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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 412
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3520 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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(310) 838-7337
(310) 841-0814
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April 02, 2014
My son has been in this school since kindergarten and we LOVE it. He has grown academically and socially. I would recommend this school to the serious parent. Palms is a secret jewel within Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
Palms Elementary school is a GREAT school. My child attends palms and has attended since kindergarten. I have nothing but admiration for the school staff as a whole. The administration is caring and have the school best interest at heart. My child has had the best elementary experience here at palms, and that is because of the excellent staff along with his learned love for school through this amazing staff. The diversity is soothing, the unity is heartfelt and wish nothing but the best in the continued growth of this amazing school. Signed, a happy parent

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
I am a teacher at Palms Elementary school and I would like to share a few words about my school. First, I am very proud to work here at Palms. I love the diversity, the parent involvement, the student participation and dedication to learning, the staff's (including assistants, paraprofessionals, support staff, teacher and administration's) dedication to our students learning and well being. We have come a long way as a community with our extra curricular activities, high test scores and high expectations of all stake holders. I am proud of my administration for supporting our entire staff. I am proud of our parents for their support and dedication to their children and the trust they have in our programs. I am proud of our student who work hard and make our school shine. I am proud of our teachers who go the extra mile to instill in our students the excitement of being life long learners! I love Palms Elementary School and I hope I can stay here for a very long time!

- submitted by a teacher
February 18, 2014
I am a Parent at Palms Elementary. My son has attended since Kinder. I don't have nothing to say except to try not to get a teacher by the name "Mrs. Kramer" and now she goes by "Ms. Gutman". She will make your life and your child life a nightmare, but overall ALL the teachers are amazing. They truly care about your child's education. Mr. Spencer and Ms. Villafranca are the greatest. Mrs. Karzai is an angel from heaven. Our school administration are very friendly and very helpful. The school offers a wide variety of activities for the students to take part of like drill team, folkloric mexican dancing, storytelling program, gardening program and even have Zumba for the parents. It is because of schools like this one that our children exceed in our communities.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
We are returning parents and are tremendously eager to help our girls achieve the best they can in school. I know this can happen as long as the school remains under the care of Mr. Abrams who shows true dedication to the school, the students and the parents. And not just a body or a number as was the case at previous school. As long as Palms leader remains solid in having high educational standards and not settle for mediocre then this school will succeed. Palms needs financial support from all areas. Music, Art, Academic Boot Camps

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
Hello I am a parent of a 2nd grader and Kinder. other parents should know that Palms elementary has a nurse on duty only one day a week, Mondays. Kids at Palms E. are very friendly. This school will only improve of teachers are sent for seminars or by making this school a charter school. Mrs Macgovern is excellent teacher. Mrs Alston needs to go to seminars. This School needs a field for Physical Education and sports.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2012
We reluctantly started Palms El. this year in Kinder...and could not be more blessed! So far, so great. Mr. Spencer is a wonderful teacher and the principal, Mr. Abrahams, is working so hard to keep the school on an upward path! I agree with the parent that said 'don't let the ratings on this website fool you.' I have personally come across some whacky ratings of schools, good and bad, that simply have me shaking my head as to How on Earth that rating was given. Having knowledge of some of the schools this website rates, its difficult to continue to trust the GS ratings system. I do look to the website's Parent Reviews and am so happy that most of the Palms reviews are positive as I believe we are here to stay. So many great things [from administrators] about Palms Middle School! "You'd be lucky to get in" they say. Palms El. is on its way to that stature as well. And those of you concerned about the "English Learners" in the school, wow. Do you realize what city you're in? Get over it - and used it - and stay involved with your kids' education. Don't sleep on Palms El...or better yet, leave! Smaller classes left for my child! No, really, its been great so far!! Give it a chance!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
Palms Elementary School is for the parent and student who want to be successful. The principal at the school not only does his principal duties, but he also makes time to assist the parents needs to make the students successful. I am a single mother with many needs, my son has been at Palms Elementary since kindergarden (it's been 3yrs now). I wouldn't change him now if he was excepted into Harvard. I have a since of SAFETY while my child is attending school. The staff has always been very helpful and friendly. I am proud to be a Parent at Palms Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2012
My daughter is currently attending this school, we moved to LA Last Feb 2011 she entered 2nd grade with amazing transition, as she came from a charter school from another city. This is our second year at Palms and i have to say that they have the most amazing teachers and school leadership. I am very happy with my daughter's grades, academic awards and test scores. I would strongly recommend Palms Elementary to all parents! When i first read the reviews here before she entered the Los Angeles District, i was bummed out at the ratings because of the API score.. etc.. I tried enrolling her at Castle Heights but we were not in their district... however.. we are very fortunate to be at Palms, as she is progressing and getting advanced academic education. Palms is definitely under-rated on this website! A lot of smart students graduating from this school, I have talked to many other parents and I am glad that my daughter is one of the students of Palms! :) Great School! Don't let the ratings on this website fool you! :)

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
when my daughter in preschool, the teachers said she is smart. we are prepared to kindergarten, the teacher said we have to find a school that have challenge for our kid and school in the magnet school in Brentwood. we are find information on the Brentwood School, they said to kindergarten there only for the area because it has no transport, the next class can. they recommend according to school district, when they know the Palms Elementary School our district, they said we are very lucky because the principal Palms was a former vice principal of Brentwood magnet school. wow...we are very happy ... thank God. Our daughter now attend school at the Palms Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
My daughter has been attending Palms Elementary since kinder garden she is on her last year of elementary this year, overall the experience has been good. I have to recognized Mr. Spencer and Mr. Orellana for their outstanding and excellent job they do to make sure students have the best education. The pricipal makes a huge effort to get involved with the different activities the school offers to the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
I feel so lucky that, in these unfortunately economic times, we have a local school that has a garden, drill team, dance and drama classes, camping trips, and music instruction. Two of my kids have been here for 2 years and each of their teachers has been caring, talented and committed. The principal knows every kid by name, dances with the drill team (on special occassions!), and puts on his sweats every Friday to coach basketball. Our school has a lot of English learners and kids who come from economically disadvantaged families, but it still manages to shine.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
I wrote the review on October 8, 2010 and have to say I take most of my words back. He has had a pretty bad year, and I obviously wrote the review too early to tell. I wanted to feel positive. I agree more with the parent who wrote the Feb 3rd 2011 review. The school is powerless when it comes to the chilren's behavior. Those children are being brought up to ridicule people who are different looking then they are, and come from different backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
Not a good school at all. Our child attended that school for 2 months and we had to change the school. The teachers were ok but a couple times our son were bitten up by other children in the courtyard (our son was new in the school) and the principal couldn't stop it. Likely, we found another public school were our son is excited to go and easily made new friends.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2010
My son went there for Kinder, and then we moved for a year and his grades dropped, his reading proficiency dropped as well. When we came back Summer 2010 and he came back to Palms Elementary to start 2nd grade, he started getting better reading scores. His math was improved and his social skills improved once again. The staff and the Principal along with the many parents that volunteer make this school a great place to have your children learn. I have never seen so much support from the local businesses as well. The corner ProVideo and the Palms Market are just a few of the many businesses that help and support the school unconditionally. The after school program " Para Los ninos" is by far one of the best after school programs I have ever been part of. The school also offers extra curricular activities such as an award winning drill team, a Folklorico dance group, and an orchestra. No other public elementary around the area that I know offers anything like this free. I cannot be more pleased with the school. Thank you Palms Elementary for you hard dedication, commitment and unconditional support to the children and their parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
This is our first year at Palms, entering in the 3rd Grade. My son is demographically the minority here. I was concerned, but not any longer. He is having an enriching year so far, has an amazing teacher, and socially he is doing better than ever. I am listened to, and am very involved with his teacher. His teacher is motivating and making all of the difference. She has a super class this year. It doesn't matter where a child goes to school, because with the right teacher and supplies, a child can learn anywhere. This school has everything necessary to teach students. The campus is clean and bright, the classrooms are the same. There's room for everything. I am impressed with the library. The staff appears supportive. Perhaps in the past the school went through transitions, but that appears to be remedied in a positive way.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
Palms Elementary has been identified as one of the many schools with a low Academic Performance Index (API) Report for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school year.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
I wanted to address the low API scores at this school- they in no way reflect the quality of the education that our kids receive at Palms. Many of the students are learning English for the first time (UCLA graduate housing feeds into Palms and there are many students whose parents are here for a few years- it's made this school an incredible incubator of culture and economic diversity). Our children are in the GATE track and SAS program, participate in electives (ranging from computers to baking and newspaper) and after-school, teacher-run programs like Ballet Folklorico and Chess. As a parent, teachers here have always encouraged and followed through, providing our kids with an advanced curriculum when we asked. Our fifth grader is on par in terms of the quality of the work assigned as his friends at St. James and another private school.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
Excellent teachers, from Kindergarden to 5 grade

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 23, 2010
The KCC, Kinder collaborative class is excellent. The two teachers work together wonderfully and it is a great placement for a higher functioning special needs child. Unfortunately the rest of the school is in transition. It is getting better but has a long way to go.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
Palms is a school that nutures ALL children. The Principal,Vice Principal, and many of the teachers, take time out of their busy schedules to ensure everyones' needs are meet. Keep up the good work and test scores, which seem to be the main focus rather than a well rounded education, will undoubtedly increase! :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 09, 2010
Hmm... my daughter went to Castle Heights for kindergarten and had a wonderful experience. I have nothing but good things to say about that school. Glad you are happy with your new school since that is what is most important, but I think the reason Castle Heights is considered an 'excellent' school is because their API is 145 points higher than Palms. That's a pretty big difference if academics are important to you, but there are many things that make a school 'work' for parents and children alike. Glad you found one that works for you.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
I switched my daughter from Castle Heights an 'excellent' school to Palms in January. I am so glad I did. The Principal, teachers, staff and parents have no 'attitude' and provide a loving, supportive environment for every child. The YMCA program is far better tahn STAR and half the cost of STAR,. The new Library is beautiful and there are so many more resources for the kids. I am shocked that the rating on Great Schools is lower than Castle Heights which I can only attribute to a lower ratio of stay at home mothers with nothing better to do than rate schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 25, 2009
This is my daughter first year in this school she is in 1 st grade in room no 14 in mrs levane's class i am highly satisfied with a school and the staff and 1 more thing i must say that the principal of the school is very initiative i always see him in the school premises in a play ground in the corridors talking to the students ,interaact with the parents he is really very nice and hard working person i appretiate that.... Keep it up...

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
Ouststanding school. One of the best schools in west los angeles. The entire staff is very dedicated, educated, experienced and highly qualified.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
Two Thumbs Up. This school has achieved the highest standard. All the staff members work like a big happy family and they are always very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 02, 2009
The new principal is awesome, the administrators are very kind and helpful, and the teachers are highly qualified and experienced. I believe this school has come a long way, from a not so good reputation, to a school that has improved the most out of any other school I know.

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2009
I love the school. My daughter 3grade student started wit Mr. Spencer. My only wish was for him to go to the next grade with her, however, all the teachers at Palms are great. When Mr. Ramirez left I was concern but I also believe that we have to give Mr. Abrams a chance. Mr. Abrams, Ms. Lopez and Mrs. Marks really came through for my daugther who had some difficulty in math. Thank you Palms Elementary

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2009
What i love most about the school is the sense of family out there. The teachers are highly qualified and very caring and are just wonderful with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2009
Great school I love Mr. D. Spencer, Mrs. Shannon, Mrs. Higashi, Mr Alvarado and many others at that school great team work from the teacher. I wish there was more communication from the office staff but it would happend when the change some of the office staff. Great work by the teacher and students!!!

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March 05, 2009
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December 23, 2008
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October 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
This is the second year my son attends this school and we really like it. He had Mr. Spencer and Mrs. Stoliker as his K teachers and we couldn't be happier. Staff is great, there is a still lot to do, there is room for improvement, and we parent and staff are working on making sure those standards are met.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Love them! My daughter is in Kindergarten & the the teachers & staff are amazing! They always greet us & make her feel very comfortable every morning that she walks on that campus! It's such a great feeling that my daughter is safe & happy in her first year of school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2008
Mr. Abrahams is an excellent AP, who is now our new Principal. He is caring, supporting, and intelligent. We are the luckiest school to have him as our leader.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
Palms is a good school. The school has improved tremendously! Palms is now a School for Advanced Studies (SAS) this means the teachers differentiate instruction to ensure students are taught at their level including high achieving and gifted students. Intervention classes are also offered for students that are below standards to help fill the gaps in their learning and help them to reach grade level standards. The teachers have high expectations for all students. The auditorium has been remodled and looks amazing. Most importantly , Mr. Ramirez, the hard working and dedicated principal has facilitated the opening of a Wonder of Reading library. Everything in the library is brand new!! There are new wooden bookshelves, thousands of new books, and a carpeted nook where the students can sit to read or be read to. Palms also provides a variety of extracurriular activities for students. I would recommend Palms.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2007
I love Palms for my kids! Ever since Mr. Ramirez has joined Palms, I have seened all the changes he has made. Good changes that is! Silent Auctions, Fund raisers, and the one on one attention he has towards parents and kids. The school is diversed and caters to all nationalities. I do wish parents could be more involved. But chnages are happening and I see them...it's definitely getting better. Palms also has 3 different after-school programs. One you pay and the other 2 are free. I recommend Para Los Ninos....my son has been there since kindergarden and he loves it. I have no complains from the teachers or the staff. The office staff is very proffesional and cater to everyone's needs. Ms. Cohen is wonderful and Ms. Williams is also the same. I love Palms Elem.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2007
The YMCA may be fee based, but it is not a drop in program where the kids run wild. It is structured it a modular building with a daily curriculum. . They are not supervised. The YMCA is the only licensed/Structured/Curriculum based afterschool-program at Palms and I love it. Dina is the Director!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
Palms Elementary over the last two years has drastically diminished with regards to leadership. The school does not academically challenge the children as they once did. This school has great potential but poor leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 06, 2007
Very poor teacher quality

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
My kindergartner and 4th grader were assigned to top-notch teachers who were dealing with a lot of low performers. The student population is overall economically disadvantaged--therefore, seemed more concerned about 'getting by' than achieving. As a result, academic expectations at this school are not high. The principal is appropriately strict with the studentbody and an excellent fundraiser for the school badly in need of a library. There were several extra cirricular activities offered. The school far exceeded my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
I have a family member in attendance at this school. I have worked at many schools and I have never seen the kind of commitment to children that exist here. They have the best award winning drill team in California. Not only is the choreography classy, but the discipline they gain is life changing. This is a gift from a dedicated teacher! They recently performed at a Clipper's game, and there is no room to showcase their many trophies and awards. They also have a Folkloric dance troupe led by another very dedicated teacher doing traditional Latin dance. Just recently they had two (unpaid) teachers prepare students to perform at the Dodgers opening ceremony using sign language with our National anthem. And that new principal, yea, he runs a tight ship, but this principal has done more to involve parents, beautify, and raise funds for what makes a school great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 23, 2007
The teachers work very hard to provide an enriched academic environment that differentiates instruction for all students. Both the veteran teachers and new teachers support each other and collaborate to challenge students to do their best. Mr. Ramirez has brought wonderful changes to the campus. The students are his priority.

- submitted by a teacher
April 21, 2007
This school is very bad in the academic performance with no creative think encourage as well as army training. Now is the 100th day of school, one teacher absent from school 35 days. I hope LAUSD can really look at the problem about this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
My child has been attending Palms Elementary for 2 years now. I think that her teachers are good. I do feel like the principal does not promote parent involvement and lacks leadership. Because the school is mostly hispanic, I feel like the principal caters to the hispanic students more, which ultimately may hurt all students across the board. If the administration of the school truly cared for the kids, than there would be more organized programs for the kids and truly promote diversity at Palms Elementarty school. Instead, when he speaks to the students, when flyers come home from the students. The murals on the walls everything is translated in spanish. What about the other languages. There are other parents that do not speak English, but he forgets about that. If we had better leadership, we would have a better school.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2006
The academic program at Palms Elementary is average. If your child needs extra support, this school will not provide it for you. There is not an instrumental music program. Parent involvement is limited to Parent groups.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
This school would be better if there was more parent involvement, but as of right now I would not reccomend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
My child attended this school for her second grade year. The faculty and staff at this school were very dedicated and personable. However, I felt this school left a lot to be desired in the the area of academics. Many of the students are ESL, which changes the focus of the classroom's studies.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2005
I have truly enjoyes the school. The teachers are great and I have had teachers to contact me to tell me what a good job my son is doing. The school is very diversied in which that was 1 of the key elements for me to send my son to a public school. With him leaving the private school environment..He himself has told me he enjoys the school much more for the diversity.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2004
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Palms Elementary School
3520 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90034
(310) 838-7337
Last modified Palms Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palms Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top