My daughter has been there from 1st grade to 5th and finally graduating in 2010. To this day, she still misses the amazing staff, the caring teachers, the afterschool program, and the overall wonderful community that Park Western provides. Easily one of the best elementary schools I've ever seen. Whenever we pass by Park Western to go to my daughter's new school, Dodson Middle School (she's currently an 8th grader), she always talks about the memories she had at Park Western, all of them positive. She dearly misses the innocent days of her playing handball with her friends afterschool in the hot summer sun. Overall a great school.
My elder one did her 4th snd 5 th grade from here and now my little one is in 1st grade. What I love abour this school is the higher level of academics and the dedication of the teachers.I am so thrilled to have found this school of choice for my kids during there foundation years. Even the after school program is very structured and disciplined.I would recommend this school for kids who are looking for quality education and a creative enviornment to learn.
If there is one thing I can say about Park Western it's that they really make an effort to push along individual students at their own paces. This requires extra effort on everyone's part but it really works. My son started this school in 2nd grade last year. He was not challenged enough at his old school. Now, his reading and math are two grade levels above. I feel the teachers really take the time to assess where the child is academically and then make the opportunities available to them to go to the next level. And, they never give up. The other thing I love is that they teach how to be a good person. My other son just started kindergarden. The amount he has learned in a few short months is amazing. They really know what they are doing at this school.
My daughter is at kindergarten at park western and we feel very lucky to have her in such great school. This is a amazing school with good programs.
Park Western is wonderful. They really focus on my kids educational goals. We love the magnet program.
Parents and students at this school tend to be pretty egotistical. We attended an event at the school and were basically told how their school is better than the one my son goes to by multiple parents. School Pride is good but there such a thing as taking it too far. There are so many great schools in San Pedro!
My daughter has attended PW for 3 years now, and I commute to bring her due to a mid year move. I wouldn't change schools for anything. The teachers are dedicated to our childrens education, and with LACounty educational system having such issues in recent years, I feel that I lucked and made the best fit. The principals have changed also in recent years, and I am not too fond of the new principal, however I know that she means well.
My two kids were in the magnet program and we had to move out of state mid-year. We moved to a school that was also highly rated, but were shocked at how far behind the classes were in the new school. The magnet program at Park Western really advances the kids beyond what is expected of their grade level. I also loved how committed the teachers and the principal were. Great, great school. We miss it!
This is the best school! Wonderful staff, teachers and principal who work very hard with the children at being their best. I couldn't ask for a better place for my son.
I absolutely love this school, my son and daughter love their teachers and friends...It's nice to see a atmosphere of closeness and togetherness within staff and teachers, as well as the parents. We are very fortunate to have great teachers, front office personell and a wonderful principal. The only bad thing people have to say, is that we need more parking but really in the scope of what is really important I will continue to be patient and take that extra walk so that my child continues to be a part of this great school. Park Western Keep Up The Good Work!
Park Western is commimtted to educating the children. There is one goal and that is to eduate every child to the best of their ability. The school is open to parents comments and concerns. The children love the school and the administration.
My daughter went to this school only one year, Grade 1, which was the best year ever. She loved every minute. It's like having a second family. The staff is super friendly and the principal is amazing. We don't have one bad thing to say about this school. Also, the after school program is great. The hardest part about moving away was to leave this school :(
We have a wonderful hard working staff. Our API score is 942. Our principal is very active and runs a great program. She has introduced reading and writing programs at our school that have proven fantastic results. The students have a love for learning.
Outstanding elementary school. The reading, math and science programs are awesome. Teachers really do care. Second grade teacher just sent my daughter a welcome to 2nd grade letter! Fantastic!
This is a grea school, although there are a few issues I have had, but nothing that was able o be worked through. I am a mother of 5 children 3 out of the five have attended park western, my daughter has been attending since pre-school with mrs. Espi, she had mrs. nasr for kindergaten she is one of he best teachers I have ever meet, she encourages her students to be open and and crative, my daughter loves her and when she found out that she wasnt going to be her teacher any more she cried. she is going into the first grade. my son just finished pre-school with mrs.Espi and will also have Mrs. Nasr for kindergarden. my youngest son will be attending pre-school with mrs. Espie. but over all the school is great wih wounderful programs and excellent appreciation for parent helpers.
The rating of 10 is not hype. I don't usually spend time writing reviews but this one deserves my attention as a concerned parent of a daughter who has been attending this school since early 2007. The principal has a grip of this school as evidenced by her standing outside of the school every morning - watching out mainly for the kids' safety. Support for special-needs students is outstanding - a must for my daughter. Will surely miss this school when she leaves for middle school next year. Keep up the genuine interest for our children's educational and social upbringing!
This school is great, the teachers,staff, the principal are very friendly people and the field trips are cool too...even the lunches are to not to good it's still a great school
I'm a military spouse and we live in San Pedro's USAF base housing. This school is a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) gem that I encourage all military children to attend. Take your child's test scores, or examples of reading/math levels if not yet tested, to the principal to see if she has room in her magnet (gifted) classrooms for another student. The school is allowed to directly accept students and bypass the LAUSD 'points' system (which works against military families living in LAUSD for a limited time). Once accepted LAUSD provides bus transportation to/from this school for magnet children. Park Western Place Harbor Magnet participates in the Science Olympiad at Cal-Poly, L.A. County math competitions, and an incredible Columbia Univ. reading/comprehension program. If your child is not gifted, this is still the best elementary school for them to attend (see the magnet/non magnet -combined- test scores on this website).
My daughter graduated elementary school from Park Western Harbor Magnet. I could not be more proud of her, since she graduated with a Presidents award for Outstanding Academic achievements. I have to admit that all would not be possible without the great teachers, and the great academics that are taught in this school. Not only that, but they had a wonderful art, music and extracurricular activities.
My 5th Grade daughter has attended the magnet program at Park Western since First Grade. At first, I was reluctant to have her attend a magnet school, but it turned out that my fears were unnecessary. Overall, we have been very satisfied with this school. Also, the field trips they take are awesome. It turned out to be the best decision we ever made!
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