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K-6
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 262
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11562 Richland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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(310) 473-0467
(310) 268-7948
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October 20, 2014
Richland is a wonderful community school. The campus feels safe and welcoming. It has diversity and promotes tolerance, which is important to our family since our home shares two different backgrounds. There are endless opportunities to be involved in the school day and various events. My child is thriving and adores both the classroom and after-school (STAR) program teachers. School communication to parents is pretty good but it can be a little bumpy and could be optimized between the school and the after-school program; seems likes often the parents are the ones to inform the STAR teachers in the after school program of upcoming school events. Otherwise the school is truly a gem of an environment that fosters learning and responsibility in students.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2014
My daughter just began her first year of TK/Kindergarten at Richland Avenue this school year. After 4+ years of living in Richland's Westdale neighborhood and being involved with the school, I have to say that our experience actually attending the school has exceeded our expectations. First off, Richland has an amazing principal in Mr. "G" (as everyone calls him). He is hands on with the kids, knows everyone's name and approachable for any comment or question that you may have. Between Mr. G, the dedicated and committed staff of teachers, active parents in every class and the overall welcoming nature of our school, your child will never get lost or left behind. There are a wide range of enrichment programs, such as Lego Robotics, Music, Young Storytellers Foundation, Mad Scientist and Garden. My daughter is also taking cooking lessons and will start French classes next week during the after school program. Navigating schools in Los Angeles can be a challenge and I'm happy to see my daughter exposed to an environment at Richland, which is very similar to how mine was in a private school environment. She feels safe, challenged academically and encouraged as an individual.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
I attended Richland Avenue School starting September 1943 in Kindergarten and going through 6th. Both my sister and brother also attended. When I started the school was in a fairly new area with farmland south to National Blvd and beyond. The school consisted of potable bungalows with an irrigation ditch running across the south middle between the classrooms and the playground area. the Principle was a wonderful man who loved and took care of the students. The teachers helped each student to understand what was being taught. Most teachers lived locally in the West Los Angeles area. I loved the school and returned to talk to my past teachers for many years. New classroom were built and the bungalows removed and chain link fencing installed and it seem to become more of an impersonal institution. But I guess it has to be that way now in this crazy world we live in now.

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2014
my child recently started kindergarten, however i've been watching this school since moving to the neighborhood a few years ago. this is a great school! principal "mr. g" is a positive, energetic, fair, and hard-working guy who takes time to get to know students and families. as the pulse of the school, he promotes high moral/ethical behavior standards and parental involvement. both kindergarten teachers are lovely ladies. parents of students in higher grades rave about their teachers too. the school is quaint, and feels like a community where everyone knows each other. neat opportunities that can be provided at a school that has less than 300 students - like fun field trips and events. my child loves richland, and i couldn't be happier with everyone i've encountered there from the front office staff to janitorial staff to the after-school program director. once this school is approved for the french-immersion program, watch out! i dare say it will become quite sought-after! it is great that, unlike other local schools in close proximity, this school does not only care about API scores. students are developed as whole individuals and not just test-takers.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Richland is our local school but we decided not to send our Daughter here for T-K or Kindergarten simply because the test scores in the higher grades looked horrible. We opted to send her to a private school in Santa Monica where she stayed until the end of 2nd grade. I really wish I hadn't have been so swept up with the test score number because if I had taken the time to visit the school, see the small class sizes and meet the staff, I dare say we would have sent our daughter here at the beginning and saved our selves money (which could have been going to a college fund) and we would have been part of the community earlier. Please don't judge this school (like I did) without visiting it or talking to some of the parents. The Booster club is very active and has been working really hard to raise funds for the school and the Principal is fully committed

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
We are a school for advanced studies with many programs including: preschool, special Ed & general education classrooms grades K-6. Grades 4-6 departmentalize. We engage our diverse students with technology including smart boards, computer lab, music program, library, young storytellers program, learning garden, after school GATE & STAR programs. We also have amazing community involvement with our Booster club. Teachers have high expectations for all students & our campus is a safe learning environment.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
Remember the story of the Little Engine That Could? I think I can I think I can - and I can! Meaning - this school has such heart and is really turning in to something wonderful! The Principal, Mr. Granade, has an open door policy to parents, staff and students. He listens. He is leading a dedicated team of teachers and staff who really care about the education and well being of each student. Richland Avenue is small and mighty. Parent support is on the upswing making the whole package complete.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
This school is a gem of a school tucked back in a great neighborhood. The school is warm and welcoming. The school is small which is a benefit in a gigantic city and a gigantic school district. This is a huge plus for a public school since everyone knows the students and parents. The staff is very approachable and the Booster Club is very supportive of the school and its students. What a find!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
Quite simply, great school, great faculty. Some that (with multiple children) over the years I can call friends. With only one year under his belt as a principal, Mr. Granade has shown a real dedication to the students, staff, and campus. He's vested. I have one graduate, and two with 2 or 3 more years to go. All good.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
I'm a new parent to the school and have had just a few encounters as my daughter will begin K in a day. This is truly a community school in which I have been welcomed directly by the Principal upon registering my daughter. I also reached out the a Booster Club parent who promptly responded to my introductory email. I look forward to engaging in my child's education and raising the expectations of public education.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
This school is a find. I have a 3rd grader and one in K. Both are thriving and benefit from the small, community school environment. All of the staff and teachers are very supportive. The school provides a number of extra circular activities including science classes, GATE, STAR and fabulous assemblies. All parents are welcome to participate in the classroom and in the Booster club. The new principal and teachers hired this last year are fantastic and fit well into the school environment. It is worth paying the school a visit.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
Love this school! My first grader is thriving beyond expectation and has become the teacher's little helper. We have been involved in this school for over 5 years and have been blessed by the level of involvement and exceeding desire by the teachers. They are happy at the school and it reflects on the children! I am able to walk to school and i look forward to the growth of this school as the neighborhood slowly realizes they truly have a hidden treasure in their backyard. Bonus: the new principal is fantastic!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
Richland is a gem of a school tucked away in a quiet West Los Angeles neighborhood. The school offers a small school environment with so much enrichment for the kids. Art, music, GATE, an learning garden, Young Storytellers, an active parent group all are part of what makes this school wonderful. Richland has a fabulous new principal who is a strong leader and respected by students, staff and parents. Teachers are all passionate about teaching. STAR after school program is offered for free as well as offering for fee enrichment. We are so lucky to have such a great neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
My daughter, who is now finishing her school year at Richland's pre-K program, LOVES this school and can't wait to start kindergarten, which is a testament to the wonderful teaching staff as well as the nurturing school environment. There is a charming, small-town, but progressive, vibe to this school that I've not found elsewhere--and I'm also a step-parent of an older child who attended (on permit) a 10 out of 10 rated elementary school in Bel Air. In terms of the sense of community and the respectful manners and leadership skills I've seen demonstrated by the kids I've observed on the Richland school yard and during events, Richland is a top-notch, classy school with parents who place a high value on academics as well as raising compassionate, poised, values-based kids. We also love the 1+acre school teaching garden and the CSA organic produce program organized by the booster club.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2011
My son is absolutely thriving at this great neighborhood school. A small student body, huge campus, and great teachers is any parents dream. Plus they have an excellent Transitional Kindergarten program. We are very, very happy our child attends Richland Avenue...GO TIGERS!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
After being hesitant of what has falsely been portrayed about this wonderful, small school, I sent my son to Transitional Kinder w/ Mrs K and we could not be happier and feel more fortunate to have this great school in our neighborhood. With only about 250 kids, set in a very cute neighborhood where everyone at the school knows each other's name and strives to make this a memorable and valuable school experience for the students, I am glad we made the decision to utilize our neighborhood public school. So far this year, we've had a fair, Bob Baker's marionnette puppet show, gardening activities, picnics and much more. The teacher had us at day one when she sent us home a cotton ball, a bag of tea and a tissue symbolizing the softness of our children, tea to relax with while we miss our kids and a tissue in case we shed some tears as our kids start school. (so nurturing and thoughtful, dont you think? I recommend this school and hope our neighborhood families come join the rest of us who love Richland!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
Disappointing compared to the other schools in the area. Needs better leadership. Some parents are VERY involved, which is a good start.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
Transitional Kinder class is very useful and my son loves this class. And Teacher Mrs.K is so kindness and great!!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2011
The teachers and assistants in the Pre-K have been very helpful in preparing my nephew who has special needs for Kindergarten. They are patient, kind, and they bring happiness and laughter to the classroom.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 13, 2010
small school but have teachers with big hearts. i love the principal who is very accessible

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
THIS IS A VERY SMALL SCHOOL, WITH WONDERFUL TEACHERS AND STAFF. PLEASE HELP SAVE IT FROM BUDGET CRISIS.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2010
I love our little neighborhood school! My son's kindergarten experience was fantastic thanks to great teachers & staff. It didn't take long for everyone there to know his name (and mine) and make us feel right at home. I interacted with his teacher daily! He's thriving there & I couldn't be happier. We especially love the school garden & the arts program. This is a true community school!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
I was a student at this school from 1985-1988 until I moved away and I loved it.

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2009
Our daughter started off at this school, back in 2006 in the Pre-K program. We LOVED it! Mrs. Yamaguchi, is a great teacher! I contribute the wonderfull program to my daughters success through 2nd grade! We didn't stay at Richland because we moved, but we even thought about commuting this year to have our other daughter, who is 4 now, attend!! We really miss it there!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Excellent teachers and staff, they are all so hardworking and dedicated to the children. FREE after school STAR program until 6pm!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Richland is a small school, and the students are wonderful! The upper grade students regularly interact with the primary grade students and it makes for a great experience for all. The administration is very open to input from parents, and the teaching staff is dedicated. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and we are making great leaps and bounds in our API.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Richland Avenue School is a great little school with a lot of parent/teacher involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
I love that the class sizes aren't crowded. And the teachers are fabulous! It is very easy to communicate with them, and they actually respond quickly. (Not so at our previous school.) The after school programs are great - though the kids tend to play rather than do their homework. But that's ok because they're active. There is a lot of parental support and activity. This has been evident more so this year with the budget cut-backs. All in all it's a great experience for the kids and the parents alike.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Richland Avenue School has a staff that is committed to high quality instruction, students who come to school ready to learn and parents that are dedicated to their children and school's success!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Because of the enthusiasm of the teachers -- and the parents -- and the wonderful afterscool activities for the students. . . .

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Richland Avenue School is a wonderful school to work at, the staff are great people and the children are fantastic. We have a very active Parent Booster Club that works really hard. We have a fantastic Haunted House created by talented aides and parents. The atmosphere is friendly and the teachers are all cooperative!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
My son is in the Preschool program here and the teachers are so terrific! There have been between 12-16 kids in the class this year but they have 2 teachers and at least 2 additional qualified assistants in the class at all times. The children in the class have been so sweet and the parents seem very involved. The principals seem very invested in the school as well and my son has learned so much and has a great time! we will keep him in the kindergarten and report back next year on his progress. So far, so good!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2009
My child graduated from Richland and went on to a Charter school and I was excited to find out that she learned so much at Richland that she was ahead of her class in every way. Although other students were struggling, she seemed to be well organized and confident that she could do the work and she did. I am grateful that she hadf this experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2008
Richland is a small, family oriented school. The kids learn well and appreciate the parent, teacher relationships. Richland is GROWING in all positive directions. Schools should not be based on test scores or teaching kids to the tests, Richland gives more to make kids care about their education and feel appreciated.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
I have to admit that before I enrolled my son into the Kindergarten class, I had my doubts about the school. Being from the neighborhood, I saw what the school was like just 3 years ago. And while this school is walking distance for us, I was ready to drive my child to another school. HOWEVER, any of my doubts have disappeared. The school has a new principal and a staff that is very friendly and inviting to listening to parents' suggestions. My child loves his kindergarten class. He looks forward to Friday Music classes and more importantly, enjoys going to school. I would definitely recommend Richland to all new families.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
I have been very pleased with my daughter's Kindergarten experience at Richland. Her teacher is excellent, caring and in control of the classroom. My daughter comes home singing songs she has learned at school. She has art lessons, music time, and a library visit weekly. The library is beautiful, the playground equipment is new, the garden a unique learning experience. There is a brand new salad bar in the cafeteria. The new principal is working hard to institute programs to reward positive behavior. I am very happy with the parental involvement in my daughter's class and the school in general. Since it is a small school your voice is heard and your involvement is felt. A lot of improvements have been made at this school and the API score went up a great deal this past year. If you are a neighbor you should definitely come by and see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
I love the school. My daughter is in her 2 second week at this school and just loves it. Her teacher is really nice and the staff are very helpful and the principal is on the ball with everything.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2008
This is the great little school that could. There is so much going for it and it seems to have turned a corner. A friendly atmosphere, lots of space, organic garden, beautiful library, mobile computer lab, and all the parent involvement is really showing. Scores are way up, the STAR program is great. We're excited to be here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 30, 2008
Richland is a wonderful school! My son's first grade teacher is magnificent and has helped him tremendously. The STAR after school program also contributed to my son's perfect straight 4's on his report card. The atmosphere at Richland is pleasant and the warmth is genuine.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
I am very pleased with my son's kindergarten experience. His teacher is wonderful, caring, and challenges him everyday! I am concerned about the API scores, but hopefully there will be as sharp of an increase as there was a decrease in 2007.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
Richland is a great little community school. The staff and students are a wonderful diverse group and it is very much a family atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
Richland needs more music and art programs. This is important for children to excel in learning. Parent involvement is okay. It could be a lot better if they held meetings at times that working parents could attend. Parent committee caters to stay at home moms.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
This is our son's third year at Richland and he's having a great experience there. It's a small little gem of a school with a big heart.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
Richland has such great potential. The 1 acre garden, once utilized appropriately, can be an amazing asset for learning. We have an Arts grant that allows for special Drama, Dance and Music instructors. The class sizes are small, guaranteeing attention to those who excel or need extra help. Fundraising is difficult and extras costs money. It's a quaint, neighborhood school that just needs more neighborhood kids and parents willing to participate.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
My son goes to their kindergarten and receives services such as speech and occupational therapy. The teachers are great and really care about the children. The staff really cater to the needs of the children and show so much love to my son. It's a small school with committed teachers and a close knit family environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
May 09, 2006
My son attends pre-school collaborative program. There are 2 teachers and 2 teaching assistants. All are very experienced and wonderful with the children. Fun activities are actually educational. Children are taught routines. The classroom is big and happily decorated with a pretend-play area. There is a large yard with a mini-garden. Parent volunteers help in preparing materials for the classroom. Reading with child is required daily. Homework with basic concepts. Academics - counting, calendar, letters, writing. All in all a happy classroom with great teachers and teaching assistants.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
September 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2004
The school has deteriorated since the current principal arrived three years ago. The sense of close community that used to be present at RAS is absent.

- submitted by a teacher
March 12, 2004
The school is developing the one acre garden into a area of learning for science and art. The principal of this school is not responcsive to nor respects the staff and parents of this school. But inspite of the principal, the school is really friendly for children and parents, embracing our differences, Richland is developing a more 'hands on' parent group who support the teachers and staff, to further enrich the entire student bodies learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
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Richland Avenue Elementary School
11562 Richland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90064
(310) 473-0467
Last modified Richland Avenue Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richland Avenue Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top