Our experience at Overland has been extremely disappointing. If you are looking for a warm, welcoming environment - don't go here! On the first day of school, did the principal (or anyone) welcome the assembled students and parents? NO. Is there any communication between teachers/administrators and parents - no, not unless you set up a formal meeting. Is the office staff helpful and pleasant - again, no. This school has good test scores because of bright kids and committed parents.
Overland is a community with dedicated and creative teachers, tireless staff and enthusiastic parents. I wouldn't send my kids to a private elementary school (even if I had the money). We'd miss an entire aspect of living in a neighborhood - that happens to be in the big city of Los Angeles.
The teachers are great and the students are really learning something
My son just graduated in June from this amazing school. Yes, I agree with the positive comments here about this school. The teachers are the best teachers I have encountered within one school. I am extremely thankful for the parent involvememnt, since I am a working parent and was not able to be involved as much. We will miss all of the teachers and the STAR program atff was incredible! The principal needs to lighten up on the kids and teachers, and make this a more fun environment for all. Life is way too short not to laugh! Thank you Overland for all the memories!
You are crazy not to send your kids to Overland. This is a fabulous school with wonderful families and great teachers. The teachers are very caring and responsive to the diverse needs of the student body. We love the school! Students who graduate go on to great middle schools both public and private. The students that go public often attend magnet programs. You could not ask for a better elementary school in Los Angeles. Go Overland!
I am so glad my child finally graduated from here. Principal Born, v.p. Choe and the rest of the faculty are great. But having to deal these last 6 years with some of the rude, pompous, snobby, arrogent, parents has been hell!! As one parent posted earlier they have this 'one of us' attitude and their children are just as bad. They do not respect or embrace deversity, I am half white and the only time they even spoke to me was when we had candy sales to raise funds and I was one of the largest sellers. After that I became one of the peon's again to which I am proud to be. the funny thing is I am actually much more wealthy than many of them, but the only difference is I don't try to fluant it or think I am better because I appear to be white.
The school is a mixed bag. Fundraising efforts are high, so there is the ability to supplement LAUSD funds and provide additional resources, and there are many active PTA moms that contribute greatly to the school. The teachers are great overall, and there is a great after school program on site. That said, there is a pervasive exclusionary attitude of anyone not 'one of us' (read white, affluent, and living on a 'nicer' nearby street). The tracking done here creates a hierarchy among student peers which is detrimental. The general lack of respect and understanding of a diverse student body is a shame, besmirching the school's reputation, and deters some from attending.
Great teachers and amazing parent involvement, a definite recipe for success. We moved here two years ago just so we could send our children here. We have not regretted our decision and feel that the level of education here has far surpassed the private school our children attended previously.
Overland is a great elementary school. The facility is wonderful and the teachers are very friendly and concerned about our children's education and well being. The Principal is relatively new to her position but has done a fantastic job with turning this school into a first rate school in a relatively short period of time. She has brought on a team of assistants that are very attentative to the students needs and put the student's education and development first. We are very lucky and fortunate to have such a wonderful community school in our neighborhood. I'm very proud the staff, teachers and administrators of our school.
Bottom Line: Parent/Teacher communications make this school fabulous for kids -- both their educational achievement and social development (which are NOT connected). Administration is un-imaginative, duplicitous, self-serving, and scared. Hopefully, the Principal and V-P will either get their act together, or take it 'on the road' in the next few years, and Overland can get back to being the incubator for fabulous programs it has been for 20 years, or at least 'fly under the radar' to quote an official who really shoud sell socks instead of education.
I was a student of this exceptional school.I switched to this school at the start of 2nd grade. At first I was overwhelemed, but i found my greatest friends and my parents are fine with me going out with my friends. All this because their family values were very much like ours. In the 4th grade all students perform a Snoopy play with the wonderful drama teacher Miss. Liza. In the 5th, each year the students do a different play. My best ... I must say the school's most valued teacher is a 4th grade teacher. She not only inriches them in Mathematics, but also she cares very much about the students' welfare and happy social activity. All the teachers have helped me so very much to become what I am today. In all the schools in the world I can't say that one school could better care about everyone more.
I am a parent of this school and think the teachers are exceptional and the parent involvement is like no other.
My older one is entering 4th and my younger is enter 2nd. We all love this school. Great parent involvement as well as a great after school (Star) program. Our only regret is you have to move on after 5th grade.
Excellent teacher and parent commitment at a public school that feels like a private one. A wide range of extracurricular activities/programs available. Diverse student body and safe campus. Childcare available through Star. High test scores. Only negative is the principal who needs to work on interpersonal skills.
Our daughter is finishing Kindergarten and we could not be more pleased. The parents are very involved in school activities which boosts the level of student participation even higher. The projects worked on during the day, the after school activities and everything sh eis learning surpassed our expectations for an LAUSD school.
An excellent school. They provide many opportunities for student achievment and improvement. Great parent involvement!
A strong school with a lot of parent involvement. Wonderful after care program.
We moved from a private to public school, and were concerned about the decision. That was two years ago, and to this date, we are very happy with Overland. The schools population is very diverse, and the quality of the program met our satisfaction. The school's leadership is always looking for ways to improve, not just the quality of education, but the quality & availability of the extracurricular activities. Parent involvement is serious, and is very influential. All of my daughters' teachers have been attentive to her needs and very creative in the classroom overall. Her test scores accurately reflected her ability in the classroom - and as with any public school, it is also our responsibility as parents to follow-through to help accelerate their performance in school. Our experience has been positive, and there are no regrets.
Overland is a public school that feels like a private school. The kids are proud to be students here, the parents are involved in decision-making, fundraising, volunteering in the classroom and at parent-sponsored events. The teachers are responsive and accessible to parents and take great pride in what they do, including taking part in further education towards the now-acheived goal of becoming a 'school for advanced studies.' A student orchestra, p.e., arts, library, music, drama, gardening and computer lab are some of the enriching activities kids have access to -- many of which are funded through the parent group. And, it's a manageable size and a campus that is constantly being beautified through administration and parent efforts.
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