this school is so amazing! i feel like we are in a private school with all the wonderful work principal furfari is doing!
I'm a parent of a kindergartener in the Dual Language Program at Micheltorena Elementary. We are very pleased with the leadership of the principal and her ability to make the school's successes sustainable. We are also so very amazed by the two teachers who co-teach Dual Language (Spanish/English). They are in concert with one another, are committed to professional development, specifically in Dual Language research, and having a straight forward dialogue with parents to improve children's comfort level, attention and focus in class, and general academic outcomes. They go beyond California standards and have easily adapted to the art integrated programming provided by Blue Palm. Each step in augmenting curriculum with the arts is carefully researched in terms of best practices and then planned with teachers, not as outside "drop in" events. For instance with kinders this past term, integrated arts programming brought movement, song and dance directly into the classroom to connect kids to language arts. It's amazing to see your child learn Spanish through dancing, singing and storytelling. Take a look at this fabulous neighborhood school.
It breaks my heart to see that this school gets a "3" based on numbers. Check out the school, the principal, the parents and teachers and decide for yourself. Both of my children have started this year in the Dual Language Kindergarten, and I am so impressed with the school. Despite funding cuts year after year, the school has partnered with groups in the community to make sure our kids still learn art, music, dance, gardening, ecology and more - in addition to teaching above standards. My kids, who did not speak any Spanish or read or write in English at the beginning of the school year, now sing and read and write and speak constantly in two languages. The two dual teachers are amazing, working so hard with all the kids. And the parents are so dedicated to making this neighborhood school a wonderful place for our kids to learn and develop that there are always volunteers in the classes, teaching yoga, helping out, organizing special activities and more. This is a wonderful school that I'm proud to have my children attend, and I'm thrilled to have been welcomed into the community.
Before you run screaming from this "low performing" school, take a tour. There is so much going on here. From the top down this school is active and engaged. My child is enrolled in the dual language kindergarten and after a few short weeks is already writing complete sentences in both languages. He could not read one word before entering kindergarten. The principal is extremely approachable and open to feedback and I feel my child is respected and his needs addressed. The teachers routinely email the parents about what is going on in the classroom, there are many parents active in the school and the kids are happy here.
As a graduate of Micheltorena and a Silver lake resident I am satisfied to see my kids come to my school. I have a 1st grader a 3rd grader and a 5th grader attending this great school and I am proud to say they are doing well and scoring high on tests. I am happy with our teachers and I would like to thank them for their dedication, but most of all for caring for our kids. Now I would like to mention our wonderful principal; she has been a tremendous asset to our school. We have seen positive changes since she joined our Micheltorena family 5 years ago. Finally our parents, I have never seen so many of us come together to oppose the co-location of a Charter school coming to our campus. We parents and community feel we have worked so hard to be a better school and we have a chance to increase this next school year as we are now offering a dual language, but if Charter comes to our campus this 2012-2013 our dual langage with fail. Please support us, thanks.
Our son is in his second year at Micheltorena and is consistently learning at or above his grade level, a point we believe is of primary importance. Beyond that, the school's faculty, staff, principal, parent volunteers and students are a great, hard-working bunch. The physical improvements we've seen over the last couple of years, such as the library, garden and multiple murals, are reflections of a school bursting with creativity and enthusiasm. Our son has had the opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular activities, including school chorus, a chess club, writing workshops, art and science classes. Micheltorena St. Elementary isn't an elite learning academy; it's a good and constantly improving public school in a good and constantly changing neighborhood.
My name is Sandra Chavez and I really love Micheltorena my children attended the school and now i don't have a student at the school, after my last child attended last year and culminated to go to king middle school I still help the school and support it because there are some good quality of teachers, principal and love to help in the leadership of parent involvement i feel that micheltorena after my 8 children attended is the best for me that I can't wait for my grandson start kindergarted. I thank the principal and off course my coordinator also Ms. Missoni love the school so much I really encourrage parents to take the school in consideration to enroll your child even if out of the area you still can enroll since is an open enrollment school and to join the new program of dual language starting in kindergarten I give the school five stars. :) <3 I was a parent representative for many years and until now I am a member of parent CEAC title 1 proud parent.
My daughter has been attending Micheltorena for 4 years, and my son for 2. My children like their teachers and their classmates very much, and have made many good friends at school. The parent community is very active, and in getting involved as well, my wife and I have made many new friends of our own. I've been very impressed by all of the teachers, the chorus and orchestra classes, art instruction, school activities, and really great, affordable after school programs that focus on continuing the teaching in a fun, hands on environment. My daughter's favorite after school programs are the cooking and art. My son 's favorites are chess and the informal after school lego club that sprang up one day three months ago on the playground. They also put in a sustainable orgaic garden last year, and now the students study the natural sciences in this living outdoor classroom. Amazing! Driving by the school, seeing all these kids gardening and having fun makes me feel pretty great. A++
My son started attending Micheltorena Elementary this year. He is excelling and although only in Kindergarten he is taking Drama, Music and cooking classes. It's so awesome to see him read books on his own. Great school, Great kids, Great teachers , Great Parents and last but not least Great Principal!
The best part of my day is walking my son to school. It's amazing what topics get covered just taking a walk. All the kids in our neighborhood know each other. With music and drama rounding out the academics it's really turning into an arts school. We couldn't be happier. A big thanks to our Local school Micheltorena Elementary for bringing our kids, parents and neighbors together.
I'm so proud that my daughter attends kindergarten at Micheltorena Street School. She adores her teacher, comes home telling stories about her time in the garden, is constantly writing me letters, excited as she is about reading and writing, and don't get her started on the days she has drama. She could replay the entire lesson over and over, a smile beaming across her face. Plus my husband gets to walk her to school, which will make for much better memories than being stuck in a car back and forth each day. The school's still transforming too. Some buckets of paint, a little landscaping, some more fundraising for after-school classes, continued and renewed parental and community support, and Micheltorena is going to set an example for the rebirth of the local public school.
I'm off to happily help out with some painting down there right now...and believe me, I wouldn't be doing that if I didn't like this school. I'm actually looking forward to hanging out with the other parents, at seeing the awesome Fufari again, and my kids are happily coming along as well. As far as I'm concerned (and looking at the way the younger, rising classes are trending way upwards on the STAR tests), this school has already made the turn towards elite.
We were at Micheltorena for 6 years (k-5th grade). Before we started, I was warned that due to my white skin, I would be rejected by the other parents. Nothing could have been further from the truth!! The parent involvement is great and expanding in more directions (due to the increase of middle class families, who have a different way of involvement then the working class families who have been at the school for years). During our time at Micheltorena, the parents and community have raised funds to get a new library, playground, gardens and programs. And the parents were able to get rid of an ineffective principal a few years ago and now the school has the BEST principal you could want. And because of the number of working class families, Micheltorena gets a lot of Title One funds. These are funds attached to low income students (note: the money has nothing to do with API. A school does not get more money if it has lowers test scores. And schools with high API don t get less money because they are doing well.) Micheltorena has music, small classes and afterschool clubs that run the gamete from comic book club to chess club.
My child has absolutely thrived since transferring to Micheltorena this year. She thoroughly enjoys her school days, and comes home excited about her classroom experiences, her teacher, her time spent in the school/community garden, and the caring staff at her school. Parent involvement and collaboration between staff and parents is huge at our school, and faculty, parents and community members are working hard every day to make things even better! I'm excited that my child attends a school that puts such strong emphasis on improvement through hard work, what a great lesson for our kids! I encourage anyone to come and tour the school, talk with our amazing principal and staff members, and get involved in this wonderful community school.
This school is above average in terms of the Principal, the teaching staff and the potential for growth and reinvention. A lot is and has been shifting at the school in terms of parent and community involvement and the excitement is palpable. Though the API scores suggest this is an underperforming school, in reality they did have a statistician separate out the special needs scores (which represents 25% of the current school population) and the API score jumped to 844 which is a good score and close to Frankling ELementary school. If you are a community minded parent I encourage you to check this school out. It's an unsung gem. And will only get better.
My daughter has been at Micheltorena School for now (3) years and is now in the 2nd grade, I can honestly say that I love this school, the Principal if you have any concerns she is more than willing to hear you out and help resolve an matters, teachers are great they inform me if extra learning is needed and what is available to her and even the Ms. Nancy and Peter which take care of the playground areas - also take good care of their students, soon I will also be enrolling my 5yr old to start Kinder here and I have no concerns,. The parents get involved when needed and it shows school employees and parents can work together and achieve good results! and I have seen it.
I went to micheltorena street school from k-5th grade and i can tell you that this is a horrible school. I have always informed the administration about me getting bullied around and all they told me was, "DEAL WITH IT" Now as a former student(sadly) i tell you this school is not right for a kid to learn.
I would think twice before enrolling your child at this school. Last May, I filled out an application to enroll my daughter to their Fall 2010 pre-school program. At the time, the administrators told me they will be notifying parents on acceptance and date of orientation in mid-July. Every time I called I get an excuse such as We will be calling you , Just look for information in the mail , and We are still looking for a teacher. I kept getting the run around until one week before school started. Their excuse this time was the district needed to grant approval to be admitted because the program was a state funded program which was based on income but they still strung me around with no answer. Now, at this point it got me thinking, is this is a type of school I can trust my child with, where they procrastinate and couldn t give you a straight answer? I am also upset for the fact that it is too late for me to look for another program as other schools have started or have a massive waiting list. Thank you Micheltorena, I finally got your phone call and we were denied one day after your school started.
My daughter is in second grade and in her second year at Micheltorena. While yes, she is one of very few white children at the school, we couldn't be happier with her at Micheltorena. We have a dynamic, whipsmart principal, committed teachers (her current teacher taught her first grade class and will be following the class through 3rd or 4th grade) and kind, hardworking fellow students. We don't have the bells and whistles of neighboring schools, but we have a growing PTA and Friends of Micheltorena fundraising group, and the school is getting better and better. Please, look beyond the test scores; many of our children speak English as a second language. The future is very bright here!
Considering the amount of trepidation I had about my kids going to Micheltorena, I couldn't be happier. So many parents in Silverlake would rather spend thousands of dollars on private before even *looking* at this school because of the lack of diversity in the population. I'm here to tell you that every kid should have the opportunity to be in the minority at least once in their life, and this is the best place to do it. The teachers are great, the principal is great... and this is after two years of expensive private school for my oldest son. I would pit this school up against those lost dollars any day. These kids are more ambitious, more eager, and generally sweeter than the 'entitled' kids over at Ivanhoe. It has some problems, but the involvement of the community and the dedication of the principal and staff makes up for it.
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