This school has high API scores because if your child does not succeed, they are strong armed out. Don't even think of sending your child here if they require any form of accommodations. There isn't any form of academic support here unless you are blessed with a bright child. Doesn't even deserve one star for this super selective school.
The school's API score continues on a downward trend. There is an especially noticeable low score average in Latino students. School administration have refused to meet with concerned parents. School lacks extra-curricular activities: clubs, arts programs, and overall youth development. Equally important the school is lacking in the ability to meet the requirements of students with special education needs. The school cannot test students in but they do test your student to see what grade level they should enter. Your student may be asked to repeat a grade. The school has a mandatory 11-pages a night homework policy. This may be stressful for young ones. The bathrooms require cleaning and repair. If a parent complains they are told they have a choice to leave. Admin is not open to suggestions for improvements. This school is purely academic and nothing else leaving students with no childhood but plenty of busy work on photocopied homework packets.
My children go to Celerity Troika Charter School at the Burbank campus located in Highland Park, California. We are so happy with this school that we have recommended it to several of our friends with young children. The class sizes are relatively small and there is constant communication between the teachers and parents. The standards are high so the children seem to be ahead of the regular public schools. Every teacher that we have had is a professional dedicated to her students. There is a small number of volunteer hours that are mandatory and that gives parents a better understanding of what their children are doing in class as well as how the administration functions. In my opinion, the leadership of this school is more than satisfactory. There is open communication between the principal(s) and the parents. The school is located on the campus of a middle school so there is the drawback of a lack of space. However, we are very happy and have no plans to move our children who will be in third grade next year and have been there since kindergarten.
I'm still "iffy" about this school, the teachers seem super stressed because of all the pressurer they have, if the kids dont get certain grades and meet certain standards at the end of the school year then the teacher loser his/her job.. chaos!the HP campus is SUPER unorganized!! the only reason i havent pulled my child out is because of the good education shes getting but i think its only a matter of time before i am fed up with the chaos!
CELERITY EAGLE ROCK IS A GEM! BEST KEPT SECRET IN L.A. IN COOL HIPSTER EAGLE ROCK! This is a college prep K-8 Charter free public school tucked in North Eagle Rock. The test scores are in the 900 plus range, small class sizes, small school culture, uniforms, simple facility but stellar staff. Great Principal & amazing Kinder Teacher. My son adores his Teacher, loves learning, reading, writing, & is showing real promise in Math. Kinder teacher really cares for her student's & is very warm/firm/nurturing/approachable. She goes the extra mile! He loves Jiji Math software, great food, good after-school program (hw help/snack/play till 6pm), & close knit community. Feels like private school ed. without cost & fancy facilities. We are a professional, college educated couple & we were on the private school track but finding this gem in our neighborhood has been a blessing. We are getting a first rate education & it allows us to save for private High School & College. Celerity emphasizes computers & technology. Yoga & dance weekly. Communication is excellent at the school & always lots of enthusiasm. School culture feels safe, cozy, respectful, no bullying & a wonderful place to learn!
This is to the One Star Parent who posted on 5-6-2012.: While I agree the facilities are not ideal, the quality of the Celerity Troika teaching staff and their results with the kids cannot be argued with. Please use this amazing resource, Great Schools, to compare the API scores to other nearby LAUSD schools with similar populations of 95% food assistance eligible students. Then expand that search to include wealthier communities nearby. If you want glorious facilities, I hope you make enough money to live in South Pasadena or San Marino. You're not being reasonable in your expectations if you honestly believe the building itself matters more than the teaching, the curriculum, or the results. In fact, thanks to restrictive bond measures, the state is building beautiful schools that sit empty due to lack of funding. Consider using your time to demand better pay for teachers, and to stop cuts to education statewide, rather than bashing a model that clearly works, despite an ugly building to work in, please.
This school is extremely unorganized and unfit to be a school. The space of classrooms are small and the space for play is not there. There were limited resources for students to use while playing. First impression was that this school was not being properly managed. I can't help but think that the unorganized administration are the ones writing the reviews, because this school is not a great school. I feel sad for the children that have to attend this old church building as a school.
This is one of the best schools in California! College accreditors just came through for a site visit and were extremely impressed by how dedicated the teachers, administration, kids, and parents are. They gushed that our teachers are "the best of the best" and want to "bottle whatever it is that we are doing". Basically, every one is held to the highest standards, from the principal on down. Just be prepared for lots of parent involvement and homework from day one. Your child is worth it!
We still believe this is a good school. All the teaching and learning are in higher standard. But the whole school is not being motivated as before. We need a better, closer connection with Troika!
My son has been at Celerity Troika since the begining. The Principal, Ms. Mac was so hands on and you could tell how much she loved and cared for our kids. Until now. Ms. Mac is gone and its all about the enrollment and no longer about our kids. My son was sick and no adult from the school bothered to call us. He was ALONE in the office for HOURS with 104 temp! He was not the only one left like that either. My son is being bulled and racially harrassed. He told staff and so did we. The staff has done NOTHING to stop it! Pulling him out!
This is the greatest school in our district and the best thing about this amazing school anyone can go! My son has been there since they started and he has shown so much improvement that my husband and I are so excited that our son will be able to go to high school with no drama. The principle is so hands on with the students and she has so much respect from parents. This is the greatest school ever! I totally recommended to all.
My daughter's in her second year there (1st grade) and we've been really pleased. The teachers work hard to give the students the tools they need to succeed and move to the next level. Parent involvement is high (sometimes tough for working parents, but worth it). Students seem well supervised and I'm relieved my daughter can stay there through 8th grade. They just opened a second location for this school in Highland Park -- Celerity Troika Burbank. It's a totally new facility/building and would be great to hear what parents think of it.
This is a great school. I dont know where to start, the teachers, principal, after school tutors are all great! The students receive the attention they deserve and the curriculum is much more advanced. They offer yoga, dance and students have access to computers on a daily basis.Studens will reach new heights in this school for sure. I also hear they are openning an extension of this school in Highland Park. What a great opportunity for parents and their kids! Highly recommend it!
BEST SCHOOL in LA!!! My daughter is so far advanced in comparison to other children her age. I thank the teachers, staff and the Principal for making this school what it is. It is a small community of students, parents, teachers and staff who make everyone feel welcomed. I LOVE IT!!!
The teachers are all excellent, the principal is available all the time to answer questions and listen to concerns. They provide more advanced academic program to students who are advanced. Aside from the physical activities after school program also offers assistance to complete your child's homework. It is safe and the staffs are friendly and knowledgeable. Mr P and the Mr Jerry did an excellent job on taking care of the students everyday.
I am so happy with this school. I love how safely the kids are managed with before and after school care. The school menu is fantastic and the principal is extremely approachable and invested in the success of the students. Sign-up your child for Celerity! It's the best decision we could have made for our daughter!
Excellent school! Eventhough we moved far away, I decided to continue taking my daughter to this school because of their commitment to students success. My daughter really loves her school and I am very happy and proud of Celerity Troika School, principal, teachers, and staff.
I enrolled my then 2nd grader last year, which was Troika's opening year. I was so impressed with the way every detail was handled during the summer to have the school up and running in September '08. The school's academics are excellent concentrating on helping students achieve State Standard grades with additional help from a web-based classroom and home internet system built from State Standards. All academics aside, the food served during breakfast and lunch is healthy (no beef or deep fried meals). The principal is incredibly approachable, she offers not only her email but also her cell phone to all parents, and in my experience, her response is typically the very same day. Security is not an issue at Troika, where a volunteer valet service is in place for drop off and pick up. Kudos to Ms. McNamara and staff!
Brand new charter school, excellent kindergarten teacher. The principal is so down to earth and approachable, and the staff is great, like an extended family!
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