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K-5
Public charter
North Hollywood, CA
Students enrolled: 632
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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11724 Addison Street
North Hollywood, CA 91607

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(818) 761-5115
(818) 985-6017
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Map of Colfax Charter Elementary School address.

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December 01, 2014
We have a child that has graduated and one that is still attending Colfax Charter. I find it amazing that this school has these 5 star reviews. " Anyone" and I mean anyone you ask that is being sincere and honest with you will tell you, "The Principal has to go!". The school has an underlying tone unkown to the general public or visitors of being run by a tyrant principal and her fearful staff. Parents, teachers, and staff members are literally "scared". The teachers are wonderful and so is the staff and they do their best under said conditions, but you do have an unsympathetic , uncaring, person at the helm and her scary inner follow orders circle; favoritism and politics galore. GREAT SCHOOLS.org is a wonderful organization and web site and its important that parents be VERY aware of of the rude awakening once you get by the campus initial fluff and smiles. The parents are wonderful(a bit over gossipy and judgmental of others and children) their inner group stays tight, so is PACE and The PTA. Once they get rid of the present principal the school will be all it can be. This is an honest and sincere nonjudgmental review, ask any parent and hope for the honest truth.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
This fantastic school is a gem, with creative kids, fabulous parents, an active and inclusive PTA and a great PACE fundraising organization. Other public schools ask for a larger annual giving donation, and most families are happy to give more to Colfax. We completely love the school and are thrilled to have our children be a part of such a great community in Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Overcrowded and very "clickish" school with an unprofessional gosspy Principal and teachers. I expected. better. The PTA moms act like over privileged mean girls. The parent involvement includes gossiping and over asserting their agenda. I hear office staff moan and complain about a kids IEP and the principle laughed along. Also, 600 dollars a year per child is expected from you yearly. This was not an issue for us as we came from private school but those in a lower income bracket beware.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
Great parental involvement. Nice touches like farm animals, and small gardens around campus, violin lessons for all and keyboards as part of the math program. But if you have a high achieving / gifted kid there is no special programs at all. No real GATE program. Zilch. You might luck out and get a fantastic teacher (like Mrs. Gage or Dr. Fell) but special needs kids and gifted kids have the exact same classes and books and homework. A good school - with caring (if overworked) teachers. But it's getting way too overcrowded and we will look elsewhere for 4th grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
Terrible, horrible gossiping teacher who could care less about teaching. This school was the pitts. My kids hated it and so did we. the principal is a mean, snotty unprofessional as you can get, teacher, most are also. I give it a 1.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
I am a seventh grader who graduated from Colfax in 2012. It's a great school and has great academics and awesome teachers!! Thanks to Colfax, I am now in the science academy at Millikan (which is VERY hard to get into) and I was well prepared. Special thanks to Mrs. Gage, Mrs. Kip (who left the school the year I graduated), Dr. Fell, and Mrs. Craven!!!! I love you guys soooo much. The principle, Mrs. Gomez, is very supportable and I am so thankful to her. Staff is wonderful too--no wonder this school got a ten!! ;D

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2013
I love Colfax, In my 6 years and 2 more years to go, I have been very pleased. My daughters Love been there. The teachers are wonderful, everyone of them is unique and has so much to offer the kids. The school is great because of it's teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
I have 2 children who attend school at Colfax Charter. This school has heart! The teachers and support staff are phenomenal, the technology is on par with some of the most prestigious private schools around town and the parent volunteers define what it means to be a community!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
I am a parent of 1 child who completed Colfax. And 1 child that is currently in 4th grade. The compassion and attention given to each child is unmatched. My 4th grader is special needs. They way the school as a whole looks out for him is amazing. As a father who worries on a daily basis for him to be accepted for who he is, I will forever be greatful for the start in life this wonderful school has provided. Colfax is more like an extended family. They teuely beliece in no child left behind!!! With much thanks, David Alter

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
We relocated to California from Oregon December 2011 and missed the cutoff at Colfax, so my twins finished 1st grade at Riverside. My twins were at Colfax all of 2nd grade and will be starting 3rd grade next week. My son had some difficulty with reading and believe the move and starting over made things more difficult. His 2nd grade teacher at Colfax really went above and beyond to help bring his reading and comprehension levels up and thank other staff members for this as well. His teacher got him involved in a group that met every Tuesday after school that helped him tremendously. Without his teacher's help and commitment to education by giving my son the tools to succeed, he would be struggling far more than before. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
My older son is now in 3rd grade and loves it here!! He is doing very well, and developed into a happy, confidant student. My younger son is in kindergarten, and I have found them VERY supportive of his special needs. He receives various services, and everyone has been loving and helpful and compassionate. He's a very happy little guy that loves this school! I've heard many parents say that there is no special ed support here, but I haven't found that to be the case. Very thankful to be at Colfax.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
My son is just in kindergarten and we all like the school very much overall. The extra-curriculars are wonderful and there are many perks (violin instruction, farm, garden, computer lab). However, my son (who is already reading far above grade level and doing math) is bored in class and is not receiving any extra enrichment or encouragement with regard to his above-average abilities. Children who are struggling academically and under-achieving receive extra help -- I don't understand why those higher on the bell curve are left to their own devices. This is not an indictment of Colfax per se, but rather of the public school system in general. I know there are budget limitations, but I think it is a huge mistake to let an academically gifted child flounder, and only provide academic and socio-emotional support to those who are performing at a below average level. In sum, I think Colfax is an amazing school for the average student. It would be a better school overall if they paid some attention to their students needing more.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
This is a very good school for average, above average or gifted kids, but if you child has special needs you may consider sending them somewhere else. Pros: amazing parent involvement, challenging academics and arts program. Cons: lack of willingness to work with special ed population.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
Considering Colfax Charter and Carpenter - please would you tell me how Colfax feels to parents in terms of attentiveness of staff to any social issues my child may have? Also how big are the classes and whats the diversity like? I have not yet figured out how to read all the stats. :( Does anyone know how this school compares to Carpenter? Thanks

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2012
I am considering sending my child to Colfax. Would love some current feedback. How are the teachers, the administrators, the parents, the culture of the school?

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2012
My son and daughter went to CCES K-5 and we had mostly great experiences. The full inclusion program is very taxing on the teachers and takes away from the kids who are better prepared to sit still for lessons. When teachers should be walking around helping individuals they tend to focus on the ones who struggle and sometimes skip the average kid who can work fairly independently. The parent involvement is high which has its pros and cons. Some parents are too controlling and sometimes disrupt instruction but on a positive note they always find ways to get materials and programs for the kids that other schools do not offer. The teachers are mostly fabulous, but the class sizes are too large. Out of the 10 teachers my children had, 5 were exceptional, 3 were great, 1 was good, and 1 was not good. They were overworked though. The parents and principal should spend some of the money raised on reducing class size so the teachers can get to each child.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
We have enjoyed the teachers and the parental involvement here at this school, but what is lacking is the drive to help every child--not just the ones who are pushing the API scores over the top. We have never felt included in the general populace and our son is falling behind due to the lack of attention he gets from teachers and staff due to overcrowding here. I wish that we had a better experience but this was not the best and so we are now forced to look into other choices, so that our child may learn more effectively.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
This school was a poor excuse for a school if I've ever seen one. The staff is rude, condescending, pretentious, liars who wouldn't know how to teach a child for anything in this world. Thumbs down, all the way. No thanks to this "Winner"!

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2012
There is a reason why parents are moving to the Colfax district in droves! It is a uniquely wonderful public school with a committed parent population and superb arts programs. Among the many superb teachers are two rare jewels: Mrs Katz, a long-time 1st grade teacher is exceptional with the children and just a gracious, truly kind and happy person. Mrs. Steinbach, new to Colfax's 3rd grade, has incredible skill with the children and passion for her work and is just lovely to be around. Also, Miss Gail Acosta of Evergreen Music Academy, who teaches violin to Kinder and 1st Grade is phenomenal in every way! Thanks to the parents who take the time to write these reviews, as they influenced our decision to move to the Colfax district.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
Colfax Charter Elementary School is truly a great school. The teachers and staff are engaged with the students. Despite state budget problems, furloughs, and increasing class sizes, the teachers perform at a high level with energy. They work with the parents to create the best possible learning experience for the children. The school has very enthusiastic parent support that makes it possible for the school to achieve high rankings. If our children are our greatest treasures, I could not think of a better place for my son to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
I have had children at Colfax since 2001 and my youngest won't be graduating until 2017. I absolutely love this school! My oldest is now at a rigorous Humanities Magnet and my middle daughter attends an amazing Performing Arts Middle School. They are thriving academically and were well-prepared by Colfax. The teachers are fabulous and they seem to love their jobs and the school, which is apparent since every teacher with school-aged children sends his/her children to Colfax as well. Struggling students are given many assistance opportunities and those who learn quickly can often excel at their own pace, for instance through the Jiji Math program. Colfax highlights the arts - both visual and performing arts, as well as music through Suzuki violin and keyboard instruction and orchestra. We are lucky to have a computer and science lab, a farm with animals like Charlotte the Pig, a vegetable garden and an auditorium with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. The parents are supportive and have the attitude of "We're all in this together" rather than "Every man for himself."Even if I could afford a top-rated private school education for my children, I would prefer to have them at Colfax.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
The Colfax community is what separates our school from others--parents make a real difference in our arts programs, state of the art computer & science labs and general happy vibe. Parents are extremely involved and hats off to our Principal and teachers who are open to our help and constant presence on campus.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
Colfax Charter has been an amazing school for my two children. The teachers, staff and fellow parents are such a strong community. Both my kids thrive academically thanks to their education and have become well rounded individuals thanks to the arts programs and other enrichment opportunities Colfax offers.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
This is a true neighborhood school with amazing teachers, staff, administrators and families. The parents have been able to come together and fulfill the needs of the school that LAUSD does not. So happy my kids get to be a part of a wonderful public school!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
Our daughter attended Colfax for K - 5th grade, before heading off to middle school (very well prepared, too), and our son is currently in 2nd grade at Colfax. While test scores have consistently risen each year our kids have been at Colfax, while the computer & science labs have become state-of-the-art and the literacy garden has grown in beautifully, it's really all the seemingly little things about Colfax that haven't changed in years that we love so much: The Halloween parade and Kinder Halloween carnival, classic holiday shows (complete with down-home delicious bake sale), our librarian who rides her bike to school and knows each and every child's interests and points them in the direction of the books they'll love, Family Reading Night, the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Monday Morning Assemblies, Community Reading in Kindergarten every morning, the 2nd grade Vaudeville Show, the Read-a-Thon...it's a long list, and I could go on. Will our kids get into Yale one day? Only time will tell, but for now, we know our kids are happy and safe, learning lots in a community environment. All things considered, Colfax Charter Elementary continues to be a great place.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2012
My second (and last) child will be graduating from Colfax in June and I am already feeling the loss. What a great experience. The school is small so you get to know many of the parents and children. Teachers who have never had my children in their classes know my family and children. Going into H.S. and M.S. next year is already a difficult transition though my kids both made it into the schools of their choice. Thanks Colfax for prepairing them and for a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2012
Teachers are burned out. they lack the ability to get through to many of the children, maybe because they are too old to be there still. They really need a change in staff, even the principal.!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2012
My child went here for four years. He was a child with special needs. They didn't do anything to help him. We finally transferred him out of there to a school where the staff really cares. The experience was horrible for all of our family. They had nothing set up to help him what so ever. They should be held accountable for how they treated us and my son.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
We have been at Colfax for several years and feel so lucky that it was our neigborhood school! Our son has some learning issues and all of his teachers and special education staff have been so attentive to his needs and so willing to collaborate with us. Also, the sense of community at Colfax is a rare thing in a big city and we could not be happier with this school experience. Can't wait to send the little one when the time comes!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2011
We;ve been at Colfax for 6 yrs. now and we are graduating this year. It was an amazing experience for my daughter. She made all of her best friends at this school as did I - her mother. We loved every minute of it and are so sad to go but so grateful to have been a part of this wonderful school, it's faculty and diverse community of families and students. You will be very blessed if you get to attend Colfax.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
Many schools could learn a lot from Colfax. Happy students, happy parents. They are definately doing something right. Without the amount of parent money that Dixie or Carpenter raise, they still offer amazing enrichment.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
I love Colfax! My daughter loves every single bit of this school while we were there. The staffs and teachers were wonderful and so nice that you need to be in this school to understand it. We were so sorry that we need to move out of this area, and we missed every one over there.....

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
Colfax is exceeding our expectations, which were high, in every way! Violin, keyboards, visual art, drama, and yoga in addition to an outstanding academic curriculum. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
We have spent 8 years at Colfax between our 2 kids. My yourgest is graduating in June. I can't say enough about the school. The teachers at Colfax are the BEST, all very different but all with amazing talents and gifts they bring to the classroom. The school is not perfect but was perfect for my kids. We are sad to be leaving but happy to have been there! My daughter already attends private middle school and my son is heading to a different private school. I believe the education they received at Colfax was instrumental in their acceptance into these very competitive school. Many thanks to Colfax Faculty, Staff and Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
Colfax continues to impress and exceed even the highest of expectations! Bravo to all the teachers, staff and parents that make it, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the BEST school in the Valley!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
Colfax is such an amazing school. The parent participation is unbelievable. Everyone works hard to make it the awesome school that it is. The teachers and staff are incredible. The school continues to get better year after year. We miss Mrs. Freckman (our former principal) , however Ms. Gomez is doing a great job. Colfax is our home and we love it.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Colfax has educated 3 of my children and now is educating 2 of my grandchildren. They get the best education with the greatest teachers and continually new and exciting programs to stimulate the children's interest in learning. I wouldn't want to send any of my family anywhere else. The parent partiscipation is encouraged and welcomed. Thus there is a strong parent suppot system for the teachers nd administrators and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Has great teachers, the staff, kids and parents work hard to make step MANY steps above any school anywhere.

- submitted by a community member
September 29, 2009
Colfax is an absolutely amazing school. Teachers are very dedicated. Although there is no gifted classes program, teachers are working with kids based on their individual levels. I thought we just got lucky with the kinder garden teacher but it looks like all teachers are great. Also there is a big emphasize on communicating issue. Teachers are helping kids to learn how to work with others and how to resolve problem (using words). Overall, I think Colfax is great school. Parents are very involved. Kids are having a lot of extra activities and going to school with good attitude.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Colfax Charter is truly a great school from its astonishing faculty to its academic excellence. My child is on his third year there and loves it. Thiss school truly is rooted in education!!!!.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Colfax is a great school with amazing teachers, staff, parents and kids--it is a true community. We feel very lucky to be at Colfax!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Colfax Charter is the 'Cheers' of all schools - everybody knows your name. We have received a fabulous education here. All of the teachers, administrators and parents are on board.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Colfax has a fantastic supportive parent group that outdoes any I have ever seen. They work together well and are always willing to go the extra mile for their kids and teachers, who by the way, are amazing and totally dedicated. Such a lovely thing to see in this day and age. Thanks Colfax for giving my grandchildren so much to remember and a first class education. Christann Manning

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
It's a small town school in the big city. A real sense of community. Kids love it and parents, too! And it shows. Colfax - Rooted in education and reaching for the stars!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Colfax is one of the best schools in LAUSD. Parent involvement is great, teachers are wonderful and API scores are high!! Yea Colfax!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
My daughter is happy and inspired to go to school every day! She has had 5 fabulous teachers and participated in many wonderful arts and science programs not offered at most local elementary schools. Colfax is a big family and everyone is made to feel a part this very wonderful group!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
Very nurturing and creative school with wonderful staff, helping my grandson learn and grow into a caring,responsible, knowledgeable, well rounded young man.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
Amazing children, amazing teachers and administrators, amazing programs subsidized by amazing parents all makes for one amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Colfax is amazing!! Wonderful parents -Spectacular Teachers and outstanding academics. I couldn't of asked for a better environment for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Parents seem to really care about the kids enrolled and be involved with activities!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The parents are really involved in school activities and fundraisers. Because of this we get extras like music, computers & art. The teachers obviously care about the students. We are lucky to attend Colfax!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Wonderful location, dedicated staff incredible programs and legendary parent involvement for a LAUSD school. The World Fair alone is enough to brag about and every kid succeeds!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Colfax melds an environment of diversity, compassion, commitment, community and education into one city block... with a sense fun!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Colfax is an oasis of excellence in a sometimes less than stellar public school system. The unparalleled knowledge, commitment, and caring from the teaching staff coupled with a dynamic and involved parent base makes Colfax an outstanding school. Kids from K-5 receive Suzuki method violin and/or keyboard instruction, music + math programs, and can take advantage of a campus Farm Club, plus a state-of-the-art science lab. Colfax proves that pubilc education can work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Is just a good school when the teachers, parents and students are one.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
So happy at Colfax. Wonderful teachers/administration with an unbelievable amount of parental involvement makes one terrific school!

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September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Colfax has the best principal, teachers and amazing students...we are so lucky!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
I cannot explain with words the level of care, trust and learning that happens daily at Colfax.One needs to walk the halls, watch the children and admire the teachers for what each and every one invests into each child. Education is first at Colfax but the vast number of art, music, computer programs rounds out a wealthy experience. The parents work their tails off supporting the administration's needs and wants, always welcomed by our principal who appreciates our contribution, blood, sweat and tears. There is much we want to do for the kids and teachers but times are tough in CA. Every little bit helps goes a long way for our kids. Colfax is a gem of a place that needs funding help to keep doing what we are doing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Colfax is an amazing school. The arts and music program are the best. The academics are always challenging and creative. But one of the main reasons our school is able to have wonderful programs like a farm, computer lab, science lab, violin, keyboards,yoga, and many other enrichments for our kids, is mostly due to the amazing parent envolvement of the parents who raise tons of money to support our school and their countless hours fund raising and volunteering.!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Colfax has the best teachers, staff and curriculum. We are so grateful and happy to be a part of this amazing and fantastic school! The parents are fantastic too. They volunteer and raise money so that our children can have music, math, science,arts, performing art assemblies, suzuki violin, keyboard, orchestra, computer lab, yoga...I wish I were a kid again so I could go to Colfax!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We are so pleased that our son is getting such a great education at Colfax Charter Elementary School. The teachers are top notch, the staff is friendly and efficient and the parent volunteers are amazing. All of these ingredients combine to make an unsurpassed educational experience for not only our son but for every student who is fortunate enough to attend such a caring, well-rounded, and educationally exceptional school. Thank you Colfax!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The quality of education and teachers as well as the special programs funding greatly by parents and local business.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The only word that truly captures the magic & essence of the school is awesome. Parents & teachers here care not only about the school but about the community as well. It is an amazing place & I am proud to be a Colfax parent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I think Colfax is one of the best, most progressive Schools for public education in the state of California. What makes our school so unique is the diversity in cultures, languages spoken and the representation of every economic level. It truly illustrates the melting pot of cultures here in beautiful California. This, and the awesome parent involvement inside and off campus. We have the best parents, the best teachers and the kind of arts, music and science programs that would make the finest private schools envious. Yes, we are a proud bunch of parents and our children are lucky to be attending COLFAX CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Valley Village CA.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It gives the kids exposure to many many opportunities that other schools dont get. The class of 2020 is on the Today Show.. they have their own farm on site.... amazing stuff

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
Our school is truely a neighborhood school. We have amazing teachers, administrators, students and parents. We are demographically diverse. And "The Today Show" has chosen our school to do a series! They are following a group of students from Kindergarten to 12th grade (starting at Colfax Charter 2 years ago) when they graduate in the Class of 2020.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Terrific teachers and a focused administration have made our school a perfect example of 'best practices'....

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love Colfax because it is a great place to work, learn, and play!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
I don't know where to begin. I have twin boys in third grade. Not only are they thriving academically but also socially and emotionally. The teachers are present and on top of every issue. The principal is availible for ideas and issues. I could not ask or pay for a better community.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
It's true. In the several years my children were at Colfax, there was no differentiated instruction for gifted students. The art and music programs are great. The school lunch was great a few years ago...but then it changed to something completely unappetizing and inedible. I hope this year the school has some positive changes.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
Colfax is a great school. We moved into the neighborhood so our daughter could attend after visiting 11 local schools. Our daughter is now in the third grade and she just got her orange folder as she is flourishing. Even the substitutes are way above average in every way at this school. Colfax is only getting better. The only criticism I could offer is that they eliminated the healthy lunches program because of budget cuts. ):

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August 06, 2009
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August 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2009
My daughter attended Kindergarten at Colfax this past year and had a wonderful experience. Her teacher was energetic and creative, using songs and movement to help teach reading and math skills. When school began, the children's reading levels varied greatly. By June, most non-readers were reading and most readers read better. The teacher also had very good control over an active group of 5-year-olds. I heard positive things about the other teachers as well. Students begin learning violin in Kindergarten, and the music program continues through 5th grade. While I feel my daughter's experience at Colfax was on par with the private school experiences of some other people we know, there is concern for the future of this school and all California public schools as budgets continue to be slashed and class sizes grow. Hoping for the best...

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June 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2009
My niece moved from out of state and she enjoys this school so much! The teachers are caring and the area is pretty good.

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October 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware. Colfax is a fine school for average students. There is NO GIFTED INSTRUCTION. None. Colfax mainstreams special needs students extremely well, and is one of a dwindling number of schools that do so. More power to them. However, the level of instruction in any given classroom is AT OR BELOW GRADE LEVEL only. Gifted children receive no above grade level instruction; there is no supplemental GATE instruction. Everyone, from special needs to highly gifted, uses the same curriculum. Anywhere in America, Colfax would be considered an average school. It has a caring culture that focuses on fundraising. Arts programs are often good, but uneven. There's a small farm with animals. Academics are geared strictly towards standardized testing; instruction is governed at grade level and below. There is no Gifted and Talented program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2008
Farewell Colfax - After 6 years we have graduated - our entire family will miss this school. Thanks Colfax for giving both my children the grounding they need for the future....I will miss all the wonderful teachers and the most amazing school principal in history! I will try to keep in touch.... Life will NOT be the same without COLFAX

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 17, 2008
We moved from out of state and this school is awesome! Many activities for all the kids, violin, Yoga, Keyboarding, Farm, Productions. Staff works extra hard to keep the kids happy and safe. We also love the homey and small class sizes. Tons of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2008
Colfax is a great school. Teachers and staff are great. Great place to work and learn.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2007
Colfax is a great school. As with most schools private or public the school principal ,teachers and parent must work together the build a great school. The principal is very open to parent involvement and that is the key to what has made Colfax a school that reaches for the star not just what is easy. The school has won the tittle most distinguished school.. a well deserved honor. If you are think about enrolling you child in colfax join in and help make it a WOW school.The rewards you get everyday your child goes to colfax.art ,science,math and Music are part of the daily extra activities kudos to all that have made it is today.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2007
This secret is out and everyone now knows this is probably one of the best schools in the valley - if you live in the neighborhood then you will definitely want to send your children to this school. If you don't then you need to move into the neighborhood as the education at this school is superior to any private school in the area. My children have flourished here - the teachers are amazing and the principal is one of a kind and my only regret is that will have to leave to go to Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
Colfax is a great school! Parents are very well encouraged to be involved with the kids and to be supportive of the school and they are absolutely doing an excellent job. The teachers are wonderful and fabulous!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2007
We love Colfax! Both of our children have thrived here which says a lot for both a 'gifted' child and a 'special needs' child. I am not sure what the other parent meant by 'indifferent to the needs of the children' as we have found Colfax consumed with the needs of the children. The funds all go to providing extra services to the kids it seems, and I know the parents are trying to beautify the school more and more. Volunteering is the magic answer though, as the LAUSD budget only provides so much and the enriched programs are through the fundraising efforts of the parents. We've found the Principal and teachers to be exceptional and are blessed to Colfax as our local community school!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
Meeting the needs of students identified as gifted is a low priority at this school. The parent organizations are active and productive. Some of the teachers are very good.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
This school has an enormous PTA but remain indifferent to the needs of the children especially with regard to supervision. The grounds are also quite unkempt for a school who's PTA raises so much money, they should be able to afford a competent maintenance crew!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
Colfax Elementary is an awesome school that provides a quality education in a positive learning environment. It works because of the cooperation between the Principal, teachers and parents to create a place where kids can learn yet still be kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2006
Colfax Avenue is great! My son is very happy. The teachers are awesome. They really motivate the kids to do better and achieve their academic goals. Parent involvement is very strong. The staff are accomodating and the principal stays on tops of things. Overall, Colfax Avenue is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
We are new to the area and entered Colfax while my child was in the 5th grade. Overall, it has been a good, if sometimes overwhelming experience. My child's teacher was very dedicated. However, the class sizes were too large and there was no extracurricular activities that didn't cost money. Parent involvement was there but operated as a 'clique' and was hard for a newcomer to join. Very focused on testing but that may be a casualty of the current public school environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
We love it, it's been great!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2006
the school is not as crowed as carpenter.there is alot of parent involment.they have a fund raiser every year to pay for enrichment programs.overall a good public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
Colfax has been a great school for both my children, and prepared my oldest for middle school very well. The yearly carnival and auction is huge! We love the arts program and optional plays and orchestra to join after school. The teachers are all caring and many have been there 20 years! There is a real sense of community there, that I have not seen in our previous schools. I think the principal, mrs Feckman is the reason the staff is so on it! She is out there every day, and available to everyone for quesitons, etc...and runs all the public shows and meetings. With more like her, maybe the CA school system could actually improve! Jonie Freckman for president! The new library and science lab are fabulous, too, and they even have farm animals and a garden to teach kids about nature. We love Colfax!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Our daughter is in Kindergarten at Colfax Elementary and we are thrilled to be here. The teachers are all excellent, the principal is energetic and inspiring, and the level of parent involvement helps to foster an incredible sense of community . The extensive music and arts programs are just icing on this wonderful cake. Colfax sets the example of what all public schools should aspire to be like.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
Colfax has been a great experience. We absolutley have loved it and have felt that our children have been very happy there. The teaching staff is phenomenal and the Principal is a gem. There is also a great group of parents and being involved really makes all the difference. It has been a phenomenal experince to watch both our daughter and our son grow here. There is music and arts and it really tries to be an unofficial arts magnet with piano and violin classes twice a week in every grade level there is music. The new science lab and all the extra programs are amazing. Take the leap it's a great choice!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
Phenomenal improvement in this school over the last five years; last year alone, test scored soared 45 points. Principal Joanie Freckman is a terrific leader, and the parents work tirelessly, raising money for Suzuki violin, 'Math & Music,' a new science lab, playing field and much more. Colfax is also an arts prototype school in LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
Colfax is a hidden jewel. The academeic program is rigorous and meets all of the students' needs. The art program is extensive. It includes: violin lessons, music keyboards, singing, drama, visual arts, dance and an orchestra. In addition there are after school clubs such as chess, karate, spanish, drill team science and more. The parent are a key to the success of this school. They are welcomed to participate in all school activities and are a major source of funding for the extra programs at the school. Colfax is such a special, warm and nurturing environment for all the schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
Solid academics. Many outstanding teachers. Diverse student body. Parent assn. funds incredible art & music program including violin training for kinders. Motivated parents are attitude-free and great at raising money. Principal is inspired and delightful. I love this school and am so glad I am sending our children here.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
We are very happy at Colfax. We love being in a neighborhood school where the kids and parents live nearby. Though my daughter is only in first grade we have been very happy with her first two teachers. The parents are very supportive without being arrogant or intrusive to the wonderful staff. They do quite a bit of effective fund raising to provide programs available to all students. Kindergarten and first graders have violin, second and third graders have keyboard, for example. The library is new and beautiful. The computer lab features dozens of iMacs and the kids visit both often. There is on site after school enrichment and homework clubs. The school offers true diversity of race, socio-economic levels and ability. The principal is the true heart of the the school and we feel very lucky to have her leadership.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My daughter is very happy at Colfax Elementary. They have a wonderful Principal and the most involved parents I have ever seen. The staff are friendly approachable and very helpful. It is a relatively small school with a great community spirit. They keep the kids busy and interested with extra programs such as 'Suzuki Violin' and 'Math and Music'. Facilities are good including the new library and computer lab. Overall we are very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
I think Colfax is a great school, I love the way they get the parents involved and really work with the children on an idividual basis.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
Wondeful school with caring and involved staff and parents. This school does a great job serving its community, but it seems to lack a desire for academic excellence and achievement for its better students.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I've had three children at Colfax and the experience has been excellent. The teachers are caring and have high standards for the education and behavior of the students. The parents are involved, enthusiastic, and work together well. Since the arrival of our new principal, the teachers, parents administration and students all have a valued role in our school community. And our test scores have gone up every year!

- submitted by a parent
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11724 Addison Street, North Hollywood, CA  91607
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