I totally disagree with the poster below. The school is big, yes, like most public schools but feels like tight knit warm community to me. The teachers and principal are excellent and the kids flourish and are happy. Does it have the money to toss to beautification? No. The school uses excess money to lower class size and add more enrichment programs. To me a school is more about great teachers who care, good leadership and very involved parents than the hallways having a perfect paint job.
I don't get the hype about this school. What a mess! The campus is filthy, the facility way overcrowded and there is a pathetic green space that they call a "play yard." Drop off and pick up are a logistical nightmare with all the traffic on Laurel Canyon. It really doesn't live up to the hype, sorry.
We came from England in 2011 and our daughter went into 3rd Grade. A shock to our system in every way! She had previously attended a tiny school in a leafy village town in Surrey. She was made to feel totally welcome and special. The teachers were excellent and although the class sizes are big, she never slipped through the cracks. She had trouble keeping on top of the work but now in 5th Grade she is really enjoying it. Mr Brietstein is an amazing teacher, the right balance in everything. We are going to be sad to move on at the end of this year as it really is a tough act to follow! The Principal Mr.Martinez is incredible and should defo run for president..: )
Carpenter is an amazing learning environment! Both of our children attended the school and we are sad that this will our last year at Carpenter. You couldn't ask for a better community school. The kids are intelligent, ready and eager to learn. The parents are incredibly involved, we volunteer, we help supplement whatever supplies are needed and not provided by the District. The teachers and principal want every child to reach their full potential. My only complaint is that the school doesn't go all the way to 12th grade.
My daughter has been at Carpenter for 2 months and the school has been wonderful and administrative staff have worked with us to help make sure my daughter is receiving all the support she needs in school. I communicate daily with her teacher and my daughter is doing amazing. Wonderful school, good enrichment programs.
I am in love with this school! Everything about carpenter is great from the staff to the teachers!! This is by far the best, best elementary school in the valley!! Trust me, from one parent to another your child will LOVE this school!!
It is a reat school all around. My daughter excelled there and was very happy. She loved 5th Grade!
Very Student focused. Children are highly encouraged. Teachers are committed and the Principal is like no other!!
we are new to the school and have a new teacher and our needs are not being met. Further up the school our daughter is with an 'old hand' and her needs are being excellently met. As with all schools it's about the teachers - their example from the principal is amazing though, what an inspirational leader...
Carpenter Ave is great school for students and parents, but not so much for special education itinerant staff. In fact, the entire group left at the end of the school year two years ago. Pros- great parent support so kids come to school ready to learn, good principal, supplimental programs paid for by parent organization which the Charter makes possible, and good instruction. Cons - a handfull of parents who hire lawyers to harass staff into giving them what they want as opposed to what the child needs. This is VERY expensive for the tax-payer (you and me) and not good for the kids. It also means that special ed services will be provided by new staff each year.
Lives up to it's reputation! This is a truly excellent school, with lots of personal attention and a strong connection to the neighborhood. My daughter attended K-6 and we still miss it. There was some variation in the quality of the teachers but the overall quality was very good -- Sanchez, Colbert, Jung were among the standouts. Mr Martenez, the principal, is a terrific leader.
In response to the previous review, our daughter went K-6 at this school and we always felt she was in safe environment. She's at a private school now and their check-in policy is exactly the same as at Carpenter. I've visited other schools with friends whose kids go to them and at no elementary school, public or private, has anyone ever checked my ID. Maybe it's a high school thing.
Carpenter is a wonderful school that fosters a love of learning in the children and a great sense of community for the families. Mr. Martinez, the principal, is incredibly caring and committed to the students. The amazing and very active parent body fund a superb enrichment program. I only wish that Carpenter went up to 12th grade! This is a phenomenal school! We are very happy to be here.
Top notch public school. Involved parents who volunteer time and money and Mr. Martinez is a terrific principal. Most of the teachers at Carpenter are dedicated to their profession and love the kids which makes it feel like a small community that is a pleasure to attend. My son had a wonderful kindergarten year and especially loved all the enrichment classes, including science and music made possible by PFC. Get involved with the school if you are lucky enough to attend this gem.
I am very proud to be associated with Carpenter Community Charter; it has far exceeded my expectations. My daugter loves school thanks to the kind, loving and supporting staff. Her Kindergarten teacher was the best and has truly prepared my child to enter the real world of elementary school; she was tough and loving! She provided the structure and guidance K'ers need to enter the fast pace world of 1st grade and beyond. The Principal is the best! He truly cares for the kids and is the school's #1 advocate! Parent involvement fantastic and makes this school a joy to attend.
I would like to express my satisfaction about the school and its good manager and staff. Hope see the carpenter school's rate up and uper.
Principal Martinez is a breath of fresh air and an excellent manager. His processes for managing communications (twitter, autodialer) makes it easy for busy parents to stay informed. He also has infectious enthusiasm and is a great ambassador for the school. We are very lucky to have him. Our teacher experiences have been mostly fantastic--many were wonderful, outstanding and the best out there, but our child's current teacher is clearly distracted and occasionally just mean. Our counsel has been to turn this into an opportunity to work well even with those that are difficult partners. We don't see this as negatively impacting the curriculum or education--just as an unpleasant social reality this year. Parent involvement is exceptionally high, and we are very lucky at the school to have such a generous parent community. In these years of deep cuts, the parents have made a significant and real positive impact. If there is one nose-plugging negative about the school, though, it is certainly the horrible women running the front office, who are day in and day out as rude and cantankerous as they come; any interaction with them is bound to sour even a wonderful day.
Great principal- the best I've ever encountered. A very good group of teachers and staff.
The principal, Joe Martinez is phenomenal! Parents are expected to participate which makes it much better for the children and parents and teachers.
It is truly a community school. Local businesses, government and residents consider it an asset to the community. It is widely viewed as "The public private school" for the amount of extra programs that are made available.
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