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K-6
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 674
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632 North Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

(323) 255-1434
(323) 254-2159
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November 15, 2014
We've been very happy with the school overall. The vast majority of the teachers we've met and worked with have been wonderful and the principal this year seems committed to improvement. He's also much more responsive to parent concerns than the past administration. Nothing is perfect and there are definitely some improvements I'd like to see. Some of the really wonderful and innovative curriculum and teaching methods that parents have mentioned in reviews are indeed great, but unfortunately implementation is spotty and many teachers need further training to implement them effectively.. The school would benefit greatly from a more consistent approach to teaching philosophy and more progressive behavior management practices. But overall I am very pleased the decision to send our children to Aldama. They are thriving and getting a high-quality public education at our neighborhood school which is not something I would have thought possible when we moved here 10 years ago. With a few improvements this school could be really amazing and It seems to be moving in the right direction. I'm also very excited that the dual language program is expanding into middle school next year!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2014
I love Aldama. My daughter is in the Dual Language program and is thriving in 1st grade. My wife and I are in constant awe at how much her brain is soaking up and how quickly. The new 1st grade teacher is fantastic. I like the new principal - he seems committed and eager to make this school the best it can be and then some. Lots of parent involvement, but the good kind of involvement - not the annoying meddlesome kind. Highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
I have a child enrolled in the Dual Language Kindergarden. I am very pleased. He is thriving! I am very impressed by the teachers and the curriculum, particularly their writing workshop and math collections activities. The principal is new to the school this year and seems eager and responsive to parents but it is too early to assess him. The campus is much larger and nicer than it appears from the front at Avenue 50. I do wish there were more green spaces though--a lot of concrete!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Amazing Teachers and Dual Language Program. This school is at a very exciting time, huge parent involvement and high standards in curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2013
this school is great because they seem to try to stop bulling so hard and i as a student feel like this a wonderful thing

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2013
I am a dual language parent and I am extremely impressed by the knowledge, dedication and creativity the teachers in the DL program exude. In addition to the teachers, great families and a supportive and encouraging principle made this the top choice for me. (I, too, looked at Magnets, Charters, etc) As a bilingual, I was having a hard time transferring my knowledge to my son and this school is completely bridging the gap. Also, to know that the arts (drawing/art/dancing) play as much a role as readers/writing workshops & CGI math, makes me feel like I made the right choice. The growth I've seen in 2 months has been amazing.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I am another Dual Language parent that is very happy so far with Aldama. Like many of the other parents who end up choosing Aldama, I went on a long search before deciding on this school. Besides the advantage of learning a second language, they have innovative methods to teaching other subjects, such as Reader/Writer Workshop for language learning and CGI for math.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
One month in for our kinder gal at the Dual Language program at Aldama and we couldn't be happier. Great principal, fantastic families and extremely dedicated teachers. I am amazed at how much she has learned in English, Spanish and all subject areas in such a brief amount of time and can't wait for more to come.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Aldama Elementary has a fantastic dual language immersion program. It is absolutely mind blowing to see these kids listen, learn and then speak two languages at such a young age. The teachers are great and we can't wait to see how our little one progresses each year.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2013
I am a grandparent of two students at Aldama and a weekly volunteer. Aldama has a thriving Dual Language program (English/Spanish). The 6th grade has moved back to Aldama from the local middle school, a distinct advantage for the students. The teachers and staff are dedicated and caring. The students are involved, anxious to learn and polite. Don't let the "3" score chase you away. This is a fantastic school!

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2013
We feel so lucky to have found such a great school nearby. Our daughter is in her second year in the dual language program, and we continue to be blown away by the talent and dedication of the teachers. GO HAWKS!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
Thanks to the dual language program at Aldama, my little gringitos can talk to anyone in our neighborhood. We walk to school. We love highland park. But, the most impressive part of the school to me are the teachers. They are incredible!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
I am the proud parent of a 1st grader who is enrolled in Aldama Elementary's dual language program. I am amazed at the dedication of the teachers, school staff, and parents at this school.There is a great sense of community at Aldama and everyone rallies together to support our wonderful Aldama students. She is only in 1st grade, and I am excited to see my daughter's proficiency and continued growth in reading, in TWO languages!! And my daughter loves her school and her teachers : )

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
I love our school! I myself came here as a kid and have nothing but great memories! So, when it came down to enrolling my son in school, I never second guessed my decision in signing him up for Aldama. The staff & teachers are incredible. Everyone is so invovled with the childrens education & it makes us as parents want to be part of all the amazing activities they have for kids. My son looks forward to going to school everyday! Theres nothing more I could ask for.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
I love our school! I can't imagine there being staff and faculty more dedicated anywhere. Our children are so lucky to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2012
I am new to Aldama Elementary's Dual Language Program. My daughter is fortunate to have two "winning" teachers in her kinder program. Teachers who are dedicated, motivated to learn and teach, fun, loving and bring something new and exciting to the classroom each week. Sra. Saenz and Ms. Jung are way above average on the dedicated to teaching scale. They respect their students and love watching them learn. I witness this. My stepmother has been a life long educator and principal in San Diego County and when she observed the program, she was impressed by the strategies and teaching methods they brought to the classroom. It is within LAUSD and therefore faces the budget challenges that most schools (private or public) have in these economic times. But the commitment by the parent community and PTA to raise funds to support important programs at the school is strong and growing. It takes a village these days to make any school great and I am proud to be a part of Aldama's community. I am dedicating my time and energy to see this school succeed and am motivated by my daughter's enthusiasm. Principal is new so I give her 4 stars for enthusiasm. Parent involvement growing.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2012
I am thrilled that we found Aldama. My son is in kindergarten and we have been absolutely blown away by the dedication of the teachers and what he has learned in just a few months. We really love the Readers/Writers Workshop approach. And the CGI math has taught him different ways to think about numbers, which he has enjoyed exploring. I would argue that the schools API scores don't accurately reflect what is going on in the Dual Language program. Both in terms of language and cultural education, I feel he is getting a very well-rounded education. Given the socio-economics of the neighborhood and the budget challenges public schools face these days, the school is definitely lacking in resources. We're working to address these things, but need more active, involved parents to help. Despite this, the caliber of the educational experience in the dual program is definitely top-notch

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2012
How lucky for us that we found this gem in our own neighborhood! This is our third year at Aldama, second year in the dual program. My son is reading above grade level in his primary language and getting stronger in his secondary language everyday. The teachers are caring, committed and wonderful. My son is not only gaining knowledge, he's gaining cultural pride and confidence in who he is and where he comes from. The school is diverse and the program becomes stronger every year!!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
My son is in the dual program at Aldama Elementary and I couldn't ask for more in terms of learning Spanish as a second language, being connected to a network of supportive and caring neighborhood families and with a faculty and administrator who are committed to ensuring that children care about and find meaning in what they are learning. My son is not only gaining a fantastic educational experience, he is also living and learning with children from diverse cultural, linguistic and economic backgrounds. The realities of our city and community are at his doorstep and everyone's experience and cultural norms are becoming his. This experience is priceless and our family feels so fortunate to have this opportunity in our very own neighborhood. Our school brings families of Northeast Los Angeles together! And... Abuelita is proud of her only grandchild who knows how to speak Spanish :)!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
Exciting things are happening in the Dual Language program in terms of teacher training, thanks to the efforts of the teachers themselves who are very motivated. The school principal is wonderful- warm, yet with great executive abilities and accesable to parents. The facility itself is clean, airy and bright. There is parent participation in the Dual Language program primarily through the PTA- who fundraises for enrichment programs- however parent participation and collaboration does not extend to the classroom. Parents are discouraged at the onset from visiting the classroom and there is no regular communication from the teachers about what is going on there. Classroom management techniques consist of the standard LAUSD behavior "color card" system and teachers are not trained in methods that better promote social and emotional intelligence. The curriculum also does not appear to be project based. The Dual language program has its pluses and minuses. Overall, it is an above average program with room for improvement

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2011
I can't express enough how amazing this school is. We are now in our fourth year at Aldama with two children in attendance. They both have amazing teachers! The staff and Ms Naval in particular work very hard at their job and improving our school. Coach Williams and the PTA continue to make Aldama fun for the kids. Ms Alvarez makes Aldama feel like a home. She nurtures and loves each one of our children. I am so glad we chose our local school instead of a charter. Our girls are in a great place. Thank you Aldama!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2011
Aldama's dual language program Spanish-English program is on the leading edge of education in Los Angeles. With excellent teachers, a strongly supportive principal and highly involved parents, students are getting 21st century skills and top-notch education. As a parent at the school, I don't have experience with the regular elementary classes but know that the benefits of dual language are transferring to the whole school in fundraising, parental involvement and buzz. Aldama has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and gotten strong support from current and former school board members.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
My daughter is in kindergarden and for the first time is having a very difficult time. The school doesn't seem to be welcoming or helpful with it's new students. My daughter is now suffering with anxiety because she feels lost when she gets to school. There is no structure and really hardly any supervision.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
Our Daughter is in kindergarden and she's learning so much...The teachers and principal are all caring.... Most of the parents are involved. Could not ask for more

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Aldama's Dual Language program is great. My son loves it. Every day he comes with a new lesson learn in Spanish.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Aldama has fabulous community involvement, and the Spanish/English dual immersion program is such an woderful asset!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Aldama's Dual Language program has been great for my 1st grade son. The teachers and principal are terrific!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
The dual language program is great -- excellent teachers and a great group of kids and families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
This school is clean and well-maintained. The Dual Language program in which my son is enrolled has been a dream. His teachers are magnificent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Aldama Elementary school is a community of wonderful students, excellent teachers, and caring/supportive parents. The students have made impressive academic gains over the last two years and the school recently added a Spanish Dual Immersion Program. The school is beautifully maintained. Student learning and safety are always top priorities!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I love our teachers, and Ms Naval (the Principal) is so dedicated to improving this school. The Dual Language Program has been a blessing for our kid and this Highland Park community.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Aldama Elementary has a great and supportive principal, highly trained, caring teachers and staff, and smart, funny, hard-working and resourceful students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The principal (Ms Joy Naval), the Dual Language Program, the teachers I've encountered, the other parents, it's up and coming numbers!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great dual language program, our daughter loves it. The teachers are caring and the principal is always smiling and ready to listen, personnaly greeting you every morning. SO nice to have a great public school in our very own neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great principal and wonderful teachers. The Spanish dual-immersion program is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Aldama is clearly getting stronger every year, benefiting from the energy of Highland Park as a whole. The Dual Language Spanish/English program, which accept kids from several zoned schools, is two years old and we have been very pleased with the teachers and the commitment of fellow parents, both English and Spanish speakers. Principal Joy Naval and the teachers have designed a Spanish/English curriculum that seems flexible and interesting to the kids, and they have been available, beyond what we expected, to hear any ideas from parents or concerns/issues.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Aldama is home to an innovative dual-immersion program that is having great success instilling language skills in addition to normal elementary education.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2008
The Aldama dual language program really seems to be working. My child comes home singing and speaking in Spanish and has friends who will continue to challenge and inspire him along with his excellent teachers. I am very grateful to be able to send my kids to our local school and would recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2007
Academic wise just like every other la public school. Has to much and advance school work for the children. Was not child and parent friendly.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 06, 2006
I think my kindergarden teacher is great. Very professional with great programs. I see my daughter improvment in each academic aspect. Thank you Ms Kobayashi.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
I am very disappointed about this school's principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2004
The school seems to be trying to improve its students lives. With afterschool programs and teachers willing to listen to problems. Biggest problem is because of its high percentage of non english speakers they seem to concentrate on getting those children to learn more than the ones that already know english.

- submitted by a parent
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Aldama Elementary School
632 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA  90042
(323) 255-1434
Last modified Aldama Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Aldama Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top