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K-5
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Palm Desert, CA

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45-768 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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October 30, 2014
As parents you try to do you due diligence and make sure your child gets the best education.We were so excited to have won the lottery and to be able to give our child what we hoped to be a prideful school with great teachers and staff. Going to a new school, not knowing the teachers history, You really do not know what you were in for. This teacher has be the worse so far in my child's education. I could not believe the foul language used in meetings, name calling of students and complete unprofessionalism. I am dissapoonted that this childish, unprofessional, selfish teacher would have the discretion to decide my child faith at this school or classroom. The teacher does not know the fundamentals of communication, not only did she have the control to kick my daughter out of her class because she doesn't want to be "monitor" by parents. I am sorry but you do spend more hours in the day with my child and I want to know what's going on and to see the higher up's support her behavior is very disappointing. This is what you call "Bullying" at the fullest. My child is an A+ student, well behaved and all past teachers were grateful for my child and parents like us that care.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
Wow! This school is amazing! I am very proud and honored to have my daughter attending here and I have had nothing but positive experiences with the teachers, counselor, and principal. Even when I got in trouble and had to have a meeting with my daughter, husband, and principal for her frequent lateness one year, I felt very proud of how it was handled by Mr. Lehmann. We were being held accountable respectfully yet seriously, and had to sign a contract to improve the matter, and we did :). As for the office staff they can be curt and cold, but it isn't always that way. It can be unnerving, but I brush it off as they are good at their jobs and are good to my daughter. The teachers and staff are hard working, caring, and all share the same goal and thats to give your child a great education and learning experience and I believe that every year that is achieved for the vast majority of their students. I am not close with any of the parents at the school, but the ones who volunteer are always nice and welcoming and I have yet to experience the cliques that were mentioned in comments below and I hope I never do. As for the fundraising I think its great and very beneficial.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
WCS is an amazing school. I have a child with mild special needs and the teachers and the school counselor are willing to work with myself and our OT. My other child is not a quick learner and her teachers have been amazing working with us to keep her moving at the same pass of the class and does not make her feel bad or awkward.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
It's pretty simple, if your child can fit within the WCS mold and you can stomach the social jockeying and labeling, this school is great. However, if your child is struggling or has innate differences, it can be a very cruel place. Try to avoid the front office and the gossip moms who are parked there much of the day (literally).

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
Is your child different? Quirky? Creative? Special needs? This is NOT the place for them. You will quickly learn that children (& parents) outside of the "norm" are less than welcome. Two teachers, and the school counselor, suggested retention and actually used the word "lazy" in describing my child, said they wanted to help, but offered zero solutions. Very quick to blame child and parents. Three way conversation via speaker phone with my child and the principal. Principal accused my child of lying, "I find it impossible to believe that you're reading so much yet have taken no AR tests. How is that possible?" Made no difference that my child was reading a large book at that time. Gossip/passive-aggressive/cliquey behavior from parents/staff who are old enough to know better. Many students are quick to exclude different kids from non-class activities. My child went from smiling and open to being withdrawn and sad. Heartbreaking that a school will not (cannot?) properly address children outside of the norm, and have little problem crushing a child's spirit for API scores. Improvements? Study and implement Finland's school structure, for true quality in education & learning.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2013
Gossip is a problem at this school. I've witnessed it in the front office with staff, self-important parents and teachers alike. Sadly, the subjects have no recourse and tend to be labeled as troublemakers. As long as you can avoid the "line of fire", you can have a positive experience at this school. I've found that the teachers who are not the most "popular" ones tend have better critical thinking skills and are more effective educators. The fundraising does provide extra programs and activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
We enjoy the school and the staff. The ladies in the front office are always polite to us. We never worry about the fundraising and it's never been an issue we have noticed over the last six years. Best school by far and staff is always nice.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
The truth is that all it matters is if you donate money at all times ( by the way it doesn't matter if you put many hours at the school helping in the classroom as a parent volunteer ), and also if you become good friends with the teachers. Some of the teachers are fair but others are not. Too bad Mr. Lehman who is an excellent principal is unawared of this issue. This will help your child get the top awards. If your child gets better scores on their Star testing and their academics well too bad!!! What counts is how much money you give and who you are friends with. So sad for the children that actually deserved high academic excellence. After all their scores help the school rankings. They make the school look good!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
soo soo true about the office staff. They ruin an otherwise nice school. Agreed ..they are both so passive aggressive and very unpleasant. Everyone I speak with has had awful experiences with both front staff members, makes for an unfortunate supposed "welcoming and helping" initial school presence. Maybe everyone complaining on here is not the way to change the problem. I suppose nothing can be done, since obviously the higher ups are aware of this too. Maybe nobody, except school parents who have to deal with this all the time, care about it! The teachers are very helpful and do a great job, and there is a lot to offer the children. Class size was supposed to go down, but didn't really see that happen.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
We are proud of the school and understand why fundraising is important. It's worth it for the kids. The school has always been transparent about how they raise money for the programs. Parents know this before the enroll and I hope it continues to be successful. We appreciate the staff and volunteers dedication - a big thank you. Truly a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
So much for being honest and posting your exp. as stated by the person who wrote the last two posts. Think about taking your child elsewhere. Se this is what you get if you voice your honest opinion. Unfortunately, at WCS some parents are very clickish and think they themselves are attending WCS. The front office staff is very negative and passive aggressive. I avoid it. As for the school. Keep quiet about the fake bake immaturity. Go along, donate money every other day and let them double dip on transportation.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
I have sent my two boys to this school, and even though it has made many changes throughout our time there, one thing remains constant, they will do whatever is best of the student. Teachers and staff are very dedicated and proud. It has been one incredible and terrific experience for my kids and our family.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
This school is very "tight", criticism is not going to be well received. However, there are legitimate problems in the front office. It's especially annoying when the person being rude is the same voice on automated phone calls reminding parents of fundraising events. Instead of making excuses for the behavior it would only benefit the school to address the issue.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
Amazing!!!! This school is hands down the best school that this valley has to offer. The staff is so supportive and truly care about your child's education. They do so much to help your child. They offer so many extra activities that gives your child a head start above the rest. Thank you to WCS for giving my children the best education and experience. Thank you for allowing me to be such a huge part of my child's growth at school.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
This a great school just getting better (I'm going to ignore those below whose primary experience of their child's school is how much time the office staff has to chat with the parent, other than to say they've added a third {wonderful} office staff so the other two are no not so overworked.) Not only does this school excel in academics, such as sending teams to the STATE science fair and the WORLD Odyssey of the Mind Championship, but they are REDUCING class sizes so everyone gets a better education, and they have placed multiple laptops in every classroom. I'm so proud my children go here.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2013
I have to comment on reading the recent posts. School is what you, as a parent, put into it. If you have a problem with the office staff, look at how you are communicating to them? Are you kind and pleasant or are you irritated when you enter the office? They are doing an excellent job at dealing with parents and I cannot believe people would single out the ladies like this. I am surprised that this website actually posted your mean comments. I have seen the behavior talked about, but it usually happens when the phones are ringing and chaos is going on in the office. Get over it, they are human. Give the front staff a break. Also, you want your child to have the best education from a public school, then fund raisers are necessary. Complain to the powers in Sacramento, not Washington Charter. So the next time you have to interact with the front office, try to be more understanding of the fact you are one parent out of hundreds that they see everyday. My son has been a student here for 5 yrs now and we have had ups and downs and the support of the staff has been great!!! So instead of being a complainer, take a moment and think about a more positive solution.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
I agree with the complaint below. My, my husband's, & fellow parents/friends have experienced very negative experiences from the front office, specifically w/Ellie and Mr. Lehman. We parents have expressed among ourselves how we were certainly "wooed" by this same staff when applying for this great school (& I do believe it is a great school), but the moment we were accepted, we felt completed abandoned as NEW parents. Front office is impatient & extremely condescending to any parent w/questions--particularly when taking OUR time to come in & verify vague &/or contradicting notices sent home en mass. I understand & appreciate bad days, but the front office interaction is too consistently negative to simply having a bad day. They do send home a lot of fund raising, money request...even using "no weekly homework" for your child if he/she can donate, etc. My husband & I are fairly active volunteers in class/campus as well as parent club events. My ONLY complaint lies with the front office staff & their rude behaviour. They have "No Bullying" motto & "Ridicule Free Zone" signs, yet they treat parents to the point of feeling bullied. Teaching staff however is EXCELLENT--no complaints!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
I am going to tell you the honest truth about this school. The front office staff is completely rude. Fran has no people skills at all in fact I have witnessed her raise her voice to seniors that are visiting their grandchildren for an event. Ellie has ran out of her office to yell at a helpless single disable mother that was parking near the teacher spaces. She ran out of her office! Not in her job description and is a bully. The school asks for money two three times a week, you get recorded phone calls with Fran's voice reminding you of money or money donated events. The school's kindergarden gives homework for reading even though they have not learned any reading skills. Very money driven school that has women participating in the dail fashion show, which is actually the time to pick up their children.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2011
All four of my kids attended WCS. Because of the parent club and charter curriculum, it provides music, arts, computer labs, reading labs. The school provides full music programs. The campus was completely rebuilt in 2006. The principal knows not only each of the 720 students by name as he welcomes each student to school as they enter the parking lot, he knows their parents by name as well. He leads the faculty and staff by example and is an excellent leader. This is a public charter school, but has the feel of a private education.

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January 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
An excellent school with caring, helpful facualty. Great music program, on-site counseling services and great parental involvment. Highest API scores of all area elementary schools in the Coachella Valley.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Great curriculum, highest score in valley for california test. excellent teachers, very concerned and attentive principal and staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2008
We've been involved with the school for 3 years now and are highly impressed with the individual attention our son is getting. As a struggling student, the staff are working diligently to meet his needs in a variety of manners. I'm highly impressed by their response.

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April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
My child has attended WCS for 2 years, and it has been wonderful! We moved to the valley in first grade, and it was a very easy transition. The principal and teachers are excellent! Strong parent involvement and a very welcoming environment. This school is worth the waiting list to get in. Unfortunately, we are relocating again, and hope to find a school as wonderful as WCS in our new city!

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March 31, 2007
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November 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2006
The best school in the valley! The staff really cares. The principal stands out front every day and greets the students and parents. Academics are top notch. Students are greeted each day 'Welcome super-students'. Because excellence is expected, excellence is achieved. That is the mind-set of the staff. They believe each student can be great. Last year my daughter happly read over 300 books! Her thirst for knowledge is nurtured by teachers and staff. This is the school you hope your child will be admitted.

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March 15, 2006
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January 02, 2006
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July 21, 2005
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April 20, 2005
The school has always been a good school, especially since becoming a Charter. Teachers are well educated, programs good and the parent participation is great.

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February 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2003
Washington Charter is a wonderful school. With tremendous parental involvement, the feeling of community is strong within the school. The leadership of the Principal, Allen Lehmann, has made the level of respect and responsibility among the staff and students so high. The children want to please him. Being a good kid is 'cool', and excelling in academics or extracurricular activities is worth striving for. The only drawback with this school is that every grade level has one or two 'undesirable' teachers, some of whom may be leaving the school in the next few years due to retirement anyway. Parents who are very involved with the school tend to have more power when it comes to keeping their kids out of those classrooms. Outside of that, the only other complaint would be that the school itself is very old, which will be solved in the next two years as the modernization project gets underway, and a new, beautiful school will be in place for all our kids!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
I am so fortunate that my son attends WCS. I could not be happier with the faculty and staff. They are so dedicated to the children who attend, and to their success not just in elementary school but the future as well. Mr. Lehmann the Principal is such an amazing Educator. He knows every child by name and how they are doing and he is constantly offering praise and positive comments. Mr. Lehmann makes sure the parents are always informed of school happenings, testing scores and any vital information. My child has grown by leaps and bounds since attending Washington. I cannot recommend a finer school in our area and most of California. If you have a chance to let your child attend, do it. You will be so happy you did.

- submitted by a parent
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George Washington Charter School
45-768 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA  92260
(760) 862-4350
Last modified George Washington Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
George Washington Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top