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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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