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Sherman Oaks, CA
Students enrolled: 891

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14755 Greenleaf Street
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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(818) 784-8283
(818) 981-8258
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October 28, 2014
This school is amazing! Great teachers who care passionately about their students have made a beautiful impact in my children's educational experience here.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2014
As a parent, i fully agree with the PE program at SOECS! Is it tough? yes! Do the kids moan and groan about it sometimes? Yes but these devoted teachers, especially Mr. Cook, are getting them ready for middle school PE which is not very easy and requires even more. How can we honestly sit and complain that our children are being worked? Do you complain that your children are learning too much as well???

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2014
The person speaking about the "P.E. Boot Camp" was commenting on a program I began, with the support of all the upper grade staff, at the school 3 years ago. My name is David Cook and I am a teacher at this school. As the anonymous person suggests, I too encourage you to come out and watch the students and our upper grade program. It is amazing to see their growth and development over the course of the year. I believe this person is mistaken in their assessment of the motivations, teaching methodology or value of our program. Yes, there was originally an exercise called the "Circle of Pain." That's what it was called when I learned it. I was told 1 parent came and complained about the name and could it be changed? I changed it officially to "The circle of happy, happy, joy, joy, we all love each other." This one exercise routine is very popular and frequently requested by the students. Regardless of the name, the concept remains the same. Through a shared experience requiring individual effort toward a common goal, a group comes together and feels good about themselves both as individuals and as part of something bigger. I am always willing to address any concerns.

- submitted by a teacher
May 21, 2014
There seems to be a lot of turmoil going on at the school involving the principal and her leadership. Let's hope some changes are made for the better of the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
My child has been coming here since kinder. As far as education I would of gave this school 5 stars however the overall experience here does not equal that. First of all if you want to send your 5th grader to a P.E. boot camp you found the right place. I'm surprised no one has commented on this so far. I guess its because they are not aware. Hang out for a few extra min after you drop your child off in the morning. You would of had quite a show today. The kids are being yelled at like in boot camp. Can you believe this instruction was actually called "circle of pain" last year? So many parents complained they had to change the name to "happy happy joy joy" but the kids still remember it as circle of pain. I know a few families that pulled their kids out because of this. As far as favoritism I would have to agree with the past comments. I have felt like this for years. Sopa board definitely gets priority with what teachers they want. I do think that is changing with the new Principal now. As far as the complaints about the principal I personally haven't had any issues but I don't know about everyone else. I did leave her a concern once and never received a return phone call.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
This school is good over all. Quite a lot of parent involvement and the teachers are great, and really seem to care. They offer music and other programs that have been cut in other schools. They also offer after school classes like guitar, drums, karate, cooking, and other subjects.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
Unfortunately we had to pull our boys out due to unorganized teachers and lack of leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
We are very happy with this school. The teachers are great and the parent involvement is terrific. Both of our children (K and 2nd grades) are very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
I recommend Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School because, in addition to it's creative instruction to meet and surpass state standards for all demographics (including the state adoption of the common core, which will begin instruction this year - one year before it's full implementation), it gives back to those kids who have lost a part of their culture and expands the knowledge of other children by acquiring a new language over the course of eight years - TK-6th grade. I see strength, collaboration, and care in the teachers who perform their daily activities in developing the young minds that attend the school. To clarify my point made above about giving children back a part of the culture they lost: for those of Latin/Hispanic descent who lost their language two (span of siblings 15-20 years apart) or three generations down the line, this type of school offers the next set of generations to learn what was lost to them. Coming from a third generation where my parent did not speak Spanish, it is a great sense of regained pride. Not just Latin/American culture is celebrated; other cultures are celebrated and taught throughout the year to inspire diversity and acceptance.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
My daughter will be a 5th grader and my son in 2nd grade next year. I am a teacher, so understand how a school runs. The only reason we are staying at SOEC is that my daughter has been there for five years and has a great group of friends. Once she graduates, we are pulling my son out. While the instruction at Sherman Oaks has never been strong (my daughter has had only 2 solid teachers), the favoritism towards SOPA and industry parents (they are always in the best teachers' classes; however, several of the best teachers are sub par at best), the new principal's inability to communicate with parents, the general lack of discipline from the parents, the sense of entitlement from the community, add up to a poorly performing school. When you look at the similar schools rank on the CDE website, Sherman Oaks is a 3 (out of 10) when compared to schools with a similar demographic. As a teacher, this tells me that most of the teachers at the school do not challenge students on a daily basis, that students learn very little from year to year. As a parent this tells me that SOEC is not the school for most kids. I look forward to moving to a real charter school (independent).

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
I have been a happy parent for some time at Sherman Oaks Elementary even a member of SOPA. My child goes into 5th grade next year. I have volunteered at book fairs, stop, drop, and roll, given money to the school. This year though I have seen parents bully one another, teachers bully parents and unfortunately we in SOPA have had to take administrative things in our own hands, because our administrators, have let us down. I am sad to say this, but I do believe SOPA we need to revisit this, because I am not sure if that is working and we do need a principal and a staff that doesn't support this type of bullying behavior. The most recent post does still promote that behavior as well and unfortunately that person is also probably in SOPA. It has to start with us, obviously the mom who had a spelling error or errors as you say, was upset. The fact is we are all fighting for our kids here, something I think we can all agree on.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Its coming to the end of another school year and yes this year has been challenging with many changes, its a very big school to manage, the kids in the school not all but most have very little respect. The new principle is going to make some great changes which I am excited about and at least next year SOPA wont be able to pick and choose their teachers for their own kids as the old principle used to favor them, Im hoping this year the system will be fairer for all, especially us working parents who donate alot of money but have very little time to be actively involved but do what we can to make this a good environment for our children, thats for all our children, not just our own. I do agree to a certain degree of the review posted below that the SOPA are way more involved than they should be, they do great things for our school, but their should be a fine line between the admin and the SOPA, This school is clicky only if you let yourself get involved too much, just keep your head down remember you are their for your child's education not for all this high school drama, as thats what it seems like sometimes.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2013
We are very happy with the new principal and the direction the school is headed. As a room parent, it seems like the parents are partly responsible for making situations worse by blaming others than helping with coming up with solutions, especially when they don't get what they want.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2012
Awful school!!!! Parents DO NOT send your children here! It is overcrowded, the teachers are stressed out, and there is not enough adult supervision. I don't care if this now a charter school, it does not change the fact that this is one of the worst schools in the area! If you can afford it send your kids to private school.....that's what we did and our daughter is so much happier now. SOEC is full of bullies without consequences!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
My child started 2nd grade here this year. Her teacher so far has been responsive and she seems to be doing fine. However, the few interactions I have had with the principal have been a nightmare. She does not have the experience to be leading this school. She does not respond to children well at all and seems clueless on how to deal with them. In my personal conversations with her she has been flustered, hostile, and incompetent. I truly hope they find a new leader for this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
We understand that all LAUSD schools are crowded, and that funds are limited, etc. We were hopeful, that as a new Charter - this school was going to makeup for it with Parent involvement and dedicated teachers. We could not be more wrong. It saddens us greatly to encourage you to find another option for your child. Especially, or at least for Kinder. These are the formative years and this is not the environment you want your child to be forming anything in. Let me assure you, that we are not helicopter Parents, and that we thought long and hard about posting anything about SOEC. We do not want to be those people. But we can only hope that other Parents would do the same to protect our children. Our Kinder child has not only been grievously ignored, but actually neglected and was even injured with a swollen and bloodied knee without us being informed and without our child recieving help ( after telling teacher several times they were hurt ). We are not talking about an unwarrented amount of attention. Perhaps clean up the blood? An ice pack? A band aid?? THIS IS ONLY ONE EXAMPLE OF MANY. Above all else, at SOEC your child will be taught that they do not matter.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
I was very impressed by the way Principal Harr handled a very sensitive, student specific issue in the past. She didn't throw her hands up refusing to stand up for what is right as some unfortunately would, instead she courageously took the lead and set new precedents for her school. Every school can benefit from having this type of a Principal leading their school to a higher standard. Kudos, Mrs. Harr!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
SOEC is a very good school! I was raised by a dedicated first grade teacher and I have high standards. My son is in second grade and has thrived academically and socially each year. We have been blessed with gifted and nurturing teachers who have my child, and many others, working above grade level. Most importantly, my son has made nice friends and loves school. His teachers have really fostered a love of learning. But it is more than just the academic standards - all students enjoy an amazing music teacher, an incredible art program, science lab and science teacher, a computer lab and computer teacher, and there is an orchestra, a theater program, and sports teams that keep winning district tittles. I have enjoyed a great level of communication with his teachers, all of whom have gone way above the call of duty and really love teaching children. It is a big elementary school that feels much smaller once you get involved and it is full of caring passionate parents and teachers. With the support of the parent organization budget cuts do not interfere with a quality well rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2012
We LOVE SOEC. The parent involvement is amazing. And the teachers are caring and generous with their time. All LAUSD classes and schools are crowded but the teachers here do an amazing job of working with the students and parent volunteers are encouraged. The charter says the school needs to have a certain number of students and that is what the school has. LAUSD sets the norm for how many students are supposed to be in each grade - not the school itself so if you want to blame someone for the "overcrowded" class size, blame LAUSD not SOEC. It is not overcrowded, it is exactly at the number it is supposed to have so the posters speaking on the overcrowded nature of the school should gather more information before posting inaccuracies.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
This school needs a lot of work. Teachers try their best. There is over 34 kids appx. in one class. Most of the kids dont belong at this school. The school needs to verify address more carefully most of the children are not suppose to attend this school.That is probably why its so crowded. There is no shade on playground. Not enough supervision. Bullying has to be addressed better. They don't move the bully at all. It doesn't matter if they are in the same class. I'm not the only person that has experienced this they are many. I am writing this so the school district can make changes. What is the use of living in an up scale neighbor hood if any one can attend this school? Principal needs a lot of training.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2011
We have been at Sherman Oaks Elementary for 3 years and have had a great experience so far! I am really happy with the teachers we have had and the SOPA program.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
I am a happy parent here. My son loves his school. My daughter can not wait for another few months to be in this school for her Kinderhood. I think this school really offer a lot extra compare to other public school. We got wonderful PTA, teachers, principle, and also very informative website. I checked other school website is simply just not that updated. We are truly lucky to be part of SOES.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
Great school ! wonderful mix of kids. great diversity. great principal. fun, happy and safe .

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
After hearing such great things about SOES, I ve been nothing but disappointed with our experience this year. I've witnessed a major lack of support for the students. I ve witnessed teachers yelling at students, class aids/ helpers/ volunteers shouting & speaking to children with a complete lack of respect down to the yard aids screaming across the playground like they are the ruler of the yard--relishing in their power over the children. They have no idea how to support the children and assist them in figuring out what this new environment is about and how they might be able to tackle it. They question why the children don't "respect" the rules or the authority --I haven't seen much respect shown to the children. No warm caring ears to listen just a lot of shouting. Of course this isn t representative of all SOES teachers--I have observed on occasion a couple of teachers who stand out and actually seem to enjoy children. For now, I am trying to figure out how our family can make it through this year positively. I am hoping there will an alternative schooling situation for us in the near and we won't be stuck here for the duration of elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
Wonderful caring teachers, great parents association, they make us want to get involved and create lots of opportunities for the parents to participate in every area.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
Spanish is the primary language of approximately 330 million people around the world. It is a second language for nearly 50 million people. In a world that is rapidly growing smaller, thanks to technology and a global economy, the value of being able to communicate in Spanish should not be underestimated. Further, access to a rich world of art, literature, history and music becomes available through one's knowledge of Spanish. Children receiving an early bilingual education at Sherman Oaks Elementry have a unique advantage. In addition to the developmental and educational benefits of learning Spanish early on, they are better prepared to thrive in and appreciate a multi-cultural environment at any age.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
Our school is the Best!! We have wonderful teachers who really care about our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
Its a great school, teachers are fun and their is 100% parent involvement

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
I am a grandmother of 2 grandgirls going to SOES & they call me to share the time at school with me all good

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
It takes good care of my special needs child!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
a very parent loving, dedicated teacher environment that provides high learning expectations, a visual arts class, and enrichment

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
My niece and nephew go to this school. They speak highly of their teachers, friends , and experiences.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 11, 2010
The teachers are great, children learn a lot . My son loves going to school.Great Parent involment at Sherman oaks elementry!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Sherman Oaks is a great school with tremendous parent support and a knowledgeable and hard-working staff. Best of all, we have articulate, enthusiastic students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Great parent support at this school. Great teachers, too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
When a child is happy with their school and loves to attend, this is a dream. My very dear friends child loves school and Sherman Oaks Elementary School is her school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
We have an amazing administration who cares deeply for our kids. The parents are committed to being there for the kids and the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
I went to Sherman Oaks Elementary over 30 years ago so it is very close to my heart both my kids have gone there and the parents association and teachers are amazing. We have such dedicated families working together to make our children s lives richer and the world is a better place for it!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Sherman Oaks Elementary has provided both of my children with a fabulous education, wonderful teachers and involved parents in a great and safe community.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
We love the parent's association and the school 800+ students is impeccably run by the schools principal

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Sherman Oaks has an enthusiastic staff that engages both the students and the parents. The children are happy and eager to be there and demonstrate good life skills which are a tribute not only to the good parenting, but also the good teachers and administrators that promote the stability and consistently fair discipline that children require.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 06, 2010
i like the school because they have good way to teaching children's and i feel my son have a second house.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Amazing dedication to educating the whole child -- academics, the arts, physical education, and after school opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
There is a rich volunteer environment in which parents have a myriad of opportunities to participate in their child(ren)'s education. Solid teachers and a caring adminstration make SOES the class (!) of LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
We have a terrific principal who cares about the students and will be their advocate. The teachers are wonderful and truly care about their students. Very involved parents. It's a wonderful school and I'm proud that my children go there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
This is a school where teachers, parents and administrators all go the extra mile...donating extra time, extra materials, extra money...to make Sherman Oaks Elementary the best it can be. And the thing that keeps us going is that no one ever loses sight of why we're doing it: we LOVE our kids! When everyone frames it in that light (and we do), nothing but the best will do!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
Great teachers, clean campus and caring principle. Also amazing parents association that is very hands-on!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
The teachers are great as well as the principal and the staff. The parents are very involved. Many extra curricular activities are offered due to the parent association efforts. WE love it, love it, love it!!! Our children have been attending here for 10 years! and counting for more.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
Great school, amazing teachers and great parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Sherman Oaks Elementary has a great combination of teachers, administrators and parents that care!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
The best that happended to both my children the staff and faculty are the best out there....LOVE Sherman Oaks

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
With so many fun events throughout the year and an active parent association, there's almost a small town feel to the community within the school. The teachers, administration and parents make SOES a stand-out school that I'm proud to send my children to!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
The teachers are amazing and so is sopa!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Great School. Great teachers. Great families! Our son loves it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Great school! Great kids, teachers, staff and very involved parents! My son has had a great kinder year at Sherman Oaks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
I am a parent of a 5th grader, and in spite of the allure of surrounding schools who offer 4th-12th grade, our family decided to stay at SOES because we love the combination of experienced, devoted teachers, the positive and helpful attitude of the parent association and administration, and the opportunities for non-academic interests during and after school. Students' attitudes reflect those of their teachers and parents, and we feel that SOES fosters positive, caring attitudes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Our daughter has been at Sherman Oaks Elementary school for 5 years. Thanks to the school's caring staff, proactive parent association, and involved parents, she has been afforded the opportunity to learn above what the curriculum mandates, and to enjoy the process. Just a few examples: Hands-on science classes for all Kindergarten students, provided twice a week. Art Explorers, weekly classes where 1st-5th graders learn about different artists, then practice creating a work of art using that artist's style. Computer lab. Music lessons. Physical Education. Field Trips. Afterschool enrichment, with classes as diverse as Martial Arts to Musical Theater, Painting to TV News. Math & Science Night. PJ & Books, featuring milk, cookies and books read to the students by their authors. A wonderful Halloween Carnival that our whole community participates in. Biography Breakfast, where students make a presentation about a historical figure while dressed as that person. I feel lucky to be part of this school and recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
I have had a child at this wonderful school for the past 9 years. The teachers, the education, the programs, and the community have nurtured them and prepared them for each new step they take. My third child will graduate next year and I know we will carry the memories and feelings of love and gratitude with us forever.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Excellent teachers, parents and student!!! We work as a village.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
The teachers, my kids are learning and have many friends. They want to be there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
They care about our kids and advancing their education

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Excellent teachers who care, supportive parents who care, and a wonderful community of children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
I love this school and the parent involvement!!! Really fantastic teachers and principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
The people @ the school care for our children. They have great after school programs and classes The principal is awesome too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
very family oriented. warm feeling right from day one!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
The most wonderful teachers and great parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
This school has the most amazing teachers. They truly care about the the well being and the education of all of our children. We could not do it without the parents participation as well

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
I had two children attend all six grades (K-5) at Sherman Oaks Elementary. This was not our home school and we were lucky to get in on open enrollment. The teachers are very caring for their students in helping them to succeed. Parent Association is the BEST and if not for them raising funds this school would not have many programs that other schools do without, such as Art, Music and a full-time Nurse! Teachers at their current school mention how well prepared SOES students are for the middle school experience, both socially and academically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
My grandson is thriving and learning and has a desire to learn more. He relates to me with enthusiasm what happens during his day at school and always tells about how much he enjoys going to school. I am a speech therapist and work with children of all ages who go to other public and private schools and personally believe that his education is better than what a lot of others are getting for much more oney

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 05, 2010
Great teachers and principal who care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
amazing teachers and a community that cares for each other

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Sherman Oaks Elementary is the best public school in the area!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
I love the community and the teachers they really care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Fantastic School- amazing teachers- involved and super productive parents association- the best elementary school experience my son could have had!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
I love Sherman Oaks Elementary because it allows children, teacher, the community and the district all to work together to create success!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
I am a former parent - my kids attended K - 5 and are now in 8th and 10th grade. Caring and dedicated teachers, involved parents, clean campus in a wonderful public school environment filled with all types of kids. Support your local public school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Mrs. Harr is an excellent principal!! She runs the school quite well and knows every student by name. She solves problems quickly and thoughtfully. Being that there are so many lemon principals, Mrs. Harr is one of the best I have ever seen!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Exceptional and caring teachers, wonderful administrative staff and strong parent support

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
I've had a pretty odd year for the 2009/2010 year... And mrs harr has made every resource available to my family and i. She takes time to evaluate, encourages communication, and quickly acts on things. I'm thankful to her and so are my kids!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2010
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October 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The administrating Principal does not merit the title. This dual immersion program is falling apart.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2009
The previous poster proves to be the exception. In fact, it is an indirect testimonial to the school. Thanks to the efforts of the school community, about 40 trees are being planted this November throughout the playground, bringing more shade and beauty for the kids. Morning drop off used to be chaotic. The school community created a model drop off system that officials now implement at schools throughout the city. In the afternoon, parents pick their children up at the gate just like any school. We have been at the school for 5 years now. Yes, parking must be planned for. But never once has afternoon pickup been 'chaotic' for our 2 kids. And in 5 years, all their teachers have been 'wow' outstanding: creative and inspiring. And most families (like mine) decline magnet acceptances to stay at sherman oaks, or come back once they realize what they had.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
The teachers and staff are amazing, better than a private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Such a safe, happy campus and terrific family involvement. The epitome of a great neighborhood school where parents and kids alike are glad to be part of the SOES community.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
Both my daughter and I love this school and their staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
Entering 5th grade - our daughter has been there since K and despite the budget challenges it continues to be a wonderful experience. We are very involved in the parent assn. and unfortunately it's been the same parents shouldering most of the work and attending meetings. It's started to change over the past year but we really need everyone's involvement. Most of us have full time jobs and responsibilities but even an hour or two here and there helps. SOES continues to be an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2009
I am not very happy with SOES, especially the teachers. Teachers are there to inspire and give every student a chance to excell and treat all students fairly. My personal experience with most teachers my kids have had with the exception two has been very negative and upsetting to say the least. The first grade and second grade teachers are the worst and some should actually retire. There is much to much favortism going on at SOES. Too much unfair and bias behavior towards families of different backgrounds. It's all about who you are, and what's your last name. Then and only are the teachers willing to give your child a fair chance and recognize their God given abilities. A lot of students are overlooked because of ethnic background and teachers are quick to label kids of color. The prinicpal isn't fair as well. My kids aren't retunring!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
My oldest daughter has been here for four years now. The teachers here are so impressive--smart, nurturing people, who really understand how to teach. I am so happy with the quality of the education, the parent involvement and the opportunities the children have for art and music.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 05, 2009
I am disappointed in the principle & teachers at SOES. My child's been at this school for 3yrs. I think it's all over LAUSD that kids find themselves understimulated & disengaged. Additionally, there's a bias towards teaching to girls rather than a style/method that boys relate to. The principle is difficult reach & never returns calls. My Kinder & 1st grade teachers were readily accessible, but the 3rd grade teacher can only be reached via a note in the main office. All of the parents are highly involved & active, but stressed by the amount of hmwk. I have kept my boy in this school for only 1 reason--their afterschool program dir. ---is the brilliant. Needless, to say this is not a good enough reason, so we're leaving this year.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2008
I am a grandparent who is co raising my grand daughter. My daughter and I were impressed by the school facility itself. However, now that my granddaughter is there, I am extremely troubled by this principal and the ridiculous amount of homework given and by the principal, who has forced all these teachers to over reach. It is a tough, unresponsive school. Parents are on the edge emotionally since they are forced to deal with their kids who who are unable to do homework on their own. Younger parents are afraid of losing their 'spots' in this school and so complain to each other. This school does not behave like a neighborhood school. This week, one mom walked outside with a sign that said 'Sherman Oaks Elementary is only for the gifted.' That said, even bright children are given work two grades ahead in any other school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
The principal and the asst. principal are very passionate about educating the students. They give 110% on a daily basis. The children at Sherman Oaks Elementary are getting a great education. The Parents organization works very hard to get all the great 'extras' for our kids like: Art Explorers, Science Enrichment, Full Time Nurse, Music program and soon to open state of the art Computer Lab. This place rocks!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
I have been a classroom volunteer at this school for two very different teachers and have been truly inspired by both; they were creative and imaginitive, using all different methods to reach all different kinds of learners. The students were encouraged and proud of their accomplishments. I never saw anyone 'teaching to test.' Standardized tests are a reality of public school, and while I don't love it, I don't believe it gets in the way of a great education.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
My daughter won the open enrollment lottery. One of the few schools in the area that actually had seats available for students from outside of this neighborhood. This allow her to attend a highly rated school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
The upside - 1) Strong Parent Association that does a lot of fundraising to provide the children with many extras they would not have access to otherwise. 2) The school does a good job of keeping parents informed of school happenings through multiple forms of media. The downside- 1) This is a public school and thus must adhere to the NCLB law and so basically the teachers are forced to 'teach to test' instead of teaching to motivate and nurish a child's love of learning and mastery of concepts. Previous posters commented that this school provides the equivalent educational experience of a private school. After having been at a private school for 3 years before coming here, I have to disagree. This school provides a better educational experience than a lot of public schools out there, but it is not the equivalent of a private school education.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
Upon reading the last review, I find their accusations a bit hard to believe. I went back through all the postings for the last 4 years and found a mixture of both positive and negative reviews. It is curious that this last posting, obviously a negative one, was posted. Could it be you were defamatory or inappropriate in your previous postings? I hope you find a school that meets the needs of your child. That s what is most important. In my many years of teaching, I have never found a more professional or competent group of people as a whole. Your tone left me wondering if the problems you had with the school were ones that were about your child s education, or simply that your ego didn t get sufficiently stroked.

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2008
I'm a parent with a child in this school and I am taking my child out of this school. I wouldn't reccoment this school to any parent. I've posted my issues with the school here before and they keep getting deleted, so I guess no one wants to hear the details. Let me just reccomend that you not send your child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2008
In addition to the weekly Bulletin to which the previous poster referred, there is also a separate monthly newsletter, email blasts, a website, a Room Parent email tree, weekly school-wide assemblies with a large gathering of parents, monthly Parent Association meetings with child-care and catered dinner, monthly school tours, monthly family dinner nights... in short, the communication could not be better, the Parent Association is incredibly strong, and it is obviously that parent (2 posts ago) that is the one not involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
I would have to take issue with the previous submission. There is a weekly newsletter that is sent home with every child--giving updates on upcoming events, volunteering needs, fundraising events etc.. They must not check their child's backpack. This is a wonderful school with terrific teachers and a great student body!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 06, 2008
The traffic is horrible. The school lacks parent involvement and communications to family.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
I finally took my two children out of private school and sent them here. I should have done it years ago. It is a great school. Great afterschool, enrichment and general education programs. We had a rocky start with one of my children but the staff were wonderful. A great school. Far better than their private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
Like so many of us, I was skeptical about sending my child to public school. I am so glad that I was brave enough to take the plunge. I am so impressed by the quality of the teaching staff and administration at Sherman Oaks Elementary. My child had a fantastic kindergarten experience. She had the benefit of the incredible science enrichment program offered to kindergarteners, as well as art and music programs. I had always been led to believe that we would miss out on these kind of enrichment opportunities by attending public school, but that has not been the case at all. The school also has a magnificent library. There is an incredible sense of community and pride at this hidden gem, tucked away in a lovely residential area in Sherman Oaks. I give it my highest recommendation, and would encourage anyone considering private school to save their tuition money.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
Several Sherman Oaks Elementary school students have been under my guidance for math for the past year and I have been in constant contact with the teachers, parents, and administrators. The students are great and down to earth, the families are concerned and active, and the teachers are knowledgeable and caring. I get a great sense of belonging when I walk through the campus. The Neighborhood Council meets in the Library each month and the work room and the lounge are both amazing. And yes, the workroom gets more use than the lounge. Visit the campus. Consider it for your child(ren).

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
Terrific school. We've been there several years now, and we couldn't be happier. The office staff has to be the nicest and most helpful in L.A., the principal is focussed on the kids and is very accessible, and all the teachers our kids have had have been superb and extremely dedicated. The parental involvement is outstanding, and really makes the school one of the best elementary schools possible, especially with all the enrichment for the kids, and constantly working to make the school even greater. Like one parent below said, it is like a private school, but for a much better price!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
February 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
I have loved that this school is in a good neighborhood, and we have really loved some of the teachers. Our favorite years have been kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, and now 5th is harder....the teacher is very strict but sweet. If Sherman Oaks could change for the better it would be that the Sopa board would only be allowed in office 6 months, they have made some bad decisions in the past.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
We have been parents to two children at this school for a total of 5 years. We were hopeful of sending our kids to public school but worried about the overall deterioration and fractionalizing of the LAUSD. We have been generally very pleased. Getting into the gifted/GATE program (beginning in 3rd grade) is key and being assigned to a good teacher's classroom is essential. The music teacher is a wonderful man and a dream. The only negative was the change in principals at start of '05 - '06. The new principal is not nice or (I believe) pro-student. Seems like a career civil servant and administrator. Many families are leaving for the new Hesby School and so are many board members. We hope this isn't the start of a slide, but so far it's been pretty good for our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Very good public school. Very high parent involvement, very open principal and vice principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Both of our kids went to this school, and we couldn't have been more pleased. Excellent teachers, wonderful music program and exemplary parental involvement make it a perfect school for anyone who can't afford private school.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Wonderful public school. Great parent teacher child interaction. The staff is great. Couldnt ask for a better school for my 1st grader

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2005
Wonderful public school. Very involved parents, which makes a difference. Caring faculty. For a large, urban public school, I believe they have done very well byb the kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2005
This is an excellent school. Its a close to a private school as you can get and still be considered public.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
Great Elementary School! My kids had great teachers. They really enjoyed learning. Lots of parent involvement which I think that is also why the school is a great success!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2005
Sherman Oaks Elementary has been a great experience from the beginning. Our son is now in 5th grade and we've been very happy with his teachers and the curriculum each year. He has been in the GATE program since 3rd grade and the emphasis placed on depth and complexity in learning is wonderful. The school also have an outstanding parent association which provides a great art and music program among other things. Its elementary school the way I remember it, not the way I read about in the paper.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2005
Good art and music programs. Good parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2005
My son just started all day kindergarten. Mrs. Kozel is a wonderful teacher. She is strict but very sweet. The classroom just seems to be short of blocks and a working computer. The playyard is terrible. Mrs. Kozel is great at getting parents involved and always welcomes volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
We have a new principal and everything has changed. Not for the better. She is hard to talk to and doesn't return emails. We are not having a good year because the board also has made too many wrong decisions.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
This school is truly outstanding. There is a high level of parent involvement, and it's welcomed. We have a music and art program and a full time nurse. I feel very fortunate to have my kids attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
This is an excellent school. Parents are very active and participate in improving the education and social experince of their kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
This is a great school. The Parent's Association has done a lot for the school, and parents are very involved. There is a new principal this year, so I can't really comment about her (she's been on the job for less than three months, as I write this).

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
Excellent parent involvement. The school is very large, but still retains a neighborhood feeling. The addition of the SAS program there makes it well-rounded. We love the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2005
This is an excellent school with great teachers and a lot of parent invovlement.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
Great School. Check out their dynamic website at www.ShermanOaksParents.com Great info on the schools happenings.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
Great program of study- good discipline techniques - very good safety features in place - overall great staff - nice place for learning- interior well kept.

- submitted by a teacher
March 07, 2005
great school. a lot of parent involvement and the teachers really seem to care.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
It's a very nice school. The instructors are very dedicated and qualified with the students.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
This is a wonderful school. Many of my friends children go there, and they seem very happy with the school. The only drawback is probably that it is just so big.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
Great teachers & a stimulating curriculum. Lots of homework helps to get the parents involved.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
As a parent of a 2nd grader at SOE, I am more than satisfied with our experiences at this school. Fortunately, both years she has had amazing teachers, which in my view is the most important factor in a child's school experience. The classes are colorful, exciting, and most of the time she is having fun and learning at the same time. SOPA is wonderfully active in getting things for the school, but as with all public schools I am saddened by the lack of musical instruments being introduced b/c of cutbacks, and the kids get only one school trip a year. Parent participation is high, you see parents in the classrooms, in the office, teacher's lounge...always a positive!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2004
Fabulous school, fabulous teachers, with fund raising system in place and strong parents association to provide art and music classes cut by school district.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2004
Excellent school. The Sherman Oaks Parents Association (SOPA)is the most organized group of parents I have come across. They get things done, and provide many extra programs for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
School is great! Teachers are top notch from K-5th grade. Principal is enthusiastic, dedicated and kid oriented. Art and music programs are excellent. Only thing missing here is a dedicated P.E. program. Excellent before and after school care and terrific parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2003
My daughter just started kindergarden here and I love the involvement of the parents and the teachers are great. The principal and vice principal have been great to work with as well as the office staff, more than willing to help out! Thank you Susan! I was nervous about a public school but am very very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
We would like our daughter to enroll in the honors program and would like for it to happen at the beginning of the school year. This seems to be a hard thing to get in motion at this school

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Sherman Oaks Elementary is an excellent school. The Principal is dedicated and responsive, the teachers have been there a long time and are very dedicated, and the parent's are very active, involved and committed. Having come from private schools we were worried about the quality of the education our children would receive in this public school. But, after 80 years in business, this school is excellent. We are very pleased and would highly receommend S.O.E.S. to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
My daughter is going into the 3rd grade this year at Sherman Oaks Elementary School and has been a student there since 1st grade. I am very pleased with the curriculum that her teachers have provided for her, which have kept her challenged as well as attentive. The music programs are put together extremely well and I have yet to walk away from one with dry eyes. I am thankful to have my daughter at school with such conscientious and passionate employees that take such good care of their students.

- submitted by a parent
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Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School
14755 Greenleaf Street, Sherman Oaks, CA  91403
(818) 784-8283
Last modified Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 155 reviews. Top