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K-8
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 1,000
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After care: Yes

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4961 64th Street
San Diego, CA 92115

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(619) 287-1182
(619) 582-1769
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December 17, 2014
The school concept is amazing. My children have learned an amazing amount at this school.. the teachers have an irreplaceable love for the students. The staff..... whole different ball game. If I could have my children finish through 8th grade without EVER stepping foot into the office it would be a blessing. They are rude, dishonest and just very unpleasant. They don't problem solve, talk to parents and students like second class citizens and make it very apparent that they HATE their job or life for that matter. I have seen the longer the office staff is there.. the more the self righteous attitude. Its very unfortunate to have such a great program but the "faces" of the program ruin the experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
I know everyone has their opinions but I've been a room mom for years and I get very involved in the school programs and issues. That said, as a room mom I got to say, yeah the principal is not at all easy to work with, she feels like she does not have to involve parents in anything but that one negative thing should not affect the amazing teachers and programs that this school has. To those parents who can not give a clear answer to what is going on in their students lives at school, become involve! Visit the class, join a club with your student, be there and participate. Get off the he said she said and actually experience things for yourself. I love this school and I am very passionate about it.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
Don't go here! The teachers scare the students, Bathrooms aren't clean, sooo much freedom so they're not strict enough Even parents are suspicious of the teachers because of What their kids say

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2014
This school has recently gotten new leadership and needed it. Arce is perhaps not the best PR administrator, but really is passionate about education. She has turned some parents off, but that was because communicating with them and selling them on her decisions was not her top priority. Her priority is the kids and working to better the quality of their education at our school. She has done an amazing amount in just one year and I look forward to seeing what she will be able to do as long as we are lucky enough to have her.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
The new parking lot, parent pick-up zone and landscaping is another fantastic addition to the infrastructure of an already academically and culturally rich school. This coincides with development that is going on in the SDSU area in general that will make this neighborhood an even more interesting place to live. A previous reviewer mentioned that recent changes here represent a turnaround at a "failing" school. However, the school has been "failing" only in the sense that it hasn't met targets for its subgroups in standardized tests; tests that have finally become discredited and done away with by the State, by the way. The CSTs have always been a poor measure of true learning and won't even be given this year in most grades. Even so, LA's overall API has consistently been above 800, which is the state target, and its subgroups that haven't met the target (and traditionally don't do so statewide) are very close to the target of 800. But to label a school "failing" for this is ridiculous. I have two children at this school and for me, at least, the fact that they have been learning both English and their mother's native language in school is an amazing success.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
The new principal arrived last year and inherited the HUGE burden of turning around a school that has been failing for the past years. She is up to the task! Her management style may not be of the liking of some (angry parents always complaining but offering no solution to help) but she is the leader the school needed so bad to get better. Over the course of one school year, she has put in place a few modifications that are certainly efficient, for the benefit of the kids and the teachers alike. The school looks better, is better and, finally got equipped with books in French for the French program. The task to be accomplished is still huge, but I am pretty confident things are going to get better and better thanks to the leadership of a principal who believes in quality education.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
Don't expect much from the principal, it seems like she is not in the best willingness to help either parents or children. When asked for help, it is hard to get an appointment with her but when one finally can meet, she has a negative response. It is unfortunate to have her as the principal because most of the teachers are awesome!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
I think the concept of learning a second language is great. Communication with th principal and her secretary leave a lot to be desired. She is lax in communicating with students as well as parents. The school does need to upgrade its use of technology. There is a lot of technology available but the teachers do not take advantage of it.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
At first I thought that this was the biggest mistake that I made for my child. The students have to take an assessment test to see if they are ready for school and knowledgeable, apparently some students are overlooked at because you can tell that they are not ready for school or they have special needs. The principal is new and a headache to try to deal with, you never get an appointment with her and she makes the most stupidest decisions, we are hoping she gets her act together soon. I am happy that the old rooms are being upgraded, AC is needed badly during the summer. My child loved coming to this school, this isn't the first school we have attended or looked at but knowing how much the teachers care and try their best is an amazing feeling to have. I recommend the school, take a tour and ask the parents/students questions and you will see that it's a great choice in the end.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
You can't ask for better language results in the first three yrs that they are in this school than somewhere else. The educational program is different from other language schools but this one is a challenging one that in the end your kids will surprise you on how much they can absorb in their little heads.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Only 10 classrooms and the office are original. The library and 8 room middle school opened in 2006 from Prop MM. In 2011, the $1.1 M Joint Use Sports Field was opened and 6 conditioned bungalows were added. The 2013 school year will open with a 14 room elementary building and two additional middle school classrooms, (all with air conditioning) from Prop S. 2014 will bring a new and improved drop-off/pick-up parking lot. My eldest was well prepared for high school. . My only complaint is the restriction of parking on neighborhood streets during school events due to residents with permits only. My children have done well at this school academically. We are looking forward to several more years at this school. I think the K-8 experience is a great one

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2013
We started here in the fall of 2012 and came from a dual-language program at a neighborhood school in another state. My students are in 3rd and K in Spanish. I have been very impressed with the teaching method compared to our old school. It is a natural language acquisition process and my kinder student sings songs in Spanish all the time at home (and we speak only English). The principal is new this year, very experienced, and is focused on a collaborative effort between the administration and the parents. The school facility is old and run-down, but there is a gorgeous, new building (construction now) opening in the fall. All of the parents I've met who are actually involved at school are wonderful and dedicated. We are very happy so far and love our children's teachers. They are experienced and very caring. Cons? No parking, so drop-off and pick-up are a challenge. I expected more more parent involvement with a school of this size. Very limited enrollment, so difficult to get in (lottery). Coming from in or out of state, you must get in to the lottery before February for fall enrollment. Parent sentiment (see other reviews) seem to be based on individual classroom teachers).

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2013
My experience with this school was very disappointing. My daughter started kindergarten this year and became very unhappy within 6 weeks. Thankfully, I was volunteering in the classroom and could see, hear, and feel the negative atmosphere and dangerous situation. While my daughter was asking, not to move to another class, but to switch schools, and I was considering it, she was next on the waiting list at a charter school when a spot opened up. She switched after 2 months. Volunteering at the new school has made even more obvious the stark contrasts between schools. I had thought, maybe this is just how schools around here are--physically depressing, sour in mood, uncaring, but no one should have to put up with that. For the diligent students, including mine, the academics are great. She learned a lot but could have learned more in a positive environment without the distracting kids for whom this is not the right program and who frequently act up without being dealt with effectively by the school. This school has some systemic problems that, hopefully, will be dealth with by the new principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2013
My experience at this school was amazing! As a graduate from Language Academy class of 2011, I wanted to share my thoughts on the school. The school has an amazing environment, from the location to the teachers, students, and entire staff. Your child gets to go to a school, where at the beginning they start off in a class full of little strangers and come out as a family! The school is absolutely unique, as a child going to that school and learning another language is a normal thing but to other kids at other schools its cool, but we don't tend to realize this until were older because its what we're used to. And its also a good school to challenge your child with, because it's going to be hard but they'll learn to manage, and once they hit eighth grade and have to do their exhibition, they'll be nervous but they'll also be very thankful for later on in their high school or college educations. I loved and still love this school and all the staff, and I recommend it to everyone that wants their child to grow up and learn in an amazing environment!

- submitted by a community member
November 02, 2012
Not impressed with this school at all. My daughter started kindergarten this year and we were so excited. Two weeks into the program I saw a things in the classroom that should not be happening. The interim principle was dismissive of me and the other parents. I changed classrooms and another mom just pulled her kid. There is a history of parents raising concerns and they are dismissed and not taken seriously. The school is designed to protect the teachers. If you do decide to go to this school, make sure you can volunteer to know what is going on in your child's classroom. You are the only advocate your child has because the system is not designed to protect the children but to make sure they continue to pull in money. Once again. . . not impressed by this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
This school is still making so much progress and growth! I have a student in middle school and another in elementary. They are both learning so much! Especially the younger one, who has benefitted from the great new leadership since 2008 and more and more stable staff. We can't wait until we get back from winter break and they get to use the brand new joint-use field! It also helps loads that the coaches have begun all-new sports programs after school and there are also many after-school activities to choose from on minimum days. It is amazing to see what hard workers the teachers are and how many of them work together. I'd say about 92% of the teachers there ROCK! Just ask around and you'll know who to avoid.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2011
I have a third grader and seventh grader, both in the French program. I love this school. The french program is excellent--both my children are fluent in the language. I love that the school is K-8 and mimics a private school environment. The teachers and staff are wonderful--especially the principal. I highly recommend sending your children there.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
Teachers and staff are amazing. Very involved parent community. The kids are not ONLY learning to speak in another language but they are learning to do so in a diverse and multicutural environment. That is something that will serve them well in their futures in the "real world". I took my kids to France last year (3rd and 5th grade) and the locals constantly complimented them on their accent as well as their fluency. They were thrilled that their French was far better than their mother's who only learned hers in college. The school is a tight knit community, with students, staff and parents supportive of one another. I have been really happy with my experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
My boy is in the second grade and he's French is tr s magnifique. The reviews posted here are old. We got a solid principal in 2007 and she's been great at caring for our school, students and teachers. Look at the ATI Rating and remember that these kids are learning in a foreign language when they take that test. TAKE A TOUR, decide for yourself. Consider how awful the transition to middle school is, then think about your child going to MS with the same friends and teachers he's known since kindergarten. Enrich your child's future with a language or two!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
Our child is beginning his second year at the Language Academy. The curriculum reflects the second language in meaningful ways and has brought many opportunities for our child to be exposed to another culture. We have been very pleased with the quality of teachers and the attention given to both language acquisition and literacy. This is a great school for self-motivated students who are ready to challenge themselves. We are very pleased that San Diego Unifies offers the option to learn a second language at such a young age. We appreciate the forward thinking parents and educators who established the Language Academy so that our child has this opportunity to gain this skill.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2010
Not impressed! After one year in kindergarten my child (very bright) can hardly identify or read a few Spanish words. I didn't expect miracles, but I anticipated more than this. Communication with teacher has been awful. Nice lady, but I suspect she gravitates toward the primary Spanish speakers in the class. Teacher reported my child did great on test. My child admitted she was lost and the other students helped her with test! Beware of Bus!! The bus has all ages and many are of questionable character and cause trouble. There is no proper supervision - any number of things can happen between there and home. District allows 5 year old to be dropped off ALONE on street if bus is early or you are late!!!!! My child's day (including bus ride is 8 am - 5pm - too long for a kindergartener and too long on bus.)

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2009
I love that my child is learning a different language then what we speak at home. His teacher is phenomenal. My concern is with the way the school is run. The parent pick up is a mess and an acident waiting to happen. I even had an experience where my child, a kindergartener, was waiting for me by himself, by the road, after I called the office staff letting them know of an emergency that didn't allow me to be at school right on time to pick my child up. I was very upset by this! They didn't even know who pick him up or when he was picked up. I never see the principal and don't think she mingles with the children.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
As a Kindergarten parent I am in awe of this amazing program and the teacher commitment to all of the students and their passion to make every student bilingual and bi-cultural in every grade. You only need to step onto the campus of this great school to experience the family atmosphere here. I am proud to be a Language Academy Parent and supporter.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
After much controversy & debate about the significance of Language Immersion, the efficacy of immersion-education producing English language competent students, the quality of education received at the Language Academy itself, among many, many other potentially program-ending battles against the San Diego Unified School District's School Board, I am only more decisively convinced that the not only is the program worthwhile, but the quality of education there is absolutely top notch. And I say that from the experience of having to enroll one of my daughters elsewhere for a while, and having her return to the school, and seeing the huge difference in her standardized test scores from both schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 30, 2008
This school was one of the worst schools that prepare you for high school and some what of college

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2007
Im 19 now and I went to the Language academy when it first opened. I think it is a very great school. It prepared me for life and was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. It over prepared me for college and continues to help me throughout life. I recommand this school to everyone. All my little brothers go there now and it's pretty much the same teachers. In the future my kids may even go there.

- submitted by a former student
September 26, 2007
I love this school my child is now a 4th grader. Teachers are great so are the children and the parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
My son attended kindergarten this year 2006-2007 and I volunteered at the school so I was able to see everything firsthand. The class had 19 students and the teacher was wonderful. She taught the children well and while she is very nice, she did teach them manners and respect. After 4 months of my son attending kindergarten, he came home with some beginning books in French and had actually started reading them to me. Quite impressive! There were 4 performances by the kindergarten class for the parents and 3 fieldtrips offsite. On a side note, the principal left the school and a replacement is being hired. The employees at the school are very nice and I really enjoyed volunteering. The only negative that I can think of is that sometimes events seem a little disorganized but with I believe 800 children at the school nothing can ever be perfect.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
I'm not so sure that many of the parents are aware of the gift the kids at the Language Academy are receiving. They are all learning a second language by highly qualified teachers. All of the teachers have spent a great part of their lives learning a second language. It's too bad that our teachers aren't more highly esteemed. I believe our media and politicians are to blame. Why is there not a category for rating politicians? Why is there not a category for rating the media? Why is there not a category for rating the testing companies?

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2007
This School could excel if it had better leadership. Also the children seem to be out of control and the teachers seem not to care. Fine teachers but poor administration. This school needs a change in leadership.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 09, 2006
They do not inspire kids to be respectful, caring, trustworthiness. They don't embrace students' achievements. Unfortunately this school has a lot to offer and needs a good leader with positive attitude.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
Great mix of kids and great teachers! The Language Academy could be a top school if it had an enlightened leadership. In spite of this shortcoming, the Language Academy is still one of the few decent language immersion schools (Spanish and French) remaining in the District.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
My daughter has been attending this school for 6 years now and she is bilingual in Spanish and English. I am very happy with my child's education and very impressed with the dedication and hard work of the teachers and school staff. You can tell they are all passionate about immersion education and care for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
In a way it is unfair to compare LA to others, my grand child is learning Spanish first. I think maybe later on when she has finish learning both Spanish and English,then bring it on...I know she will do well because in first grade she is reading and understanding English and Spanish. I think the teachers are great...In a scale 1-10 I grade LA a 10.....

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
My daughter is going into the 2nd grade and can already read and write in English and Spanish. She has been exposed to Spanish I only speak English I love the school and the teachers. I couldn't imagine putting her in any other school. There are a lot of after school activities mad science, schoolhouse chess just to name two. She is doing really good in math and has already given an oral report.

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July 11, 2005
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May 19, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 06, 2005
I love this school it has done for my child what I couldn't by teaching her another language.It doesn't offer extra classes (ie.music,drama,or art)so most parents enroll there children in some sort of creative class outside the school.I have found my daughters teachers very helpful and they understand that most of the parents don't speak french so they send homework which is a review of the day so that they can do it on their own.She looks forward to attending school every day if I did it all again I wouldn't hesitate to send her here.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
Great school. The best I've ever been to.

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2005
This school offers diversity and great achievement. Our child has been at LA for four years and loves reading, writing, math, science and PE -- and is fluent in French to boot. Most other families we know there are also very happy with the school. The teachers are very dedicated and caring. With the new principal since 2003-04, the school seems to be making great strides in academic focus and an enthusiastic community atmosphere for both French and Spanish programs. The parents have started a visual arts program giving all students in grades 3-5 (2-5 in 2005-06) good basic theoretical and practical art instruction. A new central library and middle school buildings will be added next year. The school also has a parent-run nonprofit foundation to help write grants and raise funds for computers, books, and extra-budgetary items.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
I am new at this school and my daughter just started Kindergarden and we are very Happy with it at this time!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
My child has been attending Language Academy for 6 years now. Overall, I am very happy with the quality of education received there and most of the teachers there are phenomenal. The current principal is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
Previously this school had great tension between principal and staff and principal and families. A new principal was hired and started in the middle of the 2003/2004 school year. I have seen nothing but excellent communication between families and the principal as well as a higher moral among the teachers. Grea works are in the happening at this time to make this an excelent school. Teachers are cooperating with each other and with families. Last year '03/'04 I was concerned and reluctant to consider my child staying in this school for the upper grades. Now I look forward to it. The language immersion is an invaluable asset, the diverse attendence and diverse staff is a blessing. This school gets my reccommendation.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2004
My son attended French Kindergarden with Madame Bills. Exceptional teacher. It is amazing to see the transition throughout the year. The benefits are enormous considering it is free and the class size is small compared to public class size.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2003
well this school was very good but they need to focus more on the kids at recess more because there are kids getting into fights and the teachers don't even know about them till after it happens. Other than that the school is great and the parents are loving thir kid being there

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2003
My 3 children attended the Language Academy until the 5th and 6th grades, they all continued to excel academically at our neighborhood middle and high schools. We are very happy with the multi-lingual and multi-cultural education our girls received!

- submitted by a parent
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Language Academy
4961 64th Street, San Diego, CA  92115
(619) 287-1182
Last modified Language Academy is a Public school that serves grades K-8
Language Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top