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.
Once again my child gets the short end of the deal, We donate over $850 per year and I guess being a ruby status family doesn't get the best teachers! We wanted Ms. Ross and we got Mr. Morris:-( I know some parents brown nose the principal but that's not fair when parents told me they were goin to be in a class before school even starts. Is there a secret group of parents that get anything they want? How can I join this elite group? Kenter Canyon stands for hustling the neighbor's out of $$$ and showing favoritism! What a great lesson to teach our kids!
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.
Everyone involved with the school helps to make the kids' experiences feel special. There is a genuine concern for balancing fun and education.
The focus on fundraising at Kenter is intense. Most families in this area can easily afford to give 'at least $950 per child' annually, which they STRONGLY push. However, it s a public school. A family should not be made to feel guilty if this is way, way more than they can afford. Especially in lower income families , finding the time to do all of the fundraising is very much a strain. There is a difference in how the wealthy and those that are not wealthy are treated. As compared with other LAUSD schools, they seem to go out of their way to discourage those they feel will not benefit their school from attending. Not only do I have this concern, but I have heard this repeated by other parents as well. On the other hand, the individual teachers we ve experienced have been great.
Within the constraints of a huge public school system,this charter school has done a wonderful job of educating and socializing my son. The teachers are very accessible, experienced and caring. There's no doubt that with big class size and a focus on testing the teachers are not given enough freedom to engage with the kids as creatively as i might like or to take one child's interest and run with it. It's just impossible to do that...So we do it at home!
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