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.
Attended the magnet orientation yesterday and it sounds great, scores prove that indeed it's a great school. However, I left sort of disappointed in the zero hope that was given by the counselors that my chances of getting in were slim to none. I almost felt as if they were trying to discourage us from applying. It seems like if you don't get in for 4th grade, your chances of getting in after are very slim. Disappointing that I didn't leave cheering and feeling hopeful that my child would have a shot at a great opportunity for her education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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