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!
My kids to very well at this school. Teachers and wonderful. Staff is dedicated. The campus is beautiful. The school is diveresed . Administration is the tops.
I am involed with the parent groups at Short Avenue. He have come a long way. With the leadership of Mrs. Stephanie Harris (principal) and Mr. Tim Kusorrow( vice principal) Short avenue is a new school. We have wonderful teachers like Mr. Burwick, Mr. Synder , Mr Springer and the enitre staff. We have the best students in the world. Our students were able to raise our API score 44 points in one year. If you are looking for school with dedicated staff,great academics and stong parent grouips, this is the school for you. Best school on the westside.SJB
Just wanted to give everyone an update on our gem of a school... We've extended our extracurricular activities to include the Computer Club with state of the art computers, the Art Club, the GATE Academy for gifted students in addition to the GATE program integrated in the classroom, and Hollywood's Rock Academy for selected students. We've been able to fund an art teacher and a music teacher as well and have integrated their activities into the school day. We just received our $80,000 Wonder of Reading grant toward the library extension and remodel, in which we will have a permanent set of risers for kids to sit on while someone reads to them. Because of the spectacular staff and strong parent base, our school continues to improve by leaps and bounds! Even our API scores have jumped 44 points in the course of a single year, to 840! Love it!
Good school but need more parent particpation. Same people doing the same thing. We need influence and affluence to make this school something to talk about.
This is a wonderful school! With the addition of 6th grade I am so glad my daughter will have one more year here. Our experience has been so wonderful that I know my husband and I will have a harder time on her last day than she will. The teachers are simply the best. They consistently keep my daughter ahead of the curb in all subjects. Starting in Pre-k on up they have insired her and motivated her to achieve all her goals.The school year seems to fly by with all the activities and fund raisers.
Awesome school! The addition of the six grade is the best decison made. I'm so glad that my daughter can stay at Short for one more year and have time to mature and prepare for middle school.
Short Avenue is an absolute gem of an elementary school. Our son adores the teachers (especially Ms. Bautista) and staff who have worked so hard to make his kindergarten class's transition into grade-school a smooth one. We could not be more pleased.
This school is wonderful. I love it so much. Everyone works hard to continuously improve the school. The principal helps make this all possible. It will be a very difficult school for tranfer students once the word gets out on how terrific this school is. Teachers are great and the children are encouraged to reach their true potentional.
I have two kids in Short Avenue, My wife and I are so glad to have them in this school for the great environment and high level of education and activities. I think Short Avenue is the best elemenrty school in the west side. N. Al Hani
We are glad we made the right choice in placing our child here for the SRLDP/PCC program. Mrs. Salvo, Ms. Bleavins, Mrs. Noori and Ms. Lennon have helped my child blossom. Mrs Salvo and Ms Bleavins have an amazing program where they teach the kids just about everything from firefighters, the mailman, sea urchins, butterflies, where cotton comes from, different farm animals, etc... They take pictures throughout the year where they help you assemble a scrapbook of your childs past pre-k year. I also enjoyed the parent meetings and the parent education training because they really help you on becoming a better informed parent and it also gives you a chance to know the teachers outside of class and to meet the other kids parents that are in your child's class.
This is a wonderful environment for children of all ages. The staff is caring and supportive of all students and each other.
I think this school is the best of the best because the teachers know what they are doing and also the children behave really well. but sometimes teachers just need to teach more and do more activities with the kids.
Short Avenue has greatly exceeded my expectations ! My child absolutely loves school and is very challenged academically. Class size is small and it has a very community feel and a lot of pride. Kids in the neighborhood actually walk to this school and my child has many friends in the neighborhood who go to this school and then play after school togeteher! The new principal and vice principal are incredible and the school has taken on multiple beautifcation projects with new playground equipment being installed right now. I couldn't be happier with choosing to send my child to their home school. The parents are energetic and very resourceful. Now is the time to send your kids to this amazing school !
The level of parent involvement is phenomenal at Short Avenue! The teachers are focused and the principal is aware of all aspects of the teacher's curriculum. I could not choose a better school for my daughter to attend.
My daughter has graduated from short ave and it was a positive experience for her and me. She went from kindergarten to the fifth grade. The Staff encouraged respect harmony and tolerance which is greatly needed when entering middle school. I found that the teachers worked very well together, especially when preparing our children to go to the next grade. I had my daughter tested with an other side agency because she was having problems with math. The results showed that in all subjects even math she was in the upper percentages. This showed me that the school was doing there job and then some.
The school is pretty nice and the teachers since to be very nice. The school is very old and it needs alot of remoraling! The pre-k and kindergraden yard does not have any games for the kids to play with.
My two brothers attend short av elementary school. in my observation when going to their orientation, the school has a warm and friendly atmosphere, its not a big school, so i am glad for my brothers. the principal greets the students in the morning, and the teachers greet them too, i like that, short av is a very good school!
Short Ave. is a hidden treasure trove! It has climbed many steps on the API ladder the last few years. The 1st year we arrived my school was having difficulties. His teacher spent a lot of one on one time with him that year. Consequently, his reading score on his SAT's went to 86% that year! The teachers are very good and the parent leadership has greatly improved this year. The staff at the school is also very supportive.
Wonderful school, wonderful caring teachers. They encourage parent participation. Very active principal-- she knows every child by name.
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