'Doesn't really matter much now I guess, but I attended Mar Vista Elementary in the early 1950's(!). I've never forgotten the wonderful, welcoming start the school gave me at the outset of my formal education. I have been on the faculty at Oregon State University since 1975. Thanks Mar Vista!!
My child culminated from Mar Vista in June and while we are excited about middle school, we are sad to leave the positive atmosphere of this excellent school. While the API is well into the 900 s, few schools nowadays are as committed to students and not solely test scores as is Mar Vista. The principal, Katherine Choe, is driven, organized, and her work ethic is unmatched -- a wise leader indeed. My child's teachers consistently worked collaboratively within their grade level to enrich the curriculum as well as to address the needs of ALL students, not only struggling students. In my opinion, this is the hallmark of an excellent school. The Wonder of Reading library is a strong asset too, and the enrichment programs such as art, music, science lab, computer education, physical education and Spirit Series are a few of the components contributing to the excellence of Mar Vista. My family was lucky enough to have had the opportunity for our child to be educated at Mar Vista. It has provided a strong foundation for her future education and we attribute a good part of her future academic success to this exemplary school.
Our 2 daughters are attending the school. A public school that could easily compete with any private schools out there. Excellent support, great community, our kids love the school.
My son did just graduate 5th grade from Mar Vista yesterday. He was only there for 1 year but we are so happy he had a chance to go there. It was an amazing school and he has been so great for him there. Special thanks to his amazing teacher Ms. Dotson. And also to thanks to Mrs. Berman for all the extra help she gave him. Now he is off to middle school, but we will not forget this great school.
I really love this school. We have done the tour and our son starts next year. We use the playground and have attended many events. I am sad to hear about the negative experiences. I think it can be a hard transition from preschool for any child but this is still a wonderful neighborhood school w/a lot to offer.
My daughter is now in 5th grade and she loves this school. We feel very fortunate and grateful for the education she receives: great teachers, music classes, Honor Chorus, and more. What makes this school so special, is the amazing parent involvement. Where else do you have a valet drop out in the morning? The sense of community is evident at this school. Students are safe, polite and happy at Mar Vista. I would not have wanted any other school.
My child did not have a good experience at this school, although may be some teachers are good. They did not care about the kids, especially in kindergarten. We are happy we left.
We previously attended Clover Avenue Elementary School, and it was such a big mistake to come to Mar Vista. I should have notice it, the moment I walked into the main office. There is not enough organization at this school, when comparing it to Clover at least! I have left messages with the AP and for one reason or another he doesnt recieve them or return my calls. My son has an IEP and these sort of things are pretty critical. Although this school, does have some great teachers, there needs to be more organization beginnning with the main office. I just wish I had never left Clover, I never realized how great of a school it was until we left!!!
Great school for my kids. Good education, programs, safe environment, wonderful parents, amazing community....
Excellent school with involved parents, teachers and administrators driven to providing a cohesive/supportive, academic and safe environment for all students
The culture, staff, and parent involvement is excellent. It's a stand out public school with a history of working closely with parents to create a terrific learning environment.
I just had the wonderful experience of watching Mar Vista Schools talent show with the students (as opposed to the parents). I am so proud to be a parent at that school!! The students were amazingly respectable of the other students on stage and were a perfect audience. They clapped after every performance, booed no one, no giggling, they were remarkable. Great school, kids, great parents.
Mar Vista is full of great, teachers, parents and kids. Everyone cares about the school and the kids always come first!
It doesn't get much better. Highly dedicated staff, highly involved parents.
Never seen more parent involvement anywhere. Just mention what needs to happen and a dozen people step up to the plate. We're so lucky to have this school in our neighborhood.
Because the entire community is involved in the school and they DO so much for all our children. They have the most carely and loving staff...and they truly want to educate a 'whole' child, not just what the school district and state demand!
Its a wonderful neighborhood school, the teachers are great and the parent community rocks!
School has a terrific community of students, teachers, admin and parents all working together. Parents help countless ways, from morning dropoff, to classroom assistants, to test proctors, fundraisers, technology assistants, school repair, traffic safety, booster club, PTA, school site council, and so on.
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