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Larchmont Charter School1
Posted January 08, 2015
- a parent
For Lafayette Campus; This is a failing school. The school once thriving (elementary level) now disastrous. Unfriendly administration, inexperienced teachers, bullying, no gymnasium, no theater, no computer lab, no music, no art, cramped campus, still taking in students, elective classes are embarrassing, there is nothing. Parents teach sports after school, poorly taught. Do not be fooled by Open House, glamorized through entry level (6th grade). Rough environment. Most 8th graders last year did not return, most this year will not return, revolving door. Our children walked in above the bar, now below the bar. Common Core curriculum brought in, not mandate for charter schools. We were once a thriving constructivist learning environment. Do not be fooled by the 4/5 star reviews, must be administration. This September, new administration (again) is stepping in due to endless failures, and problems.
Larchmont is a gem of a school system and it's being grown fresh right before our eyes. It's a 10-year-old system, which merged and grew out to high school in the last couple of years. I've seen the whole curriculum K through 12 and it's amazing, I'm especially interested since I am getting my Masters of Education from UCLA. As the parent of a 3rd-Grader, I am in a sweet spot. This school is on the cutting edge of scientific research about what helps all kids learn and grow. No one is panicking about Common Core because, since inception, they've been practicing top-notch educational practices like learning math by having multiple opportunities to connect to the same math concepts and learning reading via non-fiction texts and fun projects. For reading, every child is in a small pull-out group with kids over a two-grade spread who are at their level. This is essential to have kids feel like successful readers. Different learning styles are supported in every classroom. I couldn't be happier with the academics. I have been shadowing at the middle school and the teachers are top notch. The high school is even on a block schedule. I know these kids will be ready for college!
They are having a new executive almost every other year --as the school grows into a bigger school from K to 12, there have been a lot of growing pains. Communications have not been great last year and the sense of community doesn't seem as strong as it used to be. A lot of Hollywood type parents(at least on Fairfax and Selma) --it's not as diverse as they say when it comes to the parental body. Some wonderful teachers already took off and many others seem overwhelmed. The school is OK so far...not sure what the future holds.
Just left Larchmont this past yr, a tough decision b/c our child attended LCS k-5 & we miss the kids&parents.There're some great aspects of LCS, most important being its 12 grades,but the problems we saw at the start, including poorly trained teachers, cramped inadequate facilities [no lib, gym, computer lab], and a "teach to the middle level of academics continued & in fact worsened by the time we went to Selma Campus for 4th & 5th.Other concerns included erratic/shaming discipline, inappropriate use of parents in some teaching spots& a top down leadership fail so our&other parents requests for change were resented/ignored.We switched at 6th b/c it is the most typical time to matriculate for middle school.Our concerns with LCS were also informed by having an older child who did k-12 in LAUSD & not seeing "LCS-type issues" during that time.So, we're more savvy consumers, if you will, which I don't think is true of many of the gushing reviewers here.I guess my best observation is that the earlier grades were fine, but if you want your child to have an excellent educ, LCS is not your best option for later grades.This is born out by the many spots now available at LCS for 6-11
We knew we won the lottery financially when our daughter got accepted to this school. We heard the school was amazing, but had no idea how amazing it really is. From the ridiculously dedicated teachers, active parents to really competent administration (this is important), we keep pinching ourselves. We also love how diverse the school is - not just racially but socio-economically as well. Living in LA, it's important to keep your kids grounded and this school does that. No frilly bells and whistles - just a great education. The best part? Our daughter loves it too! She used to cry every morning going to school and now she can't wait to go every morning. It's been a real game changer for us.
Larchmont Charter High School is a eclectic school with awesome teachers! We are a new 9th grade family that recently joined the high school. Our son came from a private, rigorous middle school, but has been more inspired and motivated by the teachers he has at LCHS. His Bio teacher is so organized and detailed with college-level curriculum, labs, and lessons. His Span. 1 teacher is so diverse and dynamic and the first Spanish teacher that makes him want to speak and learn the culture. He is having a blast with his Eng 9 and Geo teachers that constantly keep the class engaging with lectures, socratic seminars, portfolios, detailed reading, writing, oral presentations and innovative projects, along with traditional tests. The quality of his education is comparable or exceeds the pedagogy that some of his friends are getting who go to private schools like Loyola, Notre Dame, Campbell Hall, etc. He reads the same books and learns about the same content. The rotating block schedule and later start time is the perfect fit for us.I think all this school needs now is more parents volunteering (fingerprinting is common now in private and public schools for volunteers).LCHS is growing gem.
This review is for Lafayette Middle/High School. Greatly disappointed, endless problems. We started at the elementary level which was wonderful. In two years we have had two Principles. Teachers come in go in bundles. Administration is incompetent and behave like children. Direction change constantly, parents are mistreated, mocked and gossiped if they don't play along. Parents are required fingerprinting in order to help (Not LAUSD Mandate). Minimal computer lab, music, and art. Homework site is ridiculous, many teachers do not post. LCS has fallen, curriculum is basic, not what it once was. Not recommended, many children will suffer for it. Any school will be better, do NOT BE FOOLED.
We were an "original family" at LCS and ended up leaving when my son hit middle school. Be very careful about this school for the upper grades. Lovely for K-5 but falls off dramatically after that. Classrooms are chaos, weird curriculum and inexperienced teachers with a few exceptions. Students don't learn basics well and LCS in general doesn't do well with parents who question their academics. Gotta drink the kool ade or you'll be tagged....if your child is bright, much better options for middle school and high school. But fabulous school for younger students.