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.
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Very proud to be a part of this California Distinguished School- It is truly a great school.
Motivated students whose parents rank education as the number one priority for their children. Dedicated staff provides enriched studies for all students.
Great teachers and involved families make the school environment exceptional!
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.
Fantastic collaboration amongst teachers ... Supportive administrative staff... Amazing parents' involvement and support... Motivated students who work very hard everyday... I love Hancock Park School!
This is an awesome school! Staff, faculty and students make this school great, caring , safe and of course, has a very good educational practice.
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.
dedicated staff! We work hard to promote a great educational experience for our students.
I love the teachers. They are patient, caring and devoted to teaching
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.
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