we have been here for over 4 years and have experienced the equivalent of a private school education. Their differentiation small groups program is now being emulated by other schools - as it has been responsible for double digit increases in performance year over year. such a wonderful community!! bar none.
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!
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'.
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.
I love this school. I feel lucky to have found a small, caring, green, and academically enriching public school. My daughter is THRIVING.
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 !!
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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