I toured many LAUSD STEAM schools before I found Melrose. My kids love Melrose and so do I. The teachers and staff are amazing. They truly care about their students. The parents are very involved and there is a great pto. One of the reasons I choose this school was because its pretty updated with all the technology. K-2nd grade use iPads in class and 3-5 use laptops in class. It is also a very diverse school. The kids are polite and get a long well. I live 30 minutes away from Melrose but it honestly was a great choice for my kids.
My daughters are in 2nd and 4th grade. They love school. They were excited to go back and they are excited to go in every day. They come home excited to tell me about what they learned. In the first month and a half of school, my second grader has gone from feeling a little insecure about reading a chapter book aloud, to proudly finishing Grade 3 level books that she has checked out of the school library.
My daughters both attend this school. I loved it from the first time I stepped foot in the vintage auditorium, and I have come to love it more every day because of the dedicated staff and the amazing community of families! My daughters have blossomed - great friends, loving to read AND do math - I couldn't ask for more. There are incredible opportunities to get involved, and the parents do! From the parent who organized the school's participation in the Global Cardboard Challenge, to the group of parents who recently threw a school wide Korean BBQ and Movie Night fundraiser, to the parents who greet you in morning at the valet drop off and pick up your recycling from you at the same time, this is a remarkable oasis in the heart of Los Angeles. Our family is so fortunate to be part of it!
Its difficult to choose one person to thank at the school. I can think of so many people from Melrose that have touched my family's life, but it is the rich connection of teachers, staff, parents and students that make it exponentially more powerful. So my gratitude is for the whole Melrose Family!
This year, I feel that the school has found the perfect balance of homework for their students. It is just enough to teach time management and not so much that it interferes with outside activities, play or family time.
The teachers teach this ideal through their project based learning techniques. Students learn how to constructively review the work of their peers and they learn how to incorporate the recommendations into their revisions.