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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 803

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408 South Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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(323) 935-5272
(323) 857-1795
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July 31, 2014
Hancock Park is a great school! All top rated LAUSD schools ask for money each year because the district doesn't fund much. The person below that said something about the parents that contribute to the "booster club" doesn't realize that parents are contributing to the SCHOOL and that all kids benefit. There is no "club" that secretly spends money. Everything is transparent and all money donated to the parent organization is used that year to pay for the programs, supplies, security, education and more, that ALL of the students get. If every parent got involved rather than complained, we could do great things. Every parent is important and part of what makes this such a great school. Everyone is busy and has reasons they can't volunteer and get involved, but I challenge you to find a tiny bit of time to get involved. Next time, rather than assume and place blame, get involved and make a positive difference. There might be a lot you don't know which would explain why things happen the way that they do. Bring your ideas and opinions to meetings and get involved. Hancock Park School has great teachers, a great principal, great staff, great students and great parents. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
We love this school. I am so sorry that a parent who had hard time in HPS.. school has to keep some rules for kids. There are over 100 kids same time in during recess. A parent actually wasnt happy about how their kid got broken arms or legs... they are who made no running during the recess. HPS knows how to keep kids get busy..None of public school in L.A. cant provide then HPS. Teachers are there for you. Gave us a good guide line for my son. I am respect the teachers and staff they know more then I know about my son.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
We have had great experience in both Kindergarten and grade I. I am impressed by the capabilities and involvement of the teachers. The school focuses on academic achievements. However, extracurriculars like arts, dance, theater, computer, etc are also given attention. There is a good emphasis on sports; and kids love coach K and his team. The food served in the cafeteria is healthy. My son loves his school.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
I really like the school and the principal and am sorry the last reviewer felt otherwise. My son I were both accorded a great deal of respect and attention, and he learned so much at Hancock Park. I enjoyed the feeling of parent involvement and contribution at every level. My son got into the Wonderland Magnet this year, which is a Blue Ribbon (10 out of 10 as well) but I honestly don't think Hancock Park has less to offer -- in some respects since it is our neighborhood school it has more, and we still attend the homework club and after school programs there with ARC, Coach Oscar and Coach K. There is a real feeling of community and we actually rather miss that. The diversity is amazing and the teachers are wonderful. My younger son will be going to Hancock Park soon and we look forward to it.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
The principal has been a nightmare for us. Totally inflexible and unwilling to do what is best for the kids. Her only concern is keeping the test scores up. She will see to the needs of families who contribute to the booster club first. The school is very by-the-book, regimented, without much in the way of adapting to a child's strengths. There are a few really good teachers ... but many are just adequate. The extremely high percentage of Korean families tend to be very insular. Our non-Korean kids had a hard time making friends or arranging play dates with them. Kids are not allowed to run on playground during recess! Seriously? After-school program is pathetic.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
Our school is made of a diverse group of students. The school embraces these differences and uses them as tools to teach our children. The teachers are hard working, enthusiastic and bright. They provide our children with an enriched education while at he same time nurturing their emotional development. Through our Booster Club our children also are exposed to the arts. They study music, art, and drama. It is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
Hancock Park Elementary School is a great school! Why? because we have a great coalition of parents, teachers and school staff that are comitted to the kids that attend this school. The parents are amazing and involved in all aspects of the school, so that our kids get a great education. We have a very diverse population which adds to our community and provides all of us the chance to learn about one another in a positive envionment. The teachers at this school are very bright and involved with the kids and provided a great environment to learn. We also have a great athletic coach that the kids love!!!!! This is a great school and I highly recomend it 1

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
We are relatively new to the school but so far, I am very impressed. Our K teacher is incredibly organized, professional and on top of things. The principal also strikes me as a very hard worker who gets the job done efficiently and expediently. And the booster club is very involved which is great! For an LAUSD, I have been impressed so far!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Hancock Park Elementary is a jewel in the midst of a busy city neighborhood. This school has met or exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Foremost is the great diversity of the student population - which reflects the neighborhood. The school also has a great principal, dedicated and talented teachers, fantastic support staff, and parents who strive to provide that little something extra for the students missing at many schools (PE, art, music, etc.). Truly a great example of what works well in a public school!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This school is amazing! I work for arc After School and Enrichment Program. I have worked with many LAUSD schools and this one not only encourages students to be a part of the school community but also has a wonderful Booster/PTA Club!

- submitted by a teacher
September 25, 2013
Hancock Park Elementary has been our son's school for the past three years. Every year I am amazed at it's ability to improve on what I thought was great to begin with. The parent teacher involvement is enthusiastic and encouraging of a wonderful environment for our children. Everyday I see a sea of happy faces, very diverse faces, I might add. I am very proud to be a parent at this school. I do wish that state funding would STOP the cutbacks, children should not suffer the consequences of poor management.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Hancock Park Elementary is among the best schools in Los Angeles, public and private. I have one child that graduated with a top notch education, and another beginning his. We have had one amazing year after another; a gem of a neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
My daughter is incredibly fortunate to attend this school. It's a public school but the academics are right there in line with any private school here in LA. Furthermore, the parents are very involved with the school which allows the school to offer extracurricular programs to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
We could not be happier that Hancock Park Elementary is our neighborhood school. There is a wonderful sense of community here and our son has a deep sense of pride when he talks about his school. I cannot speak more highly about the principal who often works nights and weekends. She is beyond dedicated and this attitude definitely trickles down to her staff. Plus, the parents really do step up and raise a ton of money so that the students can have P.E., art, music, computer lab, library aides, field trips, etc. all the things we used to have when we were kids but the district no longer provides.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Hancock Park Elementary is such an amazing place. They offer a dynamic, rigorous program couched in what the principal calls, "the fluffy stuff" -- the fieldtrips, art enrichments, and excellent specialists who interact so playfully with the kids. There's great energy at HPE - an academic seriousness and a humane kindness, with students from all over the world. My kids love it.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Love this great neighborhood school. Super solid all around. High academics, wonderful, capable and dedicated teachers and staff, diverse student population, involved parents. Excellent math programs, nice variety of enrichment classes. Proud to be a parent at this school. No need to apply for charter or magnet schools if you are lucky enough to live within the boundaries!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
This is my fisrt experience of the US elementary school system (my family came from South Korea 2 month ago). My daughter(3rd grade) loves the school! The booster club is very active, so the school has good art, music and PE teachers, runs a computer lab with great staff and afterschool library and playtime, and so on. All the staff, students and parents are very proud of being at a wonderfully performin 'public' school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
A truly diverse and unique school. Diverse in academic levels (a large GATE, special ed. and ELS population) and ethnic/cultural/economic backgrounds, yet unique because the school is so inclusive. For a school of approximately 800 students, it feels like a small school. It's a great community. Teachers are experienced and capable of teaching and challenging kids of different needs. Principal and staff care about the welfare of the students. Students love this school and are eager to learn. Parents are active in working with Principal to make this school an even better school. A real gem in the middle of the City of Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
great school in a great neighborhood; wonderful caring, nurturing, fully engaged and supportive principal; most of the teachers are very above average, compassionate and committed; not all (or many) the parents are involved at school, but the ones who are, are fully engaged, and very energetic and enthusiastic; the school does a lot with little (public school) resources; student population is half-asian (for what that's worth)

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Hancock Park Elementary is an example of a public school that works. There is a negative knee jerk reaction when anyone mentions the public system because its failures are what capture the headlines. The successes are rarely mentioned. Hancock Elementary can proudly boast a 2012 API test score of 912 out of 1000 ranking the school a 9 out of ten. What makes this school different? Besides the wonderful administration and teachers, there is a very active booster club and tremendous parent involvement in school life. Parents who are involved and care are a necessary component in the success or failure of a school and because the community is so active the school continually does well and is competitive against all other schools in California despite state wide cutbacks. With a strong curriculum of English, math, science and art it is academically as good as it gets. It is also a welcoming and nurturing environment with a diverse population from all walks of life and of different creeds and colors. (There are over 20 languages spoken among the students) This school works because the teachers care, the administration cares, and the parents care. It is hard to argue with success.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Diverse school with excellent teachers. The active booster club makes sure we keep important programs like chorus, math and computer enrichment, p.e. and good field trips. Academic environment (but not a pressure cooker) with a supportive, active principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
We are a new family to Hancock park. My daughter loves going to school here. Her teacher is very sweet and has made the transition to school very easy on us. The parent involvement is amazing. We are very excited to be a part of this school for many years!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
I absolutely love Hancock Park Elementary School - but even better than that, my seven year old loves it!! I have watched my child grow in the most amazing ways! He loves his friends at HPE, is proud of the work he does at school, and is involved in sports, chess, art and dance. My son is going into second grade and is counting down the days until school starts ;) I have always been a room parent in my son's classes because I enjoy the interaction with the great teachers here and feeling that I can make a difference. There are wonderful teachers and many great parents at this school, all who truly care about the children's education - add to that the diverse student body and I just thing there could not be any better environment for a child to learn, grow, and be inspired!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
This is a truly diverse school that gets support and gives back to the community. My children are excited about learning, and feel safe at this school. The staff is genuinely concerned for my whole child, from the amazing teachers my kids have had in class to the admin and support staff--everyone is cool!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
We love HPE! The parents, teachers, administration, kids and all other staff, work together and care about each other. It is a wonderful community to be a part of. The parents are active and care deeply about the school. My son looks forward to going to school and is sad at the end of the year. Mrs. Parker cares about every single person. She takes all concerns seriously and addresses them right away. The teachers are full of spirit and enjoy educating the kids. The school is full of wonderful people. I suggest getting involved right away. Join the booster club. Be as active as you can. There are many working parents, so everyone is understanding and grateful for what each person can do. The LAUSD has cut programs and budgets left and right. The HPE community works hard every year with the pledge drive to raise the money to keep important programs like art, music and much more! Public school is free, but a great education is not free. Giving to the pledge drive at any public school is the only way the schools can succeed. I love Hancock Park Elementary. The history, the location, the people, the education and the community!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
HPE is a large school that manages to both teach and nurture children. Both my kids have been able to participate in many arts programs, math champ challenges, plays, chorus, orchestra, sports and more. All at a time when laud has cut back funding and programs. How?... by dedicated teachers and staff, and involved parent volunteers. Thanks to the principal, teachers, and staff. My children have been challenged academically and nourished thru art programs, all in our neighborhood school. We couldn't feel luckier then to have had HPE as our children's school for the past 6 years!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
HPE is an academically and culturally rich school. The administration, teaching staff and parents care deeply about all the kids at HPE. The staff works together collaboratively to ensure the best education possible; the parents volunteer time and money to enrich what the school provides. My kids have been at this school for six years and it has only gotten better year after year!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Hancock Park Elementary is a wonderful school on so many levels; excellent teachers, a diverse culture (28 languages spoken!), a wonderful principal and an involved parent body create a true sense of community in the heart of Los Angeles. Academic excellence is matched with a focus on art, music, physical education, interaction with cultural institutions and a sense of civic responsibility. It is a neighborhood school that reflects a global perspective. We are incredibly happy here!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
This is a great school! I'm not only proud to work there, but I'm a parent of two students as well!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
Teachers are amazing! Principal Parker is one if the most dedicated principals and knows what she is doing. I am amazed by her commitment and makes decisions after careful consideration and input from parents and teachers. My son loves the school too!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
My child has attended this school for three years, and I did as well in the 1970s! It was a great school then, and has only gotten better. The teachers are top notch and the principle, teachers, and parents work together to ensure the best educational experience for the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
Hancock park elementary is a great school. My son Benjamin has grown in leaps and bounds. He has loved both his teachers here in kindergarten and first grade. And is looking forward to entering second grade August 14th.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
Hancock Park Elementry was a wonderful place to learn.I havr been a student there for 3 years before moving.The students teachers and the principle are all amazing and all are great to each other.Many special days and events were very fun and I have made many memories there and I will never forget my time there.The food was exellent and the after school programs were magnificent.I have sone all programs there and it was a great chance to talk to the teachers and studenta in the upper or lower grades.The students were all great and no bullying occured during my time and all the kids were friendly and kind towards each other and had a great playground system.A huge feild of grass a basketball court a small place with trees a playground and many walls to play handball(dp they atill play that?) and many places to eat .

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2013
We are extremely fortunate to have HPE as our neighborhood elementary school. The teachers our children have had have been excellent. The principle has done an incredible job dealing with successive waves of budget cutbacks and with the help of committed parents been able to see that, rather than have programs cut, they have been expanded. It is academically rigorous but at the same time a very nurturing environment and has a diversity private schools can only dream about. It is everything public education should be and I would not trade it for any other school, public or private.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2012
We are grateful to Hancock Park Elementary: For the experienced, accessible, devoted teachers; for the deeply sensitive and intelligent stewardship of the principal; for the conscientious custodial & security team; for all the parents & kids who take pride in the school, beautify the campus, care. In this age of BUDGET ABANDONMENT (is the word "cuts" strong enough?), our children are still receiving art, a gardening program, dance, theater, computer lab, PE, etc., all lead by personnel who enrich the education and delight the students. With the magnificent diversity -- 28 languages spoken here! -- and rigorous academics (the API is 912), HPE is a thriving and benevolent environment. We love our public school!!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2012
My daughter absolutely loved this school as did her father & I. A school that really cares: the teachers care, the principal cares, the parents care. What I loved was most all parents were closely involved and helped where needed --and were encouraged by the school and teachers to be a part of the school -- a rarity in most other LAUSD schools. That proved the entire school cares! When my daughter needed help in math, one of the teachers offered to tutor her after hours to get her up to speed and it helped her grades that same semester. Also, we took our daughter on a business trip with us for 3 weeks to Korea and all the teachers thought it would be an invaluable trip for learning and history & also for life experience. Each of her teachers provided her school work in advance for us to keep up with her curriculum so she didn t fall behind. I couldn t be more proud to have been part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
It's just simply a great school. The principal is awesome, teachers really care, and the students receive a great education which is enriched by the community surrounding it. Studies in Science finished by a walking field trip to Page Museum, Art continued through a trip to LACMA, Social Studies seen first hand at The Farmer's Market, ect. It's a wonderful gem of a school found in the center of a city. All hands down- the best!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
I have two children at Hancock Park School and I could not be more impressed. The teachers are excellent, innvotive and enthusaistic. The staff is caring and dedicated. Despite budget cuts this school manages to have arts programming, a math consultant, abundent supplies, chorus, orchestra and more. The involved parents make this school even better--from volunteering to raising money, everyone does a great job!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2010
This school has been increasingly dissappointing. My 9 yr old was a student @ HPS until going to a magnet school & now my younger child attends. First off the teachers-we had bad luck in having a teacher who was more interested in her retirement then her students. She was constently absent and very unenthused. This year's teacher is equally lacking hard work and enthusiasm. Along with her abstenteeism she puts inappropriate demands on the students in order to lessen her own workload. Hiring suitable teachers seems to be a problem. Although I believe in tenure, I see how these teachers have taken advantage of not having to give it their all because their job may be secure. Secondly, the school PTA is also disappointing. It's the same cronies running the school. The all voted for each other or voted for themselves (pathetic). Not to mention, thier very general hand out that "explains" where the donation money is going. Where is the proper auditing paperwork? All in all we're not happy this school use to be good but now it's going in a different direction. Thank goodness for the magnet program hopefully we will get in again.

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2010
Very proud to be a part of this California Distinguished School- It is truly a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
Motivated students whose parents rank education as the number one priority for their children. Dedicated staff provides enriched studies for all students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 19, 2010
Great teachers and involved families make the school environment exceptional!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
Wonderful school environment. My child also loves his school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
Highly educated teachers who understand the aims of early childhood development and education agenda. Everyone seems to be involved in creating positive school environment and encouraging academic achievement.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2010
Child centered approach with a powerful collaborative model.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 16, 2010
Fantastic collaboration amongst teachers ... Supportive administrative staff... Amazing parents' involvement and support... Motivated students who work very hard everyday... I love Hancock Park School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 16, 2010
Creative and passionate teachers dedicated to my child's learning

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
This is an awesome school! Staff, faculty and students make this school great, caring , safe and of course, has a very good educational practice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Great staff, great parents and great student body. The school looks at the whole child and is very inclusive in it's philosophy and in practice. The arts are embraced as essential to the curriculum.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 13, 2010
dedicated staff! We work hard to promote a great educational experience for our students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
I love the teachers. They are patient, caring and devoted to teaching

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
i have friends whose kids go to Hancock Park and they are just the most well disciplined kids I've met and smart too. I have also volunteered in some classes and the teachers are really good and they care so much for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
I have 2 children at Hancock Park.THIS SCHOOL IS THE BEST!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
This is a unique place where teachers, administrators, parents and students work really well together with the common goal to keep this school great. This school continues to operate at a level that not only rivals the private schools but frankly surpasses their education impact.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
Teachers who love to teach; parents who are supportive; students from all over the world learning together.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 12, 2010
Hancock Park School is an amazing school to work at. I am so blessed to be apart of such a supportive environment.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 12, 2010
The teacher ensure that the children are engaged and stimulated. This surely has given my girls the incentive to work harder and smarter.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
cohesive teaching staff, community based, friendly and approachable staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
It's strong academically and it prepare our kids for college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Great School. Fantastic teachers. Great principal and staff. My son loves it. We as parents love it too.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
The principal, teachers, staff, families and its location and community make this school a great place to be. The enrichments and the field trips to the local museums are awesome and our kids love going to school because they have such fun while they are learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
My grandchildren love both the school and their wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
My grandson attends Hancock Park Elementary, and we have visited there many times. His teachers have been exceptional and have made a wonderful contribution to his interest in school related activities. We have been impressed by the school library which adds so much to each student's school experience. We look forward to our other grandson becoming a Hancock Park kindergarten student next year.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 11, 2010
My kids love this great school.Teachers are wonderful & great.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
Truly amazing school for our children. Can't say enough about the spirit of teachers who take their job very seriously. So proud to be a part of great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Because the teachers are all so great, the parents are all so involved, and its really fun!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
The wonderful and always helpful principal, teachers and staff. We always feel welcome and teachers truly appreciate our volunteer time. Our kids love it because it is a great school with just special people.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
My two kids have had amazing experiences at Hancock Park, but I think the one thing that stands out is the support and attention the teachers still give my 7th grader. This shows that these teachers care for these kids as individuals and feel connected to them long after they graduate and move on.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
I have to say we have had exceptional teachers across the board here. They do a fantastic job with the resources they have. Friendly, diverse population. A top-notch public school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Not only is this school top-notch, it also feels like such a tight-knit community. Everyone supports each other in many ways. Parents and teacher come together to ensure the children are well educated and nurtured.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Hancock Park is an excellent school where the teachers promote excellence.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 27, 2009
I have several reasons to brag about Hancock Park School first I believe that my kids have gotten the best education ever. The school has the best leadership which I feel that reason our kids get the ost out of there education. Every single child's needs is met. Lastly our school is a community were parents, teachers, leaders of the school work together to make a safe wonderful learning environment. Thank You Anjie Klimeck

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2009
Hancock Park school is great in every respect! The staff, administration, parent and especially the kids make this place amazing!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
High test scores, but not much fun for the kids, it's work-work-work. Tons of homework. Extra-curriculars cost extra money and run by outside company. Afterschool teacher-supervised homework time is so expensive, but if you are working there is no other way for your kids to get the tons of homework done. It puts them at a desk from 8:10 - 4:30 daily...and we wonder why our kids become obese? I think it needs some balance. Teachers and staff are very nice, but I'd like to see more well-rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2008
My son justed started at Hancock and I must say that the teacher and the staff have been simply wonderful. I must say, however, that I just had an interesting experience. I went to volunteer and was asked to make copies. Haven't made copies in so long, I asked principal if anyone would be able to help me. She directed one of the staff members to do it, which I was grateful for. What chuckled me, however, was that the staff told me straight out that the person I just spoke with is THE principal and that she 'doesn't make copies.' I later confirmed that the principal is actually very down to earth and incredibly supportive, but I just want to reiterate that the last thing you want to tell volunteers is that they are there to perform lowly jobs.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
We pulled our son out after 1 month at Hancock Park. The homework was too difficult for where he was developmentally. We spoke with the teacher, principle, and vice-principle prior to making our decision. I believe everyone there means well, but they are clearly pushing academics. My sense is that the school administration is very invested in scoring well on the standardized tests. The problem, of course, is that they are pushing children too hard, and some kids can't handle it and it erodes their self esteem. They expect children to know how to write all of their ABCs and 123s prior to going to Kindergarten. Our son went to an excellent preschool, but they did not emphasize academics, but rather brain building and problem solving types of activities. Ultimately, we sent him to a much smaller Catholic School where he has adjusted nicely.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
School makes homework a priority. If they don't have time to cover material in class, they assign as homework. With both parents working, it is a problem. We also pay for expensive after school homework supervision, but still homework is often not finished. I think it is out of balance, I would prefer to pay the money for enrichment or sports activities. They may get good test scores, but at what cost? Teachers are nice, principal pleasant. It's a matter of balance, I suppose, and I wish more emphasis on well-rounded child and good citizenship.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2008
I think Hancock park is a great school! im an 9th grader at a very good school in big bear, and I've come so far just because of this school! I've progressed so much! Yes, they did give a lot of homework, but look where its taken ME, i have AP classes in high school, and this is only my freshman year. TH

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2008
California Distinguished School! Less than 5 % of schools in California receive this honor . . . and there's a reason why . . . great teachers, staff, and parents . . . re-defined homework policy prepares kids for the rigorous middle and high school years . . . principal strives to keep art, music, and technology thriving . . . active booster club raises money for supplemental enrichment activities . . . each classroom has a laptop & projector for easier technology access . . .after-school homework helper and enrichment activities are affordable and well-supervised . . . always a wait list for kindergarten students to join the school because of its amazing reputation . . . relax! You're at home at hancock park school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2008
MY CHILD HAS EXCELLED THIS PAST SCHOOL YEAR. ALISON STOTHARD AND KATE MACKIE WERE AMAZING!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
I'm so disappointed. My child is bright, 'gifted'. Went from enjoying school to hating every day in 5th grade. Previous review re: homework is accurate! I've never seen such an obscene amount of homework. It's as though they throw whatever they cannot get to (in class) as homework. Their homework policy is to be 'flexible' if it becomes too burdensome. Well, I asked for some waivers, and my child was penalized with lower grades specifically because of homework! Also being belittled in class for incomplete homework. I signed up for very expensive homework supervision, and still it is too much. So stressed, and derived no benefit from the homework. There is no free sports activities either. They subscribed to a computer program (Renzulli) for gifted kids, but never used it!!! My poor child was so sad every day, we're glad to be going somewhere else!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2008
My child was in Special Ed. and Mrs. Graham is 'The Best Teacher' she has ever had...Taught her to read, math single double, triplle digits addition , subtraction she excelled in that school with Jackie her assistant. Do you want your child to learn and be taught to understand?...then this is the school. Excellent teaching skills you will be amazed. I wish she could have stayed there as John Burroughs wasn't so good, what a waste of 3 years there.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
I am a proud parent of 2 children at Hancock Park School. My second grader entered from a different school just this year. We had a tough few months at the beginning. He ran out of class, threw things in class, and was just totally frustrated. With the help of the Administration, teacher, RSP teacher, and other parents that I talked to, we ot hom the help that he needed. He's now at grade level and LOVES Hancock Park. He loves to write and knows that he is doing a great job. I owe Hancock Park for making my son a happy kid again and for contributing to our peaceful and joyfilled home life.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
As a parent of a current 2nd grade student at Hancock Park Elementary, I have nothing but positive things to say about this school. It offers a rigorous academic curriculum, and although, I'll agree that there is sometimes too much homework, I believe that this is an important aspect of what makes this school so special, in that they are laying a strong foundation for what lies ahead for our children. I mean, who in their right mind believes that it will get any easier as a child moves forward in their education? Moreover, if you do, then you should take some time to re-evaluate what you want your child to get out of an education to begin with. Thus, if you are a parent that is concerned about having your child receive a decent education within LAUSD's broken system, then you could not choose a better school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
Previous parents are correct. My daughter never goes to computer class, they have no computer teacher. Classroom teacher does not take them. I went to computer room, and only 12 older machines working, so how could a class of 22 use them anyway, with no teacher-helper? TONS and TONS of useless homework, TOO MUCH, kids cannot just play after school (this is NOT college, after all, this is elementary school). After school child care costs a fortune, then the homework does not get done! Summer day camp is astrononmical costing if you factor in 'before-9AM' and 'after-4PM' child care, so no options there. Sits in school and after-school-care from 8AM-4:30PM, at age 8. Not a fun place for kids, and my daughter is pretty smart girl!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
The previous review was inaccurate, there is no full-time computer teacher. She left last year and has not been replaced. Each teacher conducts their own computer class, half don't work, although there are other teachers to help out. Overall, good school, wonderful principal. Far too much homework in every grade level. Most of this homework is not constructive, busy-work, meaningless. If both parents work, you will have to pay for expensive after-school on-site supervision to get homework done (often not done). Only 'free' program is Beyond the Bell, which provides a yard supervisor to keep eye on kids playing. Children have to sit at outdoor lunch benches to do homework, on their own, while other kids are playing. Library is sometimes open after-school, for a place to sit, until 4:00, but seems to be closed often for one reason or another). No actual homework 'assistance'-homework a big & common problem.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that while this school does have some excellent programs, the emphasis is on homework and testing rather than thoughtful learning and citizenship. I am also unhappy with the choice of either ridiculously expensive after-school care or none at all and I am tired of being condescended to by teachers who care more about turning my child into some kind of homework robot than actually nurturing his unique abilities.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
This is the best school! The teachers are amazing and there is great parental involvement. It is diverse and high-achieving. What else could you want?

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2007
This is an excellent school. From the Principal, to the teachers, it is apparent that everyone has one goal: do what is best for the children. I highly recommend this school. It's the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 21, 2007
This school has positives and negatives. I think the October 15th post is very true and thoughtful. I can't add anything to this, except this school is very good at high achievers and slow learners. My daughter, by their standards an average to poor learner, cannot get the individual help she needs, since there are so many non-English speaking students, they get the priority, as well as advanced learners. A lot of parents I know have this same problem, and no good way to deal with it. Also, the emphasis on homework is a heavy burden. The disrepair, lack of oversight on the playground after school, and poor facilities make negotiating this school somewhat difficult for my 7 year old.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2007
No school is perfect - and contrary to the positive reviews written here - this school is certainly no exception. The true test of a great school is the long-term benefits it has on a child. As a parent of a child who previously attended this school, I can state that the overall level of education my child received was below standard. It has had a long-term detrimental effect on my child's academic success. The teachers and administration ignored the warning signs that my child was at risk. Now my child is in a school where the teachers and administration communicate with us on a regular basis and don't 'sugar-coat' our child's efforts and performance. Our child is struggling to keep up with the rest of the class. This is a student that the teachers and staff Hancock Park Elementary School previously praised and gave high marks. Hmmm......????

- submitted by a community member
March 05, 2007
Hancock Park has a wonderful diversity of students and enthusiastic teachers. The principal and the assistant principal are very committed and parents are very involved. The quality of the teachers is better than some private schools. Our daughter is in the first grade and so far she has received a great experience academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2007
Aloha! I have to echo with what Ms. Garcia has said. Hancock Park is an amazing school. We have amazing parents, faculty, and staff members who work together to ensure our students are prepared for their learning journey. With supervision provided both before and after school, along with an array of extra-curricular activities (like rock climbing!), Hancock Park School educates the whole child ~ we teach art, social studies, science, P.E. . . . the whole spectrum! Our principal works very closely with parents and teachers to make our campus safe and beneficial for our children. Our teachers are passionate about education and it shows. I am so happy to be teaching at my school! Mahalo!

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2006
Hancock Park is truly a place for your children to thrive! All teachers work closely at each grade level to provide a consistent, challenging curriculum for all students. The school is very diverse, as is the staff. Students are provided with a well rounded curriculum including social studies, science, art, health, p.e. at all grade levels, which is hard to find at many elem. schools. Safe, supervised environment after school and great activities to keep your little ones interested and entertained! I love my school! Ms.Garcia ~ 2nd grade teacher-Hancock Park

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2006
Child is in Kindergarten program. Teacher is very patient and interested in the well-being of all the students. Parents are very involved. It is a high quality school.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2006
This is a great elementary school. The teachers and great, hence the high api test scores. I recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
Hancock Park School is an Arts Prototype School. Students experience a creative and academically rigorous curriculum. Teachers at Hancock Park are highly qualified as are the administrators. Included among the teaching staff are published authors, teachers holding Master's Degrees, and a National Board Certified Teacher. The principal holds an Educational Doctorate. Parents, students, teachers, classified staff, and administrators cooperate in a highly collaborative environment. Several grade levels team teach P.E. on a weekly basis. Fifth grade teachers, for example, team-teach P.E. every Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm. Along with many other grade levels, fifth grade students start each day with twenty minutes of exercise. In preparation for the Physical Fitness Exam, fifth graders warm-up, stretch, power-walk and jog their way toward a one-mile run, (goal). Hancock Park School is a place where parents, students, teachers, and administrators take pride in their achievements while adhering to state and national standards.

- submitted by a teacher
January 13, 2006
This is a remarkable public elementary school with caring teachers, committed parents and an excellenet principal in Dr. Judy Perez. Recent budget cuts have been hard, but this school (largely because of parent support) still manages to provide instrumental music, a chorus, glee club, beautiful new library facility for the kids. The arts are alive and well at Hancock Park!

- submitted by a teacher
January 11, 2006
The school should improve its safty and discipline training.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2006
I love this school. One of the last good public schools! The principal could be more involved, but the assistant principal is really on the ball!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
Hancock park has many issues! There is poor coordination among office staff and teachers. Often the kids are exposed to a curriculum that is not conducive to learning. The principal is 'power hungry' and is known to overstep her staff's recommendations to position her point of view. The parents are wonderful and heavily involved with a pta. The teaching staff is unbalanced! Some of the teachers are great while others leave you scratching your head as to how and why they became educators. The playground is big. The recess oversight staff constantly uses poor judgement when dealing with issues as they arise. Hancock park scores are very high in academics but there are many risks to attending this school and your child could regress socially and academically.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
I have all great things to say about the school, and if you are trying to decide whether private or public school is best for your child, I would highly recommend Hancock Park School. The principal, teachers, staff and school environment is the best you will find. And, lot's of parent involvement and a great network of friends. I become involved in the school while my daughter was in Kindergarten, working in the classroom and as a member of the Booster Club. I can contribute directly to my childs education and it is very fulfilling for me and my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
The parent involvement is phenomenal; that combined with the exceptional care from the teachers and principal , make it a uniquely outstanding school in the community. The workload is challenging and it can be very academic, but there are opportunities for artistic expression and experience (music, dance, art.)

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
Hancock park school is extremely difficult for your child to enter. The office staff are extremely secretive when asked information regarding permits. The school is extremely diverse in its ethnicity and has scored well on thier academinc performance index.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
Compare to my son's old school, I think this school was great. My son transfer to this school before fifth grade, and I was very happy I did. The teacher gave him homework , gave him books (which his old school never did) and really tried to work with my son and I regards to his education. The only thing is the principal was never visable. She could careless about meeting parents. And I loved the people who watched the kids afterschool, I felt very safe and they always knew where my son was.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
This is a very fine public school with stron diversity but high academic standards. A decent parental involvement level but only sporadic extra-curricular activities. Best for the Korean-American kids, approx. 50% of intake, who generally apply themselves well and are model students. Not as insular as some other close public shcools which are 75% K-A and it is hard to find an English speaker in the office.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
July 19, 2005
Its a wonderful school for academics in the neighborhood. Their after school program needs improvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2005
Great school with amazing stats.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
May 18, 2005
An excellent public school with a nice diverse mix of kids. Good teachers and involved parents. Could use more programs, but there are a lot of after school activities. Friendly people!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
This is a very good school. The Principal is very hands on and makes an effort to meet with parents. I have actually met with her one on one and was given an improptu tour of classrooms with her. There are some fantastic teachers in the lower grades. Teachers at each grade level collaborate to develop the basic lesson plan that will encompass core curriculum. Each teacher applies their own teaching style to the mutually agreed upon plans. I do not have knowledge of the upper level grades yet. There is also a very active Booster Club that has had a good degree of success in fundraising and provding significant improvements to the school. They also run afterschool enrichment program classes that are above average. Need a better afterschool tutoring option here though.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
Great test scores in an urban setting. Difficult to do, but this school seems to have the right balance.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 15, 2005
My husband and I toured the school by ourselves. The principal wouldn't give us the time of day. The classes we observed were very inconsistent. One looked very academic and one very remedial and one very crowded and chaotic. We asked if students were grouped by ability because that was how it appeared, but they claimed it was all 'random.' We don't like the idea of our children's education being so random. Also, the school administration was not very welcoming. Didn't seem to care what we thought of the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
My daughter have been at Hancock since grade K. The teachers have professional, educational and personal experience enough to do a great job working with the children. The school enrichement programs are very good. It's easier to keep up with the child extra curricular activities, when you can count with it at the school. There are such a variety of classes (ballet, painting, karate, music, cooking classes and much more)that is even hard to choose wich one is the most interesting. Hancock Park is an example of good caring, good work and competency in a public school. Actually we moved out to Texas,and my daughter is a second grader in another very good school. She is a honor student at the new school, and I believe that part of the credit, has to be given to the quality and caring os those professionals at Hancock.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
Hancock Park is a very good school. I am very pleased with the staff, the curricularim and the parental involvement. They have a great after school enrichment program. I am very pleased with the quality of work my daughter is given and feel she is in good hands when she is at school.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2004
Although the class sizes are more than desirable the teachers are very involved. The are a number of alumni students and parents who are still involved in the school because there is a geniune concern for the progress of the students. The extracurricular activities are great with the addition of Drill Team and Enrichment classes. The teachers work hard to equip the kids for future success.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2004
Both my children currently attend Hancock Park Elementary and have since they entered kindergarden. My oldest daughter is now in the 5th grade and has had an outstanding education. She has been fully challenged. Her teachers have always set high expectations and she has been exposed to a multitude of wonders both inside and out of the core curriculum. My youngest daughter is now in the 2nd grade and has had an equally challenging experience. Hancock Park staff and parents are thouroughly committed to the highest standards of acheievement and are always looking to better education for all of their children. I can only praise Hancock Park School for their brilliant teachings and fundamental experiences that I feel my children will carry with them throughout their lives. I highly recommend this gem of a school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2004
I visited this school recently and it seemed very nice. I met with the 2nd grade teacher who seemed very committed to her students and to the school overall. I aslo spoke with a mobile music teacher who also sang the praises of the school and principle.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2004
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Hancock Park Elementary School
408 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90036
(323) 935-5272
Last modified Hancock Park Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hancock Park Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 130 reviews. Top