It use to be good school. Now it still is ONLY if you are lucky to get good teacher, and there are not a lot of them. Principal is very intolerant, rigid and hard to work with. School in my opinion does not have a good future under her leadership.
This is one of the best public elementary schools on the west side of LA. The teachers and principal are really great. The culture of the school is diverse, kind and proactive with many helpful and supportive family volunteers. Class sizes in upper grades could be reduced more which would make it perfect.
Mar Vista Elementary. We love this school. My son is in 3rd grade and his teacher is so nice to him.
I am in fifth grade at this school. It is a great school! It has a great chorus and lots of fun sports like the new Mar Vista soccer team. There is a great art program and lots of field trips for the students. And, the BIG BOO. The big boo is like a little carnival we have at are school. It has a haunted house, fun games, and food to eat! Evan though I have only gone to this school for 4 and a half years ( this is my fifth) I have had a great time at this school and I am sure you or anyone else will too!
Mar Vista Elementary is a fabulous school TK - 5th grade school. Teachers are engaged and want to be there. The Principal, Mrs. Choe, forges strong relationships with parents and students, inspires and models a can-do spirit for making Mar Vista the absolute best it can be, and is extremely accessible to parents. The parent body is wonderful. People from every walk of life and a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds make Mar Vista Elementary school one that truly reflects the city we live in. Parents have myriad opportunities for involvement and rise to the very real challenge of being an active and involved part of their children's lives at school. The campus is lovely and well cared for - a real neighborhood school.
My son had an amazing kindergarten experience at Mar Vista. The school offers a lot of extras that have been cut from many other LAUSD schools, such as weekly art classes, P.E., computer teacher, due to the parental fund raising done. There are many ways to be active and involved with the school and I always felt welcome. I am so happy to be a part of this community!
'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.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Mar Vista Elementary School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Mar Vista Elementary School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.