the elementary is one of the best schools in los angeles: public, private or otherwise. it's a 10, the basis from which larchmont west grew. getting a spot at either is winning the lottery for LA parents. nearly all of the depressed ratings here have to do with the middle school which has had a rough time; the middle school should have a separate listing.
this school has the most amazing caring teachers and parents that are always willing to go up above and beyond to help the children that attend. My son is in 1st grade and asked me if he could go to this school forever the other day. My daughter is in the new Middle school and also loves it! Im very happy I decided to change schools for my kids and attend Larchmont
The grass is not greener. Both sides have a share of brown spots, the grass at LCS is no greener than other public schools. If your kids are struggling elsewhere, they will struggle here. Likewise if they are thriving elsewhere, they will thrive here. Water the grass where your kids are enrolled.
We feel incredibly blessed to get all 3 kiddos into Larchmont Charter. Having been there for 1 year, we have experienced nothing but great things. There is huge parent involvement, no violence that my daughter can speak of, and teachers and staff that generally care about each child as an individual. They have recently become a K-12 school which I love. We highly recommend this school.
My son will be entering 7th grade in the fall. His 6th grade year was challenging but positive overall. The school is increasing the total number of students per grade but reducing class size numbers down to 25! The "small" school is the reason we were hoping to get into LCS for middle school. I feel that LCS is preparing him for high school and beyond. I was able to contact his teachers through e-mail, which was helpful. They are hiring a lot of new staff at the middle school and high school so I am hopeful that this year will be even better than the last. LCS uses Power School to keep parents informed about their child's grades and their homework assignments are posted so they can stay on top of their responsibilities! The lunch program while not inexpensive, is a wholesome meal (no plastic wrapped nastiness like LAUSD offers). With a new campus for the Middle School and High School I can't wait to see what this new school year holds!
My child is currently in 3rd grade, and we have been here since Kindergarten. I also have another child at a top private school in LA. I have to say that Larchmont is far superior in almost every way. Larchmont gets the best teachers because of good pay and benefits and professional development and because they get to implement the constructivist teaching method that is such a deep, experiential, and academically strong method. The administration and Board are experts, the parent community is tight-knit and very involved, the kids are wonderful, there is a strong character education component, and the academics are excellent. I feel thrilled that we got in and will send my youngest here for sure.
My son Elijah has Adhd and struggled in school since he started kindergarden. Larchmont is the very first school that had made progress with Elijah. With proper nutrition, which Larchmont has organic lunches and supplements it was a success. Unfortunately we had to move, but we will be moving back to La and hopefully Elijah can continue to go there.. This is the best school by far because they really care. Thank you to Meg, Tracy, Kristin, Karen, Candice, Felix, Maria, Rick, Sara and the rest of the staff thank you for making a difference in my sons life..
No school is perfect, but I am very happy with both the education our daughter is receiving at LCW Middle School and the level of personal attention she gets from ALL her teachers and the administration as well. I volunteer at the school every week, and I cannot imagine a scenario which would justify some of the negative comments below. ALL the teachers and staff give out their email addresses and respond to any inquiry within 36 hours. The team-based, project-based curriculum is a powerful way to learn and my daughter is thriving -- utterly connected to everyone around her. This summer she's prepping for an accelerated math program which should put her about a grade ahead next year. The intermingling of upper and lower classmen breeds friendship and community, thus there's no bullying or hostility. The electives bring joy to the students and the wide choice of classes empower them -- they feel like they have some control ove their day. Everyone on the staff is deeply committed, working far longer hours than their compensation would cover, and parent volunteers are everywhere. Do I wish the school was a LITTLE more rigorous academically? Sure, but I think that is coming soon.
I can't say enough great things about this school. The teachers are creative and my daughter who is in the 7th grade has improved so much here. They do lots of experiments in science classes and hands on activities that keep the kids interested in what they are learning. Not many schools offer cow eye dissection to accompany the lesson on the human eye. Kids really benefits from getting hands on lessons. They do tons of projects which we love doing. Communication is top notch at Larchmont I can keep track of grades on every single test and assignment my daughter has for each class so it is easier for me to stay on top of where she may need to focus more or wether she "really does'nt have any homework" when she tells me she does'nt:) Email addresses for every teacher and staff member are provided.Most teachers here have their own website where homework is posted, and youtube lessons are available for any extra instruction a student may need while at home.The school lunches are all fresh cooked, organic and local.This school also has an extremely high parent participation which is what is missing in so many schools.There's a high sense of community and family here.Mom of 4 approved
In the name of charter school , this is actually a private school. This school is getting money from LA USD and huge financial support from the parents. My child started at 6th grades at this school with a advanced level math and English CST scores. But my child is not doing well at all and the teachers do not care about it. It is not easy to contact with the teachers and principal of this school. This school has ruined my child.
This is for the middle school. 6th grade has been disappointing. Our child suffered for it. Teachers are not interested. We will not be back.
The MIDDLE SCHOOL is disappointing. The teachers are not interested and the immaturity of the whole group is a problem. Looking for another school. We started in Kinder at the elementary level and had great luck most years, great teachers (NOT EVERY YEAR) but where happy, friendly, family environment, strong learning habits. The problems are endless in the MIDDLES SCHOOL, mostly with the teachers, unfriendly administration, tough kids that came in from others schools. Many problems. No extra curriculum activities. NOT AT ALL WHAT WE WERE TOLD THE PRIOR YEAR. Discouraging.
It is truly a wonderful place for my daughter. I could only wish a school like this could be found in every community in Los Angeles. The key ingredients for its success are involved parents, gifted teachers and an administration who is able to get things done for the kids.
I have been fortunate to have my daughter at Larchmont since kindergarten, the year the school opened. She is now in the middle school and has wonderful teachers. The middle school is developing and getting better all the time. We have had an outstanding experience at larchmont--the teachers are excellent and caring, as good as any at any private school. Great community and parent involvement.
This is my daughter's second year here at larchmont attending k-1 and I could not be more disappointed with her teacher. Times that I've volunteered she's seemed overwhelmed even though they have daily parent volunteers that go to assist her along with her TA. During parent conferences she's never had material to review ready. I am also disappointed that they do not give any homework and it's up the parents to come up with activities for your child at home to review so that they do not stay behind. I am definitly not recommending this school to anyone that I know. I was going to change schools for first grade but we decided to give larchmont another try which has just led to more disapointment and regret that we had not switched her to another school. There cirriculim and no homework for k-1 might work for other parents but I am not happy and have spoke with various co-workers, family/friends and they also would not enroll their child into this school. I will really miss the Administration since they 've been great and the close knit parent community everyone seems to know you and your child
This is for the middle school which they call IP: The administration is horrible, the teachers are not interested and are not good teachers. Most of the elementary Larchmont kids flooded out and the kids that came in are mean. Our child is experiencing racism and daily verbal insults. There is no feel of community and the education is all textbook learning, nothing like the curriculum our children where taught in the elementary school which is constructivist. You might as well be at your typical bad LAUSD public Jr. High School. A word of advice for Larchmont elementary school parents, run don't walk as far away from the Jr. High School as possible. We wish we had known. The Salons they do at the end of 5th grade are false, they make it sound dreamy and wonderful. Sad they could not keep the 6-8th graders at Hollygrove campus. Do NOT GO!! We are trying to find a school, leaving ASAP.
This is a response to the previous post that I found extreme in its negative portrayal of the middle school. I have two children there, one in sixth and one in eighth. We have been part of the LCS community for five years and continue to love the teachers and the constructivist curriculum. When problems arise, the administration has quickly and effectively resolved them, and both children are thriving socially. I imagine that everyone's experience is different, but as an active part of the school community, I am grateful that my children are here.
This is for the middle school, greatly disappointed all around, teacher are not interested. We loved the elementary school, different places. Look elsewhere.
AMAZING! All your hopes and dreams for your child will be realized here. Art, PE, gardening, music, high expectations for academics as well as behavior, diversity, beautiful chef prepared meals, after school enrichment like swimming and Lego film making, smiling helpful parent body and admin staff that love their work! Chances are slim for winning the lottery but apply anyway! K-12 means you will never have to gamble your child's education or future again! I am laughing at the 9 rating...as if!
This is for the elementry: Great school excellent TA's and teachers i would know from experence!
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