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K-5
Public charter
Northridge, CA
Students enrolled: 470

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10818 Darby Avenue
Northridge, CA 91326

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(818) 360-1824
(818) 832-9761
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April 17, 2014
We love this school - great teachers, great parent involvment - great atmosphere. Have been here for 2 years now and love it so far.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
My daughter has been at this school for 2 years now and loves it! I was so hesitant about putting her in a public school knowing that she was coming from a private preschool, however my nervousness was quickly gone within the first month! The school is extremely in touch with the needs of their students and has sooooo many fun FREE activities for the children throughout the year. My daughter always looks forward to going to the events and ALWAYS says that she had a good day at school. Even when she has had a problem with another student, the teachers are always willing to intervene and assist with the issue. They have more after school programs than I have ever seen at any school and I really appreciate that being a full time working mother. It's hard enough to be away from your child all day, however it is comforting knowing that they are in a safe, fun and academic environment that they actually enjoy! PTA is awesome and is always willing to help! Great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
In reference to the post on Sept 12, 2012: A few facts: 1. This parent consistently dropped off their child late to school (as in more than once a week, and more than a few minutes). 2. This parent brought up the concern at back-to-school night at the Question and Answer session and then pulled their child out of the school the next day. My child is in Mrs Elcayem's class and her expectations are high and works hard to give individual attention as needed to each child. As with most of the teachers at Darby and Principals goals, expectations are high. Tardiness is not tolerated and 100% attendance is strongly encouraged. If you are interested in starting with at least this goal and more, Darby is an excellent public school. If education is not a priority and you can not work with teachers to help your child learn and grow, there are many other schools to choose from.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
I am very happy at Darby. When we had to move our kids from private school to public school, I immediately came to Darby. I was very impressed with the principal, staff and teachers. I knew it was a perfect place for our boys. I am especially please with the 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Elcayam. She is extremely dedicated to her students and committed to preparing them for middle school. I couldn't be happier. Darby also has a very active PTA. The PTA helps out the school whenever and where ever they need help. Go Darby!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
We pulled our son out of private school to attend Darby. This is our 4th year at Darby, and we've been thrilled with the decision to come here, ever since! The PTA is phenomenal, the Parent Center is always buzzing with activities. Mrs. Ghoneim does not tolerate bullying, and deals with any hint of it immediately. This year, my son is in Mrs. Elcayam's class. We LOVE her. There is always that one teacher that a person remembers, years down the road. Mrs. Elcayam will be that teacher for us. She is incredible. Passionate. Truly dedicated to her profession and her students. I saw a difference in my son's writing abilities the very first week. I see a difference in his study skills, every day. She is helping him realize his potential, and he proudly shows us his weekly progress report, every Tuesday. I volunteer in the class regularly, and I love witnessing the learning that is taking place, the interesting and exciting ways Mrs. Elcayam reaches her students, and how her love of learning rubs off on the kids. This school is amazing, and we feel blessed to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
I have two children who attend Darby and we have been happy here! Darby has mostly great teachers, an involved principal and very active PTA. Our favorite teacher is Mrs. Elcayam! Her passion for learning is contagious and she is amazing and my kids have learned so much from her! The parent who commented negatively about her(very outnumbered in her views) is also a parent who brought her daughter to school late almost daily so she needs to be more respectful!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
Not very pleased with this school. The office staff can never answer your questions. Few incidents where gates were wide open after school hours. I feel so bad that my child goes to this school. Kudos to a very active PTA though.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
Darby Elementary is a good quality school with a very active PTA, hard working, good teachers and a very involved principal. The principal leads every school tour in the spring, dresses up & walks in the Halloween costume parade with the students, holds weekly morning assemblies for families and sends weekly phone communications. The school has a super low teacher turnover rate. The teachers are approachable and helpful. The school has maintained its School for Advanced Studies designation & provides challenging academics. The 5th graders are prepared for middle school. The PTA holds FREE and educational events for students and their families during the year (Ice Cream Social, Talent Show, School Dance, Homework Club, reading incentive program, & more) and doesn't put too much pressure on the families for fund raising, which I appreciate since I have multiple children attending. The custodial staff and classroom aides are very helpful and friendly; Mr. T rocks! In addition, the school has 3 Autistic classrooms, an Occupational Therapy Center, Intervention/Resource teachers, Creative Kids after school care program & free orchestra program. It's an all-around great school!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
My child started at the school during the middle of the school year last year and I am quite happy with the school. I'm very impressed with the dedication and hands-on manner of Principal Virginia Ghoniem. Also Mrs. Elcayam, one of the 5th grade teachers is an EXCELLENT teacher. She is great at preparing the students for the transition to middle school. The school as a whole did very well last year with respect to test scores and increased their API from 871 to 900. The PTA is also very good and organized. I would definitely recommend this "gem in the Valley" to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
I like the teachers and the PTA is great. However when you walk into this school and visit the main office, you will be immediately turned off. The main office staff is beyond rude. They take their frustration out on the students and anyone who comes by. If a new, decent, and more professional staff is hired then I will surely give this school a higher rating. The main office is the first stop for anyone who comes into the school and they need to work on setting a more positive feel to the school.

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 2011
This is our 2nd year at Darby. The office staff is great and welcoming. PTA is very involved and they have different events every month. Their music program is wonderful and for a school this size to offer orchestra is commendable.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
I love the PTA, the teachers with spirit and devotion, and the open family atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
Darby has great programs. Parent Volunteers are great from Good News Club to PTA . God Bless those who make are school better for the children. I have experienced terrible administration. I am glad to see others have recieved better care. Nurse is always so tender and sincere when it comes to childrens care.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2009
I've been very happy with my child's years at Darby. Teachers are concerned and accessible. There are weekly music lessons for grades 3-5, and orchestra performs a wonderful concert each year. Music teacher is fantastic. Bullying by a small group of boys a couple of years ago was dealt with swiftly by the administation, who take bullying very seriously.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 08, 2008
Principal is not friendly and rude to staff. Not a welcoming environment! A few teachers are nice.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
We love Darby! The teachers, staff, parents and PTA are all wonderful! Everyone works so hard to make this school and it's students the best that they can be. PTA has some amazing things planned for our school this year, which should bring our Darby family closer together!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2008
Darby is a wonderful school. I am a staff member and enjoying coming to work everyday. The administration works very hard at meeting each child's needs. The teachers are all very competent and enjoy teaching. The remainder of the staff also enjoys their jobs and always looks out for the welfare of the students. The office staff is hard working and always friendly to staff and parents. It is unfortunate that sometimes we only hear the complaints and never bother to tell people we appreciate their hard work and dedication. Thank you Darby PTA for all your hard work. We have a very hard working and dedicated PTA this year and we should have a very exciting year.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 14, 2008
It's pretty unfortunate that a few bad apples have tried to spoil the team work and camaraderie that we have at Darby. I have had good experiences with the Staff and Administration at Darby, the PTA is very involved and has always been very friendly and welcoming. When you have a problem don't complain and make people angry..walk in with your problem and a solution and a plan of action on how to accomplish it. Everyone is more likely to help you with your problem instead of becoming one yourself. For the most part it is good that we have those propblem people gone and are looking to welcome new and friendly faces!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 10, 2008
It is so sad to see what has become of our school. So many students have been pulled out before their 5th year by their parents due to the extremely poor management of the administration. The teachers and their awareness are the only thing keeping me there, and the Fabulous PTA. But the office atmophere is so toxic I can no longer allow my children to be posioned by it any more. I pray for those who choose to stay.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2007
The staff at Darby are very aware of each childs welfare at home.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2007
This is a great school where education comes first.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
In the 5 years my daughter has been at Darby she has been able to participate in science fairs, spelling bees, jogathons, school plays, orchestra, an annual reading program, an annual art program, school dances, fall festivals, Family Fun Nights, a wide variety of after school enrichment classes the list goes on. Thanks to the sure guidance of her wonderful teachers, her grades have remained excellent and she continues to be challenged. The campus is attractive and PTA is very involved. It definitely feels like a community . We can t have asked for a better elementary school experience for our (now) 5th grader.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
I am so confused with the rating of the school. I have rarely been greeted with any form of kindness, if I'm greeted at all. I am spoken to strongly with no provocation. Just entering the office you feel unwelcome. I've witnessed the staff being rude or harsh to students both in the office and on school grounds. It doesn't seem they like their job. It seems the students just frustrate them.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
Throughout the last school year I have seen terrible things happen. All tincidents could have been avoided,however they were not due to lack of administrative skills. Children who are not treated fairly, and more. The only thing that is great is our Parent involvment with PTA and Volunteers. It is nice to also see active parents becoming staff so that they can witness and keep a close eye on their own children! More parents need to get involved! Safety is also a huge issue the principal and assistant should be at the two main entry gates for 15 minutes before/ afterschool,this is not a problem at other schools.Also 1 should be out during recess and lunch everyday.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
I think Darby is a great school and has a lot to offer. They have an orchestra, recitals, a great fall 'Spookarama,' a reading program, after school enrichment programs and this year they had a talent show. I disagree that they have slumped into being average just because a drama program that was in place for two years didn't happen this year. Many programs come and go at schools depending on the involvement of parents. Darby has a lot of great teachers and more parent involvement than a lot of other schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
Darby is everything we could hope for and more for both our children (a son in SAS and a daughter with special needs). Coming from a private school that didn't meet our child's needs, we were pleasantly surprised how well the public school curriculum, teacher enthusiasm and administrative guidance at Darby supported, challenged and enhanced our son's desire to learn. When our daughter began her schooling at Darby, we were again thrilled to see her special needs addressed and accommodated in a way that has allowed her to participate in everything Darby has to offer. Darby has an active and focussed PTA which helps fund a diverse range of programs for the school. Both our children love school and look forward to being at school every day. Darby instills a lifelong love for learning within our children and gives them a safe place to meet their full potential. Check it out!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
It is a shame to watch a school that was on the way to being a superior school slump back into the world of average. Some of the teachers really care and fight for their kids. The Administration has failed to provide a backbone for those individuals. The PTA has decreased it's numbers to the few that do what they do best and nothing more. Art, music and drama were the focus a few years ago. Now it is just about the test scores. I would consider the local Magnet Schools or Beckford.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
Energized and interested teachers. Best for the younger grades. No matter where your children go to school, get involved in the PTA and make a difference. The Darby Reads program is really effective. The teachers are involved and genuinely care. The Principal is well-meaning but too cautious. Overall, a good school with some trees, a lovely garden, a new playground, good programs.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I currently have three daughters at Darby Ave. (my 9 year old is SAS/Gifted). We love Darby, the teachers, the principal. I would not change schools even if I were offered scholarships to private. My kids are happy, learning very well, and look forward to going everyday.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2006
Darby is a wonderful neighborhood school with very dedicated teachers and staff. There is so much parent involvement and always has something going on for families to enjoy. The Wonder Of Reading Library and Darby Reads program is great for the children. We are very impressed with Darby overall.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2006
Darby Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers are very committed and caring. I have been at the school for five years, and I have two gifted children in the school and have not been tempted to leave. I believe that Darby is one of the best kept secrets in the valley.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2006
My daughter has been in theie SAS program and up until 5th grade all her teachers have been terrific.There is no art in 5th grade, 1st grade was the best for art. You try out for music but I don't know what their guidlines are to be accepted. Parents are pretty involved.

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September 23, 2005
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September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
This is a great school. The parents are very involved and supportive. Academics are very strong for the most part and the kids are motivated to excel. I don't like that the kids are grouped in to low and high classes as I think they should be mixed up for more diverse classes I do feel that there isn't much opportunity for extracurricular activities and would have to say that it is lacking in that department.

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2005
Good Quality of Teaching and porgrams. Excellent new play area and K1 teaching.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
We are very pleased with the school as a whole and with our kindergarten teacher. Our child is reading to us and is continuing to develop the already strong math and analytical skills needed to be a good learner. We are lucky to have a couple of devoted parents to aid the teacher and free her to do educational things while they deal with some of the administrative stuff. I would love to be involved with PTA, but meetings are not in the evening and we both work.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
I am disappointed in the education my child is getting at this school. We have been told she reads at a 5th grade level even though she is in Kindergarten, yet I just read her home work where she is asked to distinguish between a white hat and a black hat, where's the challange, Why is my childs enthusiasim for school being destryoed. The principal has been asked to have my child tested and to look into advanced placement but we receive nothing. We took her to a school dance she was very excited to go but the music was so loud it hurt the childrens ears and the rap music was wholey inappropriate for an elementary school. I believe the PTA is criminal for meeting in the middle of a week day sothat most parents are excluded.

- submitted by a parent
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Darby Avenue Charter School
10818 Darby Avenue, Northridge, CA  91326
(818) 360-1824
Last modified Darby Avenue Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Darby Avenue Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top