Students enrolled 389
Hours 8:05 AM - 2:35 PM
School leader Charles Smith
Transportation options Yes
District Los Angeles Unified School District
Before school no info
After school Yes

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3271 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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(323) 665-5941
(323) 665-5708
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4 stars
Based on 39 ratings

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August 29, 2014
I wouldn't even know where to start. There are so many problems with this school. Lack of resources, lack of a good principal, moody teachers, and yes, that very abrasive British woman.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2014
WOW! Seems like same old problems there. My son graduated a couple years back and I was thinking about my daughter going, but the same problems are allowed to continue with the bossy British woman who thinks she runs the school. It was there then and I can't believe it is still happening now. This causes so much tension which now seems to be effecting all aspects of the school. (Maybe that's why all the principals left!) Time to look elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
As a previous poster mentioned there are problems within the parent group leadership. Thats an easy problem to fix though so it doesnt make it a bad school. This school has tried hard and until this past year it was doing pretty well. Hopefully we will be able to fix or remove the problems this year, and go back to being the great school we used to be. I'd encourage people to take a chance on this school. We have the potential to be great, even if we are having some problems now. Its a good little neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
. I don't know much about the parents groups, I only know what I had heard on the grapevine. My experiences at the school has been okay. My kids like there teechers. I went there to, class of '80!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
I'd love to give this a good review because I have lived in this neighborhood my whole life and my husband and me both went to this school. So much has changed. The parent group leader does turn people off, but who cares? An adult should be able to ignore someone with a difficult personality. The real problem has more to do with principals coming and going, and a uncaring staff. My child graduated this year so it wasn't a problem for us for too long, and I hope it improves by the time my grandbaby can start school. I'd love to be able to return.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
I can't imagine where all this is coming from. The booster club leader does EVERYTHING at that school. She has a few other moms who help out a little, but she is down there doing most of it. She is the most dedicated volunteer I have ever seen. She really does run the school, and they are all lucky to have her doing it! She led the movement to free us from the ineffectual new principal we had been saddled with, and she worked hard to choose the new one we will be getting soon. If more of the people complaining actually go down there to volunteer themselves, they will see exactly what this woman has done to protect our students, and how selflessly she gives of her time. You will see that she is there everyday, leading the other volunteers by example. We are a great school, with a great staff, and a rock star of a parent group leader! Come for a visit, and see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
We have a very dedicated staff and our parent group is led by a vibrant community activist, and volunteer! We have struggled with the problems of finding a new principal, and she has been a constant source of comfort and reassurance through that process. We are back on track now, and we invite you all to join us! You will love this happy little school!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
This school is a mixture of good and bad. They have a uniform policy which is good but they don't enforce their policy which is bad. They have fairly good teachers there, but they have had three principals in less than a year. There is an active parent teacher organization, but they are clickish and alienate people. Parents used to be able to walk to the classroom to pick up their kids and see the teacher if need be, now we are stopped at the gate and made to crowd there while the kids slowly trickle out. You can't bring cookies on your kids birthday because that "takes away from valuable instruction time," but they feed them cake and orange juice for breakfast. They try to push attendance, but it's still really poor. I guess I would say this school is average. If I had an alternative to this school, I'd probably take it, but I don't so we'll stick it out and hope it improves.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2014
I was so sad to see the new Principal Mr. Burge leave. He was a caring and compassionate person who always put the students first. It was nice to see a strong principal who wasn't bullied by a few parents who think they run the school. I wish him the best, but sad for the school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 28, 2014
Atwater elementary, I am shocked that a teacher is still there, 3rd grade, every year picks on a few kids to bully, and makes their lives miserable, everyone knows it. You're right about elitism, it's so sad.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Atwater Elem was assigned a new principal mid-year. We had an interim principal first who did absolutely NOTHING for our school. Let me just say that our new principal, MR. BURGE is wonderful. He is involved, helpful & caring. Thank you, Mr. Burge for coming to our school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
The principal is a very nica man. But some teachers are very abusive with kids. Several kids experiece it. I would never take my kid to this school. Some teachers intimidate the kids

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
Atwater Ave Elementary is an amazing school! It is truly a jem. The staff and teachers are dedicated to educating the children of the school community. The students are dedicated to learning and actually want to be there. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to participate in and out of the classroom. Everyone is friendly and accepting of one another. My children are thriving in this school environment. They look forward to not only the regular school day, but the after school activities. Atwater Elementary offers a computer lab, G.A.T.E. program, drill team, homework help, book club, chess club, sports, healthy snacks (healthy eating is encouraged and taught throughout the day), fitness classes, garden and other activities all free or at an exceptionally low price. All this is done with an extremely low budget. I often wonder what could be accomplished with the resources of a school with the highest possible budget. The funding is honestly the only thing I would change about this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Coming in as a new teacher to this school almost 3 years ago was one of the best experiences one could ask for. The staff and administration are so friendly, dedicated, and diligent. Everyone went out of their way to be helpful. The parents, faculty, and administrators not only focus on Academic excellence but also character building. A great public school with invested people who inspire everyday.

- submitted by a teacher
August 19, 2013
increased parent involvement has helped this school come a long way in the past few years, and there is a very caring & active principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
Why is it that all the negative ratings always disappear from the web site about Atwater Ave Elementary? FYI it is the same parents writing all the reviews. This school is run by two parents and the principal. Lets see how long this review stay on the site before it disappears?

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
Every time I visit Atwater Avenue Elementary the energy for learning is positive, creative and nurturing. The staff members are warm and welcoming, and the parent involvement is another plus. They have a beautiful garden that the students help to grow and cultivate. Atwater Avenue Elementary is a rare and wonderful school.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2013
We're quietly confident in our choice of Atwater Elementary as it is truly our neighborhood school. I watch as my girls thrive in this academically challenging environment where the principal Mr Smith daily lives and breathes the school mantra of: Safe, Responsible, Respectful. They see role models, diversity and entrepeneurship daily. Wholeheartedly endorse.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
Atwater is a great school to join. We have been growing academically each year. I believe this is because the students feel the comfort of learning in their classrooms. There are many enrichment opportunities that will help your child develop as a life long learner. Furthermore, Atwater welcomes parental involvement and many families help our school in many ways! We are not only a school family, but a neighborhood family! Come join the fun!

- submitted by a teacher
May 16, 2013
A true neighborhood school with committed, creative parents and stellar, invested staff. We've been here 3 years now (private school previously) and LOVE it. My girls feel academically challenged, confident on campus and secure in the school community.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Atwater Elementary has a wonderful principal and solid community support. I would definitely send my kids to Atwater Elementary.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
Such a great school!! My daughter is currently enrolled in the first grade here and is looking forward to second. The principal, Mr. Charles Smith is a blessing. He genuinely cares about the students and is constantly striving towards making this a superb school, which I think it is. Love love love this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2012
This is an amazing school with a great group of passionate people working together for the ultimate benefit of the children. The principal, teachers, parents, and community members are all working together toward huge success. At this school, everyone believes in the children and wants the best for them. The school environment is very welcoming where everyone feels apart of a family. I've only been here for three years and I love it!

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2011
My daughter will be graduating next week. The two sixth grade teachers (Ms. Fogel and Ms. Craig) are excellent. With their help my daughter has been accepted to great magnet and private middle schools. Please come and meet our amazing principal, teachers, and staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
I am planing on sending my son there for 6th grade....I am not completely sure if this is the right school for him...more reviews from students or parents that have more information on the status on this school will be greatly appriciated to help parents like me to make the right decision.....:)

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
I can't say enough about our principle. He really has a vision for the students and has managed to get the vast majority of families to buy in. There is a lot of care and concern for all. I have had problems but have always been listened to and supported to a successful conclusion. It is a good school.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
When I first visited Atwater, I fell in love with the teachers. When my daughter started kindergarten in 2009, she fell in love with school and then we knew we hit the jackpot when our new principal started later in 2009. First grade and 2010 are even better! What a gem here in our little neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2010
This year we moved our two girls (aged 5 and 7) from a private school to Atwater Avenue Elementary and are beyond impressed. The quality and consistency of education, plus the commitment and innovation of the teachers is all spearheaded by an inspirational new principal. He's not only invigorating a school and nurturing an academically challenging, culturally diverse environs, but he has also succeeded in galvanizing an entire community. Looking at sister LAUSD schools nearby such as Ivanhoe, we are proud to see our API's leapfrogging and the level of parental involvement soaring. We're well on our way. We LOVE Atwater!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
We are looking forward to another year at Atwater, the new administration and the amazing teachers have worked together to make our child really excited about stating school this year. The parent group is great and a lot of fun.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
I love Atwater Elementary because of the afterschool program they offer to the kids. I make it a point to contribute in any way I can to keep the program going. My niece has benefited so much from the program. Thank you very much

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
Atwater Avenue Elementary school is a wonderful community school. The principal, teachers, and parents are working together for the students. This year I have become more motivated to do more for my children and for the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
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September 19, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 17, 2007
Although I transferred my child into this school, I was very disappointed at the outcome. Unfortunately, this school needs a lot of help to return to the high level it was at before.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
I tried enrolling my daughter in their preschool program this year and their administration and teachers do not have it all together. Their administration gives you information that does not coincide with the teachers information. Which can cause much confusion for the parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 06, 2006
My son goes to special education program provided by Atwater Ave Elem School. They have a good program and the teachers and their aides are knowlegeable. The school also encourage the parents to be involve by encouraging them to volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
Great principal, friendly, understanding, patient, and perfect teachers.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
This school is fantastic. I loved how they added ramps for the disabled children. I mostly love this school because of the teacher, Mrs. Baloyan, and the principal, Mrs. Karen S. Also my daughter is culminating and I thank you for the good work you've done, just like the spring dance, field trip to the park, softball game, autograph day, and the big thing thats so exciting. Thank you! I would also like to thank, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Peddicord, Mrs. Kwan, Mrs. Reyes, Mr.Cusack, and Mrs. Baloyan.

- submitted by a parent
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Atwater Avenue Elementary School
3271 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90039
(323) 665-5941
Last modified Atwater Avenue Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Atwater Avenue Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews.