Our son has been at CWC Hollywood since kinder and is now in 3'rd grade. It's been an absolutely great experience for us all. He's thriving and loving his school. All the teachers have been great and I agree with previous parent that this school rival other private schools. Love the philosophy which really creates a love for learning! Our son is excelling and keeps getting that extra "push" to go even further... Yes, the outdoor space could be better but I think the school is doing the best with what they have and the kids are perfectly happy. There's a really strong parent involvement which creates a really great sense of a community. My only wish is that there was some kind of sport program since our son is very athletic. Fingers crossed that we'll go all the way through high school!!
Citizens of the World Charter School is a terrific school. My son has been at the school since day one. My son has excelled beyond my hopes. The only complaint is that the office staff gossips about the parents (lunch parents in particular). The principal is wonderful and tries very hard to give the kids the best education and social experience. The teachers are tough, but have to be to keep all the kids focused and controlled. Overall, my opinion used to be a community experience until one of the staff called CPS on our family. The staff will stab you in the back, especially Gloria the lead coordinator. Gloria never has a smile and looks as if she is judging you with every glare. In spite of the staff, I love the school and what it has given to my son.
Awesome school!!! We're very please currently at the Silver Lake/Echo Park location. The Parent involvement is amazing so many great minds working together to better our future!
My daughter has been here from K to 3rd. The principal is fantastic, and the teachers are all very dedicated and enthusiastic. The creative writing program is really wonderful. The school spirit and parent involvement create a fun and welcoming atmosphere. The teaching curriculum and teachers rival private schools. The only downside is the facility, but the awkwardness of the space is improving as we take over more of the middle school facility. As CWC has grown, it has been given additional rooms, and now has most of the north end of the campus. This makes for more outdoor and play space for the kids. We also have access to the large grass football/soccer field, as well as the large auditorium and a dance studio on the middle school campus. In addition, CWC now has a beautiful new campus for the CWC-S elementary school and the proposed CWC middle school. Hopefully we will eventually go all the way through high school! If you can get in, I would recommend coming to this school. It's pretty amazing!
There are many wonderful things about this school: The fact that they have terrific art, music and PE programs. Not just that they have them but they are really good. I'm surprised that people have complained about the school grounds. I think it is actually very nice with average sized classrooms. The teachers and parents put lots of children's art on the walls both in the classroom and hallways, which I love. Parent involvement is high. However, given all of the positives, there is a major negative. There is a disconnect between the CWC philosophy which is progressive and the actual execution of it. They do not address the student as an individual the way they promote that they do. Also, some teachers are terrific and some are terrible. In the 2 years my daughter was there I saw an amazing teacher leave and a terrible teacher stay with full support of the administration. Teachers manage the classroom quite traditionally with lots and lots of rules that are unnecessary. TAs are used more to police children and keep them in line and so the quality of teaching goes down as the primary teacher is not engaging the students to learn, but, instead, forcing them.
CWC is a great school. The staff is committed and excited about being there. My sons enjoy going to school every day. There are lots of opportunities for hands on learning. They do a great job at individual attention to all learning levels.
. The resources used for the curriculum were accessible to parents. I read extensively into the Reader's and Writer's Workshop by Lucy Calkins and by nature of the program, there can be no "cookie cutter" lessons as a previous reviewer posted. The lessons are tailored to the child's reading level, which again, my third grader was reading at a higher reading level, so I was happy she wasn't forced to read "third grade" books because she is in third grade. She was challenged with novels. The writing teacher taught second grade standards to the second graders and third grade standards to the third graders. While I think the school should have supplemental materials for their math program, the second graders worked out of the second grade books and the third graders worked out of the third grade books...twice a week the students were placed into groups to either be challenged with new material or work on basic skills needed...this made my happy as my daughter is working above grade level in math.
It was also made very clear to me that the school would not have a GATE program like the district schools. I'm unclear why some parents are so quick to want to label their child as gifted, unless their child is struggling in class, and that gifted label would help in some way. We were told in the coming years the school would work on a program to address "gifted" students, but it would in no way happen in year 1. My high-achieving student's needs were met in the classroom though so I was fine with no "gifted" program per say. I loved that the school offered art, music, and PE twice a week, although I think these specialized classes should be more structured so the students can maximize their time. I observed admin accomodating and bending over backwards to support parents. Overall, I am so pleased with this school - it is the best place for our daughter. I am hopeful that we get a cleaner facility next year - but that is decided by LAUSD - not chosen by CWC.
This review is for CWC Hollywood Charter. We could not be happier. We have found the perfect balance of progressive, constructivist education, with a healthy dose of academic and traditional methods. I love the parents and am in love with most of the teachers and staff. I think the fact that my son is so incredibly PROUD he attends CWC is reason enough for me to give this school 5 stars. We couldn't recommend CWC more.
This is an excellent public school with fantastic teachers & principals who are energetic, engaged & totally committed. The curriculum is innovative and imo compares to the best local private schools (even if the school is lacking in fancy facilities; no science lab, gym, etc). It is a young school - 3 years - so it has some growing pains, but the upstart spirit and involvement is amazing. Its API score (928 in 2012), puts it in the top 4% of all L.A. schools! Cons: the school uses an old LAUSD school building which is in need of serious improvements. Parents are trying, slowly, but it is a struggle. Overall, fantastic and innovative school which should only get better as it matures.
My family loves CWC-Hollywood. The teachers are energetic, earnest and dedicated, as are the principal and staff. The school s constructivist, hands-on learning model keeps my kids engaged and eager to learn. They are happy at CWC-Hollywood, and we are happy with their academic and social development. Do we wish there was more state funding so parents wouldn t have to do so much? Sure. But public funding just isn t enough to support class sizes of 21 students; a teaching assistant in every classroom; art, music and phys ed programs; and a full-time cleaning crew. So, at CWC-Hollywood, parents fill the gap by raising funds to pay for the teachers and programs, and organizing volunteer cleaning crews to help maintain the campus. We d make those tradeoffs any day for the great education and community we have at CWC-Hollywood.
The previous poster's opinion does not entirely reflect my experience as a parent. ASP is very well run. The instructors are well-respected and trained. The kids are not violent in the least. Sure, there's always more boisterous types but it's a school. Conflict is inevitable yet these kids are closely monitored. Incidents are spotted and dealt with rapidly. I do agree with some of the complaints relating to discipline and organization and the lack of tracking. Teaching to the middle is a citywide charter dilemma. If they don't do it, they are immediately accused of being elitist by the LAUSD. It is a miracle what these schools can accomplish given the restrictions and hoops they are forced to endure. At CWC teachers have taken to giving 'booster packs' and specialized attention to more advanced students. It's a start.
I had high expectations for this school and was very excited to have my child attend. While I do like that he gets personal attention, there are many other problems with this school that makes it below average. Being a charter school, they are concerned with getting about getting a certain amount of monetary financial participation per child in donations to the school. They charge for after school care and morning care, however they lost a cashier's check I made to the school for the after school program AND they haven't billed me for morning care since the beginning of the school year. I constantly have to follow up with the office and principal, which is frustrating for someone who works full time. I believe CWC has a great teaching staff, but it has a long way to go before the school can be seen as running smoothly.
CWC spends a lot of time repeatedly assessing students to see where they are in terms of the state tests. Most parents would probably like this -- happens I don't. For me, state tests are not the be-all, end-all of education. And the campus is VERY small and utterly concrete; there's not enough room for the high-energy kids. As far as the social-emotional development of children that CWC wants to control, you're talking about teachers who mean well but don't really understand the social-emotional development of children. Yes, the school should have the right to maintain decorum. But I don't like the government wanting to control and mold the social-emotional development of children. That just plain is not their job, and it SO was not that way when I was growing up. We were supposed to behave well, but beyond that your social-emotional development was not the teachers' business. The principal seems accessible, earnest, and nice. The afterschool program offers some good classes (you pay extra for them), but otherwise it's a wasteland. The lunches are great -- healthy! The teachers seem energetic and well-meaning. Compared to other schools, overall CWC is probably average.
I ADORE this school. We got called off the waiting list and left Westwood Charter which is highly rated. We are SO glad we did. It's not that Westwood Charter is bad. There are many caring people there who strive for excellence. The big difference at Citizens of the World-Hollywood is that my daughter is excited about learning! She loves going to school AND she's learning so much. I am also very happy that it has such a diverse student body. The parents and staff have been so friendly and welcoming and we are very excited about the plans for the CWC Middle School. Yea!
Great methodology in theory but some major things are being missed in application. Kids with serious behavior and other issues mainstreamed under the concept of "diversity." But not every child gets the attention they need as a result. The school is dirty and the CWC admin pays far too little attention to the basics like bathroom maintenance, behavioral issues, and basic safety. The staff is spread thin, and focused on growth and not taking care of what the still young school. Work in progress, will the work continue?
It is a great school!! Kids get great education, a lot of interesting and eduational projects. My son is in K class, where he learns more about himself, about his family and community on top of all the requirement knowledge.
My son is starting his third year at CWC Hollywood, and it is an amazing school, with a great principal and skilled, dedicated and caring teachers. Like any school, there are things that they can work on. Specifically, after three years in existence, certain things (like fundraising and communication to parents) should be working more smoothly. I appreciate the principal doing weekly e-mails, but it sometimes feels like issues are discussed as they come up, rather than being more proactive. That said, the school is incredibly open to parent input and volunteering, and there are many dedicated parents who spend many hours helping in the classroom, at lunch, at pick up/drop off, etc. If you are a parent who cares about keeping public education available to all, and you care about what kind of school your kid goes to, I would definitely encourage you to apply (admission is by lottery) and talk to as many parents as you can. I'm sure you will decide that this is a good place for your child, whatever his or her strengths and/or weaknesses.
We feel like we won the lottery getting into CWC. The school is a gem. I've never seen my children do better on a wholistic level - they are being instructed in art, science, music, physical education, academics, social justice and character. We forfeited our spots at a private school and even our tuition when we learned we were in at this school and we do not regret it for a minute. The teachers are so excited about teaching and the parent involvement is great. Of course - the other reviewer mentioned that they need money.... It's a public school with high goals! Charter schools by nature need lots of fundraising and elbow grease. The classes are always at a maximum of 21-22 kids with 2 teachers. The homework is manageable and really fun and thought provoking for the kids. There are lots of field trips and I love the way recess is an organized play time (way less chance for bullying) Wish there was a playground, but we just head to the park after school and meet up with friends there
My daughter has been at this school for the past two years, and she couldn't be happier. I will say that the school needs to do a bit more to work toward it's stated objective of teaching to each child's level and learning style. Currently, it feels as if it's falling into the trap of all other LAUSD schools and spending all 1on1 time with the children that are either behind or behaviorally challenged, leaving students with more advanced needs to fall down to the lowest common denominator. This school is fantastic as it is, but will only get better as they continue to get more comfortable. I also agree with other reviewers that the principal needs some serious admin assistance. Marissa does it all as well as makes herself fully available to parents and students. One reviewer noted that the school is always wanting money. The school asks for money as do all other LAUSD public schools. If you're in a private school, triple the amount that is being asked. With all of the budget cuts that cause massive shortfalls, it is only the donations that are keeping the class sizes small, and keeping two teachers in a classroom. If you can't donate, nobody looks down on you.
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