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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A weak administration; flawed implementation of the constructivist approach to learning; a "create-it-as-we-go" curriculum; un-supported teachers.
the family aspect of the school -- the arts programing -- the commitment to making a great environment for our kids
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.
it has been a wonderful school, my son loves it...its so diferent from other school....
Progressive arts-intigrated education with smaller class sizes provides a more individualized and engaging experience for my bright sons.
Environment, freedon for the kids, good professionals...art, art and more art...kids can free their imagination...
I love Los Feliz Arts Charter because the staff and parents care and work together to help the students succeed!
because my daughter enjoy when she go to there and the most important she learn
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.
It is a model for what public school education in the 21st century can and should be!
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.
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