Clover is a great elementary school. No doubt it is one of the top rated LAUSD schools for many reasons including the devoted teachers and dedicated parents that work hard to help fund dance, PE, computer and other programs. My child who is now in 3rd grade loves school and is learning so much. We are so glad our child goes to Clover.
This school is great academically, and for that alone I give it 4 stars. However, the fundraising is unrelenting and out of control! And as other parents have mentioned, the worst part is how my kids are made to feel. They worry and feel they'll be ostracized if my wife and I don't give more - even though we've donated directly, and volunteered on multiple occasions....but it's never enough. The kids were barely in school a week this year...and I've already received fundraising calls. We should have the option to opt out. It got so bad that I see "Clover" on my caller ID and I don't answer it anymore. I can't tell you how my heart would jump when I'd get those calls in the beginning! Also, as someone else mentioned, if you don't look the part (ahem...Caucasian or Asian), you aren't exactly welcomed with open arms. I've been in the office on multiple occasions when some other parents came in. That's the only reason why I know that the front office people, in fact, do actually know how to smile and pretend that they're glad to help you. Go figure. When my kids started going there, one office lady checked the zoning area twice, then got another woman to verify that we actually lived in the area (we live within walking distance)! I thought they were going to call the FBI next! I have a strong, sneaking suspicion that not everyone has gotten this treatment. I went to the Halloween carnival, bought some game tickets for my kids, paid and walked away with my smiling children...and heard a woman screaming "HEY! HEY!" I turned around, and this Asian lady accused me of stealing $40 worth of carnival tickets. I had to walk back to the booth with her just to find the lady I bought them from. Really?! No, that wasn't humiliating at all. But hey...academics, right? I had a parent ask me if I was on government assistance (I'm not), and more than I can count have asked me where exactly I live (subtle, right). Thank goodness I've never let ignorance rattle me. Luckily, my kids are either being treated right by these people's children, or they're oblivious. As long as that remains so, I'll keep them here. "Academics"...I'll just keep telling myself this through gritted teeth.
One of the Best elementary school options in Los Angeles. The reason is the typical reason: location. There are many upper-middle class families zoned for this school. The UCLA graduate families are also zoned for the school. It is well-funded, gets lots of money from fundraising, has high parent participation.
There are many great school field trips, and projects for the students. They tend to score well on state exams and are competitive for merit-based applications to middle schools. They have a few after-school options, the best ones being fee-based (although they offer financial aid). The students and families are from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups - but all prioritize academics.
The problems are the ones you would expect for the demographic of a wealthy area: Staff and teachers are mostly white. Most seem to have little understanding or tolerance for unmarried women, disabilities (and requests for accomodation), or addressing any concerns that seem messy. So, if you can blend in and look the part, you are good. If you plan on pointing out any problems, they will fight you on it. Pull out that bureacratic saavy, because you will need it.
Hey, it's a great school! These are human issues, and I have seen them everywhere.
I have 2 children at Clover. Generally we are happy. We've had 2 stellar teachers and 2 really sub-par teachers. The fundraising is out of control. Seriously too much and constant - there isn't a week that goes by where they aren't asking for a donation, and where the children aren't feeling like they'll be ostracized by the administration if we don't donate. I feel like my children will be well prepared academically, and like the rules and structure. Unless you're on the booster club, you don't have a voice as a parent. The principal makes it very had to be an advocate for your child. This school is better than many within a 5 mile radius. But the principals bedside manner could use A LOT of improvement.
It is apparent reading these reviews that Great Schools is not vetting them as they suggest in their Review Guidelines. There is clearly a review on this site that unfairly names a teacher. I would like to rebut that dreadful and blatant breaking of the rules. Both of my daughters had the great fortune to be in Ms. Mak's Kindergarten class. Never a more professional, competent, caring and compassionate teacher could one want for your child. For this one negative review I am absolutely positive I could find you hundreds and hundreds of parents and children who have had nothing but a wonderful experience in her classroom. Whatever your grievance dear parent, it is totally unfair of you to call her out in a public space such as this, especially since I am willing to bet that you are probably in the very very small minority of dissatisfied parents. Clover Avenue School is led by a strong, tough principal who sets high expectations of her staff and the children they teach. You were lucky to have been a part of the school. I do wonder if you were brave enough to speak to the principal about your problems with the teacher rather than use this public forum.
We couldn't be happier at Clover. Not only is it a brilliant school academically, it has such a diverse, rich student and parent body that it informs our kids about the greater global world. This should be a model school for the US - diversity in background, economics and languages and yet it is one of the top scoring schools in LA and a Blue Ribbon School. Our kids receive an education that is so much more than simply academics. Clover isn't a fancy looking school, but the commitment to a fine teaching staff and educational excellence is inspiring. And in the end isn't that what education should be about?
We love Clover and have only had great experiences with all of my daughter's teachers, including Miss Mak. She is a wonderfully caring person who is happy to talk to parents if you see or she sees that there is a need. Maybe the previous reviewer is referring to drop-off or pick-up time. Yes, at drop-off and pick-up, it is true that it is hard to talk to any teacher, maybe because the bell is ringing and they need to start class, or they may need to run to a meeting. But they are more than willing to make an appointment with you and talk at a different time. I don't feel this is an issue of only having time to talk if there is funding. Miss Mak is very friendly, and I can't say enough great things about her.
We are so lucky to have such a little gem at Clover Avenue. It has a small town feeling where families grow together in our little community. The staff is incredible, the students grow everyday intellectually and the parent body supports it in every way! Clover Avenue, hands down, has the best teachers and staff. From TK all the way up to 5th grade, our teachers support their students 100% in all aspects of their learning ability. The teachers here are the reason our kids succeed in their grade levels. The diverse student body is what makes this school so special. There are so many different languages spoken on our campus from the many different backgrounds our students come from. Together we are one big family - Clover family. The support the parents give to the school is one of a kind. They give with their time, effort and as much enthusiasm as they possibly can. We are so very grateful that our children are able to have the experience of attending this top-notch "National Blue Ribbon" school! Thank you Clover for everything you do everyday!
Clover Avenue Elementary deserves a "5 Star" rating due to its committed faculty and principal. My twin boys in 2nd grade are receiving excellent instruction in the basics and beyond. While it is not funded by the school district, concerned parents have created a "run club" for physical fitness, orchestra instrument lessons are available, and the after school program is well-run and very accessible. Clover Avenue is one of the few Calif schools to win the prestigious NEA Blue Ribbon Award (I believe the only school in LAUSD) in 2012 and 2011.