Students enrolled 601
School leader Diane Rodriguez
Transportation options Yes
District Los Angeles Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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607 North Westmoreland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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(323) 661-3308
(323) 662-5278
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4 stars
Based on 35 ratings

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May 21, 2013
I'M A FORMER STUDENT AT DAYTON HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY I FIRST WENT TO DAYTON HEIGHTS ON SEPTEMBER OF 1978 AND I REMEMBER HOW NICE IT USE TO BE THERE.... THE OPEN HOUSE WOULD BE HELD AT 7:00PM SO ALL THE PARENTS CAN MAKE IT TO SEE HOW THERE CHILDREN WERE DOING IN SCHOOL.... ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT DAYTON HEIGHTS IS NOT THE SAME ANY MORE I REMEMBER THE 5 DE MAYO DANCES KNOW THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THAT.... BUT I'M GLAD THAT WE HAVE A GREAT PRINCIPLE THAT IS MAKING NEW ACTIVITIES FOR THE CHILDREN.... BUT ONLY ONE THING I DON'T AGREE WITH THE PRINCIPLE IS THAT SHE IS NOT GOING TO DECORATE THE 5TH GRADES LIL GRADUATION CEREMONY IF THE PARENTS WHAT IT DECORATED THE PARENT'S HAVE TO DO IT I DON'T THINK ITS RIGHT.... I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I'M VERY PROUD THAT MY SON HAS A VERY GREAT TEACHER FOR SPECIAL ED MS. ALDEN IS A WONDER TEACHER I'M GLAD THAT DAYTON HEIGHTS HAS A GREAT TEACHER.... ALSO THE STAFF IS SO WONDERFUL STARTING WITH MS. LORENA, MS. SUSY, MS. ISABEL, AND THE PRINCIPLE THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE.....

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2013
I take pride in my work, but this school has gone through some difficult times. We need a leader that is respectful, professional as well as willing to work in making the necessary changes to better the school. I feel frustrated, and angry when I see staff who are not certificated cover a class, and others taking more breaks than allowed or sitting because they cannot perform their duties and getting away with it. I hope for a great change to make this school one of the best.

- submitted by a teacher
July 11, 2012
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- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2012
This used to be a good school. However, this past year a new principal was assigned and she has changed the morale of the school. Staff and teachers seem unhappy and many good teachers are leaving. The several times I have interacted with the principal she has been rude and condescending. My children both complain about her attitude and treatment of the students. I am considering pulling my children from this school unless the principal leaves. There is also a huge bullying problem in this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
I am greatful to have my children assigned to good & passionate teachers. My concern though is the safety of children. I have noticed that the school is very open in letting people in & out of the school grounds before & after school hours most especially in the back entrance. A child can easily be abducted without anyone knowing it. This is one important issue that the new administration must focus on. School personnel must be present at all times on all gates soonest time it is opened so they know & be familiarized with parents & children coming to this school. Never let children loiter outside the school gates as they wait for their parents to pick them up. This will attract ill-intentioned people. Let us not wait for something to happen before the school acts on this issue. I am a very concerned parent.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
This school year begun with yet another principal, not good for the continuing students. The staff is the same,but they have also shown a much less happier demeanor.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
I love this school because they have excellent teachers and really nice stuff, excellent programs ,and if you get lucky enough one teacher in 5th grade can let you use the laptops i know because i used to go to Dayton heights elementary school

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
Our beloved school of Bellevue primary School had closed down. And when we joined Dayton Heights Elementary School it was a whole new great enviornment and experience. I was really scared at first but all the teachers at Bellevue got to work there too so I was not scared any more. My teacher Ms.Kyon is the best. She brings joy and happiness to the students.She teached us how to read and write. We feel safe knowing that Ms.Kyon is there with me. She is very passionate in teaching the students like me. She supported me and my classmates. I love Dayton Heights and I LOVE Ms.Kyon! -Stephanie P.

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2010
This is my son's second year at Dayton Heights, and I first have to day that we have been very lucky to have the same teacher both years. The teacher truly cares about the children he teaches. This person takes his personal time to tutor kids that are struggling with work after school, and really goes above and beyond for our kids. I have noticed several times parents picking up their children and the teacher telling them how their children misbehaved that day. The parents actually laughed at the bad acts or totally ignore him. I say, if we expect our teachers to give their fullest to our children, why don't we? I agree that this school administration needs to get it together, but hey.. so do you parents who don't take responsibility for your kids. Parents, if we don't take education seriously, how do we expect our children too?

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2010
The new school administration is great. The principal is a people person and the assistant principal is very much on the ball. He knows what he is doing. They are a super team. Some teachers work hard and the principal and assistant principal focus on what the kids need to know. Before this principal came parents were not welcome. The new principal is fair and is kind. The office people are nicer then they were before too. Bravo!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2010
The parents involvement in this school has made it to go down as part of a great community. What has been done for the past years on how the parents and the PTA are involve in the decisions of the school is affecting the decisions the faculty and administration need to do for the students. The parents what school to be a playground for their children and education has become a joke in that school. The school has a lot of great teachers but the mediocre teachers it has know how to manipulate the parents and those are the ones affecting the education and educational decisions that the school needs to make.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2010
I am a proud parent of this school. and I think this school is great with excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
Student scores went down on the CST. No surprise considering the lack of leadership from the previous administrator. The new administrator is a positive addition to the school. She is a welcomed change.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
I love the new administration at the school. They are reaching out to the parents, supporting the teachers and keeping the kids safe. The focus is on education and there is trust. Bravo!

- submitted by a teacher
April 23, 2009
Under the focused leadership of the Principal Dayton Heights has shown steady and significant student test score improvement over the last two and one half years. All members of the learning community are asked and skillfully encouraged to have high expectations and to always put effective student learning first while maintaining a safe nurturing environment. Look at the student academic scores. This school works.

- submitted by a teacher
March 26, 2009
Dayton Heights was once a wonderful school but now it is unsafe and everything done there is for show. The principal and assistant principal are not the quality necessary to creat a healthy environment. The teacher's no longer look happy. I'm going to pull my kids out of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2009
The kids at this school are happy now, not like it was before. I'm glad my son goes here.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
It's disgusting to see parents complain about this great school. Staff is always friendly and nice. Scores are rising. Almost everyday I see teachers trying to tell certain parents that their son/daughter needs help with certain topics or they were misbehaving and the parents can care less. They either walk away mid-conversation or say OK and walk away. Poor kids who have parents like this.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
I don't understand how the principal has a 4 star rating when I notice that all the kids are not allowed to play at the park during school hours because there isn't a park schedule. I asked my son and teacher and the answer I got was 'not sure' I asked when are they going to be able to play same answer 'Not sure'. I think this is a sad school for the kids, because the principal is so dysfunctional in her need to control everything that only some kids are allowed to play at the new park. This is what an excellent principal does? I think not. For sure next year I am moving my son to a different school. I hear that charter schools need kids. Maybe they'll treat my son better. Dayton Heights needs a professional, sane principal. Not the one it currently has.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2008
As for the parents who actually pay attention and are somewhat involved its hard to not notice the way the principal favors certain teachers and students over others. Its sad to see the once happy school where many parents were involved now a sad and empty place. I can't wait for the options booklets to go home in December so that I can move my child to a better school that has a real desire to put childrens education first. I can see some parents and teachers trying to make this a better place but its obvious that the negative spreads around faster that anything good. This school doesn't even have an effective communication method with the parents. We get invited to sporadic workshops one day ahead of time...and even then they get the time wrong. Poor leadership skills...poor communications skills..and this is a great school?

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2008
Dayton Heights School is a positive learning environment with excellent standards. It has an administrative structure that reflects excellent quality and lead by its principal who reflects a genuine caring for the education of the students. The leadership reflects high standards and commitment to make the Dayton Heights learning environment truly effective and real to meet the educational needs and character building of the students. As a parent I am very confident in the skills and education of the faculty and leadership. The educational background and training of the principal, vice principal, and most of the faculty members are coming from doctorate and masteral levels of education. I know that my child is in a very effective quality learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
I would not describe this as an excellent school but it's not horrible either. There are teachers that work hard here and really care about the school. They are what makes the school worthwhile and they really seem to be the ones driving the academic improvements here. It would be nice to see a really organized, effective and motivational principal at this school. The current principal is just ok. I think she works hard but she's just ok. Communication from the school has not been consistent this school year. Things seem disorganized. This is not a negative rant about the school and I am involved in my child's education but things could really improve at Dayton Heights.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
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April 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
I'll have to agree with the more postivie posts here. The principal of this school cares, GENUINELY cares about the well being of these children. No one is helping ANYTHING by posting negative rants on an internet website. If you want to help this school then help by supporting the adminstration. The administration needs your support and positivity to grow and I would like to go on the record saying that the principal of this school and extremely kind and easy to talk to. She has been incredibly helpful to many people I know personally and I support her one hundred percent.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 09, 2008
it's really unfortunate that some people can't appreciate what an intelligent and caring principal this school has. no wonder the school can't keep a principal for more than a couple years! we need to support our school administration, not harass them. after all, they're the ones taking care of the school we send our children to.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
The PTA here was disbanded by the principal. Not enough playground supervision. I do not feel welcome when I come to this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2007
I recently moved to Los Angeles and enrolled my kids at Dayton Heights. I must say that in my experience dealing with the principal she was anything but 'combative and unresponsive.' She was very helpful and easy to talk to. I feel that the negative comment does a disservice to other parents and is completely the opposite of my experience. She is very compassionate and I feel great about my kids well-being. Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
My person opinion on this school is very positive. I think Dayton Heights is a great school. I went to this school, my other sister went to this school, my brother went to this school and now my little sister goes there (she's going to be there last one in the family to attend Dayton Heights) This school offers good memories. The teachers and staff are exellent.This school is highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2006
Excellent learning environment. the staff are friendly and caring to children and parents. my children have had a positive experience in their entry to school. my children's teachers particularly Ms.Lang (first grade)and Mr. Wagner (Kinder) have provided the effective learning tools for my children to develop their reading, writing, and math skills. I commend their ability to promote a positive learning environment for their students. My child's kindergarten experience has enabled her to love reading, writing, and math at a very so much so that these skills are applied to her everyday life. These teachers are quality educators and should be recognized for their teaching skills, experience, and patience. the quality of their work is reflected by the attitude the children have about school.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2005
The staff is very warm and welcome. They are always there to help you and are like one big family.

- submitted by a teacher
May 11, 2004
This school is like a 2nd home where children are comfortable and feels safe. Apart from my above-average rating for the school and its personnel, I would like to give extra credit and commend Ms. Susan Malinowski for her outstanding teaching skills and strategies. Ms. Malinowski gives weekly performance report (in 3 categories) to parents on how their children are doing. This is a very useful tool to address issues which needs attention in a very timely manner. She effectively uses methods and techniques which facilitates learning and retention. Although, I have not actually observed how she conducts the class, I noticed at home that my child is applying and utilizing several techniques in making his homeworks and at times when we try to test him at home. Ms. Malinowski checks every single homework, exercises, and returns results which compensates for the child's and the parents' effort.

- submitted by a parent
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Dayton Heights Elementary School
607 North Westmoreland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90004
(323) 661-3308
Last modified Dayton Heights Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dayton Heights Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top