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615 Holmby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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4 stars
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May 18, 2014
Warner ES has declined significantly since the new principal arrived in 2010. She has instituted absurd rules such as "no running", "no imaginary play" and practically tethered the kids to the benches during recess and lunch. The school has essentially become a prison where the kids are required to do a tremendous amount of rote memorization in anticipation of state tests, but virtually no free thinking or creative thought. Even in art classes, the kids are instructed to draw the same thing as the teacher rather than expressing themselves. The children mostly come from high-achieving, affluent backgrounds and, therefore, the parents are usually involved and the kids are motivated to do well. However, the restrictive environment grinds the students down regardless of their achievements. Plus, as with many schools on the west side of LA and Beverly Hills adjacent, there is a virtual culture war between Persian families and non-Persians. The two sides don't mix well - as parents or children - leaving one to feel estranged by the mere act of attending a birthday party. This is a sad review for me to write. Warner used to be fantastic but has now fallen far and hard.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
They have an excellent summer program. Very good crew for various classes, such as magic, cooking, etc. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
Excellent school. My daughter attended K and a half a year of 1st grade. We only took her out of the school because we decided to move. While my daughter is attending another excellent school, it's from comparison. Warner's classroom is clean, orderly and the academics are great. I didn't appreciate Warner as much as I do now because I have something to compare it to.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2012
What are you parents thinking??? Neither do I donate any money, nor pay the yearly requested funds, due to my own financial difficulty. But, ALL the teachers AND staff AND Principal KNOW AND TREAT ME ROYALLY, and they all treat me with LOVE and RESPECT. There's obviously a misunderstanding between school needing $$ and them requiring it from you. Warner is known as well as PRIVATE SCHOOLS, and students are accepted EVERYWHERE! You're crazy to leave, or not enroll.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2012
While looking into this school I was told that in order for my child to attend this so-called public school, we needed to pay the Parent "Organization" $1500. This is appalling. Upper Middle Class white people who prefer not to spend their "hard earned" income on private school collaborating to take advantage of the tax payers public system and collectively discriminate against people of lower socio-economic satus.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2012
The last comment is absolutely unfair and not true. My son was there for 2 years (4th and 5th grades). We are not wealthy and were never forced to give the school any money or were made feel uncomfortable in anyway. Not just that, but I remember the class helping (anonymously) a family that did not have funds for Christmas gifts. My son loooooves the school, and my husband and I as well. The academics are superb, the teachers great! The one thing we did not like about the school was the school yard - all cement!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2011
A few decent teachers that treat all kids equally however the principal and most of the staff treat you depending on the amount of mony you donate to the school, This school has a low tolerance for any kind Of financial burden or any child that has any kind of disability it caters to the rich ONLY. I'm moving my kids to another school and asked the principal for a letter of recommendation, she refused and said " I don't know your daughter however I know you and your ex and trust me you wouldn't want me to write about the two of you " parents that walk into the office with check books are treated like royalty so if you're prepared to pay up, this school will welcome you with open .

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
This is a serious elementary school: they know what they are doing! We moved to the district to go here, and I am so glad. Just wish I had done so earlier. The parents are so organized that the events are fabulous and they enable amazing programming for the children. I work at a private school and the education is of the same caliber. Open House showcases the amazing amount of work the kids do all year. Parents do get squeezed constantly for money but I have simply had to say I don't have it and my kids still benefit. That said, I'm trying to contribute as I can because I really do believe in the caliber of the school. They also have some sweet traditions--mentors between 5th and 1st grade, a Winter and Spring Sing, an impressive Halloween Haunt, fabulous trips and field trips, and the best-run auction I've been to (and I've been to quite a few). My current students still wax reminiscent about their Warner days. If you have a chance to have your child(ren) attend Warner, you're fortunate. Take full advantage: enroll, get involved, and don't look back!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
great school !!! my kids love it all the parents are so involved wish i had found it earlier!! BEST SCHOOL IN WESTWOOD!!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
Warner is really awfully good. The education is certainly on par with anything available at any private school in Los Angeles. Most of the students at Warner are from families that could easily afford private school tuition, but still choose Warner, which speaks volumes about the school. Children seem genuinely happy at Warner. Warner has a reputation for being somewhat stratified along economic lines, but I don't think that's accurate. Class size rivals that of any private school on the Westside. The money requests are bit out of hand, but I think you find that at any school, public or private. Warner's program is very complete - gym every day, art weekly, lots of computers and other types of electives. The faculty is generally wonderful. Warner was the top public school in LA (non magnet) and deserves its ranking.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
This is our 2nd year at Warner and overall I'd have to give it a 4 to 5 star rating. It has it's faults like ANY other school, private or public, but my child loves it and is thriving there. The curriculum is tough, but if your child can handle it, it's a wonderful education on par with many of the private schools. There are many great teachers there and perhaps a few that are not as strong. If you are willing to put in the time to keep your child up to speed with homework, etc. and if you are willing to contribute to the overall performance of the school by volunteering your time, energy and support, you and your children will reap the benefits. All in all, you get what you give. The teachers we have had, thus far, have been fantastic and my child respects and adores them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 09, 2010
Awesome school, great new principle, amazing teachers and all around a wonderful place to be.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2010
Great academics...but really run like a private school. Money always being asked of parents. Too many strains put on teachers and very high expectations of students. Parents feel entitled to anything they want, and it gets frustrating. It's hard for some of the kids to keep up, and forget it if your one of them and can't afford a tutor. It's not your typical neighborhood school...kind of unfair. Parents love it because they feel like since the can afford the affluent area they are getting private school for almost nothing. Some teachers have been there too long. Test scores are a high priority, but not just here...it's all public schools!

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2009
This is a great school. Incredibly involved parents donate significant sums to provide additional teachers, art, music, science, etc. Half-dozen field trips/year. We switched to Warner from a private school and are very pleased. The academics are rigorous at Warner, by the way. Its definitely on par with the vast majority of private schools --- I knew that from the fact Warner kids transfer easily into elite private schools but seeing it first hand, its pretty impressive what the kids are studying there. The only downsides to Warner are really beyond anybody's control there, as far as administration, teachers, parents go. The classes are larger than many private schools and its a big school (5 classes per grade). The facilities don't look like John Thomas Dye, of course, but really they have everything they need and its kept clean. The new principal is great, so far, in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Incredible!! We switched to Warner from a private school and feel like we are still in a private school. The teachers are amazing!!! The PTA are so involved. This school has such a community feel to it, rare in Los Angeles!

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no rating September 16, 2009
Cannot imagine a better neighborhood elementary school! Art, music, sports, computer lab, and more, all preparing our kids for the next step!

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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2008
Warner Avenue is the jewel in the crown of LAUSD Elementary Schools. With generally excellent teachers and an administration that is able to prevent LAUSD from harming the school, it is the best public school gets. Academically it is more rigorous than most private schools, yet offers a more socially stimulating environment with more than 600 kids. The active parent population provides ample support in terms of time and money which allows all children to benefit from many programs the city will not pay for. If you are lucky enough to live in the district, you should come to this school - all of my kids have had the best experience!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2008
Excellent School...wonderful leadership...and a beautiful and safe campus to call home for your kids...be prepared to pay by donating time, talents and mostly treasures.

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July 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
A mixed bag. Warner is well equipped and supported by the parents and city. The star program is fantastic. The faculty are obsessed with test scores and pay little attention to the emotional and social needs of the students. Our child is gifted, so he has no problems on that score, but he is bored by the repetitive cramming for tests and inundated with busy work.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
This is my child's second year at Warner, and in general we love it. The teachers we've had have all been superb, fair, and experienced. Our main gripe: As some have alluded to here, it is very true that the unusual affluence of the typical Warner family creates an unmistakable element of wealth-based social politicking that can be extremely unpleasant for those children whose families are not in a high income strata. Many parents openly convey an arrogant sense of entitlement to the teachers and administration, and seem all too quick to use their children to expand their own professional networks rather than encourage their children to find friends based on more substantial values. However, that is not the fault of the school's administration or teachers, who I've found deal with all students and families in an even-handed manner.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
This is an excellent school with awesome teachers and wonderful S.T.A.R. teachers! This is the best school my child has been in!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
This school is all about test scores and pleasing/catering to the rich and famous parents whose children attend. The academics are as stringent as any private school and individualism is discouraged. The teachers are harsh and inflexible. The administration is overworked and often rude. They constantly hit parents up for donations to both the school and to the teachers Unless your child is a rich automaton who is happy copying War and Peace in longhand, try one of the more 'diverse' local elementary schools. Note that in this neighborhood, diverse is anyone who makes less than 100K per year.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
This is an excellent public school, with lots of enrichment programs, which give you the advantages many private schools have. Very active parent support group.

- submitted by a teacher
August 13, 2006
It is difficult for me to talk about Warner Avenue Elementary without getting angry. For all of its academic reputation, you couldn't find a school that is more cold, impersonal, snobbish. Ironically, the STAR program was a good program.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
Good, experienced teachers. Recently redone play yard. Lots of parental involvement. Class size increases after 3rd grade.

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June 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
Excellent teachers and curriculum enriched by parent support.

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May 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
My child attends Warner Avenue Elementary School. It is a clean and beautiful school with great teachers and staff. The only down side to this school is the amount of homework given everyday. It seems excessive.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2006
Warner Avenue is an excellent elementary school located in the heart of Westwood. It has tremendous parent support which helps to provide all of the extras such as art, music, science and phys ed. It's academics are superior and the school consistently is one of the top scoring elementary schools in the L.A. area.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
My three children have been extremely happy at Warner Avenue and so have we with the level of education and motivation our children have received. The teachers are so enthusiastic and it shows. The after-school program is extensive and fun, and parents are really encouraged to get fully involved in all aspects of the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
Fine school. Great STAR program.

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February 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
Wonderful school, caring, devoted teachers, art, music programs, after school programs, love this school!

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January 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2005
Students at Warner Avenue get good test scores and the curriculum is academically challenging. There is great parent involvement. The school is safe and there is good discipline. There is very poor responsiveness by teachers to children with individual needs. I would never send a child with ESL or ADHD there.

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December 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 09, 2005
Very involved parents, good teachers. Only problem is class size. Students don't get a chance to really go deeply into interesting material, and really develop a lifelong love of science, for example.

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October 14, 2005
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October 06, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
September 21, 2005
Tremendous parent involvement. Great administrative staff and teachers.

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August 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
Great school with rigorous academic program. All the benefits of a great private school without the fees!!!

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August 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
Excellent teachers and programs

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2005
This school receives tremendous parent involvement both in volunteer hours and funds received. Therefore, all the classroom supplies and playground equipment are always in top condition. The parents are actively involved in numerous aspects of the school which is greatly beneficial to both the school and the students. The classrooms are a bit crowded, but the teacher's are excellent at devoting individual time to students. They know how to bring out the best in their students, and are wonderful at motivating and inspiring.

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July 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2005
Pluses: Amazing parent involvement. Minuses: Very tradiditional and uninspired teaching. Limited emphasis on creativity. A great school if you value speed, test taking, and spelling. STAR(the afterschool program) however, is great.

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June 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
Warner Elementary has a great academic school with their APIs in the top ratings-very uncommon for southern CA schools.

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June 10, 2005
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May 19, 2005
This school has made a significant impact in my life. Im a sucessfull realtor, and come from a background in Managing large hotel chains, and providing sales and marketing with national corporations. My success truly comes from the education that I received at Warner Ave school.I was one of the unfortunate child that was transported from other schools in LA that had reached their student capacity. And I feel lucky to have been one of the students that was sent here. All my sucess is a result of the root of confidence that was planted by the teachers of Warner Ave School. They were dedicated and always encouraged me to be who I am today. special thanks, to Mrs. Botansky, Mrs. Luchsinger,Mrs. Taniguchi.

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May 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
A great public school that has had some difficulties with leadership for the last 3 years. Their academic standards are high and have remained competitive with the private schools. My oldest went on to Harvard-Westlake without any problem. They have a wonderful coach who enters the school in many city wide sports competitions. I guess my criticism lies with the changes in principals (3 in 4 years) and how willing they are to work around the massive restrictions of the larger LAUSD. And as in many schools, there are a couple teachers who should really retire. Still my family has had 12 good years at Warner.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
Very good school with hands-on parent teacher envolvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2005
This is an amazing school with diverse ways of teaching. I sent both of my kids there and I never regreted it.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
I am a warner ave. alumni, Warner was an amazing school with great standards. The teachers were all amazing to me except for one year of warenr. Now I currently do not seem to fnd any problems with teachers that my sister has. I graduated Warner in 2002, and I wish Warner was a middle school. Warner has a great program, I was taught more there then I am in my new school ( which I will keep unidetified). There were also great sports teams, who in my years always seemed to make it into the finals even when I was on the team. The teacches and staff give great care for the kids. The only problem with the school is the principal. Once the original principal left the school went downward and still is today (2005). I hope this improves. Overall this is possibly the best school in LA .

- submitted by a former student
no rating April 03, 2005
I have heard that this school is the best public school in the LA area. Kids here go to the best private high schools in the area. The area is very ritzy and the demographic is like a private school.

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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
Great teachers. But very traditional. Lots of homework. Not a creative approach. Nice mix of students in terms of race and income level.

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February 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2005
Fine for most. If you need acceleration, this is not the best choice. Families are warm and involved.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2005
Warner Avenue is an incredible school. The parent involvement is excellent, with an active PTA and a Booster Club. Fabulous sports--we have, I think, the best coach in the city. Booster Club funds an outside music teacher and a Great Works of Art program. The best thing sbout Warner, however, is the quality of teachers we have. They are fabulous and hard-working.

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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2004
Warner has excellent academics and terrific teachers. For kids that fit 'within the box' this is a great school. For children who think and learn differently, this is not always the best place.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
Highly over-rated! A good school but not a great one.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2004
We loved Warner. Mr. Kaufman is a gem; his door is always open. The kids are nice and there is a zero tolerance for bullying. Our child was wonderfully prepared when he entered middle school. The parents raise a lot of money and the school, therefore, has many extras not found in other public schools. If you are lucky enough to live or work in the neighborhood send your child to Warner. The only negative I perceived was that some of the parents are very territorial and resent kids on permits.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2004
Great school, staff and parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2004
Warner is mostly overrated. The test scores are high but that probably has much less to do with the quality of education and much more to do with the high SES of the children who attend this school. There is quite a bit of a snobbery factor to the school although most people are usually pleasant. The new principal needs to do a better job of working with parents. The STAR program is fine but very expensive and seems to close a lot.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2003
I was a student at Warner Ave. years ago, and am now a teacher at another elementary school in LA. When I was looking for a teaching position, I was looking for a school just like Warner. The was amazing then, and I know from children who live in my neighborhood, that it is still wonderful. I have only the most fond memories of Warner, and would highly recommend it as an incredible neighborhood school.

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Warner Avenue Elementary School
615 Holmby Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90024
(310) 475-5893
Last modified Warner Avenue 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.
Warner Avenue Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 82 reviews.