It is a privilege to teach at such an amazing school. The students and staff show such amazing dedication to learning.
This school has taught my son to become a better person and a better student. He is now in High School and he is still using the helpful techniques that this school has prepared him to do.
This school is filled with an amazing staff who go above and beyond to make sure students get the best academic support!
Los Pen is near and dear to my heart...this school provided my children with a good foundation. Now in Middle & High school, they are successful students thanks to Los Pen!!
The Los Pen Academy is the best program. My son and daughter are both enrolled in this program. It is a great model and should has been applied to the US (K-12) education system.
My daughter attended Kindergarten last year at Los Pen, and the program is exceptional, as is the school and staff. I volunteered in the classroom each week and saw firsthand the strong academic-based program, which emphasizes reading, writing and math skills and helps each child to strive to do their best in every way. The program includes a lot of arts/crafts which often incorporate math/counting, reading/writing skills so that the kids learn that learn in a creative, fun way. The before and after-school program (ESS) has responsible, fun-loving and friendly staff who foster a creative, caring environment for the kids. The co-principals were very well-respected in their success at making this school the 'No Excuses University'. Each class adopted a college for the year and wore their college t-shirts each Friday. This is a 1st-rate elementary school that holds high expectations of each of their students regardless of their socio-economic status.
Los Pen is diligent in dedicating resources to continuously enhance and challenge students' capabilities, both in academics and in social interaction. The Academy program, a unique magnet program known as the 'school within a school' is perhaps the best thing in elementary education. My older son completed the program last year and I have a 4th grader who is currently in the program. I've seen how my sons integrate themselves into the goals of the Academy and truly embrace its purpose (they are serious about this). They not only grew their academic skills (both boys are GATE identified students) but in addition, they also learn the value of community relationships. More importantly, the boys learned responsibility and accountability for their actions. Los Pen's principal is an educator with a vision and a mission to get there. He is relentless in pursuing the best for the students.
Mr. Griffen is the best educator I have come in contact with in many years! My daughter Kaleigh has had the best year ever! Mr. Lopez the 'Guy in Charge' has my daughter telling me every morning that she is going to San Marcos State University! No excuses is working!
'No Excuses University' elemenatary school serving K-5th grades with focus on high educational standards (test scores indicate school at a level 10 - the highest possible), college readiness (goal contract signed and reviewed weekly with kids and parents have goals, too!), and family involvement (volunteerism, PTA, free parenting classes, and community informational meetings with Police Department). 5 days/week school counselor on-site, Title I school, multicultural population, and optional 'academy' program offerred to 3rd-5th grades based on lottery (program offers school for longer hours than traditional with one extra month of school and parents sign contract that kids will not miss any school except for illness).
Los Pen staff is incredibly dedicated to helping kids succeed, no matter what their background or situation. Their 'no excuses' approach is implemented with flexibility and consideration for each child, no small task in an elementary school with such a diverse population.
the upper grade teachers are not just wonderful educators but also wonderful people for the students at this campus.
My son has attended kindergarten through 5th grade at this school. K/1 combo class was great because kinders went home at lunch and class size for 1st grade all afternoon was just 10 kids! Never a 'bad year' at this school. Great depth in talented teachers. I echo the comments of other Academy parents about the superb opportunity for kids ... a private school education without the elitism or the expense. Truly remarkable!
I love the 'Character Counts' program that is intergrated into the school curriculum. This program teaches honesty, integrity, and other moral characteristics that have been intentially ommited from most schools in modern education. The teachers, students, parents, and faculty seem to be more respectful toward each other with the application of this program. My children are pushed academically and expected not only to meet their academic goals, but to exceed them. We are still adjusting to such high standards, since this is our first year at this school. My children love this school, their teachers, and their educations. They thrive on learning and are proud of their accomplishments. So far, I am very impressed.
This school is a disgrace to the Poway Unified School District, I am disappointed in the Prinicipal and the staff for how uninformed they are regarding new or even ongoing programs. They 'pass the buck' quite often. They don't keep parents 'in the know' for what is truly going on in their school, such as information on coach's or other important people who interact with your children. They look good on the surface but that's where it stops.
The Los Pen Academy is the best program for anyone willing to put in the extra effort! The students are always eager to go to school and learn. Because of the extra time spent by the teacher with the students, they are able to do more things than a regular school. This is a great school for learning and we owe it all to the Principal, for his support and the wonderful teachers that are dedicated to their students.
Both of my children have attended this school. This school holds the highest expectations for it's students when it comes to academic performance....and it shows.
Phenomenal academic environment! The Los Pen Academy, the school within a school, brings together students who want to excel and are willing to make a committment to their academics by coming to school an hour earlier each day and staying an hour later each day and coming back to school one month earlier in the summer! This program is for fourth and fifth graders. The teachers create a milieu where learning is expected and excuses are not accepted. The teachers facilitate this process by carrying cell phones around when they are not is school so students are assured to get the help they need on homework each and every day. It is like going to a private school!!!
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