Please do not send your child to this charter school. What goes on in this school is criminal. Students and parents are treated like inmates. Teachers refuse to speak to parents who have questions and the principal never gives a solid answer to anything. I am pulling both my children out of this school. The facility is dirty, especially the bathrooms. My son says there is often fesses on the floor and walls of the boys room. The main office is a disgrace. The only thing this school is good for is asking parents for money! Once when visiting the school, I heard a teacher yelling at the kids and telling them to shut up! One of my children's teachers is absent more than present. There is lots of testing. Students do not have computers or textbooks. Rather they share ipads and teachers photo copy workbook pages and textbook pages which is illegal! Please do not fall for their empty promises. This place should be put out of business!
Smoke and mirrors! This school site is not run well. There is no organized curriculum, no technology and no discipline. I pulled my child out of this school after realizing everything is surface deep. The staff is young and inexperienced. They are unaware of the importance of academics especially when trying to get your child to pass entrance exams into middle schools. TONS of testing on iPads though. My child took 9 sets of assessments in a year. There is little "project-based" learning happening. The principal is a challenge is to communicate with. My hopes were high after the school tour and exploring the school's website. After a few weeks my hopes were replaced with disappointment. The school campus is very dirty, so much that my child didn't want to use the bathrooms. The classroom(s) had mice and roaches. I am happy to have my child back at our local public school.
The teachers try but there is a lot of fluff. Most of the staff is young and new to the profession who do not know how to challenge students. Curriculum is easy. Very little technology-related learning. Science is barely taught. The school shares a campus with an LAUSD school. The charter classrooms, hallways and especially the bathrooms are dirty. Very few fifth graders were able to pass middle school entrance exams. I believe this is due to their weak curriculum. I asked to see a copy of what the school used to teach math, reading, science and social studies and never recieved anything other than a one page outline (which had spelling mistakes on it). Lots of room for improvement but until the administration changes it will stay the same. This is not a constructivist school. My daughter is always doing worksheets and when I questioned her teacher I was showed a poster in which the teacher said was a "hands on project".
Teachers are very young, still trying to figure it out. Not sure how this school has short days every Wednesday for teacher development and their skills aren't sharpened. Are they sitting around doing ABCMouse.com?
Students should be given more homework to make sure they are understanding the lesson outside of school. My child is in Kumon. THANK GOD! If it wasn't for that program, my child would really be failing at this school. Again, the test percentages fall between a D and F. Giving more homework wouldn't hurt. But, again, this school focuses more on money than developing stronger minds.
How honest is a school that doesn't tell parents about things they should really know? Parents should attend the Board meetings to find out the truth about this school. Honesty doesn't live here. How can this school help develop honesty in students when it doesn't practice honesty to the parents?
The programs at CWC Hollywood and at CWC Middle School are outstanding. Small class size and aides in every classroom allow for dynamic small group instruction. Instruction is focused on developing critical thinking skills across the curriculum. The school culture recognizes diversity as a great asset, and lessons to support social-emotional development are taught in every classroom. No school is perfect, but we feel blessed to have found this gem of a public elementary school when our son was in 4th grade.
Our son has continued to the new Middle School (CWC Silverlake 6th Grade), and it's better than we could have hoped. The principal, teachers and staff at the Middle School are fantastic. My son is developing independence and confidence in a very nurturing and inclusive middle school environment. At a fragile age, the students are supported in both academic and social-emotional development. Small group instruction continues and high expectations remain. Homework is minimal and meaningful. The Middle School will grow each year, but it will always be a small school and a great option for families who want a diverse and challenging public education.
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!