Both of my children attend Cheremoya, and we love it. It is small enough to feel homey, which is very important when you're sending kids off to Kinder, but more importantly, the size builds a sense of community. The academics are great: my children have had 2 National Board Certified teachers, their classes get arts through Hollywood Arts Council and PE classes with teachers from the YMCA, they go to Parker Anderson after school enrichment where they have taken classes like Rocket Science... We love the mix of having kids who live in our neighborhood, kids that they went to preschool with, and new friends. If you met my kids in person and heard them speak, they would blow everything I've written away in about two sentences. Truly.
the one thing you should know about this school... pretty soon you won't be able to get in. it's awesome. it keeps getting better and it is going to be right in line with Franklin and Ivanhoe.
My daughter attends Kindergarten at Cheremoya and has thrived both in the classroom and with the outstanding after school program. Like many parents we "shopped" private and charter schools and found Cheremoya to be a diamond in the rough and we're very happy with our decision. Great staff, committed faculty, and a facility that, while older, makes you feel like you're in a real school as opposed a trailer farm. We expect many great things to come for this impressive school with the continued support from the local community and especially the parents and foundation.
We are delighted with Cheremoya! Our daughter is thriving and loves going to school. The teachers and principal are talented, dynamic, and committed. Cheremoya provides many of the extras that other public schools lack, including a fantastic after-school program, enrichment classes, and an edible garden with an outdoor kitchen. The parent group (Cheremoya Foundation) works tirelessly to provide the best for our kids and has been a way for us to make a meaningful contribution to our school and our community. Cheremoya is a lovely little school!
My husband John and I have a music and bookstore two blocks east of Cheremoya. We became involved with the school at least 15 years ago and it has been a joy. I've partnered with Debbi Aldahl, an absolutely stellar 6th grade teacher, and I am the one who has benefited most! Enthusiasm, creativity, passion; these are the qualities I've seen at Cheremoya. Debbi's students have participated at our store in art projects ranging from "A Child's View of War and Peace-2003" to photographs of what impacts them in their daily life. We have gone yearly to the LA River Cleanup, had 500 people show up for an Earth Day Fair, treasure open house and meeting all the teachers and, this year, welcoming a new and dynamic Principal, Michelle, to our little jewel. Cheremoya has inspired our business block to participate in fundraisers, and to host their own fundraisers for the kids. Last year I had the pleasure of seeing the Hollywood Orchard enter into an active role with Debbi Aldahl's sixth grade class and the ever-growing Cheremoya Foundation has contributed passion, time and really excellent fundraising to add as much as they can to elevate Cheremoya even further.
I love Cheremoya Elementary School. My son is in an awesome class (Ms. Diaz first grade). He's reading very well and learning so much. It's so great to be able to walk down the hill to the school (a very long walk, but also very pretty) to a great neighborhood school! I am really thrilled that such a great school is down the street from where I live. I've become one of those active parents that is very involved in supporting the school. As part of the process I've become familiar with more than just what is happening inside of my son's classroom and can say that the staff, kids and teachers have really impressed me! I love the parent community and ever since we've enrolled I've felt much more connected to my neighborhood and community. Highly recommended!
My son started attending Cheremoya Elementary in 3rd grade. At the time I had just pulled him out of an expensive private school after I lost my job due to health reasons and could no longer afford to pay for a private education. It was only going to be temporary until I could go back to work and then something magic happened. My son's learning took off like a rocketship, he was happy with new friends and he thrived there. We never looked back after that. It's a small school, so everyone knows everyone and there's that sense of caring and community you just don't get in larger school settings. Also most of the teachers have been there for years and they really do care about the kids. And through it all the school manages to work the arts into their curriculum even without a budget to do so. They really are one of the best hidden gems in the city. Mine and my son's only regrets are that I didn't enroll him there from his first day in school.
I wanted to write this review for any parent that feels that standardized test scores are not the most important element in a child's education. I moved to Los Angeles from another major city where my child attended a wonderful charter school that we were blessed to get into, so I have another school to compare Cheremoya with. The ONLY thing that Cheremoya focuses on is testing for math and reading comprehension. There is absolutely no science, history, art, music! The teacher does not allow for any creativity whatsoever. I find it to be stifling and oppressive. If anyone is doing research to get their kids in an elementary school in this Franklin/ Beachwood neighborhood, do not put your kids in this school!
No wonder the teachers and the owners of my child's Kindergarten and Preschool didn't say anything nice about this school!
Cheremoya is a wonderful school with hard-working, dedicated teachers to their students. I wish every school could have so many teachers with the commitment and patience they provide to their students. We were lucky to have Cheremoya close by our place
Great school all 3 of my children attend this school the teachers are great they care about the children's education. Parent involvement is terrific I have volunteered to assist the teachers in there classes. If your a parent that lives out here in Hollywood area this is a great school school like these are rare.
Amazing school with a great group of dedicated teachers and staff. The teachers focus is that of what is best for the student's and are willing to do anything for their school and kids.
Cheremoya is a wonderful school with hard-working, dedicated teachers to their students. I wish every school could have so many teachers with the commitment and patience they provide to their students.
Ms.Aldahl is a great teacher and wonderful school and also Mr.Davis is good too
My grandchildren's teachers are all outstanding. All of the kids have excelled since they have been attending Cheremoya.
Cheremoya is a wonderful school with incredible teachers and staff!! I feel honored to have my children surrounded by such a kind, caring, well educated staff who truly put the best interest of their students as their first priority.
They are a great part of the community and the teachers and students are wonderful.
Diverse group of students coming from families with very different levels of economic benefit. School is an active part of local community also.
Cheremoya is a small charming school with dedicated teachers and a great staff. the kids are amazing too! It is a great place to work!
This is a very cozy, intimate school, where the teachers and principal make an enormous effort to teach the children solid basics and give them a secure, loving environment. Very friendly faculty - very friendly children. Monthly award programs for attendance, citizenship and scholarship gives the children something to work for, and a sense of accomplishment when they achieve it.
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