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K-5
Public charter
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 470
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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11301 Bellagio Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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(310) 476-2281
(310) 472-6391
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Map of Community Magnet Charter Elementary School address.

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November 10, 2014
We love this school and feel so lucky that all 3 of our girls have attended!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
My child is in his second year at Community, and we couldn't be happier with all that he has learned/is learning! CMCS is an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse community, which is hard to find in LA, but the school is small enough to be protected and nurturing. The principal, teachers, and staff are truly caring, wonderful individuals and we've made good friends here, as has our child. Our child is incredibly happy. One downside is that the aftercare is not robust as it is at other schools - it is supervised babysitting, there is no STAR program. As well, students come from all over the city, so playdates can be challenging. But given all of the pluses here, those are small things.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
This school is just WONDERFUL! This is our first year here, and we feel so blessed. Thanks CMCS for such a good job. We love the campus, the teachers and the education is exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
My first son graduated and went to Walter Reed IHP. He is highly gifted and new school teacher said he has been well prepared by his elementary school. He said CMCS (Community Magnet Charter School) is best school ever. All the kid whom I have met are very proud of their school. I love this school. I love all the teachers I have ever met. My second son is still in the school and he is doing good, too. CMCS is best school in LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
As a parent of 3 students at this school, I can say that we have one of the best schools in LAUSD. We are so lucky to have a diverse student body and a wonderful staff of hard working and loving teachers. Every school has to fund raise - ours just works extra hard at it.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
Community provides my child with opportunities that simply do not exist at other public elementary schools in Los Angeles. For my child to be able to attend a school where they are not only exposed to kids from different parts of the city, but from all different cultures, is amazing. And although LAUSD continues to cut back on funding -- most schools have lost librarians, P.E. Coaches, and art teachers -- Community has an enrichment block built into their schedule so that students get a daily dose of some "extra" taught by specialists: dance, drama, art, music, Spanish, computers/technology, P.E., and library. I'm not a test scores person, but if that is your thing, Community has that going for it as well. The campus is beautiful, and from the moment you walk in the front door, you are made to feel welcome. What more could you ask for?

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
I think this school has excellent things to offer: the diversity of students, the involvement of parents, the openness of the principal to parent ideas and input, the quailty of teachers and instruction, etc. I have met many wonderful parents and made great friends here. My son's teacher uses a smart board and laptop every day. Both my children went to this school and I feel blessed that they got to experience such an excellent learning environiment with children from all over the city and from various backgrounds-- a great way to learn respect and tolerance!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2012
Its like the Emperors new clothes. We heard so many great things, yet the progams that we thought we would get ,such as band,drama and Spanish are just not good have been cut. Parents are expected to fund raise for teachers that they have little say about hiring. The Principal hires her friends and there is no review of these classes. Parents cant help with any of these things, they are seen as an ATM for the schools staff. The teaching in the class room is great, bit really no different from any LAUSd school at this point. Other than that there are laptops..but,wait, the teachers dont check them out to teach with. Dont think there is something extra. There just isnt. The only extra is an extra heap of homework designed to keep parents in line with task after task and an extra helping of guilt on the kids if one chooses to let a kid just play after school. Additionally with the long bus ride and lawless,but expensive afterschool program, trying to find after school classes to balance a childs interests becomes very hard. The parents are so spread out that no one knows each other. The principal makes it impossible for parents to get to know each other.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
So far, so good! Our family feels very fortunate to have won the lottery and gotten into this very special school. The teachers and staff are filled with passion and are invested in the students. The grounds are out of this world! Spanish, PE, drama, art, computers, music are a part of the weekly curriculum. Like all public schools there is a gap between what is state funded and what is community funded. The fundraising element seems wholly balanced for realities of budgets issues. The fact that every class has its own dedicated TA is almost unheard of in this day and age. As far as feeling a sense of community, you get what you give. When you invest your time and reach out you are met with like mined, driven teachers, staff and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
This school is FANTASTIC! We have 2 daughters there and they are thriving!!!! It is the most diverse and amazing place in LA

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
This is our first year at Community and what a FABULOUS school it is. There is so much parental involvement, dedicated teachers/principal, full day teacher aides in every class, new iPads for the computer room for all kids to use, PE, Art and Music teacher and a Spanish teacher. Plus a CATCH program to identify and help any child falling behind. Pam is a wonderful prinicpal who is accessible, knows all kids and works hard to make this school great. The families are amazing and work hard by volunteering and organizing fundraisers to raise money to have all the fabulous programs and aids which make this school great. We are so lucky to have been accepted. I am already rolling up my sleeves to get involved and help out in class and at school. I'm doing my part and making friends along the way. The older parents at the school have greeted my family warmly and we are excited to be here.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
Community Magnet is such a special school. My husband and I honestly feel like it is a public school that is run like any of the great private schools in Los Angeles. The students get tons of enrichment classes, the Principal and staff are so devoted, the test scores as good as they come and the campus is a probably one of the most beautiful in the city. We feel so lucky to have gotten our 2 children in!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
we were very disapointed with this school. there was no feeling of "community" at this school. we were treated like an outsider - my child was very unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2011
My child was extremely fortunate to "win the lottery" and enter this school in midway through elementary school. LAUSD would be the envy of California education if all schools were like CMCS. The administration and teachers are dedicated, enthusiastic and committed to excellence at this school and educating the whole child....including art, drama, Spanish, PE, science and inquiry labs, computers and more. There is no greater cheerleader and tireless fundraiser than the principal, Pam Marton, who has helped shepherd the parent community to raising well over $250,000 annually to support CMCS's programs. My only small complaints are that the kids here are a bit wild and undisciplined, owing to the progressive nature of the school. Some tradition would encourage respect/discipline....like addressing teachers by "Mr." or "Ms." instead of being on a 1st name basis. I also think the kids here are a bit too "nurtured", and often find the 1st year of middle school a rude shock. But overall CMCS is a diamond in the chaff of LAUSD, with genuine ethnic diversity, respect for other cultures and wonderful parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
I <3 it!!!!!! This school is so involved in a student's life, that the teachers and staff become your family. I think it's great that the teachers and students are on a first-name basis.

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2010
I will write another review as the year progresses, however being only 6 weeks into the school year I am not impressed. The school only seems to be interested in how much money families will donate. Almost every flyer home seems to ask for donations. Whether it is for various programs or teachers gifts I feel bombarded. I want to see my child learn and develop. Once I see the school benefiting my child then I will be happy to lend financial support. The majority of almost every bulletin is about money and not education. I get the non-profit part but it is only October.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
I love the parent group there - they are all so committed to getting their children the best education possible. We all come from far and wide in the city of Los Angeles

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
The Principal loves the children and it has a great program for helping kids keep up with their education by CATCHing them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
The school is extremely diverse and represents the type of environment I want my child to experience. The principal, teachers and staff truly care about the kids and treat them as individuals and with respect. While they are a public school, parent involvement and fundraising helps us keep the type of curriculum you find only in private schools in the Los Angeles Area.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
Simply the best staff, teachers and program. If every LAUSD was like CMCS, we would have the best for all students.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
The dedication of the teaching staff, parents, princical AND students have made this little public school an award winner. With an API of 931 this year, I'm thrilled to have my daughter attending Community Magnet Charter School.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
Response to comment made on March 9 re the suspicion of numerous rave reviews on the same day. I was also suspicious until I realized this site sends emails every time someone posts a review. I track several schools at all levels and I noticed this pattern on many of the school sites. Those that take the time to open the review and read it are often inspired to write one that same day. There is a reason this school has a '10' rating. In my opinion, it is not just the academic performance but the strength of the entire school community; teachers, parents, administrators and students, working together to overcome the difficult challenges public schools constantly face. Everything at this school isn't perfect, but that wouldn't be realistic. However, the vast majority of us that are fortunate to be a part of this school community understand how lucky we are.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
This is a dream of a job. Our school has a commitment to art, and progressive instructional strategies. It has an understanding of collective achievement, and the importance of community. Our students are supported by loving, involved, and demanding parents. Our teachers, for the most part, are open to collaboration and the sharing of ideas so necessary for cutting-edge instruction. Across the board, each part of this whole goes above and beyond the call of duty, each with a commitment to education, students, and each other.

- submitted by a teacher
April 12, 2010
It is a truly great school in every way: teachers, the campus, office staff,the principal, the kids, parent involvement, the curriculum etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2010
This is in response to the comment about CSPA, fundraising, and parent input. First, CSPA is a non-profit. It is the parent group of the school. The principal does not collect or handle the money after a fundraiser. The money goes to the CSPA treasurer. In regards to where the CSPA money goes and how it is spent, yes, the principal may give her opinion. The parents have a say and vote as to where the CSPA money goes. This is done at Town Hall meetings. This is also where parents come and see/hear about how fundraising is going and where money is going.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
we moved our kids here from another charter school. what a relief to be in a school where the teachers have so much time in the classroom. The program is super! Focus is on Kids , rather than parents issues. we could not be happier

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
I am a parent at Community Magnet, and my child is doing very well there, but I become suspicious when I see a bunch of rave reviews posted within a day or two on this page. Aren't people allowed to express themselves on this site? No school is perfect. Isn't this supposed to be a place where parents can get honest (though anonymous) opinions about schools they are interested in?

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 09, 2010
Our son is halfway through his 2nd year here at Community Magnet and we are so lucky that he got into the school. The teachers and staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and have encouraged our son to learn and participate in events at schools. He looks forward to going to school since he first went to a kindergarten orientation during the summer. The CSPA, the parents' group, has helped my wife and I feel welcome at the school and part of this great community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 08, 2010
What a wonderful place! This is the kind of school I wish I'd attended. The only way Community could be better is if it went through 12th grad! Submitted by a parent.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
More than half way through our second year at CMCS and it does not disappoint. The teachers are creative and nurturing while providing an outstanding educational foundation. The principal and staff are excellent- obviously having the knowledge and expertise to effectively run this incredible school. I feel so blessed, not only that my child is able to attend, but that I am a proud and present part of this community as well.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
CMCS is a National Blue Ribbon School whose API score this year was up 18 points to 930! Administration, faculty and parents all share credit for this. CSPA is a non-profit parent fundraising organization that works with Principal Pam Marton to provide the best experience possible for CMCS students, despite LAUSD s huge budget shortfall. CSPA provides: Spanish classes as part of our extensive International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Drama. A psychologist. Teacher s Assistants. A computer aide. Materials, books, field trips, and scholarships to camps appropriate to the curriculum. And an award-winning Mentoring Program, CATCH, to ensure no child slips through the cracks. CMCS CSPA encourages all parents to come to once-a-month Town Hall meetings where issues are discussed such as how monies raised should be used. At these meetings, everyone who s taken the time to attend is heard, and issues are then put to a vote. Democracy at its finest!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 06, 2010
Elementary schools don't get any better than Community Magnet. It is a true team effort between parents, principal, staff and the kids. Never have I been so excited to be part of such an amazing place. Great test scores, fantastic teachers, the coolest parents and an exceptional principal who cares for her school with her whole heart,she truly is a treasure--this is what makes our kids shine so brightly. The curriculum is rigorous, the teachers are so connected to the students and the love that surrounds this school makes it unbeatable. The fundraising is an important component for our school and I wouldn't change this for anything because it's amazing how we do so much with so little. You feel like your voice is heard and that you as a parent can make an impact on the direction of your child's education. A true democracy.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
CMCS is just a wonderful place for children. We were warmly welcomed from the start by Carla, the Magnet Coordinator. She really went out of her way to make our family feel welcome...answering all of my questions with patience and understanding. Now that I am an active member of the school, I can clearly see that all of Carla and Pam presented about the school during tour days is true. When I am walking about campus I can feel the positive energy of the students, staff, and families. There seems to be an ongoing conversation at school...asking what we...not just teachers or the principal...but parents and students can do to keep this wonderful school going and not have to loose any of the programs that makes the school special. My family loves this school and we are grateful for the education our children receive. I couldn't ask for anything more.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2010
The parents group CSPA is a front that is a nonprofit. The parents have the power to RAISE the money but no input in how it is spent. The principal ALWAYS decides what the money will be spent on and has the final word. Parents wishes are only heard but not considered. Parents are asked for money for every field trip the children go on. There is a music program with a 'donation' attached. If you don't give the donation you will be hounded every week to no avail. What good is the parent fund raising if they cannot choose how the money is spent? After each fund raising event, the principal collects the money instead of CSPA's treasurer. What kind of a parent association is this when the principal controls the money? This nonprofit needs to be evaluated and there is zero transparency!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
A beautiful campus where the enthusiam for learning is contagious!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Wonderful campus! Wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
i belive is a grea program and great school where kids can take advantage of the oportunity

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
It is an excellent school!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 01, 2009
We love this school! The learning environment is stimulating and the parents and teachers all work hard to make this a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
The teachers and staff seem to spend every waking hour thinking about creating a great experience for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Its my daughter's first year of kindergarten and I can already see that she's learned alot. very cool school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
I love that the teachers and Principal are always available and open to all suggestions and offer their help in any way possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Community Magnet Charter School has ... 1) wonderful teachers 2) nice program 3) safety location 4) cleaned and maintained

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Amazing Principle and Teaching Staff. Beautiful Campus and wonderful programs for the kids!!! Top notch school. A++++++

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
Community Magnet Charter School has dedicated teachers who really care about their students!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 25, 2009
Community Magnet Charter School it is a realy good school. With wonderful teachers that care about our childrens,and olso has a realy good and safe environment. My daughter is so happy to be part of this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
The kindergarten program is awesome. The expectations are high and children rise the high expectations. It is small and inviting with a variety of activities. It is multi-cultural providing a well rounded experience for the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
It's an amazing place for my children to be! And, it is so well organized! I, as a parent, never feel 'out of the loop' which is so important! I truly feel like Community Magnet is close-knit, family-type environment which teaches our children more than the ever-so-important basics. Thank you for asking!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
My grandchild is receiving a wonderful education, and having a great time learning.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 23, 2009
It's got the greatest group of kids in the district. Pam, our principal, is amazing. Get's it all done and then some! And you couldn't ask for a more beautiful campus than ours!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Community Magnet Charter takes a diverse slice of young Angelenos and makes them stars. We could not be happier with the education gained by the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Great teachers, great location, clean school!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
Our oldest son started at Community in 2001 and our youngest son has just started Kindergarten there this year. It is an amazing school with passionate staff, teachers, students, and parents. We are grateful and proud to be a part of such a community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
The name says it all- I feel a part of a wonderful Community of parents, students and teachers committed to quality education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
This is a real community. Kids belong and they are really not left behind. They look at the whole child, staff are caring and parents are welcomed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I am very impressed with the campus and their test scores!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
Wonderful teachers, parents who care, kids who are motivated

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
higher GPA score, my child likes the school very much, academical program program

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
There is a truly nurturing community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Community Magnet really is the best. I came there as a parent with a daughter in second grade. At her former private school, homework and going to school was a struggle. Now my daughter can't wait to go school, cries if she misses a day or is late, and always wants to d extra credit and do her best on class assignments. This is even when I tell her don't worry about doing more. The great thing is is that the school always scores high on testing. Families come from all different economic backgrounds and nationalities. And all perform well&gt;

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
It's a school with diversity that *works*. It's a microcosm of the best ideals of the USA.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
CMCS is a great school, because it provides an education equivalent to a top-notch private school, but even better, because it is culturally and socially diverse.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
i love Community Magnet Charter School because the Principal and teachers are very caring about the kids education. The Parent's envolvement is so welcomed and a key to the school's success. There are special programs to help kids that need a little more help than others who can grasp thinks easier. I also love the fact that the school is very integrated with great mix of kids from different race & background, lot's of activities to keep them engaged. i feel blessed and comfortable that my child is at CMCS.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
CMCS is a magical place. The ethnic diversity, the thorough teaching and comprehensive work that the school does provide is like no other. I am so proud. Their CATCH reading program has given children a safe environment to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great teachers, large campus with smaller population; innovative curriculum; caring staff and teachers; collaborative parents; diverse student body; emphasis on liberal arts and cultural diversity; nice location

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The diversity, the location, the broad academic approach.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Community Magnet is an amazing school focused on developing the whole child as a life-long learner and global citizen. The individualized approach to the success (both academic and social) of each child is outstanding by everyone at Community Magnet.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Community Magnet Charter has Tracy Ross who is a devoted teacher, loves her job and what her job offers to children. Such a healthy school environment for the children attending and needed in these difficult times. Koudos, for a job well done Community Magnet Charter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Community Magnet Charter School has a nurturing and wonderfully diverse environment that really teaches kids as individuals.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
From the Principal(Pam Marton) to the teachers, staff and the parents, the Community Magnet Charter School at 11301 Bellagio Road in Los Angeles is dedicated to ensuring a bright future for the US through serving the students who attend. These students learn humanity, collaboration, team-spirit, and leadership in addition to the academics. I love the excitement written on the kids' face every day as they go to school. Kudos to all who strive to make this happen.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
We have the best Principal,staff and teachers in all of Los Angeles! And a great group of Parent's it truely is a community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We just started at Community School. After applying for 3 years. We felt like we had won the lottery. My son had been attending a highly ranked school 5 minutes from our house but we jumped at the chance to go to Community. It is warm, inviting and allows kids to learn in all types of ways. You know that every family there is there because they really want to be. It has been an incredibly easy transistion because of the warth and availability of the staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Amazing teachers--truly is a community of parents, teachers, children and principal who want to make this earth a better place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Brilliant principal; inspired teachers; involved parents; motivated kids - It has a diverse, caring environment; rigorous academics along with a support system for students who need additional help. We feel so fortunate to be a part of the CMCS family!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
All the stuffs, teachers and parents, especially the principal always concern about what is the best for school. Community Magnet is very experienced and organized. My son got a perfect attendance for his Kindergarten year at community; he had sooo much fun at Community and he d never wanted to miss it!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It represents what each school in our country should represent: a diverse student body and staff that provides the absolute best for everyone!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
This is one of the best public elementary schools in Los Angeles. It's works like a private school...teacher, parents, parents friends and grandparents are all very involved. Tutoring programs, drama, music. It's wonderfully diverse community where your childs' best interest and education comes first.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love Community Magnet Charter ES because it is definitely one of the best public schools still available in Los Angeles. It's a very diverse community, with a lot of involvement from parents, staff, administration, etc. Under our principal's excellent leadership, our very dedicated teachers do an extraordinary job and it only gets better through the years. It's small enough to keep it personal, and the campus location is amazing!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Being a global citizen is the theme at CMCS. Our children learn from an early age how to care for the world and the people around them. This philosophy is infused in the excellent academics. The diverse population makes this school a true 'global community'. CMCS is truly a gem in the LAUSD system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Community is a school that teaches children how to think for themselves and how to navigate the world around them.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
I have a 5th grade daughter and a 2nd grade son at CMCS. This is the best school I could possibly imagine my children attending. All of the teachers, the principal, and fellow parents create a tremendously rich and nurturing environment for my children to develop as students and individuals.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
This is a 5 star school with teacher who care about their profession which is evident in the curriculum and personal attention given to the students. Parent involvment is encouraged and the Teacher create a perfect enviroment to foster academic learning and creativity with the interest of the student being a priority in exceling in education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers are the best!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
Excellent teachers, diverse student population and an incredibly positive, happy learning environment. You'd be hard pressed to find a better, more well-rounded elementary school, public or private.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Community Magnet Charter School is an amazing place that my children love. They've grown so much and have been given great tools by their teachers and staff to become wonderful citizens of the world.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Community Magnet Charter School is a dream come true. The staff, particularly the Principal, is amazing! She's very attentive to the families and puts a great deal of time and energy in making sure Community Magnet remains as one of the top schools in the city. I don't know how she manages everything, but she does, and makes it look effortless in the process. The teachers really care about their students and truly not one child falls behind. My son, who is currently in 1st Grade, is flourishing in the school, both academically and socially, and he looks forward to going to school every day. It's up to par, if not above, many of the private schools we were researching. We are blessed to be part of the CMCS family. My only gripe is that I wish it went until 12th grade!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is a community with amazing teachers and involved parents. The environment and people there teach our children how to be smart, caring and confident as well as responsible global citizens.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Community Magnet has an amazing community atmosphere and a hard working staff!! The opportunities that the children have are top notch due to parent and staff volunteerism and hard work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
My daughter just started there, but we love it already! Lots of great activities in school and out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Community is a fantastic school with great parents, faculty, staff and students! We can't say enough about the wonderful, nurturing environment, outstanding curriculum and dedication to the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Community Magnet school is a diverse elementary school in Los Angeles. It is a magnet school where the students choose to be in a voluntary integrated learning environment. My children both attend CMCS and receive a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The best school ever! Love the campus and the teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The greatest, sweetest, kindest most loving kids go to Community Magnet and while there are many great things going on there, the kids are the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
CMCS and its principal are a great example of how public schools can succeed by harnessing the power of parents and the community. Everyone at CMCS is proud to be there and it shows!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Cmcs is wonderful because of the caring faculty and fabulous student body!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The Staffs and teachers are great and they always count the children first and always show there best affort in every where. I'm so proud of our school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Wonderful teachers and lots of parent support. Academic standards are high, at the same time there is emphasis on cultural and social awareness too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love Community Magnet Charter School because the wide variety in cultures are used to enhance the children's education. They come out of there confounded by racism and filled with hope for the future. Many of my friend's have put their kids in private school because they say they 'had no choice.' But I would hold up my child's education to theirs any day. There is no better school in this city.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
pam marton is a dynamic principal. all of the teachers are extremely dedicated and everyone feels lucky to be part of such a special school.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I could never have imagined a school with such involvement from teachers and parents. They are all fantastic and there has never been a group of people more excited to be a part of something so amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The education they teach to the kids and the respect they have for the kids, and the parents. You can tell their sole business is to teach to the best of their abilities. Thumbs up to the Principal, the teachers and all other staff for doing a magnificent job!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
They have a lot of passions for school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The caring people who work there, send there kids there and support it all year thru... and the wonderful mix of cultures, backgrounds and interests. A truly diverse school with access for kids all over the city.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Community Magnet has great leadership, amazing teachers and staff and fantastic parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Teachers are nice, my children are getting better scores

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Community Magnet is a place where every child is looked at individually and allowed to blossom. Every student has a committee of staff members who meet to look at what needs to be done to best meet that student's needs. Community is the only school with a built in tutoring service that catches each student who needs extra help in its safety net and this service is provided year after year. Its arts and humanities focus is so rich! The staff is made up of teachers, administrators and office personnel who are collectively intelligent, motivated and loving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Community Magnet Charter School is a truly great school. The teachers and staff care about all the children. They not only teach our children, but they make the children enjoy learning. The school would not be the exceptional school it is without a caring and enthusiastic principal, teachers, T.A.s, and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Such a well run school. You can tell everyone at the school works as a team. The Principal does a great job and the teachers are all so on the ball

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
We have wonderful teachers and staff who teach through example with love and understanding. The kids are taught to respect themselves as well as others. We have artistic freedom as well as academic freedom. They teach outside the lines and truly love to educate. The parents are awesome and make it about the kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The school has the best principal in the whole district and great teachers. Kids are amasing too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It has been amazing! There are so many parents that are involved in making the school a better place. The teachers seem to be very involved, and my daughter loves going to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
wonderful principal, teachers, staff, & great parent participation. education is fun and complete at community magnet charter school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
My kids had an amazing start in this world through their attendance at CMCS. They had fabulous teachers and made great friends, some of whom they are still friends with. I am forever grateful for what a great school CMCS is!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Community Magnet Charter is a first rate public school. The teachers and administration really care about the students and the parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
we have the most caring, compasianet, and entusiastic teacher and staff. We feel honored to be a part of such a great community and school.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
community is number 1 in all areas specially academics.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Community Magnet is led by the most dedicated principal, Pam Marton, who works tirelessly to support her students. Add in bright, caring and communicative teachers and staff, involved parents and great children, to make CMCS my favorite school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our school is supporting by lots of involved parents, friends and our community. Our 2009 API is up to 930 from 912 in 2008. Thanks to our students, teachers and staff. Let's all have a great year and make our shine !

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The themes keep repeating....principal, teachers, TAs, the support staff, the kids and the involvement of parents. One more thing....the after school enrichment program led by Martha Melinda, which includes options for some truly amazing performances in children's musical theater. Opportunities abound for kids to express themselves and take a few risks in accepting environments that really foster confidence and relationships built on trust and acceptance.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Nice environment,good academic performance .

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Superior school, public or private. Teachers are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 26, 2009
My daughter attended this school before they moved. This was the best thing to happen to her,she blossomed everything you can want for a child. Her grades were excellent after attending this school. Pam M was principal. Best school in Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
I am a grandparent , retired school teacher of 30 years with experience in various educational positions and cities. Community Magnet has what is best in public and private schools for the students who attend. Fabulous, engaged, creative, exuberant administrators, teachers and staff. Grandparents are welcome and celebrated as a part of the 'village'. It is a place where students enjoy learning and the teachers enjoy teaching. The environment is inspiring, educational ,clean and beautiful. My grandchildren ride the bus a long way, they don't complain, they are happy with homework and all. I like the fact that this is a multicultural student body , and everyone appears to feel good about themselves. It is an all American school.

- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2008
The things I like the most about Community Magnet Charter School are the teachers and their constant enthusiasm to prepare the children for the future. They are committed to programs that insure the children not only achieve the public school grade requirements but far exceed them. The schools student body depicts the multitude of culture which will further prepare them for the challenges and successful ventures to come. While still having the public school classification it is an institution that competes with private institutions that cost thousands every year BUT gives those lucky families who can not afford that type of expense the privilege of seeing their child grow beyond their imagination. It's amazing.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
I have two kids at Community Magnet Charter School and I am extremely pleased with the quality of their education, the teachers, the school's diversity and the parental involvement. In my opinion we have high enrollment because of the school's outstanding reputation, scores and a Principle that is outstanding. This is truly a community school; many school activities which involves parent, staff and students, extra curricular studies such as; computer lab, foreign language, music with instrumental training, educational field trips and much more. This is a school with a superior educational platform. Our students are in a Public school however it is being administrated like a Private school. I am so blessed to be part of this phenomenal school!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
This is a fantastic school for first graders and above. The k-program was too rigorous for my child and I found the program to not be developmentally appropriate. That being said, my child did learn a great deal, but had I to do it over again, I'm not sure this would have been the spot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2008
This wonderful school is like a well-run, academic, progressive private school, but much better, as it is truly economicaly and culturally diverse thanks to its magnet status. The learning process is creative here with incredible field trips ( the Getty is our neighbor and has offered teacher training), 'Passport Day'. 'Gold Rush' and 'colonial' days, science camp 3 day visits for 4th and 5th graders, 'Interest Classes' taught by community members in subjects ranging from Hip Hop to Brain Science, kingergarden Whale Watching, Lunar New Year celebrations......I could go on and on. The after school Musical Theater Program taught by Martha Melinda is the best in the city, and the school developed the 'CATCH' mentoring/tutoring program which is now being copied at other LAUSD schools. The school alsohas a 2 year old, stunning, Wonder-of Reading library. Principal A++++ Parents always welcome in classroom. K:very academic, not for 4 y.o.s, I believe.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
I was so lucky to get the news when my son was accepted in Community Magnet. We both loved the school. I had never seen so much involvement with the teachers towards the kids. Helping the kids in every way they can is what they do best!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
Community Magnet has been a fabulous experience for both my children. The principal is eternally enthusiastic about her school and 'her kids'. The parent involvement is good taking into account the distance most people travel to get there. The teaching staff is mostly wonderful with a few exceptions. There is too much emphasis on homework especially in the lower grades where there are no studies showing this will help, but rather hinder the children's enthusiasm to learn. All in all, I don't think you will find a better school within the LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
Community Magnet School is incredible. It is inspiring to see the remarkable leadership of the principal and dedication of the staff. As a parent, I am thrilled to engage with many other committed families in the diverse and welcoming environment of our school. I simply can't imagine a better place for my child.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
I can't tell you how lucky I feel to have found such a wonderful school for my children. The test scores are spectacular, but it's all of the other stuff that makes this school a real find -- the multicultural perspective, the humanities focus (with music, drama and visual arts for all kids), the beautiful campus. There is a true feeling of 'community' at this CMS. The teachers at each grade level work in close collaboration to make sure the needs of all students are met, and the high parent involvement makes it possible to include programs that you cannot find at other public schools. My only complaint is that we have to leave after 5th grade!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
Granted Community is great, but I feel that my child who is found gifted is lacking in more challenging activities (heard many complaints from my child). The low-performing students get more attention from the teacher and my child is grouped doing independent work with other children in one table. I don't feel that there is any out-of-the ordinary differentiated work for the gifted child, aside from what is in the regular curriculum, even after parent conferences. Too many time-consuming take home book reports that parents end up doing and both parent and child don't enjoy doing--year after year.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
CMS is an excellent school with a diverse student and faculty population. Nestled in the hills of Bel Air this diamond sparkles because of the dedication of the adminstrators, staff, and parents, not to mention the well-rounded students. When a child needs help there are lots of people rushing to help, not running away or passing the buck. LAUSD and districts across the country could learn a thing or two about educating and nurturing children by copying Community. It should not be lost that parents at this school are very involved, even if they have to work and live far away - it takes a commitment by each family to make it work also. CMS is a gem!

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2006
School has a Special Education day class that is in need of more students. You can contact LAUSD Special Education or go to Saveroomone.com for more information. Program is inclusion based. It is wonderful for children with disabilities to have the opportunity to receive an education on a general education campus.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2006
Both of my childen went to Community, and we loved it (& miss it). Wanting to continue that Community/family feeling, we found a small private school near downtown, where our boys now attend. My boys aren't lost in public middle or high schools with literally thousands of students. Everyone knows everyone -- no student falls through the cracks.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2006
Kindergarten is spectacular compared to regular public schools. Teachers have many hands on activities instead of paper work. Truly diverse and the atmosphere is very friendly among parents. Intense only if your child ends up with a higher demanding teacher.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I'm sure there are schools out that that compare to CMS but I think it would be like finding a needle in a haystack. Some parents feel the kinder program is to intensed but I'll tell you once your child complete that program they'll be prepared for the next 5 years! It really makes the kids stronger. We would love to have more parents apply that would like to be involved. The parents are a big part of what makes this school so great. In order to keep that we need parents who are committed. The teachers are amazing, the principle is open to creative, fun, educational ideas and understands that it takes a village to raise a child. You can't go wrong here.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
The academic program @ community is Excellent. Teachers are behind the student to help them excel. Music and drama are available for all students, they also have orchestra for students in 2nd- 5th grade. Parent involvement at community is very high, I belive that is why one of the reasons why the children at community are such high achievers.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
Community Magnet is a great school I feel very bless that I work there.

- submitted by a teacher
February 21, 2006
Great school! Wonderful programs. Excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
I feel very blessed that my child is able to attend CMS. She was on the waiting list for three years before she finally was accepted and it was worth the wait.Her academics have improved since she began attending CMS ( math especially). Parent involvment tremendous. As a working parent I don't get to volunteer like I would like to. I am hoping that there is some way that the working parents can assist in the future. I am very please with this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
This is the best school I could have ever wished for my daughter who is now in 1st grade. It is located in a safe, serene and wonderful neighborhood. Children know their teachers by first name. Parents can take part in many committees or volunteer in many ways and many do! The children really feel that the school belongs to them! Most kids ride the bus and although my daughter didn't during Kindergarten, she now wakes up early every morning to ride it. I think she feels more grown-up because of this. The principal, teachers and the staff are all incredible. Parents can receive a weekly newletter with important dates and announcements via email. Great new upper yard and a wonderful after-school program offered by Martha and teachers' aides who all the kids love dearly. The school will be celebrating its new library soon. Can't say enough about Community!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
This is our son's second year at Community and we all love it so much. The staff, principal and faculty are all wonderful, caring people. The parents are quite involved and are very enthusiastic. There are great programs like CATCH (Caring Adults Teaching Children How) which is a mentoring program. I volunteered last year and am sorry I'm not able to do so again, it's a fantastic program. We had our son on the waiting list for 3 years and we were overjoyed when he was finally accepted. It's the start of an excellent academic experience for him and our family. Thanks CMS!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
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January 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
Excellent academic program, very diverse student and teacher population, caring staff and administrators, involved parents and overall nice kids. Optional music, art, theatre programs and a socially conscious environment

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
Excellent small school with a great family feel. Caring principal and dedicated teachers. Kids and parents love this school!

- submitted by a teacher
August 19, 2005
My son has attended CMS for the past two years. Their academic program is without a doubt unique and very intense. My son had a great deal of homework and I don't mind. He is working on his time management skills to ensure he completes his homework each day. I personally have not volunteered as a parent but this will change during his 3rd grade year here at CMS. I see how invloved alot of the parents are and that enhances the school. The Principal 'Pam' is on first name basis with most of the students if not all of the students in the school, that in itself is unique. It is a family atmosphere, and if you can get past that waiting list you will be blessed to know your child is in good hands. One draw back for my son is that CMS doesn't have a basteball team.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
A stellar school with a strong principle and teaching staff. Parents are key and everyone gets involved.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
When I made the choice for our daughter to attend Community, my husband said 'her safety is your responsibility, it's so far from home and etc.' It was hard for a while at the beginning to get used to the new schedule, running around in the morning getting her to the bus stop and so on but guess what, we're all so happy, she has learned so much it's not even a joke and there's no comparison to the regular lausd K classes. A friend's son who's also in K, does not know how to spell his own name and let's just leave it at that. At Community, our daughter Grisabel is so happy and now so excited about being able to read her books on her own. We realize it was the best decision for her education and she's gone ABOVE AND BEYOND here and will anywhere. Thank you Fanahi.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
Community Magnet has been a wonderful experience for my Kindergartner and for me as a parent. My daughter has gained so much from this school her first year that I know her foundation is solid. The teachers really care and the principal is compeletely hands-on. She knows what's happening in her school. Parent involvement is huge here and plays such an important part in the success of this school. You can expect many enrichment activities and an environment that celebrates and honors diversity.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
We have been voluntering at Community SChool and can say that the principal and teachers are very caring. It is a beautiful school at a beautiful camp and the children seem very happy. I hope my child can go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
Wonderful campus, wonderful principal. I hope my daughter gets to attend ths school. We volunteer at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
This school is exceptional! The principal is warm, caring, and goes out of her way to get to know each student and parent! The extracurricular activities provideda are phenomenal! The teachers are high quality and so dedicated! My daughter is so happy here as she is getting a private school quality education. However, homework is intense! Parental involvement is extremely high, which contributes to its success! So lucky to be part of the Community family!

- submitted by a staff
April 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I have never been able to see a school where everyone is part of the community,the principal the teachers,and all the rest of the staff really cares about one another,is nice to know that when I live my child at school he not only will learn about academics but also great values and morals, they make you want to be involved in your childs activitites, the parents are the best,the community is incredible, they go out of there way to make every thing to the highest level...(Specially the tea party...The queen mum will love to be invited.) Great leadership and a fenomenal community.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Community Magnet School is the 'Pearl of the LAUSD Empire'--second to none! The teachers and parents are not on airs and are down to earth. There are no cliques that drive other parents away but parents who all work together in a diverse environment to enhance our childrens education and social interactions with their peer group..

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I was so excited to learn that my daughter was accepted to this great school. After a whole year of looking for just the right school I came acrosse CMS, and I am so greatful that I found this school, the staff is great, they encourage my daughter to excel in everything, and she loves her school and teachers. I was so amazed at the level of academic teaching that I said to myself this is what I want for my kids. Now I am waiting to hear from the school to see if my son will get in as well, I truly hope that he does, I wouldn't want him to miss this great opportunity to learn at the best school.

- submitted by a teacher
January 17, 2005
Stellar support among parents and a wonderful Principal make this a private school quality eduction with the public school experience. If you are look for a true diversity and not just paying lip service to the concept (see 100% of L.A.'s private schools) but demand a great and progressive eduction this is it.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2004
Community Magnet is a bright, wonderful, welcoming campus with lots of parent involvment and an incredible staff. I have been mentoring there for just over a year and my daughter will begin K tomorrow! I've gotten to know some of the staff and the principal. Everyone is on a first-name basis and always available for the students/parents. The atmosphere is joyful, the staff is always upbeat - it's a terrific place to be!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2003
My child has attended Community Magnet since kindergarten. The diversity, parent/teacher interaction, and committment to excellence is exceptional. When comparing the education to that of my daughter's (at a pricy private school nearby), Community's environment is similar to that of the $19,000 a year private school. I highly recommend Community Magnet to those with elementary age children looking for an excellent school in the Los Angeles area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2003
Our daughter started kindergarten at Community Magnet this year and so far things are great. The teachers and administrators I've met are extremely dedicated and very bright. The parents are exceptionally active. The pristine campus, nestled in the hills of Bel Air, is a work in progress but is already spectacular. Some downsides are the difficulty getting in (1700+ on the wait list I hear) and there seems to be a fair amount of homework for kindergarteners.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2003
What a wonderful school. We switched from private to public education last year and couldn't be happier with our choice. As a magnet school, you get the benefit of a culturally and ethnically diverse student body. With the top-notch principal, teachers and staff, you get the benefit of loving and well-experienced individuals taking care of your kids. Our move to a new campus last year was difficult, but we pulled it off quite smoothly thanks to an active parent body and dedicated staff. Now we have a beautiful 20-acre campus in the hills north of UCLA . . . so close and yet so far from the city! Can't say enough about Community Magnet!

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Community Magnet Charter Elementary School
11301 Bellagio Road, Los Angeles, CA  90049
(310) 476-2281
Last modified Community Magnet Charter Elementary School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Community Magnet Charter Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 169 reviews. Top