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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Goethe is awesome! We never get bored in this school. There is always something good happening
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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