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K-5
Public charter
Northridge, CA
Students enrolled: 538
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9240 Wish Avenue
Northridge, CA 91325

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(818) 349-4381
(818) 886-2149
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August 19, 2015
Good school. My child enjoys it. Good teachers. Good families. Too many lottery kids and not enough neighborhood children.

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June 16, 2015
Great awesome school, everyone is friendly. A lot of learning activities opportunities for volunteering. My daughter enjoys going to school. Parent, don't see your school as just a public school. They also need your help and donations to continue giving our children what they need for their education. All the parents and students get treated equally, there's nothing political about the principal, nor staff/ teachers. Get involved, your children benefit from all this. Thank you, A very grartfull parent.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 16, 2015
Teachers are wonderful, helpful, caring, determined to have their students learn. They are wrongly effective.

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 16, 2015
Actually, it's never enough when you want your children to learn more and more, but it's just right.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 16, 2015
The teachers and the principal her self teach this kids day by day the value of honesty, fairness, and integrity, they strives for a good future for our children's.

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October 08, 2014
My son is in kindergarten. We are very happy with this school. The teachers are very hardworking and and shows a lot of care to their students and pride on their job. They provide quality care and education to the students. For a public school, we are very impressed with their computer lab! They have top notch equipment. The field trip programs are also very well thought of. The principal and admin staff are very hands on, attentive and helpful. This school provides a lot of parent/school involvement. They care a lot about the safety of their students and quality of education they provide. Friendly and safe atmosphere. Also, it is a huge factor (most especially for working parents) that they provide after-school care within the campus, not just one but two options including lots of enrichment programs such as arts, chess, dancing, etc. They aim to become one of the best schools in the valley. We are very happy about this school. My son is very happy.

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2014
I have two kids who have graduated from Dearborn . Very political on how they run this school. Some of the comments below are very true, some positive and negative. Start with the Principal: "Any concerns were quickly disregarded which displayed to us that the principal cares more about the reputation of the school, than what is best for the children." My experience and what I have seen and heard from concerned parents is very true. If you are not on the PTA or in the "in crowd" of parents, you are not worth her attention. Also Science Fairs over the years are rigged with the parents obviously doing the projects for their kids with the people running the show with a "blind eye". Overall the teachers seem to be very well liked and take your concerns for your child seriously.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014
Calvert Elementary is the best academic school! The staff and teachers are very creative with the students.

- submitted by a community member

February 22, 2014
[Dearborn is great! We moved our oldest from a school where she attended an SRLDP program, had established good friends and loved her teacher. Adult connections with staff/teachers were made BUT we chose to come to Dearborn for the academic challenges that it would provide our children. I have to admit that sometimes I was like "What?" but it was all well worth it when my little ones surprised me with what they've learned. Both my children loved their kindergarten teachers and I love that they continue to be challenged as they get into the upper grades. ]

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February 13, 2014
My daughter is in Kindergarten and she is thriving and enjoying the challenges the school is giving to her; 2-3 homework each day, 310 minutes reading per month, more reading log from 2 different sponsors, challenging math problems, projects, animal research, test and more test. So, you see, if your child is like mine, you will like Dearborn. But if you want a less challenging school for your kid then send your kid to an under performing school so that your kid and you as a parent will not be stressed out.

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January 23, 2014
Love Dearborn! I was amazed by what my child can do at such a young age! Kindergarten and first grade is no longer glorified day care. It is amazing what my child is capable of! Thank you to all the great teachers at Dearborn.

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January 21, 2014
I would not choose this school again. It is very militaristic. The amount of homework for kindergarten is ridiculous. The homework tonight: 5 sessions of timed 1 minute fluency test ( read 10-15 min by the time you instruct the child), 20 minutes of reading, writing 2 sentences, ( for a kid, (at least 10-15 min) then make a drawing and color it ( another 10 minutes), then write all the numbers from 1- 100, then say the numbers 1-100 3 times, then read and write the 4 words for Friday. Then work on the research of the animal you chose, write the 3 sentences. It is at least 2 hours of homework, in addition to being cooked up in the classroom for 7 hours. Tomorrow there will be more ... For a 5 year old. It is insane. i did just fine with much less homework, and that didn't stop me from having postgraduate degrees from top institutions.

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November 01, 2013
The principal is hands-on, very active, and patient. She is genuinely caring towards the students, teachers, parents, everyone and the school. The parents are very friendly, kind and enthusiastic to participate! Students are motivated and excited to come to school and participate in various activities. It's an exceptional school with a strong initiative for a sense of community and health and well-being.

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September 16, 2013
My three kids have attended Dearborn Elementary. The teachers, principal, staff and parents are really involved. I have never had any issues with this school. Our experience with this school has been great.

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September 11, 2013
I love this school, my childern had wonderful teachers. all the staff are amazing. Specially the ladies in the front office, they always have a smile and they are willing to help sbove and beyond as long as is resonably possible. The Principal is wonderful, always working hard for the safety and well being of the students, teachers and staff. The school has amazing programs.

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May 16, 2013
I love this school for my daughter.. She is currently in the SAS class in 2nd grade. She learns a lot and have great activities for kids. Principal is very nice and teachers and staffs as well. Giving good education for kids! Parents are very involved as well!

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2013
All three of my children have gone to Dearborn. I currently have two still at Dearborn and have been quite pleased with my experience here since day one. I sent my daughter to private school before attending Dearborn and was a little hesitant at first. (With all the negative comments about public schools)It has been the best decision I have ever made. I wish I could take back the years she was in private school! The teachers are all excellent as well as the principal. The principal was just awarded principal of the year! In my opinion she is what makes the school great! The same rules apply to everyone. The PTA is awesome as well. Very involved and raise extra money for things the school and kids need. I really do not have anything negative to say about this school. I am so lucky to have it as my home school!

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November 13, 2012
I am very proud to have my 2 children attend Dearborn Elementary. The leadership is excellent & teachers are fabulous ! I would highly recommend this school to all.

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October 15, 2012
Dearborn Elementary is an excellent neighborhood school. My son has been attending since he was in Kindergarten and is now in third grade. He is not a student performing at the top of his class but all the teachers he's had to now have pushed him to to work hard. He loves going to school and I never get that "I don't want to go to school today." The administrator definitely works hard to keep this school in tip top shape! They have an extremely active PTA that helps fund many extras that the LAUSD does not provide. It is definitely a well rounded school and feel very blessed that my son gets to attend.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2012
Wow, after four years attending Dearborn with 4 very different teachers and groups of classmates, I am thoroughly pleased with the education our child received!! The PTA is very busy and involved in the school providing events, activities, field trip buses and PE where LAUSD funds were cut. These extra events like art, music, ballroom dancing, psychomotor and after school activities make school fun and enjoyable for the children! The principal and staff are WONDERFUL and exceptionally hardworking which shows in the great test results and academic progress of the students. We will stay involved in Dearborn well after our child culminates from the school, because supporting our local school is important and we have made so many friends we would hate to leave.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2012
My son has just finished Kinder and had a great year. I am very happy with his growth both socially and academically. I know the Principal has been criticized for not being "warm and fuzzy" but this has not been a problem for our family. The school's policies are clearly explained and the only problems I have heard of are from parents who want an exception to them. I would recommend Dearborn to any parent, there are different teaching styles within the Kinder classes and one is sure to match with your child.

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May 13, 2012
Our time at Dearborn Street Elementary was terrible. My child experienced issues with a cold and inattentive teacher and a principal on a power-trip. Any concerns were quickly disregarded which displayed to us that the principal cares more about the reputation of the school, than what is best for the children. We are happily not attending this school anymore.

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April 12, 2012
As a parent of children at Dearborn, I am very pleased with the education they are getting there. I have always felt welcomed and encouraged to be a part of my children's school life. The staff is very professional and welcoming. Although the principal is not a "warm and fuzzy" type person, she is an excellent administrator who is fair and consistant with all of the students. I feel that my children are very safe on the Dearborn campus and the teachers there are absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this school!

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April 08, 2011
Dearborn is an amazing school. They care about the kids and make the parents feel welcome. The level of instruction is outstanding and the teachers and staff are top notch. They offer so much to the children outside of the normal instruction.....ballroom dancing, pyschomotor, theater, music, dance...the list goes on.

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April 08, 2011
This school is my home school and it's our 1st year attending after coming from another district where I work. I wish i would've put my daughter here in Kindergarten, she is now in the 2nd grade. Her teacher is an amazing, hands-on, caring teacher. I wish all teachers were like her. I'm constantly getting updates of the current LAUSD issues, fund raisers for the school, information on after school activities, etc....The Principal is everywhere all the time and always says hello and will be the 1st to help you when you walk into the office. The parent involvement is very high and there is ALWAYS something going on at the school. My daughter wakes up every single morning excited to come to Dearborn.

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April 07, 2011
Dearborn is our home school....we love it...our kids love it. The teachers that our kids have had have been surperb in everyway. The principal is an amazing leader and loves and respects the kids. Both of our children have their orange folders because of this wonderful school.

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April 07, 2011
Dearborn is a school where everyone is welcome. The academics are strong, the library and computer lab and arts program have been fantastic! We are so glad to be part of this school where the principal and staff take the time to help everyone regardless of who they are. Mrs. Hirsch is helpful and the staff in the office really keeps the school running great.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2011
At this school, don't expect the principal to do anything for you. She never listens to any parents who raise any issues or concerns. Never offer any help or solutions eventhough you ask for it she just looks down at you and makes you leave her office , by saying she is busy or has other things to do .

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March 02, 2011
So my child asks me "Mom, why didn't our principal say hello to you?" I said maybe she just didnt see me. I brushed it off so that my child will not notice how PRIMITIVE is her school principal. This is how the principal reacted because as a parent I raised some legitimate concerns about my child's education. This is a school that focuses on PTA moms, SAS students and anyone that has connections with the school board. Your child will be left behind if your child does not have the advantages listed above. The principal is unapproachable and looks down on parents that raise any issues. She does not listen and does not offer any solutions!!!

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2010
Dearborn is an amazing school to teach at. The staff promotes teamwork and collaborates to benefit all learners. The teachers work very hard to make sure that they are providing the best instruction and class environment possible. The principal has an open door policy and she always strives to make our school better. The parents are very supportive and many of them volunteer regularly. The students are respectful and motivated to learn. Our school is welcoming and beautiful. I have been teaching here for several years and I am so lucky to work at a place that is amazing in so many ways.

- submitted by a teacher

September 16, 2010
Dearborn Street Elementary school was not my home school. I applied for my children to attend and was one of the lucky families to get in. Their SAS program inspired and excited my children, they were actively involved everyday in hands on activities and discussions that made learning fun. The campus was open to parent involvement and the administration was supportive and played a very positive role in my children's development as citizens of the school. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for an excellent education for their children.

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September 06, 2010
This is a great school, Our second child just completed 5th grade and we would recommend Dearborn!

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September 03, 2010
Dearborn is not my home school, but we were lucky enough to make open enrollment and ensure a spot through 5th grade! My experience with Dearborn has been nothing but positive and fulfilling. We have an active and fully functioning PTA with full involvement from the principal, Mrs. Hirsch. The teachers my child has had since kindergarten have been caring, nurturing and openly communicated with me. My child has achieved high scores consistently and that is due in part to the teaching. He might be smart on his own, but the teachers are the ones that encourage it and bring it out in him. Mrs. Hirsch takes her principal duties seriously. She is dedicated and works long hours. Her dedication shows and the kids love her. We are truly fortunate that we were able to enroll in Dearborn Street Elementary!

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2010
My son attended Dearborn for part of kindergarten and all of 1st grade. His 1st grade teacher was excellent! She helped us identify that he has special needs, which resulted in a diagnosis of Autism this summer. My biggest issue with Dearborn is that the principal is very impersonal and unapproachable. When ever I've had a concern about my child,,she talks down to me and my husband. She tried to discourage us from exercising our rights to visit our child. When the issue of my son's possible disability came up, I was told by her that the school does not do assessments and that my doctor needed to do it. I feel it is due to our race/ethnicity. I know of another Black family who feels they are also being mistreated. The office even made enrollment difficult for us. We are transferring.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
I have nothing but positive things to say about Dearborn! We came from a local neighborhood private school and my daughter is in Ms. Summers first grade classroom this year. We are beyond thrilled to be a part of the Dearborn team. The principal at Dearborn is the absolute best! Because I come from a background in education I set my standards very high! Mrs. Hirsch has exceeded my expectations as she puts in so much extra effort and it shows. If there is ever a problem she offers an open door policy which is very comforting for not only new parents but for all parents. The PTA at Dearborn is very involved in the school. If they want something done they make it happen! So happy that we made the switch from private school, we could not be any happier at Dearborn!

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September 17, 2009
Dearborn is an AMAZING school!!! We have the BEST loving and nurturing teachers and staff.

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September 16, 2009
Way better than Balboa Magnet!

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September 16, 2009
Dearborn is a great school that provides a full, rounded education for every student. The teachers work very hard to provide stimulating and educational lessons as well as fun activities.

- submitted by a community member

September 15, 2009
Every thing about this school has been excellent. After years in private schools, I feel that I have had better communication and results with Dearborn teachers and staff than ever at our old private school. Continue the hardwork and teamwork with the families and success is unlimited.

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2007
I have a child in second grade at Dearborn. She is in Miss Keesee's SAS class. My daughter couldn't be happier. She loves the school and her teacher. This school, the teachers, and administration make each child's education their priority. The gifted students receive appropriate differentiated instruction. The teachers in the SAS program have extensive training and are the most dedicated teachers that I have ever met.

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October 29, 2007
My daughter had four different teachers last year (two short term subs) and is now on her third teacher this year. She is sad and upset as she attaches to each teacher and then that teacher is changed. This is a very disruptive practice and has negatively affected her learning experience. Need more help with traffic in the mornings. Can take 10 minutes or more to drive by and drop off.

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October 02, 2007
I just brought two of my children here because of the reputation of the SAS program, and so far, I have been really impressed with clear committment to quality differentiation for gifted students, as well as the professional, yet compassionate, demeanor of the teachers and principal. I only wish we had made the move sooner.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2007
One of my children was in the SAS program and the other was not. Both my children had terrific teachers who worked hard to meet their needs, whether is was enhancing the curriculum for my gifted child or working on missing basic skills for my child in the regular classroom, I've been nothing but satisfied with the quality of instruction at this school! I did notice a difference in parent involvement, however, it seems the parents with students in SAS classes are more involved and assist the school more. There was no shortage of volunteers for field trips and other activities in SAS, but in the general classroom the parents didn't seem as involved or there were only a few involved parents.

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August 21, 2007
As soon as my children started the SAS program at Dearborn, their STAR scores soars. The dedication of their teachers are unlimited. The staff are friendly and PTA gets it done! Yey for the Dolphins!

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June 11, 2007
School caters to PTA board, and children of people with connections to the board. Special needs children will be in big trouble here.

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October 30, 2006
Dearborn is an excellent elementary school. My daughter transferred into the SAS program in 4th grade the transition was so easy for her because of the dedicated teachers, staff, and wonderful schoolmates. Parent volunteers are active, involved and welcomed by the school, which is key. The academics and enrichment exceed my expectations. Glad we made the switch!

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2006
I've been coming to dearborn for almost 15 years helping out. I've seen principals & teachers come and go. I don't live in the district but I brought my son there for the teachers and then my 2 younger kids. I can't say enough about the teachers they are fabulous. It's wonderful to see teachers who want your children to learn. Mrs mosher for 5th was amazing my son raved. Mrs albert & mrs freshman in 2nd go way beyond, and mrs melhmen in k was incredible. I wish all schools had teachers that loved what they did, then maybe more kids would love school and stay there. I can't say enough about this school except that if your child goes there they will learn a lot while having fun and meeting great friends. An expericeince they'll never forget.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2006
We've been here for four years - two children in the school. Since the SAS program, gifted children in these class are challenged and in classrooms with other high-achieving children. But average or struggling students don't seem to get the best teachers or curricular 'perks', nor do students struggling in a certain academic area. Student behavior seems to be a problem as students are often rowdy without consequences. Overall, an 'okay' public school.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2006
Great school! The teachers here are great. I have had 3 children go through this school and love it! It recently became an SAS school and has fabulous curriculum. I can't say enough!

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May 08, 2006
Great school! The teachers here are great. I have had 3 children go through this school and love it! It recently became an SAS school and has fabulous curriculum. I can't say enough!

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May 08, 2006
We have had 2 children go through this school. If you have a child going into 1st grade Miss Keesee is the best! Both of our children had her and loved her! If you are looking for Kindergarten Mrs. Mehlman is great too. This school offers many great programs including the SAS program. They offer tours around the end of the year. Come take a look!

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March 07, 2006
This school does not look carefully at the 'whole child' unless it fits dearborn's needs. Children w/ special needs often do poorly here or do not thrive in their programs at dearborn.

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January 17, 2006
My child transfered to this school for the SAS(School of Advance Studies) Program. We are pleased with the quality of academic programs that are available to our child. The teachers we had both last year and this year are outstanding. I love the extracurricular activities the school has. The science fair, the multicultral fair etc... There are many faithful parent volunteers and parents are encouraged to be involved in all the wonderful events the school holds. We are very satisfied with this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 17, 2005
As a former teacher at Dearborn, I experienced first hand the hard work of the staff and parents to help the students perform at or above the standards.

- submitted by a teacher

August 19, 2005
My son was in kindergarten last year and I was impressed with how much he learned and accomplished in one year. His teacher (Mrs. Rodriguez) was fabulous.

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June 22, 2005
My son attends the SAS program at this school. We have been very pleased with the quality of teachers and the level of instruction. They do not just focus on the 3 Rs, but provide a well rounded ciriculum.

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June 19, 2005
Great elementary school. Dedicated principal and hardworking teachers. Active PTA.

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June 09, 2005
My son attended 1~5. During that time we had a principal change. Parents work hard for this school. Many great teachers but many have left to other schools. New SAS program which has the best teachers teaching in those classrooms.

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May 18, 2005
I have one child in private school and another at Dearborn Elementary. Never before have I considered public school for both of my children until I found Dearborn. I have been very impressed with the professionalism of the teacher and all staff. The principal and vice principal are always interacting with the students and know them by name. My son loves to say hello to the vice principal! He always puts a smile on my son's face and encourages him to do his best. I volunteer in the classroom every Wednesday for the entire day and have been welcomed with open arms. The parents are very involved and have great relationships with the teachers. Academically I have been impressed, too. The teacher was willing to customize the curiculum to meet my son's needs.

- submitted by a teacher

September 15, 2004
Great school. Not a complaint. Kids are definitely #1

- submitted by a teacher

May 24, 2004
The school is getting better all the time. I understand they were granted a magnate program for 2005. There is a lot of fund raising but it shows. New library, new blacktop, new grassy play area and trees. All this in the last year. If you have a son/daughter going into 2nd grade. Mrs. Spiero is the best, we've had two children go through her class and love her! Two afterschool coaches that provide minimum supervision, but you can't opt for homework club, or one of the many paid options they have. Oh, they pay the ymca to do pe.

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Dearborn Elementary Charter School
9240 Wish Avenue, Northridge, CA  91325
(818) 349-4381
Last modified Dearborn Elementary Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dearborn Elementary Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 78 reviews. Top