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School leader Elizabeth Valentino
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3981 San Rafael Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065

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(323) 225-8320
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4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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May 10, 2014
Echoing what many parents here have said. Your voice and your child's voice are definitely heard. I had a child (one of three who attended MW) who was not stimulated enough and we had countless meetings with teachers and the principal to find ways to help her. She had great work ethic even then. Eventually, she started a program whereby the older students would tutor the younger ones in Math and Reading. From an initial crew of 6 volunteers, it grew to 30+ by the time she graduated. Those 3 children eventually went to an Ivy League university, two of whom graduated from the #1 business school, Wharton. We loved the location. Where other elem school in the city of Los Angeles can be in such an idyllic location where the children can pick and eat kumquats? My children loved their time there and when they come back for a visit from NYC where they live, they take a drive and visit and reminisce over the wonderful times at Mt. Washington.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
My kids' school is a place where my voice as a parent is heard, there are opportunities for volunteering and there is a push to constantly improve in all aspects.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
I sent two children to Mt. Washington Elementary School. One went on to graduate from Harvard, the other graduated from UCSB and received a master's degree from the University of Antwerp (she resides there and learned the language). I have one grandchild who graduated from Mt. Washington and is now, at 14 in a special program for gifted and high achievers at CSULA. And...I have a granddaughter currently attending. I should be obvious what I think of the school. It has a lot going for it. Its small size, its unique hilltop location and parents that have always, more or less, run the school. We are so lucky to live in an area with such great public education available.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
I've been a parent to one student for a couple of years now, my son has been at Mt Washington since kindergarten. He's currently in the 5th grade. I now have two attending as my daughter is beginning kindergarten. The Principal and teachers I've encountered are incredible. With the leadership of Mrs. V's, the Principal at Mt. Washington, Ive noticed an extremely high standard of excellence set throughout the entire school and all the faculty members. Mrs. V has been at Mt. Washington a couple of years now and it's good to know that the school's leadership is far superior to that of many other LAUSD schools well in to the future. Lastly, the school's location is one of tranquility. It's nestled on a mountain overlooking all of Los Angeles in a very upscale neighboring community. There is ZERO violence...ZERO! How many other LAUSD schools can say that, and with confidence.. Great School, Great Environment (you literally forget you are in Los Angeles). Need I say more!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2012
Principal Valentino is a visionary and a gifted leader. She gives of herself heart and soul, works tirelessly and is dedicated to making Mt. Washington the very best it can be. The location is serene and lovely and the parent body is invested and hardworking. It really feels like a close-knit community. In the face of audacious budget cuts and economic crisis we continue to work together to solve problems and to keep moving forward always keeping what is best for the students at the forefront of our decisions. One of the ways this is done is in the form of surveys administered to parents and students to assess their priorities as to where what little money we have should be spent. Everyone has a voice! Mt. Washington is a gem and deserving of it's recent California Distinguished School award. We feel so fortunate to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
I have been a parent of two children who have attended this wonderful school for the past eight years. There have been some bumpy points with changeover, however, I believe this school is in its prime right now. We have just received a distinguished school award, have a top notch principle who replaced the non-working principle, wonderful teachers & staff and a group of parents who work VERY hard at making up funding with the lack of allocations from the district. I don't think you could find a stronger community.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
I was a student (k-6). I have always looked back and know how great my school was. Teachers knew all kids and everyone looked after the kids. In looking at schools for my son, this is the school I compare all elementary schools against. I wish I could send my son here!

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2011
I have truly enjoyed this school. It has taught me everything that I know today and it truly is a great learning enviroment since it is so small and quiet. I think this school is a great way for kids to learn and meet kids even though they are still in a peaceful enviroment.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2011
We now have a new principal as of 2010/12 year. She is fantastic, supportive and gets done what she promises. We could not ask for more. Parents at our school are very involved. And despite budget cuts, we have raised enough dollars to support our extra curricular programs.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
I took a tour of this school and it is wonderful. The new principal seems fantastic, the school grounds are dreamy and the children were happy and engaged.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
There has been a huge turnaround and improvement in administration and satisfaction with this school. Recent math night and up-coming literacy night, value-based assemblies, and school spirit contests (name your mascot, slogan) for the children are examples of how this school is on the verge of becoming something great. The children are the focus now, and rightly so.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
I recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona. I believe that intensive early education is extremely important for kids. Especially for the type of kid I was (shy and lacked self confidence). I went to Mount Washington and as an alum of my small elementary school, I can say that it was a truly unique learning environment. Small is always a better and Mt. Washington elementary was almost like a private school. Very involved staff and most importantly involved PARENTS. I'm not sure of how things have changed but they have added a great new recreation center and I hope it continues to grow.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2010
Mt. Washington is the rare public school, both devoted to rigorous academic standards and deeply appreciative of the arts. Not only have our students earned one of the highest API scores in the district, they clearly support intelligence and creativity in each other. On this campus, the smart, artistic, confident kids rule! The teachers my children have had have gone way out of their way to make sure their students have a rich, happy, dazzling experience. Nine field trips in one year -- amazing. And now that we've replaced our old dispassionate leadership with a seasoned visionary principal, we are flying. I think Mt. Washington breeds a culture of excellence, innovation and fun. We feel incredibly lucky to be part of this super group of human beings!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
I love Mount Washington Elementary School because teachers and parents work hard together to improve the education of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2010
Unfortunately District Director is moving current Principal to Monte Vista Elementary. Although it brings relief to parents of this school it doesnt make the bigger community better by transferring her to another school in the same Northeast community. Our children deserve better.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
We chose to live on the hill for the great views but mostly so our kids could attend Mt. Washington ES. If you read the reviews prior to latest principle you would have too. The current principle is unresponsive to parents, and resistant to parent involvement. Complete failure of leadership and favoritism are a common theme when discussing current principle. We are questioning our participation in next years fund raising. Our money might be better put to use for private tutors. However, teachers are amazing resulting in high academic standards that prepare students for college bound dreams. We love this school. Failed leadership. Caring teachers. STRONG community support.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2010
Our children love Mt. Washington and the teachers and parents are caring , passionate and dedicated. Our parents and community are so passionate about education that they raised $75K to help defray budget cuts for the upcoming school year. Although many feel our principal takes our efforts for granted. Families are tired of waiting to see her passion and leadership and are leaving. The fact that the back door of her office connects to the parent room where the FT volunteers hang out ensures easy access to the principal for these parents. An experienced principle would be careful not to give impression of favoritism. Greeting parents and students in the morning or afternoon and inviting parents for a monthly coffee to discuss issues and concerns would go a long way. If our parents filled out a performance evaluation our principal would fail.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
If your child is assigned a good teacher at this school, it's great. If not, you're sunk. There is a great deal of favoritism towards the more active parents/families so if you are working and don't have time to hang around in the mornings, talk up the administrators, and get the inside track on placing your child in the good classes, it will be a disheartening experience. It is a small school, so there isn't much choice if you aren't happy with your child's teacher. You can't expect a good teaching assignment every year, but when it looked like our child would have 2-3 years with the weaker teachers, we left. Unfortunately there is a new principal at this school, who is unresponsive to parents (doesn't even return phone calls!). We know other families who have left.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
brilliant community of parents, teachers and students alike. dedication top-notch. arts and academics super strong.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
What a wonderful community! So many people care about this school and are so involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Amazing community of parents, extremely talented and caring teachers, working together to give our neighborhood children an excellent public school education in the face of horrific budgetary challenges.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
My children went here for 8 years. Many good, experienced teachers have left. There have been 3 principals. Bullying goes on year after year. Parents are less committed than before.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Mt. Washington is a wonderful school filled with caring staff, parents, and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love our school because of the wonderful families who populate this hillside. We are all fortunate to live in this community together. Let's keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Mt. Washington Elementary provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for my daughter. She can't wait to go to school every day. Parental involvement is high and very enthusiastic. The 898 API rating isn't too shabby either!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
It's small-town school on a hill in a big city. The families are involved, the teachers are great and the kids are all so good to each other.It's an oasis in the middle of a troubled school system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Amazing teachers, dedicated parents and great kids! We are so lucky to have Mt. Washington Elementary in our neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our school is small enough for the teachers to invest in the students in a meaningful way. The environment is challenging AND fun for the students, and parent involvement is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is an amazing school. They care about the kids, not only their education but really about them. They are fair, the education is awesome and the parental involvement is truly great. I am so glad my child is there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Dedicated staff and active community support in a lovely setting. Great school - high scores, too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2009
The administrative leadership is weak and there is much room for improvement. Fortunately, the teachers make up for it and are excellent. Parents are committed and work tirelessly to support the school. So glad my child has access to such quality education.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
Mt. Washington has been a great school for our two children. The teachers are very dedicated, and the kids seem to really care about each other--there's a strong community feeling in the midst of a big city. We're happy with the parent community, too--many of them give much of their time despite holding full time jobs and having other demands. The school's socioeconomic diversity is also a great draw, too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 22, 2009
I'm so happy that we chose to continue supporting the public school system by sending our daughter to Mt. Washington. We're part of LAUSD and face huge fiscal barriers by NOT being a Title I school. However, the teachers are excellent and parent commitment is rivalled only by the other top schools, most of which live in significantly more affluent and resource-rich areas.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
I have 3 children at Mt. Washington and am very happy w/the 6 yrs. we have been at this school. The teachers and community are a great asset.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2009
We were thrilled with my son's 1-3rd grade experience at Mt. Washington, but 4th grade has been a disappointment. Class sizes jumped from a cap of 20 to over 30. He had three teachers during fall semester alone, all of whom had different teaching approaches to math, etc., leaving the students behind. Although I was assured by the principal that the replacement teacher would be credentialed, in fact he is an uncredentialed substitute. My son used to love going to school. For the first time, he's lost his enthusiasm.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
Both my kids attended the school, and not only is the setting beautiful, but it is a small community with many parent-volunteers. The school is an academic school, and it is the top school in the area by far.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2008
The school's adminstration is uniquely priceless. All of our three (3) chidren attend or attended Mt. Washington since Kinder. They continue their education sucess in their current high school and middle school education. The youngest is currently attending Mt. Washington and continues to excel. Thank you Mt. Washington for a great educational foundation.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2008
Mt. Washington is an excellent school. Dedicated teachers and excellent staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
We looked at progressive elementary schools and decided on Mt Wash because of the community and the great teachers' presentation we saw at orientation. We've been v happy at the school and our daughter is thriving but I do think it is important to think ahead about which teachers are a good fit for one's child (the teachers' interpretations of no child left behind are varied.)

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
My Daughter has attended MT. Washinton for 3 years i love it and she also loves it thier the staff is excellant with the children and they are also great with all of us parents. this school deserves these 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
My husband and I have been very happy with Mt. Washington so far(our daughter is in kindergarten); more importantly, she loves it. I was initially concerned about the structured curriculum and the rules-based atmosphere in the classroom--it's not the same as a child-centered progressive school. Nevertheless, my daughter is thriving--she is excited to be learning how to read and enjoys the music, dance and art. Her teacher is very organized, and expects and gets quite a lot from the students. Finally, the community feel of the school is fantastic--the parents and students are caring and involved. The community of families is very diverse.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2006
This is an amazing school. Dedicated teachers, parents who if anything are too involved sometimes, ethnically and social economically diverse, can be a bit too PC for my taste sometimes. Free, not impacted, great campus, safe and so close yet seemingly far removed from the city. Music program is available but not extensive, good art program.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2006
My child has been attending Mt washington since 1st grade and has had excellent teachers that really care about his progress. Ms Clifton,Ms Paz,Mrs Hong have made learning fun and exciting. These wonderful teachers care from their hearts about their students and really desire them to be their best. I have nothing but good things to say about this school and have attended Mt. Washington my self and have many wonderful memories to hold on to. The parents are very involved and dedicated to making Mt Washington a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
By LAUSD standards, an excellent school, and at least 'very good' by any other standards. If you're looking to live here, you probably already know that parents are willing to pay the premium home price, in order to send their kids to this school -- and, it's a great place to live and raise kids. Hard to believe it's just a few miles from downtown L.A. Ethnic diversity is very good (you can look it up), parents are very involved, teachers tend to want to stay here! I should mention that it's one of the very few K-6 ementary schools in LAUSD, which presents a dilemma for me right now, as my son is in 5th grade. We'd love for him to stay for 6th, but that limits our options for him going into middle school (almost all are 6-8).

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
My son's 1st grade teacher, Ms. Clifton, has been wonderful. She recognized some problems in the first few weeks of class and was very creative about working with his particular learning style. He loves going to school.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
Solid teacher staff, many with many years at the school. Diverse population ethnically and primarily middle class and affluent.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
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June 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My daugher is thriving, do in most part, to the fantastic teachers she has had so far, Mrs. Park and Ms. Brashears. I appreciate the intense community involvement. It has instilled a lot of Civic pride in my little 6 yr old.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2004
This is my daughters 2nd year in Mt. Washington Elementry. She is in first grade now. Our Kindergarten experience was great. The Teachers are wonderfull and she loves going to school. This school has a very stong PTA and high parent envolvement for a public school and that makes it a very special place. They use the 'Open Court' reading system, which I am not crazy about - but my daugher is functioning well with it. For a public school in LA unified - I feel I couldn't do much better - however, I do feel that a more individualized private shcool would be an improvement. So much of what is taught in public school is geared toward acheiving high test scores and not towards individual needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2003
The school promotes itself well. However, that all it is: promotion.

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Mt. Washington Elementary School
3981 San Rafael Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90065
(323) 225-8320
Last modified Mt. Washington Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mt. Washington Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews.