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K-9
Public charter
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 350
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6550 W. 80th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90045

(310) 642-9474
(310) 642-9475
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Map of Westside Innovative School House address.

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April 17, 2014
I am so greatfull to this school. This school came right on time when I was Running out of. Options. My son started school in the Culver City school district. When he was ready for fist grade we were told he needed a school permit. The Permit was denied. But finally was giving to us for that year. When 2nd grade came It was dinied again, but thank god WISH was here. I Love this school, the teachers, and the staff is great. But most of all my son loves it. Thank you WISH.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
This is our fourth year at WISH, and it is more than a school to us- it's a second family. The teachers are so hard-working, innovative and supportive, and Principal Draxton is the heart of the school. I can't imagine our daughter being anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
Great school, great teachers, great students, great parents, great community. Blessed to be part of wish!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
We love WISH Charter. We really appreciate the whole child learning philosophy. The staff, teachers, and Principal are amazing human beings. They love what they do and it shows. Our Kids feel it and the parents do too. My daughter, now in 2nd grade, loves school, is an avid reader, and has developed friendships with other students. Every year, the teachers work together as a team. They like each other and support each other. The community of families is warm, inviting, and generous. THe class sizes are smaller than regular public schools. The curriculum is engaging and varied. They have PE (twice weekly), Music (twice weekly), and Art every week. If I ever have a concern (and I did), the Principal is available as well as the teachers. I just don't really have any negative things to say. We feel very blessed to be at WISH. It feels like a private school!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
This is a amazing school. The involvement of the parents is out of this world. Children are reading in TK! There is a broad curriculum available to ALL students (art, music, P.E.) There is a strong, professional and involved principal (Draxton) It's believed that all children can learn. A fantastic environment -- safe & clean

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
We started at WISH in kindergarten when the school first opened and we couldn't be happier with our decision to send our daughter here. We love the inclusive classes and diversity. The teachers are caring and go out of their way to reach every child and accommodate needs. While we are not thrilled with the new campus, we believe that Principal Draxton will do everything in her power to make it it's best.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
WISH is the best school, hands down. This is our first year, and our daughter loves it. She actually looks forward to going to school each day filled with excitement. Everyday is like an adventure for her as to what new thing will she learn. Physical education, art, and music is very rare to have at school these days. Excellent teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
This is our 3rd year at WISH Charter and it just keeps getting better each year. The teachers are amazing and treat every child and family as an individual. The teachers are always available and go way beyond the call of duty to serve the children. Principal Draxton is a phenomenal leader and leads by example. Every day she visits the classroom and spends most of the lunch and recess periods with the children. It is clear her and the teachers main focus is on serving the children. The parent involvement is great and parents are always welcome. In addition to the core curriculum, WISH provides art, music, technology and PE. It is a great school with a sense of community. At WISH all children are loved and educated, regardless of ability. We are so thankful that our children are a part of WISH and we love our WISH Community.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
This our daughter's second year at WISH, she is currently in 1st Grade. My husband and I are so happy with the school. When our child first arrived she started reading within a week! The teacher gave us individual guidance about both what was happening and a map for what we could do at home to support growth and make the learning experience positive. Our daughter is now thriving in 1st Grade, looking forward to every day's lessons. We are excited about having our youngest daughter follow in her sister's footsteps next year. WISH is amazing, we feel it is a community of families, where there are so many volunteers, and highly trained staff, it is a place like no other. We live over 30 miles away, but battle the traffic everyday, because it is worth it, and there is no school like this near us. Signed: Happy Parents.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2013
WISH is an amazing gem hidden within the wasteland of LAUSD. I really appreciate the fact that WISH has a mission that it centers on. The mission of WISH is to maximize every child's learning potential within an atmosphere of caring and belonging. The core element of the WISH model is inclusive education, meaning that children who develop typically, children with special needs, and children who are gifted all learn side by side. Luckily, my daughter started kindergarden at WISH when it first opened in 2010. She is in third grade now and my son is now in kindergarden. The teachers and staff are absolutely amazing. The parents are fully dedicated and actively involved to supporting the school and its mission. Not only are my children receiving and excellent education, they are learning to become better people who are empathic toward others.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
We just joined the WISH Family at the beginning of the school year, and WOW! The teachers are impressive in their passion for teaching and for the kids. The parents are also involved and have created a strong and welcoming community. Everyone works together to support each other, the teachers and the kids. I've never seen anything like it and we feel blessed to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
PART 2 As you can tell, I am passionate about WISH and in comparison to a traditional LAUSD 10-rated school well there is no comparison. Every administrator and teacher at WISH have applied directly to work there. And every family is there because they applied to be there. This makes for a very enthusiastic community of passionate active people. We are loving WISH and are really thrilled that they are opening a middle and high school! We plan to be part of the WISH family for the next 12 years!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
My child is new to WISH and in the 6th grade. The school had hoped to establish a traditional middle school for this school year to accommodate their first culminating class but had to compromise with adding the 6th onto the elementary school. However, the principle and teachers are all working hard to find out what the 6th graders want to make them feel like they are more like 'middle schoolers' . Even though the students are receiving all sorts of extra curriculum like Spanish and performing arts, the students didn't see it as electives, so the school is trying to set up mini elective courses to make the students get more of the middle school feel to their day. I am just really impressed at how much the teacher and administration care about how the kids view their educational experience

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
I'm a parent at WISH Charter for a third year now, and I am continually impressed with its outstanding faculty and administration, not to mention the deep bench that is the parent community. WISH is a perfect example of great leadership and grass roots organization. Our teachers have been exemplary, and Principal Draxton is an incredible leader with vision. WISH plans to expand in the years to come, and I hope they do. I love the small class sizes, the inclusion of children with disabilities, and the constructivist approach to education. And may I say again, the parents at WISH are the bedrock and engine for the great things that the school does. I'm proud to be one of them.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
I love Wish Charter because every child is treated as an individual learner. My children are able to access education in a way that works for them. They participate in enriching activities that allow them to experience curriculum in a multitude of ways. The teachers at Wish go above and beyond to provide our students with engaging curriculum and positive behavior support. Our new move has been a challenge, but in typical Wish fashion, the faculty, staff & parents have come together as a community to make the school the best place for our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
WISH is the best school in Westchester, Ca. My son is in the second grade at WISH and loves to go to school. Award winning teachers and the best principle in the west! I am very proud and lucky that my child is a student there. I can't wait until my other son will be starting Kindergarten there next year! They have music, art and computer classes and much more that other schools just don't offer!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
Public education at its finest. Our son started the first year WISH opened as a Kindergartner. This year he's in 3rd, and younger sister started Kinder. Both kids are learning, thriving, being challenged, supported and appreciated for their uniqueness and hard work. The teachers are brilliant and committed. The principal is so responsive to suggestions --and since her kids go here as well as all the administration's children there is school-wide investment in our success. The whole child approach and constructivist philosophy is a good fit for our family. Our kids are ahead of grade level in the basics, plus they're learning computer literacy / coding, art, music, PE, community service, conflict resolution, environmental responsibility...it's a dream come true. Plus we ride our bikes to school. Our school could improve by having more 5th, 6th and 7th graders to feed into our middle school and high school charters, as I'm not alone in wanting to build a first-in-class K-12 school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
WISH is a great school !!!!!! it is amazing to see how teachers ,parents ,students and the community work together to create wonderful things . The minute you walk inside the school you see nothing but happy faces . I see that my kids are learning and the most important thing is that they are excited to go back the next day . Principal Dr Draxton is a great leader she is always walking around the school ,making sure childrens needs are meet .

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
My girls have attended WISH since it opened in 2010, when they were starting Kindergarten. As an employee of a prestigious private school I wanted to find a similar environment for my girls. WISH was definitely the best place for our family. We've been blessed to have AMAZING teachers throughout the years. There has been a few bumps in the road. However, the administration has always done a great job at addressing my concerns and fixing any issues I've ever had. WISH is a safe, nurturing environment. Although, I'm not thrilled at the move to the new location where we're sharing a campus with a junior high school. WISH still manages to keep our kids as safe as possible. We love the WISH community. The Parents are great and very active.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
My son started Kindergarten this year at WISH. I have spoken to several parents and they all love it there. My greatest measure of the schools quality is my son's enthusiasm about school. He wakes up every morning and dresses himself in his red white and blue school clothes and begs me to get him there early. I like the combination of computer based and traditional paper homework. The online homework program allows my son to keep track of his time and it rewards him when he masters a skill. He is able to work on it independently.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
We LOVE WISH! It has been a warm and rich learning environment for our daughter who is in her third year. The teachers are all passionate about their work - often spending summers doing workshops to learn the most innovative teaching techniques. The administrators are all parents as well, and 100% invested the providing both top notch education, individualized to meet all children's needs and a whole child approach that includes music, art, physical education, service learning, and so much more! And, with all things, leadership starts from the top, and our Principal, Dr. Shawna Draxton, sets a wonderful tone that follows throughout the whole school. The parent community is hands-on and passionate, full of can-do people who bring energy, warmth and a sense of community to this amazing school. We are lucky and proud to be part of it.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
Westside Innovative School House (WISH) is an excellent school that excels at meeting students where they are in the learning process and supporting their education from that point forward. The educators and administrators are incredibly engaged and supportive of all students and receptive to feedback, questions, suggestions and concerns from parents at all times. The WISH community is inspiring in its efforts to bring as many opportunities to the students, and will work together to make things happen whether it be moving an entire school or raising money for a classroom. It is exciting to be part of a program that really respects the individual student, and while academics are very important, so are other things like building character and community among the students. WISH is also excellent at recognizing the importance of all students at ALL ability levels, and creating an inclusive atmosphere that is also adopted by the young students, which is heartening to see. WISH is truly a gem among charter schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
WISH is such an incredible school! I can't imagine loving a school more than WISH and my kids feel the same. They absolutely love going to school because the teachers are fun, compassionate, and make learning interesting. My children are thriving and I am so thankful to all of the teachers and staff. The climate on campus is truly collaborative and empowering.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
This is our 4th year at WISH. I was really nervous when we made the jump in 1st grade from our local school to a new charter, but it's turned out better than I could ever have hoped. No more over crowded classrooms, snarling ladies in the office, unsupported teachers, or unresponsive principle. When the children have conflicts or require discipline it is always dealt with in a respectful way that still resolves the issue and teaches all involved a lesson. All that and my daughter is getting an amazing and individualized education.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
To add to my post below, we are entering our THIRD YEAR at WISH and we feel as enthusiastic about it today as we did in 2011!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
What is a great school? WISH CHARTER! The feeling of community is truly what sets it apart from others. The staff and families work together to make great things happen and all are invested in it. I WANT to cut out box tops for WISH. I WANT to collect all our recycling for WISH. I WANT to be a part of my sons school. To be a part of WISH is to be a part of something much bigger and my child feels it too. Everyday he is excited about the learning adventures, feels secure and is happy. He is involved in his learning. He is respectful and kind to himself, friends, and environment. Mind you it takes a village - a village of dedicated and hardworking individuals - and WISH is a village of just that. We are lucky to be a part of this school - they see the big picture while nurturing the individual. Amazing community of people!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Finding out your child has a disability is a shock. Finding out that the schools where you live are unable to give him what he needs to succeed is beyond comprehension. My son is thriving at WISH Charter Elementary. We were fortunate enough to have enrolled there from the beginning and since that time, he has not only been supported in every way, he's gone from saying "no math!" to listing his favorite subjects in this order: MATH, ALGEBRA and now GEOMETRY. The staff of WISH Charter is committed to individualized curriculum for each child. When issues arise, they are most often shared by informing parents of the SOLUTIONS determined by teachers collaborating, rather than saddling the parents with the problem. There's a reason WISH was the only charter school in the nation to be recognized for its exemplary practices, receiving the prestigious SWIFT Award. We are so lucky to have this shining example of inclusive education right here in Los Angeles, and LAUSD should continue to do whatever it takes to support the tireless efforts of the WISH community to serve ALL children. Principal Draxton deserves every recognition for her exemplary leadership and inspiring example,

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
WISH Charter has become a "wish come true" for us! We have been there for three years - starting our fourth. I have an incoming 2nd grader and one in kinder. The teachers are young and enthusiastic - full of fresh ideas and committed to working closely with fellow teachers/ staff members. They meet daily to review their days' successes and challenges and to constantly strive to improve - and it shows! The atmosphere at WISH is warm and happy - the kids are thriving. The curriculum is challenging and presented in new and innovative ways. My kids love WISH!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
PROS: When it comes to leadership WISH gets 5 stars. There is great administrative leadership and parent leadership, and wonderful teachers. The culture of the school is collaborative. They have an open door policy and any problems or concerns are heard and directed immediately. Ideas are welcomed and parent participation is encouraged. The demographics is pretty diverse and reflective of the Westchester and neighboring communities. Special needs children are integrated in the classrooms with paraprofessionals. All students have individualized curriculum that fits their needs and academic levels. WISH takes advantage of community resources and welcomes them on campus. CONS: The greatest con to WISH is that it lacks District support. Administration and parents are constantly fighting for their rights. (e.g. The district was supposed to test our children for GATE last year and they never sent out the psychologist after the school repeatedly requested it). Funding is lacking, so parents have to raise the deficit. The school has to share a campus with a middle school. Overall, this school is a GREAT SCHOOL and I am very happy to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Our son is in his second year at WISH Charter, and we could not be happier with this school. What a wonderful learning community this school is! We love that, as parents, we are welcomed at the school anytime and can participate in the classroom learning. The staff is an amazing group of truly caring people. Dr. Draxton is an incredible leader and her devotion to the school is demonstrated everyday. And Ms. Felicia is just plain incredible!! We really love WISH and feel blessed to be here.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
(a father's perspective) After only four days of being a WISH parent, I can easily tell you why we're so thrilled to be here. Our daughter is very tentative socially. Seeing this on day 1, her kindergarten teacher held her hand as they walked to the yard and had her sit at her side when they sat in a group. Day 3, drop off was tearful, so the principal came out, took her hand, spoke sweetly with her, then texted my wife a photo of her happy in her classroom 10 minutes later. How she found time to do this during her busy first week of school on a new campus, I'm just so impressed. Today I expressed (via email) a concern to her teacher and got a very warm, thoughtful and honestly caring response remarkable fast (after class). Between the Office Manager, the Finance Manager, the Principal and our Kindergarten Teacher, I'm so deeply impress and so happy to be here. In fact, we're so happy here that I passed on our late acceptance to the school that had been my higher choice prior to meeting the WISH crew in the days before school began. Hands down, it's a great place to be and we're lucky to be here. Oh, and she came home today, her 4th day of kindergarten, talking about consonants.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
My oldest will be heading into the 3rd grade at WISH this year. She was in the first ever Kindergarten class at WISH. I have another daughter who will join her sister at WISH this year! We have watched WISH grow from the roots and are excited about the move to the Orville Wright building. A great School finally has true school grounds!! The teachers and staff are amazing. I am astounded at the parent involvement as well. Especially during the move. After spending the day helping set up, it was heartwarming to know our school has so many dedicated families within. Go Owls!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2013
I have two children at WISH. They love the school and so do I. The principal is very involved and the teachers have been responsive to my concerns. The only issue I have with WISH is the after school program Rainbow. Unlike the rest of the elementary schools in Westchester and Playa Del Rey, they do not have the STAR program. They offer Rainbow which is filled with nice teachers that should be teaching preschool, not to mention the fact that the cost is based on a daily rate instead of the flat fees that the STAR Program offers. It is extremely expensive and glorified babysitting. This is the one negative mark on the school. I would suggest finding a different after school program if you are able.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
Not all schools are "one size fits all" and some people will have bad experiences whilst others will thrive in the same place. But the integrity and spirit of Wish is first rate! And my daughter has thrived and loved every single day. She wants to go to school everyday. She is in kindergarten and has learned to read and write and spell and do math and fulfill her potential. We could not be more happy with a school. We are grateful for Wish Charter

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
We are so grateful to be part of the WISH community. From the quality of the teachers, to the amazingly responsive administration, to the super-engaged parent community and last but not least wonderful children, WISH has been a dream come true for us. It's our son's second year there and he is thriving academically, making great friendships, and developing a strong character. We found both his K and 1st grade teachers very responsive and involved in each student's performance. The smaller class size and IWT (intensive workshop time) provide a lot of opportunity for each student to receive individual attention. We can't wait for our daughter to join the WISH family when she is old enough!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
WISH is a remarkable school that often cited as an example of that charter schools should be. WISH employs cutting-edge educational methods, small class sizes an economically and racially diverse student body and extensive enrichment, including music art and dance. The teachers are not only wonderful at their job, they help to create a warm atmosphere in which students thrive. The parents are among the most committed and involved group that can be imagined. We are very lucky to have found WISH and will remain in the area primarily because of the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
My daughter is entering her second year at WISH and we couldn't be more pleased with the school. WISH wasn't our first choice school but we wouldn't even considering leaving this school after being a part of this great community. The teachers are wonderful, the kids are happy, the parents are so devoted and involved and Principal Draxton is just amazing. She is always hands on and walking around the school helping and problem solving with a smile on her face. I love the approach to learning and school is something my daughter looks forward to. I am also impressed with how many supplies are already provided for the kids making back to school shopping not at all stressful. Kids attending this school are a very lucky group.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2012
I absolutely LOVE this school!!!! My son went to TK this year and had Ms. KZ. She is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever encountered. I don't think I could have have pieced together a better teacher. She gives the kids a love of learning while always giving each child special attention. She truly loves her students and they adore her! The school as a whole is amazing. There is so many wonderful families that are so involved in making the school what it is. The principal and staff are wonderful. I feel like I have won the lottery to be a part of this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
This is a truly amazing school. From the dedicated, hard-working principal and office team to the amazing teachers, this school delivers. The whole-child approach if for real. Science, arts, writing etc...all in a very confidence-building environment. I dont think I've come across 1 child from the 200+ students who isn't thriving or a parent who doesn't thank their lucky-stars every day that their child is here. Oh and the WCA parent group works very well with the staff, supporting the end goal of a focused educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
I have 2 kids who attend and it is our 2nd year at Wish. Wish is just about everything we dreamed for our children's school. Music twice a week, art, PE, gardens, recycling, composting, healthy hot lunches, community circle, library, service learning, after school enrichment classes, community education speakers for parents, hand on learning, technology , small class size, and most important awesome and loving teachers. A school really is about the teachers, staff and principal. Wonderful people is what makes a school more then a building. We've had experience with four amazing and top notch teachers so far. My children talk about their teachers like they are a part of our family. I am so happy that social skills is part of their learning along with science, writers workshop, constructivist math and reading, dance, etc. We have the best Principal ever. She is great with the children and always there for them walking around the playground at recess. My child was having a hard time coming to school at first. Our principal took the time to greet him in the morning and help walk him to class. As a parent I couldn't ask for a better example of a dedicated and caring school leader.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2011
I love WISH! It has grown so much from last year. There are so many programs to be involved in: Green Team, Community Circle, Steering Committee, and Events! I appreciate the hard work teachers put into making sure my child learns everyday! I can't say how many times my child has already come home saying she loves her teacher, Ms.Gaither! Parents please show your appreciation any way you can! Keep up the good work WISH and I will be behind you all the way!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
My child is looking forward to going back to WISH this year. She had an amazing school year last year. During vacation and breaks she was eager to go back to school! Mind you my daughter is not a high achiever, academic child. She wanted to go back to school because she feels safe there, she has friends that are dear to her. She feels loved and heard and she loved her teacher and classmates. I want my daughter to be successful but her emotional well being is just as important to me as her academic achievements. I feel that WISH addresses all of those areas for my child. Of course as other people have mentioned every school is not for everyone. Parents have to find the right fit for their child. WISH is the right fit for our family. Thank you WISH community!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
It goes without saying that parents have to find a school that fits their children. Some people are stating that WISH has financial problems. With all due respect *no duh*. Even big governments have big financial problems right now. All that aside, i will say WISH is a great school, with a very approachable principal and office staff. I came from a school where the principal was not approachable and try having a problem or find a solution in that environment! I digress...the parents and their time and efforts make a school succeed. I know of parents who work during their lunch hour to volunteer, you have to be willing to put in to the school that your child goes to in order to have it be a success. I may sound rude, but if you want to have everything handed to you without putting in the work stay away from WISH. The parents who work hard don't want to hear someone complaining about the school when they are not willing to do their share. I think WISH is an AWESOME school, and no my child is not in kindergarten!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
My son attends WISH and my husband and I have been greatly impressed with the school and the entire WISH community. This is a great little school, it's hard to believe it's only been going for one year. We were at a regular district school before WISH and the difference is like night and day. My son went from being bored in class and being really disinterested in school to loving it. He is challenged on a daily basis and is 100% engaged in all the class projects and other activities. We feel very fortunate to be a part of the WISH community.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
Our child had a great year last year, and we can't wait for the new school year! Every school isn't for every child, but WISH fits our child and our family. It makes me sad to see WISH slammed so hard; we love our school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
My daughter attended WISH as a Kindergarten student, and as a 16-year veteran of education, I DO know what to expect from a school. There is a reason my daughter attends WISH. I know what else is out there. I am continually amazed at what WISH and it's faculty have to offer. The teachers there chose to participate in UNPAID professional development this summer to strengthen their skills. The curriculum at WISH teaches includes emotional and creative development, as well as traditional academic skills. The parent community is enthusiastic and motivated, as well as inclusive and inviting. Shawna Draxton is AMAZING in her vision for WISH, and I have never seen such a hardworking and open principal. EVER. Discipline is positive and nonpunitive...you won't see a child benched at recess.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
WISH is not a good school. We wanted to love this school and put a lot of time and energy over the past year trying to help it reach it's potential. However, sadly, it has so many negatives to overcome that we will not be returning for another year. It does not offer differentiated instruction, unless you are a special needs student with an IEP. Most of the teachers and spec ed teachers are nice, but very inexperienced working with this type of full inclusion setting (ie special needs students, some very severe, in a full-day general ed classroom with very little resources). The facility was dirty. Safety was an issue. The project-based learning is not always correlated with age-appropriate cirriculum. Parents have a lot of influence over administration, so there is a lot of emotion involved in the decision making. Money is tight and to be in compliance a lot must go towards funding IEPs. Parents whisper their concerns, but afraid to be too vocal against the cheerleading crowd. It's a 3-wheeled bus with a lot of parents pushing from behind. Whether or not the wheels come off this bus remains to be seen. We won't be around to find out.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
Disappointment is too nice of a word for this place that calls itself a school. Do not buy what they are selling. None of it is true. Most of the parents have first time Kindergartener s and do not know what to expect of a school. When this school closes (because of lack of funds) or they are shut down for any number of violations. (Including health) these poor kids are not going to be prepared for the real world that will present itself to them. Run away .don t walk!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
We have found a wonderful school and community at WISH Charter. Our first grade teacher Miss. Sitrick wins awards for her approach to learning and we are so lucky to have her. The schools curriculum is project-based and concentrates on the whole child. The administration is warm and welcoming and the parent community is outstanding. WISH wants ever child to enjoy learning and respect the process. My children are thriving.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
I also have 2 children at WISH and they will be starting there again in Sept. I had a great experience as did my children. My 5 yr old can read and write and this only happened through the great teachers and teaching style. The fact that this public school offers P.E, music and art classes as well as after school classes is fabulous. Yes we will out grow the facility but with all the hard work parents have put into this campus it is far far better than what it once was and keeps getting better.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2011
As a parent of 2 children attending WISH Charter, I am saddened to read previous reviews from unsatisfied parents. My hope is that they find happiness elsewhere. My daughters love their school and can not wait for September when it starts again. My kids are average students. And that's ok. They do not have special needs. And that's ok, too. What is more important to me as a parent is that they are gaining knowledge and self confidence through project-based education, learning self expression through art and music, building character through community service, learning to navigate socially, developing empathy for others, and are growing into well-rounded young people. They are " the glass is half full" kids. AND THEY ARE GETTING ALL THIS AT WISH CHARTER. It is a perfect fit for our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
WISH Charter is not a great school-- is correct. The person who posted on July 16th hit the nail on the head. I couldn't have stated it better. Beware.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
Thankfully WISH Charter Elementary School offers a "transitional kindergarten," class with a kindergarten curriculum for children who could benefit from the gift of time to develop emotionally and socially. With only two days of school left, I am simply over-the-moon with this gem of a school. The collaboration of dedicated teachers, the principle and staff whose mission places the students first, have been instrumental in making this first year at a charter school one that I will be grateful for the rest of my life... and one I will continue with for the duration of both of my children's educations. My daughter's teachers Ms. KZ and Mr. B are incredibly talented and make learning enjoyable for all the students. WISH is a model school for quality education. The teachers collaborate often on a weekly basis to assess the learning development of all students and problem solve together. Service Learning, Arts and Music are a reality. The WISH Charter E.S. "community" shares a common spirit of "together we can."

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
My son is in this school and we really love it. we are grateful to the teachers principal leadership.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
My daughter is a Kindergartner at WISH and we love it! This new school has made an amazing impression on us as well as the community. The small class sizes, very involved principle and progressive approach to learning are so refreshing. My child is flourishing in both her education as well as her social development. We feel WISH offers a whole child approach to learning and we are honored to be a part of it! -parent

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
WISH spends the exact same percentage of their budget on serving the special needs population as every other LAUSD school...PERIOD. I know first hand, and felt it important to address the post here that was misinformed. In addition, the paraprofessionals who are in the classroom serve ALL students, which is not only a great component, it's different from what other schools adhere to (assigning one-on-one aides). All of the children at WISH are encouraged to explore their independence without feeling "singled out" because of any special needs they may have, in a safe, caring environment. GO WISH!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
I am so lucky that my daughter is in kindergarten at WISH. Her teacher is an experienced fourth year teacher who previously taught at LAUSD and other neighboring school districts. The small class size and personal interactions from the principal on down make for a wonderful, warm, and amazing school experience. This is school the way it should be. Thank you WISH!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
Wish is a gem within our community of schools. My daughter is in 2nd grade and loves her teacher Ms Shelley. Ms Shelley is very caring and attentive to her students. From the beginning of the school year till now my daughter has bloomed. Not only in her education experience but in her character which is reflected in her school work. I invite parents of all grade levels to attend at least one of their Open Houses!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
Pros: -Small class size 20 to 1 -Small school, everyone knows everyone, feels like a family -Great principal Ms. Draxton, Felicia in the office and Mr. B are amazing -Music, P.E. Art every week -Project base learning is used in the classroom (not always) -Great hot lunch program -Great after school care program and enrichment program -Inclusion program like CHIME, which means special needs students are integrated into the classroom. This Teaches apathy to other children and gives all children the right to an education Cons: -Most teachers are very young and lacking experience. We find our child's teacher to be so green, we have struggled this year. -Lacks diversity, majority of the families are from Westchester and surrounding area -Raising Funds is misguided and struggling, rather then tapping into the greater community the WCA (PTA) asks for money from families mainly. -Because funding is lacking and the school has a high number if IEP specialists for the special needs children at the school, a lot of funding goes directly to subsidize what the LAUSD can not provide. Do not be fooled by manic optimism, the average kids could be over looked. With time WISH will be great!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
Eddy Award-winning First Grade Teacher Alison Sitrick is amazing! We love her. Our daughter loves her. WISH is an amazing school with amazing teachers. We couldn't be happier with the quality of education. Shawna Draxton, the principal is engaging, accessible and lovely with the children. We are so very happy we found this school! Parents are VERY involved and the community is so very supportive. YAY WISH!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
I WISH there were more than five stars to give this school. We searched the west side of L.A. for a school where our daughter would be encouraged to explore, try new things, and express herself, while at the same time getting an excellent standards-based education, where there would be music and art integrated into the curriculum and a sense of civic responsibility modeled for all children. We found it!!! We love WISH Charter and feel lucky every day to be part of this community of caring, gifted educators (including a 2010-2011 EDDY Award winner), wonderful staff, a superb principal, involved parents, and wonderful, creative children. WISH is a dream come true.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
My son is nearing the end of his Kindergarten year at WISH Charter, and we could not be happier with the school. The Principal, Shawna Draxton, is outstanding. She listens to the parents and always puts the children first. The other parents also rave about their teachers, but I can't imagine a better teacher than Ms. Snider, who my son has had this year. She is great about communicating with the parents and making the class and learning FUN for the kids! My son loves going to school every day, which I think is such an important thing to do from the beginning- if kids love learning, then they learn so much more. And he HAS learned so much! What I love most about WISH? The parent involvement- we have an amazing group of families who have volunteered so much time and energy to help this school succeed in its first year. They have started a hot lunch program, garden, library, recycling and composting program, and SO much more! I can't imagine a more dedicated, welcoming, fun group of parents or a better school to be at!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
My family and I are proud members of the WISH community. My son is currently a Kindergartener and is thriving at this exceptional school. The Principal is warm and loving and incredibly hands on with the kids. Every time I'm on campus, I see her down on eye level chatting with them or playing a game of whiffle ball. In fact, I don't think I have EVER seen her in her office. The family involvement is fantastic. I personally serve as a room parent and the Event Committee Chair and I would say most parents contribute in some capacity. We feel so lucky to be a part of this special little school that seems to be capable of just about anything.

- submitted by a parent
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