I have to disagree with this recent review. One of the most wonderful things about this school is its diversity! We have students who speak a multitude of languages and who represent over 50 cultures. Children have learned about cultural holidays such as Dia de los Muertos, Chinese New Year, Hanukkah, Cinco de Mayo and more. They study other countries and continents starting in Kindergarten. If a parent would like to see or celebrate more, then I think the administration and parents would welcome ideas.
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.
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!
At Goethe International Charter School is not only about learning or having one more language in the curriculum, it's also about the diversity, how different we are and, at the same time, so alike. It's about teamwork and community, sharing and caring!! We, outsiders, feel at home ...
At Goethe International Charter every student gets one on one instruction and encouragement from teachers and interns who assist in classes. The students study German and English (each for a week at a time). The atmosphere is joyful since they teach Positive Discipline which fosters growth and independence as well as a global mindset. Through weekly and seasonal fundraisers everyone has the opportunity to participate and meet other families. It is such a caring environment with which the children have huge success AND exceed the standards for schools in the state. They should definitely be awarded an award for this!
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!
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!
My son just started TK program at Goethe school. I'm impressed with his teacher and other staff at this school. They are very caring and organized. I'm happy with our choice. If this school would've had it's own (not shared) facility and expend to a Middle school that would be a dream come true!
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).
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.
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!
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)!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Excellent place of learning. Our 2nd year, we are very happy here, and so is our child.
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!
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.
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