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PK-5
Public charter
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 326
 

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12500 Braddock Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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(310) 306-3484
(310) 306-3245
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November 11, 2014
I would have to object to the previous reviewer's comment about Goethe only celebrating German culture and traditions. There have multiple opportunities both inside and outside the class where other cultures are shared and taught about. International Fairs have been held over the years presenting the food, traditions, dances, artifacts etc of countries from all regions of the world. To name just a few examples - my daughter's class learned about Native American culture, my son did a class project on Thailand. His class learned and performed a traditional African dance taught to them by their classmates' mother. My daughter's class just went to Olvera Street after spending multiple days learning about Dia de los Muertos. Her classmates' mother was just in class wearing a beautiful sari and bindi teaching about Diwali. Two interns from her previous class was from Spain. The list goes on! To say that the school only honors and teachers about the German culture is obviously incorrect and misleading.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2014
Goethe has been an AMAZING opportunity for our kindergarten daughter! We are not bilingual but SHE is on her way! Yes, we would have preferred Spanish, but one look at all the amazing experiences she has already had in the 2 months she has been there we are not looking back! She has made great friends (she's shy!), the parents are super supportive of the kids, other parents, teachers, staff. There's always something fun going on which is great! A big plus was a group social for incoming and current Goethe fathers - love it! Affordable after care as well until 6 pm! Every day I drop off our daughter I feel grateful we won the lottery (literally!) to get her in to this school, and grateful we found a solution to securing the highest quality education without paying private school tuition. For those of you who don't already know- Goethe is an International Baccalaureate school (IB), LAUSD Distinguished school that scores 9 out of 10 on greatschools.org website, has an API of 921, and is WASC accredited. It's a language immersion school- 50/50 English/German language, with Spanish starting 3rd grade. It's in the Westside in the Del Rey/Mar Vista area. **GO FOR IT!**

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2014
In response to the review that the administration is slow to respond to concerns from parents. How else would you want an administration to act? They are calm and patient in dealing with concerns and measured in their response. In general...I find the administration to be fantastic, the teachers a good mix of caring and strict, and the curriculum to be top notch. Thanks to this school, my three children are trilingual and scored near perfect scores on last years API test. What more could you want from a publicly funded education. Plus the amount of diversity has to be among the top 10% in all LAUSD Schools. I would like to see more after school sports options.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
I would not go so far as to rate Goethe with a 1 but celebrating German cultural does not necessarily make the school diverse. To avoid redundancy, I will second the review from 2013 that states "It's a German school and celebrates German holidays with no acknowledgement of any other cultures." Yep! I can also say that the administration is slow at responding to concerns from parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2014
To a parent who rated Goethe with one star: Could you please share what you mean by 'narrow experience' and what kind of concerns were not addressed by the school administration? My son is in K this year and our experience is totally the opposite. From what we've encountered so far Goethe offers very nurturing envinronment with administrators willing to meet and talk upon very first request.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
Goethe International is a great school if you are seeking a narrow experience for your child coupled with zero to no response from administration about concerns.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
I never write reviews but I have to to correct the submissions that say the school is not diverse. I have to say it is the complete opposite. It is the most diverse school I have ever seen (that being in NYC or LA). There are more mixed races and nationalities among students and parents then any other institution I have ever seen. A true international representation.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
There is a HUGE amount of parent participation at Goethe and that's what makes it so amazing. It's a hands-on school. This builds community and kindness between parents and staff members. Children are kind to each other, as kindness is a number one rule! Goethe definitely deserves recognition for all of it's wonderful qualities.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2014
Goethe is awesome! We never get bored in this school. There is always something good happening

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
Goethe is a unique gem of a school. Between the IB curriculum, German immersion, caring community, Friday breakfast caf s, and amazing teachers and international interns, this school has it all in a way I can't imagine any other school does. My two boys are thriving here. The Executuve Director is caring and approachable and the teachers are passionate and seem to love what they do. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
The word kindergarten comes from the German word literally meaning "children's garden." The term was popularized in 1840 by Friedrich Froebel who envisioned a setting where children could thrive, develop and be nurtured. Much like an actual garden, Froebel wanted an environment in which children could tend to their budding, natural curiosity about the world and, in turn, be cultivated into playful, social, healthy individuals. I have volunteered at several schools and am certified to teach and direct. I am currently a stepmother of a child attending Goethe. I must say that the curriculum as well as the staff are outstanding! Goethe is a dual language immersion school that promotes independence in a small environment. Your child will not fall through the cracks here! Why learn German? Because, Germany is the 5th largest economy in the world and you want to give your child the best opportunity you can. Goethe is a Charter School that is tuition free! My stepdaughter started in Kindergarten and within a little over 2 years speaks, writes and reads German fluently. She is officially trilingual.

- submitted by a community member
April 03, 2014
Goethe International Charter is an amazing school! My child goes happily to school every day and on some days actually hurries me out of the house to be able to partake in the pre-instruction running club they have going on daily. The IB based curriculum really makes children want to learn and ask critical questions as opposed to mere memorization. The project based learning approach makes children curious and demands that they look at subjects from all different angles. Though we are a bilingual family and can support the German immersion at home, I am amazed at the level of competency that many of my son's friends display when talking German to me, many of whom have no German support at home. GICS works! The one and only improvement that the school needs to make is that they need to move to a different building since the space is shared with a middle school. There are huge efforts underway to do so. The school's parent community is very involved and is a huge fundraising and volunteer force. They exemplify parent involved education. Go Goethe!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
We absolutely love this school. Our oldest started when it opened in 2009 and we now have three children attending. We are grateful that our mixed children are part of an international community that hails from Portugal, Spain, Russia, Sweden, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil, Peru, among many more, and a teaching staff that has taught in Germany, Japan, Chile, Columbia, etc. It's a pleasure listening to all the different languages spoken on campus. We support the IB learner profile, the Units of Inquiry, the Caring School community, even the Think Cards :) Oh, and don't forget the pen pals in Berlin! Yes, there are fundraising and volunteer expectations, but even at a $20-30K/yr private or parochial school, you are expected to contribute time and $$$$ on top of tuition payment. In my opinion, these fundraising and volunteer opportunities are a great way to meet other parents. My personal favorite are our shine-the-school and garden clean-up days. And on many such occasions, we ended up walking away with plans for a dinner and/or a playdate with our new friends.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
My school has a heart, excellent teachers, innovative curriculum, dual language emersion, motivated students, compassionate leadership and a community that cares deeply about the success of all the students. In addition to the 900+API, our success is measured in how our children are critical thinkers and life long learners.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
We love this school - as it is one of the few real diverse schools in LA. Not only do we have a lot if different nationalities, but most of the children attending are somehow mixed. Either their race, there nationalit and I would even go as far as religion. The teachers embrace these differences and somehow build them into the curriculum. My kids love to go to school each morning and I feel lucky that we found this place to give them a great start into their future!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
I don't normally post reviews, but something from a couple other reviews prompted me to do so. The reviewers that said Goethe is not diverse were shocking to me, as that was one of the reasons I sent my child here! Many schools in the area offer little to no diversity whatsoever. My child learned about all the different holidays and events, from Martin Luther King Day, to St. Valentines Day, to Black History month, to President's Day etc. I have found the school to be quite diverse, not only in its population, but in its teachings. I gave four stars because of the constant campaigning for money, donations, etc. I guess all schools do that now, but I still find it exhausting. Additionally, there's a gala fundraiser auction coming up, and the tickets are $90 to $100 per person! That automatically eliminates lower-income families from being able to attend. Instead of making the ticket prices lower so MORE people could attend, the tickets are high so only certain people will be able to attend. That, I think is a poor decision. Overall, the organization of the school does need work. However, I am pleased with the curriculum thus far.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
Awesome news for this school. The school was just RECOMMENDED by a site visit team to be a CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL!!! This is an incredible achievement for a school only 5 years old! The review team came from Laurel Street Elementary, an extraordinary school in the Compton District. Diversity is part of the picture that they are making of the school. As to the other review about lack of diversity, I really take issue with this.There are over 45 nationalities represented! My child is interacting daily with kids from all over the world. And when I drove home on Feb 28th and commented on lack of traffic, my child surmised it was because everyone was going home to celebrate early. I asked, what do you think they are celebrating? "Black History Month! They are celebrating Martin Luther King and freedom and all the good things that he did for our world." This was indeed a central facet of my child's learning that month, as has been other native history, and I am proud that my child is learning in a diverse environment. I CHOSE this environment because of its academic excellence, the bilingual opportunities, and because it is more diverse than my neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2014
I selected GICS for their academic record, but I am discouraged by the school environment. My child's teacher is very defensive if you raise basic issues about classroom behavior, curriculum, etc. Goethe is a German/European/Caucasian focused school. The teachers, parents association, and administration are not diverse. They do not acknowledge other races/cultures in the overall school environment; there was not one mention of Black History Month even though the school claims to be 9% African American. The parents/parents association discourages "outsiders" and they are not open to new ideas. The School Administration seems to allow the parents to take over, and they show very little authority. The current principal does not meet with parents individually or respond to emails/phone calls promptly. They are working on diversity to meet the LAUSD's demands, but I'm not sure this is the best place for my child, and we are looking for alternatives for the next school year.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
We have been at Goethe since it's inception. It touts itself at a culturally diverse school and in actuality it is not. It's a German school and celebrates German holidays with no acknowledgement of any other cultures. The administration is different every year, there is a high turnover. My child is behind in math, reading and writing. We will not be moving on to the Goethe middle school if they somehow get approval.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2013
Our school's main office has just announced they've secured a new private location in Marina Del Rey! This is an awesome news! It will allow Goethe to become a Middle and High school eventually. Just imagine your kid going to the same - very special - school from beginning to the end. Perfect!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
We are in our second year at Goethe. Our son started in Kindergarten last year. We are very happy with Goethe. Things we love: committed/passionate parent community, international community, connected student body (rarely if ever hear of bullying or those issues), everyone on the same page for school growth/expansion, inspiring philosophy/vision. Every time I asked my son how his day was on scale of 1-10, he says "100"! Just recently he wrote us a note that he "loves school. it is fun." Our son has found a fun, loving community of friends and he is excited to go to school everyday. The Administration and GPA is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
This is my first year at Goethe. So far, it's been great. My sons really likes his teacher and new friends and is excited to learn. I've never seen a school with so much parent involvement. I love it! It motivates me to be more involved than I've been previously. TEAM GOETHE!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
We are off to a great start this year with improved API scores, an exciting new team leading the school with a greater focus on the IB certification, a new TK class and two additional kinder classes. This school has a remarkable parent community that really works together to achieve goals; and the children are thriving in the classroom, I couldn't ask for more. My son loves his school and enjoys learning a second language (German).

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Imagine a school where: every teacher you child has had from Kindergarten through 4th grade is terrific, your 4th grader conversationally understand a foreign language, and the parent participation and donation rate is through-the-roof. Well, this school exists, and it is Goethe International Charter School. Once the school finds a permanent physical home, it will cement itself as a world-class primary years public U.S. school.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
My son just completed Kindergarten here and we love this school. The teachers are phenomenal and the staff caring and concerned. I am extremely pleased with the method of learning, my child has creative and explorative homework assignments that encourage him to think and inquire, investigate and learn, in an organic authentic manner. I do not feel that they are teaching to a test and I appreciate this aspect of the school. My child came in not speaking any German and has developed the ability to understand and communicate in basic sentences in one year. I love this school and I strongly disagree with the previous two reviews. I feel that the school needs a permanent facility to recognize its full potential, something that will hopefully happen in the near future. The board and the administration are doing the best that they can (this school is still in its early stages) and the school does their best to handle problems, concerns, and difficulties of parents and staff. I wholeheartedly give the school 5 stars, as it is truly a gem of a school!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2013
The Teachers and interns at this school are great. I was very happy with the principal the board hired last year, but they fired her??? I am having great concerns about the board and how they are running the school. They have hired/fired a new principal every year for the last 4 years. They do not seem to know how to run a school. They are making huge decisions without informing parents. The IB curriculum is still incomplete, but their biggest concern seems to be securing millions of dollars in loans for leasing a new facility (unnecessary since LAUSD has to provide a space for our school). The board expects parents to donate a lot of time and money, but they will never engage in an open discussion or even answer questions from the parents or staff about their decisions. I don't feel my money is making it to the classroom, it's being wasted on bogus site plans, computer models of buildings that are never leased out and paying for uncompleted contracts of the principals they fire. Principal leadership gets 1 star. The board gets 0 stars! School parents need to be more involved (more volunteers) and pay attention to the decisions the board makes (go to board meetings)!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
I have to disagree with some of the comments. In the 2 1/2 years that we were at this school, my son suffered terribly from bullying from kids some incidents I have witnessed. The administration did not do much to help our son to feel safe and secured. His 4th grade teacher seemed to care. But I think the staff needs to be trained on being compassionate and understanding to a student who was being bullied. The school went through 3 different principals, one principal quit and sent an email to all parents stating that she was bullied by her staff. My son liked that they had barely no homework, but the way the IB was set up at this school was very unstructured. Perhaps due to the fact that the school was very new when we started, the lack of organization & structure can be understandable.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
We looked at all the charter and magnet schools in the region and chose Goethe so our daughter could learn a second language, even though we don't speak German. We couldn't be more thrilled with the school. The kids get along so well, the families are involved but not in an annoying way, and everyone - from the administration, parents, teachers, and school lunch aids - are all committed to the kids on an individualized level. We just had parent/teacher conferences and I was blown away by the quality of materials they had for the kids, and the pedagogy the teachers were using in teaching the kids. They ask for donations and we had to contribute a lot of supplies at the start of the year, but it's worth it. The kids here are getting a comparable education to the private schools, I'm sure of it.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2012
This is my child's 2nd yr and she is extremely happy. The new Exec Director and Pincipal this year are wonderful with lots of experience in education. In the few short months they have been in place, there has been a significant improvement in the school's operations. I feel so much better about this yr vs last and can't wait to see the wonderful things our new leaders will continue to improve. The teachers are top notch and are just plain, AMAZING! We feel blessed to have the opportunity to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
We had Back to School Night today. The school has an awesome new Executive Director and an excellent new Principal who work very well together. What I like best about the school is the international inquiry based approach (IB) which is really unique and hard to find in L.A. It is quite challenging with the German immersion programme though but it is beneficial for both of my kids. They love their friends and their teachers. My husband and I have found many friends here which come from all over the world.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
My son has been going here for 2 years now, and my daughter is about to start kindergarten. Has there been some drama between the board, parents and teachers, yes. However I've stayed out of all the politics and gossip, and honestly, it is a brand new school that is still trying to find its stable footing among all the charter -lausd politics. What really matters to me is my kids... do they love their school? Yes. Are the teachers wonderful and love the kids? Yes, (and though there are many new teachers this year that I'm getting to know, I know that the atmosphere that is bred here is nothing less than that of teachers that truly care and love their students). Are they learning and excelling in school? Yes. So if you'll have a little faith and withstand the choppy waters, you might just have your child in one of the best public schools in the city. I still believe in its potential!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
Excellent place of learning. Our 2nd year, we are very happy here, and so is our child.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2012
I extra moved from a great school because of the German teaching and the IB which I found important since my son is fluent in German but needed help in Grammar. The teachers try to give their best to the students which can be challenging at times. We found many friends and other German parents so I would recommend the school. Unfortunately this school had 3 principal changes in 3 years and that definitely was and is a big problem. Aftercare seems to be ok for most kids, and is rather cheap ($7.50 /h) and since we got some fantastic girls doing the aftercare group now it improved a lot. All in all my son found great friends and we are sorry we have to leave for middle school!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2012
At Goethe it is hard to voice concerns just parents discussing with each other. Our child resists German week and Sundays before are a challenge. We find the teachers and principal not very responsive or helpful.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2012
Before sending my daughter here from a private school I was a bit apprehensive. This school quickly changed my perception of public schools! It's amazing! Our family was welcomed immediately & the variety of fundraising events are very convenient for us. My daughter is a second grader here and loves her teachers! The diversity & new language she's being exposed to is the icing on the cake. I'm really hoping this school becomes a K-8!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2012
I really cannot say enough great things about this school. After 2 disappointing tries at other "so called" good lausd schools, I didn't expect to find this hidden gem! Small classes, amazing teachers & a close knit environment. My daughter, who previously spoke NO other languages at home loves the immersion program! For the first time ever she's excited to come to school. For a parent, that is a thrilling sight to see.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
beyond rude. stick kids in classrooms and show cartoons. terrible administration, huge turn over of children.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
Not just excellent test scores, a great learning environment. There is a lot of school community support.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
Our school is amazing! I am entering my 3rd year with children here and I am blessed we have this school. All we need now is full and total community and LAUSD support to make this a K-12 school and rejuvenate our neighborhood as a place we are proud to live in.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2011
The school has a fantastic parent body and truly dedicated teachers . People should not complain about being asked to help. It is a brand new school and fundraising is a must. Fundraising and helping out teachers is needed and people who cannot/do not want to do either should look for another school. The involvement of parents is what makes this school so special. There is always room for improvement, but I believe Goethe is truly a gem within LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
In one word: great school. We had already tried two local public schools, got frustrated, and only here we found a right place for our child. The only problem is that they do not allow our school to add a middle school. If the problem stays, we will be forced to transfer our child to the middle school of another district after graduation from our elementary.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
Not best for my son. He doesn't enjoy German class. I feel like parents have been asked for participation/ fundraising too much. I hope committee understand some of parents work full time.... We are looking for another school for my son.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
Wonderful school with a very dedicated parent body, but unfortunately my child is not happy with her teacher at all. She dreads going to school and what is supposed to be fun in that age became torture for her. I wish they would pick the teachers a bit more sensible, especially for an IB school.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
My daughter began in its first year in kindergarten. She is now in 1st grade. My son will begin next year. Goethe is the rare jewel I searched long and hard to find. I'm not waiting for Superman; he's right there in the classroom! Actually, my daughter's teachers are Wonder Women! Kudos to all the parents who labor in our efforts!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
Goethe International Charter School is a fantastic school on so many levels. The International Baccalaureate model of teaching should really be the model for every school - it is an inquiry, project based way of learning that makes learning that much more fun and tangible. The teaching comes from the children and is brilliantly guided by the teachers and staff to, of course, meet all of the California Standards. The German immersion model has my child singing, speaking a little and understanding German already, even though we do not speak any other languages at home. What a gift to give to your children! And, you cannot beat the families at the school. There is so much parent involvement and so many different ways in which to be involved. We love the fact that our children are learning on a global level in so many ways. This is a school that teaches children to own their knowledge rather than just renting it!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
German, English and Spanish are languages studied BEFORE my child is 10! I want to prepare my daughter to be a part of the world, not just a small piece of it. Goethe not only practices the California State Standards, they also teach to the International Baccalaureate model which include more global concepts. Their teaching philosophy is great!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
I love Goethe and and my class.They have a perfect combination of serious teaching and fun.When i first started Goethe(i was the new student),the class made me feel like i was at my old school.The family's at Goethe are really open-hearted.Sometimes on vacations i even MISS not going to school!

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2010
If you're looking for an ambitious program for your child, this is the place to go. My daughter is in her second year at the school, and is very happy. She's challenged and loved every day by dedicated teachers, staff and the amazing parents who are very involved. She's excited to practice her German skills at home, and I we can see her vocabulary and understanding expand each day.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
This is a fabulous school, and not only do my husband and I love it, but our children do as well. They look forward to going to school and I have never heard them so much as utter a negative comment about their teachers or the principal. We are very happy with this school, and we are happy to be part of such a tight knit community of exceedingly caring and involved Goethe families.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
My kids finished their first year at GICS and loved it. As a parent, I wanted something extra for my kids than the regular public schools. GICS was able to provide that with the German Immersion and the IB component. Great parent community, great teachers and a fierce-less leader. We are gladly coming back for our second year at GICS.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
This school started in 2009, and there were many ways that it might have gone wrong, but it went incredibly right. The staff are extremely caring and enthusiastic. The level of parent involvement is amazing - literally 100 parents will turn up to almost any kind of volunteering event. It might seem like a minor thing, but it has the most sensible homework policy of any school I have heard of. I find homework policy in LAUSD to excessive, and it causes conflict between parents and kids, when parents need to harass children to do homework and argue, instead of hang out and have fun.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
We just completed our first year at GICS, and I can't say enough good things the experience. Small class sizes, the very best teachers, language immersion and the IB learning model add up to an amazing educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
Fantastic parent/teacher communication, excellent diversity, outstanding one on one style attention with the children. The faculty truly cares for the children. Although this school is very new, it is an up and coming school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
Gem of the neighborhood! Great community and very dedicated staff. German-immersion with added IB teaching style. Any child would be lucky to attend this new, progressive tuition-free school that is just as good if not better than any school money can buy!

- submitted by a parent
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Goethe International Charter School
12500 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90066
(310) 306-3484
Last modified Goethe International Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Goethe International Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top