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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Our son just started Kinder, he and we love this school. Teachers are amazing and the Principle is smart, strong and visionary.
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.
LFCSA has a rich, vibrant curriculum that brings out the best in every child there!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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