I love Clover Avenue Elementary School because it is truly a nurturing environment. This is our 4th year and starting with the principal to the teachers to the parents and volunteers to be open, flexible, and creative. All who are part of our school want it to be great and it is, despite budget cuts and bureaucratic limitations.
invested teachers, caring and involved parents, happy kids = great school! couldn't be more proud of Clover Ave Elementary.
Clover is a school where the principal, teachers, staff, and the parents commit every ounce of energy and time into believing in the children. The booster club does all they can to earn extra money in ensuring that this school will and always be on top! As a parent, I believe in this school, and am delighted to have my children be a part of this school and the community!
Our school has been in the top 10 for publice elementary schools in L.A. county. My kids love the school and don't want to go anywhere else. There is lots of parent pariticipation and very good teachers there. We are blessed to be able to have our kids attend.
This school does a great job of of educating our children especially in the areas of arts, social studies, computers, and even the aerospace program. It's great to see our diverse community in attendance and in full support of our local public school.
Great school with experienced teachers. We have two kids in this school and they are both loving it, which is the best we can ask for. The socio-economic profile of this school is a little lower than some other West LA schools but this is because UCLA's graduate housing is in the vicinity. The school has great intellectual capital.
My daughter has been at Clover for the past 2 1/2 years, and we absolutely love the school. The teachers and staff are wonderful, and the parents are very nice and are extremely involved. As a UCLA aluma as well as a neighborhood Mom, I think the criticism of school is unfair and unwarranted. One must remember that this is a public school, and as much as we want to have smaller classes, it is simply dependent upon the budget it receives from LAUSD. Also, yes, the campus is old and can be cleaner, but with only one custodian for the entire school, what can we expect? We have a lot of parents who go above and beyond to help the school, but sadly, there are plenty who just sit back and criticize.
I am a graduate of Clover from back in the day and my daughter just started kindergarden this year at Clover. I'm thrilled she's going there. I love that she's being exposed to international students in her classroom, just like I was when I went there. I remember having best friends from India, Africa, Asia and the Midwest and now she can have the same experience. The staff in the office and the classrooms are wonderful. There are so many opportunities to get involved and her teacher does an amazing job at staying in touch and keeping parents informed. I feel very welcome in my daugther's classroom. I know first-hand the strong education I received at Clover and I can see this happening for my daugther as well. The high test scores are great, but it's the students, teachers, staff and parents that make Clover the best school on the Westside!
I am a parent of a 3rd and 5th grader at Clover as well as a Teacher's Assistant. I didn't start working at the school until last year and I am so happy to be part of the Clover 'family'. The Clover Staff, Booster Club, and parents are such amazing people. Not only is it a fantastic school academically, the teachers I work with are so dedicated, bright and fun to be around. My son will be graduating this year and I know he will look back with memories of Clover.
This is my third year as the Librarian at Clover, and I must say, I absolutely love working here. The community created by the staff, parents, and students is one of the warmest I have experienced. As a member of the staff, I know first hand how much time teachers and administrators spend outside of school talking, planning, and brainstorming ideas about how to improve the quality of education and experience children have here. I have found the staff here to be deeply invested in the success of all students, and working in that kind of environment is exciting and inspirational. The parent community is very supportive, and teachers are always happy to listen to and work with parents on school improvement through fundraising events, lesson planning, school beautification, and goal setting. It is truly a privledge to work here. Clover is simply fabulous!
I love Clover, I have a 3rd and a 1st grader attending the school and I am very happy with their education. I can't wait for my little one to be ready to go to Clover. The teachers are wonderful, the parents are very involved, the campus is continuosly being worked on to be more beautiful (by parents), I love its diversity, and it has a loving staff, who knows and cares for my kids. I can't imagine my kids going anywhere else.
I have two kids at Clover for the past four years and am very pleased with the quality of their education, the teachers, the school's diversity and the parental involvement. We have high enrollment because of the school's outstanding reputation and scores. We have some amazing new teachers that are great additions to the Clover team! There is much to do regarding parental involvement from fundraising to beautification days where kids and parents all chip in to help wash, plant, pick up trash and more. This is a community school.
We love Clover and are very thankful for having found such a great public school. The teachers make learning fun and interesting and really care about the students.
Clover is a major disappoint. First, it is dirty and in a state of disarray. If this is a good school I cannot even begin to imagine what a bad school looks like. The idea that they subject young children to this type of environment is appalling. Second, the leadership is to be questioned. Communication with the parent community is spotty. The adminstration is smug and nasty. We understand that there are certain realities of public schools BUT this attitude is unforgivable. Finally, they seem to be oblivious to the needs of children. This year there were too many kindergarteners...but instead of addressing the situation as quickly as possible they waited until 4 weeks in and then moved kids the day before a holiday. Frankly if I ran my business this way, I would not have a business.
We love Clover. But, I am disappointed to read a parent write 'UCLA Students prevent a 'neighborhood' culture from forming on the school campus...I encourage my kid to only build relationships with the neighborhood kids.' As a UCLA parent, I feel that this comment perpetuates to an 'us vs. them' attitude. One thing that 'neighborhood' parents should consider is that many UCLA parents do indeed stay within the Clover boundaries once they complete their UCLA education. I understand the concern of having a bestfriend move away, however, based on my experience traveling to other countries and living throughout the US, it is so enriching to create close friendships even if we are together a short time. We must also consider that even 'neighborhood' parents move for work, school or family reasons. I hope that other Clover parents will encourage their children to make friends with any Clover child.
We too love Clover, Molly and Sharon, and it is the best of the Westside schools, but it does have its downsides. I think the UCLA Students prevent a 'neighborhood' culture from forming on the school campus. There is an 'us' and 'them' attitude. As a neighborhood parent I encourage my kid to only build relationships with the neighborhood kids as the UCLA kids will be moving soon and I don't want to have to deal with the heartbreak of best friends moving year after year. I agree with all the criticisms of the gifted kids programs. They are bored. I have been told that my kid will be GATE next year, but they are not broken out into different classrooms, only different work groups during the day. My kid is bored with the homework, thereby making homework time a nightmare.
In reality, nothing in this world is 100% absolutely perfect, bc we are all different, and we have different ideas of what perfection is. Therefore, NO school will be exactly what everyone needs. However, in my experience, Clover is a very good school with a bright and dedicated staff. I would recommend this school, and for the bitter parents, please, keep searching for that perfect school.
My son attended Clover while his older brother attended a great semi-private school not too far away, and the activities at Clover closely measured up to my other son's school. The administrators, teachers and families go far beyond what they must do, and do what they feel their kids deserve... The best! Sincerely, Nooneh Kradjian
We relocated from New Zealand this year. My daughters, both bright, needed assistance adjusting socially and academically. I cannot say enough at how great Clover Avenue was- we could not have landed in a better place! Great teachers, very caring, great community atmosphere
Clover is truly an excellent school. The parents involvment in student education is just amazing. There are signicant number of UCLA kids in the school (UCLA village is within the school district), and they are certainly a very positive factor for the school.
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