We recently moved into the Carthay neighborhood and look forward to sending to our kids to this school. In visits to the school, conversations with parents and time spent on the community Facebook page we have been impressed with the commitment and dedication of those involved.
To put it simply, Carthay Elementary is a wonderful school. Our son (in second grade) is in his third year at the school and loves it. The school is located in the heart of Carthay Circle, a historic preservation overlay zone rich in LA history. In it s hey-day, premieres of classic movies including "Snow White," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Gone with the Wind" were hosted at Carthay. The school is small, and feels like a family. Carthay is very diverse, truly reflective of the ethnic mix that is Los Angeles, with fifteen languages represented at the school. Both parents and community are involved with the school and help a very active PTA support additional enrichment programs, including Garden Science, Dance, Writers Workshop, Gifted and Talented Education, and a Science Fair. The quality of education provided by the dedicated and enthusiastic teachers at Carthay is unsurpassed. The school s transition to an ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MAGNET in 2014 is long overdue and exceedingly well deserved. My wife and I are both faculty at UCLA, and we are proud that our eldest son is part of the Carthay family, and look forward to enrolling his younger brother in two years.
I am delighted that my daughter has a school in our own neighborhood that is enriching her academically and socially. The teachers have been instrumental in challenging her to strive to be the best that she can be. We are also very grateful for the after school care program Star which is a extra added treat that we are forever grateful for.
All three of my children have gone through the public school system in Los Angeles and each of them has had a different experience but shared one thing in common: the schools they attended has that "something special" quality to them that enhanced the learning for each of my kids. Carthay is a very special school. A very diverse population, an enthusiastic teacher base, a dedicated school staff and some deeply devoted, energetic and active parents. The garden project in the school has won monetary awards. Plans for campus enhancements are in the works and next year, Carthay HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A MAGNET SCHOOL in the environmental sciences area! This is an astounding achievement for a small school in the heart of the Mid-City area. We got involved before our son entered Kindergarten and have already seen amazing things occur over the last couple of years in the school itself. What's most exciting, though, is our son loves to go to school, he never complains about homework, and we are thrilled to be able to walk him to school and feel he is in a very safe environment. We couldn't be happier with this school and we hope other parents agree.
Carthay Center Elementary is a wonderful community school that my daughter (currently 3rd grade, student since Kindergarten) absolutely loves. We have been involved with the school for 8 years and have been part of the growth of its environmental studies and science programs. The teachers and principal have been fantastic. Being a small community school, everyone knows each other, and the kids all look out for one another. The parents are engaged, and the teachers REALLY get to know the kids as they watch them grow up. The academics are great, and there are wonderful enrichment activities (chorus, dance, talent show, garden science etc.). We see friends from school wherever we go in the neighborhood (parks, restaurants, shopping, anywhere!), and it makes a huge difference in keeping our daughter engaged. The after school (STAR) program is also phenomenal, and as a family with 2 working parents, we couldn't do it without them! Next year, the school will become a community magnet school for Environmental Studies. We think this will be a huge benefit to the school and the neighborhood!
This our second year at Carthay Center and our daughter loves it. The teachers and staff are amazing; they genuinely care about each and every student. The school has a rare soul that embraces all families, cultures, community and the environment. The STAR program is an added bonus with the aftercare structure and classes available. We truly believe our daughter is well off to a great start at Carthay and on her way to becoming a model citizen.
I think the word "awesome" is overused today, but this is how my 2nd grader describes her day at school everyday. Both of my children rush to get to school and think I am there too early when I come at 6 pm to pick them up from the fabulous grant-funded STAR program. Due to so much competition from charter schools, we are a small school, but we are expecting enrollment to increase when we become a Environmental Science Magnet next Fall. I just can't understand how we can have a 4 out of 10 on this website. For the love of learning, the sense of community, and pride my children have in their school, our family gives Carthay a resounding TEN!
This is my son's third year at Carthay and we are very happy with the education and his teachers. Garden science, the writing program, the beautiful library and organic vegetable garden are just some of the wonderful elements. No school - whether public, charter, private - is the perfect school. Speak to other parents, observe classrooms, meet with the principal....this is how to best decide where to send your child to school. We are thrilled that Carthay is becoming a MAGNET school for Environmental Studies starting next year (2014).
carthay center is best grade school :) its small the teachers are great very attentive to cchildren. I love the diversity all different nationality all get along well.. iv had my child here for. 6 Year, and my child loves it, happy to arrive for school every day ready to learn. There are a lot of opportunity's for parent involvement, in the school as well for the ccommunity, it feels like a small family where your child fells always welcome :)......over the years I have seen the school improve more and more over the years, and the possibilities of greatness are endlesss! I would recommend this school to anyone :) GO CARTHAY CUBS!!!!!
This is a good school to send your child. It has a diverse student background and the teachers and school administrators are helpful. This school is a true diamond among many fake diamonds. My son is enrolled in the Beyond The Bell after school program and it is very good. It is a mixture of study time (home work) and playtime, which is good for my 2nd graders. The key is for the parents to reinforce what each child is learning in school, so parents we MUST get involved with the school and work with the teachers and administrations. I would like to see the clean up of the tunnel that is under the street. It is to dark, dirty and smells very bad.
My son just started Carthay Center Elementary this past August. This is our neighborhood school and we were skeptical about sending him here just because we knew nothing about it. I have to say we couldn't be happier! This is a fantastic school that ,for some reason, gets a bad rap. The teachers are fantastic and the principal is one of the top in the district. With the budget cuts, like every school, Carthay needs money, but because it is so small, they don't need or try to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. I would seriously consider this school as an option. It has a beautiful campus, a working garden and a principal and teachers who care!!
GREAT SCHOOL THEY DESERVE THE BEST EVREY DAY . ALL THE TEACHERS AND PRENTS WORK TOGETHER .
A wonderful neighborhood school with a gorgeous campus. The students are amazing - very bright and talented as can be seen by attending their annual talent show, or their California Dance Institute performances, or from their annual Young Writers' Workshop performance. The Principal is just stellar - very proactive engaging parents, teachers and students alike in building a strong and supportive school community. Parents write grants and diligently fundraise to provide the very best including a one-of-a-kind, hands-on Garden Science program, Dance, STAR P.E., Field Trips, etc. The families fund raise to keep their incredible Librarian, Ms. Cruz and Plant Manager, Mr. Williams. It is a special place,
This school has come a long way in the past six years. It only continues to improve as the parents new and old together with the principal and teachers have worked to get grants. These have been used to start a fantastic outdoor hands on science classroom along with much needed new technology instruments in the classrooms. We're very enthusiastic about Carthay's future and that of it's students. My children are very fortunate that we chose to come here.
Our daughter is in 2nd grade, so halfway through her third year at Carthay. She loves the school and so do we. All three of her teachers over the past three years have been excellent. The classroom sizes are a little too big, because of the budget cutbacks, but the teachers do a good job of managing in spite of that. Our daughter is ahead of grade level in math and reading and the teachers do a good job of identifying what level different students are at and making sure everyone is challenged and learning. The kids are wonderful - our daughter has made so many great friends. Many of them live in the neighborhood which helps with playdates and birthday parties. The principal is fantastic - a real dynamo. She started the same year as our daughter and every year the school gets better. Parent involvement is also very good. Not every parent is involved, but those who are have a lot of energy. They have helped the school get funding for a garden, a grass field, trees in the playground, a community park, dance and other art programs, field trips, etc. Also the Star after-school program is AMAZING. They have scholarships and tons of extra-curricular options and Ms. Autumn rocks!
Small neighborhood school. Great principal, who knows how to communicate with parents. School would benefit from a good dedicated assistant principal, one that's dedicated and return year to year. Currently they have a new AP every year. Didn't care for the last one. Teachers caring. Ignore test scores, or you'll lose out on a good safe school.
I believe the school is on its way to becoming a better school with more funding.
This school is a gem, in the heart of Los Angeles. There is a dynamic new principal, Tracy Calhoun, who is full of energy and new ideas, and who welcomes the input parents. The campus is small and gorgeous, and houses the best teaching garden in all of LAUSD, and maybe California. The school's garden science program is the pride of LAUSD and was featured on Anderson Cooper 360 and in the Huffington Post. There is music and arts instruction through the Arts Prototype Program, and, dance with the California Dance Institute. And, there is a very active and involved group of parents who are always ready to welcome new families. This is a real neighborhood school with close ties to its community. It is for parents who want to be involved in their child s education. Most importantly, the children of Carthay love this school and they want to be there all the time. My son told me, he never wants to leave.
THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THIS SCHOOL IS THE MS. CRUZ AND MRS. CATHERINE!!! I FEEL THAT THE STUDENTS THERE WERE CHEATED FROM THEIR EDUCATION!
The new principal is absolutely fantastic. She is focused on what is best for ALL of the children at Carthay. My children love learning, love going to school and have become avid readers. They often curl up with a book rather than watch TV at home. They also love the phenomenal Garden Science program, which doesn't seem like "school" even though they are learning a ton. Great community-oriented school with kind and caring parents, teachers, and administration.
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