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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 350
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1630 Walgrove Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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October 27, 2014
I left my neighborhood schools to drive the extra few miles for this hidden gem! I was looking for smaller class sizes, a strong parent presence, devoted principle and teachers, community involvement, and as much enrichment as a school could offer. WOW! I couldn't have asked for more! Studio lab, PE, theatre arts, violin, outdoor garden classroom, mobile computer lab, commitment to special education with integration, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) focus, council for resolving conflicts (and for other instances less "serious" in nature like practicing talking with feeling), free after school program, child chosen enrichment sessions, and on and on. As each month goes by, I find that I have really hit the jackpot and I am sooooo happy that I made the decision to send my son here.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
- Outstanding Violin program ! - Largest outdoor learning garden in all of West LA - with science and math incorporated into outdoor learning. - 4th grade field trip to SACRAMENTO see senate in action! - STEAM Program- (sciene technology engineering art math) with Hands-on project based learning!! - Shakespeare and Musical Theater Program. - Practice COUNCIL regularly for conflict resolution.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2014
I've been touring a lot of schools on the west side and come to realize how lucky my family is to live walking distance from Walgrove Elementary. A school that offers exactly everything I've seen at any other private/magnet or charter school in our area - if not more. After all these years here we couldn't be happier! Peace Love and Public school!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2014
This is a wonderful neighborhood school dedicated to providing the best education to our children. The teachers are passionate, the principal is dedicated and involved, and the staff are warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. The class sizes are beneficially small so teachers really get to know all their kids and can maximize the classroom experience. I'm amazed at what the parent community has done within the school, as well as with out-reach, to provide additional funding for the school and it's many enrichment offerings like STEAM, the Studio Lab, the Wildlands, and it's new Theater program. Parent volunteering whether with time or money (or both) is now a standard part of attending an LAUSD school, whether you're at a charter or not. I don't think Walgrove pressures parents for either, but they do stress the importance of both by mapping out exactly how school funds and donations are allocated and asking families to contribute however they can. My son loves this school and has loved all his teachers. We left a bi-lingual charter to come to Walgrove and have not regretted our decision. Support this amazing local school and send your kids here - they will love it too and thrive!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
I love this school so much. The community is amazing, the teachers are motivated and think outside the box. There is an excellent studio program, the STEAM program is exceptional, there is PE, a library with a librarian, and arts. This school is a perfect example of what a neighborhood school should be. It has steadily gotten better over the years , as the few mediocre teachers that were once there have finally retired or moved on. Walgrove is solid, real and just because it isn't an SAS school or isn't a charter does not mean a darn thing.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2014
I have enjoyed working at Walgrove for over 10 years now. I'm so happy to have chosen Walgrove over another school that at the time was in a much better place and more established. Since then, Walgrove has gone through quite a transformation becoming a neighborhood school with high community and parental involvement working alongside the teachers. We continue to improve at meeting the needs of our diverse learners through enrichment programs, STEAM, Studio Lab, small groups, differentiated hands on teaching and great professional development, just to name a few. I am proud to say that I work at Walgrove and would love my very own children to have the Walgrove experience!

- submitted by a teacher
September 07, 2014
I have taught high school of rears and have an M.Ed. from UCLA. To say that education is important to me is an understatement. I felt the search for the right school was stressful. Not only are you looking for the right place, but you are navigating a system that is sometimes disorganized. To say that the clouds parted when we got our call from Walgrove, is an understatement. I wasn't sure where I would get in, but I was hoping for Walgrove. I forewent many of the popular charters that called last minute and stayed at this wonderful neighborhood school and my children's lives are better for it. Walgrove is a truly progressive school. They practice Council and use restorative practices when they need discipline. No one is "benched" ever. The fact that my girl's social/emotional needs would be respected, was a HUGE plus. Academically, they thrive. The teachers are AMAZING. Truly!! And that in itself, makes it a gem. Friends of Walgrove fundraises to put aides in EVERY room, an amazing STEAM/Studio program (which is hands down why I picked this school) unlike anything I saw, a gardening program (Wildlands, kinder garden, edibles garden), drama, library, PE and more.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2014
I looked at many schools before finding Walgrove. What a gem! Small classes, enrichment, great teachers and an incredible parent community. From the STEAM lab to the Wildlands, it's truly an incredible place. A great balance of academics with attention to social and emotional development. We feel so lucky to be part of such a special place.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
Walgrove Elementary has a great year for their 4th grade students. The kids learn all about California history and government. The class then takes a trip to Sacramento in the spring to actually SEE first hand the government in action. The class works together to raise enough money so the each and every student in the grade can attend the trip (for some it is their first airplane ride!) At a recent boutique held at the school the kids sold their rainbow loom bracelets and donated their proceeds towards the class trip. Great community feel at this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
I have been really disappointed by this school's long term ability to gets its act together. It embodies all of the dysfunctionality with the 'race' and other politics endemic to LAUSD. Terrible leadership and organization. Poor academics. There is no real leadership or unifying vision at the school. Students there are just 'going through the motions'.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2013
I just love our neighborhood school. It has been an amazing experience with a tight community. My girls have flourished here. Both of them are completely different and their needs have been met. My oldest is in fifth grade and is very sad to be leaving our dear school. Like every school there are doers and takers. You will find that everywhere. I am glad to say my daughters, husband and I are part of the doers. The spirit of Walgrove is that of doers. If you want change be part of the solution. : ) The reason our API will not be the highest is because of the high iep students at our school. These students are an asset to the school. They teach our kids empathy and compassion. They are amazing. I am frustrated with people that are all about the number game. Life is sooooo much more than that.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
I have a 3rd grader and a Kindergartener at Walgrove. I LOVE this school. I drop my kids off and head to work and know that they will have a wonderful day. The Principal, teachers, staff and parents are amazing. My kids are exposed to so many fantastic programs ranging from a wonderful garden program (including the Walgrove Wildlands), a Studio lab program (which is hands on project based learning), small group instruction, and an amazing theatre and movement program (PS Arts). Every week is an week full of excitement! The parents are very involved and are constantly getting grants to create even more amazing programs (they just got a grant from Google). Find out more on friendsofwalgrove.com !!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I couldn't agree more with the last few posts. Walgrove has been an amazing school for my children. With programs like Differentiation Groups, Art Studio, PS Arts, the Wildlands, Shakespeare Club - I know my kids are getting access to a lot of individualized teaching and enrichment classes that are not offered at most schools. Grants by Google & Tommy Hilfiger are going to brings some fantastic opportunities to Walgrove. Our teachers, staff and administrators are extremely dedicated to the students and are constantly striving to make Walgrove a amazing place. My children feel safe and comfortable at this little school, and the fact that it's in our neighborhood makes it all the better! And the parent participation is above and beyond - I am proud to be a part of the Walgrove community, and so are my kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Focus at this inclusive neighborhood school is on SUPPORTING the WHOLE CHILD!! - small groups for reading and math, yoga for concentration, and GOOGLE AWARDED THIS SCHOOL A GREAT technology grant!!! Such a great community. Year of year - award winning teachers recognized by the local West LA Community!!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
We have looked at many, many schools in the neighborhood and Walgrove - is like getting a private school education - nestled into this little community neighborhood public school. Teachers come early and stay late. They respond to all your needs and go above and beyond. Everything from Shakespeare club to the STEAM Maker Lab ! They have a reggio inspired Kinder teacher and the 4th grade takes a field trip to Sacramento!! No other public school is doing this kind of work with children. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
Fantastic, small neighborhood school. With LAUSD cutting extras across the board to focus primary on The Test, this school, thanks to the parents/teachers/principal, offers lots of extras to give a well rounded elementary school education. Yes parents are asked to donate time and/or money but the results are front and center: a functional library, an amazing learning through arts studio, PE, the Wildlands Project, a council program, and even afternoon electives where kids can choose from learning Japanese and Hebrew to great science and arts classes. There is so much more too. A bit more than 5 years ago Walgrove was known in the neighborhood as a disaster and was labeled a "Failing School" by the state. A group of parents and a hands on "out of the box" thinking principal helped this school rise up from the ashes and made this school a special place for children. If tests scores are the be all/end all for you and you want your child to be drilled to memorize and regurgitate 6hrs a day then skip Walgrove. If you are sick and tired of LAUSD bare bones approach and think your kids deserves more then check out this place. We did and do not regret our decision to come here.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
I'm out.. This school gets a LOT of money from us families, but is it well spent? Way too many funded ideas have led to a watered down version of everything. The school lacks the basics, and any visible form of leadership. The classrooms can not compete with other districts -- there is very little technology. Being a small school, there are often overcrowded classes or split level classes. Some parents are poorly represented. If you ask me, it is one small clique making all of the major decisions.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
We have just started our 6th year at Walgrove Elementary School and we LOVE IT. Our kids are in 3rd and 5th grade and they are so happy to go to school every day. Things that make Walgrove different than other neighborhood schools... 1 - The teachers are dedicated to teaching the kids how to think not just spit back information. 2 - The school is small and the parents are involved so we have really cool things going on around campus constantly. 3 - Programs like Studio which every kid gets to participate in weekly. This is hands on learning at its best. 4 - Small group learning. The kids are broken up into small groups by their academic ability and taught in a way that will help them succeed. 5 - The parents are an amazing community. We love hanging out together and we always watch out for each others kids. We truly are one big family. 6 - I could go on and on about our amazing neighborhood school but my advice to you would be...come tour the school yourself and see what you think!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
The school has been wonderful from beginning to end. My oldest is in his 6th and last year at Walgrove this year, and I have nothing but great things to say about our experience. He has been academically challenged in every subject, and has learned incredible things. From performing in the Shakespeare club to taking a class field trip to our state capital in Sacramento, from learning how to compost to studying the Chumash Indians--he has been engaged, and interested in every grade level. Not only that, but socially and emotionally he has had a wonderful experience, making so many great friends and feeling success and building confidence. He actually enjoys going to school every day. To top it off, on a personal level, the community of other parents and educators I have become part of enriches my life in many ways. There are easily 15 people I can call on, all who live right in the neighborhood, who would drop anything to help me if I was in a bind. You just don't find that everywhere. I encourage you to give Walgrove a try. You won't be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
I dont think my kid was asked to read a novel during his entire fifth grade year. Academics were a joke. And that playground looks like the school district hasnt spent a penny on it since the fifties.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2013
I am a fifth grader and have been attending Walgrove for 6 years. The staff are extremely dedicated to students. The kids here are welcoming and extremely friendly and there are many people I can go to if I need help with schoolwork, homework, or trouble at school. We have technology at our school which consists of two computer carts, and on them we have a math program that I feel helps me to learn, as it teaches me on my level. By far one of the best public elementary schools ever!

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2013
franklin elementary in Santa Monica just kicked my 9 year old out of the school with 8 weeks left to the end of the year just because we moved out of the district. Not a school that cares about children at all, but i am not here to complain about that awful school, i am here to praise Walgrove Elementary. I moved to this neighborhood in the beginning of the year and 3 weeks ago we enrolled my daughter at Walgrove. The moment we met all the amazing parents, the polite staff and the awesome principal all the fears and trepidations we were experiencing faded away. What an amazing group of individuals. The parents are actively raising money to fund all these great educational programs through auctions, parties, raffles, you name it. We meet once a month for "Coffee with the Principal". During this get together we have an informal conversation with Olivia (the principal) about everything that is going on in the school over delicious treats and tasty coffee. I am so excited to be part of such a great family. I encourage everyone to come for a tour to experience the same feeling.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
We are finishing our first year of K and we love Walgrove. It's a true neighborhood community school. The parents work hard volunteering and fund raising to fill in the rather substantial gaps created by budget shortfalls. PE, Art and Theater are programs that would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the parents. Small group learning is another area created to help children who need help with challenging subjects in the older grades. I am really impressed with the principal, she works very closely with the parents and teachers to coordinate these activities. If you can't give money, there are plenty of ways to support the school with your time.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
This school really is the little engine that could. Not perfect but always striving to be better - and that includes teachers, students, principal and parents. Parents work very hard to bring lots of wonderful learning in this time of financial hardship. Parents are also willing to support the teachers and the challenges they face. If you choose to be involved in the many activities available they really begin building a community in and around school. Again, a flawed school with a lot of heart. My child feels safe and at home here, with her friends, peers and the adults on campus.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2013
Too much pressure from the PTA to give, give, give. This is a PUBLIC school. Let the state pay, and leave me alone. I care about my child's education, but I am confident this can be delivered without all of the hoopla. Geesh! It's funny how those with opinions like mine are silenced by know it all stay-at-homers. Does this happen everywhere? The principal seems to listen to the few, rather than the many.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
Being a Walgrove parent is like having a full time job without pay. I'm completely exhausted. The principal is indifferent and outright rude to parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
im a KINDER parent and so far so good i love the community in which my child school is located the family and friends of this school has gone well and beyond their way to make sure my family feels at home. My daughter loves her teacher this is only the 4th week in and she has encouraged in reading on her own (-:

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
Very poor communication from the teachers. The principal seems indifferent. Some parents are very involved, but this doesn't really seem to make a difference

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
Walgrove has met my high expectations. New and very competent principal, great teachers, nice parents, lack of social cliques, local kids attending, excellent facility and well-funded. Oh, and test scores improved by a whopping 70 points last year, not a surprise given what I just said. I could not imagine any private or charter school offering more, maybe I shouldn't post this so the school remains what it is today and doesn't get flooded with the types of problems I'm reading about at highly acclaimed Mar Vista Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2012
This school has been a major disappointment. I expected much more from a "neighborhood school." My daughter's teacher she find very "boring." He drills the children In Kinder. LAUSD is no doubt part of the problem...

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
Both my children attend Walgrove, which is our neighborhood school. They are in 2nd and 3rd grade and are absolutely thriving there. Teachers are fantastic, our new principal is AMAZING, my kids are learning tons. I couldn't ask for more. I'll never understand the push for private, parochial or charter schools when this amazing place is right in your backyard!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
It's early days yet for my little Kindergardener, but I have to say I'm overwhelmingly impressed with the parent involvement, the engaged teachers and the commitment to keep important programs going even though LAUSD has cut them from the budget. We were set to go to a private school but financially we just couldn't justify it at this time. So when we found this school we were so grateful that it seemed to have the write philosophy and perspective on education. This school is on the way up and is an asset to the community. Fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
Considering this school for my daughter. The scores are lower b/c of the higher percentage of special ed schools than the typical school. New principal this year, so we'll see how it goes. Seems to have a great culture. The comment/ review earlier probably refers to the Reggio-Amelia inspired teacher in K- it's a unique, creative approach to kinder, but my daughter will do better in an environment that's more structured - fortunately the other 2 K teachers are great that way.

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2011
Walgrove's API test scores conintue to be lower than our other neighborhood schools, Mar Vista Elem. (900 API & 9 API State Rank) & Beethoven Elem. (873 API & 8 API State Rank). The parent involvement is super high at the school! The parents raise funds to supplement the school, but still we have an API State Rank of 2 out of 10 & 741 API score. It will take more than awesome parent involvement to raise the academic standards here. The newest teachers at Walgrove typically are bringing up the standard. It is an average school that could become great!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
We are so happy at Walgrove. The educational culture at Walgrove is inspirational and academic. It is collaborative and creative. It is a community that supports its students, staff and administration. All stakeholders work together to create an educational environment that focuses on the whole child to develop lifetime learners, critical thinkers and collaborators. We are so grateful for the academic excellence and supportive community at Walgrove. Not only in the classroom, but with specialty programs as well: Council, Studio, Music Center Assemblies, PE, Library, and more. My children are not only learning, but they love to learn. This morning I asked my daughter why she loved Walgrove. Her answer was clear. We have great teachers. We have great parents. I couldn t have said it better myself.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2011
GREAT SCHOOL..... MY KIDS GETTING HIGHER N HIGHER SCORES IN EVERY SUBJECT....I WILL RECOMEND EVERY PARENT FOR THIS SCHOOL.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2011
Walgrove is a caring community of students, parents, and teachers. We have been very happy and have just completed a wonderful year in first grade. The teacher was creative and funny and warm, and my daughter loved going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
We love our school and it's community. We have been at Walgrove now for 4 years and wouldn't change it for any other choice.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
I am not satisfy with this school's expectations. My child's teacher assigns homework but does not bother to check them. The classroom is a mess; cluttered and students work displayed on bulletin boards does not demonstrate rigorous learning. I thought it's just my child's class, but I popped my head in several classrooms, and all appeared super cluttered. Has a tornado hit Walgrove? I'm referring to the bookshelves, teachers' desks, sinks, and tables.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2010
We are a terrific school with dedicated faculty, staff, and parents. We have grown in numbers and community involvement as a reflection of all of our hard work . Teachers need more support & understanding under current administration.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 10, 2010
Because our grandson attends this school. His teacher is just wonderful. This is a great school and can use the financial support.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 10, 2010
It's full of wonderful students who have caring, involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Great school. Great community. Love the support.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Great community, strong focus on learning. Teachers works hard and care about our children

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
It is important to support our local school too many of the kids end up going to different schools which takes too much support away from our local school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Great parent involvement and support. Huge grounds.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
I love the great sense of community that the school has. I love all the staff. I'm really happy and I'm recommending this school to all my friends. It's been a great experience to my this year with my son who is in kindergarten and Mr Ziff is his teacher. He is great!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
I love Walgrove Avenue Elementary because they have a good admin. staff, great teachers and a wonderful community. Having all of that makes it easy for any new comers to feel welcomed.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
Great teachers, great kids, great parents. This is a community that works hard and is devoted to quality and loving education for our children.!!! The best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
Because there is effort every day by teachers, staff, the community and thus, the students. They see it and respond in kind.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
My grandchildren are experiencing the typ of old fashioned neighborhood school experience - the kind I attended years ago. Terrific family involvement, wonderful teachers and active parent organization.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
It's small. There are great teachers. And, the parents are sooooo involved!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
great community, great families, great teachers, great principal. a school where the most are enthusiastic about their children learning and future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
We have the most dedicated teachers and parents at Walgrove. I couldn't ask for a better school for my kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
Our first year at Walgrove has been wonderful and we look forward to sending all of our children to Walgrove, our neighborhood elementary school. Most amazing is the parent-teacher-student involvement that creates an amazingly warm and enthusiastic atmosphere. We feel both proud and blessed to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
There is a very involved parent body at this school. Wonderful teachers. Awesome community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
Involved, caring, creative, attentive, educational, wonderful atmosphere. Where children learn and become better human beings, not just excellent test-takers.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
The administration, teachers and parents have defined a resonant set of core values that are focusing and streamlining every aspect of the school to support the diverse student body

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
It is becoming an awesome local school for us....

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Because it has made tremendous progress the last few years in becoming a neighborhood school again. I also admire the vitality of the parents and how much they've done to enhance the children's educational opportunities.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 08, 2010
We have great teachers and the best community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
The booster club - friends of walgrove - they do such a great job raising money to keep the great programs that my child loves: music, art, phys ed

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Great teachers, kids, and parental support. A wonderful feeling of community at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Great teachers, great community, many efforts to provide many enrichment programs to our children.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
Walgrove is on track to be as high rated as Mar Vista or Beethoven ES. Our campus, community and teachers are fantastic, with parental solidarity and energy that ensures our kids get all the benefits they need to thrive (meaning arts programs, P.E. teacher aides, computers, librarians, field trips -- you know, the things that those of us who went to public school in the 70's and 80's took for granted) and have a joyful educational experience. This is a community school that embraces diversity and respect for one another. And we have a fabulous time in the process!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Walgrove is an amazing community of intelligent, caring, dedicated parents who want to do the best for their kids, in a local, public school. It IS possible to get a great education in a public school. It takes great teachers who are supported by great, involved parents. And that's what we have.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
Supportive community of families working together with Staff/Teachers to create excitement about learning and impart life skills to a diverse group of children. We love the Principle and are thankful to be a part of the Walgrove Family!!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
Awesome ... & getting better every day! It takes a village & this village is unstopable!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
The teaching includes a variety of topics. I am from France and was delighted to see my son in first grade wrote a story about Paris and drew illustrations of the Eiffel Tower. The teachers are kind and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
They offer a variety of programs from Shakespeare Club to Kids Safety classes for parents. Nice to see the community improving a neighborhood public school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 07, 2010
nice atmosphere, great paintings on the walls, grassy play area for children. Appreciative teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
The first grade teaching team is dynamic and the 'team teaching' implemented has been amazing. A child I care for is in the 1st grade and he is reading on a 3rd grade level and loves the school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 07, 2010
Walgrove ismy home. I love the people, the children, the parents, the staff, the energy, the dedication, and the devotion to learning and thinking!

- submitted by a teacher
May 06, 2010
Parent organization has no diversity nor members of color in a school which is Title One. Where are all the Hispanic parents when there are meetings? Are they invited?

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 05, 2010
We love the high standards, education and care given to our children. Also, their student/teacher outreach programs have enriched our community.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2010
Very great and also supilles comupter class,art class,drama class,studio class,and 5 distination buses wow

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The community is making a change. The campus is huge with lots of playing room. I love the parents, being an important part of the school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 23, 2009
Walgrove is a diverse, rich school that cares about it's students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The community involvement, the teachers and the administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Amazing parent teacher collaboration to educate, care for and inspire our kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Has shown drastic improvement overall thanks to the principal, teachers and parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Everything. The teachers are fantastic, the administration is top flight, the students are wondeful children and the parents and surrounding community are great people who believe in making a difference. It's awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Walgrove is an wonderful community school that continues to challenge and enrich my child's learning. The CST scores went up from the previous year. The API and AYP do not reflect the amazing things going on at Walgrove. Change does not occur over night. The transformation began with the hard work of former Principal Yuri Hayashi and the birth of Friends of Walgrove. The transformation has been ongoing and evry year it gets better and better. Caring staff, involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
exceeds expectations, loving , warm atmosphere incredibly tight knit community , wonderful school

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Walgrove is a great mixture of local community and caring supportive staff and family. It represents all the best that a community and a caring educational facility can offer.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
I love how involved the parents are....and how every year we just get better and stronger...feels creative and expansive ...!!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
They pay much attention to the students!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
Small, sweet, meeting the needs of all students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
We have the sweetest and most interesting and creative children. They love to hear and share stories. This is a vocabulary rich crowd.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
This school is the little engine that could and the diamond in the rough! Our youngest daughter started there in kindergarden last year. The school far exceeded our expectations. We were amazed by the passionate parent involvement and our new Principal, Ms Fortier is just tops! She really knows her stuff and works tirelessly for the school. Our test scores just went up significantly and this year, we are on track to do the same. And ... we have PS Arts, Studio, wonderful teachers aides too. We are so thankful to have found such a wonderful community oriented school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Walgrove Elementary is a culturally and ethnically rich and diverse community of students, teachers, administrators and parents. And a true reflection of the history and cultures of Los Angeles. Our children are proud to call it their school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Techers, principal, FOW group, campus, aides, STAR - need I say more

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
It has awesome teachers -- who impact & challenge our kids daily!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
I love the amazing community that is being built while striving for excellent education and process of learning amongst the children. It is amazing to go to our local school and know the neighbors that go and all be a part of this hard working team committed to making a difference.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
It just keeps getting better and better! We are glad to have this school in our community.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
This school has completely turned around and is now one of the best in our area.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
The little community that could - teamwork and enthusiasm for our kids, amazing teachers and principal create a wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Walgrove is an amazing place. The teachers are wonderful and the community of families is welcoming and committed. We said no to several of the top magnet schools on the westside in order to be at Walgrove, and I've never regretted that decision.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Walgrove is a great school! The parents, teachers, and principal are all working to make this the best school in Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love the teachers at our school and the wonderful Walgrove Community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We are so happy with Walgrove Elementary! It is advancing in every area in spite of cut backs from the district. This is because of the community & parent involvement. You could not ask for a more supportive atmosphere in an elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Walgrove Elementary is continuing to advance in every area in spite of district cuts. This is largely due to the community & parent involvement. The principal and teachers are of the highest caliber and work to give our students the best education. They are accessible and very coumminicative with the parents. We love our neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We love our school. The principal and teachers are the best! Friends of Walgrove (Parent Booster Club) is supportive and fully involved in helping Walgrove continue to advance.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
Because my 3rd grader is thriving and loves his school! The teachers are passionate and dedicated..its a great community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Walgrove has wonderful, caring teachers and a great working staff and parents. I love the personal attention given to the student--it's a great family atmosphere.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2009
Walgrove is a true community, where parents, children, teachers and administrators are working together to create an educational environment that respects children and nurtures their intellectual and emotional growth. We feel lucky to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our teachers are forward thinking and so is our principal. Lots of school spirit and active parent booster! Our art / science / math additional programs are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The Jewel in our own backyard. Walgrove has become the perfect neighborhood school for our family with so much parental involvement and a group of teachers who love what they do. It's so great to be a part of this growing community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Walgrove has an amazing community, that works to fill in the many gaps the buget cuts have left us with. It's an amazing group of families, teachers, and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It's a wonderful school with a great deal of parent involvement and improving test scores. A number of parents work tirelessly to continue to make the school better, increase the community enrollment, and make the educational experience a nurturing, enjoyable, and quality one for our children. I think the administrators and teachers are some of the best in the LA Unified system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Walgrove Elementary has the most terrific teachers and students.

- submitted by a community member
March 30, 2009
We landed at Walgrove last year after we didn't get into any of our 1st choice charters and we have not been disappointed. Parent involvement is high and the kids are learning well. There is additional art, music, pe at our school. Hard to believe there is a 4 rating. Check back in 2 - 3 years and watch the ratings climb!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
I love Walgrove. The teachers and the parents truly care about the education and well being of all the children. I see so much involvement from the parents and a real potential for excellence. I know that we will acheive excellence in a short time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2009
Since the arrival of the new Principal Arlene Fortier last September, Walgrove Elementary has become one of the top schools in the Venice Complex getting better as more community children are returning. Parents might want to think about turning Walgrove from a K-5 to a K-6 to attract more community students to give parents more option for 7th and 8th grades. It might be time to look at some data to support the benefit of K-6.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 24, 2008
Walgrove has undergone many changes- starting with last years surge of parent involvment. This year even better. I have a 1st grader at Walgrove and she has done well but only because I am a participant at school and we were lucky to have a good teacher. There has been a change at guard -new principle who has much expereince but not all staff at walgrove is that experienced. Some teachers have a rigid way of teaching (our experience last year) without innovative or out of thebox methods of teaching. I do love the arts teacher but our librarby lacks expertise.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
Walgrove Elementary is filled with caring parents and teachers who are dedicated to helping it grow. The care and enthusiasm that my child has received exceeds the level of learning that she has had there, which is probably more of an LAUSD issue than a Walgrove issue. The programs are increasing in depth, and the students seem happy on campus. The PE and arts programs are not that in-depth or well-funded, but I like the music program that is enhanced by PSArts, as well as the part-time nurse on campus. With the continued support of the parents, I am hopeful that Walgrove will continue to grow in strength in programs and quality of learning that it offers.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
This school is in transition. There are great parents doing great work, and have and will continue to offer tons of energy and exert pressure for positive change. The K-1 classes have undergone somewhat (but I would not say a full) revolution of sorts. But whether the school has strong leadership and a unified vision in practice of what is valued in the classroom in terms of the way children are seen, treated and learn, and what is important in terms of curriculum development and methodology for K-5, remains to be seen.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
My child is in Ms. Pliska's kindergarten class (2007-8) and I've been really happy with the care given to their individual needs, both intellectual and emotional.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
I have twins in kindergarten at Walgrove Elementary one in Mrs Chin's class and the other in Ms Lai's. What I found most impressive was the faculty's ability to correctly match child to teacher through my own explanation of the kids' very different personalities. And they were right on the money. I also sense genuine concern for the learning experiences my children have there. These teachers really care about their pupils and provide a caring and nurturing environment. Walgrove may not have the big bucks that a school like Pali has, but the love and parental involvement are definitely there. That, combined with the fact that the administration actually values parental input, has lead me to believe that the reputation Walgrove has for being up & coming is well deserved.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2008
Was a former parent at Couer D'Alene Elem. After losing our permit, we were 'forced' to attend Walgrove. After reluctantly being here this year in 2nd & K, I only have GREAT things to share. Campus/Programs are much nicer all around. Excellent kindergarten yard, Wonder of Reading Library, Rolling Media Lab with 20 brand new Apple laptops for all grades, Art, Music, PE programs, vegetable garden, Studio room, plus electives like natural history & science week, dental health day, 2 field trips a year, small class sizes & more. Walgrove also has STAR, the amazing after-school program many schools aim to have but don't. Students are from the neighborhood with an amazing parent body. Scores of the school are not a real representation because they are mixed with special education scores. It s not without its problems but Walgrove parents are committed to making it the best school it can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 03, 2008
My child is in kindergarten and I can't believe the involvement! The principal is approachable and very involved. The teachers are well trained, patient and very involved with the children, parents, and the curriculum. My son adjusted to a structured environment and is flourishing and excited about learning, as well as enjoys the school and the other children. The campus is beautiful; they even have days when the parents get out there and beautify I have really enjoyed getting involved! I would rate it a 5, I couldn t ask for more! Jane

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
I am a first grade parent and my daughter loves the school. The teachers and principal are oustanding. The principal has been extremely involved in turning around the school.The principal is committed to education and the needs of the school.The school has so much to offer that many private schools offer at a high Price. Walgrove has a wondeful feeling of community and family.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
Walgrove Avenue Elementary should be rated a 9. My son is in Fifth Grader at the school and I have been impressed with the entire staff. The academics are outstanding and up to the same level as any catholic or private schools in the area. My son has been doing pre-algebra since the end of the fourth grade. His reading level was tested and he is reading at seven grade level. I credited it all to the teachers and principal at the Walgrove.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2006
Despite the school's history with poor academic scores - I am not disappointed with the academics. My child is in Kindergarten so it is hard to tell, but I am quite happy with his learning progress (he's starting to read) - but more importantly, his interest and enthusiasm to learn. I work with gifted and believe that Kindergarten is critical - for developing learning attitudes more than developing academic skills. I have been very happy with my son's teacher. I am a little dissatisfied with the principal -- while she seems committed to making this a good neighborhood school & is trying to get more neighborhood kids into the school -- her promises, actions and agenda are not always consistent (like any politician!) The after school STAR program is exceptional. The school needs more attention to GATE. Parent involvement is good and getting better. I've been very impressed with the parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2006
My son started Kindergarten this year at Walgrove and I couldn't be more pleased. Most of the children in his class are from the neighborhood. He is motivated and happy and especially has taken to the STAR program after school. I am grateful that Walgrove is instilling the love of learning in these important formative years. I can only imagine that with the growing support of the neigborhood, Walgrove will get better and better every year.

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June 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
This school is a great school. The teachers are great and the community is very much involved with the school. The way they help students are fabolous and I would recommend students to attend there.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
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Walgrove Avenue Elementary School
1630 Walgrove Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90066
(310) 391-7104
Last modified Walgrove Avenue Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Walgrove Avenue Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 129 reviews. Top