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.
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.
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.
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.
My twins got accepted into the 4th grade, however my 7th grader didnt! We are so excited but yet so torn. Drop would be merely impossible to go from one end of the valley to the other. Feeling very undecided.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A clean, safe environment for learning! Our kids have been there since 4th grade and have done very well there!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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