"We are best known for high academic standards."
Students enrolled 2072
Hours 7:56 a.m. - 3:03 p.m.
School leader Judith Anderson-Henderson
Transportation options Yes
District Los Angeles Unified School District
After school Yes

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18605 Erwin Street
Reseda, CA 91335

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(818) 758-5600
(818) 344-5909
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4 stars
Based on 99 ratings

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September 26, 2014
My kids have been attending SOCES since 4th grade. They are now starting their 10th and 8th grade. I'm very happy with the administration and teachers. I'm very supportive of teaching your kids to be independent. if you are a parent that is always babying your kids, this may not be the school for your kids, look somewhere else. I agree with another parent comment about classes being big in all LAUSD schools but SOCES is amongst the best so far. Parent, Teachers and volunteers try their best to provide and meet student's educational needs. SOCES is the best next to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
At Back to School Night I was surprised at how dated this school was. They need to amp up on their technology BADLY. While most schools have smart boards this school is still trying to operate old overhead projectors. Also its dirty. Beginning of the school year, so many lockers were filthy. I was shocked. They had all summer to clean the campus up and it was filthy. There just is no excuse for dirty. They need someone new in charge of facilities.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
My child got in for 4th grade and we were so excited for this experience. This school should not have an elementary school. They get completely lost in the size of the school. They are expected to move from classroom to classroom and carry all their books with them. My daughter could not carry hers and left it at home and the teacher got mad at her. The class sizes are huge and the teachers are not energetic about teaching. She had 4 teachers and did not like any of them, and my daughter likes everyone. She was not getting an of the attention she needed and the teachers got upset when she came to the desk. One of them, she said, was at her computer too much. We took her out and put her in a charter school with small classes. I don't know much about the principal but have heard that she is not approachable. The counseling office had a line down the hallway and my daughters counselor was no help, but basically said 'she will get used to it'. I don't want my daughter to be 'used to it'. I want her to love school.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
We are finishing up our first year at SOCES. It's taken a bit of getting used to, although I'm very glad my son has gone there. Making close friends can be hard at first because of the commute, but some time after Christmas, he began to enjoy his experience there immensely. The main complaint I hear from disgruntled parents is that the admin here is horrid. I'll admit they can take some getting used to. The attendance office can feel a bit like talking to someone at the DMV, but the school's aim is to teach students to be independent thinkers and doers and perhaps this approach is necessary to chase off the hovering parents... When anything important has actually come up, the school has immediately become responsive. They just don't cater to demanding parents, which can be hard for those used to babying their babies! My son has already begun to show more responsibility and pride. Classes are large everywhere in LAUSD and while a school of 2000 kids sounds huge for a 4th grader, 200-300 kids per grade is tiny compared to the 1000-1500 kids per grade at most public middle and high schools! All in all, the school is doing a great job and we feel fortunate to be there.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
This school is way too big for its own good. With 5 administrators you would think that this school would be safe and that your child would be cared for. This is not the case. My child became a number here. This school is not what it was 7, 8 years ago, academics are weak and bullying has become a huge problem.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2014
Had my son at SOCES for 4-8th grade. In his time there he has only had one teacher that truly demonstrated that she cared about the students. Mrs Lincke. I kept him there and pushed him to do better but this school is not for the kids that "fall through the cracks" as one of the counselors put it. Just happy he got accepted to VAAS and Northridge academy. Were they don't fall thru the cracks.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
For those of you that got your kids in at the 4th grade level how many points did you have? I'm guessing you'd have to apply in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade to get them in for 4th?

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
SOCES is a great school. I can send my child anywhere and I choose to send him where he can not only acquire a tremendous education, but be in a real world setting where kids come from all different backgrounds - socioeconomic, race and ethnicity, culture, etc. My child has learned that he might have to work a little harder to stand out, but hey, that's the real world. I love that there's just the right amount of parental involvement and the right amount of feeling of community (for the parents). My child feels a strong sense of community. Great academics, great academic and social community, great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
No school is perfect and this one isn't either BUT I wholeheartedly believe this is the best school I could have put my kid in! If you are looking for rigorous academics and a diverse population, you've come to the right place. The students that come here make an effort to be here and that says a lot!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
This school is great! The teachers and administration emphasize and encourage students to go to college. The teachers' dedication and guidance is reflected in the school's API.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I consider myself as a lucky parent. Both of my children attend SOCES and enjoy every day with appropriately challenge academic program, art program, and good friends. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
This is my son's first week of school in 4th grade, and he loves it and feels a major part of the school already. I'm super happy!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
Our child was accepted for admission in 7th grade, and is currently enrolled in 10th grade. We have had first-hand experience with the amazing music program run by a very dedicated teacher, and amazing parents who give their all to support the music booster. As parents devoted to giving our children the best public school education, we considered all the other public high schools in the Valley. We find SOCES the best fit for our child. The student enrollment is considered intimate for a public school, and it makes for a learning atmosphere conducive to camaraderie. We are very satisfied with the school and we will be giving our best volunteer effort to help take it to an even higher level.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
I have two children at this school, Both are doing very well. The campus is small and very safe. Like anyplace the some of the teachers are excellent! and some are not. Some really care and inspire my kids, going the extra mile for them. One of my children is a senior and has done exceptionally well on the AP tests and the ACT. But probably more importantly, my children have a good social support system and feel accepted at SOCES.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
A clean, safe environment for learning! Our kids have been there since 4th grade and have done very well there!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
The close knit community has been great at SOCES! I have made a lot of friends. Academically I have done very well. The teachers care and have helped me for the last eight years!

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
Love Love Love the Principal !!! She is a principal of the students. She really cares what happens to them and the quality of education that they are getting. Kudos to her! This is what education is about. My child is getting an amazing education guided by an exceptional leader. Thank you Ms. Hernandez!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2013
This school is not perfect but is doing very well for what it is. Their population reflects all of LA unified, and the school does a fantastic job of getting all these kids -- regardless of where they start out -- to where they need to go: college. To all the people who said the classes are crowded, please pull your kids out and put them in another public high school or middle school. Your kids will fare no better unless you are willing to pay money and even then they may not. I saw what my friends went through as they scrambled in 5th grade trying to find a decent middle school for their kids, and I was SO glad I had put my kids here in 4th. The bad stuff is -- it can be hard to communicate with the teachers. Some of them are very unwilling to call you back or email you, and there's very little you can do about it. They do not all use the computer grade books that they have access to, so it can be hard to find out how your kids are doing until it is too late. Kids don't get much computer time. I am a private tutor and work with elementary kids and middle school kids all over the valley. I know the private schools and the public options, and my kids go here.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
my sister, a student of SOCES, said a student in her fourth grade class smokes. I didn't believe it until i started to hear more crazy stories like this such as someone bringing a bow and arrow to school and using it to threaten other students (also in the 4th grade). One a random day, for no apparent reason, someone even wore a hot dog costume and gave out hot dogs, for numerous days straight. This was indeed confirmed by an administrator as well as my other sister who attends the school. How is this school so good if their elementary kids smoke and bring weapons to school. Good test scores come from mentally stable children not the disabled (who, by the way, are considered the gifted kids). Great school? ... Not even a good school.

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2012
I saw the post left yesterday and just want to let the writer know that our son was not accepted to SOCES until he entered the 6th grade. SOCES has proved to be a wonderful school, and he thrives there. Because of its reputation, it is hard to get in. We applied for magnet points for many years before we got in. Keep trying. It is worth the wait, and entering at the 6th grade was an excellent option for our son, who preferred to graduate elementary school with his friends.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
I have been a proud SOCES parent for 6 years. Of course there are budget issues and we've lost great teachers to district decisions and retirees, same as most schools in the nation. The principal has always addressed any faculty issues and I speak from personal experience. There is impressive number of dedicated staff and faculty at this school and in incredible college office. We have the same parents and faculty volunteering over the years, it would be great for more to become part of the solution, instead of just complaining about the problems.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
I think this school has too many administrators. Communicaton is bleak and parents of children who need help to thrive are looked down on. Everyone knows that growing up is a process for children and not all children mature at the same rate. When kids are exposed since the 4th grade to high school age kids' actions most kids are affected to years to come. It is not a good idea to subject your kid to this environment because administration is not keen on this issue. Also my kid specifically had a changeover of more than one teacher who had to be fired or laid off. Class routine was interrupted. This was not good and again communication from administration to parent was non existent. There is really no excuse for a small campus with many administrators. In addition it got overbearing just listening to the constant budget problem and threat of stopping transportation.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
My two children have been at SOCES for 4 years, both in the honors program. We find it to be an excellent smaller school experience with high academic standards, wonderful teachers and caring administration. Yes the work is plentiful, however not overwhelming for those students who are able and want to walk away and enter prepared for college. While I am interested in hearing individual experiences I would like to share the 2012 US News and World Report for Best High Schools in America. This report has become the Gold Standard for ranking High Schools in America. SOCES comes in ahead and at the top of our surrounding local "best" high schools. I feel fortunate and proud to be a part of the SOCES family! National Rank College Readiness SOCES 581 42.7 Calabasas HS 654 40.1 Oak Park HS 706 39.7 El Camino HS 930 33.3 Agoura HS 1,022 31.5 SOCES beats all these top ranked schools in every category. You can read more at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools Very extensive and comprehensive Ranking system, taking into consideration many factors.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
My children (twins) have been at SOCES since 4th grade and are now graduating from 8th grade. Yes there are cons to the school but in the long run it is a well run campus. Because most students stay at the school for the long haul they are not a number they have a name and are well known by teachers, counselors and administration. There is alot of work and some seems like busy work, but the graduating students go on to some of the best colleges, many at Ivy League schools. The drama and music program teachers are amazing as well as the programs that they put on. SOCES is consistantly a top named school in the country, and I recommend it for those looking for a private school environment without the cost. Students think of it as a family environment especially with siblings attending.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
My kids go to this school. At first, I thought this school is one of the best school here in San Fernando Valley. Just recently, I found out from my daughters that the teachers really don't teach that well. They just give them HWs, so they have something to do. Almost all the teachers are just after their salaries. I spoke to alot of parents and they too was disappointed with the outcome. Some of them were thinking of transferring their kids to El Camino or Cleveland. I for one is also considering to transfer my daughters to Cleveland. I've heard Cleveland is doing much better when it comes to education. I'm afraid if I let my kids stay there until 12th grade, they might struggle when they go to college. A lot of teachers are retiring this year. That's why they don't care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
My twins are in fifth grade. They have been assigned a U.S. state report. Ms. Kravitz has organized the project extremely well and in such a way, that our children are afforded an excellent opportunity to start developing these skills. I do not find the work overwhelming. I am thrilled that they are receiving such an education. These skills would help carry them through their education.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
I am a student at soces. The classes are very crowded. I have been going to that school for 2 years and only 2 teachers have learned my name. All the food they serve is prepackaged and sometimes cold. I take a bus there and its always hard to find a seat sometimes we even have to seat 3 people a seat. Teachers arnt all that great last year my math teacher got fired and we had a sub the rest of the semester. That made it hard for me to do well on the cst. I always tell my parents but they dont believe me because they think its too much of a good school. If i could i would switch schools as soon as possible.

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2012
With the LAUSD budget cuts and staff cuts SOCES has still managed to be a top-notch school for academic work. The office staff is sometimes overwhelmed, but that is through no fault of their own. Blame ridiculous cuts in critical areas the school doesn't control. Staff are friendly and often go out of their way to assist students or run extra-curricular programming. For example, the Speech program has National and State Finalists and is constantly garnering recognition for its work at tournaments. It's coach, Mr. B, has taught our children not only how to articulate themselves with conviction and supporting evidence but also prepated them for success in life and higher academic learning. The College Office is overworked, but does a great job helping students in applying for college and university. The biggest weakness at SOCES is leadership. The new principal means well and seems eager to please, but from what I have witnessed does not garner much support from staff and students and is over-whelmed by her duties. There is a new AP that is "on-the-ball" and seems highly motivated and an excellent communicator.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
My child went to SOCES in 4th grade year 2011/12 and I am pulling her out. The school is large and she feels lost. She said bigger kids call little ones names once in a while and she got pushed a few times. 4th graders have to change classrooms with every period, same as kids do in middle/high school. Academically she did well, good grades, but socially she was very unhappy. Counseling office staff is very nice, big thanks to Kim and Mike! Teachers seem overwhelmed and overworked, large class sizes. Also, if your child goes to an elementary school now, this school's hours are longer by about 5 hours a week more of instruction. It could be a nice school for some, but it's not for everyone, I would say if the school your child goes to is good in general, it's not worth it to move them to SOCES unless you want to see them be pushed hard academically, and feel overwhelmed with the size of the school and grown kids around them.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
All three of our children went to SOCES for elementary school through high school. They all got into top echelon universities--Univ. of Wis., UCBerkley, and UCLA. Each of them is now gainfully employed in their career of choice, and they could not be happier. I credit CES for giving them the academic tools they needed for success, and the bonus was that they each made friends for life at that school. Overall excellent teachers. Admin. staff could be more welcoming. Otherwise, great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
I love the staff. There is a family atmosphere here. The Principal is a terrific woman, but she is new and hitting a wall with trying to implement any change (that will just take some time). There is very little parent participation due to kids coming from everywhere. I have a 5th grader so I can only review the elementary school. As for the "grade level" education, I feel more is needed to improve on the elementary education (here is where some of that change is needed) Too many large projects, not enough basics (reading and vocabulary building, basic science and basic history). I love our math teacher and I feel we are on target with math. But due to the amount of busy work and papers and one ridiculously large and tedious history project, we are falling behind in those other areas. Honors student will do better. The average kids, however, struggle. Parents need to be very involved in helping the kids stay on task. Most teachers do not post their homework or grades and some are not internet/email friendly. Again, where change is needed. I am hoping for the best that the school remains open and active. I do plan to stay with it.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
Over all this is a great school.Principle and administrative - great. Most of the teachers are good. Homework load is ridiculous. My daughter has Mr. Kravits for science and she is doing homework until 8-9pm every night . If you want your child to have a life and still go to this school, Make sure this teacher is not on your list.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
My daughter graduated last year from SOCES, after having been there since 4th grade. Most of the teachers are terrific, although there are a few exceptions. They really care about the students. Because of the small size, there is continuing interaction, even after the students leave a particular teacher's class. To me, one of the best features of this school is the diverse student body. The students come from every possible ethnic, economic, and religious background. I don't know of any other school that has such a diverse group of students.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
Most of the personnel working in the office are RUDE and never entertains calls, not even direct you to the right person. It's automatic that they transfer you to a voicemail and you don't even know where they have transferred you to or if that the person that you would like to speak with. Whether calling the office or going to the going office, it's the same experience you get. I thought initially that it was just a one-time experience but it always the same experience everytime. I hope that they should act more professionally.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
If your child is high achieving, you push your child hard, your child has no disabilities and not different from the norm in any way then your child will be successful at SOCES. My child is very bright (scored advanced on the CST at previous school), but is quirky. At SOCES he was bullied relentlessly (test scores dropped to far below basic on CST in 2 years). The staff did very little to help. I was told during a meeting that my child would probably do well at a different school. So we moved to our local school and now he is earning straight As. SOCES is a high performing school for a reason. Thank the parents and the students. The staffs roll is to weed out anyone not fitting into the SOCES box.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
While the school is good in certain regards, there appears to be a lot of meetings with parents and staff - and nothing gets done. The school buildings, parking lots, and grounds are old and remind you of a house that hasn't been updated in years. The offices and classrooms are shabby, the library is small, the gymnasium is atrocious, and teachers are either incredibly great or fantastically awful. I've contemplated moving my child, but he's so far into his graduation process that it seems unfair to uproot him to another school. And, where would he go? There are no High Schools in the LAUSD that I could send him to that would be any better (probably worse). Recently one of the monster teachers left to another school (thank goodness). However, there are many others that didn't bless us with their exit(s). It is easy to see why the test scores for mathematics are so abysmal. There are some teachers that are great (in that department), while there are others that are so bad, it would be better to teach the kids yourselves (I'm not kidding). I was in the office and counseling office so many times last year, they now recognize me on sight. Sad!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
This is my sons first year at SOCES and he couldn't be happier. Great parents, amazing teachers, and extraordinary kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
My experience at this school was not what i expected but was a good one overall. most of the teachers are good and there are plenty of other redeeming qualities.

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2011
I am a student at this school and i completely hate it.But thats to expect from any student at any high school , except that in my situation it isn't for petty reasons like hating the commute, the fact that i'm being awakened early, or being forced to go to school; Its more that this school is absolutely terrible. It shows every sign of deterioration beggining with its students , continuing with its staff (its horrendous/absurd ensemble), and ending with its stupidly installed policies. On the outside this school does (hide behind) have its medals and its scores, and at times a clean campus. But from my vantage point whats so special about snobbishness, apathy , or a never failing moment to be inattentive to its students.Corrosion. Yes, this school does get by.

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2010
I was a student there at one point. I now own and operate a business that employs a little over 10 employees. I honestly believe this school gets good grades on reports not at all because of the teachers, but because this school gets kids from parents that CARE. If you were to transfer these students to ANY school, they would likely get the same scores. Its not that the teachers are bad, but its the STUDENTS that are pushed more than the normal public school kid. If your kid is already going to a normal public school and is not a "geeky" type, he probably wont enjoy his time here. If your child gets picked on a lot, it may be a better choice than a tough public school, since the students were rather nerdy and definitely not the "in crowd". The tradeoff real world social experience > protection.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2010
It's astonishing that U.S. News and World Report gave this school an award. For what? Overcrowded and rundown classroom? Dead weight teachers ? (Not all, by any means, but there are certainly a few that should find another line of work.) There aren't enough computers. The library is dismal. LAUSD is broke--not to mention the state of California. I think students succeed here in spite of all that, which is simply a reflection on the calibre of student who applies to attend this school. There is supposedly a waiting list of hundreds of students who want to attend SOCES. Amazing, really. This is the best we can do for our children? Lack of funds, overcrowding, and recent changes in administration don't bode well for SOCES. But what are you going to do if you can't afford a private school? Hold your nose and make the best of it, I guess.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
Wow! SOCES was just awarded a "Silver Medal" by U.S. News & World Report (who published the "America's Best High Schools" list)! Congrats to all the teachers, administrators, and students!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
This school is a good school, not a great school. It is extremely large. The classes have too many students, and consequently the level of instruction it less than stellar. To be sure there are great teachers at SOCES but even they are so awash in the insanity of LAUSD's rules, regulations, and testing ( to say nothing of the sheer volume of students) that they simply cannot live up to their potential. There also some extraordinarily bad teachers at SOCES who, thanks to the rules and regulations of the system, continue to teach students. I had hoped for a great deal from SOCES. It has not even remotely lived up to my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
My child had entered a 4th grade this year. I have been so excited, until in January a got a call from the office (doesn't matter which) that he had been misbehaving. Apperantly it was goin gon for some time, the school had not paid attention and didn't consider it would benefit the child to contact the parents. The other problem is the language... And i don't mean english or spanish, I'm talking about vulgarity and profanity. My child came to SOCES from a smaller private school and by the words of his teachers was a sweet little kid. The only thing that has changed is the school, that failed to comunicate timely and address the use of inappropriate language by the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
This school is definitely not for the gifted student. The school community is good as well as the drama, music and P.E. departments. But it falls way below the mark for math, english, history and science. For my child this school has been a waste of time academically. We will be moving for high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
it takes a village to raise a child...that's how i see this school. great teachers, great parents, great admin, great students.

- submitted by a teacher
April 19, 2010
My granddaughter loves her school and since she appears to be getting a great education, I love the school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 19, 2010
SOCES is an amazing school with teachers and students that are highly engaged with a curriculum that is designed, and constantly reviewed, to meet the needs of all children with many levels of academic achievement. The children at SOCES are regarded as human beings, not just a number or by a test score, and are nurtured to be the best they can be. There is help for anyone who needs it, if it's just a matter of tutoring or a more intense need, it will be addressed. In these times of budget cuts, SOCES will still be regarded as a flagship school with administration, teachers, students and parents all working together to keep SOCES as a top school not only in LAUSD but in the country.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Both my kids love their school and we love the education they are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
If you are willing to be an active member of your school, hence being a part of your childs education SOCES will provide all the assistance one needs to be successful in your indevours...

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
They are an asset to our community and we don't have enough of those!

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2010
I love SOCES because there is no pressure to go into a certain school, college or profession. it has awesome academics as well as athletic coaches and teams, and a fantastic drama/visual/preforming arts program.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2010
I'm a big fan of SOCES and am grateful that my daughter is a student there. SOCES offers an academically enriched curriculum, great leadership, hard working teachers, an excellent drama program, and active parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
The Drama department is AWESOME!!! SOCES is a Great School with super, hard-working students! We could really use some upgraded things to make the school even better!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Great Music Program- from elementary through high school. 7 bands, fantastic concerts, excellent teacher, and active supportive parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
I just wanted to tell you how excited my daughters and I are about some of the great teachers they have this year: 1. J. Feinberg for Geometry What an amazing teacher! He is so excited about the students and subject matter and has very clear criteria and means by which the students can achieve success. 2. Barasch for Honors English My daughter states that he is the most awesome teacher. I have read his biography posted on the SOCES site, which is very impressive. He has my daughter excited about English. 3. Mr. Noguchi for Science and Mr. Arlington for US History. Both seem to be exceptional teachers, who love teaching, care about the students and are talented in imparting information. 4. Mr. Johnson My daughter has completed 2 years of flute in just 1 yr. thanks to Mr. Johnson and her love of the flute. Incredible, dedicated teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I came to SOCES in the 9th grade after being at private school for 9 years. It was a great transition to a public school, providing small class sizes and faculty that actually cares for their students. After watching my peers and other students in lower grades, I find that starting children off in the 4th grade provides a good foundation for both students and teachers to get to know each other, allowing a higher success rate in the long run. It is a fabulous school, more like a community and family.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
I loved going to school here. I got a wonderful education that set my foundation for success in college and grad school!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Great teachers, great atmosphere for the kids to learn in..my daughter could not be happier!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great education, safe and family atmosphere. A true culture of learning and family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I am new to CES and have had such a great start already. I am so happy about the decision I have made to send my kids to this amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love this school, because it is a family atmosphere and really takes care of you. I am a graduate of this school, and sometimes wish I could go back. Everyone knows everyone and it just makes it a great learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I love the diversity and the close-knit family atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies is more than a school, we are a community raising children to be thinkers. Smart, creative, caring teachers and staff are what make this school and our children blossom each and every morning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This past June, 2009, I retired as a choral music teacher of 36 years in the LA Unified School District. The last 16 years I taught at SOCES. The entire school community works tirelessly to provide a comprehensive educational experience for a 4-12 span school. It Works! High test scores are not the only indicator of a great school. SOCES provides opportunity and support for students to prepare for life as people of character who will have a positive impact in their world. Sherman Oaks CES is a great school!

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2009
Not only did I attend school there and graduate, I love the school so much I went back to teach there!

- submitted by a teacher
September 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 28, 2009
I'm a teacher with an administrative credential that willing sought out SOCES based on its reputation as a collegial, student centered academic campus designed to prepare children for a university education. The school has not disappointed in this respect. If your child needs special attention you will get it, but not at the expense of other deserving children! If your child is gifted you will receive top notch AP courses in the later HS years. If your child is musically oriented you will not be disappointed. However, if you feel a need for an intensive sports program at the HS level look elsewhere.

- submitted by a teacher
June 25, 2009
this is my 4rth year and and i still have new things that i discovered. some teachers are really good at teaching but others kinda harder i would recomend this school for people who wants to have fun learning stuff.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 20, 2009
I just started attending SOCES this year and love the school. Although it is not as chalenging as the school I just moved her from, I feel much more at home here. The elective choices are amazing and the AP classes are great. One thing that SOCES does that most school's don't do is, they take high school students to Peirce collage (which is just a few blocks away) and let them take their AP classes there, so you get a feel of what collage is really like. The classes you take at Peirce during SOCES school hours count as both high school and collage credits. Overall I love SOCES. I also noticed some comments about teachers. Some comments ore true, but some teachers are truly amazing. You get some terriffic teachers and some blah ones, but most teachers that I have had have been really good!!

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2009
I would highly recommend this school. The counselors, teachers, and administrators are very helpful, especially during high school. However, a good student will succeed anywhere, regardless of whether he or she attends a normal elementary school, middles school, or high school. The only difference between attending any other school and attending SOCES, is that students are provided with greater attention and are given a wide range of support. Overall, my experience in SOCES was great, but I do have to make an emphasis in the high school section. The school itself especially the college counselors have a great interest in getting everyone to college, so big thumps up from me!

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
I LOVE this school! The school has a wide choice of activities and the teachers are excellent! THis school is a magnet school and you have to be accepted to attend to this school. SOCES is ranked as #1 in the LAUSD!

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
I Love This School! I have two boys attending one a senior and the other in 6th grade. This school is like a private school. Safe and caring environment My oldest son well prepared for college applying to 10 top colleges.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
I just graduate from SOCES in June 2008. I was a charter member, meaning I was there the whole 9 years, 4th -12th grade. I must say being with, and growing up with the same group of people was great, I was always comfortable there, and for the most part the whole grade was friends with each other. Most teachers at SOCES are pretty good. There are of course the few that aren't quite up to par, but that comes with any school. I would definitely recommend the school to anyone thinking of sending their kid(s) there.

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2008
I have two kids at Soces. All I can say is that whenever I have any problem with one of them and need to talk to either a teacher, a counselor or someone in the attendance office I am always amazed to see how they get out of their way to be helpful. Not only do they know who my child is but they are concerned, care about them, take the time to listen and come up with creative solutions to help the student . I feel the families and the students are well supported by the staff. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
When my son got into Soces after being in a private school, I was nervous. But two weeks into it he was loving it. The teachers are amazing, the level of curriculum is high, and the individual attention the kids are given is better than being in a private shcool.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2008
SOCES is a great school overall. It has a family oriented atmosphere. Many of the students have been here since the 4th grade and much of the staff has been here for quite some time too. Overall, the education that your child will receive is excellent. Of course, as in all schools not all the teachers are doing as great of a job as they should be doing. That's where parental involvement is particularly important. Much of the success of a child is due to the level of the parent's involvement as well as the child's and teacher's dedication to studies.

- submitted by a teacher
July 28, 2008
SOCES is like winning the lottery or the college of your choice My oldest child started in the 4th grade. 4th grade is very overwhelming but if you can get through grade 4 youve made it all the way. When my youngest got into 4th grade I was so excited but I dreded the 4th grade homework. but she did amazingly well. Now my oldest is a senior and my youngest is in grade 6. Its a wonderful place for siblings especaily when they start to drive and the administrators I gave a 10+. In my opinion you get 5 out of 6 great teachers a year. I would never have my child anywhere else. I love SOCES

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
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June 10, 2008
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May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
This is an excellent school. I have two boys, one graduated from this school and the other still attends. I felt like I won the Lotto when my sons were accepted to this school. The science and AP classes are excellent. The principal is so dedicated and hard working, he practically lives at the school. I feel that my kids are safe at this school and are getting a great education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2008
Good school amongs the LAUSD school district but please dont confuse this with LA CES.. that is the school that is in top 10-0 high schools in US.. SOCES is a good school for the money (its free) however academically after 8 thru 12th it does not come close to other -mainly private schools in area.. Schools in Venura county are much better

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
I was a student at SOCES. There math program was not the greatest. Also, the students all know each other because they have been with each other from 4th to 12th grade.

- submitted by a student
May 20, 2008
Soces is a great school. They should make it funner. Im a seventh grader and ive been here since fourth grade. I think my teachers are great it needs remodling and i think they give us a bit to much work, but overall everything is great!

- submitted by a student
March 20, 2008
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March 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
Physical Education is not as strong as it should be.

- submitted by a student
June 03, 2006
great school, great education

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
A wonderful school. Academic programs are A+. Parent involvement could be better.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
This is the best school in the Valley. The students are well behave, good kids. The parents are caring for the future of the kids. The school is a little conservative, sometime the kids have the ability to excel but the counselor will not allow them to take the advance class. For the gifted kids, it is not a good idea to hold them back, they feel bore easy, they need to feel the challenge in order for them to advance.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2006
fromthe time i spent there, i was amazed. the food was great, the teachers nice and the extracurricular activities are stupendous.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 11, 2006
In the words of my current 10th grader, 'Too much busy work.' Student has to memorize and regurgitate material without making meaningful connection. Not much hands-on education nor academic skills development. Student not encouraged to be inventive, critical thinker. Student rated only 2 out of the 15 teachers student has had during past 16 months as being effective.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I love SOCES and my child does too. Fourth grade is a tough transition but totally worth it. It has a small school feel and all the teachers know all the kids. It is a wonderful place and we are so lucky to be there!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2005
SOCES is an excellent small learning community that stresses academic excellence while addressing the needs of the whole child. Relationships that students make in 4th and 5th grade extend through high school and beyond. Teachers are committed to the success of their students.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2005
Great school, great teacher! SOCES is in its 25th year. Go Knights.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
Not bad. THe size of the campus can be very intimidating for the youngsters. There are some classes that work and some that are just average. Their Philosophy is different than the actual application in some respects.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2005
Very fine learning, but facilities aren't great, and there isn't enough dicipline on bad kids.

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2005
Great school. Academically oriented. The majority of the teachers I've had my kids take classes with are excellent educators (of course, there is always an exception to the rule). I am glad to have my children be part of what makes SOCES the great school it is.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
I have 2 children(boy and girl)who attend SOCES.It is a wonderful, enriching ,and academic school. They both started in 4th grade, it was a bit of an adjustment, but very worth it.SOCES has great teachers, and a terrific staff.We feel like a big family,with about 1700 kids and 9 grades.Lots of Exrta Curricular stuff,(and award winning),like Sports, Cheer, Band, Speech and Debate.Both kids are in honors, and we are not planning to change schools till college.0% drop out rate, and most kids do go to college. We have an active Booster Club and are starting with PTA.96% of our kids are bussed from some where in the valley.Thanks so much to our wonderful teachers and staff, for making SOCEs such a great place to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2005
Good quality of academic programs. Offers many extracurriculars. Parent involvement low.

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November 03, 2004
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August 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2004
My child has been going to this school since she was in the 4th grade she is now ending in the 7th grade. She has told me that she loves this school very much. She is in the middle school choir. I can say they are a marvelous choir. She is very sad to be leaving school next year but I can reccomed this to anyone this school is a great school for kids who want to succeed. A big thanks to Robert Weinberg (principlal), Laura Hale (Assistant Princiapal), and all the adminstrators and teachers there.

- submitted by a parent
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The school provides a safe environment where students feel like they are part of a concerned and caring family. Teachers and parents have high expectations for all students and that equals high performance by most students. Special attention is given to those students who need extra help. There is a college going philosophy seen throughout the school. We have the top API scores in the LAUSD high schools and middle schools.

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