Alfredo Ortiz, February 2, 2014
Welcome to Grand View! Our Spanish Immersion Program, the first and only 90:10 model in LAUSD, is stronger than ever in its 24th year. Our superb English Learning Academy is reaching new goals in stride with our dedication to rigorous academics. Thanks to our incredibly committed, dynamic teachers, test scores continue to rise at unprecedented levels (API +126 in five years), placing us in the top 5% of schools for growth. We are thrilled this year to integrate students with special needs as part of our extended curriculum in P.S. ARTS, District Arts, Adapted Physical Education and our excellent Garden School Foundation Seed to Table program. Every student has access to a wide range of enrichment choices, plus free before and after-school care with clubs and homework assistance. Meanwhile, parents get involved with workshops at our state-of-the-art Parent Center, or with the PTA, which enthusiastically betters our school and hosts a fun array of educational and cultural events. We are proud to be the home of such a vibrant and collaborative community. Come see for yourself why so many families choose Grand View over any other. Go Dragons! Principal Ortiz
I adore Grandview Elementary School. Some of my best childhood memories revolve around my experiences at the school. I had amazing, dedicated teachers who I continue to keep in contact with to this day. I am so thankful to have been a part of the school's Dual Language Program because I believe that my success as a student has a great deal to do with the impact of that program. I excelled in middle school, earning a scholarship that would reward me from 7th grade until high school graduation with $1200 every semester to pay for any educational expenses, (which included purchasing a laptop, taking a trip to New York, and visiting many museums and plays/musicals.) I graduated middle school with many honors and went on to high school where I also excelled and graduated with honors and went on to a four year college. The Dual Language Program gave me many advantages when it came to school work, learning foreign languages, and getting jobs. I know that if it wasn't for the Dual Language Program, I would have had a harder time in French class for sure! It is my opinion that the Dual Language Program is a MUST for parents who want their children to succeed not only in school but in life.
Grand View is an exceptional school! We feel so blessed to have found this gem! My boys are in first & third grades & they are absolutely thriving! We are an English only home (my husband & I do not speak Spanish), but they both read & speak Spanish beautifully! My 3rd grader is doing a research project on the planet Saturn & will present it in Espanol! The teachers are exceptional! Very committed & really do go above & beyond! I am very fond of them ALL! Mr. Ortiz, our principal, is just the best! Very involved, committed, interested, approachable...the PTA is a a lot of fun & as a parent, I am enjoying this experience so much as well! GV has a great community of parents that are very involved; we have an amazing community! We also have a gorgeous garden & garden teacher that teaches the kids to actually cook AND we have an incredible ARTS program AND music! Such a great place- could NOT be HAPPIER!
I cannot say enough good things about this school. My daughter is in kinder in the Spanish Immersion Program (90/10 model). She is thriving! We do not speak Spanish at home, but she is already speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Her teacher (and teacher's aide) are so caring and committed. There is strong parent involvement and the principal is a great leader and he is very accessible. One of the things that really impresses me about this school is that there are a number of teachers who send their own children to Grand View. The "5" rating on this site does not reflect the quality of the education at this school. It really should be an 8 or 9. Come and see for yourself.
My school is friendly and focussed on the kids. We have an incredible staff that works very hard to ensure safety and a high quality education.
Grand View Blvd. Elementary is the hidden gem of Mar Vista! My daughter attended a fantastic Pre-K program last year: FREE. This year we decided between two Spanish Immersion Kinder programs. We were unsure of the 90/10 Spanish/English ratio, worried it would be too much Spanish all at once. We didn't want our daughter to feel alienated in a class with all Spanish speakers when she knew so little herself. But after doing research and meeting with wonderful parents and teachers during the tour last year, we decided on Grand View and are thrilled with our decision. Our child was speaking and understanding Spanish within a few weeks. She's singing songs, reading and writing in Spanish-AND English! Her teacher and staff are FANTASTIC, passionate, skilled, loving. Her classmates are great kids, and the demographic of her school is a great balance of kids from all walks of life, ethnic and racial backgrounds. The most important thing is she's having a wonderful Kinder year, is very happy, and is-almost magically-A SPANISH SPEAKER! Grand View has a wonderful, smart and active PTA, a kind, warm Principal, and is a lovely gem in our community. Thank you Grand View, GO DRAGONS!
I run an after school photography enrichment class at Grand View (Samy's Camera Photo Camp). Having taught at many Los Angeles schools, Grand View stands out as a lovely, vibrant community of parents, students, Principal, and teachers working together for the bright futures of all.
I think it's a wonderful thing to see how parents are involved in their children's progress. This is my son's 2nd year in the dual language program at Grand View and this semester they have introduced Singapore Math into his 1st grade class. Even though the transition was uncomfortable for most parents, including myself. I loved how the teachers heard our cry for help and called a meeting with all parents and had a quick course in how we can properly help our child at home achieve a better understanding at home. It took me 2 quick sessions of training with my son's teacher to get myself as well as my child on the road to a stronger foundation in Singapore Math. It feels good to know that the teachers are here to help, but first we must ask and remain involved in our child future, no matter what. Hats off to Grand View.
Grand View vs. El Marino... Our child went to Pre-K at El Marino, another highly-touted language immersion school which seems to have many advantages over Grand View at first glance, especially on a "score" website like this one. But when it came time for elementary school, based on our experiences and personal opinions, we chose GV because: 1. El Marino sits in the shadow of America's busiest freeway. Kids are exposed daily to pollutants created by congested I-405 traffic almost directly overhead, and the small steps to try to address school air quality just aren't comforting enough for us to send our kids there. Who can say what the associated long-term health risks are, especially for young children. 2. A friend transferred her son to El Marino after K and 1st at Grand View, thinking it an upgrade. He was the highest testing non-native Spanish speaker to ever transfer in, then spent 2nd grade repeating what he'd already learned in 1st grade at GV. 3. When touring, I got the sense El Marino is more rigid and into tests, whereas GV's teachers seemed much more interested in the child's ability to not only grasp but fully embrace and grow from this brand-new learning experience.
It's so amazing to be part of a community where parents can have such an impact on the school. Test scores (and school spirit) are on the rise and we're thankful to be at an institution that values a bilingual education. Our English-speaking child is picking up Spanish at lightning speed and it gives him so much confidence in himself. This early age is the perfect time to gain fluency in a foreign language, while getting an excellent overall education. We're very happy with our choice!
Truly, a dream school to work with. Grand View has knowledgeable colleagues and administration, pro-active parents, diverse population, and students who put their best foot forward. As a special education teacher, I appreciate how my colleagues welcome my students in their classrooms as well as providing an opportunity for me to teach their students.
I have been a teacher at Grand View for 20 years in both the Spanish Immersion and English programs. I have watched both programs grow and improve every year as teachers collaborate and spend hours of their own time to make their classrooms the best they can be. We have a caring community of teachers, many of whom can say they have taught multiple generations of the same family. Our PTA is working tirelessly to get the word out about our wonderful school and putting on exciting new community events such as The Dragon Festival, a Sweetheart dance and regular family movie nights. It's amazing how much Grand View has to offer its students: free PreK, music, art, dance and theater, Spanish Immersion PreK through 5th, Garden School Foundation, before and after school care, computer lab, and so much more. Any parent who is curious should take advantage of our school tours to see what Grand View is all about.
after narrowing it down to 4 schools for kindergarten, we finally chose grand view's spanish bilingual immersion program for our (English speaking) children. we are so pleased! the teachers are amazing, the principal is supportive, and the other families we've met so far help us feel like part of the family. we can't believe how quickly our children are learning to speak Spanish. and we're astounded that they not only speak it, but are learning to read and write it. we know we made the right choice! take a tour!!
After 2 great years at a highly sought-after charter elementary in Westwood, we decided to pursue Spanish Immersion instead for the amazing developmental and educational benefits. My son adjusted beautifully to Grand View, making friends and learning Spanish rapidly while continuing to progress in English and other subjects. We love this school for its 90/10 immersion model (90% Spanish/10% English instruction at K level and increasing English by 10% every grade.) It's the longest-running immersion program in LAUSD, other new immersion schools only offer 50/50. I love the neighborhood feel, the friendly, like-minded parents I'm meeting in the PTA, the authentic Hispanic culture that is widely embraced and celebrated, the incredible gardening program, the fact that my child gets art and music classes every single week and PE most days, cooking and computers, and free after-school care with fun clubs. Principal Ortiz is a humble, passionate leader who respects the community. The teachers are so dedicated and love what they do. The immersion teachers are native Spanish speakers. I encourage everyone to take a tour as it's still a bit under the radar -- so happy we made this choice.
We love Grand View. The Dual Language Program is amazing. The teachers and principal are outstanding.
My granddaughter has attended Grand View's dual language program for 2 years, Pre-K and Kindergarten. We are a non-Spanish speaking household but she is now bilingual. Reading, writing and speaking Spanish. By the end of Kindergarten! The two teachers she has had are amazing. Both of them are of the caliber you'd expect to find in the highest price private school. From what I've seen and heard from long time parents the number of other teachers that match their caliber far exceeds what you'd expect from an underfunded LA unified neighborhood school. I've witnessed long time teachers who you'd think should be suffering from burnout happily taking on new projects and working hard to better the student's experience. The parent community is warm and welcoming. They have a strong volunteer ethic and work countless hours to provide all the extras they can for the students. If you're considering dual language, visit the school. This is a school where you must meet the teachers and parents, see the classrooms and the students. Is the school perfect, no. Is there room for improvement, of course. Does it provide an excellent dual language education, absolutely!
gv has the best staff I've ever worked w/. they are a hard-working and dedicated bunch, and they truly care for the students and each other. many of us have had the pleasure of being there for years and taught several generations of kids from the same families. while the community and families are what truly make this place the warm environment that it is--the teachers are an awesome bunch to work w/! (yes, I ended on a preposition. well, I don't teach in English;))
I LOVE being a parent at this over-looked little gem of a school. People are right when they tell you not to undersell the place. The teachers are great, the principal is accessible, and the parent community is top-notch. Do not let the test scores fool you. The Dual Language program is the oldest in LAUSD, and teachers know what they are doing. They care about the students, make time for the parents, and put hours upon of hours of work into making their classes the best they can be. There are tons of enrichment programs and after school classes and lessons. Even a summer program with a range of choices for all grades. The parents who put their energy into this school have made it a wonderful place. Take a look!
The Grand View Dual Language Program is the only 90/10 role model in LAUSD. My son was resistant to speak Spanish but after 6 months in the program, he was speaking Spanish to me and his grandparents. Now at the end of Kindergarten I see him and his classmates playing on the school yard and they are speaking in Spanish. The teachers are very passionate and the programs the students have (dia de los muertos & dia del nino) are great. The children are not only learning Spanish but the Latino culture as well. What would I say to a new parent? Come into the classroom and see for yourself the amazing things the kids are doing.
I love this school and feel so happy to have found it. it's the oldest dual language school in la unified. the teachers are professional, dedicated and warm. the place has heart!
My son is in 2nd grade Dual Language (has been in the program since Pre-K) and my daughter will be entering Pre-K Dual Language in the fall. I have been a teacher at GV for 15 years and have seen the Dual Language absolutely flourish. The teachers are dedicated and the parental involvement is relentlessly passionate. My son has become a fluent reader and writer in Spanish and English and more importantly has made life-long friends with children from diverse cultures. It is a school that should be on your MUST TOUR LIST!
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