I can't comment academically as my son hasn't been attending long, but they excel on being RUDE. I've been treated poorly several times now, and I'm growing quite tired of it. I am planning to remove my son because I can't stand to be spoken to like this from a school that blatantly asks for a thousand dollar donation before we even began the school term.
It's a great school my daughter will be starting third grade soon and has been really happy .
It is challenging and they work really hard here and as a parent you work a lot with your kids for projects and assignments so you have to be commited if you want a great education and love your child being pushed to do the best they can then this is the best school for them
My son is in 2nd grade. This year's donation request is $350.00. I feel it's very reasonable since the school pays for PE, music, computer lab and science lab. Lasts year they also had art. I've never been pressured to donate and I know many parents don't but the quality of the teaching staff is great. I disagreed with the first day of school for the 1st graders because parents were told to leave their kids in the auditorium and then the kids were going to get tested. SURPRISE! But I see that there is a method to her madness. There were no tears by kids. The kids are treated with respect and given their independence. I've helped my kid with his project but it's always been his responsibility. If he does a poor job that's on him. So kids do DO their own projects if you stay out of it. The teachers here are ON POINT! Kids don't get away with slacking off. They are rewarded for good scholarly behavior and it's been great for his behavior at home also.
Balboa Magnet far exceeds any expectation of a great school! We love it! If you are looking for a place to send your gifted/high achieving student, you would be blessed to win the lottery and get into this amazing school! The teachers, staff and parents are committed to reaching the needs of these special students. The parent organization raises enough money through direct donations ($350 per student, in a soft ask) and FUNdraising events, to pay the full-time salaries of a Computer Lab Instructor, Vocal Music Teacher, P.E. Coach and Science Lab teacher. All these programs are currently not funded by LAUSD and missed at other neighborhood schools. These enrichment teachers then work in conjunction with the classroom teachers to take a basic grade level education to a deeper level. The teachers attend special gifted and talented continuing education and are passionate about their curriculum and students. Mrs. Davenport, the school principal, is an amazing communicator and has the respect and trust of all the teachers. My son is in 4th grade and every year has loved his teacher and looks forward to school and the classroom projects. If your child is an eager learner this is the place for you!