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K-5
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Santa Monica, CA
Students enrolled: 623

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2368 Pearl Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 450-7651
(310) 452-4350
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October 26, 2014
Wow! Way better than I'd even hoped. Dedicated, smart teachers and nice, involved parents. My kid loves going to school!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
The school could improve on the following - Our teacher doesn't respond to emails or calls - we have basic questions that are still unanswered. The curriculum is on par of what my child was working on in pre-school. The kinder yard is under-supervised at lunch & there have been incidents of bullying. The principal dances around issues - ex. offsetting the computer lab that is in total disrepair & unusable with the tablet program, I later learned that the tablets are a pilot program, not well liked by the students or teachers & are there for a v limited time. Safety - there was a school shooting a few blocks away in the 2012 school year & the school grounds are still not secure which is blamed on funding. Engaging in the arts during the school day. They boast a robust arts programs but it is all after school at a considerable cost. The front office staff can be hot/cold. We like having the kindergarten yard separate from the big yard. Both outdoor spaces are large & well maintained.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
My kids go to Grant and I'm very disappointed the level of education it very low. The entire school is about collecting money, donation and projects which is fine but the problem is they forget how to apply to the education for our kids. The whole team members is all about Drama. The only good thing about the school is clean and nice location. EDUCATION WAY TOO POOR !!!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
This could be a phenomenal school. Unfortunately the past 19 years have been marred by two principals with egos to uphold. The latest principal is great at talking around issues, about how her personal life kind of relates to the issue, but never hits the issue head on. It's pretty clear that she has teachers to appease and the parents are not allowed to have valid concerns. She has implemented the most ridiculous changes to an otherwise easy flowing system and won't listen to parents when they complain about the chaos and havoc that these changes have created. Fortunately my child has the most amazing teacher and she will be out of Grant after this year. It's a good thing that the parental involvement is extremely high otherwise nothing would ever get off the ground. You need to learn to speak up and speak loudly if you have issues at this school. When that fails, and it most likely will, don't give up. Call the district and let them know what is going on.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Grant Elementary Our kids love the school, the kids and the teachers and so do we! It seems from our exerience that they have a great group of kids. They also have fun events. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2013
I think this is a great school. I grew up in Santa Monica, but attended private school K-12. I had no real idea what to expect from Grant, but our experience was very positive. My daughter finished Kindergarten with Mrs. Thomas and we loved her. She was tough, but fair and super dedicated. Our daughter is reading full on chapter books by herself now, and loves school (and homework!). We had a hiccup in the beginning with an enrichment teacher and getting in touch with the principal to resolve it, but it was taken care of within a week and we had no lingering issues. The PTA is very active in fundraising and the like, but it's hard to attend if you work because a lot of the planning committee meetings are weekdays at like 9 or 10am.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2013
We have had an aweful kindergarten year here. There are a number of old teachers who really are just plodding along teaching the same way they did 20 years ago and refusing to adapt to anything new. I have heard through other parents that there are some great involved teachers who enthuse their students but this certainly was not our experience. Principal is almost impossible to get an appointment with when a concern does arise. We are dreading next year and hope that we get a better teacher. Parents really do work hard to support but it does feel like there is constantly a hand out asking for money.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
This is an excellent school. We moved to the area at the beginning of the year and have two boys there, now in 4th and 1st grades. Diverse student body, in terms of ethnicity, income, and family structure; very active and social parent community (but not in an overbearing way); teachers who don't just dial it in, but pay attention and challenge the kids that need it while supporting the kids who are struggling. The principal is newish (was vice-principal last year), but seems to be doing a good job. She is visibly engaged around the school on a daily basis, open to suggestions, seems to have a good relationship with teachers and pupils alike. Some teachers are better than others, but you get that in any school. Even the not-so-great ones (one of my sons has one this year) are still fine. Good sports, music and arts programs (rescued through the fund-raising efforts of parents). There is a strong emphasis on academic standards, but an even stronger emphasis on developing the whole child, which I think is great. The kids there are confident but respectful. The best sign? I never hear "I don't want to go to school" in the mornings anymore. Go Grant Geckos!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
Excellent school!!! My daughters Zoe and Zareya Fletcher love it. The teachers are very dedicated to making sure the kids learn and excel at their best. Thumbs up the the staff especially Principal Mr. Friedenberg, Vice Principal Ms.Compton, and fourth grade teachers Ms. Ripley, and Ms.Ware. A lot of good field trips during the school year to keep the kids learning and involved. Always constant communication between the teachers and parents. My daughters are looking forward to returning to Grant for the 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
Grant is the best-kept secret in Santa Monica, Great teachers, great principal, nice kids. My son with school issues has thrived here, with no additional help, when no private school could or was willing to meet his needs. He is flourishing and happy. We feel so lucky!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
My son loves it here! No wonder, the campus is beautiful, the teachers are kind and the other children and their families are just wonderful. My son felt safe from the first day and he has so much fun, it is hard to get him off campus after school. But the best about Grant is the neighborhood aspect. All the families know each other from the local parks and many walk together to and from school. Everybody loves to help out, no matter if it is in the class room or with organizing play dates after school. The atmosphere in and around the school is warm and friendly. The education is great too. My son is learning so much in one day, it's hard to believe at times. We also adore the principle, Mr. Friedenberg, he is warm, kind, loves children and is a great leader.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
excellent parent involvement, music and arts despite economy, teachers really care about the student learning process, great community.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
We only had the chance to do preschool here before we moved out of state. But I always felt like the principal and teachers were awesome. Parents are very involved. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
The Principal makes this school so special. I have never experienced a community that truly takes its lead from the Principal quite like this one does. Mr. Friedenberg is someone who clearly loves what he does. He combines the perfect amount of humor with a serious advocate position for the children and their learning. I have a middle-schooler who was well prepared for his transition and was encouraged to be a student at Grant. I also have a 3rd grader who loves her school and is achieving like crazy. I also love that the community is diverse. It isn't full of a bunch of rich kids. My kids are being well prepared for what the world really looks like out there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Grant is more than a school- it's a community.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
It's true there is a lot of parent involvement and if you don't get along with a parent from one of these 'cliques' your son/daughter will be ostracized. Feels like high school all over again. Teacher's are great and this is why we stay here.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
My kids couldn't be happier. It's a school that really cares about the success of each student, and they are supportive to the students families and their community as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It has a remarkable faculty who are suppoprtive,creative and scholastically excellent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
great principal; excellent, caring and stimulating teachers;involved parents; a real community school.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
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August 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2008
As a parent of a kindergartner finishing our first year at Grant, I have been impressed at almost every turn. Great school. Great kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
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May 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2007
We are proud to be Geckos. The building is quite old, but something about it is very special and positive, the light, maybe? the yard is huge and the children have lots of room to be free and play during recess. The teachers are excellent, and it shows on my children who absolutely love learning and have great progress in short amounts of time. Most of the teachers are very focused on litteracy and creative writting, and most of the children come out prepared and ready for middle school. My children never-ever- ask not to go to sschool or complain about their life at Grant. The parents are very involved, and volunteering during school hours or after ios strongly recommended, and in my opinion, such a privilege to make a difference in your kids education. I only have great things to say about it.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
I am sad to leave Grant because it is by far the best elementary school: parent participation, fundraiser, great caring parents who run the PTA & Booster Club which give back to Grant 100%. The teachers are top of the line, the office staff & nurse are kind and helpful. The principal is superb and runs the school with his magic wand. Things happen for the kids at this school and this is what counts at the end of the day. Great music program, after school activities and the carnivals/fiesta are so much fun. This school encourages family activities and fun. The communication between parents and teachers are wonderful. The smart boards and COW (computers on wheels) were a great addition. I can go on forever with praise. I am proud my kids were Geckos. Ms. Hoffman, Ms. Takashima, Ms. Smith & Ms. Croft are among our personal favorites.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
As a mother of a kindergartner, I can only say that I am thrilled with Grant. I researched schools and realized that we belonged to a bad school... The vice principal was very encouraging and supportive to go to the district office to push the issue to get him through the choice program. He got in! The principal is great, very visible and the kids love him. Our teacher Ms Chamel is very sweet with the kids and encourage parent involvement in the classroom. The class has fun with music, sport, art, ceramic, and dance. At the lunch break there are extra parents on the playground and a guy supervising soccer, a safe and fun environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2006
Grant is an excellent school! The amount of parental involvment and care is like no other school! The teachers are among the best, they care about your student and you. The office staff very nice and helpful. The PTA is constantly upgrading the school. Diversity is truly seen here, people from all backgrounds and races uniting for their kids. Great afterschool programs. I am a parent of two and I am on the PTA, we love this school. You would truly be luck to have your child go to Grant!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
It is the level of parental involvement that really makes Grant a great school. There are lots of fabulous activities for the kids, and many exciting projects during the year. But the fundraising is consant and can get obnoxious.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
Our son was in preschool at Grant in 2004-2005. He enjoyed it, and we found the facilities to be very good. The class was a lot of fun for the kids, although I wouldn't have minded seeing a little more structured time, and more reading of books would be welcome. However, both of those were present, and the teacher was very warm, welcoming, and good with the kids. I'd recommend Grant Preschool to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
Overall, Grant Elementary is a great school and with caring teachers and an almost overwhelming variety of extra-curricular activities, although most after-school classes have a substantial fee to attend. My only concern is inadequate supervision on the big playground where different grade levels interact. There are some bullying issues of older students picking on Kindergarten or 1st graders, which the Principal refuses to address, citing a lack of funding for yard supervisors (currently they only have 2 people for 200 students, plus the occassional parent volunteer). The parents of the community are very involved and giving of their time and money, participating in fundraisers which is how Grant is able to provide a well-rounded curriculum despite the Governor's dismal budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
Grant is a better overall when compared to other public schools. There is a music program , extracurricular activities and so on. The quality of the academic programs is good overall. However, they do not provide sufficient assistance to children who need additional help.

- submitted by a administrator
January 31, 2006
Grant Elementary is a school with a well rounded academic program and very competent teachers. Extracurricular activities could be of higher quantity, but teachers make up for it in quality. The level of parent involvement is similar to other public schools, in the sense that some parents are more engaged than others.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
This school is a great example of what the real world consists of. Huge parental involvement. Very nuturing and challeging. I love the after school enrichment programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
July 26, 2005
Great school. Very well kept. Dedicated teachers & staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
The teachers are excellent and the education is well-rounded.

- submitted by a former student
January 18, 2005
Great academic programs, wonderfull extracurricular programs, high volume parent involvment.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2004
Grant is great. The principal seems smart, and experienced and has a good sense of humor. He also sees the pitfalls of the current testing craze and tries to work with the system (and around it) in constructive ways. The teachers seem quite devoted and the parent body is pretty involved. The campus is quaint (circa 1940) although, like most public schools these days, it could use some work. The children do seem to enjoy being there and the education is quite decent. In general Grant offers a really nice and diverse mix of students, parents, teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
School provides minimal GATE experiences, but principal and faculty strive for maximum student and parent involvement. Excellent first grade teachers (Sanders especially, but all excel) as well as some outstanding upper grade 4th 5th teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
This is one if the best schools in Santa Monica but there are several flaws. There is no parking at or around the school since its in a permit only area. If you park in the lot that the office staff parks in they will scream and have a hissy fit about it. The school seems to play favorites to those who donate money. One of the nurse's there is very rude and uncomfortable so beware . The teachers are really nice and only a few rank poorly. They have fixed this school up and have great enrichment classes afterschool. The office staff is nice and very helpful. The school is clean and they offer a nice salad bar for lunchtime. They have carnivals and family events which is great. You wont get much cultural diversity there but the families are very warm and respectful to each other. Grant's Grade:B-

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2003
we love grant school...my kids loved this school. i loved it! i only wish to say hello to mrs. adams 3rd grade teacher!

- submitted by a parent
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Grant Elementary School
2368 Pearl Street, Santa Monica, CA  90405
(310) 450-7651
Last modified Grant Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Grant Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top