Carthay Elementary--soon to be Carthay Environmental Magnet-- has an impressive diversity of parents,students, teachers and administrators working together to make the school a real center of learning and activity for the neighborhood and the larger community. The Garden Science program created and developed by parents and staff is at the center of the new Magnet and promises endless possibilities for students to learn not only about food and nutrition, but about biology, solar energy, genetics etc. Parent involvement is strong at this school so bring your energy, enthusiasm, and ideas! They will be welcome! Does this school face challenges? Carthay receives money under the Title 1 program for disadvantaged learners--students who are at the greatest risk for failure and need learning assistance. It creates a big challenge for teachers who have to meet the needs of students at different levels. I've been a Carthay parent for two years and I haven't heard any complaints from my son's teachers. There is a great spirit of possibility at this school, especially now that it is becoming a Magnet and will be attracting students from all over L.A.
Carthay is a wonderful school! My son has had the best experience in Kindergarten and loves his teacher. All the teachers truly care about the students and the school. We are so lucky to be able to have this great neighborhood school.
Carthay is an amazing neighborhood school. My daughter absolutely loves her teachers, her new friends (she's in kindergarten), and the whole Carthay community. She has blossomed so much by the great learning environment at the school. As Carthay becomes a magnet, the school will grow even stronger and better!
We moved into this neighborhood after a long search and Carthay school was a big reason we decided to come here. We have two young sons who we'll be sending to Carthay soon. We chose this school because of the long standing strong history, the wonderfully diverse student body, the devoted teachers and most importantly, the incredibly engaged and dedicated parents that will do anything and everything to make this school the best environment it can be for our kids.
The Carthay community is like a family. Our daughter is in kindergarten, and we have been thrilled with our experience thus far. Her teacher has challenged her to really fall in love with learning (reading in particular), and she has had some tremendous opportunities for enrichment through the garden science program, art, dance, and the STAR after school program. Our neighborhood school is where it's at - we would never go anywhere else!
There is a sense of community at Carthay Elementary like no other. Our son has been a student for three years at our neighborhood school and from the moment we stepped into its hallways and classrooms we felt the energy of a "real school" with so much history and so much promise. Dedicated teachers, garden science, writing programs, gifted and talented programs, beautiful library. And now as a new Environmental Magnet there will be even more opportunities for project based learning and enrichment through the focus of the environment. California dreaming. Our child loves his school and we're very proud to be a part of the special community.
We are becoming an Environmental Studies Magnet next fall and will be expanding some of the great programs we already have like Garden Science. Our garden is amazing. We have a super cool aquaponics system set up where fish fertilize plants and the plants clean the water and go back into the fish tank. We are also a biosphere collection site for the Natural History Museum - studying the insect life in Los Angeles. To enroll your child in the school for 1-5, you need to go through echoices, but if you live in our boundaries, you will have preference (there is a buffer of spots for neighborhood kids). Environmental Studies is a great framework for Common Core and our kids will graduate with matriculation magnet points.
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.
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.
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