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K-5
Public district
Sunland, CA
Students enrolled: 562
Before care: No
 

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8350 Hillrose Street
Sunland, CA 91040

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(818) 353-1631
(818) 951-3814
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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
June 18, 2015
The teacher for second grade gets no respect from me! She did nothing to help my boy!

- submitted by a community member
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
June 18, 2015
This school does not instill or develop respect in it's students, unless you are a bully!!! then you can get away with anything. The principal will look the other way unless she is forced to deal with a situation. Not sure how she obtained that position or remains in it??? Worthless!!!

- submitted by a community member
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
June 18, 2015
NO! The principal and staff did not have nor did they show compassion for my child, they did not care for my child, and they showed no empathy for my child. If they did they would not have treated my family so badly the school board had to get involved!!!

- submitted by a community member
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
June 18, 2015
Only if you are a bully!! My child told the truth, defended himself, and got suspended for doing so. You tell me! My child was bullied every single day with no consequences to the other children. How fair is that?

- submitted by a community member

June 18, 2015
HORRIBLE!!! I don't know how it has as many stars as it does???? The principal has a God complex and doesn't get involved in serious situations unless forced to by higher up. She feel it is ok to belittle parents. There are no consequences or accountability for the principal, staff, or bullies at this school.

- submitted by a community member

June 01, 2015
If you're a parent who's looking for a school that promotes random acts of kindness, a Principal who asks at the assembly every week to the students, "Why do we come to school?" and the students shout with pride, "TO LEARN!!!!", and an amazing PTA that sponsors many fundraisers to provide amazing field trips for the students and teachers and Teachers' Appreciation Week with a Teachers' Luncheon....I encourage you to enroll at Sunland Elementary and be involved. Their teachers in Magnet and resident are exceptional and I have volunteered in different classrooms and I see how these teachers encourage the students to really think and be creative artistically. There's going to be a new computer lab next year. As a parent, I've not had any problems. Don't be afraid to COMMUNICATE to the Principal, the PTA, or the Parent Ctr. Of course there are bad seeds in EVERY school, and we learn to work with it and communication is key. Overall, we adore this school.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Agree
May 27, 2015
I have this year seen a lot of students helping each other out and encouraging one another not to give up. And as one of the 2nd grade Magnet teacher always tell her students, "I know you all are smart, but there's always room for improvement."

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Agree
May 27, 2015
Yes, The Lion Laws encourages ALL students and faculty to follow: being responsible, respectful, and safe.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Agree
May 27, 2015
Yes, the school's budget was able to bring on another counselor who is doing a wonderful job of advocating random acts of kindness.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Agree
May 27, 2015
The Principal, the teachers, office staff, teacher's aides, and parent volunteer encourages with so many wonderful prizes and events.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
May 25, 2015
The teachers do everything they can to help students go above and beyond their potential.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2015
The magnet program at this school is AMAZING. All of my kids have gone through (or are still attending) the magnet at this school and I could nto be happier. This area isn't known for their high-end schools, but this magnet program shines like a diamond in the rough.

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2015
The Sunland Magnet program is wonderful. My third child has started the program this year in grade two. The teachers are great (Mrs Burden is amazing!) my two older children also went through the Sunland magnet program. I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2015
Amazing school!!!Love the teachers and there attitude towards their students education.They care and take time to really help students succeed. The staff is wonderful and are always there to help with my questiones. The principal is great as she always try to make time if parents need her.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2015
Es una exelente escuela!! Es el ultimo grado de mi hija pero espero pronto regresar con mi bebe

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2015
I'll just jump right in with my comments of this school. The principal is a joke, waste of space. Instead of pointing the finger and belittling parents and children, try living one day in the life of that family! You don't have a clue, so don't pretend or proceed to spew your idiotic ideas of what you think you know or could do! I thought schools and employees were there to help the child/children, to work together with the parents for the child to succeed??? Is that a thing of the past? APPARENTLY here it is...will my children be here next year??? not if the principal doesn't get a clue and learn how to work together on a solution instead of remain a part of the problem.

- submitted by a community member

March 20, 2015
Love this school!! Great principal who helps parents and their children succeed. My kids love the school and their teachers. The pta does all they can to help fund buses, and field trips. Wish more parents could come in and learn how much the pta does for their kids instead of just complain. Seriously how can they complain if they never show up to even know what goes on in the pta. The librarian is awesome with the kids. She's so helpful in helping them find books and at times reads to the kinder kids along with two awesome moms. So i don't know how a parent can complain about her because besides the two moms that help in there no parent has ever helped her. So people please get your complaints in order.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2015
Why isn't there a zero star option? This school is the worst. The principal is waste of space. And any parent that is so proud to have their child in magnet, should reevaluate. Most grades has 2 magnet classrooms and 1 regular classroom. If someone really believes that in the Sunland/Tujunga geographical area, there just happens to be an extraordinary amount of "gifted" kids, you probably believe the money fundraiser goes to the students. What a joke. 5th grades has a field trip that cost $170 per kid, yet we are expected to participate in every other fundraiser.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2015
I feel the need to share my overall positive experience on this site about Sunland E. S. I do not spend much time posting reviews but feel it necessary due to the recent spate of negative comments. I find the school grounds well maintained and clean, the teachers friendly, and dedicated to their students, the principal is very approachable, kind and caring. I know when issues come up they get addressed immediately. The PTA is very active with fundraising to provide all the wonderful programs and activities this school offers. This school has a counselor on staff and provides parent workshops weekly. In short, a wonderful place for learning. This review is from a very involved parent and volunteer.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2014
I feel bad for the wonderful teachers at this school, they are at the mercy of the poor choices the Principal makes. The school has a reputation for allowing students to be bullied. The Parent Center Director is unapproachable. There is no parent participation. The PTA is a joke. A new librarian with no experience has been hired. The Teachers at this school should move on to better schools where they can use their talents where it will matter.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2014
The only nice thing that school has is the view, surrounding with mountains. Other than that everything is awful. NOT place to park. Also very disorganized culmination, the students has to walk for several day to Mg.Gleason MIddle school for practice and culmination. The PTA group bring their own family and firiends of the friends to occupied the front honor row, even if they came late allow then to sit in front, every year is the same. The students are very agressive and attack the teachers. I'm agree with the comment below that the school are more interesting on the score rather than the knowledge of the students. We learn only testing. The score of this school drop drastically. Bully, bully Principal. Emergency change.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2014
i really don't like this school . first grade girls would kiss me on the lips in front of everyone . does anyone even watch these kids ? people are chasing each other ? what !? there's alot of bullying and this school went on news because this girl was getting severe bullied . unless you liked getting harassed , tease , getting things stoled from you , being bullied , and crying , this is the place for you . i hate this school . they make us so stressed about testing . everything is about testing . the testing pressure they put on me caused me to barely pass proficient on my CST . i only got just a few points above proficient , and if i got another question wrong , i probably would have became a basic .i im doing great in another school because at least at my other school they don't give me pressure and have alot of bullying . alot of people have been writing reviews because alot of people go to this school like i used to nbut no more ! the review today is also true! i am so glad im not going back for 5th grade ! very disorganized place !

- submitted by a community member

September 01, 2014
Yes, That's right! that this school really needs a new Principal . The bullying issue continues it will not change, because the Principal looks like is the one who gives them the bad example on how be a bully, when she follow parents and make feel them bad. Also PTA group can't handle anything at all and just do the events for their own benefits. The 50s style fundraiser is a big event with a lot of activities, and they do it just for money, collet a lot money . Even though they say it's for a field trip but it's not .In reality the parents pay registration for one or two days for that place or other expenses. If the parents can't pay it , they or the kids have to do work in the school to help for the trip. They have to find the way to be more clear on the way on how spend the money. This event should be at the begining of the year to spend that money on important things. NOT at few days before finish the school year.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2014
Rude office staff. Unorganized school functions. Bullying. There are a few great teachers but mostly the staff does just enough. Where other schools look to accommodate this school treats you like an annoyance. Only at sunland would they still not know the room assignments the week before. Ridiculous.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2014
Love love love the teachers. They are supportive of all students. I have a 4th grader and a first grader enrolled here and I can't praise the school enough. I appreciate the schools focus on both academics as well as character education. The principal and staff all work exceptionally hard. My children love going to school every day and hate being away even when they have to be due to illness. My youngest couldn't read prior to kinder but by the end of the year was reading to a 3rd grade level. The school boasts a great PTA who encourage parent involvement in and out of the classroom. The only drawback is it's a little difficult for working parents to make it to PTA and other school meetings which are often scheduled in the morning. Despite our state's lack of respect for education and the heavy budget cuts, this school continues to do its best for their students. Thanks Sunland for giving my kids a great head start.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2014
My daughter has had the honor to have Mr. Cruz for her 5th grade teacher. She is excited to go to school everyday and do her best. He teaches in a way that is fun for them and they are eager to learn. She is in the magnet program and I have seen a big improvement in her grades and attitude about learning from last year where she was in a non magnet school. We are so happy that we put her in Sunland. She said that she has not encountered any bullying or "bad" kids. The staff is very friendly and they have many family events throughout the year. The principal is also very friendly and approachable to both the parents and the children.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2014
So disappointed. My daughter is 2nd grader and being bullied everyday in after school program. I talked to staff and again this is happening. 5th graders are bullying 2nd grader kid. Cannot imagine this. She is coming in tears everyday.

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2013
I am a parent that went to this school, 2nd grade in 1995, now it's 17 years later and my adopted 2nd grader went there too, except it wasn't the same. Most 2nd graders are surprisingly "mature" and talk about violence and the yard counsellors aren't looking out for them! My child feels weird around her teacher and is not comfortable in the class, and all they learn over there is TESTING skills, not normal teaching, after every lesson they always say something about testing, they make these kids worried and not calm about the test because they treat it like a college application! The PTA only cares about the money, so they do worthless fundraisers every year to steal kids money! All the events for money, they sell, sell, sell! PTA never goes out of the way to think about the kids, yes, the look matters, but they should care about the kids too.. Very weird school with misbehaved kids.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2013
My son has been in this school almost 6 years. I love the stuff and the principal..I should not forget our PTA the best....100% parent envolvment all the time...

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2013
The PTA purchased a new copy machine with funds raised by the students who sold chocolate, submitting box tops etc., unfortunately the copy machine doesn't benefit the students because the teachers are NOT allowed to use it. The teachers struggle daily with broken copy machines and a per class copy limit while a perfectly good copy machine sits in the Parent Center unused.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2012
Ehh... This place is ok, the problem is the food. Last year my son threw up because of the horrible food. Last year they gave him loads of homework Last year there were kids with anger issues and hit my son Last year nobody cared about his birthday Now here are the good things This year I'm glad they didn't remove music This year the fixed the fence This year they have mixing which is great. This year he gets class caught being goods easily! So far his class has 31 and it great!

- submitted by a community member

May 10, 2012
This is the 2nd year my daughter has attended Sunland and she loves it. All the teachers are so nice and very hands on with the kids. I have had a few issues with the office staff and the principle but other than that this school is great. I graduated from 5th grade at Sunland and I am proud that my daughter is able to attend as well. The PTA has been amazing this year with all kinds of fun activities for the kids, I give this school 5 stars for sure.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2012
True, the test scores have gone up over the past 6 years however Mrs. Ornelas (and the district) is pushing the teachers to teach to test - NOT to teach to LEARN. The kids are learning more test taking strategies (which, yes, is helpful in school) but they are NOT truly being given the opportunity to absorb the material to provide them with a foundation for future subjects. They give awards for "proficiency" which simply equals what USED to be a C grade. Really? We're awarding AVERAGE work now? Unless the parents at home are driving the information into their heads by making up extra worksheets at home for practice the kids (as a majority) are not learning retention which will do them a HUGE disservice later in their educational careers. I do not hold the teachers at fault here...they are doing what they are being told to do. This is no longer a learning environment, it is a testing facility. Nothing more.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2012
First I would like to say that this school is amazing you feel so welcomed right when walking in my kids love going everyday the teachers are awsome. I feel I can talk to my childrens teachers whenever I need to and I love the fact that the principal pretty much knows everyone of her students by name now with a school that has over 600 students I think thats pretty neat that she takes the time to get to know them. Also they have a great parent center full of information that comes in handy. If you are looking for a school that allows you to be involved as a parent,has a amazing staff and where your child will learn and grow this is the school.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2012
We have been at this school for the past 8 years and have loved every moment. The teachers and staff are wonderful. My children have flourished during their time in the regular school and Magnet program. We could not have made a better choice for our children's educational needs. The parent volunteer groups are also a huge asset to the school. They are focused on supporting the school and students in a positive and effective manner. After all, it is the children's academic needs that need to be the number one priority.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2011
Sunland has been great for my kids! One of my sons was tested for an IEP and the staff have been GREAT! They work WITH him to find the best way to teach him. They are open to suggestions and are compasionate with him and his struggles. He loves his teachers. They all work really hard for him. He is a challenge and they've really stepped up. They see his failings as theirs and modify their approach. They refuse to let him slip thru the cracks. All of his teachers strive to help him succeed. My other son loved it also. He always felt safe and encouraged. His 4th grade teacher turned him from a kid who hated school to one who loves it and found a joy of reading. The princapal is also focused on students and truely wants them to succeed. We have been really happy with this school and staff.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2011
My daughter started K at Sunland last year, her teacher was amazing as well as the other K teachers. She learned so much in a short ammount of time and never wanted to leave school. I am happy to say that even at 5/6 years old my daughter loved school and did not want summer to come. She made so many good friends and I am hoping when she starts this Sept 2011 for 1st grade that she will still continue to love school. But the one down side for me was I have had a few problems with the office staff and the principal. The school did somewhat lack communication with the new K parents and I was not afraid to let them know that. By the end of the school year things did look up and got better so I am hoping this next year is better.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2010
don't enroll your child to this school. My child cried all the time in kindergarten and no one what so ever said what is wrong or make a child welcome to school. Kindergarten teachers need to care an extra mile for kids. They are not 2nd or 3rd or 5th graders. they just started school maybe little bit of care and being nice would be great.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2009
Administration is on top of all. my son had a problem with a bully and it was taken care of right away. The 'bully' and my son actually became friends through counseling at the school. Also, I have been very satisfied with their academic program.

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2008
The Sunland Elementary Gifted Magnet is wonderful. The teachers all seem to go the extra mile and it is apparent with the enthusiasm my child displays. Unfortunatly that is were it ends. The Administrative staff lacks accountability. Incredibly inconsistant they couldn't be bothered half the time to call parents when a child ends up in the office for a wide variety of reasons. They also seem to be unable to keep basic discipline with troublesome students. A real problem. The have gone through 3 principals in just a small number of years. Very unfortunate.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2008
Terrible. Teachers do their best, but the education is lacking, students aren't up to par with other districts. It's sad to see kids get off to a bad start.

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May 06, 2008
My son just has been growing in his knowledge in leaps and bounds since he stated attending the magnet program. He is very happy and excited with every challenge. I as a parent could not be happier with his teachers and with the atmosphere they create for them to learn in. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2008
My son is in the magnet program and enjoys the challenge. Overall a very pleasant school, smaller campus and friendly staff.

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January 30, 2007
My son is in the Sunland Magnet program which shares the same campas as Sunland Elementary. The teachers' are terrific, and caring. If you are looking for a great program for your child I would definitely recommend this one.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2006
Sunland Elementary has an excellent Gifted Magnet program. The magnet's students, teachers, staff and parents are involved, dedicated and talented. The 2nd grade teachers (who started the Gifted Magnet at this school) are particularly notable for their commitment and excellence--they should be a model for all other classrooms.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2005
My son benefited from the special education program in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. However the staff failed to assist with his special education supports in a timely matter. The teachers are very nice. The office staff was not as accomodating.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2005
my experience with sunland elementary has been fairly good. The teachers I have met and worked with were very good and on the whole the staff and administration have been helpful as well. However, there have been discipline problems in my daughter's class. I have been disappointed in the school districts lack of ability to handle the students that were disrupting the class. The schools do not seem to have any real power to discipline difficult students. There seems to be a reasonable about of parent involvement at this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2005
Sunland Elementary is a Fair school. The principal is very experienced and the teachers seem to know what they are doing. But as usual LAUSD falls down miserably on discipline and control of difficult students. There does not seem to be an accountablity in regards to troubled students disrupting classes.

- submitted by a parent

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Sunland Elementary School
8350 Hillrose Street, Sunland, CA  91040
(818) 353-1631
Last modified Sunland Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sunland Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top