My son attended this school k-5. I found his teachers and other staff excellent, involved and for the most part wise. The school has an active parent involvement which has its UP-side but there is a downside to this which I feel the principal for the most part navigates through extremely well, lending a fair and firm hold on the school as overly enthusiastic parents push their little ones up the ladder of elementary school stardom with little regard to the integrity of the student body as a whole. Many parents bring in their expertise to the classroom offering a wonderful glimpse into areas that may sparkle the imagination of the students- chefs, bankers, scientist, architects, writers, photographers, drumming circles, jazz bands...The teachers for the most part were fair and thoughtful as well as qualified. The 'family-time' element truly unifies the students and teachers and the librarian is just amazing!
If it were not for the leadership of the teachers and parents this school would not be what it is today - A warm, safe, creative place to learn, grow and discover. The Principal holds this school back from reaching it's full potential, she is it's biggest detriment. She is inaccessible, inconsistent, dishonest and grossly insecure.
Canyon has great, dedicated teachers, strong parent involvement and is small enough that every student can be known and appreciated by the staff. The school lacks a coherent art program, and can only offer PE on an irregular basis. Kindergarten days are short. The other grades also have a short school day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, an odd arrangement. Overall, the small-town feel of the school and the caring staff make Canyon Charter a solid, traditional public school.
All three of my children have attended Canyon Charter Elementary school. It is a truly wonderful place for education and growth. However, the principal is very difficult to work with and appears to have her own agenda all the time.
Canyon is just about everything you would want for your child's elementary school experience. The curriculum is very good but could have a greater focus on science. Just about all of the teachers are extremely good with the exception of a few. They treat the children with respect and encourage free thought. Parent involvement is huge and necessary as is fundraising in order to keep the non LAUSD programs funded. Because of the parent involvement Canyon has a small town feel. It is a very close community. The library is the original one room school house (A historic landmark) and has recently been renovated. There is even a charming librarian who knows every child who visits and what their favorite genre is. The leadership at the Principal level is the only thing lacking. With a new open minded Principal who would work with parents Canyon could soar even higher.
Small and personal. Proactive support staff, dedicated, passionate, inspiring teachers, principal is insecure and suffocating to parents and faculty.
This is a very special school--intimate and nurturing--a great way to begin the years of school to follow. What would make it better? Dynamic leadership with offensive thinking about ideas and how to meet challenges to keep Canyon on the cutting edge. The parents are just part of that responsibility and as such truly lead, but it is not our primary responsibility alone.
This school is a wonderful place to go to elementary school. Most teachers are exciting and committed. The parents are dynamic and involved. The location is special and magical. Not perfect by any means, but offers a high quality academic program with ever growing extra curriculars including arts and music.
An excellent public school with a unique community feel. The kids are happy, engaged, and love their school.
Small classes - tenured teachers who have been with the school for many years. Powerful presence by local parents. Enormous capacity for fundraising. Great school for k - 5.
Small, intimate, positive, personal. Principal has ineffective H.R. management skills which keep the school and teaching staff from achieving their fullest potential. Dedicated parent group, dedicated staff. The teachers (most all of them) are truly, truly masterful and creative. A rare gem in a terrible school system.
Great school if you can get in. Parents are very involved. Small community a chance to get to know everyone.
For a public school you can't go wrong. Excellent teachers, great parent involvement.
Canyon is an excellent choice for a charter school. The parent involvement is outstanding. The student body consists of a broad mix of students of all ethnic and social background reflecting on the diversity of Los Angeles.
This school is excellent and the parental involvement is high. It has a reputation of being a bit Hollywood which it is but everyone seems to care.
We moved our son to this school for the start of 4th grade and were only sorry to have missed the experience of having him educated entirely at Canyon Charter. He is shy and sensitive, not the typically outgoing young boy, but unlike his previous school, he does not fall through the cracks here. He can spend recess in the library if he likes (but now plays outside, having grown so comfortable with the kind, inclusive children there)...but that is only the beginning of the variety of ways they 'make room' for all types of kids. Because the school is so small and the staff so interested in every child, there is a definite family feel. There are numerous extracurricular activities (including orchestra and choir, chess, storytelling, etc.)...and where our son faced some bullying at the old, larger school, here it would be inconceivable. He is, in fact, looked after by the bigger kids. The education has been first rate. The teachers and staff first rate, and the parents and children lovely people. I cannot say enough about the school, from the principal to the crossing guard--every one of them knows my son's name and gives him a hello, drawing him out of shell daily, making sure he feels secure enough to participate in class. He is looking forward to going back to school next week--really!
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