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Playa del Rey, CA
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7751 Paseo Del Rey
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

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(310) 305-0251
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April 15, 2014
I have a child who attends this school and my wife and I are both highly satisfied with the teachers and the administrators. The teachers my son has had since K have all been very attentive and their feedback has always been spot-on (which indicates that they really know our child). What makes this an excellent, rather than a very good, school is the PTO- the dedicated parents who serve on the PTO do an amazing job fundraising, running events, and communicating with families via email announcements. Principal Sullivan also gets high marks from us for being very friendly, approachable, and empathetic. One bit of constructive criticism: some of the ladies in the front office should make an effort to be friendlier. They're often the first people visitors to the school encounter and you only have one shot at making a good first impression.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
This school is awesome! I have a first grader at Paseo del Rey and she rates the school as a 10/10 every day. She has an awesome first grade teacher, she has a class full of friends, enjoys the variety of after school class such as cooking and rock star. She is constantly making connections to what she has learned in school to real life situations. We feel blessed to be here.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
I have a kindergartners and a first grader in Paseo and I am a believer. Our older daughter did private school for Transitional Kinder and Kinder, but we decided to move both children to Los Angeles Unified once the younger one was able to attend kinder. We have been so impressed with the school. There is a very active and committed parent organization. The principal and teachers are excellent and very committed to educating the children academically and in their character. Kids are granted leadership opportunities (student government, "intern" to the administrative office, play leaders, etc) and are rewarded for good citizenship. The kinder teachers, for free, are leading an intensive reading and writing workshop after school to prep my kindergartner for first grade. Both children, despite being on the younger side, were expected to prepare a scientific poster for the annual science fair. There's a student orchestra and a well-stocked library. The campus is clean and cheerful. The student body is diverse. Super duper like it here. :)

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2013
This is my child's first year at Paseo (3rd grade). Overall, I can say that the school is pretty good...solid curriculum, outstanding Parent involvement (PTO), and a diverse student body. The Star after-school program is awesome. Mr. Arnold and his staff are engaging and warm. The principal, Mrs. Sullivan seems very sweet and approachable. This school year thus far has been a transition for my daughter with coming from a small, parochial school. Surprisingly, the school work here at Paseo has been more challenging and more critical than what she is used to. There is a greater emphasis testing and drills. But all of these challenges has allowed her to flourish academically. She has become more of a critical thinker and a proactive student. I love that! There has just been one hiccup regarding communication with the ladies in the front office. Other than that, I would recommend Paseo Del Rey.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Paseo Del Rey is an amazing school, with a great a wonderful leader Jennifer Sullivan the principal. This school offers a safe and welcoming environment for your kids to thrive and learn in. I have been a parent here for over 6 years and I have made some incredible friendships and my kids are well adjusted. We have a great library, computer lab and science lab.and this in additional to our incredible teachers sets us aprat from other schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I have 2 children at Paseo Del Rey who have, are receiving a wonderful education, with a great and caring Principal, staff ,PTO, and Awesome Parent volunteers, who work TOGETHER (which you HAVE to do in LAUSD, and any school for that matter) in giving their students the best education possible. A pretty amazing feat considering all of the budget cuts and limitations our public schools have had to contend with. You will not be disappointed sending your child to PDR.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
This is a really GREAT school. My daughter has been in attendance since kindergarten and I am very pleased with her academic growth these last 5 years. The teachers and staff are friendly and go the extra mile for our students. Though I work full time and can not volunteer like I wish I could I am amazed and impressed at how many parent volunteers there are that put in countless hours to the various programs at this school. Highly recommended. :)

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I love love love this school!!!! Very diverse, very family oriented, very warm and welcoming, and most of all the parents, teachers, and staff truly advocate for our children to ensure that they have the best educational experience! Ms. Sullivan is an amazing principal who is always visible and very much so involved. I also love how the teachers make themselves available through email and phone. They don't mind you asking questions about the progress of your child and encourage parents to reach out to them anytime. The school also has an awesome PTO group! You can't help but to get involved and be apart of the Paseo family! Don't look any further....Paseo Del Rey has got the full package.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Paseo Del Rey is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the success of their students. The PTO is very active and full of energetic, dedicated parents that care about the education of all of the students at Paseo.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2013
I am a retired LAUSD teacher, and a grandmother who volunteers. I am delighted that my granddaughters attend Paseo. The staff are fabulous from the Plant Manager to the Principal. Everyone is involved in the children's education. I am surprised about the reference to the 60's by one poster. This school is as well run as my elementary school in the 50's! I have much more confidence in the educational environment and integrity at Paseo than I would have at many private schools. The teachers not only follow the State Standards, but go well beyond! I am at the school frequently, in and out of classrooms, and I've seen only respect for others among all stakeholders. (I have never observed bullying either in classrooms nor on the yard.) There is great parent involvement in spite of many students not being "local." Any parent who isn't satisfied should become part of the solution by volunteering. The teachers know how to make the volunteer experience meaningful. Many volunteers there are former teachers, but others bring special skills, such as technology, medicine, or entertainment industry experience that really enrich the curriculum.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2013
Thank you to all of the supportive parents out there! We really love our students and ultimately have to make tough choices sometimes. We REALLY appreciate all of your hard work and support! :))

- submitted by a teacher
April 10, 2013
To the teacher who says "shame on me"....really? I voted to keep you working for the entire year (no furlough days) and have supported this school with my time and money for 5 years...so far. The shame is on the teachers who voted that a paid P.E. program is more important than the full-time librarian! Thank heaven for the PTO who had the ability to pay for everything. Why do they have that ability? Because of parents like me who happily continue to support the many fundraisers conducted every year!! How did you vote??

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
The Paseo staff and administration work extremely hard to meet the needs of all diverse learners with limited funds. Instead of being negative and nasty, parents should be proactive in finding ways to help fund raise. Place blame on the state for lack of funding to public education not the teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
Awesome! The commitment to individualized attention, character development and academic excellence is second to none. And there is a genuine culture of inclusion and celebration of diversity. My children love their experience daily.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
This is an amazing school with an incredible staff of teachers, administration and support staff. I am disappointed that a parent would right a review criticizing them for making a difficult choice in where the money should go. With the way LAUSD has cutback on funding and the teachers doing the best they can with what they have to work with. Our children still are still getting the best education around.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
My kids love Paseo! The teachers really care and the principal, Mrs. Sullivan, is very present and involved with the students. I love how accessible the principal and teachers are to the parents and students. The school community really comes together to continue to thrive during LAUSD budget cuts. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
Wow! When I first checked out this school's kindergarten, I thought it must be a private school, as I couldn't imagine a public school so well equipped. Both of my girls went thru kinder with an amazingly skilled teacher. As they have progressed thru the upper grades, they have received individualized attention and a plan to address the development of the "whole child". The culture of the school is one of inclusion, and it embraces its diversity-something I will look for in a middle school. The principal is a hands-on and caring leader who literally knows every child by name. There is good parent involvement in various groups to help the school, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
The biggest asset that this school has is its amazing teachers. My daughter is in 5th grade and my son is in 3rd. They have both been at Paseo since kindergarten. Every teacher we have had in every grade has been excellent. Most have over 20 years of teaching experience. The principal is extremely dedicated and was named one of the 10 best principals in LAUSD a few years ago. We love how diverse this school is and how everyone gets along and respects each other!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
We are also very pleased with Paseo del Rey. We and other parents have been committed to being very involved with the school, and it has made ALL the difference. Not that there aren't great teachers and administrators at this school, because THEY ARE REALLY GREAT! It's just that the key is for groups of parents at every level to be very involved. We plan on doing the same at Orville Wright at the next level, and then Westchester High again at the next level. As long as we parents remained totally committed, I'm fully convinced that our kids will have a great experience in their years here in the Westchester/Playa area, and will get a solid educational foundation.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2012
My daughter, in the third grade, is in her first year here at Paseo. She fell in love with this school on her first day! I must say, we have fallen in love with Paseo too. A great adminstrative staff, the principal, Mrs. Sullivan, has always been available and happy to converse and address parental concerns. She is not condescending and I truly appreciate this approach coming from a school where the principal was the total opposite. My daughter's teacher, Mrs. Edwards is fantastic as I am hearing the rest of the teaching staff here is! It's awesome to see families who are really supportive of the school whether it's involvement through the PTO or involvement in their children's educational goals. It's an added bonus to have music/orchestra as an option and my kid raves about the library. All in all, I am very happy to have found a gem of a school.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
My child goes here and have done really well, absolutely loves the teacher. Principal is approachable, a big plus, and staffs are nice overall, still, play some favoritism. Somehow all volunteer moms end up in same classroom with the most favorite teacher for that grade level, a little clique there. I would have giving 5 stars, due to this took 1off. Majority of kids are bused in, not neighborhood feel, and hard to establish stable neighborhood friendship. At first, I was really concerned for my child to go here, now I am glad, quite diverse & if the Principal doesn't have a good grip here, will have many discipline issues. Teacher has about 22-25 students ratio, can be tough to teach at time with so many different ranges background /weaknesses, quite tough to make on the teacher to have entire class at same consistent level. Overall, glad that my child got in and is top of the class. Would I choose this school again, well if I can afford private school, my child wouldn't go here, but for LAUSD public school, a magnet is always a better choice....

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
I love this school. My children have down so well here. The principal is amazing

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
I love Paseo because the Principal still cares about the student and is very hands on. I am an administrator myself and I can tell you that Mrs. Sullivan loves her job and is very professional. The school cant help be he fabulous. Recently she helped my daughter's class learn traditional Indian dance moves for cultual diversity day.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2010
Great school, teachers are great and parents participation is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2010
I am so proud to be a part of this school. I've never seen a principal so dedicated to their school. Mrs. Sullivan is always approachable no matter how busy she is. With all the cuts going on from LAUSD, she has managed to keep the morale up while losing teachers and staff which has been devastating to her. My daughter is in 4th grade and we have always loved this school. They have the best teachers which we love too!

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2009
Paseo del Rey is the best. The teachers are all so kind and caring. We love everything about our school! The principal is so awsome and caring! We love Paseo!!!!!!!!!!1

- submitted by a student
May 24, 2009
Paseo administration and faculty go out of their way to provide the students with what they need. This includes children who are having difficulty with academics or behavior. They try to obtain outside help from the community and from parents. They also HAVE rules that need to be followed so that all children can received their education in an appropriate atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
My daughter will tell you - this school rocks!! Just ask those who are part of the Paseo family. Students agree! They are enthusiastic and proud of the diversity of their school environment supported by the magnet program. An indicator of their academic accomplishments is the year to year consistent growth in the school's API scores. There are programs to support the full spectrum of students from special ed to the highest achievers. The teachers of Paseo agree as well! They ranked the principal with the 8th highest score out of all 600 principals in LAUSD. The parents agree too! There is strong parent participation with each child's success/needs & support of many volunteer programs, groups, in class & school events. This school is a great example of a strong, collaborative effort. It is a privilege and pleasure to have my daughter attend this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
I have to agree with the most recent post. This is a great school for high achievers! However, there is minimal support for children that are a bit more challenging. The principal appears to be empathetic and concered, but often fails to provide any type of intervention. Most of the teachers are excellent teacher and genuinely cares about their students. There is great parental involvement, PTA, and Booster Club. Overall, pretty good school for LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
I have sent two children through Paseo. I feel there are many good things about the school but there is a dark side too. If your child is having any kind of problem there is no help or guidance of any kind! You are treated like a 'weirdo!' With a 'we are a perfect school what is your problem aire!' That said, the teachers seem to care, the Booster and PTA are fantastic and over all the parents and kids are friendly. Way too much homework in the early grades about 2 hours per night. Principal is good but hard to trust and is a bit fearful and unsympathetic to parent complaints or problems. Bottom line if your child is a high achiever 'not intellectually gifted' she/ he should do well!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 09, 2009
Paseo is such a great school. This is my daughters first year, her first grade teacher is Mrs Holt and we are so lucky to be in her class, she truly cares for these children is highly skilled as a teacher and is really nice. How would I no? Because ive sat in class a few times and have observed! I would recomed Mrs Holt and paseo to all. What a great school. Truly a five star school!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
My kids love Paseo and they have become confident active learners since arriving on the campus - I have a 4th grader and a first grader who have each attended since kindergarten. I love the diversity and appreciate that my kids are friends with kids from differing backgrounds. Children come from all over LA to the campus, but there is still a nice blend of local families and an inclusive feel for everyone. The principal and the teachers have made my kids feel valued. Honestly, my children never want to miss a day of school, which to me is a mark of a great education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2008
I am a little suprised at the comments posted about the meetings not being held when parents can attend. My son attended this school from second grade to fifth grade, and of course you have to go to meetings when the teachers are there. Who's going to pay them overtime? Not the district for sure! As a parent, you should consider what are your priorities, and make arrangements to attend parent night and other teacher/parent meetings. Take some time off your job, I am sure you have illness and personal time on your job.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
I am a proud Paseo parent. My children love their teachers, facility and principal. Everyone is treated fairly and kindly. Paseo displays a healthy and safe environment for its children. The curriculum is excellent and challenging. This is definitely a five star school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
Our daughter is in her year at this school. It's an excellent magnet school that retains a very neighborhood feel. Faculty and administration are engaged--there's no one here merely collecting a paycheck. This school deserves more than the 7 it currently gets based on it's API scores alone, but I might also add that a 7 in LAUSD is like a 9-10 in any system with a 'better' reputation. Thanks and keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
I am so happy to be a part of the Paseo family! My daughter has attended Paseo since Kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade. She has had four amazing teachers and loves going to school. Mrs. Sullivan is a wonderful principal and really cares about the kids. She knows every one by name. The Booster and PTA organizations are great and keep the parents involved in getting the kids many programs and 'extras' that keep getting cut by our lousy politicians. I talk about Paseo all the time because I am so proud of the school, the principal, the administrative staff, teachers and all the wonderful involved parents who help to make the school successful. Keep it up Paseo!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
This was my child's first year at Paseo and he loves this school. I am very satisfied on the teaching methods, the curriculum, and the programs they offer. the teacher's and staff are very commited on helping your child succeed.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
Paseo is okay, we aren't thrilled and are trying to transfer out. If you have a child who can work independantly and is the 'perfect student' it's okay. The problem is that everything is a privilege, the music program, the computer lab, the class parties, field trips. If you have a child that is challenged, they get excluded from alot of things.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2007
Excellent school with an involved faculty and administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
My child has been at Paseo since 1st grade and is currently in 3rd grade. We love the school. She has had a wonderful experience and her best teacher yet has been her first grade teacher Ms. Maguin. She is dedicated and cares for her students. I look forward to Ms. Drohan who has been at Paseo for several years. I hope that my child has a wonderful third grade experience!!! I am a parent

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August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
We have two children who attend Paseo. Overall, we are happy with the school. The Principal is great. My son has a fantastic teacher this year, previous years have been so-so. My main concern/complaint is the amount and QUALITY of homework assigned to students. (I am talking 1 hour of homework per night for a 1st grader) At least once a week my children come home with a ditto sheet that we find difficult figuring out what we are supposed to do. We don't live in the neighborhood, we commute in. The school often plans activities & meetings at times when working &/or commuting parents can't attend. Instead of holding Movie night on a Friday, it was held mid week at a time when only neighborhood families could come.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2007
As a parent, you shop around for the best school for your child hoping to select the one that works for your child. My daughter already excited about learning has truly grown academically with the support of her awesome 1st grade teacher. I also like to keep an open door policy with my child and her teacher to ensure that the academic and maturity enhancements does not stop at PDR. I love the diversity of the school and that everyone is acknowledged. Due to my tight schedule, it hurts me that I cannot participate in all the extracurricular activities but I love to go thru my daughter's backpack to see what event is next.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
THis is a great school to put your kids in, it have a science lab a computer lab.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
This school is a gem! The principal is very involved and the teachers are excellent! What makes this school special is the diversity of the students and how the students are constantly reminded to show respect for each other. The principal is always there at all PTA and Booster Club activities, which makes the school feel like family. Our son is in Kindergarten at Paseo and the Kindergarten teacher is amazing! A well balanced Kindergarten curriculum, structured academics combined with a lot of fun activities. This school has a wonderful library, the children are encouraged to read with all sorts of programs. The students also enjoy the fun Flexercise oudoors gymnastic program. The STAR after school program is well organized and offers a variety of activities after school, including Spanish and nature programs. Very active PTA and Booster Club. Corinne C.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My son attended Paseo for Kindergarten and first grade. Kindergarten was great- A+. Typical of a large school district, some teachers are great, others are not. The principal is great and the curriculum is solid. Honestly, the population they serve is very challenging. Behavior and disturbances in the classroom were big problems. The school has so much potential. Parent participation needs to improve. Now, it's just a small group of local parents making it happen.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
My daughter went to Paseo for kindergarten and I love the school. The principal is wonderful and very involved with everything! Booster/PTA are great and help the kids a lot. I am very impressed and can't wait for 1st grade!

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June 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
My daughter has attended this school for several years. I think it is a very good school and my daughter loves it as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
My daughter has attended Paseo since the first grade. She is now in third grade. Even though third grade has been a bit challenging, I love the academics, the projects, the parent/teacher support, and the extracurricular activities for the children.

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April 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 11, 2006
Excellent leadership; friendly atmosphere and lots of homework. My son is enjoying first grade at Paseo Del Rey and I look forward to my 5 yrs old attending next year through the Choices program. I like the diversity of the campus and the respect for the children and parents. Great job!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
I feel that Mrs. Sullivan, the Principal works tirelessly to prepare our children for Middle School. Instead of fearing the Principal, the children work hard to get her attention and praise. The PTA and Friends of Paseo(Booster club) have gone beyond expectations to provide and all needs that have been squandered by the present school funds. My children are thriving and they love their school. I volunteer on whatever committees needed to ensure that all children there get a good education. The staff is top rate and knows each child by name and cares about them individually as well as collectively. Brava Paseo Del Rey!

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October 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
Principal makes the school a happy, healthy educational environment. She is fabulous and the teachers and staff are a great team. Very involved parents and lots of activities and support for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
High parent involvement at the kinder level. Family feeling at the campus. Great programs for kindergarten kids.

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September 05, 2005
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July 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2005
Good API, ethnical mix not as good.

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May 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Lets just say my child has blossomed since arriving to Paseo del Rey. The academics had her excelling instantly. She gets along with the children of all grades and diversity is what brought me to consider Paseo for my child. I know the Principals and staff very well as I am very involved in the PTA and Booster Clubs. The children coming from varied backgrounds and teach each other on occasion as well as adults. All the children adore their PE Coach and also Music,Literacy and Math coaches which is rare.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
Excellent science programs, parent involvement highly encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2005
Innovations are incorporated into curriculum that are not typical of LA unified/Open court teaching.

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Paseo Del Rey Natural Science Magnet
7751 Paseo Del Rey, Playa del Rey, CA  90293
(310) 823-2356
Last modified Paseo Del Rey Natural Science Magnet is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Paseo Del Rey Natural Science Magnet Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 68 reviews. Top