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.
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.
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...
Ouststanding school. One of the best schools in west los angeles. The entire staff is very dedicated, educated, experienced and highly qualified.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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