Children at Clifford are taught both self-respect and respect for others. Bullying is not tolerated and children are expected to be kind to one another. This behavior is modeled in that the princiipal and teachers are always respectful to each other and the students.
Clifford is a special place in that the principal, teachers and parents all work together to create a safe and nurturing environment for the children. Bullying is absolutely not tolerated and children are taught to treat one another with respect and compassion.
The principal and teachers at Clifford work very hard to instill strong values of honesty, integrity and fairness. Instead of emphasizing punishment, the school works with children to take responsibility for their behavior and work to both make amends for doing the wrong thing but also figuring out how to do better in the future. And parents are always kept informed of what's happening with their children and how they can help their child to behave well at school
We love Clifford! It's the smallest school in LAUSD (149 students in grades K-6) so my son and his classmates get lots of personalized attention from teachers and staff.
Clifford places a strong emphasis on academic achievement. For example, last year some students were struggling with math so the school applied for and won a grant to start a Saturday math academy that students could attend for free.
The school has won numerous awards, including being named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a California Distinguished School.
Principal Armineh Alexan is incredibly accessible. She knows the children personally and works very hard to ensure their success. We feel very fortunate to be part of the Clifford family!
My children attended Clifford since pre -school. Year after year they have had positive experiences. The teachers here are dedicated to instruction. They give your children the tools and education that last a lifetime. Unfortunately we moved out of the area to continue their remaining primary years. If your looking for a school committed to help you child grow and succeed, then Clifford is the right school for you!!
My personal opinion on Clifford elementary is that it is a school with great potential, not only is it Blue Ribbon school but it has been recently recognized as a California Distinguished School! It is an honor for me to have my child attend this school. If you are looking for a privet school but can not pay the prize? This is your school! Great parents , great teachers, great staff, and great friendly Principal!
My son started Kinder at this school and so far it has been a welcoming experience. He was a bit ahead of the kinder game when he first came in so the teacher has accommodated him by assigning him more challenging work. There is a regular PE Teacher. As far as creative stuff goes, Clifford does partner with LACMA and offers orchestra, however, it would be great if there was more creative stuff and technology. Principal Kherley is very accessible, the teachers are friendly, the parents are warm and welcoming, the kids are well-behaved. The campus is clean, shady, and safe. School population is small. This school has a lot of potential and it was recently given the prestigious honor of being named a Blue Ribbon School!
This school is fantastic. Principle Ponce is dedicated to his students and the teachers. The small size of this school works well for the development of strong relationships with the staff and between students. I was new to the LAUSD and had heard all the horror-chatter in the booby-brigade, the press, and on blogs about public school but this little gem of a school changed my views completely. This is a very nice school and my son loves it.
I'm a very proud parent at Clifford Elem. My girls are very lucky to be a part of this family. The entire staff is great Mr. Ponce is an amazing principal and person. Thank you to Ms. Tountas, Ms. Guanlao, Ms. Nguyen, Ms. Rathbum for everything they have taught my girls. I'm honored to have my children go to the school eventhough I don't live in the area. Thanks to the teachers and staff there my girls are amazing students, they love attending school. Billie Jean - parent of Annette, Alexis, and Alyssa Delgado