Greatest school ever! Amazing and dedicated staff and teachers! I wouldn't send my child anywhere else.
Great school - Fabulous Teachers, Wonderful Principal and devoted staff. The Special Needs teachers and staff go to great lengths to meet the needs of all students. My children love their school and we are glad that our kids are getting a solid and well-rounded education. The on-site STAR after-school program is excellant and the STAR Director and staff are caring and devoted to the students. I almost forgot to mention the wonderful volunteer chorus teacher and the volunteer Shine mentors who work with our students. LAUSD funding could be much better, so thanks to our volunteers who help provide what LAUSD doesn't cover. Go Canfield!!!
We have a kindergardener this year and absolutely love Canfield! First and foremost, the kinder teachers are awesome! During our first parent-teacher conference, our teacher showed us examples of work and our daughter's progress from month to month. She knew our daughter so well and that made us feel so great. The teachers and staff seem to know all the kids on campus. While the principal doesn't give off a very charismatic vibe, she is really competent and does a good job supporting the teachers to do the vital work in their classrooms. It's a very happy school that seems to have high quality academics. Another great aspect of Canfield is the parent organization. They are just really nice people who care a lot and are down to earth. It's an open, welcoming school. My daughter already feels like it's home and so do we.
We have been at this school for 5 years now and it has been a pretty good experience for both of our boys (currently in 2nd and 4th grades). Without the support of the Friends of Canfield and all of the dedicated parents who spend their time, share their experience and contribute to the ever declining budget, this school would be in bad shape! Our family volunteers a lot, from being board members to classroom parents to beautification days to fundraising. We believe it is essential in supporting the schools ability to give our children the elementary school experience they deserve. The teachers here are amazing, all very nurturing and willing to work with us and our kids, giving extra support when needed. The principle is very hands on and receptive to parents needs as well. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a true community driven, family-oriented and parent involved small school environment. It does take a lot of work from all involved to make this school work and so far, it has worked for us.
We enrolled in Canfield this year having moved from Brooklyn, NY. My two sons instantly felt at ease. The kids here are so kind and welcoming, immediately making friends. One great thing I have observed so far at Canfield is a lack of obsession with test scores. Other schools my kids have attended have been concerned with their rankings far more than they seem to be with just getting on with the process of teaching, transferring their anxiety about maintaining school test result ranks onto the students. Not Canfield. So far I have seen a great balance between academics, sports and community at this school.
Your child will find a great home @ Canfield!! Great teachers, great community and a great education for your children!!
This is our second year at Canfield and we are so excited to start the new school year. Our experience here has been 100%, love the academics, teachers, parents and most of all the students. Put all of this together makes Canfield the best school in the neighborhood.
Canfield elementary, from the mile run in the morning to the healthy lunches and snacks, and community effort , parent participation, and fund raising is at its best. you couldn't ask for anything better. However when it comes to the principle you would think we were at a military boot camp, no open door policy, rarely connects with other humans let alone parents and her tactic is intimidation. i would like more after school activities and volunteer oppertunities so that working parents can be involved and support their children( the Christmas program was at 10am-12pm ) and many others are during school hours. The new Facilities engineer was a breath of fresh air, and over all safety of the campus is good but can have some improvement someone monitoring the gates to the campus would be nice for the start of the new school year to get familiar with new faces. over all this is the best school for your child in the area that free!
Canfield has been and continues to be a wonderful school for my daughters. The teachers are excellent and caring, the student body diverse. We have made so many wonderful friends in this community. Looking forward to the new school year!
Canfield Elementary has been a wonderful environment for us. Our son is thriving in the 2nd Grade - and each year has been exciting, engaging and special. We have had amazing teachers each year, and we feel like parent (and grandparents) involvement really brings so much more to the school. From Yoga classes during testing weeks, to the veggie garden, to "Poetry Cafe" where students recite their poetry... So many things make this school special.
I attended Canfield from K-5th and have enjoyed every moment of my expereience there. Canfield emits this sense of family that is stronger than any other school I have attended or visited. Also, this wonderful school gave me so many opportunities to excel: Young Storytellers (a program where students write a play that is performed by famous actors from Disney Channel, Glee, etc.), the principal for a day essay contest, student council, the 5th grade play, the spring musical, and so much more. I love Canfield so much I come back to vouluneer and to enjoy the schools eternal presence. If you choose Canfield to be your child's school, you are also chosing your child's second home.
Now that my son has been at Canfield for several years, I believe I can give an objective review. I am overall pleased with our experience. You do have to keep in mind this is a public school that is part of LAUSD, therefore it is under funded. That being said, the parents' involvement is so great that it makes up for the lack of public funds. I believe it is this involvement that makes this school so special. I do have to say as a full-time working mom, it is challenging to meet up expectations, since there are so many school activities that require volunteering. But is it well worth it. As far as teachers, we have had some better than others. Most teachers at this school are excellent. The principal responds better if we follow procedures such as requesting time for a meeting in writing, as opposed to stopping her in the hallways. In the perfect world there are areas of improvement, but I truly believe everyone at Canfield does the best they can with what they have. I would not change a thing and I would definitely choose Canfield again.
I have to completely disagree with the comment below. We have an amazing principal who understands the needs of all children at the school and is constantly doing what is in the best interest of the entire community. She does so much that parents simply do not see or are able to appreciate. If the parent below volunteered more and understood what was going on at school, their opinion might be different. The teachers have really raised the bar this year and this is starting in Kindergarten! If the students are not doing the work that is expected and if the PARENTS are not emphasising the importance of completing assignments and being simply put a parent, your child will not succeed.
This is an amazing school!! Everyone involved, from the Principal to the teachers to the parents, are dedicated to enriching our children's educational experience. Both of my children are very happy here and are getting a wonderful education.
I can't imagine a more inappropriate description of Canfield then the one below. Our principal is anything but lackluster-ever see a principal dressed like a banana? How about a Sesame Street character? Our principal is extremely invested in the daily lives of our children and is a supportive partner to our parent organization. She is charged with a task that is difficult at best but she does it with poise and grace. The teachers referred to below are consummate professionals who communicate on a daily basis so that the students in that particular class do not miss a beat between lessons. The best way to positively impact your (and your child's) environment is to get involved-so to the poster below join us at the next Friends meeting and help us continue to ensure that Canfield is a wonderful environment instead of using the Internet to bad mouth Canfield and its parents.
When my son was about to enter Kindergarten, I came to check out Canfield with the hope I will be so disappointed by the public school system so we'll have no choice but private schools, but the second I walked through the front office, I never looked back!! This is our 3rd year and i already have two kids in the school. We LOVE every minute of it! Great staff and an amazing principle that knows each and every kid in the school on a personal level, an amazing parent community that accepts all as equal and teachers that are not only great educators but team players who truly enjoy their work and love the school! We should keep in mind that in today's economy a great school must have outside funds and strong parent support to be great. You can't blame a principle for losing teachers due to reduction in force but admire the loyalty of the staff and community to one another for fighting for every teacher and school employee! My kids love the school and there isn't a greater feeling and proof then kids who are eager to go to school every morning!
Lack luster Principal and incompetent staff! They are constantly swapping out teacher throughout the school year as if it has no effect on the children! This school is more about the parents flaunting there money in each others faces than it is the quality of the curriculum for the children.
This is a fabulous school from the student point of view. Programs meet the needs of both gifted kids and those with special needs. There are lots of creative and physical outlets for kids, as well as strong academics (as strong as many prep schools). The teachers are excellent. Kids really enjoy being at the school. However, there is a lot of pressure on parents to donate time and money to continue programs not included in LAUSD's budget and make the school competitive with private alternatives. There's also a lack of attention to the cultures that predominate in the neighborhood (frequently creating scheduling conflicts with Jewish holidays, for example, although the neighborhood is largely Jewish).
EVERYTHING-It has been an amazing journey for my child-he wishes it went through high school.
Canfield is amazing! Our family was kicked out of BHUSD after my child had attended the same BH school for 5 years. After our appeal to the LAUSD's Board of Education was denied, my husband and I had needed to find a school that would be the closest possible fit to our son. We looked high and low, and Canfield always stood out. The principal is a wonderful, smart, kind, compassionate human being who completely understood what we were going through and took us in with open arms. His 5th grade teacher is the best!!!!! Lastly, the parents have built this amazing organization called Friends of Canfield. It's far better than any PTA group in which I've been involved. We are so blessed to be part of this tremendously generous, welcoming and passionate group of parents and children. I just wish it went to 12th grade!
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