My child attended the Pre-K program at Marengo and is currently in Kinder. We have had the best experience at the school. Great teachers that teach the students to love learning. Parent involvement is expected and it's what drives many of the great programs at the school, such as science night, talent show & holiday program. There is a no homework policy for kinder, but I have been told that students workload does get heavy past 1st. Like I mentioned parent involvement is expected and in my opinion one of the keys to the success of the school.
My child started kindergarten at Marengo in the fall. We had our doubts because it is a public school education and had heard horror stories about the budget cuts, etc. We are happy to report that Marengo is AWESOME! My child comes home so happy from his fun-filled day at school. The teachers are incredibly caring, the parents are super involved (and incredibly smart and accomplished), and the campus and classrooms are beautiful. We love living in South Pasadena and we love our schools!
I am very disapointed in this school, I move my child here from Montery Hills and I regret it. My son is in K and I was already call into a meeting with my sons teacher. It was a horrible meeting, not one possitive thing to say about my son and ontop of that I was told he mite need speech therapy and maybe special education. I left the meeting crying. The teacher was very serious and heartless about the whole cituation. But the worst part is that for some reason I felt discriminated, I can't explain it but almost as if both teachers look down on me. I am going to wait a little longer before I report the cituation and not only to the principle but to all higher authority. i never want another parent to feel the way I did.
Coming from a school that parents have little involvement in their childrens' education to Marengo is simply a blessing. It is evident that the children here are successful because the parents care about their success. Also, the principal is very involved, she even started a book club to help parents improve their relationship with their children. If every school in the US had as much parent involvement as they do here there would be no need for private schools.
Best for your kid. Nuf said. Teachers care. Kids get attention. You will be surprised by the progress your kid will make. Public school that would beat most private ones. Very-very recommended.
Marengo has a beautiful campus, caring parents that help in most all classrooms each day and a caring, sensitive and devoted staff and teachers that help each child to fulfill their educational dreams.
Great diversity of bright, and energetic kids; supported by interested and interesting parents and the progressive community of South Pas
The parents at the school are very involved. The Current principal was a teacher for years and is doing a great job because she really knows kids, and her experience as a educator is helping her work with the teaching staff equally well. The fiscal cuts from the past few years have been elegantly dealt with and both the administration and the PTA have filled in many blanks left by the cuts. The children genuinely like going to school and have fun.
Perfect combination of small-town warmth and big-city forwardness! And everyone there loves the children!
School gardens, excellent children's musical instrument instruction, dedicated & caring teachers, motivated parents, small town feel but big city opportunities and outlook.
The Principal has done an outstanding job with the PTA and SPEF and with the teachers and all other collaborators. We are really happy that our son can have the opportunity to learn in this school. We couldn't have done a better choice.
We transferred our kindergartener mid year from a private school to Marengo and could not be happier. We selected the private school because our son is highly gifted and somewhat sensitive, and we believed that a smaller school would be more socially manageable and able to adapt curriculum more easily than a larger, public school. We could not have been more wrong. Within the first week, the K teachers were contacting me with comments about his abilities and suggestions on how to adapt the homework to his level. This never happened even once after over 6 months at the private school. The students in the class are so nice, there are so many extra events and activities that make the school fun. Our son routinely asks me why I didn't change his school earlier, like 'on day 2'!. The district office & school however, seem to lack clarity on enrollment procedures.
This year Marengo got a new Principal that seems to be much better than the last, so that is encouraging! My son is in the 1st grade and has an outstanding teacher which makes all the difference in the world. He now loves school which is so nice to see.
I loved the fourth grade team-teaching. Each teacher is an expert on their subject and really good with each child.
The school was great until forth grade where there are multiple teachers who refer to the students by number. My daugher is scared to speak up in class and the warmth and individual attention the kids used to get is now gone. The new principal has not earned the support of the teachers or parents. The prior principal did an outstanding job.
I have a fifth grader and a third grader, both of whom were late readers and one of whom has special needs. My experience is that Marengo excels at helping lower grade students get the help they need. When my younger daughter had a hard time learning to read she was invited to join reading lab. By the end of the year she was reading at grade level. That kind of attention to underperforming students is what makes Marengo wonderful. The upper grades are iffier, in most parts because the classes are so much bigger and quiet, struggling kids sometimes get left behind. Most of the teachers are outstanding and kind. Staff is sometimes mean and unhelpful to students and parents. The principal, who is fairly new, lacks strong leadership skills, but the school seems to be doing well anyway.
Both my children have gone to ANLC since they were 5 years old. ANLC is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my daughter graduates this year. Thank you ANLC for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!
We really like Marengo. The teachers are really dedicated and know the students. There are a lot of parent volunteers and an active pta. The 3 local elementary schools share a music teacher and pe teacher so my kindergartner has music once a week. He is actually learning to read music. I was impressed. Since its kindergarten there is a lot of art in the class but schoolwide they have quarterly art projects that are led by parent volunteers. I believe he has pe twice a week. There are usually 2 teachers in the class so I think the students get a lot of individual attention. There were a couple of safety involved incidents at the school like a non parent coming onto the campus but the school addressed it immediately to ensure the safety of the students. I am happy that they act on things promptly and keep parents notified.
This is truly a wonderful school. We had a little rocky start in Kindergarten but my son just loves his 1st grade teacher. All the teachers are very involved. Great PTA. Lots of amazing programs with art and music run through the PTA. Huge parental involvement also. Highly recommend this school.
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