We are new to Short Avenue & already in love with it! The teachers, the classrooms, the parents, the front office are all so wonderful. We cannot express with words how happy we are that our son is attending Short Avenue!
I'm a first-year parent at Short, and have loved it so far. The parent involvement is much more encouraged than at I've experienced before. The principal, Dr. Downing is passionate and loving and just fantastic. The teachers are top of the line, and all here out of love. I feel truly blessed to have my son have such a positive school environment.
The teaching staff are enthusiastic, inspiring and tireless in their efforts to enrich the lives of the students. The principal is driven in his commitment to excellence, even in the face of drastic budget cuts. We are an API Honor school who just happen to be title 1. We are not just an amazing school, we are a community, a family.
This is our first time at Short and thus far the school has exceeded my expectations! I too was concerned about sending my child to LAUSD. I've heard so many horror stories about overcrowding, kids getting lost in the system and teachers who are underpaid and don't care so I was highly concerned. Short Avenue is amazing. I am so relieved and proud that my child goes to a school that is academically challenging and fun to attend. I am happy and my child is flourishing here. Could not ask for more.
I love this school, =-) my two daughters have always attended this school and they love it. Great teachers, great environment. Mrs Salvo and Mrs blevins are great teachers. they don't just see the kids as student but also as human beings. And they are so involved with the parents too. I just love this school
I was very concerned about the quality of education my youngest son entering LAUSD was going to recieve. I homeschooled my oldest. I searched many different schools in the area and was very happy to find Short Ave. I couldnt have asked for a better 2nd grade teacher with Mr. Inokuchi and my sons 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Robinson, really is the best. He not only teaches the fundamentals but also enriches their young minds with culture, sports, music, and the arts. The children have so much fun every day that they dont want to leave when the bell rings. He is a gem and his students know how lucky they are to have him. The styles of these two teachers are very different but both are excellent and the students love them. Most teachers have been there over 10 years and the support staff is also great.
Short is a small and quiet school tucked away in Del Rey. The school has highly a highly tenured and professional staff and a very active parents organization. It is a K-6 school that offers arts and music programs and an exceptional after school program.
This is a wonderful school with fully accredited teachers and terrific parental involvement. I'm so pleased we chose to send our children to this cherished neighborhood school!
My children have attended Short Avenue for two years already. I only have positive things to say about it. The teachers are dedicated and very communicative with the parents. The administration is friendly and inviting, and the parents that are involved really do put all their heart into it. My personal experience with the PTA and FOSA is that they are a hardworking group looking to better the school. They volunteer a lot of hours and have brought amazing programs to the school along with physical improvements (i.e. SmartSpace, Bookworm Project, Tree planting, Wonder of Reading Library etc.). As a fairly new parent, I would have to disagree with the last comment. The PTA and FOSA really do give you the support you need to throw out ideas and put them into action. The school is fortunate to have parents that care.
My daughter just started kindergarten at Short and I could not be happier. Her teacher is fabulous and she is learning so much. The children are kind, sweet and friendly and really show respect to eachother. It is true that it seems like we are in the '50's in some small neighborhood school, which it is, even though we are in the middle of a huge city. The PTA/FOSA are active and the women take charge - they care and really try to get people motivated. I am currently volunteering at Short and my family has donated supplies bc this is no less than anyone else would do for their private school. Short is Great!
My daughter has been attending Short Ave. since Pre-K, and the teachers are truly incredible. Now, that she has been there a couple of years, I find that the teachers care about their students and their school. I only wish I could say the same about the PTA and FOSA (Friends of Short Ave.) The PTA and FOSA Presidents and Officers are very most self promoting, hypocritical people I have ever met. They act like they own the school, and treat others as second class citizens. Very unfortunate.
Pinch me, am I dreaming? In one of the largest cities in the world, I walk my children down the street to the same (although greatly improved) cute little school that my neighbors and their children attended since the 50's! This in itself is remarkable, but to think that the level of instruction and parent participation is top notch as well is rare. The value of having kids learn, play, and live next to their peers is unique in these times of the specialized charter, private, and magnet labyrinth. All this in a working class neighborhood, which testifies to the power of a dedicated and loving community. Thank you Short Avenue!
The is what a comunity school supost to look like.The Parents and the teachers are one big wonderful family.
Great school, great teachers, great programs, great neighborhood, great parent involvement. Filling a great need in the community for sure!
Short Avenue Elementary School is clean and safe. The teachers are excellent and innovative. The one who has been there the shortest amount of time has been there 9 years. I got lucky in that my sons are both very intelligent; both are not only challenged, but they are given private school level attention (They both attended private school until 2008). The on-campus after school program is run by Boys and Girls Club of Venice. My sons, ages 7 and 9, complete their homework, have outdoor playtime and have a snack before they come home...and it costs $28 per year for both boys.
The teachers notice our children as individuals and the students feel important. It is a great atmosphere to learn in.
This school has changed how my daughter perceives and interacts with the world around her for the better! They have a remarkable teaching staff!
Short Avenue Elementary school is a dream come true for a parent who moved into a neighborhood before becoming a parent and who always thought about schools - I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Well, last year we came to that very bridge and we planned to visit every magnet, charter, private, school around. Our first stop was an open house at Short Avenue Elementary, our neighborhood school, which is a Title I school, over 60% second language learners, beautifully diverse, but we worried - how challenging will it be academically? We couldn't believe what we found. The parents are so involved, with both an active PTA and a Friends of Short Avenue Booster Club, members working together to improve every facet of the students' lives. In the past few years, the parents here have beautified the campus, planted hundreds of trees and plants, gotten funding to build two playgrounds, and brought in special clubs and activities. The teachers are invested, excited, enthusiastic. I've spoken with them at length, and they all describe themselves as lucky to work at Short Avenue. Mr. Springer and Mr. Snyder, the awesome 6th grade teachers, stay after school to sponsor art and film clubs. They teach the kids about Basquiat and Charlie Chaplin. Ms. Trapnell, the best first grade teacher you could ever want for your child, spends her evenings working with parents to raise money and create a gifted and talented program. On weekends, she's there, watering trees and coordinating further beautification. And the administration supports it all. We struggle, as do all public schools, especially in this economic climate. But there is a feeling of community at Short Avenue Elementary School that has made Los Angeles feel into a small town. And did I mention? API of 859! Short Avenue Rocks!
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