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K-6
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 522
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2709 East Media Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065

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(323) 539-2810
(323) 539-2815
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October 27, 2014
Great school in an interesting achitextural environment, filled with cool students and parents. It was an easy decision to send my son here. They have a great after school and organic lunch program as well. Please don't overlook this school. They might add more kindergarten or 1st grade classes so get in now while you still can! Go check it out for yourself...

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2014
This school has been through alot of administrative changes in the last year. The students have not suffered at all. The teachers at this school are amazing and fully committed to project based learning and the needs of all of their students. Every type of learner is valued and the arts integrated curriculum engages students and creates a love of learning. I am so thankful that a public school like this exists. This is my son's 2nd year to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
I have two children enrolled in LFCSA for a combined 6 years of attendance. We are absolutely thrilled with our experience thus far. It is true that changes in leadership have taken place, causing some bumps in the road from our perspective as parents. But they have been improvements in every way. We love the ability to change what's not working. LAUSD schools are not afforded this level of self control and flexibility. These bumps in the road have gone largely unnoticed by the children. It is also true that this school might not be the right choice for children with sensory issues. The collaborative approach, and large open spaces can present challenges to children with those sensitivities. The faculty, with few exceptions is beyond reproach. We have been floored by their abilities, dedication, focus, and attention. They are universally approachable, quick to respond, and do a wonderful job of working with the high achievers and slightly behind alike. My children are performing 2 & 4 years above their respective grade levels. Ultimately, the truest measure of the school is exhibited in the fact that my kids wake every day looking forward to going to class.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Our two sons have been at this school since the 1st grade and are currently in the 5th grade. Though this schools has and continues to see many changes, it has nonetheless been a fun and inspiring learning environment for our kids. The integration of the arts into the curriculum is a great idea and though there are still many kinks to figure out the direction is an exciting one. That said my kids have had some really great teachers(too bad they haven't been able to keep them) that have made quite a spark in dance, music and theater. The lack of consistent leadership and a bad choice of space has not really impacted my kids as much as I would have thought, and though that is food for thought before picking a new charter such as this, we have been lucky with remarkable teachers and at the end of the day that is what has counted so far.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
We loved this school years ago and sadly it's gone down hill when the new principal quit after just one year. Now there's an interim principal who's left to navigate all the inherited decisions made by former principal. Next year who knows? There's been 4 over hauls in admin in 7 years. Too much admin and teacher turnover adds to already chaotic environment. Test scores worrisome. Handful of great teachers redeem but they deserve better. This school should be great, living up to potential but now it just seems like "emperors new clothes".

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2013
My have one child who attended LFCSA from K-5th (graduated last month). And another who had attended from 2nd-6th. We went through all of the various locations, incarnations and upheavals. I was one of those relentlessly scrutinizing moms who wanted the best for my child. There were ups and downs to be sure. But yesterday my kids and I were talking about school and how it can sometimes be boring and my younger one proclaimed, "I was never bored at LFCSA, not ever" and my older one chimed in, "yeah, me neither." That is huge. Both of my kids were engaged in learning and enjoyed school. My older one was more than prepared for middle school and my younger one seems ready (we'll see in the fall). Anyway, I learned a while back that there is no utopian school but LFCSA provided what mattered most, engaging academics, committed teachers, art classes (dance, music, visual arts), an inspired and beautiful environment (never realized how important that was until my older child moved on to a drab, lifeless campus). Concerns- Leadership seems to be more conventional leaning and unapproachable, drama program needs improvement and kids lack supervision on the yard. Overall an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
One of the most powerful gauges for how happy and successful my children are is how they feel about the people and the environment they are in for the great majority of their day. My children LOVE LFCSA! They are being exposed to a rich curriculum in an environment that celebrates arts integration, standards based learning, multi-modal approaches to delivering instruction and the development of consciousness and character. My children have the opportunity to be with educators who care about them and prioritize developing a relationship with them that is meaningful and lasting. As an educator myself, I marvel at the commitment of the staff, vision of the leadership, and accountability from all stakeholders given the many constraints that we are facing in education. I have children in multiple grade levels at LFCSA who are thriving and receiving an education that they would never receive in a traditional environment. I am a better parent and educator from my experience at LFCSA and I know that my children are receiving a foundation that will shape who they are for many years to come. Amazing environment and a team of educators committed to the success and well-being of each child.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
I have been with the school for six years now and my family and I love it. My son has thrived here and continues to grow and learn. I love the staff.They have bent over backwards to help me and my son. He has loved each and every one of his teachers. There was some drama when the old principal left but the new principal has picked up the reins and run with it. They have a new math curriculum, they are implementing new writing and reading programs and finally my kid has homework. His test scores have jumped. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about our school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
Every time my family enters the school we feel we are part of an extremely special community. My first and second grader are happy to go to school each day, and are eager to learn. The arts integrated approach to learning at LFCSA has given both my children an appreciation for the vital role the arts play in our world. Our twice weekly field trips to Inner City Arts have been a fantastic addition to our curriculum this year. As a parent, it is fantastic to be a part of a school where you can actually bring forth ideas and have them supported and brought to fruition.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
My daughter started mid-year, and the experience has been wonderful. She has really responded to the hands-on, project based learning style, and the integration of the arts into the curriculum. She is excited by what is happening in school, which is certainly a change from years passed. The most impressive thing was how welcoming and friendly the other students are. She never felt left out, and felt welcomed and respected by her peers.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
Submitted a positive review last year, and doing so again, as I am disappointed by the misleading negative reviews. I find that LFCSA is far above average in many respects. Sure, it's not perfect, and there's always room for improvement; but I find that the administration and staff are always striving for those improvements. This is our 3rd year & we could not be happier. Came from Marengo Elementary in South Pasadena (look up their API scores, if you want to be impressed by numbers) - a typical "in-the-box" school, whose excellence is due in large part to the huge parent involvement, teaching to the tests, and $$$ fundraising. Far too much meaningless busywork far too early, which causes undue stress for both kids & parents. Last year LFCSA's 4th grade class prepared and acted out scenes from Shakespeare plays. Some kids memorized Hamlet's soliloquy, or the balcony scene from R&J. My then 7th grader at South Pasadena Middles School was shown Disney's Lion King as a tie-in to Hamlet. Draw your own conclusions! API scores mean NOTHING, other than making the testing companies very RICH!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
It seems parents either love this school or hate it. I have to say, bringing my child here from a traditional school nearby, this is an entirely new world for us - and that's not a necessarily bad thing. This school is firmly above average, with some room for improvement. The teachers have been amazing so far, full of energy and dedication. The arts-based curriculum seems to function as it's supposed to: enriching without taking away from the core mission of teaching fundamental standards. The campus is beautiful, and the parents are a highly committed, energetic bunch. The new principal seems to be an excellent fit, carefully building a leadership team to manage the school: disciplinary policies, support services, and communication with parents have all seen marked improvements. Minority enrollment from the local community needs a boost to bring the school out of its little bubble. The principal is aware of this and seems on board with making that a priority. The lack of homework and grades makes me nervous, along with the stagnating test scores. Will this work? We'll see. My daughter's verdict is that this is a clear improvement over her old school, and so far, I agree.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
We feel blessed to have our child at LFCSA. We have had nothing but positive experiences with the remarkable teachers. After several very trying years in both public and private schools, the time at LFCSA has brought back my child's love for learning. He is encouraged to be a creative and independent thinker on a daily basis. He is receiving a great deal of support, particularly this year, for challenges stemming from his ADHD. Teachers are highly skilled, great communicators, and very responsive to the needs to individual students. They care for our children and work so very hard to make every day count. My child has the remarkable opportunity to receive training in the arts, and to exercise his creativity regularly. I could not ask for a better learning experience for him.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
I agree, this school is a huge and I mean huge disappointment! The parents are too cool and are not paying attention to the fact that their children are not learning. Alot of kids here have after school tutors!! I am not joking. My daughter's teacher acts like she knows it all. Many parents are very concerned with this teacher. Our kids are coming home saying "I don't like math/science anymore!" And these are kids that loved it before. It is very sad to see how one teacher can have such a bad impact on your child. Don't buy into the hype. This is a pretentious school with no real educational foundation. We wasted 3 years here, don't make the same mistake we did.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2012
My son has been at LFCSA for 2 years. I believe we started him a bit too early and that made it difficult for him to feel secure about what he was doing. This past year he participated in after school tutoring with his teacher and with me at home. He excelled! within weeks! I expressed concern, I pushed for what he needed and he got it. I grew up in the new york school system...you rarely got what you needed unless you shouted. The school now has a full time psychologist (with intern support) to support kids with these kinds of issues. I'm not really worried about test scores, in fact I'm going to opt my kid out of those tests anyways. we all know they create more stress and don't accurately explain everyday life at any school. My son will be amazing whatever school he attends, however he's now going to have one heck of a story about his elementary years

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
I don't know where to begin. The test scores are absolutely horrible, 60% of our second graders were average or above average. I find this disappointing and think it's alarming that we find this acceptable . Yes the alternative to learning and the atmosphere make us believe that we are ahead of the LAUSD system. I don't understand how all the money we have raised for the school leaves us at such a disadvantage in terms of education. I think this school is failing our children and hindering them from advancing academically. Why don't our children have homework? We are setting or kids up for failure. I am beyond upset and disappointed with this school.......

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
We are thrilled to have our daughter at LFSCA. She is excited to go to school every morning. When she returns home she takes pride in telling us about her ongoing projects. She strives to excel in her classes and seems to rise to the challenges put before her. She really seems to enjoy the process of learning. From our perspective, the teachers and staff are excellent. There has been a change in leadership this year, which seems to be very positive. There is now a constant flow of communication from the school via emails, phone calls, etc. We appreciate this very much. The staff has also been quick to respond to all of our questions and concerns. The parents are very involved, too. Many have become familiar faces because they spend so much time pitching in at all the fun events. Honestly, we couldn't be happier. LFCSA is progressive and might not be for everyone, but it's definitely for us.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
Speaking as a newer parent, I'm going to register my support for the new administration, and my delight with how my shy child is thriving here. Since the change, I've seen great leaps forward in terms of communication with parents (phone messages, frequent e-mail updates, inviting parents to Pep rallies, Yay!), whereas previously, communication from the principal was rare. This made the school seem closed to those who weren't more actively involved, as an outsider, I feel like I have much more visibility now. I can't speak to the anecdotal drama noted below, but I agree that there does seem to be a group who expects privileges as a result of their high contribution levels. I can understand that expectation, but I myself prefer the more equitable treatment we have now... And I agree that admin/staff relationships or contracts are definitely not something for which parents are entitled to the dirty details. Just my opinion, to which I'm entitled to as well...

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2012
The new administration at LFCSA is a breath of fresh air for the school. They are organized and always available to help! There is more of a sense of community amoung teachers, staff and parents. We have school clubs, a garden, a newspaper, assemblies, the kids are creating a beautiful mural with an artist from the community. The music teacher is amazing. I am so grateful for the improvements that have been and continue to be made. It's only up from here!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
Our second grader is overwhelmed by the noise level and the independence this school is pushing for.This school is not designed for every child. My son needs structure. We were hopeful that after 1st grade he would catch up, instead he is falling further behind. We are disappointed in ourselves for believing in the ideology of this school. Doing our research now to find a public school where hopefully our son will thrive. We feel we have done a huge disservice to him because we felt so strongly about what LFCSA offered. Our advise to parents would be to do your research. Don't fall for the hype, we loved the idea of "no homework" this turned out to be the worst idea. We have to now hire a tutor and are hoping that our son will catch up.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2011
I must agree with those parents who where disappointed. However, I should have done more in the realm of research.This school is not for all children.If your child has special needs such as ADD/ADHD they will be overwhelmed, overstimulated and left behind. At least this was my experience. This school it seems to me is designed for an independent learner. One who can do the work with little supervision. If you have a child like this... God bless you! My child developed such anxiety and low self esteem that we have him in therapy. I admit this is probably the worse case scenario but it happened to me and I am guilt ridden knowing I pulled him out of a perfectly high achieving LAUSD school. We are taking expert advice and pulling our son out, hoping we could catch him up without having him retained at the new school.His academics have suffered , especially his reading because of the added anxiety and this school is just not able to provide the services my child needs. The teachers were great but do the research, visit the school, listen to the noise level and decide if this is the right choice for your child.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2011
I am soooo shocked by the bad reviews. My son is very happy here. We left a high performing school that only taught kids to take tests, be competitive and hateful with each other and we are forever grateful for having a choice like LFCSA. They put the love of learning back into my son's life (which he'd lost at his old school). The teachers DO care about the kids. The best thing about a charter school is that if you're not happy here, then you can pull your kid O-U-T!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
I agree with most of the negative comments, except about the teachers, they do care. It is not there fault that Los Feliz seems to be a dumping ground for students who cannot cut it in traditional schools. There seemed to be an overwhelming amount of of students with ADD, ADHD and other learning/behavioral disabilities. It appeared to me, that only until the end of last year they brought it some specialized teachers to handle this. We spent two years believing and sad to say, it cost two years of our sons education and a large sum of donated dollars and time. I do not blame the school. I blame myself for choosing a dream over reality. He started to fall behind other peers who were attending local public schools very quickly. He would complain about other children not respecting his space, back pains from sitting on the floor and the noise. As an "Arts Charter" - he came home with three pieces of art for the year. He did love the dance program, the teacher was amazing, he is now gone. Now that we are in a traditional public school, he has excelled and is once again up to par. I am sorry LFCSA, I feel cheated. Again I don't blame you, I blame myself for not doing my homework.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
Since my children started this school in kindergarten I have never once had to persuade them to go to school. They love it so much they are never sick, and in fact, many of their schoolmates compete over how few sick days they can have. I suspect even the parents who had problems with this school would say the same thing. Elementary school should be a joyful place of learning setting up the adult to be curious and intellectual for the rest of his or her life. This is LFCSA. I drive an hour and half each way every day for this experience and its totally worth it!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2011
I positively reviewed this school last year and was not part of any paid program to do so! My children thrive here and my older child scored in the upper 90th percentile on her math and english state tests. There are some growing pains with the new facility, an overwhelmed principal and some teachers who didn't take to the new environment and moved on. But overall if you're looking for a non-test-centered, developmental education where the whole child is educated and are willing to trust the system this school is where it's at. Despite the growing pains this place has more passion, dedication, creativity, nurturing and care than I've seen at any other school - including some private. And we've been at several since starting Kinder.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
Some of these negative reviews seem so personal and angry. We have been with the school from the beginning and our children are happy, confident learners. My eldest scored 100% in math on her state tests and I can't get her to put a book down. While we have had a great experience, I can understand how some folks may have frustrations with the lack of communication by admin. Personally, I share this frustration and can understand how that can unfairly tarnish one's view of the school as a whole. In my opinion, that has generated most of the negativity. Our current principal has seemed overwhelmed with solely handling the rapid growth of the school. Admin short-staffing and unclear delegating has created a shaky infrastructure.The board also needs to roll up their sleeves and seriously get involved. That being said, the teachers are amazing and dedicated. The curriculum is innovative. The children are engaged and happy. The community is strong. I am hopeful that once the long search for a new Principal and Director of Operations is final, LFCSA will embark on a smoother path and make any few disgruntled parents, heard and helped. This is a unique and wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
I loved the idea of the school, and readily supported it, but over the years I have found the vision of the school to be disturbingly myopic. We doubled in size last year, and our "rent" went from $24,000 to over $500,000. Instead of fundraising for programs, and more teachers/smaller classrooms, we are packing in as many kids as can be allowed and hitting up parents for rent money. I'm worried. How long can this go on? The original plan got hijacked, and the quality of education has been held hostage. New parents are not drinking the kool-aid. I believe there is a great idea, and great potential here still, but it needs serious rethinking and rescuing. The school is worth investing in- if everyone acts truthfully about where we really are. Right now, too many of us are either goo-goo eyed or in denial.

- submitted by a teacher
September 21, 2011
There are approx 78 reviews from new parents from start of 2010schoolyear that were part of A CONTEST to win money--they don t reflect the truth, just giddy, new parents/family/friends posting away. This last bunch of reviews show the tip of the iceberg of a LOT of disgruntled parents (enormous student & teacher turnover at this school!) who see that their kids are not getting an education, just a learning experience. A year lost for a child can be devastating. Teachers dote on extremely verbal kids and leave the others to wither w/o self esteem. Reading just right means some are ahead, some on grade level, and a whole bunch BELOW GRADE LEVEL and no one bothers to help them get anywhere up to speed. Teachers do not have the support they need. DWOK is supposed to be used as a SUPPLEMENT to a curriculum. There is no planned curriculum. This may be fun for K-1 kids, but upper grades are way behind their public school counterparts. I honestly don t think that the parents of kids who ve been here for many years really understand how far behind their kids are. 8 teachers (almost the entire teaching staff!) left this year. 54 kids per class space (2 classes in one area)=mayhem.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
I sadly must agree with most of the comments made by the parents who feel that LFCSA let our children down. As a parent of 2 children who left our supposedly good elementary hoping for a positive change this was not the answer. I begin by saying I don't believe that the teachers are disinterested but they don't buy the program...no phonics, no homework, no handwriting. They where "overwhelmed" by the new site with no walls, class sizes jumping from 22 to 28, and a huge communcation gap (8 of 18 teachers left some with no new prospects). Here is the truly sad part, in 1 year my kids have lost so much ground we where advised to retain them in a local private school. The reading program was a train wreck and the kids didn't learn anything about pride in delivering quality work. We are seeking outside support thru afterschool learning programs to get them back up to speed. Infact it was suggested that they would be behind even entering a conventional LAUSD school! The old guard isn't interested in opinions voiced by new parents expect to be shut down..." maybe you should consider another school we have a long wait list!" LFCSA is an example of good intentions going off the rails.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
As a teacher at LFCSA, I am constantly inspired. I'm inspired by the program, the families and most of all, the students. Our program allows me as the teacher to be an observer, a listener and a facilitator of knowledge. I am not the expert in every area, I am a side-by-side learner. I am extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish these past few years, especially at the new site and I cannot wait to see what's ahead. I am looking forward to an excellent year full of smiles, ah-ha moments and fun.

- submitted by a teacher
August 24, 2011
Not the kind of progressive school I anticipated - especially when it comes to attempts at behavior management. Kindergarteners are routinely given exclusionary timeouts, sent to the principal's office or sent home. Kids have been forgotten while sitting outside the principal's office waiting to be talked to. Kids are sent to the front office and then told they can return to class but not participate in DWOK (the social studies curriculum) as punishment... after sitting alone in a chair by the copier for fifteen to twenty minutes.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
We came to LFCSA last year, after 4 years in a progressive, arts-based private school that we loved. I am thrilled with LFCSA. The school really sticks to it's philosophy. The teachers are loving, compassionate, creative and dedicated. My son's reading skills improved greatly. He used to hate reading, and now he discusses books with his friends. The arts teachers are absolutely amazing, and the writing instruction in 3rd grade is better than I got in highschool. The communication is much better than anything I have experienced with other schools- Regular e-mails from the principal, a weekly newsletter, parent yahoo groups, etc. It is easy to feel a part of a community because there are so many volunteer opportunities, and it is nice to be around so many like-minded, creative and interesting parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
We left our highly rated public school only to find that many of the problem children at that school migrated to LFCSA. My son hates the incredible din of the "classrooms" and I can't stand the stand-offish behavior of the staff. Many of the teachers don't have the experience to handle these crowded classrooms nor the difficult students attracted to an alternative experience. We pray to get into Larchmont Charter but are happy to go back to our traditional but creative public school as well. We are done with this under-developed over-touted school.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2011
Unfortunately, I found this school to be more about Students Last and Parents First. This school is simply a daycare center for parents in the entertainment industry who want to have a common place for networking...their kids school. It's more about making $$ for the school, (I guess...someone must be taking the $$; however we are never told how much is collected and where it is being spent...no "open accounting books" are found here....), then to ensure their kids are actually learning...at least the basics other than reading and writing. I do give this school credit that its more a good fit for those students being reared to become screenwriter/writers and or artists, etc...So much for having a well-rounded education...oh well...I'm guessing some parents don't care about that.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
Our child loves to come to school, the teachers are all very dedicated, caring, talented individuals, we are making friends with parents and their children, people step up to support the school in so many ways, there is always so much going on to bring interesting and new things to the kids, and the curriculum focuses on teaching the kids to become life long learners. We are proud to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2011
This school has absolutely blown us away! My son is thriving there. He went into kindergarten nervous and not knowing how to read or write. He emerged incredibly confident, happy, writing his own stories every day and reading everything in sight! More importantly, he LOVES to learn. I was afraid his creativity would be stifled when he went to elementary school, but this school really, really values the creativity and individuality of each child and my son is even MORE creative now then he was at the beginning of the year. His teacher was the best teacher I have ever come across in my entire life, she has been with the school since it's inception and is an amazing teacher and person. The parents are very involved and it is a wonderful community. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL and cannot wait for my daughter to go!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
I am shocked by the bad reviews. Sure, the school is understaffed and a bit chaotic at times. But what freaking public school isn't? My daughter is thriving here. She genuinely loves to learn and we attribute that to the curriculum and her amazing, loving (not to mention approachable) teacher.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
Few teachers care unless you R the VIP crowd. THE BETTER TEACHERS WERE FIRED BECAUSE THEY HAD A THOUGHT & DID NOT FIT THE PUPPET MOLD. Education is below AVERAGE, 800-870 IS AVERAGE FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW. We GOT OUT. Sadness for the children WE LEFT BEHIND, we love them DEARLY & MISS THEM. VERY BITTER SWEET. WE WANTED THIS TO WORK FOR OUR CHILDREN, OUR COMMUNITY. THERE IS NO COMMUNITY. PARENTS BICKER BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH SEGREGATION. 70% of the parents who HELPED start this school are GONE. More leaving this year. EVERYBODY LEAVES WITH THEIR POLITICAL ANSWER TO SAVE FACE. SAD THAT PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO SAY 'IT'S NOT GOOD, GET OUT!'. Do not be fooled by the beauty of THIS school. SHE IS STUNNING! THE NOISE POLLUTION IS HORRID. PARENTS NOT WELCOMED. THEY WANT YOUR $'S BUT HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO RAISE THEM. LFCSA IS CONTROLLED BY A FEW, THEY WILL NEVER CARE WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY OR THINK. THUS, BAD LEADERSHIP. IT HAS GONE ON FROM THE START. IT WILL NOT CHANGE. UNLESS YOU LIVE IN THE AREA OR YOUR PUBLIC SCHOOL IS HORRID DO YOUR CHILD A FAVOR LOOK ELSEWHERE. A WAR ON THIS SITE FOR YEARS & FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T ADMIT IT & KEEP GOING, BLESS THEIR SOULS. IS IT WORTH YOUR CHILDS EDUCATION?

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2011
Our daughter loves to go to school, loves her teachers (she started in Kindergarden and is now in 2nd grade), she loves to read and write and she is curious about the world. We attribute this all to the wonderful and dedicated staff at LFCSA who despite the current disaster in public education funding are able to make this great school work. Parents who complain should try to be part of the solution (the school makes a strong statement about parent participation to prospective parents) rather than complain. There is no perfect school, but LFCSA sure comes close.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
Dont make the same mistake we did... do not put your child in this school. Teachers are uninterested, unmotivated and unconcerned to teach. While staff/administration/personnel are never available to answer a call. You cant even leave a message. I dont understand how this school is ran. Its a big joke. Even the principal is leaving now.. Im sure she wants out before it all comes out. BTW the principlal is hardly there. All the school wants is money and more money. Donations and sponsors. They should concentrate on the STUDENTS!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
Mislead, saddened and ultimately defeated. Unsupported teachers, uncommunicative environment with administration and teachers. Large class sizes. 1 to 28+. Problematic acoustics. Positive note...the dance teacher. A remarkable pied piper ex circus performer who enchants and motivates the kids through dance.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
We jumped in this year from our prior Charter school because it was closer to home. LFCSA is so very beautiful and the tour looked amazing. What a mistake we have made. The education is far below what the open house displays, not to mention parents are NOT WELCOMED WHAT SO EVER! Now we are looking for another school for the new year and we are hoping to be able to get back into our wonderful school. The most important element here is that the education is FAR BELOW what you will see while visiting. These families are wonderful but have nothing to compare it with. Since we came from a higher educational system, I see it differently. My daughter is doing things here she did two years ago, but lower in quality. The Principle is never on campus and if you need to call and get answers, good luck! Do NOT be fooled by this beautiful site, my daughter complains daily of noise pollution & walking in lines all day without being able to speak because if they do, they practice the kids until they DO NOT. LFCSA is financially in the hole and they have NO idea how to raise money. Do not make the same mistake we did. There are too many problems to list. No more space in this box.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
It's a terrific school with great parent participation and a progressive principal (how's that for alliteration?) The best part is that my son loves going to school each day!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
This school works. i just returned from my son's parent/teacher conference and my son is excelling. His teacher is caring and amazingly patient. I have studied the way the school teaches and I've witnessed the arts-integrated approach in person. They learn by doing and figuring things out rather than memorizing to later regurgitate it out for the sake of passing tests. It's real engaging stuff. I'm proud and feel lucky to be a part of this parent- initiated school.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
I strongly disagree with the parent who wrote that the teachers don't care. They absolutely do! I have seen it while volunteering. Parents are able to volunteer in their child's class ,if they wish. If the parent works full time and can't come in during school hours, they can volunteer at many other times to see how the school runs. I wonder if this parent has inquired about this. The school has adjusted their policy about homework. My fourth grader gets homework now. When the school first opened this last September they had added 300 new students. They were restricting parents from coming in and wandering around so as not to disturb the learning environment. It has taken a while to transition to this open learning environment, but it is working. Are there programs I would like for our school which we don't have yet? Absolutely, but the school is working hard to achieve those goals.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
In theory, it seems like the physical set-up of this school could work. In reality, however, the "pod" system of teaching is way too chaotic and distracting for students, especially the younger grades. I have observed this school from the inside and many of the smaller children seem to have behavior issues. I think children learn best in a traditional classroom with four walls...when there are only small bookshelves separating your class from another, it begins to feel like a circus, and, unfortunately, the children begin acting out.

- submitted by a teacher
January 26, 2011
A weak administration; flawed implementation of the constructivist approach to learning; a "create-it-as-we-go" curriculum; un-supported teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
the family aspect of the school -- the arts programing -- the commitment to making a great environment for our kids

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
LFCSA is the most unusual and visually exciting school campus I've ever seen. The approach to learning they embrace is experientially based. This a nontraditional school with terrific progressive ideas.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2010
it has been a wonderful school, my son loves it...its so diferent from other school....

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2010
Progressive arts-intigrated education with smaller class sizes provides a more individualized and engaging experience for my bright sons.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
Environment, freedon for the kids, good professionals...art, art and more art...kids can free their imagination...

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
Great school, great teachers, and wonderful students

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2010
I love Los Feliz Arts Charter because the staff and parents care and work together to help the students succeed!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
because my daughter enjoy when she go to there and the most important she learn

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
It is a leap forward in education, expanding each child's mind to explore and grow. Where, both the children and parents, take an active roll in the environment and school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 26, 2010
It is a model for what public school education in the 21st century can and should be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
It has a dedicated staff in an excellent facility.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 26, 2010
A great school for young minds to grow.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2010
I love the way the staff and parents are dedicated in making our childrens learning experience a happy and exciting one. The children exude confidence in preparing for their future. It is a wonderful school and we are blessed to be a part of the LFCSA family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
We love their innovative curriculum and wonderful staff!

- submitted by a community member
October 19, 2010
LFCSA has an amazing art-filled program that promotes problem solving and independence. We are thrilled that our kids have the opportunity to be a part of this revolutionary way of learning - and a bit jealous that it wasn't around when we were kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
LFCSA is a blessing! Kids from all backgrounds, coming together, with involved parents, amazing teachers, and an educational philosophy that celebrates differences and similarities in us all. It's truly a blessing to be able to call LFCSA my home school.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
One of the most innovative, creative, imaginative and amazing schools I've ever had the pleasure of encountering!

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2010
Great space, motivated teachers and a strong community. Besides, my child said, "I love my school" this morning before drop off. What more could you want?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Love the enviroment,teachers,principal,curriculum and my faughters smiles as she comes home happy and full of knowledge and new stories.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
This school focuses on the arts while other schools are reducing these important classes.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
It is just an amazing place to go learn. The teachers and staff are so motivated to teaching our children. Their arts program is so great and my son loves it. I love to hear my son start a sentence with "today in dance class"; it is truly an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
It's my friend's child's school.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
The focus on arts education and on DWOK (Different Ways of Knowing) is key to accessing kids' multiple intellegences. A Constructivist approach -- allowing kids to follow their interests -- is the best way for anyone to learn anything --

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
Because my kids can't wait to go back to school Sunday evening. Because there is a sense of enthusiasm about learning and reading that I haven't seen anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
An arts-based curriculum, a wonderful parent community, and a hugely dedicated staff, all rolled into one incredible school site! We have two children in the school, and have been involved with it from before we open our doors in 2006. Like any new school, we've had our growing pains, but our boys love it, and are learning while enjoying the experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
We are new to the LFCSA family and couldn't be happier. My children are so excited to go to school everyday. This was not the case at their last school. They especially love the arts aspect of the program. They both have very patient and kind teachers that they love.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2010
Because they help my child explore his creativity and encourage him to express himself.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
My children attended last year in 2nd/3rd grade. My gifted 2nd grader did very well. He had an amazing teacher and the loose structure and environment fit him. My 3rd grader, who is both highly gifted and special-needs, had the worst year of his academic life. His teacher had very little patience for him and allowed other students to embarrass him regularly. I witnessed it a couple of times when I was volunteering and was appalled. She expected things of him that would be a struggle for typical children, let alone one with his challenges and disciplined him when he couldn t do it. His self-esteem suffered greatly and I was in tears daily. Administration was slow to respond, never stepped in with the teacher and suggested I medicate him, which in desperation I did. He is thriving at his new school, off the meds.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2010
The staff and families are committed to ensuring the best possible learning experience for the kids. Everyone has made an effort in developing a great environment where kids can thrive, be stimulating, make friends, develop important social and critical thinking skills and most importantly, be kids. We love the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts and wish that all children could have a school likes ours.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2010
Committed parents, committed teachers, and a positive learning environment creates successful and happy students!

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2010
its home grown, lots of arts, dance, music and sports. come a long way since 2006!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2010
The iterative nature of the school mimics open, contemporary work environments and prepares our next generation of leaders for agile problem solving within a collaborative process.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
The school has a well considered approach that provides a base for a child's long term success; teamwork, problem solving and communication.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2010
because it treats each child as an individual

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
It's a great school, it a fabulous building. The food is fresh and healthy. The teachers are inspired and the learning environment is conducive to learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2010
I love Los Feliz Charter School because the teachers and all the staff are really oriented to work with what works for the children and not the traditional education of LAUSD. My 2nd grader son feels comfortable in the school environment and that means a lot to me. To both of us the school is a gift from heaven.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2010
The project based approach to teaching, using the arts daily to teach concepts, the space is very inspiring.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2010
This school is awesome. The level of dedication to our children is incredible. My daugher loves going to school everyday. She tells everyone about her school. Her confidence and skill level have improved beyond measure. We love Los Feliz and plan to stay there until she's done with the 5th grade. The facility is state of the art and stimulating. We're very happy at Los Feliz.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
My grandson loves his school!! And I support this kind of hands on learning as a former teacher I know it works to create life long learners!

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
Best school spirit I've ever seen!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
My son is EXTREMELY happy there. And the fact that the school is hands on, project based learning makes me the happiest mom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
My daughter has made the most special friendships at this school. Developed a desire for learning, for exploring, and asking questions about life that are harnessed by a need to seek out the answers. The ability and acceptance to use her imagination, both alone and with her friends, in order to answer her sought out explorations. And a fantastic environment in which to do so. We LOVE LFCSA.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
very wonderful...my son wakes up excited to go to school and comes home very happy ....i wish there were more school like this .

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
I couldn't be happier with this school. My daughter had an amazing year there in Kindergarten and really thrived. Now she has entered 1st grade and I'm hoping for more of the same. All the faculty and the parent community are really amazing and I am so proud and grateful to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
This is the most amazing public school in America. Period.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
My daughter loves going to school and learning. I couldn't ask for much more than that.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
An arts based education is so wonderful. My kids are thriving and love going to school. The teachers are amazing and the state of the art "school house" is unbelievable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
This is my daughter's first year at Los Feliz Arts Charter and I've never seen her happier after a first day of school!!! Every day she's excited to tell me what she did and learned. When we came upon the ending of her first week, I asked her if she was ready to have the weekend off and she said, "Actually no, I want to go back to school tomorrow." This is a very rare comment coming from my daughter. She's a fourth grader at a new school which can be intimidating, but she couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
Integration of arts into the curriculum; very involved parents; new facility with Macs!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
LFCSA fosters critical thinking skills and challenges its students intellectually and creatively!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
My grandaughter is a super-expressive, imaginative 5 year old and her first day of kindergarten suited her to a t. She did "mud-painting" and "robot walk dancing." The second day she loved, too, with math games (very serious). There's an understanding of children's physical, emotional and intellectual needs and the way they synergize to make learning powerful and fun at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
To be at a school where students grow to be lifelong learners and explore the world around them is a beautiful thing. The teachers are dedicated to providing the best education with enthusiasm and compassion. The parent community is incredible, never in my professional career have I seen such amazing support. I come to school everyday looking forward to being inspired by the students in my class and igniting their curiosity.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 28, 2010
This is a wonderful school. Each child is treated as an individual. The teachers are attentive, and truly interested in their students. This is one of the few public elementary schools in LA that have a positive, creative approach to learning. I am so happy my son is going there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
I love that the school offers dance classes and music classes. My children look forward to attending everyday, to learn in different ways and express themselves in ways that they feel comfortable in. The principal takes time to communicate and listens to parents, students and teachers. They understand that the school is a village and that it takes all of us, the community, parents, students, teachers, coming together to make it work.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
school with most spirit i ever been too....

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
What a great opportunity for our children to participate in an integrated arts program. Innovative educational programs help our children learn in an individualized format.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
LFAC has a tremendous energy, an optimistic atmosphere that is missing at many schools in the Los Angeles Area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
LFCSA has an incredibly dedicated staff and parent group that make this school really special. Their new space is amazing and reflects their mission to provide a first rate, progressive elementary school education that embraces the arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
LFCSA focuses on the whole child, not on test scores. Ironically, as a result of this, test scores actually DO go up! Our children come home happy every day. It makes a difference when kids want to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
My granddaughter is there in the most creative inspiring atmosphere

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2010
This unique school has an arts based curriculum that my daughter really responds too. She is learning the "Three R's" and getting a creative education. We love the Different Ways of Knowing (DWOK) program. The school building itself is one of the most amazing learning facilities in the USA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2010
I like the creative elements in teaching that are lacking in other public schools. Arts which were a big part of my school life are still cherished here. The parents are very involved. There are some growing pains in moving to our new location, but I hope that the school stays welcoming to the parents as well as the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
LFCSA has the most amazing staff, curriculum and parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Because it's awesome! All the teaches use the same measures to deal with the students behavior ranging from K-6th. I think it's equals a well adjusted student body with respect for staff and one another.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2010
The school has been wonderful for my child. He can't wait to go to school the next day! Wasn't like that when I was a child. They are obviously doing something right.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
helps kids keep a high level of enthusiasm about learning

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
The principal and the teachers are outstanding. The school has project oriented learning as well a full arts curriculum. Parents are excited to be part of this school and ready to help when possible. The school this year has finally arrived to it's permanent location - and it's beautiful and inspiring.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
It has truly had a great affect on my children and the community

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2010
This school helps children enjoy learning in new & differnt way.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
positive environment - makes kids excited to learn. school for me as a child was a chore - something to be avoided at all costs. not los feliz - encourages creativity and independent thought.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2010
Coming from a traditional type public school we could see the difference. It was like night and day...children are respected named and not numbered, the teachers do not just had over the information to the kids, the kids discuss and come up with ideas or solutions they are invited to see many sides. We also love the fact that the kids are exposed to art, dance and theater arts as a regular part of their curriculum. The school has now moved to a very open and creative space that is really exciting to be in and see not only for the kids but the parents as well. What really impressed me was how the teachers have wonderful and effective ways to keep the class in a certain order not the chaos I saw reign at the previous school. We love this school the kids are happy and are learning and at this rate I see that they will love to learn and that to us is the important thing.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts is amazing and stands out from other schools. The teachers encourage students to express themselves through learning all while making it enjoyable. The students not only learn the required curriculum but remember what they learn through creative teaching from the teacher. They also learn through their classmates and exploring inventive ideas of their own. This is a school I would have loved to attend growing up. I wished I learned through inventive ideas and creativity as Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts recognizes that children learn in different ways.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
School started today at the new location. We are so thrilled with this site! It will really underpin the unique curriculum and project-based environment that the school embraces. I'm also please to see the API scores still going up, even though this school (thankfully!) does not teach to the test like so many LA schools. It also makes sense that the Great Schools rating for 2nd and 3rd grade is 9 out of 10, since this population of students has been at the school since K. Looking forward to a great year!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
I can't believe how lucky I was to find Los Feliz Charter School for my Son He is in 3rd grade! This is a wonderful safe, secure, school! People, who works there are caring, loving, calm, smart, open mind, peaceful, generous. It s definitely like a second family! The best you can provide to your child, for an excellent start, in a great atmosphere! I would recommend to all my best friends, and people who share same concept of a peaceful and loving place. Thank you to all the staff and the principal at Los Feliz Charter School you guys are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2010
First of all, California's educational averages compared to other US state averages are considerably lower and in some cases 48% lower. I feel very bad for the 4th grade student population. These children are not learning the basic tools to survive higher education. I pulled my child out after 2008-2009 because the 2009-2010 4th grade curriculum was just a template. Sadly, the test scores reflect this. LFCSA is not a place that nurtures creative thinkers and tomorrow's leaders.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2010
The bottom line is these test scores prove that the staff/admin care about "looks" and not giving our childern a qualty education. Even though they are moving into a nice building the actual school education is terrible. All the money they want from the parents (millions!) will go into furniture not curriculum or additional help for our kids. The staff and parents will throw any parent under the bus, reminds me a very click high school. I for one am no longer drink the kool aid and listen to their lies, thank god I transferred my child to a different school!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
I am a 4th grade parent. We are done. The scores are terrible for the 4th graders and we and we just dropped down at a seven star school from an eight. The problems here will never change. Bad leadership and their friends will consume this site and drown out honest reviews with their five star ratings. The office staff is cold and rude.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2010
As we are all aware, we kept drinking the KoolAid and repeated the talking points, no matter what, because we wanted to believe in them. We were part of an exodus of many first year families that gave so much in time and money to this school from its inception. The first 2 years there was a 200+ wait list to get in. Last year, each classroom had openings, had to put out notices in local paper to fill them. There is a clear reason why about 75% of the original families have left this place. Much secrecy. Dishonorable administration from the get-go. Unilateral decision makers, condescending and cold to parents as well as the children. Oh, and the touting of a FREE public education is a misnomer. Every family is aggressively asked to donate $3000/year. The bias perpetuated is that ALL other schools are ordinary and bad. Not so.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
my daughter loves to go to school every day and i feel a part of a community that is and will continue to show the larger comunity what a great education through the Arts can be like.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
This school takes time to work with all students and understand their needs

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
Unique learning using 'project based' approach. The kids really understand what they're learning which also aids in being analytical and understanding their own learning style. They're not just memorizing information. My daughter loves that there is some type of art everyday!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
my kids love going to school every day, are taught to love to learn, to find creative solutions, to respect each other. They feel supported and challenged. They love their teacher every year, and feel that they are an active participant in their community and learning environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
We love LFCSA because the teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic, the project based, arts-integrated curriculum teaches children to learning contextually and to respect the value of art in education, and the kids enjoy learning and going to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
I love Los Feliz Charter School for the Art because my son looks forward to going to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
Finally a school that wants and welcomes involvement from parents and family members :-) As an aunt I that my nephew is gaining an education that is helping grow into a well rounded person and a critical thinker. He loves the arts and it is something that is lacking in most if not all LAUSD schools. He has found his place and I wish that ALL students had the opportunity to find their place. I love speaking to my nephew he is growing into an interesting, adventurous, creative, thoughtful person and I know that at his 'other' school he was just learning to sit down, be quiet and do busy work. What he learns he brings home and what we are at home has a place at this school. Family is a great way to describe this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
My son is happy and learning by leaps and bounds - not just information but how to work in groups, how to look for information, how to pose questions. The teachers are fantastic - creative, dedicated and hardworking.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Passionate, innovative, fresh-brained educators! Happy, curious, well-rounded, big-picture-aware, empathetic, enthusiastic, caring kids! How I wish I had been taught to love learning the way my children are at LFCSA. We have been with the school since its first year, when my son was a visual-learning type of kindergartener, and have hung in there through the move to a second temporary site -- we have all learned that a school isn't a building, it's the people who teach and learn there and the families that support them that makes atruly great school. Now my son is a third-grader, my daughter is a kindergartener, and LFCSA is moving to its incredible permanent home in Fall '10.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Los Feliz has a progressive curriculum that allows students to learn based on their unique abilities. And because the arts programs are integrated in the curriculum, they can never be cut. The students are encouraged to take responsibility for their behavior toward others, which helps to foster a respectful community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
We love our school! For the first time since starting elementary school, my boys are excited to go to school every day. The teachers are wonderful and caring. The program encourages thinking and creativity. My boys are reading for pleasure now...not because they HAVE to. What more could you want from a school?

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
My niece goes there and I hear nothing but GREAT things about this school. It allows her to excel, appreciate and explore her talents and offers topics and curriculum that might not be focused on in a standard elementary school. She loves going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
There are so many reasons to love the school. The teachers, the curriculem, the arts integration, the community and mostly my child's love of learning and enthusiasm. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a nurturing and revolutionary program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
My daughter GLOWS at the end of the day. She has learned, she has enjoyed, she has been sent home barely able to wait to go back to school!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
Great, caring teachers. A rich, arts based education. And, my kids love it even more than I do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Kids learn in a nurturing environment where the emphasis is on learning not memorizing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
The cutting -edge environment, its educational goals and mission, the dedication of its faculty and staff, the growth and joy you feel from the students as well as the progress the student body has made, (especially as compared to almost all other LA public schools.) Los Feliz Charter School should be seen as the kind of public school all other LA public schools aspire to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Progressive, exciting, groundbreaking, visionary!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Innovative, creative, kid-centric approach to education and learning. Wish I were 5 again.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 08, 2010
groundbreaking approach to public education, combining arts and sciences in a unique way

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2010
Great, integrated programming...hope to get my now 2 year old son in!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 07, 2010
Great teachers and a focus on the arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Teachers are fantastic. Welcomes and encourages everyone and the differences between the children. Great parents and great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
We are so happy to have our son attend LFCSA. He is so much happier here than his old school. The staff is great and the parent involvement is just wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
We are so excited to have our daughter attend LFCSA. It is such a creative environment for learning and the parent involvement is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Outstanding cirriculum, exceptional teachers, great programs. The best of public education

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Such a great cirriculum and such dedication in the program!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
It's an amazing place where kids learn with love and laughter. It's a wonderful school where my child's questioning is highly valued and encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
We love our school for its outstanding, wholly engaged curriculum, the thoughtful faculty who guide our kids through the maze of wonders yet to discover and the stellar community that nurtures it. Our daughter is thriving and she comes home with new pearls of wit and wisdom daily!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Our grand daughter has learned the basic tools for interacting communications, a skill need today more so than when i was student

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 06, 2009
I am very impressed by LFCS' approach to holistic teaching. They instill intellectual and personal confidence in their students that I don't see often in today's city school system. My niece thrives and blossoms in this environment and I am excited for continued education.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
LFCSA is the only arts-based charter school in Los Angeles. My daughter's entire world of knowledge has been enriched by the curriculum, and I am so pleased with the administration, teachers, staff and enthusiastic, hardworking parents and their fantastic and creative children who make this a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Los Feliz Charter is unique -- the kids absolutely love going to school. They are very engaged, AND they're learning. Even though teachers are not teaching to the test, test scores took a giant leap last year. The school just keeps improving!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
The integrated arts curriculum is a commitment to the whole child. Every child is a reader, a writer, is creative, is a helper, is a leader.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
The teachers and staff are incredibly kind, and my child has flourished there. They use the arts to teach every subect. It's fully intergrated into math, writing, reading etc. As well as dance, theatre, and music classes that are a part of the curriculum. LOVE IT!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
we have a wonderful way of teaching our children to become caring, critical thinkers! LFCSA has a wonderful administration, enthusiastic teachers, along with a very involved parent community. we teach our children through creative ways that allows them to really learn, not just memorize. we also provide a safe environment... respect and cool tools play a key role in their everyday lives. learning about resolving issues, makes for a better learning environment. we are so very proud to be part of the LOS FELIZ CHARTER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS community!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
Amazing program, lots of arts, progressive teaching! We love this school!

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November 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
The Teachers are great! My kid loves going to school everyday and loves to learn. The school had a huge jump in their test scores last year. We love everything about this school and their teaching methods

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Our daughter loves going to school every day. She is able to express herself thru art, but also thru academics. She is being taught to think outside the box without even knowing it, and is learning new things every day. Their programs and curriculum are what all elementary schools need.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
This is our 4th year in the school. Our daughter started the 1st year of the school (kindergarten) and we have seen amazing growth in the this school and especially by our daughter! The teachers are terrific and caring. The principal is one the hardest working individuals I have ever been around. I am not a Founding Parent BTW. The curriculum is simply fantastic and is a perfect fit for our daughter. One of the best things about the school is the incredible parent body. I am always amazed at how much time the parents give to the school and how much passion they have for the school. We have never worried about 'safety issues or behavior issues'. Our experience with Los Feliz Charter has been terrific and feel fortunate to have our daughter in this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
My daughter was attending a different chater school and wasn't sure she wanted to leave. After her first week at LFCSA, she was happy about being in LFCSA. We love Mrs. Duzinski and are looking forward to the new location in Glassel Park. I can't say enough great things about the school! The children all love the school and the parents really show up when events are going on. The support of the staff and the parents make for a great public school with a private school feel and education. My son will start in 2 years. Go see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 19, 2009
I have 2 children in Los Feliz Charter school 3rd and 4th grade. Both look forward to going to school every day love their teachers and learning. We were the freshman class at a new charter and took the leap of faith it takes to join a start up. Every year has rewarded us with fantastic teachers wonderful students and parent body. Having just finished our first round of true testing and scoring 858 we can only look forward to higher achievements as the school progresses and flourishes in the outstanding new home in Glassel Park. I can only look forward more of the marvelous, warm and committed teachers as we have had thus far. With their guidance my children are avid readers and writers and scoring above 95% in math along with being kind, caring and compassionate children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
It is simply the best! The teachers, parents, and administration work together as a team to foster the most outstanding education for our children. We are like family here! LFCSA children simply love learning, asking questions, and making connections! It is a wonderful school!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 19, 2009
LFCSA is flat out an amazing school. We looked at all the charters w/in a reasonable driving distance and this one was by far the best. Now that our son is a in K there we are so happy we made this decision. He is getting a private school education for free. The school feels like a real family at the helm, not some LAUSD black hole. One in a million and it works, not even Schwartenager can screw it up!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
Our son just started Kinder, he and we love this school. Teachers are amazing and the Principle is smart, strong and visionary.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
LFCSA is an amazing new school that helps each of its students sustain a true love of learning, fosters creativity and imagination and supports caring, kindness, community and environmental awareness. My daughter loves going to school every day and I'm ecstatic to take her there every morning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
LFCSA has a rich, vibrant curriculum that brings out the best in every child there!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2009
For a parent to state in a previous review: 'it is better to go to a regular school where there is more resources available' referring to kids with issues or learning disabilities is not only against the law, but disgraceful. It is the teacher's RESPONSIBILITY to teach ALL children and bring out their potential. In my opinion, the teachers here are very green and tend to be biased towards the quiet, smart kids that show off their teaching 'skills' and are quite clueless with the rest. The principal seems to encourage this. A school that values each and every child's personality in a POSITIVE way can bolster the child's self esteem and learning. Not here. Don't send your child here if they have any issues. Their self-esteem will be damaged. LFCSA should bite the bullet and become a private school where they can choose students who fit their profile.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
My son has been with the LFCSA since the beginning of it. The school had a rought start and is improving very fast. The 2009 CST result shows that. Mrs Newlin, the principal has stood against some parents that on my view want to have a say on the way the school is managed. I think she is great. LAUSD doesn't provide the same funding for special need education as it provides other regular schools. Unfortunately, If a child needs classroom support it is better to go to a regular school where there is more resources available. LAUSD doesn't like the charter schools and they are not helpful in funding special need education. Next year we will move to a permanent address. Go to losfelizarts.org and look for 'Our New Site'. I believe LFCSA will be a top rated school by the time it completes the 6th grade.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
I want to be clear about this, LFCSA would not exist without this Principal. She's not perfect, she's had admin challenges that would hairbrain the best of us, but this school is on the planet because of her. Without her, there is no LFCSA. It is very clear that because this year we are housed at a public campus she waded through insane bureaucracy, perhaps the curriculum suffered a bit, but not enough for me to pull my kids out! I too am an educator and I have seen many schools. We are lucky to have LFCSA and its teachers. She will persevere, and this school will flourish.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
this school is the vision of its principal, and although this year was filled with challenges of all kinds, I feel that the core integrity of the school is intact. Also not worried about test scores, you will see soon enough they will jump as soon as the school reaches 4, 5 and even 6th grade as the cognitive thinking levels on the tests increase. A new school always deals with this, magnets too. I think that this school definitely needs to acknowledge and accommodate the lower income brackets. The after school program is wonderful, but it is just far too expensive for average or lower income. My children love their after school teachers, but they are heartbroken I won't let them stay for the science, or the violin, we just cannot afford this and the company the school has hired won't take financial aid or scholarships. This feels discriminatory!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
Administration and the Office Staff disrespectful of parents and the preferential treatment is a problem. The principal as lovely as she is lacks the proper tools for this specific school. Our vision of a creative parent involved community has worsened in the years that have followed. Parents are pushed out unless money is needed or manual labor required. Nice curriculum but will take many years to implement properly. Teachers lack experience and outside of the few who excel most sit average or below. We stay because of the many wonderful parents and their endless perseverance and struggle for all of our children, simply invaluable . If you can chip away at the nepotism and bring in a new administration this school has the potential to evolve into a sanctuary for many generations to come.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2009
As a parent and an educator, I find LFCSA to be an excellent school and am elated that we 'won' the lottery and are able to send our children to LFCSA. They use a research based curriculum which is excellent. The teachers and staff are great. The principal is one of the best principals I have encounter, and as an educator, I have encountered many principals. I think that some of the parents do not realize how good they have it. I write this as someone who opposes Prop 39 and has major reservations about the charter school system. The main problem I have with the school is with the classist attitudes of many of the parents. That being said, there is no other school in the area that I would want to send my children to.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2008
The test scores are low here because the school cares about educating the kids, not training them to take a test. Fantastic principal, thoughtful administration, super-involved parents. Some of the teachers are better than others, but all are good. The one drawback is the lack of a permanent home, but hopefully by next fall, that will be solved.I love this school, and so does my kid.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
I'm astounded that the founding parent in the review below cannot face facts. The reason that test scores are so low is that these kids aren't all working up to the California State Standards, not because it's project-based. Look up other project-based schools and see the difference in the scores. BTW, one would think that getting a criticism and trying to fix it would be the way to go, instead of belittling the parent who has a legitimate inquiry and is worried. If this attitude does not change we will be taking our child elsewhere. Good reviews written by founding parents shows that there is a lot at stake for them if the school is not reviewed well here. I choose to look at it from the perspective of the child. It's for them. Not for the personal achievement of the parents. Not the school we hoped it could be.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
Nice curriculum--not completely in place and still evolving--the teachers are still 'learning' how to implement it. Some can do it better than the rest. The teachers don't have much experience. Great parent involvement. Projects are set up to 'Ooooh and Aaahh' the parents, whereby many of the same things are done in public schools to less fanfare. If you have a child that is no trouble and a 'happy learner', then this is the school for you! Choose wisely before you enroll your child. The curriculum is accessible by all children, except when said child is not learning. Administration does not seem to have an understanding or be able to cope with kids that have issues like ADHD, etc. There is no support system as is routine in public schools. Parents are often blamed that they are not doing all they should be until the 'difficult' children are weeded out.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2007
We are so lucky to have found this school. These children experience a unique and creative constructivist curriculum, and the inter connectivity within lessons is invaluable. The school is modeled after SEEDS at UCLA. A lot of arts integrated into geometry, math, and here you will not find the famous Open Court method at public schools, but something rather different and wonderful called Reader's/Writer's workshop. This is a fantastic way to learn to read and write. I am a huge fan of this method. The school is young so there are kinks that have not been worked out but I would rather take those kinks any day - this school feels creative, smart about itself, academically intact, and not institutionalized. I searched high and low across the los angeles landscape for a school just like this and I can't believe I found it. Students get dance, art, drama, music and PE.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
This school provides committed teachers, with an excellent program of arts based lessons, and a rounded curriculum. The atmosphere is relaxed but disciplined. Parent involvement is high, making the school an community institution.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
We consider ourselves very lucky to have gotten in on the 'ground floor' with LFCSA. Our daughter loved kindergarten and flourished under the careful but loving watch of Tiffany Miller, her teacher. The school hit the ground running with very little prep time after acquiring its charter, and so their achievement is therefore even more remarkable. Certain aspects -- after-school programs, extracurricular activities, and parental organization -- have taken a bit longer to get running smoothly, but these will fall into place in the coming year. Unfortunately we'll probably have to leave the current space at the end of the 07/08 school year, but I am confident that we'll find something as warm and welcoming as our current home in St. Ambrose.

- submitted by a parent
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Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts
2709 East Media Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90065
(323) 539-2810
Last modified Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 189 reviews. Top