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K-5
Public charter
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 625
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3737 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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(213) 746-1995
(213) 746-7443
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February 03, 2014
A great and friendly school. My daughter has been in the dual language program since first grade. They have the best teachers in the dual program and the staff is really friendly. ThePTA at this school is amazing and wonderful. The teachers and parents work together to achieve in all areas. Alexander Science Center School has come a long way and it will continue to succeed year after year. My daughter has one more year to go and we are looking forward to graduating from Alexander Science Center school in 2016.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
I am a former student from here. I was in the first 2nd grade class when it first opened back in 2004. From then on I stayed until the 5th grade. I have to say that this a great school to send your children. The teachers are great!! When I went there the school had many field trips which was great because it exposed students to the outside world. I learned a lot from that school and now that I'm a junior in high school I still remember things they taught me back when I came here. Thanks Science Center for everything and thanks to the wonderful teachers too. Elementary Class of 2008!

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2013
Alexander Science Center ha been a great experience for my 4th grader. Dedicated and Passionate teachers. The Dual program has been awesome for my daughter. The school has been working in all areas in order to improve and became one of the best elementary schools in Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
My daughter has been at The Science Center School since kindergarten and I have to say that the experience has been great. She is in fourth grade now and The Dual Program has also been one of the best opportunities we have had at ASCS.Teachers and staff at this school are awesome. They are also working in all areas so they improve in order to become one of the best schools in Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2011
My son has been at this school since kinder. I have had no bad experiences until this past school year. I was very displeased with the way my son's teacher conducted herself. Unfortunately I am one voice and if all the parents would have gotten together we would have made a difference. Hopefully this next school year will bring a better more positive attitude towards my feelings of the school. I have never had a problem with the principal and feel that if you want somethings done you must approach her with the utmost respect and she will give you the same in return. Overall if the parents would get more involved in the school it would make a big difference for our kids and their test scores!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
I have been teaching at the Science Center School for the past 7 years. It has been a wonderful and growing experience. Our teachers are dedicated and our students are hardworking. The teachers work hard to provide effective, quality instruction for all students. We're still a relatively new school and are working on our school's culture, but we've made tremendous progress in the programs we offer. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the administration, fellow teachers, amazing students, and positive collaborative parents. This is a school that offers tremendous opportunities for students to DO science, work with technology, and receive a quality education that focuses on learning math and language arts through other content areas. At the end of the school year, we had our first talent show and the kids did a stupendous job sharing and showcasing their talent. I am excited to start the new 2011-2012 school year!

- submitted by a teacher
May 18, 2010
The science center school has no excuse for not reaching and even far exceeding test scores and academic achievement for the students, given all the resourses available to it. the university, the science center partnership and the museum row that are at arm's lenth of the ASCS campus. I hope that the survey that was sent in may helps in some way and does not end up as just another thing that should of and /or could of.

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2010
There is a lot of discord between Principal Denen and the teachers. sadly this has really affected the culture of the school. if they do not fix that the school will suffer and this translate into the children suffering. yes the principal is hard to approach, because she is very defensive.

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March 15, 2010
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March 13, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
March 04, 2010
The principal at this school is difficult to approach. She has a negative attitude, especially in respect to her teachers. It does not seem she offers them the support they need to teach effectively.

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January 28, 2010
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January 12, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
I was a student in this school I loved the school so much the playgrounds and teachers were really nice especially Ms.Dongon, Thanks for helping me Ms.Dongon through fourth grade. Ricardo Beltran. Thank you also Ms.simon take care.

- submitted by a student
April 03, 2009
This is a great school with an awesome staff. My son's 4th & 5th grade teacher, Ms. Shuler, has exhibited her commitment for the success of her students. Principal Denen's has great leadership qualities and maintains parents informed of constant changes. I highly appreciate both of these amazing women.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
I totally agree with the parent who posted that Fong and Simon are the best!!! I love Ms Simon!!! My daughter is doing fantastic in her class! Mrs. Simon is very creative and teaches her children to think 'out of the box'. She is very nurturing and totally committed to the students. The school is doing much better under Principal Denham's direction and the security is enforced much better. I am very happy with the school's growth!

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January 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
Great School, Wonderful PTA!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
Great School! Child Safety is Strickly enforced, Have a Kinder and First grader, I am VERY HAPPY with the staff at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
I have been very pleased with this school. I have two children attending ACS since the school first day it opened and I have not heard of anything bad happening, hopefully it stays that way. As a parent, I know that the gate is not opened until 7:30 and the state police officers don't get there until 7:15am I know better not too leave my kids there unattended. I have had the pleasure to know Mr. Peterson he is a great teacher and another great teacher I have to give credit too is Mrs. Dongon she is a fantastic teacher. I feel that teachers like them would help our kids learn and be better prepared for the years to come.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
This has been an amazing year at the school. Filled with various field trips, events, and recognition for teachers! The dual language program is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
The culture of the school is based on inclusion and working together. This is a great fit for our family. Our child's attitude towards learning is so much better than before.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2008
My dauther has beind in this school from opening day to currently in 5th grade. This school is great all of my dauther teachers have beeen outstanding . Ms lemle , mrs gomez and ms. Letterie . My dauther is in the gate program and has learn so much from this wonderful teacher their the best.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
This school is great! I was there for two years I had a great experiance with all the learning activities! This year I think the teachersshould do a better job ecxiting the kids about mat and science.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 15, 2007
I am the parent of a 4th grader, I think overall the school is great academically, but the discipline needs to get better, my daughter has been there since 2nd grade and thankfully all her teachers have been wonderful, especially her third grade teacher (Mr. Peterson). She has learned so many new skills both academically as well as life changing. I have to say that, 'without a doubt he is the best teacher at ASC.' If there were more teachers like Mr. Peterson, then there would be more students interested in learning.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
The PTA has really helped to turn the school into something special for the school children and their families. This coupled with the newly hired Principal, Paula Denen, has brought new energy and determination to the entire school community to truly make this a national model. We are very excited to be a part of thsi school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
There's a new principal at ASC and she seems great! She is experienced, motivated and excited to take the school in a positive direction. This school needed good leadership and I think we now have it.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
I took my children out of private school to place them in the Science Center with very high expectations. Unfortunately they were not meet. The majority of the teachers are new and are still strugling themselves to fiqure out what works in the classroom. They don't know how to control the classroom or the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
The School does not open its doors until 7:30, that is true, however I do not know of many schools who open their doors any earlier. Breakfast is served from 7:30 until 8:20, when the bell rings for the children to line up. Also the school keeps its doors open and provides many after school chioces that are either free of charge of for a fee. If for any reason you cannot get to your child by 6:30, someone will stay with them until you arrive.

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June 28, 2007
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May 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2007
I happen to take the bus across the street from the school and just this morning about 7am there was a little girl crying walking back and forth from the bus stop to the school ...she was afraid, she was there for breakfast at 7am no staff members were on campus, no security, no one. One staff member happened to drive into the underground parking lot without even checking to see if the young girl was ok. A man passed by the girl and kept looking at her and I made the choice to cross the street to make sure the girl would be ok, she said she was scared..where are the staff members? who should be there to supervise...by the time other students started to arrive around 7:09 am there were still no staff members on the premises...Safety is a major problem and it needs to be addressed.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
The school has made many improvements recently. The interim principal has been very proactive and the office staff is very receptive. My son is in the dual language program and has achieved so much. Teachers that I have worked with are Ms. Pipin, Mr. Delatorre, Ms. Vasquez and Ms. Kapp. They work hard to put together parent meetings on their own time and keep us informed. They teach me to help my son at home. When I compare how he is doing to my older son I can see a difference in the quality of early elementary education. They take the time to be everything they can to my son and his classmates. Truly outstanding. Their enthusiasm and dedication is what I admire, and even they admit they are always getting better but always so whats best for kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
This school has made tremendous academic gains in the past year under the dedicated leadership of the interim principal. My three children are finally showing progress since they were taken out of the Dual Language program. The teachers in the regular school program have a higher level of expertise, higher expectations for their students, and higher student proficiency. I love this school! My only regret is that my children did not have quality instruction the past two years in the Dual Language Program. This program needs restructuring out of this school.

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April 18, 2007
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September 29, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
September 26, 2006
Over all I say this school is 'okay' although they can or should work on strenghening their security and safety at the school. They need to also empower more decipline to some of these teachers. There are a few good and a few bad that I have seen just standing there as I walk my child to his class. I see some of them have no patience and that I think is no good!Some of these teachers need to be educated on learning how to deal with children and behavioral issues instead of just taking them out of class or sending them to the office!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My son is in the first grade. He had a wonderful Kinder teacher and 3 months into his Kinder year was already reading. His first grade teacher is great. The school is still undergoing leadership challenges, but I've been thrilled with it and appreciate the numerous after-school programs available including a new program operated by the Science Center Museum. I hope that these partnerships will strengthen to allow the school to rise to its full potential.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
The dual language program is the best part of the school. I have two kids in the program. The teachers work with eachother and really care about the kids. The lausd has stop caring about the school the last two years. The administration has changed so hopefully things will get better. Maybe with teh changes in the district the children will be taken care of. Some very good teachers. But many have left. Luckly more bad then good have left. New school and things seem to be getting better.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2006
The science center has reclaimed the school and the thanks to experienced teachers like Ms .Fung, Ms. Simon, Ms. Woods, Ms. Lemle, and Ms. Kosla the school is thriving.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
I'm happy with the highly gifted programs. There is a handfull of great teachers at the school. I believe they could do better in all academic programs. Not too many extracurricular activities. Parents involvement is poor. Mrs. Lemle 4grd. teacher is one of the best teachers there. She cares and motivates children to do their best. She works with them side by side. Ms. Dekraker 3rd grade teacher is very dedicated, she help my son with his self stem and she promotes respect in her class and motivates kids to do their very best. Children in playground play rough, not enough supervision.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
The school has a lot of potential. It has great teachers. I feel some teachers can do better. The discipline is poor. Some children have no respect for others.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 06, 2006
I feel this school has a lot of potential. It is brand new and trying to find it's place in both the school district and charter world. There are some very dedicated teachers that are working hard to make the school what it can be. The school is just beginning to build community.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2006
The dual language program at this school has not supported the needs of my children in kindergarten or first grade whose primary language is English. The teachers are in their first or second year of teaching and lack skills and continuity in their instruction. In addition, this school does not have a specific Language Arts, Math, Science, or Social Studies Program. The few veteran teachers, the Arts Prototype Program, and the relationship with the California Science Center are the strongest assets of this school. The new leadership at the school is raising the quality of education.

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February 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
My experience with school is in the dual language classroom (k and 1st) and this has been great. The teachers in these classes are not only dedicated but highly trained in classroom technique but also share theoretical research. I would highly recommend the dual language classes at this school. They are great for the English and Spanish speakers.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
The Science Center school has a lot of potential but has not quite reached it yet. Although there are many excellent teachers and resources, there still exist issues with the school's leadership. With the right direction, this school could achieve great things.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
This is my kids first year. So far it is going good for them. I have one in the 4th grade, and my boys are in the 2nd grade.

- submitted by a parent
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Dr. Theo. T. Alexander Junior, Science Center
3737 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA  90007
(213) 746-1995
Last modified Dr. Theo. T. Alexander Junior, Science Center is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dr. Theo. T. Alexander Junior, Science Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top