, creative curriculum, and an amazing community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The curriculum addresses the whole child, promoting the development of healthy, responsible, and creative human beings.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
This school provides a very nurturing society for where our children can grow, blossom, and meet their potential.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
It's the best Waldorf inspired curriculum in the US with amazing teachers. My children are learning so much.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Ocean Charter School has a wonderfully supportive community of parents, teachers, and staff who enable a holistic growth experience for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It is a wonderfully nurturing school, while also helping the children grow their imaginations, ask questions, and think for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
they have cool parents. also the directors are open and helpfully friendly. Halley makes the most beautiful things for the bizar and her husband valeo is about the best Dahrma Bum I know!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
We love love OCS. A beautiful learning environment and a wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The children at Ocean Charter School have grown up understanding that they are a community, that they are learning together and caring about one another. The parents are involved closely with every aspect of the the school experience, making the whole circle feel close and functional. The kids know that the adults around them are committed and it creates an incredible vibe: we are all building this school every day.If some aspect is not working, we will all address it together.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Ocean Charter School provides a wonderful community for us and our children. The classrooms are so inviting, the teachers are passionate. It's a magical place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
OCS offers a caring and nurturing environment and mind set for our children to learn and grow. The teachers are truly dedicated, multi faceted and engaged. The parents are involved and loving. The kids are precious.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Because they 'TEACH, MY GRANDSON WELL', and keep my daughter busy and out of trouble. Mother and son, learning together.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Rich with arts - the children paint every day, sing, play instruments. They garden, do community outreach, learn to knit, crochet, cross-stitch. A gentle play and arts-based curriculum. Because it's a charter school it's parent supported so there is huge parent involvement, wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Lots of hard work goes on there to make it so special!!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It's a great school where kids not only have excellent learning opportunities, but offers creative outlets in activities and lessons. The staff is exceptional and also has much needed parental support and participation.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2009
I love the community of caring and thoughtful parents, the committed teachers and staff and the wonderful, respectful and exciting curriculum. I feel so lucky to be at this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
My children not only learn about academics and art at Ocean Charter School, they learn to love learning, and thrive. It is an exceptional community of children, teachers, administration and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is an awesome community school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love Ocean Charter School's strong community and that the teachers help our children reach their potential both in their academics and in their characters - amazing!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
This is such a wonderful school. To be honest I was planning on home-schooling my daughter up until I found this school. It is the only place I trust with the education of my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love the philosophy. I did not seek out Waldorf, specifically, but I learn more each day about how creatively and brilliantly it builds a life-long love of learning. I love the size. We live in a big city, but at this school we are raising and education our children within a small, nurturing community of familiar faces. I love the commitment. You can 'feel' the difference when you know that something wouldn't 'be' if someone hadn't done it or donated it themselves. When you choose to send your child to a charter school, there is a whole new level of devotion to its success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
This school is not simply about academic learning and tending to our children's heads, but also to their hearts through connecting them to each other in a greater sense of community and caring for the world around us. It is a school that teaches kindness and respect for each other and the natural world.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Ocean Charter has an incredible group of involved parents helping to maintain what is already a great curriculum. With a focus on the arts and music, the lessons inspire creativity, problem solving,and environmental responsibility, while nurturing the whole child with a conscious awareness of each phase of growth. The teachers are excellent and always expanding their knowledge with summer workshops.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
This school was very different from our local public school. It is personal, not institutional. It takes into account the child's point of view and needs. My first grader is learning Japanese, Spanish, knitting, flute, games and gets recess and free play. All the learning is done through art and songs and stories.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Ocean Charter takes a developmentally appropriate approach to it's curriculum. The teachers, staff and parents are there to guide the development of the child in a healthy and supportive way. By first nurturing a child's social and emotional being, the child will be more ready to grasp and integrate the academics as they grow.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The creativity of the teachers and the the spirit of the students!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
There could not be a better school out there for my children than Ocean Charter! My son is learning and loving every day at school! What more could you ask for!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
my grandchildren attend (and 1 now attended) Ocean Charter and I'm astonished by their growth--thru the lessons, field trips, and music, drama, art, science, nature projects--and by Ocean Charter's emphasis on the needs of the individual that provides a non-threatening, non-stressful environment for the children

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
We love the beautiful whole child curriculum - art, music, cooking, math, science, history and language arts, etc... as well as the social and environmental awareness that is nurtured here...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Ocean Charter School is absolutely the finest education out there for children!!!! Never have I heard how so many children love to go to their school as much as i have at Ocean Charter School. The children feel so loved, nurtured, and their needs listened to by there teachers and Principal. Kids are always taught to come from there gentle hearts. When your child comes home from school and they have a big smile on their face because they've learned how to knit or tie a knot or bake their own bread and cook the soup to be served for class that day, this is very fulfilling and exciting to me as a parent that my child isn't learning just the alphabet (which she already knows backwards and forwards) but cultivating her fine motor skills with beeswax and molding these little creatures or shapes with their own hands!! I look forward to our next year at Ocean Charter School!! I love all the interactions we have at the school. I see the principal every morning smiling and greeting all the children and families it feels that she is always going above and beyond! Thank You Ocean Charter for being here and always caring deeply for the children!!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Ocean Charter provides an amazing education to children, fostering their independence and critical thinking, in an alternative and nurturing environment. Kids who graduate from this school excel at an unusually high rate.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Ocean Charter has been alike a home-away-from-home for my son. He has a tight-knit group of friends who echo the closeness of the larger community. The parent body is highly committed because this is a school that walks the walk, and doesn't just talk the talk. The teachers and administrators believe deeply in the whole child curriculum and are creative in finding ways to integrate the Waldorf approach while adhering to state standards. The children are getting an education that doesn't just teach skills, but imbues them with a depth of understanding that will last life-long!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The kids at Ocean Charter learn Japanese, Spanish, Handworks as well as all the required education in an arts based classroom.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
child centric, arts integrated- wonderful place to be a child and learn and grow

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
My son loves going to school, he loves learning because he is given the opportunity to really connect with the material from many perspectives: art, music, handwork, nature, etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
It is the most nurturing and evolved school environment in all of L.A.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love OCS because of it's Waldorf-minded approach

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2009
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January 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 08, 2008
Ocean Charter is great school, but not for everyone. It s a Waldorf-methods school. Parents must sign a no-media agreement prior to enrollment. This means no tv/video games/computer for your child on school days. Your child cannot wear clothing with media-related pictures or writing on it to school. More importantly, reading is not taught until the second grade. Kindergarten is entirely play-based with no academics. Parents need to research Waldorf methods prior to enrollment. My child loves this school and his teachers. She is thriving in the arts-rich, nature-based environment. Her teachers are kind and supportive. There is a lot of outside time for playing and games. Although it's true that parents are not often welcome inside the classroom, there are special events and many other ways to participate. Ocean Charter School may not be for everyone, but it is a high quality school with many outstanding facets.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2007
It's sad reading a negative former experience of OCS and that feelings were strong enough to write here. However, I remind those who venture, to know that every new school has it's hiccups and works through them in a manner that helps become what it set out to be. Calling a school 'progressive' that bases it's inspiration on a 100 year old education system, is clearly misunderstood. I would describe the more insightful and reforming education OCS offers in a more illuminating way. OCS expects it's students to be active thinkers and creative doers, to show originality and effort and not just a recapitulation of the facts. My parent involvement has always been graciously accepted and needed in many creative ways. I support the faculty who work hard to create the depth of the curriculum offered, and is paramount to the success of any school; using my head, hands and heart!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
Extremely disappointed with the quality of teachers and the principal. In general we found this supposedly progressive school to be anything but. The 'Waldorf-informed' curriculum seems to be stuck in the early 80's and we found the classes to be rigid in philosophy and isolating from the real world. This is one of the biggest cities in the country, and parents in LA should expect progressive and forward-thinking schools. Ocean Charter has a secretive creepy feel in the way communication is handled. Parent participation in the classroom is discouraged. Why would anyone want their child in an environment like this? If academics and community involvement in a major urban city are important to you, this school is not the right choice. I encourage parents to investigate the magnet program within LAUSD. Those schools are progressive and nurturing. We couldn't wait to get our child out of Ocean Charter.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
Could not be happier! OCS is born of love and inspiration and it really is a dream come true on the west side.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
Ocean Charter School is growing into the best public school in Los Angeles. The 2 year play based kindergarten gives children time to grow and learn to be together while immersed in a beautiful environment with emphasis on storytelling, singing, painting, drawing, puppet shows, cooking and so much more. After 2 years of imaginative play, students are ready to sit at desks and the rigors of academic learning begin with reading and math- all introduced through the arts. In first grade they start Spanish and Japanese as well as handwork- which starts with knitting. The development of fine motor skills helps with their handwriting and drawing. The students are introduced to flutes and recorders- and later to violin and cello. The games program focuses on non-competitive sports early on. Parent involvement is a huge factor to the success of Ocean Charter School- fundraising is also intense to support the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2006
Our daughter went to OCS Kindergarten for two years and liked it very much. However, she had a very hard time switching over to another school after we moved. The curriculum is very different from other schools and parents should be aware of it. As a parent at Ocean Charter I did not care for the 'clique' feeling among parents and teachers. There was a lot of politics going on.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
Ocean Charter School is a dream come true. Excellent teachers and an arts curriculum that is derived from a developmental model makes this a place of thriving creativity, kindness, and excellence. It is a true gift to the community.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
This is the second year of this charter school and it is actually K-8, the school has great parent involement with music( vocal, violin), pentathalon(for upper grades),movement, spanish and japaneese as part of the weekly curriculum and I am very happy to have my child a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
Great Parents help make great things happen at OCS.

- submitted by a staff
January 03, 2006
Ocean Charter is a mix of LAUSD Charter and Waldorf methodology. If you care mostly about test results and having your kindergartener spell the ABC's backwards, this is not a good school for you. If you want your children to thrive in an arts/music heavy, caring and anti-commercial environment, you should look no further. This school is only in it's second year, and many programs (e.g. PE) are not fully impleted yet. Parent involvement is very important.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
My son is in his second year of kindergarten at ocean charter and we are very happy with the play-based, developmental curriculum. It allows young children to be children for a little bit longer, in this hurried, goal oriented world! The classroom environment is very homey, and we have found the teachers to be dedicated & caring. The kindergartener's particpate in a variety of creative activities... Modelling bees wax, watercolor painting, drawing, finger knitting, story telling, singing, movement, free play and bread kneading/baking, that help to develop their motor skills, senses for shape & color, social and body awareness, problem solving etc... We're also excited about the language program beginning in first grade (spanish & japanese), and the instrumental program for grades 3+ that offers a choice of strings (violin & cello) or percussion. Parent volunteerism is big here, and the directors know everyone by name.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
My son went to kindergarten at this school its first year. We hated it. The school is badly structured, the playground equipment was dangerous, the children were minimally supervised at recess, the bathrooms were filthy, and the school was so focused on the organic 'experiences' of the child, learning was ignored. Dissension and differences of opinions of the parents was surpressed. The school claims to follow the Waldorf 'spirit', but it is a thinly disguised Waldorf school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
This new charter school is entering its second year of operation. It is a wonderful school with an emphasis on creativity and individuality. The level of parent involvement is unparalleled and the school community is richly diverse in culture. My daughter is entering her second year of a two year kindergarten program and she cannot wait to return. The teachers and administration are always available to work with parents on any issues we may have with the school or our children. Being such a new school, there are many things to improve on but the intent is there and I'm sure with every year this school will blossom into one of the best LA has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
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Ocean Charter School
12606 Culver Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90066
(310) 827-5511
Last modified Ocean Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ocean Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 89 reviews. Top