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St. Francis Of Assisi Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 78 students


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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 $1,330.

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Posted August 21, 2014

I am a new parent at this school. I cannot express how impressed I am with the level of organization, competency and compassion I have experienced so far. The staff are all truly involved in every students experience and they work hard to make it a great experience. Just on the second day of school they announced they received another tech grant. Clearly they know what they are doing and how to make this way of learning work. I just don't get why others have not caught on how great this school is ?!?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 8, 2013

The new principal is really working hard to get grants to upgrade our school. It is obvious that the school just needed the right leadership to motivate the teachers who are now involved like I have never seen before, which in turn is motivating the parents. The children are happy with the way they are being taught. This school is a gem that just needed the right leadership to move it in the right direction. I am very excited to see the postive changes coming soon to our school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2013

My Daughter Has attended SFA Since 1St Grade, This Year Our Life Change & SFA Staff Were Willing To Help Us Out Financially & We Will Be Forever Grateful. Unfortunately My Daughter Did Not Return This Year & Placed Her Close By School. It Is An Eye Opener, We Came To Realize That SFA Teaching Standards Are Behind, My Daughter At This Time Is Struggling With The Subjects & Needs Tutoring To Be To Date With Her Grade Level. I Am Disappointed With SFA Way Of Teaching & The Materials That Teachers Are Teaching Our Kids With. My Daughter Was With SFA For 6 Years & Middle School As Is Not Easy & To Be Behind At Her Grade Level Hasn't Been Easy. She Is Struggleling, If Only We Knew How Bad It Is At SFA, I Would Off Taken Her Out Sooner. The School Is A Good School, But Needs Good Teachers & Needs To Update Their Materials, Cause Those Kids Will Struggle If they Go to Another School, Just Like My Daughter Is Struggling.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 13, 2013

This is child centered focus school. We are a non catholic family and have the school very embracing of children who have their religions. Classes are small and teachers are excellent. They want all the children to succeed through hardwork and dedication. Teachers run the after school program for the students which range from cooking, basketball, Spanish, art, science and Tagala. They have an award winning drill team. Because its a private school serving some of the poorest communities that is also taken into consideration in the fee structure for the school which makes it affordable even for Title I families.The school is small and contained with all children from K-8 being housed in the same building. Last year end of a school performance showed off all the artistic talents of all the children that attend and you never felt like there was just one star which I have seen at other school performances. This academic year we have new leadership however the new principal had been a previous teacher at the school and is coming back to serve the community that she worked with for a long time. We now have a new technology through out the school and will be embracing the Common Core.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 23, 2013

I am sad to say, I will be taking my child out of this school. Only because I liked the religious aspect now I find t to many cons to this school first the principal was fired. Okay some good changes seen after but now the vice principal was demoted then a couple of months later handed her walking papers, which was hard to take since she is so good with the kids and a excellent teacher. And to top it all of, now 5 teachers have been given there walking papers, and we the parents are being told that our kids will have combined grade classes. To much change in one year and not for the best. Maybe the school should figure out how to bring more students instead of letting go of teachers. Best luck to the school
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2012

What a blessing it is to work alongside qualified teachers. It is abundantly clear that the new teachers have brought a new fire to the school, a positive change. One that I'm sure will meet the needs of your children. Please stop by our school. Visit with our qualified teachers. We welcome your questions. Shadow a student. Talk to our parents, and you will see...SFA is the place to be.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 14, 2012

Looks like SFA is up to it's old tricks. 4 clearly solicited positive reviews on the same day after months of inactivity and a bad review seems like the kind of fishy activity that the principal would undertake to make his school look slightly better. Make no mistake, the level of leadership from the principal is embarassing. I look forward to next 4 positive reviews in an attempt to hide this review in the coming days, but anyone lucky enough to read this before must heed the warning that this school is a joke. Poor leadership and few qualified teachers make St. Francis of Assisi one of the worst schools a parent can choose for their child. I'm the drill team is good and the BBQ's are fun, but the level of instruction is pathetic.

Posted May 5, 2012

HEY-HEY-HEY! Our drill team placed 1st in dance & 2nd in pom at the CYO (catholic youth organization) CHEERLEADING competition. They also placed 1st in pomp & 1st for the first time in the prop novelty division at Sharp International competition at Azusa University last weekend. Woohoo! You girls are awesome! I also saw that a couple of boys have joined in. Way to go!!!

Posted May 5, 2012

OMG! Thank you SFA for making my daughter feel so special. The SFA drill team showed up at my daughter's preschool and taught them a fun dance routine that got the whole room moving. Afterwards, they called her up and announced that she was now a member of their team and awarded her the drill team tshirt as well as her new pom poms. Then she danced with them the routine that she was taught at the workshop. My lil one so proud, she didn't want to take it off! Thank you to the drill team & their coach for making my girl feel so special.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2011

ignore all reviews written by a teacher for this school. they are biased and were encouraged.

Posted January 19, 2011

I've had very good interactions with the school and staff. I am aware of the fact that there have been some problem children in attendance; principal and teachers utilize Catholic ideologies to remedy these issues. I am secure in the knowledge that my children will be safe and well instructed at St. Francis of Assisi.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2010

My daughter is on the SFA drill team, and I am so pleased with how it's ran and how my child has grown since she entered the team. They've taught her responsibility as well as how to work together towards a common goal. I only wish they'd started it sooner.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2010

I am really pleased with how well SFA keeps us parents informed. We get written notification as well as a phone call reminder. It's wonderful. Teachers also send home notes informing me of upcoming events. If I have any concerns the office staff is quick to assist. All in all I give them a big thumbs up.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2010

Working at SFA has taught me a lot. I've learned how to run a Silent Auction; I've been the opportunity to be a part of the marketing team, and the Pto board. All these opportunities that I have been blessed with I owe to our principal. He has given me plenty of challenges that I am proud to be a part of. If it were not for his unique way of finding the best in his teachers I don't think our school would be what it is today.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted September 7, 2010

It is a pleasure being at St. Francis of Assisi School. My children have been there since Kinder, I have one who graduatied and has finish high school and now attending college back east. My other two are still attending the school. Great job to the teacher's and principal for all there hard work and love they have for our children
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2010

At meetings they promise to keep you inform of your kid grades and to send you homeworks slips but the only thing you get is the progress report that by then is too late. No communication between teachers and parents as a team. The principal is not help at all and yes there is a lot of favoritism. I do not recommend this school, everything here is about money and do not care about getting the most out of the kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2010

I am really disapointmented at the school, if you are looking for your kid to get real catholic values believe me you are looking at the wrong place. Starting with the principal that has no compassion when as catholic we should care for one another. He doesn't even care for the kids feelings or how to help them he is always looking how to punish them. Where is the forgiveness ???Is not like if is a crime to be kid.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 1, 2010

This is a great little school. The teachers are great and dedicating. The principal is welcoming at firs , but then shows his true colors. There is alot of favoritism in this school. Seems that if you kiss butt , you get aknowledged.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 23, 2008

I think the school is amazing and by far the best choice I could have made for my daughter. Mr Cavallo,the principal has been exceedingly welcomming, the entire staff is just so wonderful. I especially love Mrs. Camacho, she is the salt of the earth and just so great with the kids. As a single parent, the tuition is very affordable and in a great neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 1, 2008

Excellent school and the teachers and staff are a great asset to the school.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 59% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 41% 11%
White 1% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45
School end time
  • 2:50
School Leader's name
  • Miss Leslie De Leonardis
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA/WASC Acrredited


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  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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1550 Maltman Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (323) 665-3601


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