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14928 Clymer Street
Mission Hills, CA 91345

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September 23, 2013
Both of my daughter attended this elementary school from Pre-K to 5/6. Being a public elementary school, my daughter really enjoyed attending the school, loved their teachers, - who are really caring and help my daughters achieve their best. Most of the staff and teacher are very friendly and care for the student at San Jose Street School and are committed to maximizing individual student performance, inspiring students interest and instilling a sense of self-worth among all students. As a parent one of the most important components to your child's education is being involved and building a relationship with your child's teacher, be it volunteering in the classroom, doing things from home or just donating items to the classroom. We as parents must work along side the teachers to make sure our kids are staying on track and working with them when they need that extra support.

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2013
Reading other postings regarding bullying was very upsetting that this school allowed this type of behavior to occur on school campus! The Principal, teachers and yard duty staff all need to take a seminar class/meeting on bullying. This behavior is not acceptable nor should it be tolerated without facing some serious consequences.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
This school is big disappointment to me and my son. This school did not help him when he was bullied over months in schoolyard. He was called bad names and was told he was weird and stupid by kids that have no right saying this. My child felt very bad about himself and is not trusting toward others because others were not responded to his complaints. He felt that the teachers did not care about him or hear him. It is very sad to see my child hating school and he is good studnt.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2013
We are in regular school and are extremely disappointed and very upset. Some of the teacher are good, but we experience a lot of bullying and nasty talk. Some of the playground personal should not be working with kid since they have no skills at handling kids and the problems coming along with them. My child is so happy the school year is over.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
My son has been in the San Jose Highly Gifted Magnet program now for 3 years. The program is a great place for kids that have the gift or ability to excel. They can be themselves and not be labeled and really get the education they deserve. We were told up front how things work in terms of the special programs and that parents are asked to donate to fund them. Yes, not all parents can afford it, and for those who can, they do give a more. You couldn't buy this kind of education at a private school. My son hangs out on the playground after school for about 3 hours daily and has gotten along with all the kids especially the regular "home school" kids, I have not had an issue in 3 years. We are grateful for the Highly Gifted Program because the teachers really care and provide a wonderful learning experience and environment. Just as important is the other staff members from the principal to the cafeteria folks, the ladies in the front office to the Beyond the Bell coordinators. I as a parent would encourage anybody to visit the school and talk to the kids like my wife and I did originally and you will see wonderful, well balanced kids flourishing in a wonderful environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
I have children in both the Highly Gifted Magnet and in the regular school. Before we visited, my daughter (just finishing 2nd grade) very firmly told me she was *not* changing schools. On the way home from our tour she told me she'd changed her mind and she would like to go to San Jose HGM. That's how amazing the Magnet program is. (I was also blown away by the kids, teachers, and program at this school.) This year my son started Kinder. We enrolled him in the regular school. I have nothing but good to say about his amazing teacher as well. Other parents have said the campus is grubby. It isn't. It is a typical LAUSD school. In fact, it is cleaner and nicer than both our home school and the school where I teach. It is in a nice little residential neighborhood. Other parents have said the board decides on the extras. That's not true either. The teachers decide what they want, and the Booster Club just figures out how to pay for it. The HGM teachers are *amazing* and go above and beyond for these kids. They are always willing to talk or e-mail. After 2 years in the magnet, I am crossing my fingers that my son is HG because we aren't ready to leave. The school is great!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
My child has been very happy at San Jose Highly Gifted Magnet these past two years. When she first tested HG I looked at a bunch of Gifted schools. Most of them made me feel like my child was smart so she could do more work. Then we visited San Jose HGM and it felt like "Your child is smart, so we can do all this other great stuff." They go on a bunch of wonderful field trips: to an adobe, to the Skirball, to JPL, to a nature hike, to City Hall, etc. They have done forensic science and studied DaVinci. They have sung with the LA Opera and put on Shakespeare plays (where the kids designed their own costumes). They have book clubs in class where the kids can discuss novels of their choice. They do Lego Robotics. They even do yoga to help with stress during state testing! So, yeah, the Booster Club does ask for money to help pay for those things, but it is less than some other schools ask, and it is totally worth it. The Booster Club even managed to replace old lap tops and buy ipads this year. My daughter is now more tech savvy than I am. Plus, the teachers are all specially trained to deal with the needs of these kids, and they all work together. SJHGM is a gem of a school.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2012
I have had three kids go through this school, one is still there. There are some really terrific teachers and my oldest daughter was blessed to have many of them as teachers. The Pre-K program is top notch! However, my second child had some bad experiences and the school kept a teacher around who was simply there collecting a paycheck and not teaching. Since Mrs. Shambra left the school has declined. I was not a big fan of hers, but she sure cared about the school and loved the kids. She knew every student by name and greeted parents and students at the gate every morning and afternoon. The current principal is cold and uninvolved. The neighborhood is declining and there have been MANY lockdowns this school year. If my child was not so emotionally involved and happy at the school we would go elsewhere. But luckily we only have a little bit left. This school use to be fantastic, lets see if it can rally! I do agree that the school caters to Spanish speaking families and we are Spanish.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
My daughter attended this school for a little over 2 years. The first year and a half I was happy with my daughters education. She has a learning disability and struggles to keep up. her 3rd grade teacher worked really hard with her. Unfortunately, this school does have a bullying problem and the yard duty staff tend to look the other way. I pulled my daughter out the school half way through the 5th grade because my daughter was being bullied daily and when her teacher made fun of her in class, I was fed up. Its bad enough for kids to be bullied by other kids, but when the teachers starts bullying too. its wrong.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
We are in the highly gifted magnet and have found a clearer picture of the varying opinions. The 5th grade class was extremely large, 31-33 students. Several with behavior problems. That is too many students for one teacher to handle, and affected more than half the students negatively. These parents are rightly unhappy. We, in the 4th anf 2/3rd grades have been lucky with class sizes around 20-22 all year. A difference of 10-11 kids (some with behavior issues) can make the world of difference to any class. The Grade 2/3/4 parents seem happy, the 5th grade parents-not. Caution to incoming parents: it will depend upon enrollment and the make-up of students to really determine the quality of the experience. All other comments about being pressured to donate are true. Small grungy school is also true. Unless parent pays extra, there would not be some of the extras. I also would prefer my students spend much more time in class with teacher, not taking neuroscience, drums and other things not very fun. Ms Garcia's 4th grade play the last week of school was AWESOM--we need much more of that! We pray the enrollment for next year stays small so our kids can keep enjoying it.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
Main reasons we recommend the highly gifted: 1. Amazing teachers who go way beyond run-of-the-mill topics. They keep working parents in touch by email 2. Fun student-led projects done in class, not at home by parents 3. Less homework, quality more than busywork, so we have time for sports, music. Most kids at San Jose play musical instruments. 4. Mostly well-rounded kids who consider "nerd" a compliment. 5. Interesting extra classes we're more than willing to pay for. We like some more than others but there's something for everyone. Let's hear it for the active parents who make this happen. 6. The campus is grungy, but the program is much better than private school we had, minus the huge tuition and constant fundraising. Overall, a great move. My child's very happy.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2011
Our magnet experience has not bee that great either. The teachers are very nice and we like them a lot. Tthe program leaves a lot to be desired. We came from a larger school where there was music, PE and other offerings. At the magnet school, parents are pressured to donate money to pay for everything as extra fees. A small, very active, board makes all the decisions on how the money is spent, planned from the previous year, mostly. Some of the extra programs were a waste of class time, I would prefer my child spend more time with the wonderful teacher and let the teacher plan extra activities. I did not realize that the main school pays for things like music and PE - NOT! So the smaller school has much less to offer. Fewer yard supervisors because of cutbacks makes bullying a problem. Overall, disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
My son has been attending SJ Highly Gifted Magnet for part of 4th grade this year, and we've been nothing more than impressed. The teachers are knowledgeable, patient and they truly understand the special needs of the highly gifted. We've felt welcome by the administration and parents from the first day. My son has finally started making friends and doesn't feel ostracized for being a science/math/chess kid. Yes, the school is short-staffed like every other school at LAUSD, but any issues we've had have been addressed immediately and satisfactorily. Yes, the magnet asks for money from the school to pay for enrichment programs, but the amount is half at what we paid at our previous "distinguished" school, and I actually know where it's going to - not new playground equipment and fancy smartboards, but to actual classes for the kids (this year, Shakespeare, yoga, neuroscience and the like). Most parents pay. Some can't. Just like at all schools. And there are no fundraisers (where the school usually gets a fraction of the money that comes in). My son and my family are extremely happy with San Jose HGM.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
Extraordinary! Better than the best money can buy but at a public school. I cannot believe San Jose Highly Gifted Magnet was a LAUSD program. I am not sure why Los Angeles does not use this program to showcase what they are doing. All the talk about Charter schools and different programs and yet we found out about this program after three months of research. San Jose Highly gifted is a gem. We are so fortune that our daughter was accepted into the program! Coming from one of the top home schools we were hesitant at first. The drive and leaving a great home school people were fighting to get into. But we know we found the right match after the first week. The program transformed a shy kid into a chatter box of knowledge. What a difference a right setting can make.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
I'm fascinated with the plurality of opinions of the Highly Gifted Magnet expressed here. It just proves that good schools are about good fit. We've been at San Jose for two years and my child could not be happier with the engaging and challenging work, the kids who relate, and the extra classes, some of which parents also paid for at his previous school and some of which are new, like neuroscience. I hear they'll get opera next year. I would just like to point out that in almost every public school in LA, parents now have to fundraise for PE, arts and "enrichment" classes, and many families to not contribute elsewhere as well. Last I heard, 80% of the San Jose Magnet families donated this year. My husband and I are happy to give what we can, so that ALL the children in our child's class can participate and so that we don't have to sell chocolates, go to MacDonald's, or do a different fundraiser every few weeks, but most importantly, so our child gets a great, diverse education!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
The San Jose Highly Gifted Magnet Program is providing our son with a GREAT education. We feel that he is getting an education beyond the typical LAUSD curriculum which helps to expand and contribute to his capabilities. The variety of programs such as Shakespeare, world drums, yoga, field trips are wonderful. We were always having to supplement his learning because he was at least 2 years ahead of his peers, now we can focus on alternative learning techniques and let him be more of a typical 9 year old boy. I am happy to be an advocate for this program and what it provides to other families that have a child that needs this program.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
We are so happy with the San Jose Elem Magnet program. With her high academic capacity and low social skills, our daughter was struggling at our resident school. Her previous teachers focused on her challenging behaviors and she received very little feedback on her accomplishments. At this school, the teachers, administrators and other staff put forth the effort to nurture her strengths. Now she has a good time at school, and she is learning in a way that will serve her well for a lifetime. If your child qualifies for this program, you must give it a try.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
I am completely convinced that my nine year old son is rewceiving the best education he has ever ecperienced at San Jode Highly Gifted Magnet.. I'm so happy that he was accepted into this program, as we Ifind it to be just the educational experience we ( his parents ) were hopiong for for our gifted child.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
Things that were horrible about this school, and why we left: 1. The principal is inexperienced and makes bad judgements. For example, during the summer the school decided to "do away" with the 1-grade level acceleration of math because of a sudden influx of new students (over 50% of class were new) due to a change in policy. Instead of informing parents of the situation she simply implemented her decision - lowering the standard - without consultation and without warning. 2. Health and Social Studies subjects are only taught "once in a while" (maybe once or month). They do not follow the standard curriculum for these subjects, as they are not "core" subjects like language arts and math. 3. Science is taught through "Mad Science" or video, and not by the teacher. This sounds GREAT, except that 'Mad Science' does not provide the basics for a strong foundation in this subject. 4. The music program is unsatisfactory. The students are forced to learn how to play a recorder - and the kids in all grade levels actually get the same lesson year after year, to accomodate for new students. 5. The shakespeare is inappropriate as a content for this age group. There is no personal growth

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
The highly gifted magnet is a gem. All three teachers are amazing -- they present the curriculum (and them some) in a challenging and creative way. The kids are really engaged. And the extra programs sponsored by the Booster Club are first rate.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
My kids are in the highly gifted magnet. My son, in particular, was bored and mis-behaving in a "regular" school but both my kids are thriving here. The teachers are great, the classes move much faster and keep my kids engaged...it's really a great program. The only reason I give the school 4 stars instead of 5 is because it's an LAUSD school and always short on funds for what should be standard fare...music, gym, science lab, etc. Fortunately (or unfortunately) most the parents pitch in financially and the kids get most everything. If your kid is highly gifted, they really need to be here.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
My son attends the magnet and it has made a world of difference for our entire family. His teacher is amazing - sees things in him as strengths that other teachers have considered weaknesses, keeps in great contact with us and believes in him (which my son can feel). His social skills are improving, he enjoys what (and HOW) he's learning and I love having a community of parents who "get it." He has never once been bullied on the campus. ANY parent within the LAUSD expects to be asked by the booster club to donate - I have kids at other public schools and have been asked for far more money and time! It's a problem all public schools are having now, so sadly it sorta comes with the territory. I can't say enough good things about the magnet program and I never would have gone through changing schools if the program wasn't well worth it. My son was slipping though the cracks at his old school - feeling bored, had few peers he could relate to and his teachers had little patience for or understanding of how his brain works. He's bright, but still a 9 year old kid, so it takes special training and a strong love for the challenges inherent in the job to educate highly gifted kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2011
School bullying is a major issue, I'm sure it's not just at this school but I'm also sure it's not as severe at all schools. My son came home every day with an issue and after a lot of phone calls and insisting some changes were made I was so greatful for Ms. Cofield, the new assistant principle. Unfortunately, it feels like due to budget cuts there isn't enough adult supervision on the yard during recess and lunch and even after school. I pulled my kids from the after school programs for fear of their safety and I am in constant communication with the teachers and have to ask my kids every day if everything was alright. I actually have my kids in therapy due to some bullying they experienced.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
We are in magnet and are extremely disappointed. The teachers are good, but we were told about all these special programs the school offers, then (strongly) urged to donate a lot of money to pay for them. In this economy, we can't afford much, and they made it sound like it was INCLUDED when you enrolled. Mispresented it. At least all kids can participate, but only a few parents pay for it, which makes of feel taken advantage of.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Best Office Staff ever...especially Claire, she runs things like no other! Give her credit where it is due...

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March 28, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
We are in the magnet program also. Extra programs have to be supported by parent fundraising. Only about half of parents donate, but all the kids must participate if program is offered during school hours. Not fair-we pay for the other kids! 'Extras' Shakespeare and science waste of funds. Kids love music and yoga. Best program we pay for: P.E., But pe is supposed to be provided by public school, we should not have to pay extra for kids to have pe. This is supposed to be a public school!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
My son is in the magnet program and we are very happy with the teachers and the administration. At the tour they told us that magnet students receive extra enrichment such as Shapkespeare, music, science, yoga and PE and they were clear that the Parent Booster Club raises funds for these programs. All public schools who offer extra programs must fund raise to support them. I, myself, have been more than happy to donate money so that my child may receive all these great enrichment activities. It is like attending a private school without the private school tuition. There is a computer lab at the school and my son goes once a week. All the classrooms have laptops which students use for class work and research. The teachers really understand the needs of highly gifted students. My son is finally challenged and happy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2010
Wow what a fabulous PTA we have. Last nights Read Across America Pajamarama was fantastic. We had great readings from our dedicated teachers and staff and to top it off we had a literacy magic show that all of the students enjoyed. Our students are the luckiest to be a part of the San Jose Street Elementary School.

- submitted by a community member
February 24, 2010
We also are in magnet like other parent. Some rooms have computers donated by parent's fundraising, and must be maintained by parents' money. There is NO computer lab class offered to the magnet students. They have P.E. one day a week from school. Magnet parents pay for 2 extra P.E. lessons/month from an outside source magnet students. Magnet parents also are paying for a 6-week music program. I don't mind fundraisers for 'Extras', but during the tour, they told us 'this is what we offer at this school', but actually NOT offered, unless parents come up with the money, or a teacher applies for grant money. It would have been nice to know that up front, but it's public school-how do they say 'give us money'?

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2009
My son is in his third year at the HGM, as I say, we are home. He had attended 3 other schools prior to attending San Jose HGM and it wasn't until this school that the teachers finally 'got' him. The Booster Club (the HGM specific PTA) manages to pull off miracles every year with regards to supplementary and expanded learning programs. That being said, the program will only flourish with parental involvement. The budget cuts of the last year have made it that much more critical for the Booster Club support. My youngest son was in the regular school for 2 years and we ended up putting him in our neighborhood school as he was not receiving the challenge he required in the classroom. I am indeed grateful for the HGM program here as they allow for the children to excel in a supportive and exciting environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
This is a great school for the parents that have a serious commitment to their children's need for education. It is not a day care! Education starts at home. Their activities and curriculums are according to the state of California standards. The teachers are fully commited to the students and often find the time to bring out the best in each one of them. Like the rest of the schools in California parent/teacher conferences happen during the day and also after school. As a parent of 2, I find San Jose Street Elementary School staff to be in the best interest in the welfare of my sons. Over all it is a great school with great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Mrs Chu is a great teacher for first grade she tought my daughter alot of stuff.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2009
San Jose is a great school, they're teachers are wonderful and most of them teach with so much passion. Mrs Chu is a great example of that.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
Our son was in a very good LAUSD GATE program which simply was unable to cater to his special needs. Highly gifted children need highly trained teachers. The teachers at San Jose Street HGM are specially trained to teach and also to understand the way these children think and learn. These children also need to interact with their peers. No school is ever perfect. Parking near a school is ALWAYS a problem! Last year was a difficult year, and while year saw many improvements, they were marred by budget cuts. Recent Booster club meetings show that more parents are willing to get involved and help out. A school is only as good as parental involvement. Get involved, get things done, make your concerns known, have a say in your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
Maybe it's different in magnet school. I agree with other parent. Discipline is big problem with lots of bullying. I also cannot be late/later for work, so making it so hard to be on-campus really hurts. I can't take so much time off. My daughter is also on waiting list for 21st century kids but no available spaces. There is too much homework, like teachers can't cover the subject matter and expect parents to teach it. After work, it's late and all tired, then 2 hours homework, much of it busy-work, too. School is poor at communication, office staff is cold and not friendly, they act inconvenienced when you walk your child through office onto campus. Parking nearby is nightmare! PTA & meetings during workday is not possible for me, I don't have as much 'free' time at work as you do! What a luxury!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 29, 2009
Sorry you are worried about your child being at San Jose Elementary School. The school has a great communication policy; of course you need to schedule the time to speak with the teachers. When ever I have had any questions or needed help the office staff has always been helpful. As the posting from yesterday stated, discipline starts at home. As a parent that works, I am pretty sure you take breaks and are not expect to work from the time you arrive until the time you depart. Teachers are human beings. There are many after school programs available to everybody, yes some are open to a certain number of students and others have no limit. As a full- time working parent, I am able to attend the PTA meeting as they are at 8:15 in the morning every third Tuesday, 2nd Cup of Coffee with the principal once a month, that is an open forum to discuss any topic- I have attended a few of them and have been able to voice my concerns and ask questions. As parents we should know how to plan and manage our time. Arriving a bit early is best - plenty of parking and that way you will not be late for work. I believe parents are always welcome to walk on campus as long as they have a pass. Society has changed and I think the policy the school has in place is for the safety and benefit of the children.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
I am worried about my child being here. Very little communication with teachers & admin. No returned phone calls, no emails. Discipline a problem, few yard supervisors. Teachers don't supervise yard, take their 'break'. Child cannot remain in classroom for safety, teacher demands her break. Emphasis on spanish speaking parents & kids, lots of programs for them. After-school supervision is full, we've been on waiting list since june 2008. Pta and other parent activities during work day, so only non-working can attend. I agree with problem: parents should be able to walk children to classrooms, not locked out at gate. If i park 3 blocks away, walk through office & get sticker, i'll be late to work. Parents should get non-transferrable badge giving access through any gate...We could see teachers & admin, ask questions, have some connection. I worry for future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2009
This is in response to the two reviews posted in September of 2008. My two children have attended San Jose Elementary. My first child graduated 3 years ago and had the privilege to have Ms. Shambra as principal, and my other child who currently still attends the school has had the privilege of having Ms. Shambra as well as our new principal Ms. Johnson. They both are great principals.As far as discipline, it starts at home; discipline I feel is a top priority at the school, currently the principal has implemented Project Wisdom which if you are around the school about 8:15 in the morning you will hear the daily message that is over the loud speaker that shares messages that allow and encourage the children to reflect on various topic such as respect, responsibility, confidence, courage and honesty which in return will reduce disciplinary problems. Our teaching staff is great; thru my children, I have had the opportunity to work with many of the teachers. We as parents need to appreciate our teachers, as they are tasked to educate our kids, stay up to date with the school curriculum that continues to get more complex every year. All the gates locked - society has changed and due to that fact all the gates are maintained lock for the safety of our kids, parents are always welcomed and encouraged to volunteer at the school, but of course you must sign-in in the office. I as a parent appreciate the fact that just not anyone can walk on campus. As far as non-English speaking parents and communication with other parents. The school caters to various ethnic background and children with learning disabilities and challenges. Although there are many parents that do not speak English, there are many parents that do speak English, and many that are bilingual. The school does not cater to the Spanish speaking; it caters to the community that surrounds it. I encourage you to get more involved so you can see first hand what a great school San Jose Elementary is, attend the monthly PTA meetings, Second cup of Coffee, and other events at the school. Safety, discipline and education of the children are top priority, but it all starts at HOME and working with the school administration and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2008
I agree that this school has lost a great deal of appeal. I am an ulumni of this school and it sure has not been the same for quite a few years. Ms. Shambra tried her best however I was never a fan of hers. The new Principal does not have good authority and does not know how to discipline the kids and the school has a lot of problems regarding bullying. All of the good teachers have retired for the exception of a few good ones left. And yes there a lot of students/parents who mostly only speak spanish and it is them who the school really caters to. My son who is still attending the school might be going to another school. They need to reshape this school asap because I do believe it has some potential.

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August 24, 2008
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no rating June 08, 2008
The reviews on this blog are all accurate...Until Dec. 2006. When Mary Shambra left the school. Since then, everything is very different. The neww principal lacks the knowledge and class Mrs Shambra encouraged. The parents feel asense of coldness and so do the children. The scores seem to be spiriling down in all aspects, especially discipline. The warmth Mary spread to the children and parents, is definitely a big factor in the behavior of all people involved..

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
San Jose Magnet is the perfect 'home' for HG kids who seek true peers and friends who 'get' them. Our child is so much happier here because of that. The Booster Club provides enrichment programs (yoga, extra gym, Shakespeare plays) to enhance LAUSD's basic curriculum. All three Magnet teachers are highly skilled and work to meet the special needs of these children, greatly deepen the level of learning through in-depth discussion and analysis. Class sizes are smaller than normal. The home school is generally friendly and welcoming and all children, Magnet and home school, seem to get along (as well as kids do!). The only downside is a lack of real support from LAUSD for what could be a 'shining gem' in the LAUSD system. These special children need support just as those on the other end of the educational spectrum do.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
The magnet program looks like a great option for highly gifted students. Both the teachers and students were impressive. The staff seemed very friendly.

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June 14, 2006
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May 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
San Jose is an excellent school for all ages, my son has already graduated from San Jose and my daughter is currently enrolled in the highly gifted program. Excellency starts from the top. Mary Shambra keeps herself involved with the teachers, students and parents, more importantly she sincerely cares about the students and their education. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
My son was in the magnet and had a great experience. None of his teachers are there anymore and he just left two years ago.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
insincere and unprofessional administration and staff. poor communication with parents. parents of highly gifted children proceed with caution!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
The highly gifted magnet program was not what it was talked up to be during the recruitment tour and orientation. My daughter's needs for visual spacial teaching were not met and with the overwhelming majority of the program being boys, it was socially difficult, too.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
I was skeptical about removing my daughter from our home school and placing her here, but I'm so glad I did. The arts prototype curriculum has nurtured her talent and she is now working to her full potential.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
The level of instruction at the Magnet was advanced. The playground is huge. The office personnel are friendly.

- submitted by a former student
January 21, 2005
Big playground. Mrs. Fowler teacher in the highly-gifted magnet is wonderful.

- submitted by a teacher
August 17, 2004
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June 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
This school is beyond wonderful! The principal, Mary Shambra, runs a tight ship. The school is clean, academically excellent and cares about each and every student. We have had the most wonderful experience here. Plus, Mrs. Shambra has coordinated with Los Angeles theatres, the philhormonic and ballet programs to offer free tickets to world class events in an effort to expose all students to programs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, the Disney Concert Hall and other venues.

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San Jose Street Elementary School
14928 Clymer Street, Mission Hills, CA  91345
(818) 365-3218
Last modified San Jose Street Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Jose Street Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews.