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North Hollywood, CA
Students enrolled: 439
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4840 Cahuenga Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

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(818) 761-3339
(818) 761-7197
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April 17, 2015
Do not recommend this school. Teachers and principle both very unprofessiona. Bad system and don't really care for the children. Beware of this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2014
Toluca is a great school. We have had a wonderful experience here. The teachers are truly engaged, the principal knowns most of the kids by name. I don't really care if she doesn't give me the warm and fuzzies, she makes my son feel safe. This school focuses on praising when the kids do well and being sent to the Principal's office for receiving a few "caught being good" certificates means they receive a small prize. I appreciate the positive reinforcement this school practices and I can really see it working with my son. The teachers are fabulous as well and are very well aware of any potential problems that might occur. I feel that there is a very open and direct line of contact with my son's teacher.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
Toluca Lake Elementary is on its way up! There is a true passion for education here, among teachers and staff. Small class sizes mean that teachers can nurture the students' individual gifts and help them move ahead, whether they are above, at, or below grade level. The high-achievers are challenged, while those needing extra help receive it.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2014
We have had a great experience at Toluca Lake! When my daughter started there last year I became a member of 2 school groups that work monthly with the principal and faculty and other parents on school matters so I could understand how a public school works and also to see what the staff and faculty were like. The teachers and principal are VERY dedicated to the school and to the kids. The only thing this school truly lacks is the Parent and Community involvement of a Rio Vista, Carpenter or Colfax. As far as the quality of education goes, I think Toluca Lake can compete with all of them no question. What needs to improve at this school is: School's communication with families (use email) about school events, ways to volunteer, etc. Needs more green space and play ground equipment, Parental/Community involvement, update in technology for office and classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
I would agree that the principal at this school is not always warm and fuzzy in adult interactions. I have had to work with her a few times and realize that this is just her personality. She genuinely seems concerned for the welfare of the children and their learning, and for that I over look the personality. I also appreciate her consistency. I try to stay involved with the PTA and the Parent Center while avoiding the politics. I have attended a few meetings that have seemed like I was walking into a high school girls locker room but have ignored the chilly atmosphere to see if I can help in anyway possible. Yes, it has its challenges from time to time, but I love the school and my son has had exceptional teachers each year. If you are willing to put in the work, ignore petty differences and get involved, you will find that this is a pretty great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Overall we have had good experiences at the school. They are making great effort in getting the families involved. If everyone pitched in their grain of sand this school would soar.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
This school overall is a very good school starting but because of certain teachers and staff but is very poor because of the principal.. in charge she needs to go.. there been a lot of complaints of parents and they never do anything about it.. very rude principal and unprofessional..

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2013
I'm very please with the discipline and focus my child has learned at this school. The staff is very efficient and dedicated!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
The principal at this school needs to be retained. A fellow student with physical disabilities at this school was kept from being integrated because the principal was uncomfortable with his presence...that parent removed their child, and the non-existent parental involvement caused me to yank my kid from this school! I couldn't get my child out of here fast enough! No challenges for the students, but they make sure to have a McDonald's night every other month. The priorities are all mixed up here. The parent center director seems to have a vendetta against the PTA and refuses to work as a team to benefit the students. Very disappointed in this school as it is in my neighborhood- but I'll homeschool instead as they watch too many DVDs instead of teaching and have ZERO field trips. Not very impressed by this school. The YMCA afterschool program offers more learning opportunities than the school does!!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2013
Hooray for small class sizes! The classes are manageable - rarely more than 20 in a classroom, and often fewer. This enables teachers to focus on the individual students' needs instead of being overwhelmed with 30-plus kids in one classroom, as is often the case in LAUSD and other districts. We are very pleased with Toluca Lake Elementary and the education our child is receiving there.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
I am highly unsatisfied with most of the school staff and how they acted toward my family in a time of need. They were not supportive and in demand. They dis enrolled my child without a letter or contacting me and other issues that need not be said but I hope if you enroll your child here you do not have any issues with your child because they are not a caring staff team and as a school they are suppose to be there for the child and the parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
I think this school is on the way up. The teachers are dedicated and caring, which is a huge factor in kids' learning at the elementary level. My kindergarten student loves her teacher and can't wait to get to school every day. I'm from a family of teachers, and I find the quality of instruction to be top-notch. Funding is not what it should be, which is true throughout the public school system and especially LAUSD, but the folks at Toluca Lake make the best of everything. The PTA has gotten more active and is helping to move things in the right direction.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
I'm here to give a shout out to specific teachers at this school, who I feel deserve to be singled out. I know there are probably many more, but I'm only speaking to those with whom we've had personal experience: Ms. Gillette (K) & Mr. Murphy (G2). Both EXCELLENT teachers! They both share a trait of recognizing the different needs and challenges of their individual students and being able to work to those needs. They're patient but firm, authoritative yet personable, and seem to have great rapport with all their students. As for the school itself, its biggest challenge is probably with parents & general LAUSD mismanagement/budgetary woes. I've witnessed great parent involvement, and then I've witnessed absolute rudeness or lack of caring & respect (for staff and their own students' education!) by others. I'd love to see more money at this school so they could have more playground monitors and specialty teachers, but NO ONE seems to be getting that from LAUSD at the moment.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
This school is on it's way up. Agree (mostly) with last two reviewers - LAUSD feels like an obstacle, and this school, and kids, achieves despite of it. Toluca Lake Elementary is among the top 10% of schools with the highest percentage of identified Gifted students. (see school website or LAUSD Gifted/Talented website). While I wish more parents would get actively involved, the involvement has steadily gone up over the past few years. In my opinion, parent involvement is the best way to combat LAUSD's budget woes - a sort of 'circle the wagons' approach. I recommend this school, but only if you are willing to get involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2011
This school is more like a 4 Star, but some of the previous low reviews were irrational ("principal is mean" ?, another review after one week?). Bottom line, Toluca Lake Elementary is part of the broken LAUSD. There are constant budget woes. But this school stands out. And I would agree with a previous reviewer - the school is on it's way to being great. Most of the teachers are great. Parent involvement is growing. And test scores are improving.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
The best way to describe this school is pre-gem. It's not a "gem" yet, but on it's way - hopefully. After years of "white-flight", expanding boundaries, and low expectations - the school is clawing it's way back. Last year's API was 807. The principal is Ms. Carol Reo-Bove and she is not mean (previous review), but she is on the strict side, which I feel is positive. The school has some exceptional teachers - not all, but some. Being part of LAUSD, you feel like you're swimming against the tide. But the environment is positive the future looks relatively bright.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
Such a shame that kids that young don't get along and see beyond skin color and background.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2010
Its the end of the first week and i cant wait to move my kids out of this school!!! My 1st grade blonde son was called "whitey" and punched in the face. we were not notified. My 4th grader was tossed in a class mixed with 4th & 5th graders. 3 children have already been sent to the principals office. I live in a beautiful neighborhood but apparently only the people on the outskirts send their kids here. I left a message for the principal on Monday have et to hear back. On 1st day told us she's a mean principal & we should know up front. Totally disapointed in the process of trying to get them out ASAP!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
After several years of concerted efforts, Toluca Lake has finally hit an API over 800 (807!) for 2010. Congratulations to the teachers, the administrative staff and especially Mrs. Bove for her strong leadership! The campus looks beautiful and the school has become something that the neighborhood of Toluca Lake can be proud of, though there is still much work to be done. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make Toluca Lake a great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
My child attended kindergarten here and, though the teacher was WONDERFUL (truly great with all the kids, and the kind of leader I'd want my child to listen to), the other aspects of the school make it a "school of last resort." There is very little supervision of the kids on the playgrounds - it's all volunteer (parents), and understaffed. My child was harassed twice during the year, and each time the "solutions" didn't seem strong enough for the incidents. Parent involvement here is pretty terrible, but I don't know that I can blame them. There's a huge language barrier, and it makes it difficult to conduct meetings in Spanish and English, concurrently. It just feels like a school that is fighting to get kids the minimal amount of education. Had I any choice, my child wouldn't attend again.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2009
I have my children in this cool for two years now. My son is in first grade and my daughter in pre kindegarden. It is classrooms with small number of pupills and the teachers really pay attention to the children and they are really good ones. My son knew how to read during preschool. It was amazing. Now that he is in first grade he is with children from other levels and thanks to the very good teacher , they learn respect for others. They have a lot of different activities. My daughter is following the same path. I am really happy with this school and would recommend it to anybody in the area.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
This might not be a bad school for many, but their treatment of special needs and the lack of concern for the students from the administration is not very impressive. Not near the quality it should be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2009
The school is very clean. since the arrival of the new plant manager and the new principal, Toluca Lake has become an all around great clean school.

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February 02, 2009
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no rating January 10, 2009
This school used to be a really great school, but I see it has gone the way of many San Fernando Valley schools...to kids who don't learn (or don't want to), parents who don't care or can't speak english, and teachers who are just putting in their time for tenure and retirement. Sad all around.

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December 19, 2008
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June 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2008
This school got a new principal in the Fall of 2006. She has made some incredible changes to the school and has brought money and the community together to beautify the school and get grants. A gifted classroom has been created at each grade level. This school is also an arts school, one of the few schools left that still have musis, dance, art and drama. The teachers we have had so far have been amazing, personable and in tune with the needs of each student. I've been watching this school a long time and was not intending to send my children here, now, I couldn't be happier with the quality of education we are receiving. PS their scores went up 35 points last year with the new principal. I can't wait to see this years scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2008
my kids are so happy the teachers and staff are just wonderful great teacher my sons are so happy and so am i

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
The Parents, Teachers and Students put on a wonderful Cinco De Mayo celebration. The Principal stood up and sang beautifully and the decorations were fantastic. I am so excited to see my children's test scores because I just know that the teachers have prepared them well. We love Toluca Lake Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
They are using their funds to the utmost; the children are recieving the benefits.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
I feel I am very lucky to have my two kids in this school. Starting from the staff, which is wonderful, from the Principal to the inspectors, the proficiency of the teachers who really estimulates the students and push them foward, the great afterschool program with the best coaches we could have. I think its a bless that I can spend the whole day at work beeing sure that my kids are in the safest place they could be. Considering that they were in the country for just a few month by the state test, they did so great achieving the best grades possible. Thanks Toluca Lake Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2005
If this was 19 years ago I would give it the best review. Unfortunately, I cant say that. Im concerned about the lack of parent involvement and extracurricular activities such as drill team. The uniform is, well, not the way it was for me. They dont have a PTA (only 1 parent representative). I know the school is on a budget - it was when I attended. But my mom and my classmaes parents were all involved and they made our uniforms and it was incredible. I wanted to wear it to sleep. I loved it. I loved my Toluca Lake days. Unfortunately, my daughter cant have the same opportunities I did. So I puled her out to another school.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
My son's first day back was excellent and once again the Principal was a total professional and ran things so smoothly. This school is on their way to the top. Students were so excited to be back!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
This school is a haven to the Toluca Lake community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 15, 2005
My child is new to this school and i am very interested in the extracurricular activities and a homework club. So far though everyone seems very nice and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2004
Toluca Lake school is a nice neighborhood elementary. They have nice teachers and the children appear to be happy and energetic. I would be more interested in this school if it offered a language program.

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Toluca Lake Elementary School
4840 Cahuenga Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA  91601
(818) 761-3339
Last modified Toluca Lake 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.
Toluca Lake Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top