This is a strong elementary school, and they know it. The size of the school can be intimidating despite the fact that teachers and staff try to mitigate that fact. Parent involvement is very high and they welcome new blood - just show up. The music program is superb and is structured to compliment the academic corriculum. The physical education is also strong and is not something that you see at other schools. I've had two kids go through Carpenter from K-5 and overall the experience has been good. The school's weakness has been with their principals in the last number of years.
Academic, music, art and sports programs are very good. Also, parents are extremely involved in all aspects. We have had some problems with a couple of difficult teachers however.
the school is large .over 800 students.lots of parent involment.the upper grades class size is quite large.find students can lose focus in the large class size.
I have been very happy with Carpenter Ave. My son has gone through K, 1 and 2 grades. However, looking to 3rd grade I am starting to look elsewhere. In the upper grades (3-5) many of the more seasoned teachers are or have retired. And this year, the 5th grade classes have 38 kids in each classroom. That is just too big. Carpenter used to have a wonderful gifted and highly gifted program. But due to the apartment building construction in the area, the District took away the ability to allow gifted and highly gifted students into the school on permit. As a result, the school is suffering. If you have a highly gifted student, this school may not be for you. I do think the music, pe and computer classes are wonderful. But not enough to offset the class size and lack of gifted curriculum.
Carpenter is a large but basically well-run Los Angeles Elementary school. It is strongly supported by the local community both financially and otherwise, and thus provides a variety of enrichments unavailable in most Los Angeles public schools. Its gifted programs, however, have been closed down. There is clustering available within regular classrooms.
Carpenter is a wonderful, active school community that works hard to enrich the LAUSD funding with arts, physical ed, music and drama programs. Our only complaint is that it sometimes feels overcrowded, and overcapacity.
Carpenter school is an excellent public school. Parent volunteerism is very high and the teachers are very dedicated. They have a rigorous academic program. Homework starts in kindergarten. Their after school care is excellent. THe YMCA program is costly but worth it. It's around$300 a month for after school care.
quality academic teachers and programs huge parent involvement overall very happy with this school
It does have more programs provided by the aggressive fundraising. A great community if you don't mind large public schools. Parking is terrible. Ideal school if you live south of the blvd., such as in the Dona's.
One of the things that is often overlooked about Carpenter is the quality of the kids. They are really good and interesting kids. One can tell that most of these kids get a lot of warm and loving support at home. This also makes the school a wonderful place for my children. Also, these kids are not into fad and fashion. Lot's of clothes from Target, Children's place, Old Navy, etc. I have yet to see any fashion competetiveness at this school. Very refreshing! Carpenter Mom
High quality academics. Wonderful music/chorus program. Art programs and after school programs also available at different times during the year. Safe environment. New Principal and new Assist. Principal.
I have been very satisfied with the availability of the staff to help accomodate my daughter's special needs.
This is a great school for students who are motivated and have actively involved parents. If not, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of help.
The lower grages, k-3, with a 20/1 ratio seem to have a significantly better program than than grades 4 and 5. Having said that, my kids did reasonably well there, made a lot of friends, and have excellent memories. I don't think it is possible to run a school in LAUSD without a lot of ridiculous red tape. Oh, well.
My daughter had to make a huge cross country move during kindergarten. With the great teachers at carpenter, her transition was smooth and she never skipped a beat. She was reading chapter books without help and was awarded california award for excellence in math before the year was up! Coming from a small town with a small school (k-3) we really never felt like we were in a huge city. Infact, the only diffence was the laid back attitude and parents still shuffling children to class at 10 minutes past 8. However it is an early start time compared to what I am use to. Overall I enjoyed carpenter last year and I look forward to 1st grade.
Carpenter Avenue Elementary has the feel of a small-town school but is really quite cosmopolitan due to the area. My daughter loved the school, did very well academically, and overall would undoubtedly rate it high. The parents are very involved.
I have had 4 children in Carpenter and it is an amazing school. The entire staff is just wonderful. By far the best public school in the valley. Parent involvment is the most intense I've seen in all my years. I would recommend this schhol to everyone.
If you're looking for a school with a strong HG program, look elsewhere. The challenges associated with a gifted child are hard enough without having to deal with a confusing and cold administration.
we have been at this school for 5 years and have been extremely happy. although a large school there is a sense of community, parent involvement is very high and great programs are paid for by money raised by the parent body - music, p.e., media lab. there's a great library also. teachers for the most part are caring and we have not had a bad year yet. The kids at this school are happy and for the most part seem to love school and enjoy learning. lots of assemblies on different topics, a great track meet run by the coach, great after school sports programs. we love it and will send our next two children too. just wish it went through 6th grade.
New principal just started on March 28. School is academically very good. As in any school, parents have to be proactive in child's education - review homework, help with problem areas and communicate with teachers. Attend LEARN council meetings to be up to speed on school. In the past, fund raising organization's parents have been very pushy in class placement for their children. Hopefully this will be toned down. Overall, excellent education if you stay involved with your child and supplement math and language arts if needed for your child.
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