Mount Washington is a school like no other! The administration, teachers, staff, & parents make it the GREAT school that it is. This school has gone through numerous principals; finally we have someone who stands for what she believes in; supporting the teachers to ensure that the children of Mt Washington receive the BEST education possible. The teachers are all highly qualified & often go above & beyond the call of duty. Many are often seen putting in more hours beyond the bell; planning, collaborating, tutoring, & conferencing with parents. This doesn't include the hours they put in on the weekends. Just drive & you'll see cars in the parking lot. The principal & her teachers are dedicated. The teachers attend trainings & conferences, continuously read & refer to the latest research, & implement school wide strategies & techniques to meet the needs of all students. Parental involvement is outstanding. They too work hard to make sure that their children & their teachers are supported by volunteering & using their resources to provide additional learning opportunities. The conversations that take place in the classrooms & the quality of learning is something to be proud of.
Mt Washington Elementary School is a good school and not a great school. It is mediocre as most lausd schools and at the end of the day it's a public school with no money. The parent volunteers are the reason it is the school that it is with high API scores that are status quo because teachers don't do more and don't do less. Our experience has been okay. Last year there was more police cars and we started yes school yr the same because of problems with kids and parents. In my opinion the principal, Georgina Gravino lacks leadership skills, is divisive and does not have a presence. She is no Valentino. The PTA has a strong presence and runs the principal and the school. It is unfortunate it is not more than what it is. Our children, do well and would do well at any school.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I love Mount Washington Elementary School because teachers and parents work hard together to improve the education of our kids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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