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K-5
Public charter
Northridge, CA
Students enrolled: 565
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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18722 Knapp Street
Northridge, CA 91324

(818) 886-4612
(818) 886-0760
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December 27, 2014
Calahan WAS a wonderful school! THE TEACHERS ARE WONDERFUL EDUCATORS AND THEY TRULY CARE ABOUT OUR SCHOOL AND ALL THEIR STUDENTS. Since Dr. Jacob left it has gone downhill. EVERYTHING that made Calahan special has been taken away by the current administration and LAUSD! Teacher morale is at an all time low! The new administrator and LAUSD has done everything in their power to make sure that teachers do not speak up or 'cause problems' for all of the changes! I have had three children culminate from Calahan with wonderful experiences. My youngest child is in 2nd grade and has been looking forward to experiencing all the things her older siblings got to do. However, those have all been taken away. The PE program was exceptional, but Maltez has made it very clear that a "small drop in the API score clearly needs to be addressed and perhaps more time has been spent on physical activity." However, what he failed to mention was that most scores throughout LAUSD had fallen. Calahan had many traditions for many years and those are no longer available. I just wish that the LAUSD cared to learn more about the students and their community before taking away from their learning.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
Principal Jacob was a horrible principal! As a parent, I am thrilled that she is now retired and away from our children. Our school system deserves supportive, enthusiastic, and positive facilitators. A school principal is the primary leader in school building and unfortunately Principal Jacobs did just the opposite. She was not an effective leader and she cared less about the needs of her constituents. Her views and opinion on education were preconceiving and biased. Great principals take responsibility for school success! Great principals lead teaching and learning! Hopefully she looks back from her experience as an administrator and regret some of the subjacent decisions she had made. So long Jacobs! Enjoy your retirement! Our kids are now free from your academic restraints!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
This school's administrations is disappointing ... They don't help you at all...they accepted my child for kindergarten, after attending the first day...I receive a phone call at my work from the principal stating my child could no longer attend this school. I was VERY upset!!the following day I went to the school asked to speak to the principal, they made me wait for more than an hour to tell me she didn't have time to talk to me. After all that time being there I just saw all the staff chit chatting and standing around really doing nothing.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2014
Calahan Community Charter is a stellar school with a caring staff, supportive parents, and remarkable students. I feel blessed to be a teacher at Calahan! Visit our school website to learn more. :) www.calahankids.org

- submitted by a teacher
July 28, 2014
This school is great. I thought about private school for the first years of my childs schooling but after kindergraden I was beyond happy with the teachers and shes been there since. This school is better than some private schools, top notch teachers!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
Well this was my first year, first son, first kindergarten ever, I'm a young parent, wife and I work full time, so we go home tired. this school has the option of YMCA [heard they are great and they look great]. Ms Cohen was awesome, my kid has some authorities issues, and she help many times calm him down, she was amazing. Kindergarten = Addiction,sustraction, reading ...WOW you guys were great!!! I think we are ready for first grade. Office Staff , seen then once or twice they look kinda lost...but they were nice. About the principal just seen her for events, BUT they have a lots of events, so it make me feel involve... Math nite, loved guys. Fridays yogurt.... Cant wait for next year. Keep the good work calahan staff !! PE also great, we found coach at local costco and he recognize my kid, we have a small talk. Awesome guys

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Our 12-year old son went to school here for all of elementary school and now our daughter attends the first grade. It is our neighborhood school and we love it. The teachers and office staff are great and very welcoming. Also, the after school enrichment program is awesome. No complaints.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
I almost did not consider this school at all based on the 6 out of 10 rating here (though I see it is an 8/10 on other sites), and the last two reviews make this school sound terrible...however, I found it to be the exact opposite when I went on a tour. From what I can tell Calahan Elementary looks to be an outstanding school that is more deserving of a 10 rating. Granted I have only done the tour, but I am more than sold on this amazing school and all that it has to offer, and cannot wait for my daughter to be able to attend next year. Not only are the teachers, staff and principal warm, friendly and welcoming, but they obviously value methods of positive reinforcement, and a well rounded curriculum that caters to the development of the "whole" person rather than seeing students as just a test number result. I was also very impressed by the atmosphere on the campus between students as well. I found Principal Jacob to be accessible, knowledgeable, caring, and most importantly taking steps towards a positive progressive model of project based learning. Along with academics, they offer weekly PE, art, music, and gardening, along with many field trips, AND the library is OPEN.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
The Principal doesn't care about the children and what's best for them. When she put my daughter in a class that taught first and second graders, I insisted she be removed. She refused to do what I knew was best for my daughter. My daughters grades went down to 2's as a result. When I complained once again ,The Principal, Jacob had the audacity to say to me, "what's wrong with 2's". Unbelievable! She needs to leave the school system and our children alone, I've heard numerous complaints from parents and teachers about Dr. Jacob, but I had to experience for myself and I did. They were all correct in saying she does not have our children's best interest heart.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
Horrible experience. The principle does not have the kids best interest at heart! She only cares about school ratings and only caters to special little learning soldiers. Very disappointed because you'd would expect people in this line of work - to be more nourshering afterall you are entrusting your children to them. She seems to have lost love for this profession. Lacking care , understanding and genuine joy of working with children. No complains about the teachers , so sad that the bad representation comes none the less from "the leader ". I worked in a school and truly expected better. No comparison!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
My daughter jsut started (K), as any new parent iw as terrafied at the thought of my little one int he hands of others, I am happy to report Her second week has gone by smooth and i couldnt be more happier witht the staff the oraganization provided and the simple smile that so many people forget about. Its a very welcoming school with a wonderful staff. Again it has only been a few weeks but I am a very comforted mother.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
Calahan Community Charter School is a top notch school all around. They have great teachers and staff that go the extra mile for the students. I am a parent, volunteer and former education teacher and I rate this school a 10! The best school in Northridge, Ca. You want to send your kids here! CALAHAN YOU ROCK!!!! :)

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2013
Looking for anyone who remembers or knew 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. DuBay (sp?). She was my teacher approx. 1965-1967 time frame. My name was Susan Hansen and she arranged to take me to her home one night. She was very kind to me, and if anyone can find her, she will remember me. Please tell her or her husband that I am looking to reconnect with her. For more information regarding the issues surrounding this situation, please contact me. Thank you very much.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
I love Calahan! This was our first year there, and we couldn't have been happier. It's like a diamond in the rough in LAUSD!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
I am a grandparent of a second grader at Calahan. His teacher has been absolutely fantastic. My grandson had some behavior issues and the teacher has gone above and beyond to help him be more attentive and willing to learn. His grades have improved and he is a much happier student. He is really looking forward to 3rd grade. The only thing he is not looking forward to is going to middle school - he wants to stay at Calahan forever!

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2013
I am a parent and a teacher at Calahan Elementary and I believe Calahan to be one of the best schools in the valley. When I started here last year, my daughter was attending her home school. But two weeks into the school year, I was so impressed with the quality of education and teachers, that I moved her right over to Calahan. There are so many hard working staff that work together, to make Calahan excel. The students are supported in all academic areas and Calahan also provides such a nuturing environment. Calahan stresses character development, teaching respect and above all kindness to each other. We also have so many fun activities like the Jog-a-thon, the olympics, Valentine's Day dance, building ginger bread houses, our holiday program and much more. I am happy to recommend to anyone I meet, that they should attend Calahan so that there children will have the best elementary experience. And they offer tours for any parent, the 1st Friday of each month.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
Very disappointed in Calahan's capacity to facilitate parent/teacher communication. School doesn't respond to parents in a timely manner. A culture of bullying exists at this school. Not just student - student bullying, but teacher bullying. Teachers/Aides have been observed to use stern and intimadatory teacher methods, often reducing students to tears and causing our once happy to attend school student, not wanting to go to school. When student-student bullying is reported, parents are not notified and school response is often unsatisficatory. Children have been coming home with 2 - 4 hours of homework per night also. It's a very disappointing end to what was a promising start to the school year. Save yourself and your children the grief, and find another school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
Calahan Elementary is a top notch school with WONDERFUL teachers and an amazing Principal! It can be a little hard to get on campus for a tour, but once you see the school in action it is quite impressive! There are musical opportunities, a PE program with fantastic coaches, science (a garden and chickens on campus!) a new computer lab, beautiful library, and my daughter even had drama class in Kindergarten! Much of these programs are made possible by our amazing PTA as well as volunteers from CSUN! During her Kinder year she went on many field trips including the Valley Preforming Arts center, Undrewood Family Farm, Malibu Forestry Unit with a hike in the coastal mountains and a trip to Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena! Every December all the students at Calahan get to make darling Gingerbread houses-it was a wonderful experience to behold! The campus is also charming with nice green places everywhere for children to experience nature, and giant mature trees that provide much needed shade for this valley school! I am so happy that we made the decision for our daughter to be a Calahan student, and look forward to our youngest attending Calahan in a couple of years as well!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2012
We moved our child from a magnet to this school and it was the best decision ever. We loved this school, amazing experiences, despite the posted 6 rating. It is a top notch school, prepared my son for middle school in every way. WE MISS YOU CALAHAN!!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
We had two children in Private Schools and transfered them to Calahan because of their high test scores. The Private School was not able to challenge them academically. My only regret is that we didn't start them there in Kindergarten. Calahan Challenges and Supports the brightest students as well as those that struggle academically to succeed and perform to their fullest potential. The entire staff, (teachers, aides, office, etc.) are amazing with their care and concern for all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2010
Calahan has the best teachers! Teachers who care about their students academic success! They love what they do and it shows in their actions!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2010
The teachers are amazing and my kids have had a wonderful experience there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2010
The teachers are wonderful, the principle and office staff are great... overall our kids have a wonderful environment. good luck Calahan.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
I have two kids at Calahan. A kindergartener and a first grader. Calahan is an amazing school. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Calahan community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
I love my school because the teachers, parents and administrators do everything they can to help kids succeed. Go Calahan!

- submitted by a teacher
June 17, 2010
I am a graduating student in 5th grade of 2010 and i just want to say how much fun i had these 5 years i had been here! This school is very educational but still so mch fun for families and students. Thank you to the staff for making my crying of happyness possible right now :) THANK YOU! :)

- submitted by a community member
December 08, 2009
My son had an amazing experience at Calahan. It's a wonderful school with excellent teachers!

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2009
My son had the greatest experiences here, thanks to Ms, Marquez. I miss so many things about the school,especially the gingerbread houses every Xmas. We have moved on but i will always remember Calahan.

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November 03, 2009
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November 18, 2008
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November 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
This is a really great school! My daughter is in Kinder there and she loves it. They really work with the kids and leave no child behind. My daughter was struggling a little bit so the teachers aid spent a little more 1 on 1 time with her and she improved so much. The school is safe, clean, and just a great place for learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
My daughter attended Calahan Elementary for kindergarten and first grade. From the support of both teachers and their attention to the individual needs of each child, they supported the recommendation for my daughter to attend Balboa Magnet School. Even though my daughter left Calahan, if it wasn't for her 2 teachers, she would not be receiving the unique and stimulating education that her Calahan teachers recognized she deserved. I look forward to my son attending kindergarten in Sept. '07 at Calahan. The teachers (Blakley & Cieslak) are amazing. Great job all around to the staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
My son started Kindergarten in Sept 06 and so far I have observed many great things about the school. My son enjoys school and his teacher is great, she really knows each child and her feedback is great. Overall if you want your child to do good in school parents have to be involved and put in the extra help for your kids special needs and this school emphasizes that. We look forward for the upcoming years.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My son started kindergarten at Calahan just two weeks ago. He and I both absolutely love it there. His teacher is wonderful and the school has a lot of extra programs for the kids to do. They have a 'Reading for Success' that encourages reading for all levels. They have computers in the classroom which the children get to work on. I look forward to spending another 5 years at Calahan with my son.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
I volunteer at this school, I am very impressed with the dedication of all the teachers, librarian and volunteers that I have met. If you want this school to stay great, it needs parent and volunteer involvement. Great new library!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
In general, Calahan has the ability to be a really good school. They have some really good extra-curricular activities. Having said that, a school is only as good as its leader. Dr. Jacob is not a very strong leader. She is passive and is lacking of knowledge on many issues concerning her school. The school staff should be a reflection of the families they serve. Heaven forbid a child should see someone working that looks like them!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Significant improvements to grounds/facilities since Principal Jacob arrived. School staff strives and puts extra efforts into providing quality education.

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October 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2005
I feel very lucky to be a part of the Calahan Community. I feel the teachers and staff are excellent educators and very caring individuals. You can tell the children are happy and that they are in a safe happy environment. The test scores are good and the campus is beautiful.

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September 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
Wonderful small neighborhood school, good teacher to student ration, accredited and caring tachers and staff, excellent (soon full day) kindergarten, single classroom preschool program. School has high API scores and has , added new and challenging programs last few years (New computer lab, Getty Center Partnership, CSUN Music and Arts program, Books and Beyond Leisure Reading Program). Excellent PTA and volunteer programs (Fundraisiers kept to a minimum, Family Activities and Funding for school programs and facilities). Firm but loving discipline and character policies to help reward and challenge students for acceptable social, educational and emotional behaivor.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
Calahan is an awesome school! My third child has just finished kindergarten and it was one of the best academic experiences anyone in the family has had - anywhere! Each year we have attended Calahan (7 years so far) has been better than the last. I volunteer in both the administrative and PTA activities. I am constantly impressed and appreciative of the time, devotion, creativity, and caring that is so freely shared. There are many extra activities the school enjoys through CSUN, the Getty Museum, etc. Teachers and staff support each other, the children, parents, extended family and the community - individually and as a group effort. Having 3 very different children, I can say that each has been successful due to being taught according to their needs and strengths. Their memories and comments about Calahan St. Elementary (as have mine) have always been positive and happy.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
My son attends Calahan and he is currently in Kindergarten. We have had the worst experience ever. My son has suffered in hands of the teachers, teachers assistants who have no idea how to nurture a child. They are cruel and unevolved. They discipline children by pointing in there faces and yelling at them. If you have a child that is outgoing with a vibrant personality I strongly suggest you do not send them to Calahan, they will only break there spirit and pick on them. My child has fallen behind because of this. The communication between parent teacher and teacher with TA's is horrible. They do not provide a safe and happy inviorment for these children who are trying to adjust to the system. If your child should need special attention they will not provide this to them and only consider your child as a nusiance.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Calahan is an exceptional school. The teachers are enthusiastic and involved. As a graduate of Calahan and a parent I couldn't be happier. My daughter has attended K and 1st. She loves school. The resources from CSUN are a plus (student teachers, field trips, etc.) The number of fathers involved in their children's education is commendable and specifically encouraged at Calahan.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2005
My daughter attended Calahan for two years (1st and 2nd grade). She recieved quality education, was in a safe environment, and was exposed to many different activities (lots of field trips to CSUN to see art shows, musicals etc.) Calahan is a great school. She struggled a little in 1st grade. Expectations at Calahan I feel are very high, but she was able to adapt and now is doing extremely well. Parents are highly encouraged to be involved. The teachers were readily available to discuss issues and compromise on learning strategies.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
Calahan has some excellent teachers who generally care about the kids. I've seen alot of parents get involved in school activities and overall Calahan is a great school.

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January 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2004
I think this school and their staff is wonderful. They fully care about the kids who attend here as well as making seem like a family. My son graduated last year and my daughter still has one more year. Great Job Calahan. Thanks from Donna Beebe

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Calahan Community Charter
18722 Knapp Street, Northridge, CA  91324
(818) 886-4612
Last modified Calahan Community Charter is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Calahan Community Charter Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top