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7615 Cowan Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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October 24, 2013
Great teachers who communicate well with the parents care about their students. I like the after school activities and the use of the internet as a way for parent to keep in touch with the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
Our family recently moved to the area and our kids started Cowan this year. The school year started a bit rocky, but the incredible urgency, professionalism and most importantly compassion Mr. D, the teachers and fellow parents put forth made it a smooth transition! We are so thankful for the staff and community here, and wish everyone the opportunity to experience what makes this school so "special!"

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
In the time that I have been teaching at Cowan, I have enjoyed my students and the their parents tremendously. My students are interested in learning, challenging themselves and me, as well. Parent involvement is a welcome source of support and activism for the school community. The school has a varied and rich tradition which the students, staff, and community enjoy. A blossoming spirit of collaboration and focus has brought students and teachers together to make positive changes at Cowan. I'm excited about the direction and future of our school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
There have been a lot of wonderful changes implemented at Cowan. The students and parents are wonderful to work with and extremely helpful. I'm am so thrilled to be working here and happy to feel such a strong support from the community. Bravo to all for your efforts and commitment to our children's learning.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
i have two Grandkids at Cowan ES. I love the Teachers and the team spirit!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Cowan elementary is an excellent school. Great teachers, excellent staff, and a wonderful Principal. The magnet program is awesome. The school even has "valet". The school has a great "PTO" this year 2013. The "dad's club is awesome.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I love Cowan Avenue Elementary School. We have had our children enrolled here since 2007, and I can't imagine going anywhere else. As with any school, you have ups and downs, and it is during the down times you see what the parents and administration are really made of. When others fled Cowan to attend newly built neighborhood schools, the parents that stayed proved that team work and mutual respect is what makes a school great. Not only was the 6th grade Magnet class one of the top scoring Academic Performing in Math classes in the state, but the reason those students excelled was thanks to the depth of teachers from K-5th that aided those students to success. Add to that the amazing parent involvement, and you have students that have found a second home here at Cowan. I have read the criticisms listed here, and no school is perfect. It is how everyone rallies together to exploit each other's strengths that makes Cowan awesome. I love the students. Cowan has impressive character.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
My family used to attend this school. We stayed for the first semester only. Too much parent involvement can be damaging to a school and the lack of diversity in teacher staff doesn't make it better. The principal is ok. He cares about the students, but he seems to care more about the donations that comes in when it comes to teacher support. As much as I would like to, I just can't recommend Cowan. My family ended up at Kentwood. My son has had a few challenges academically, but that's because the teacher wasn't teaching everything in the curriculum, but tested him on the material anyway. That's a BIG no-no in my book. He also wasn't applying himself as much as he could have (another no-no). All in all, both situations have since been rectified and the teacher moved at the end of his 4th grade school year (she taught him in 3rd). This year he is thriving! His 5th grade teacher is a bubbly, intelligent, burst of creativity and happiness. My entire family is now at Kentwood, and we couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
I am disgusted with what is happening at Cowan. Simply disgusted! There is just so much wrong with the school that it is too much to express in this small space. I urge anyone considering Cowan to go talk to the parents at the school and not to rely on the positive comments on this site. Choosing Cowan will be the biggest regret of your life.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
I have been happy with the quality of the teachers. The Principal is probably not the most effective administrator, but he has some really good qualities. There have been issues throughout the years. A bunch of silly egos. Parents and administration. I never felt they were worth leaving the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2012
My kids & many relatives over the years have attended Cowan. Overall, we think it is a great school, especially for public/LAUSD. Most kids who went here got a great education & are well-prepared for middle school vs. their counterparts from other local public schools, and often even private schools. Children who have graduated out of the Cowan Magnet program tend to fair at the top of their middle schools, so this school is apparently doing something right. Is Cowan perfect, by no means. This school & many others under LAUSD have their limitations. Unfortunately some of Cowan's challenges stem from 1 of its strengths: The more parents participating the more strong opinions & irrationality in the mix. Yet, many of my close friends & relatives with children in private or the most sought after public/charter schools face similiar challenges. As far as the principal is concerned we think he is a sharp man who genuinely cares about the greater good of all kids. Sadly, some of his biggest critics who mean well often have personal agendas & interests that are not for the good of the whole or they truly don't understand his limitations. Overall, we highly recommend Cowan to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
My daughter graduated from Cawan Avenue two years ago. Cawan Avenue was a good school "back in the day" and it can still be . But, I think healing has to take place. Mr. D was one of the kindness people in the world, and some of the parents did everything they could to get rid of him. People are human, and we should try to work with the Principal and teachers for our kids sake. He didn't make the rules. He just delivered the message. The kids are the ones who suffer when the parents play politics. I believe Cawan will improve in the days to come, but parents remember the "golden rule", and if nothing else, remember you're modeling the person you want your child to be!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
I agree with the last parent's post. My child has been at Cowan since kindergarten and is now in the 5th grade magnet. While the leadership of the school has been less than ideal, by far, my child has been blessed with wonderful and caring teachers throughout the time at Cowan. Currently, the 5th grade magnet class does not have a permanent teacher. They had a wonderful teacher in that position for the past few years and she got pink slipped and can not be hired back at this time. MEANWHILE, there is now a long term sub in that class position. A prepared, qualified and motivated teacher was let go and the school had not been able to replace her. Finally, the afternoon before school began, a long term sub was hired. I think this first week of school has been really hard on the kids with an unprepared teacher and a classroom that was not ready for the students to enter. My heart goes out to this sub, who had no time to prepare and I am willing to give her a few weeks to get her stuff together. I do feel that the students would have been better off at camp for another week and giving this teacher time to prepare. Also, the school is no longer ethnically diverse. It was when we began.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
My son is in his final year at Cowan. He has had nurturing and innovative teachers, especially in the Gifted Magnet Program. The administrator is not readily available and can be ineffective with communication. There are some amazing parents and families that continue to work hard to create the best environment for the entire school.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2012
I attended Cowan Ave from 1975 to 79 and I thoroughly enjoyed it as I remember, the neighborhood was safe, I rode my bicycle to school. My favorite teachers were Mrs. Arbogast and Mrs. Rockwood. I'm Patty Rowe, and I approved this message. :)

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2012
Cowan is a fine school. The implication that the parents who are pleased with the school are fake comments by the administration is ridiculous. Who has time to do that? And according to the belief that the administration is not very organized, when would the fake comment conspiracy have time to be organized? Yet the negative comments seam to come regularly. I find it hard to believe unhappy parents would continue to stay, so I raise the question, Are their parents who do not attend Cowan commenting negatively with an alternate agenda? If I took this personally, I could be up set, but I don't. I enrolled in the school, I took the time to meet all the teachers, and administration and I do my best to make the educational experience a memorable one for my children. I have had the pleasure of attending both Kentwood and Cowan and must say, there is not that much difference. Yet I honestly like Cowan better. It has a small, family atmosphere and the parents are wonderful! (But I don't choose because I am a parent of both schools ;0)) So parents who are reading these comments and really trying to consider if you should place your child at Cowan.Visit the school and find out for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
The school is cutting edge technologically and instructionally. The teachers care about the students and stay on top of their game to providethe best instructional opportunities and they seem to wok very well together. If you can get your kid into the magnet you've gotten him into one of the highest schools in the STATE and they are adding 6th grade next year. The magnet teachers are among the best in the district. The community school has started looking like an inner city school as many of the supportive fundraising families have been chased off.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
One may disagree with the positive comments, but be clear: Cowan family members wrote them. I am one of the parents who did so. There is genuine disagreement among Cowan families about the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2012
I completely agree with the previous posting. It seems as if the last few postings for December 2011 are indeed fake and probably written by someone in administration to hide the inadequacy of their leadership. Cowan is a sinking ship due to the lack of quality in leadership. The principal is an inept leader. We do not plan to keep our child at Cowan after this school year ends and are currently pursuing other options.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2012
I feel that all the reviews for the month of December 2011 seem to be a bit contrived. It is almost as if the same person wrote all the reviews, and perhaps did it from different computers to build up the school. The writing style in all of the post for the month of December is almost exactly the same. Most of the reviews seem very surface. I believe they are fake. The school needs a lot of work and a lot of leadership. The principal seems a bit immature and inexperienced. I wish the school had more community partners, like Kentwood, such as the YMCA or the Los Angeles Clippers or other local community based organizations. The school doesn't have a sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
My daughter is in Kindergarten so this is her first year at Cowan and i have to say i am very pleased with what my daughter is learning and the new experiences she's having. The parents and staff here are like a family, the principle is focused on education and encouraging our children to be their very best. He is also very approachable and willing to help resolve any issues you may encounter. i would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a safe comfortable family orientated school to send their children to.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
I am excited to have my kids at Cowan Elementary. My kids are flourishing with their teachers. The campus is quiet yet the students play well together. Parents are involved with fundraisers and other activities to make Cowan a more of a family feel. Mr. D. has monthly meetings to keep parents informed of upcoming events and to discuss progress at Cowan. He is available and open to comments and/or concerns. Parents support Mr. D which makes Cowan a better environment for everyone. Cowan is an inviting school for all students who are ready to learn and for parents who want the best for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2011
We have been very happy with our experience at Cowan. We have had three children that have attended Cowan. My children have loved their teachers and their test scores have always been very high. It is sad that Cowan has been getting bad mouthed because it is a good school.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2011
My children have been at Cowan for the last 3 years and my experience has been a good one. I find the Principal to be very interested in the academics and concerns of the parents. He takes the time to know each of the kids names and any time an issue has been of concern - he was very approachable to address the matter. Futhermore, one of my kids is in the Magnet program and his teacher ensures that she is accessible by email and academically - the children are very challenged and I am satisfied. With my other children, their teachers re also just as involved. The Principal recently advised the parents that we will be gaining a 6th grade Magnet next year which is music to the ears of many parents. As a parent of a Magnet student - I too am elated. In addition, I find that the website is very informative and the goals of the school continue to grow. The Cowan families show great support through Family Dinner Nights - where even the teachers come out and eat with the students. My experience has been a good one and we have several more years here and I look forward to these years, as my kids continue with childhood bonds that began at kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2011
I've been at Cowan for two years now and I have had a great experience. The Principal, Teachers, and Office Staff are great and fun. I've gotten to know all my kids teachers and see that they have a real passion for the kids. This school would be #1 if they could get more parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2011
We are very pleased with Cowan. Not only from an academic stand point by also social. My son has blossomed.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2011
Our family lives in the Kentwood neighborhood of Westchester and our children have attended Cowan since 2004. We have been, and continue to be, very happy at the school. We have been part of special education, community classrooms and the gifted magnet program. My children have done very well. One of our children graduated from Cowan and attends a rigorous middle school program. Cowan prepared our child very well - in fact our child made the honor role.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
The scores for English proficiency for third graders is at 50% which is really concerning to me. My son is in the third grade SAS classroom and so far I have not been impressed with the pace of the classroom. The teacher seems nice but my son is not challenged by the work. He was in a regular classroom last year for second grade (in another school district) and seemed to be more challeged than he is this year. This is our first year at Cowan and I was hoping it wouldn't be our last year. We will see. . .

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
It is an intersting read in reviewing some of the comments on this site because my experience over the past 4 years are mixed. I believe the real problem came when the idesign program was basisally forced on a majority of parents who were not clear on its intent. Then it became an "us and them" mindset because many are under the misconception that the Westchester neighborhood is prodominantly "caucasian", when it is actually uppper class "African Americans" and so is Windsor Hills, so we really need to stop the black/white issue. We need to stop perpetuating negative stereotypes. Now that idesign has gone, we should try to mend the torn relationships and focus on the most important matter "our children's quality education". Cowan has only declined because so many "adult egos" are working overtime. My son has improved tremendously over the past 4 years and I attribute it to the relationships he developed at Cowan. Perhaps the leadership area needs improvement, but criticism never helps. There needs to be more solutions than put-downs. That always works better in my experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2011
Since the last reviewer addressed me directly, I will respond. First of all, you are entitled to your opinion of the school and principal. Cowan is the home school for the Windsor Hills area as well as Westchester; have you even seen the homes in Windsor Hills? The cost of housing is high all over, not just in Westchester. Cowan also includes a magnet school, which students are entitled to attend no matter where they live. Indeed, what do you mean by "many of the kids at this school don't even live locally"? Why don't you just say what you mean? Again, a lot of passion but short on facts.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
The principal should be judged on test scores and not his personality...are you kidding me? What good are test scores if you have a leader running the ship into the ground and with whom you cannot communicate? Education is a partnership. Especially at an elementary school! Clearly that is not the case at Cowan. Nontheless, the various factions at this school and constant bickering are what is driving local parents in droves from this school. Many of the kids at this school don't even live locally. For as much as it costs to live here, I would expect far better from the local schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
This school has great potential, but the teachers are demoralized by it's lack of leadership, and families are leaving in droves. It is very sad.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2011
The teachers at this school are great. I did have problems when the principal wouldn't intervene with a boy who kept biting my daughter. Repeatedly. Eventually, I had to transfer out of the school. Go ahead and go to their official web site and you'll see they don't even keep it updated. The principal's mesages, etc. are 3 years old. Plus they had a canyon fundraiser for years, and it's a scam. Years of money, and no results.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
Cowan continues to miss the mark in every key area.... no leadership, no vision, no cooperation. The person who posted "a laptop for every student" clearly isn't in my child's class, where there are not enough laptops, books or handouts to go around. It's very sad that what could be a good school is really just a very medicore one that is slipping instead of trying to improve. My biggest regret is moving into this school district.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
The new magnet program for gifted/high ability students is a very good thing. Strong teachers, a laptop for every student, and the promise of a terrific curriculum as the program matures. The entire school has a great majority of experienced, talented teachers and a very nice group of kids. My children have made friends with a diverse group of kids and enjoy going to school here. In my estimation, after sending our kids here for five years, Cowan is a well above-average public school.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
Despite my disappointment in the school's administration and even greater disappointment in the parents at this school, my son has learned and grown more than I could have imagined this year. The constant bickering between parents and negative accusations towards to school, teachers, administration, and each other is astonishing. The negativity definitely carries over to the children as I see and hear so many of the beautiful children at our school, who previously hadn't an unkind word to say about anyone, echoing the hatred of their parents. I have seen and heard hatred and racism at Cowan this year that I didn't think existed in this world still. However, some of the most wonderful teachers in Los Angeles can be found at Cowan and my son has been blessed with them. Their support, kindness, fairness, and intelligence has conquered all and that is why we are still at Cowan.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2010
Cowan used to have a reputation as a wonderful and unified neighborhood school. Unfortunately, there is a terrible crisis leadership at this school. My child has had excellent teachers at Cowan, but the administration's divisive and inept leadership has caused many very involved families to look for other schools. I SO wanted Cowan to be a school at which that my son could complete his elementary education, but, at this point, I am actively looking for a another school. PLEASE don't make the mistake of sending your child to this school until these administrative problems are corrected.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2010
It's taken years but the positive neighborhood buzz about Cowan has finally been revealed as 100% false advertising. While the parent base at Cowan has the potential to be amazing -- and a few years ago was far and away the best in the neighborhood -- in the last two years nearly all the involved parents have realized that the Principal works against their every action. Now, sadly, many of these families have either removed their kids from the school or pulled back to a point where all they do is 'drop off' and 'pick up' their kids. The teachers are largely left on their own without administration's help or leadership, resulting in a very 'hit or miss' experience with our kids' teachers. The Principal is a self-serving, untrustworthy, divisive leader. He's driven the school into the ground. Look elsewhere, new parents. Our kids are going elsewhere next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
As both a parent and a veteran educator, I have to disagree with all the whining and complaining about Cowan. My daughter is now in first grade and has had excellent teachers and lovely friends. Perhaps the administration needs a little work, but honestly, there are a lot of parents with nothing to do and no background in education who apparently think they should be running LAUSD. Yes, there are budget cuts and, yes, there appears to be some ridiculous parent infighting ... but no one who is relatively new to this school even knows what it's about. After donating to the school Booster, I was told by another parent to ask for my money back because people didn't agree with the administration. Frankly, the money goes to help our kids, and it angers me to think that others believe withholding money sends a message to the school. Wake up!

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January 22, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
Unfortunately, Cowan is not the school it used to be. The school joined iDesign last year and since then there has been a steady decline in leadership, programs, and a widening divide among the parents. I had great hope for this school, but hope can't educate my children.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2009
It is sad to see, but Cowan is a far cry from the good school it used to be....poor leadership, divided populations, some teachers are great but some are so awful it's just not worth the gamble. No school is perfect, but this one just keeps getting worse instead of better.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
Most of the teachers are great. Administration needs major help, and school culture is poor. The school's performance over the last 6 years has not improved - check the API trend.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
I would rate the school higher for the teachers, kids and parents only. But, the administration is very weak, and the communication is extremely poor. The front office isn't run in a manner that is friendly or inviting. The culture at the school is not supportive If you question the administration. The division at the school isn't racial, it's self serving. With the great kids (and family support) in attendance (of all nationalities), there is no reason the test schools shouldn't be climbing, but due to the lack of leadership, this great school is declining, the moral is poor and the families that work so hard to build the school up, are finding it easier to leave. The fund raising has all but stopped by many families and it's not due to the economy. The parents are saying enough. I hope for more for the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
Great teachers, great families, lots of parental involvement and a fabulous after school care program too.

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no rating June 24, 2009
I love what I have experienced Cowan and I am extremely excited about the new GIFTED Program coming next year. Everyone knows that most schools have cute out all special programs. I am so glad that Cowan will be offering curriculum for the gifted. Cowan has more enrichment programs than just about any other LAUSD SCHOOLS I researched. This school is worth looking into if you are looking for a great public school with test scores at 823 and climbing! Way to go Cowan!

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June 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
I totally disagree with the negative parent review left. I previously left a review about how great I felt the school was and how well adjusted my children have been here and my mind has not changed one bit. No place is EVER gonna be perfect, but the Cowan community tries very hard. Here there is a sense of community and togetherness and any active family, parent, child or staff member would have to recognize that. I'm very disappointed that some felt the need to bring up race. Diversity is the pride of Cowan and all the families benefit greatly from that.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2009
I agree that there were racial tensions, especially last year when we became an I-Design school, but I believe the problems were among parents, and not even all of those. I do not believe the children were affected by these issues, and my child has friends of all backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2009
Cowan has a lot of problems. As an involved parent, it has been very frustrating to see so much commitment and money wasted on the constant bickering between the divided factions within the school. There is a racial problem there that undermines the best interest of the students. No doubt that all are theoretically committed to the children but there are such obvious differences as to how best to serve the school that it results in being obsolete. The morale is low, the teachers are not happy and the people who are writing otherwise are either lying or completely blind. Last year was unfortunately filled with strife, accusations, name-calling, and other completely unbelievable wastes of energy and time.

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February 20, 2009
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November 18, 2008
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August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
My child went to this school and I was so disapointed in the principal and office staff. The Principal only cares about money and teaches for the test scores. He will not call you back and meet with you. I do not recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
I think Cowan is a great school and I am very happy to have my child attend. The school strives to be perfect has great leadership and responds to inquiries and suggestions in a heartbeat with a smile. The staff is professional, caring and polite and most of the Teachers are of high quality. The parent involvement is one of a kind and the community is clean and safe. The curriculum is standards based and the after school programs are full of enrichment. Cowan's scores are competitive and the resources are plentiful. The school has special events from cultural visits, music & the arts, to basic astronomy evening lessons and chess tutors. Cowan has it all

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
On an afternoon bike ride past Cowan, our neighborhood school, my daughter spontaneously stated, 'I go to the best school ever!' She had a wonderful Kindergarten year and we are looking forward to another great year. The leadership, the teachers, and the school environment make Cowan an excellent choice.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
My son just loves this school and the teachers

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
I think that Cowan is a great school. My oldest child have been attending there since 3rd and he is now in the 5th grade. My youngest child has been there since the kindergarten and he is now in the first grade. The principal and vice principal are great and very involved within the school. The parents of the students are very involved and that has great affect on the child's education. I would not have my children at any other elementary school. I am very sadden that child has to leave. Keep up the great work Cowan!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
I don't understand some of the reviews I have read about this school. This is a nice campus. I have found the Principal and VP around and visible whenever I visit the campus. Sure the kids run around in the a.m., but don't they deserve some time free from restrictions? There are many activities to participate in. They have an active arts dept. I believe my children will be veru well rounded due to their association with this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2007
My son has attended Cowan since Kindergarten (nearly four years now) and is in the GATE program there, and I am extremely happy that we selected Cowan. As with any school, there are areas that could be improved. However, as a teacher and a parent, what I love most about Cowan is the level of parental involvement. Everyone's aware of Cowan's high API, but what truly makes a school-any school- is the dedication and involvement of parents. The parents ultimately determine what type of kids attend the school. Everyone seems to neglect the social aspects of school, and I must say that I am truly happy with the caliber of friends my son has made at Cowan, and most of all, I have gotten to know their wonderful parents who have instilled good values in their children!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Cowan is a wonderful school! As an attorney and someone who attended private school throughout childhood, I can affirmatively state that the education my son is receiving rivals, if not surpasses, a private education. He is excelling in all subjects and loves learning. We have not experienced any behavioral problems with any of the other children in the school, and feel that the principal and vice-principal are visible and responsive. Other parents are warm, friendly, and extremely involved. There are many exciting programs happening at Cowan, including the orchestra and Model United Nations, and lots of other programs, e.g. the Nature Center, are in the works. LAUSD has a lot to be proud of with Cowan.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
Cowan has been very dissapointing for me. I had heard so many good things, until my son began to attend there. The teachers have not been able to managage the children well, there is no conduct. The principal is rarley visible. Not receptive to questions, concerns, and only think about test scores.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
Cowan is a fairly good school. In the mornings the children are out of control right under the watchful eyes of the vice principal. The staff seem to be unwilling or unable to handle problem students. Trying to address a problem with a teacher will get you lots of song and dance, but little satisfaction. The playground doesn't provide enough shade for the children.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
I was encouraged to write a review after reading the October 2006 review another parent submitted. I agree that are test scores are marketable and the exterior may be a bit unpleasing. However, I disagree that our school lacks leadership. In order to raise our test scores from 811 to 857 in one year takes leadership! Our principle has dedicated himself in achieving higher academics. That takes leadership to direct teachers and students to achieve such status. The 46 point jump in our test scores has only created even more positive energy and enthusiasm! So, by judging a book by it's cover you are missing what counts. Also, a beautification committee has been formed to enhance the appearance of our school. The committee was recently awarded a $10,000 dollar grant from the city for beautification improvements. So, as you can see Cowan is not the old school it use to be!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2006
Although test scores are marketable, the school's administration lacks leadership and accountability. Physically the school is not aesthetically pleasing the overall 'energy' is poor.

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September 02, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
June 29, 2006
The quality of academic programs is satisfactory. True, parental involvement can affect the educational outcome of the student/s, however the teacher does bear responsibility in this area as well. I have found some of the teachers to be biased as far as where there attention is focused and who partakes of that attention. I was told at the very end of the school year that my child needs to improve in the area of writing? I asked, ' Why was I told so late, especially since I am one of the many parents visbly involved in their child's education?' I deem that action, a lack of concern and not oversight on the part of the teacher -- and there is more. So, while I will say that this school has a lot to offer, I would exhort concerned parents to closely monitor the entire educational process and not skip a beat.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
Great school, kids and teachers are invovle. Sense of caring about the students. Great community.

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May 30, 2006
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May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 17, 2006
My daughter has attended Cowan Avenue for that past two years. I must say I am pleased. She is progressing well and the school has an enourmous amount of parental support which is key for student success. They have a varietyof extra curricular activities such as music,computer lab, drama and reading buddies.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
Cowan is a decent school but there is much room for improvement. They don't seem to use an objective grading criteria for the lower grade levels. The guidance from both the assistant principal and the principal are weak. Some of the kids are not well-behaved. Classrooms are junky and disorganized. At times it's a wonder my child learns anything.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
My son is a 3rd grader and has been at Cowan since K. We are very pleased with the school and every teacher he has had so far, and would not now send him to the nearby magnet school even if he got in there. Class sizes are just right. Cowan has a new library, and with the lead of active parents, it is working on developing a one of a kind nature center for the school and community in it's 1 acre canyon. My son has been exposed to music (singing and learned the recorder this year), art, and chess (in the STAR after school program). The twice yearly music programs have been ambitious and uplifiting - with an enthusiastic music instructor and participation by all the children. Cowan is special, in a beautiful community setting on the bluffs.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
The parents of children who attend this school have nothing but praise for it! If you can get in, go!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
Parent involvment is great and has funded many programs for this school. The kindergarten teachers are great too! The principal could be more involved, but overall I would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
My child attended Cowan for kindergarten and first. The parent community was active and friendly. The teachers were good but limited by the LAUSD required curriculum and there was no attention to social development at all. Recess was a little depressing.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2006
El Rincon Elementary is a beautiful school with very helpful teachers and staff. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
February 17, 2006
Our child started Kindergarten at Cowan in September 2005 and we're very impressed with his level of learning to date. We were initially concerned with the full day K but within a few weeks time, he was used to the routine & is actually excited to go to school each day. He has also been exposed to art, music, dance and physical education. STAR provides after-school programs that we hear are great although we haven't tried any yet. We recently enrolled him in Chess Tutors 1x/wk after school and it's wonderful. We're also very impressed with the way the parents are organized and participate in almost all aspects of the school. We've met so many great local families. This is really a community school and we're very happy with our choice to send our son here. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
Good programs. Solid teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Both our children went to Cowan Avenue, my son graduated in 2004 and my daughter still attends. Cowan is a great school with a lot of parent involvement. All the teachers we had experience with were very committed and energetic. Our kids loved the school. There is also an on campus after school program (for a fee) that is great and provided alot of enrichment learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
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December 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
November 29, 2005
Engaging, encouraging and professional teachers. Students are kind and there is a core of very involved parents who really make a difference. The grass yard is a nice addition for the playground, and the library and staff are wonderful. Quality of education surpasses many of the local private schools. Star After school program is wonderful.

- submitted by a teacher
August 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
A decent elementary school. Parents are trying to infuse something interesting, creating a nature program around the nearby undeveloped land. Parents were active in fundraising, PTA, etc. Teachers were well intended and professional. However, this is still an LAUSD school-- reading instruction is via Open Court and focus is on test performance. Even in Kindergarten and first grade, focus was almost exclusively on academics and, in my opinion, they neglected children's social and emotional development. The playground was almost exclusively concrete and childrens' play was limited since running on the concrete was not allowed. It was not a happy experience for my child, in part because he needed more support socially in Kindergarten & First. In conferences, his teachers focused on his satisfactory academic progress and had little to say regarding his social life or his unhappiness.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Our child has attended K and 1st at cowan. Cowen exels among the local public Elem.s because of the vigorous parental involvement. While the aggresive constant fund raising can be annoying at times it provides the school with many additional resources other schools don't have. While some of the principals ideas are a bit quirky, he means well and stays active and involved. The teachers enjoy the enviroment and all have good attitudes and work ethics. The playground has been refurbished and the Outdoor classroom project is near completion. The library was redone and is good.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
We were very happy w/ K-3, I strongley believe your child will get a very well rounded education. Overall we were very happy with the teachers. Alot of parent involvement. The prinicpal appreas to be over his head at times. He should be taking advantage of the local parents who are willing to take on alot more. This school has potential to be great. Unfortantely, we lose alot of local kids during the 4-5th grades to other private or magnet schools. Cowan has a great music program and computer lab.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
Partent involvement is top notch. Great parents giving much to school community. SOME very good teachers and programs. Administration leaves much to be desired, disorganized uncooperative and generally very difficult to deal with. Academic programs are acceptable (not great but maybe better than average. Special ed programs are not well administered although many teachers are very good.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2005
My daughters (5th and 2nd grade) attend Cowan. I am very pleased with the teachers and the principal. This school thrives as a result of a strong PTA and parent involvement. The extracurricular activities (overnight camping trips, book fairs) are also chosen with an emphasis on learning as well as having fun.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
My kids have attended Cowan for the past six years and there are some things I like about it, and others I don't. No school is perfect. The level of academics is challenging, there are art, music,computer and orchestra classes availabe.As well as the STAR after-school program.Parents tend to be involved, but not as much as in the past few years.Nice,diverse population.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
My husband and I love this school! The parent involvement is tremendous and the principal is actively engaged with the children. He is interested in RESULTS and that's really all that matters. We love the diversity of culture abd believe that the teachers adhere to exceptional standards. No one goes to the next grade unless the teacher believes the student can excell. The after-school program, STAR, is phenominal and can't be beat. The couselors take an active interest in the students academic and personal development.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
My son has attended Cowan Avenue Elementary School since Kindergarten. Our family loves Cowan. The parents are encouraged to get as involved as possible. The students are introduced to a wide range of programs including music, art and computers. This year the school is getting a new Wonder of Reading library and an outdoor classroom. The students have done fundraising for both which has taught them that their hard work pays off. I would recommend Cowan Avenue Elementary to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 08, 2005
This school has a great deal of neighborhood kids attending. Many of the K-2 children's families are hoping to get accepted to Open Charter Magnet. However, the number of kids staying through 5th grade are doing well. It is a basic LAUSD school with a full time K program. They use the Open Court system which I feel puts a great deal of pressure on students and teachers. THe outcome is great test scores, but children who are not as self motivated as I would like.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
November 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2004
My child has attended Cowan since kindergarten and is now in the 5th grade, she is our 3rd to attend Cowan. This year, as in the past, has been very rewarding. She has become very challenged in math, but the staff at the school has intervened to support not only my child but our family. Her teacher gives her individual instruction, the resource specialist are there to help and Cowan has a after school Tutorial program that enables children to get tutored in their homework. This is a fee program but schlorships are availiable. I can't say enough good things about the school, staff, principal and parent involvment. If you are interested in the school come see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2004
I think it's a great school. They got a new principal about two years ago, and he's put a lot of new things there.

- submitted by a former student
September 22, 2004
Cowan is Great! Not only is it a great school but it's a great place for children to learn. I have 3 children, 2 have graduated and 1 remaining. Cowan is in the top 10% on the API list in the State. Know tell me that's not great! The Principal Articulate, Teachers, Phenomenal, Staff, Supportive, the team there truly awesome!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
Cowan has a lot of good things happening. Expected this year: a brand new library and the Cowan Nature Center, an outdoor canyon classroom on land adjacent to the school playground. In general, the teachers are well thought of. However, there are some parents who are discouraged by the principal's lack of leadership and how he relates to parents. He has been known to miss meetings that he himself has scheduled without giving any notice, leaving parents and teachers wondering what happened to him. He has missed deadlines and cannot seem to remember important details. Leadership this poor will surely bring down the school as well as morale.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2004
I wanted to share a different viewpoint than the Dec. 3 parent who thought Cowan was like preschool. On the contrary, my 'bright' child - who attended a private and highly acclaimed preschool, has been challenged and enjoys the environment. The teachers know just where she is at in her learning, as there is lots of homework (too much, in my opinion, for kindergarten, because she gets homework every weekday) and other opportunities to reinforce her learning. I have particularly appreciated the high level of parent involvement and how warmly we were welcomed as a new family (very different from our experience at another high achieving LAUSD school). Here even working parents are encouraged & expected to get involved and make a difference. Both my children's teachers have kept us appraised of progress, and involved in decisions. The teachers, administrators and parent-leaders really care about all the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2004
Strong parental involvement at a variety of levels, from the classroom volunteer to being on the school site council or PTA. Has a booster club that has many fundraisers throughout the school year. There are many events such as the Kindergarten Tea and the Summer Round-Up that allows in coming students and their families and opportunity to meet and interact with current students, parents and staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2004
Cowan is a thriving environment supporting achievement through partnership between faculty, parents and community. The teachers are involved, qualified and caring. We are fortunate to have a bright child. He is now in 3rd grade and he continues to be an enthusiastic learner. In response to Dec. 2003 comments: differentiation does exist, bright children are challenged and they do learn quite a lot. The key is parent involvement. When a parent takes the time to communicate with their child's teacher and becomes a partner in their child's education, the child excels.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2004
Kindergarten curriculum is not designed by one teacher. It is driven by the State Standards and LAUSD designated materials. We use Open Court Reading and Scott-Foresman Math materials. The Kindergarten teachers work as a team. Differentiation of instruction is up to the individual teacher and each teacher works with parents to add to or insure each child's progress. This is a very caring and dedicated staff.

- submitted by a teacher
December 02, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2003
I'm a devoted alumni parent -- our two kids had wonderful years at Cowan back in the early '80s. So glad to read that this continues! Yes, attentive parenting is the best foundation a child can have, so keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2003
There is definitely a direct relationship between parental involvement and student success. My son entered Cowan Avenue as a 3rd grader in September 2003. He comes from a very reputable private school with a high level of parental involvement. I am a very connected parent with a vested interest in the success of the school that my child attends. A parent's time is the most important investment that they can give to their children. At Cowan over the first month, I have seen consistent parent involvement from a small number of parents. It may be too early to judge, but it seems that there is an entire subsection of parents who have very little visibility, and who appear to be only peripherally connected (dropping off and picking up only). As a concerned Cowan parent, I plan to personally urge that group of parents on the periphery to become engaged in their child's education by becoming more connected with the educators, by attending meetings, by concerning themselves with actively improving their own child's performance. I think we'd definitely improve our API from an 8 to a 10 in short order. In our personal experience, so far so good. Our son has an experienced teacher with an open door policy who has great classroom management skills, good communication skills, and who encourages parent feedback and active participation. As the year progresses, I will offer more feedback. I also plan to spread the word about this website to other parents. This is a great tool.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2003
The parental involvement, local community activities, a younger and very enthusiastic principal, and very committed teachers made this school a true blessing. Next year, my other daughter will be going there as well. Better than most private schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
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Cowan Avenue Elementary School
7615 Cowan Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90045
(310) 645-1973
Last modified Cowan Avenue Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cowan Avenue Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 117 reviews. Top