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Citizens of the World Charter School

Charter | PK-2 & ungraded | 660 students

We are best known for hands-on learning approach.

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $430,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,250.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 12 ratings
2012:
Based on 14 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted May 2, 2014

We moved our children out of a well respected private School as the kids were unhappy. Moving the kids into CWC has been a wonderful experience . The Principal, teachers, administrative Team, the families and everyone I have had contact with have been wonderful. The education the children are receiving is on par or better than the private school and the teachers and staff know all the children intimately. It has been an incredibly easy transition entering mid year and the philosophy Of the school and the focus on the social and emotional is truly lived at this wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

. 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2012

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

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?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

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
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

912

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

N/A


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

912

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 10

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

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n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Females91%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner83%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females88%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner83%
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Korean
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Marissa Berman
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (323) 464-8292

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Global
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Westside Children's Center
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • CWC's curriculum is based on three of the leading strategies in education: * Constructivism: This theory, based on research about how people learn, focuses on active, hands-on learning in which students "construct" their own knowledge. Constructivism also emphasizes that teaching and learning must be "differentiated" or individually tailored for each student, beginning with each learner's level of understanding and guiding students in building upon their prior knowledge. * Project-Based Learning: In this framework, students are involved in planning, problem-solving, decision-making, and investigation around a central theme. They work relatively autonomously as well as cooperatively over extended periods of time; they reflect on their work, receive feedback and incorporate the feedback; they are guided by teachers' facilitation, not direction, to develop skills; their final product represents the skills and knowledge they gained, which fulfill explicit educational goals based on the state standards. * Multiple Intelligence Theory: First detailed by Harvard professor Howard Gardner in 1983, Multiple Intelligence theory rejects the notion that intelligence is a single, fixed measurement. Rather, Gardner argues - in a theory that has since had a major impact on education around the world - "I believe that human cognitive competence is better described in terms of a set of abilities, talents, or mental skills, which I call intelligences. All normal individuals possess each of these skills to some extent; individuals differ in the degree of skill and in the nature of their combination ... [I]ntelligences always work in concert, and any sophisticated adult role will involve a melding of several of them." (Gardner, Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons, 2006.)
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Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
158
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
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1316 North Bronson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Phone: (323) 464-4292

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