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Tarzana, CA
Students enrolled: 493
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5726 Topeka Drive
Tarzana, CA 91356

(818) 881-1424
(818) 343-4418
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August 25, 2015
This school needs a revolution. Principles live in denial excepting of a horrible job that teachers are doing. Starting first grade there is a high percentage of repeat student in each classroom. Talk about a school safety for kids ..... " there is non" My son when school here for one year they offered him to repeat his great next year which I declined and moved him to a different school and he perfectly catches up with rest of the classroom in higher great in a month Kids get left out by the street after school till their parents pick them up And who knows what happen if the parents are late STAY AWAY FROM SENTING YOUR JID TO THUS SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2015
Before enrolling my daughter at Tarzana, I was a little wary of it after reading some of the previous reviews. I ended up enrolling her because it didn't work out with the lottery at the local Charter schools. But I am glad I did! Thanks to Mrs. Tate with Creative Kids (a wonderful after-school program), I had a great first impression of the school. She was kind enough to give me a brief tour and gave me her honest opinion about the school as a whole. She had really great things, not because she had to, but because she genuinely felt that way. My daughter is about to wrap up 1st grade there, and I have had mostly good experiences with the school, staff and teachers. It's not a perfect school. It has its flaws, but for the most part I am pleased with things are handled there. They care a great deal about the kids' education and well-being. Most of all, my daughter has been very happy there. And that is enough proof for me that it is a good school. They have been really good to her and that makes me happy. I definitely look forward to the coming years at Tarzana Elementary.

- submitted by a community member

April 21, 2014
I really like the administration here at Tarzana but I think that theres a cultural divide. My daughter has been there for almost one year and has yet to make a friend. She not a trouble maker, yet quiet and she has been bullied several times. It hurts my heart to know that the parents of these kids do not educate their kids on how to be good humans regardless of ethnicity or gender. I miss the private schools just because the kids were a lot kinder. The parents don't speak nor do they try to be apart of the community, they just speak in their native language and feel that thats okay..If you don't want to be apart of the solution (a community) then you're apart of the problem (the divide) not a place where you can set up your own little world and exclude everyone else that does not look or speak as you do. Come together please for the sake of our children and our community.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
They should improve more on faculty & administration. Focus more on every child safety & learning techniques , more productive , more efficient and tangible teaching.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2013
I like the school. The teachers are great. Ms Inbar, Romay an Faraji. The only complaint I have is Dr Lee could do more and quickly when several parents complain about certain problem children.Because of that issue last year three of my neighbors moved their kids to Calvert elem.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2013
Great school. My son attended K-5 at Tarzana. All of his teachers were dedicated and hardworking and cared deeply. I think I will miss Tarzana more than my son will. Dr. Lee is a great principal. Can't say enough about the teachers: Gibson, Romay, Ilger, Farraji, Khotsikian, etc. All the great support staff. Tarzana rocks!

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2013
Im very lucky to send my daughter to this school, the teacher's staff are very enganged with the kids and the parents. My daughter was very happy on her first year in K, now she is ready for first grade, she can't wait to back to the school again!!

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2013
A couple of typo's and mistakes! sorry...still don't prefer this school! my son is in honor roll and at this school it has very little weight!

- submitted by a parent

November 26, 2012
This is a terrible school!!The bullying is unbelievable ! They have supervisors on the playground who should be watching the kids, instead they are ignoring the children who are being bullied! All the supervisors look like if they don't want to be at work! If they are that tired of hearing children's complaints they need to get another job! The principle needs to really correct all the yard supervisors and remind them their job title!! I don't think anyone in this school realizes bullying traumatizes kids for life !! Perhaps they need to start with kindergarten yard supervisors to the upper grades! I've seen some great teachers in this school so I'm not giving them the one star they deserve more. The Kindergarten playground is just as bad on the bullying as upper grades. Don't send your kids to this school ,it's not worth their shinning personalities being destroyed by yard supervisors from K-5 letting these bully's get away with this!!

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2012
Tarzana is a school filled with a diverse student poplulation and opportunities for all to grow academically and artistically!!! My children have loved being at Tarzana. They enjoy their teachers and the suppoort staff who are always there to help them. I have enjoyed the parent meetings and opportunities to learn more about the school and support for my children. I would highly recommend Tarzana Elementary School!

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2012
Tarzana Elementary is a wonderful neighborhood school with dedicated teachers and a staff working well with each other. The students are the most important focus of each of them. The care for the well being of each student is so evident all over the campus.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2012
I have worked in several schools as a teacher and I do have to admit that I am fortunate to be in an environment with such dedicated professionals who really care about their students, their profession, and the community they work in.

- submitted by a teacher

March 15, 2012
Do not sent your kids to this school!!! First of all it's a PI school and you can choose a different one by law. Check out the Choices program. You will even be provided free transportation to and from school. I had a very bad experience at that school. The only true professionals there are the school psychologist and administrators. But your kid and you will have to deal with unqualified mean teachers. Who will be making inappropriate comments about you and your kid and will try to ruin your kids' future. Also, they won't teach your kid anything but would expect him/her to know all the answers. This just doesn't make any sense. Oh well, you have been warned...

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2011
i am very disapointed with this school i do not recommend this school to anyone i wouldnt wish this school upon anyone. the only reason i would put 1 star up is because thats the only way i can get this review up

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2011
Excellent teachers. Good community.Perfect school for our kids. I recommend this school to everyone looking for high academic achievement AND diversity in the student population.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2011
What a phenomenal school! Dr. Lee is a terrific principal and treats every student and staff member with the utmost respect. All the school programs are designed to integrate with what is being taught in the classroom. This is especially true in the technology program. Both technology teachers work very hard to make certain all staff is supported and students receive the assistance they need. If every school in LAUSD was supported as well as this one is, there would be few problems with our district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 23, 2010
The teachers at Tarzana Elementary are amazing! I could not be happier with the curriculum, academic standards, and effort put into my child's education. The teacher's challenge every student the the classroom to achieve their highest potential as a student and a citizen. The Creative Kid's afterschool program is affordable and again focuses on homework success, student responsibility, and most importantly, fun! I recommend this school to everyone looking for high academic achievement AND diversity in the student population.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2009
My child completed 5th grade here and she just blossomed at this school. She had been at her last school since Kindergarten and was scared to start at a new school. I loved the Faculty and the Diversity at Tarzana. Be prepared to have your child do lots of homework as well.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2009
We think this is a great school, all the teachers the vice-principal Mr.Long, and staff are very motivated, friendly and easy to get along with, they make it a wonderful environment. The amazing Principal Dr.Lee seems to really care about the children. Our daughter is now in 1st grade, she enjoys going to school and we expect to have another wonderful school year with Ms.Pivaral like the Kindergarten year with Mrs.Kalmick. They have a big library and great after school activities.They help children with homework,computers,music, art, playground activities and more. Also they have lots of PTA involvement. We believe this school is doing an excellent job and our child has received a great education.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2009
I think this school is wonderful. My son is in Kindergarten and to be honest, it was not my top choice as I was very adamant about putting him in private. Unfortunately, his birthday didn't qualify him to go to a private school so I looked at Tarzana, our local public school. When Ester gave me a tour of the school, I fell in love with it. The library and the grounds were far more superior than a lot of the fancy private schools. I love the fact that the principal, Dr. Lee, knows all of the kids' names and can match the child to the parent. Ester is amazing. She runs all the fund raisers and is very comforting to the parents. I love the fact that the staff tries to make the most of what they have (funds) and my son has not ever complained about going to school.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2009
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL all four of my kids attended this school two of them are still attending this school has great and wonderful teachers. The Principal is just wonderful Dr. Lee and creative kids is a great program Mrs. Tate is the Director and she is WONDERFUL and her Staff. Very Happy Parent Virginia

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 08, 2009
All three of my children went to this school. As a matter of fact my youngest still goes there and she loves it. They've all started since k-5. My two boys have already had their culmination and it was a wonderful moment. Dr. Lee is a wonderful Principal, and her staff are easy to get along with. This school is very family oriented. They make parents such as I feel at ease knowing my kids are safe behind their gates. They have great after school programs. I never miss a holiday program especially Halloween and Christmas.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2008
My son just recently culminated from this school and I loved every minute he was there. I still have a younger son, going into 2nd grade, and I am looking forward to the next school year. We do have a lot of parent participation and we have wonderful teachers. I also think our principal is fantastic. She definitely has her own style. That style whether liked or not has gotten us to our high api and has taught the children respect for themselves and others. It has also allowed our extremely diverse population to excell in all academic areas. How great to have a school perform so well with the student population speaking over 30 languages fluently. What else can I say but, Tarzana rocks.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2008
This is my son's third year at this school. So far, we have been very dissapointed in this school. Especially after reading so many great reviews. There are a few exceptional teachers but most of them are very 'green'. PE barely happens. Students cannot play on the playground before school. They traded regular lunch periods/recess time for an earlier school day. This school is nearly 100% focused on achieving better scores in state testing, at the expense of all other pursuits. English and Math, all the time. No Art, Music. Technology is minimal. Faculty and Staff are very well intentioned, but disorganized and weak on follow through. Teachers are difficult to communicate with - not willing to use email and/or unwilling to return phone calls. Does 3 parents count for high 'Parental Participation?'

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 03, 2008
My son goes to Tarzana school and we love it! There is a wide diversity of people who send their kids there, there are several languages spoken and respected there, and there is a great and organized PTA! My son loves his teacher; she is very approachable and enjoys his company, even when he is a pain! the range of parental diversity is great, but all the parents respect education and watch out for all the kids. In short, it is a true community school, and I am so happy it is near us!

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2007
If your looking for a school with a great principal, this is not the one for you. I don't feel she has the children's or parents best interest at heart. (which is why I believe there is not much parental involvement). My child will be graduating this year after being with the school since kindergarten, I will miss all the wonderful teachers and staff, but I am happy to be moving on to a new school and principal that shows an interest in what the parents have to say. Other than the principal, the teachers and staff are wonderful and truly care about the children.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2006
Our son is leaving Tarzana this year. We have been at this school from K-5. Each year it has improved. It continually improves its scores, parental participation, and after-school programs. It is one of the most diverse schools in the Valley with representation of at least 18 home languages.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2005
Quality of academia is good overall. No problems ever with availability of music, art, sports and other extracurriculars. Needs more parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent

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Tarzana Elementary School
5726 Topeka Drive, Tarzana, CA  91356
(818) 881-1424
Last modified Tarzana Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tarzana Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top