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K-5
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 743
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After care: Yes

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201 South June Street
Los Angeles, CA 90004

(323) 939-8337
(323) 939-3098
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May 27, 2014
I graduated from 3rd Street in 1949, and it seems as if it's still the same great school now as it was then. It was always in an affluent area. Don't remember any bullying though. Maybe we called it something else.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2014
Third Street is not a perfect school, but you will not find a better example of collaborative teaching than the production of the Fourth Grade play. All four classes have it's own cast; Mr. Pratt gets each student to shine in his role, and each teacher rallies the parents to assist with sets and costumes. The hard work of Mrs. Cha, Mrs. Choi, Mr. Bassett, and Mr. Karchmer is evident in the final productions. Every student at the school is inspired by the performances. It is truly remarkable! And, a testament to the importance of the arts in public school.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
My son attends third street elementary, this is a phenomenal school. The teacher's are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
My oldest attended Third Street from K-5th grade, my youngest from K & is currently in 4th grade. This is an Amazing School. Hands down. A focused & passionate principal, teachers, active parents & FOT a 501 C3 Non Profit, that fills in all the Basic needs that LAUSD has CUT (Proper Custodial, Full Time Librarian, PE Supervision on playground since 2012) & Beyond-State of the Art Tech Lab, Music, Art & Theater, Field Trips & Teacher Stipends. All these cost $$, Public school is not Free, it requires Both Labor & Funds to round out our children's educational experience. This school is almost 90 years old with an Amazing track record, history & in my eyes has never been better. Sure, Parents are Not Prefect in their Approach in addressing these Serious $ or Labor intensive needs & a few teachers are not a good match for your child, but given the Option Annual Giving amount (less than $100 a month) & what this school pulls off, it's a miracle. My 7th grader has not dipped Academically And goes to an Arts Magnet w/ Honors classes. I believe that Third St. has properly prepared both my children for the future & sometimes that required 2 hours of Homework till we figured it out.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2013
I feel compelled to comment on some of the previous postings. My older son attended Third Street and my younger one is currently there. Is the school perfect? Of course not! and Yes, a lot of parents are affluent [God bless them I say], but some of us are plain middle class working stiffs. Fundraising is emphasized because unlike other schools, this schools does not receive a lot of extra funding from the district. The lab, teachers' aides, and the library is fully funded from these funds! But more importantly, everything is VOLUNTARY. If you have an issue please attend the parents meetings and VOICE your concerns. I don't contribute every year, but I make sure I donate my time by helping in the school clean up and whatever else I can find time to on top of my 50 hours of work. The school's janitorial staff was largely reduced due to cuts and it was only recently reinstated to levels last seen before the financial crisis. My son enjoys being at the school and I think the administration and teachers do a superb job! Again, if you have a specific concern, talk to the Principal, your child's teacher and come to the meetings and express your concerns or suggestions openly. Good luck..

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
This school is so disappointing. I know most of the families who live in this neighborhood are affluent, but for them to be so controlling??? I agree with the parent review dated august 8 2012. These parents always ask for monetary contributions/donations. I opened my son's homework folder to find an envelope asking for money so the cleaning lady will clean classrooms year round. Don't they have custodians/janitors employed by the school to do this? Why pay extra for another cleaning lady? I'm afraid this is only the beginning. I hope anything, like this will be discussed first with all parents before sneaking an empty envelope to a child"s homework folder. I confirmed with another teacher from another public school that teachers and janitors help each other in classroom maintenance and cleanliness.The teachers in this school probably don't want to get their hands dirty. And since a lot of parents are rich, it's easy for them to just say say to this donations. What about the other parents who are just getting by from paycheck to paycheck? It;s hard to just give money away for their ridiculous reason.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
My daughter just started the kindergarten this school. First of all, parents who are volunteering, do not let the teacher do her job. Teacher just sit and volunteer parents do her all stuffs. Even grading....its kindergarten but volunteer parents do not see that 5 years old kid is trying her best to assignment. If she erased a lot in order to write nice ....she gets 3- or less color then 2.. Why there is no encouragement? Then continuously asking donation... for teacher and school? For donation, omg so much hustle. Right now i am not really happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
This schools high API scores lull parents into thinking it s a great school when it isn t. The neighborhood socioeconomics and a high percentage of students attending after-school educational facilities will always bolster the API. Big problems are that the school lacks administrative leadership (hard to determine who s in charge) and strong teacher community (resulting in low teacher morale). The principal was too busy to attend an important school bullying meeting or decide if the technology lab had violated federal policy by giving emails and passwords to students without parental permission. Results are that some school policy and mediation are shockingly deferred to parent volunteers. Some teachers are great but parents warn each other who to avoid, including teachers that are burned-out, use TV as a babysitter, screamers, and the disengaged (who spend more time on personal laptops and less on instruction). By fourth grade there is an exodus for charters, magnets and private schools which is sad because this school should be great. Enrollment is kept up by issuing permits that are not offered publicly.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
My child has been at 3rd Street for three years. It's been a great three years socially and academically. The teachers have been amazing, challenging, engaging, warm and professional. There is indeed an effort to make sure children prepare for the annual state testing, but in a way I find to be completely appropriate -- what is tested is what should have been learned that year, so why not test?! The curriculum is traditional -- rigorous study of language arts and mathematical concepts -- and uses those core skills to explore social studies and physical sciences. Thanks to district programs and parent-funded providers, my child benefits from visual arts, music, drama and technology "pull-out" classes during the school day, as well. Is everything perfect? No. It's chaotic and messy, as one might expect any place with 750 kids between 5 and 11 years old to be. Limited resources make sometimes routine things (fixing a lightbulb, trimming a tree) a bureaucratic challenge. But parents are invited to take ownership, to get involved and make a difference -- in whatever way they can. I, for one, have enjoyed the challenge, and think my child will leave the school well-rounded for it!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
At first the school appeared warm and inviting, but it became clear early on that the parents run the school and decide the outcome of many programs. It was obvious by the School Site Council, FOT, PTA, and KDLP program that if you were not a part of one of these groups or cliques, then you would not get much say or opportunity at this school. For working parents, this school is average at best when it comes to allowing different ideas for programs. They could benefit from hosting a meeting in the evening occasionally instead of always in the early mornings which is very difficult for a working parent. If this were the only issue, I would not comment. The school bullying plays a huge part of the school climate. Parents bully other parents to conform and donate, donate, donate money all the time. There were at least 3 counts of harassment that my child experienced and bullying with the lack of adequate supervision on the yard. Teachers get a time for their lunch, but I think the school needs the teachers to supervise more on the yard. If the principal would reign in her parents who act like they run the school, I think Third Street would be much better off.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
No school is perfect, but Third Street is about as good as it gets, public or private. I've read through the other comments and seen some concerns expressed about bullying. I've been a parent at the school for 6 years and I just haven't seen it as a pervasive problem. There are four or five kids (both boys and girls) who seem to be the trouble makers, but it's dealt with to the extent it can be at a public school. I wouldn't let concern about bullying keep you from sending your child here. As for other comments about issues with the parents who are involved in fundraising at the school, I'm thankful for them and their efforts which provide an incredible amount of additional enrichment programs and resources to all the students that aren't possible within the shrinking public school budgets, like a full-time librarian, full-time tech/computer instruction and new Apple computers, hi-speed wireless in classrooms, music program, extra field trips and more. The school is a wonderful melting pot of ethnic and economic diversity, and if you embrace that, you'll be welcomed into a true community. The academics are as good as any private school. Third St is a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
My child attended this school last year. Because of parent fundraising, the school is able to provide lots of extras like field trips, a computer lab, and a music program. There is a lot of pressure to give money and volunteer, but it's still a bargain compared to private school. The school could do more to address bullying. I also think kids should be grouped so they can work on more challenging material if they are ready for it and/ or catch up in areas of weakness.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
One child graduated from 3rd, and the last one will be graduating in 2012. We feel lucky we had the best public elementary school to go to in our neighborhood. The academics is superior, as evidenced by the top scores, but the nicest part of 3rd is the community of parents that we've developed over the years. An unpretentious, welcoming group of people with well-behaved children. The students are very respectful and sweet and the teachers are dedicated (some more than others). It's a school that embraces different cultures, very welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
The school needs a zero tolerance approach to bullying. By the fourth grade, there is already a hostile environment for the children. Teachers are not trained to deal with bullying, and the principal is not interested in dealing with it. The fundraising organization rules the school--including the principal. The physical campus is nice,parents are welcome and there are lots of opportunities for parents to get involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
I love this school. I went there from KIndergarten to 3rd grade, and the only reason I switched schools was because I got into a magnet. My teachers were very nice, but some of my other friend weren't as lucky as me teacher wise.

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2010
I love this school because there is a program called KDLP, and it helps people learn the Korean culture.

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2010
Overall a fantastic school - a large supportive parent group, diverse cultures, excellent language program and strong emphasis on academic performance. The teachers are great and work hard to give our students one of the best public school educations in Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
great teachers, supportive environment, wonderful mix of cultures, strong academic emphasis with a wide range afterschool enrichment opportunities. Parent run -fundraisers have allowed 3rd St Elementary to maintain arts/music and reading programs...

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
The principal Dr. Oh was named prinicpal of the year by LAUSD. My son had emotional issues and all were addressed by a hard working staff and he graduated in '06. I am now planning to enroll my grandson there next Fall '10. Homework is required except for Fridays because of their high academic standards and EXPECTATIONS. It has a very STRONG parent group and no stone goes unturned to find solutions for the school current and pressing issues. The parents raise the money for the salaries for the Librarian, Music Teacher and special projects as needed by the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Great teachers, great staff, great leaders, great students, great families and great fun!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
The most amazing school lead by fearless and creative leaders with a parent community that is about connection and support to all families from the deepest place of love and service.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
In addion to great academic scores, this school offers wealth of cultural diversity!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
As a grandparent, I have been to 3rd Street School on many occasions. I have been extremely impressed with the quality of teaching and over all education that my granddaughters receive; the parents' support at all levels, providing a solid after school programs and the safety of the school environment. Knowing the importance of creating a strong foundation at the lower levels so that student are equipped for further education, I believe that 3rd Street provides this.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
The amount of parent involvement makes the difference between a good school and a great school. 3rd St. is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Third Street kids learn about different cultures through art, language and dance. Fantastic

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Third Street is a high achieving school with a strong sense of community. It is a neighborhood public school in way that rarely exists anymore.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
I love the school my kids go to because they have many different programs that supports my kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
It is an excellent neighborhood school and a wonderful school to have in our neighborhood!

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
Great school, great teachers, great parents, oh and, of course, great and talented pupils!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Our school community had dedicated teachers and involved parents, so our students get a lot of support and are able to do their best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
the families that help support a superior academic environment and a great group of kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
amazing academics, music and technology incorporated into the curriculum, and a library to die for

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Amazing Parents, Teachers, Staff & Principal. The great balance between academics and arts education all in a Public school. We Choose this school for our children and we are very happy we did!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Its the best, the kids seem to love their teachers and vice versa

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
I love the talent and commitment of the teachers and administration, the involvement of the parents, and the spirit of all the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The best mix of students and families meet a devoted group of teachers. What a success!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The quality of young minds at this school simply blows me away.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Great principal, great teachers, great testscores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
A wonderful neighborhood school. Top notch academics in a warm community setting.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It's public and it is wonderful, we can walk there or bicycle. They have great teachers and the program is as good as a private school.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2009
I love this school. The academics are amazing. I also love the after school program. Ms. Ann is a fabulous after school caretaker whose main responsibility is to the children and keeping them safe. She handles any problem that arises in the most professional and efficient manner and is friendly to boot. The recent review of the after school care was, I believe, without merit. I'm sure if this parent came to Ms. Ann with a problem it would have been dealt with immediately. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2009
Third Street is an excellent school with wonderful teachers. The major downfall is the completely inadequate aftercare program. You really need to have a nanny or have one stay at home parent. In addition to the aftercare program being substandard, it is $650/month as compared to all other surrounding local schools whose aftercare programs are priced under $300/month.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
They desperately need at least two teachers aides to really make it a great experience for the young kids, especially in Kindergarten. It is a huge change from pre-school and there is just not enough supervision for the little ones right now. It is safe, but the Kindergartners still need a little more hand holding than they are getting.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
I have a second grader here & while I struggled with charter school options initially, I'm so glad we stayed. It's a traditional, friendly, fun, well-rounded neighborhood school~amazing that we found it in the middle of L.A.! His homework is no more than his friends get at any other local public, private or charter school and I know that he is getting everything he needs academically to succeed at any middle/high school he attends after this.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
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March 10, 2008
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February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 03, 2007
I'm a grandparent of a K. child. I visited her class and helped for two days. The teacher and school is excellent. And doing a fine job. I think the K teachers and 1st grade teachers need an aid if there are more that 19 children in the class. Classes should be smaller. The teachers here are terrific and doing an A plus job. No one could do better. I love this school ! Marilynn Noeker

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August 17, 2007
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May 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2007
Addressing the comment on pg. 1 about there 'not being enough' art/music/etc. at 3rd Street, I respectfully disagree. For years, they've had an Arts Prototype Program. Students receive approx. 8 weeks each of dance, art and drama. There's always been orchestra for grades 4 & 5. Grade 3 gets year long, weekly recorder instruction & up makes/plays their own drums. They also participate in at least 2 school performances. 'Southland Opera' does a program, where kids organically make up their own mini 'opera', using their own words & choosing music. They perform it for their peers. This year, due to 3rd Street's parent booster club, 8 weeks of choral singing class was added for all grade levels. The kids gave an incredible performance in culmination of this! They also added a more comprehensive recorder/music class for all grades. (And this isn't counting teachers who do independent projects!).

- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2006
My daughter transferred into Third Street mid-year in 4th grade from another highly-regarded school, and it was a terrific experience for her. The teachers are excellent, the academics are top-notch, and the community is very open and supportive. Very active parents make the package complete. If you have a child in a California public school, you will not do better than Third Street.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
Third street is by no means a bad school, it is very traditionally academic, high scores, and for an average child it is probably a good place to be. For a child who is either above or below average, I'd look elsewhere. There is really not enough art/music/p.E. Either. Very high parental involvement, though, which is a good thing.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
Depending on the teacher you get, your child can get a great education at 3rd Street. Parent involvement is infamous at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2006
I was a nanny for two bright children that attended this school. At times they would spend more than 2 hours on homework, even in 2nd grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
My son transfered to this school in the middle of the year last year, and it was the best thing that ever happened to him. After numerous disappointments with private schools, Third Street ended up being the elementary school we'd always wanted. The school challenges him intellectually, has helped him become better organized, and he has flourished socially.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2006
Great teachers who really guide children into the right direction, good motivation to succeed, challenging yet fun

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
Academic programs are excellent. Music edcation is good. Percent of Korean kids very high.

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September 23, 2005
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August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
Strong academics, parent involvement.

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May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
Third Street School has been great for my kids. I have a 10 year old daughter (4th grade)and 8 year old son (second grade), and they have both flourished there, academically and socially. The teachers are good and the parents are very involved. The school performs very well on test scores. This is one of the best public schools in Los Angeles, in my opinion, at the elementary level.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2005
Parents are highly involved! Fundraising seems to be part of the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
This is a great school if you are an involved parent, are willing to devote time to ensure that your child completes their homework and want a strong academic environment. IF your child needs a lot of 'hand holding', then the academics here will be a struggle for him/her. They have great, dedicated teachers, motivated students, caring office staff and great parental involvement. Your child will leave here with a strong academic foundation in all areas. Additionally, the school does a great job in integrating the arts into the curriculum with the ability for kids to take orchestra, art, dance and theater. They have a full technology lab, even though it would be more 'real world' if they had both Mac computers AND PC's. I would have liked to see more science, but overall, it was a great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
Third Street Elemantary is an excellent example of the difference that parent involvement can make in public schools. The school is among the best in the LAUSD.

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March 07, 2005
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February 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2004
Our daughter is attending kindergarten at third street. The program is very academically challanging, including providing for nightly homework assignments. The school offers a great afterschool program which offers drama, kick-boxing, dance and cooking. These programs offered for a fee supplement and enhance our daughter's experince at the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2004
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Third Street Elementary School
201 South June Street, Los Angeles, CA  90004
(323) 939-8337
Last modified Third Street Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Third Street Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top