Dixie Canyon allows far too many students to attend who do not live within the Dixie Canyon Elementary district. The last two years our child attended Dixie her classroom was OVERCROWDED with one teacher and no teacher s aide. The Dixie staff needs to conduct an audit at the beginning of the year to confirm CURRENT parent addresses and also limit the amount of vouchers given out. Why did I pay $300k over what we should have for our home because it is in the Dixie district if students who live 10 miles away can attend?
The Dixie Dolphins are riding the wave crest of the fabulous principal who was cultured in her craft first as a teacher, then a fabulous math coach and now a principal. Principal Moche rules with an iron first of equity first, while wearing a glove made of velvet and chamois. What a delight the school is.
Dixie is really coming together again under the fantastic leadership of our new principal, Lea Moche. Finally, strong parents, great teachers, and logical administration have found a working relationship to get things done and watch students blossom!
I have not heard anything good about the new principal and I would not recommend this school. A lot of politics here that prevent true learning from happening.
Dixie Cyn is a fabulous school. The new principal has moved the school forward in ways like never before. She immediately remodeled the office to make it more efficient and is overseeing the elimination or moribund staff. She supports all parents 100% of the time. Way to go Mrs. Mochet!
I never wated to put my daughter in a public school but I heard about Dixie Canyon from another friend. I put my daughter there for the school is a walking distance from my living. after only few months I discovered how blessed i am to be so close to this school. My daughter started reading after only few months in Kinder Garten, She knew a lot of big words, knows how to spell, she knew a lot of maths... I say thank you to Dixie Canyon and Special Thanks to Mr. Chris Masserdjian who played the biggest role in making my daughter a good reader. The school is so strict about the dress codes and the children behaviors.. It feels like your child is in a private school. I do not remember one day my daughter came back with bad words or any bad behavior. I know that they fired a kinder garten student for being bad and I loved that in them
Parents are very active in the school, which makes for a better overall experience.
Dixie is a good school but not a great school. There is a nice new principal now that has a lot of energy but not a lot of principal experience and she has hired a 'helper' administrator to do a lot of the hard work that she is learning to do like LEP testing and payroll. Dixie will return to greatness soon after this break-in period. School is recommended.
Great learning environment, involvement of the parents etc... Go Dolphins !
Interesting to me why only positive reviews are getting posted. Hmmmm. And how about spell-checking? Okay...Dixie has some outstanding teachers, but the campus is filthy, staff is uninviting if not downright rude. The playground is nuts...my daughter is out there with over 200 kids and little to no equipment. Enrichment is good; but as a parent you should know you have to work HARD to keep the school working for your kids. If you don't have a lot of time to devote to being there physically, I would not recommend this school.
One of the best public schools in LAUSD.The two teachers are daughter has had,fiirst grade and now 2ndgrade were and are outstanding and caring.The new principal is lovely and a PROFESSIONAL with a warm welcome to everyone. parents and students.Amazing parent involvement.5 STAR!!!! A Dixie Canyon Mom
The school is in a major renaissance right now. The PTA meetings are standing room only. The new parents have come in and really relieved the veteran parents. We are being lead in a great direction and the kids are happy. API scores are up 24 more points this year. Just Brilliant!
Last year was our first year at Dixie. We didn't have the best experience to start but the principal was instrumental in getting our teacher replaced and the year turned out wonderful. The teacher who we initially had is not a good fit for Dixie and it is a shame that good teachers had to be layed off and this teacher is still there.
My daughter will start second grade this fall. She absolutely loves school and I attribute that to her two wonderful, caring teachers. The LAUSD curriculum is not perfect but nor is it perfect at expensive private schools. I feel confident that she will learn what she needs to in elementary school at Dixie. The PTA does a great job of adding hands-on experiences (gardening for eg). We had a good experience with the principal who had an open door policy and always returned phone calls promptly. In public you do need to make more of an effort as a parent to stay on top of what is going on in the classroom but this doesn't mean volunteering for every fundraiser. Just take the time to get to know your child's teacher and a few other children and their parents and your child's experience will improve dramatically. I recommend Dixie without hesitation.
Dixie Canyon's API went down for the 2008-2009 school year. A few points is nothing but a school should not be regarded by it's a API score. API scores only mean that the teachers are teaching for the test. If your child is lucky enough to have the few good teachers at Dixie there is no reason a child would not do well. One year with a less than desirable teacher and your child suffers. I am a very involved parent and I think people need to listen to the negative post as well as the positive. They are both true. There is something wrong at Dixie but if parents continue to just post and not do something about their concerns, nothing will change.
How can this school have hit an all time low as mentioned below - when the test scores keep getting better! The negative reviews below are not describing the Dixie Canyon that I know. My child has been at Dixie for 4 years and we are very impressed with the teachers and quality of education. Mrs. Dichter was a very hands on principal who actually was rarely in her office - but running around making sure that her school was operating to the high standards she demanded. The parents below must not have been on campus much! One step on campus or one glance at the test scores will show the true Dixie which is one that most parents are proud to be part of.
This school has changed over the past few years, and for the worse. They got the principal Mrs. Dickter that just sat in her office and did not a lot else but count the minutes until she retired. Now she retired, but the damage of years of leadership apathy can not easily be undone, even by the selection of a young and energetic new principal. I pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.
The curriculum at this school is very weak. My daughter's class this past year (third grade) had virtually no writing instruction, yet students were graded in writing. The reading program was weak (the teacher reading aloud from a basal reader, round robin reading, and lots of worksheets, little actual reading done by kids) and the math programs fails completely to teach the underlying concepts. Don't even dream of real science and social students content! Of course, the curriculum is mandated by LAUSD but better schools find ways to compensate and to enrich the curriculum. Dixie does not. As a parent of two Dixie students, a teacher at another school, and a tutor to another Dixie student I can tell you that the education provided here is inadequate. Send your child elsewhere.
When my first child attended Dixie several years ago, we were fairly happy with it. She had a few good teachers, the basics were fairly well covered. We were able to fill in the gaps in her education with outside classes and activities. However, my third child is now attending Dixie and we have become progressively more frustrated as they years, and the frequently changing principals have progressed. For the sake of all of the children who must attend this school, including my own, I can only hope that things will be better with the new principal than they were under Mrs. Dichter when they hit and all-time low!
Dixie Canyon is a fine school if your child is completely 'average'. In many years of working with children, I have learned that most children will learn even in schools that are not particularly wonderful. It is the kids who are not 'typical' who do not do well in unexceptional environments. Middle-of-the road kids will make do. However, if your child is exceptionally bright or struggles, Dixie Canyon is not going to take your child's needs seriously. The PTA ensure that things like art and PE are still offered, but the terrible LAUSD curriculum is still used, of course, and unlike at better schools, little is done by the staff to compensate for this poor mandated curriculum to truly teach the kids well. This is school that does the bare minimum, with the exception of the parent groups who try to provide the extras as much as they can.
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