i am not sure what kenter canyon the person who gave such a negative review a few posts down. i am a parent of a kindergartener and we do celebrate bdays and holidays. they celebrated halloween, all the winter holidays, valentines, pres day, MLK day and just now saint patty's day. our class, room 3 did day 100 too. i get 2 emails a week from our class parents as well as a friday newsletter and the friday folder that fills me in on all the happenings, which are many. i have had ample chances to meet other parents and families.. there is a lot going on there. i am not sure what class you are in, but my experience has been totally different. we love kenter and cant wait till my other son is old enought start there.
Kenter is a magic place for my child, the teachers and principal truly care about our children! My only concern is my eight-year-old came home today crying because their PE class was 50 minutes of talking and no play. The coach went over rules my children have known since kindergarten why waste there time with this when they only have PE twice per week! The best solution would be to have an assembly and go over all the rules of handball with the school or send out the rules in our Friday folders instead of wasting a whole PE class. I think it's sad that most of the kids don't know the rules of many of our games! I have walked by the North yard and I see children not participating, I know the coach can't make them play but his job is to be positive and more encouraging to our children and make PE fun again. Thanks, concerned parent room 6.
There is no such thing as a perfect school where everything goes right all of the time. That said, Kenter Canyon is an excellent school with a very caring and competent staff. The scathing comment below does not take into account the quality of staff and education present 95% of the time. There are many changes that parents and staff would like to see, however it is important to recognize that Kenter still operates within and is bound in many cases by the larger bureaucracy of LAUSD. I am not privy to how the aides or anyone else gets paid, but Mr. Lewis does an exemplary job as do most of the other aides who all deserve more money and recognition than the currently get.
I am an involved parent at Kenter for the last 6 years. Kenter has been a wonderful experience for my family by providing both a solid foundation in core elementary education and a wide variety of enrichment classes. Most important, we feel that Kenter is a wonderful community of local families who care about their school, the students and the overall community. I am posting this review in response to the review posted yesterday. To clarify a few points made, all classroom aides currently get paid the same rate which is set by LAUSD. If someone is earning more money it is because they are rendering additional services to PSG (the parent group) or the Kenter administration or they perform differentiated services. In addition all enrichment personnel decisions are made after a thorough process involving parents and the Kenter administration. PSG's board minutes, financials and budget are available for review by all parents. I encourage anyone who has questions to get more involved and to come to the periodic PSG general meetings (which are publicized to parents through emails) and all these personnel issues can be addressed and discussed in an open and appropriate forum.
Kenter Canyon is disorganized and lacking in heart and community. We started Kindergarten this year and we had such high hopes! We feel let down and disheartened. The children aren't allowed ANY celebrations in the classrooms! Not even for birthdays. No Halloween or Holidays either. They are expected to sit still and be quiet all day-- there is no fun at all! Our child had made a lot of friends but the parents don't reach out to further friendships and there is a lack of connection with the all the parents. The school needs to have more opportunities for parents to bond and celebrate their children during the school day through class events. I have found that most of the parents don't even know what is taking place in the class. Also, the art "enrichment" is lacking in creativity and is completely uninspired. I am utterly disappointed in this school.
Do I love this school? No, but I do like it and am happy my kids are at the school. There are enrichments and opportunities- made possible with parent involvement and our $- that you won't find at other public schools. The principle does honestly care about the students- a very good trait. And he's also good at listening to your concerns, making you feel better, then nothing actually changes. There are a few teachers that are TERRIBLE and bless him, he wants to get rid of them. Unfortunately, lausd makes it impossible. The fundraising is pretty hardcore, but you get what you pay for and for the most part we all pitch in. The kindergarten program kinda sucks- harsh entry to public school from private preschool. One teacher loathes being there and it shows. The talent show makes zero accommodation for little ones. If you pay for after school enrichment, you have to hand walk them to the class, making extra trips to school. The upper grades are better, god willing you get good teachers. Each year, nice improvements on things like communication and upkeep of the school grounds. Overall I'm happy, just not in "love", after all it's still lausd and bound by their insane policies...
I am a fellow parent and friend to one of the young families that started at Kenter this year in one of the kindergarten classes, and was so horrified by the series of events that took place, I felt compelled to write to let other parents know of how issues of bullying are resolved at this school, and in particular, in this kindergarten class. Our friend's child, whom we have seen grow up and thrive in preschool and other social environments was physically and mentally bullied by another boy in class and his "gang" all year while the teacher and subsequently the principal chose to only believe the claims of the bullying child while ignoring the needs of the child that was being hit, pushed to the ground, and harrassed for ethnically different food. It is our responsibility as parents and teachers to protect our children and nurture a non-threatening environment as much as possible. The parents of the bully chose not to believe that their kid could possibly behave in such a way, even when they witnessed it with their own eyes. Shame on them. And shame on this school for failing to care to perform their most fundamental duties. This is kindergarten, for pete's sake. Heartbreaking.
Kenter Cyn., is a good school, but not the BEST. This school has gone downhill since the major budget cuts. The school is hainging on a thread. However, my daughter is getting a well-rounded education, but I am not happy with the class size, and the constant shift of staff changes. The parent support is good, but not the best. YES, this school raises money outside of LAUSD through parent support. NO, the parents can't keep up financially with the state cut-backs. There is no librarian!!
We have been at Kenter Canyon for seven years and will be there for two more. Our experience has been extremely positive both academically and socially for our two boys. They have thrived in a very dynamic school strongly supported by parent involvement. As working parents, we have also really appreciated the on-site STAR after-school program which has given our children a well-supervised, enriching and caring experience.
all the benefits of private school at a fraction of the cost. and the STAR afterschool program is beyond your wildest dreams. we've been using them for the past 10 years for our kids, and they are wonderful, caring, thoughtful, rigorous, and smart. all that AND they have a terrific sense of humor and perspective, often missing in the childcare environment.
Another great aspect of Kenter Canyon is the STAR program which provides a program for pre K and after school students. It's a great resource that helps students with homework, academics, social skills and plain old fun.
Best Chartered K-5 School in LA. In my opinion, they even surpass other neighborhood private schools, in terms of quality of teachers, academics, class sizes, enrichment classes, outdoor academic camps for students and many other activities that stimulate children minds in a way that they become better students and bring out the best they can be for their society, a group of educated, caring, loving, effective and constructive human beings.
This is a wonderful school. My son just graduated. Teacher and staff and especially the principal are just amazing. It feels like a private school. There are lots of enrichment classes offered. I think my kids got a well rounded education and my son loved being in different sports. Parent involvement is tremendous.
I have two kids currently attending and we are so happy here. They have an amazing STAR program that adds so much to the school in terms of sports, education, leadership and unity. The STAR program has helped my kids gain confidence and refine their academic and leadership skills. As a parent, knowing the STAR program is available to my kids at all times, I have peace of my mind. The director and staff at STAR treat my kids as if they are their own. We're family and it's fantastic. Thank you Kenter Canyon and STAR!!
Great school, very well managed, and loving teachers. Amazing star program. Thank you Kenter Canyon and STAR.
Kenter Canyon is a wonderful school with amazing staff & teachers, both in the Elementary School and the STAR program.
Great school...good community feel, exceptional teachers and encouraging atmosphere. Good balance between academics and fun.
I am wondering what others think about the two towers the border this school. Do you think they pose a risk to the children in the classrooms and on the playgrounds? They are clearly run by LADWP and transmit electricity throughout Brentwood/Kenter Canyon.
What a special place!!! We are so LUCKY to have such an amazing neighborhood school.
Absolutely amazing school. Caring and thoughtful teachers and an administration to match.
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