Helmers truly focuses on what is best for its students.. whether it be the level of education or the amount of fun the teachers make learning. There are also many extra-curricular classes available.. as well as music, art, family functions, carnivals, special assemblies.. and parents are a huge part of the school as well.. working both in PTA, as classroom or school volunteers. It is a big community focusing on what is best for the children of Helmers... something that is not commonly found in elementary schools throughout the country.
I agree children are treated with respect but that is only if their parent volunteers time for the school, then they can get away with alot while others children get reprimanded for trivial things. The principle does nothing to help with problems, hopefully with a new younger principal some things will change. Frankly, this school has been a nightmare!
C.Helmers Elementary school has excellent afterschool programs . My kids really enjoyed their sweet treat class and spanish class ,wizard school , film making class and so on...And also has wonderful teachers and staff and very peaceful enviormaent all around. Helmers has a school music program and every kids ,who joined there, can play in the orchestra ,end of the school year. We're really very satisfied with this wonderful school.
The administration and teachers have always responded promply to concerns. They treat my children with respect and challenge them to do their best.
Helmer's is an excellent school. The level of volunteer help is tremendous.
From what I understand Fit Team running is only on Fridays and optional. I think this weekly voluntary emphasis on exercise is important considering the childhood obesity epidemic we are currently facing. My son looks forward to the Fit Team every week and still finds plenty of time to play handball etc the rest of the week. I also wanted to mention that I attended my son's CHORDS presentation last week and was amazed! I was so impressed with the quality and diversity of what was presented. It certainly made me think twice about the importance supporting the fundraisers.
We just moved here this summer and already love the school. The only downside is the homework need to have an improvement. I have 2 kids K & 2nd grade and they both love homework. But the material is boring and seems like is the same stuff for all school year. The material have maybe about 6 different things to choose for a week with the same subject for the entire school year. Everytime we do homework, my kids always said 'we did that already'! Need more creative and more variety. Love the PTA and music program. Staff are very nice. I am not sure about the playground rule. But after reading all the review, I think they need to ease a bit for the rule. Let them be a kid, it is not fair to stop them being a kid. Over all, we love the school.
I have to agree with the previous posters...Helmer's is a wonderful school with caring teachers and very involved parents. Having said that, though, Helmers is extremely preoccupied with test scores. I think the kids actually suffer for it. Kids are all different and require different needs. To base their knowledge on test scores is unfair. I guess we can thank No Child Left Behind for that. However, look at the score of '9 out of 10' they receive on this site. This '9' reflects the test scores. So, us as parents and think, 'Oh, this must be a good school'. Kind of misleading. I also agree that the playground rules need to be loosened up a bit. To ask a 5 year old not to run on the playground with their friends at recess (which is only 15 mins!) is just plain mean. P.S. Thank God for the PTA!!!!
We are new to the area, and it s only been 2 days of back to school, but I m so far very impressed that my grandson comes home in a great mood everyday! I haven t seen him this happy about a school in over a year.. I have read the other reviews on here about them being preoccupied with the standardized testing. Hopefully they will (as the other posting states) focus as well as the student s emotional growth Only time will tell but so far so good
Helmers is a great elementary school. The various programs sponsored by the PTA are excellent. There is a PTA sponsored arts program called CHORDS where instructors from the Los Angeles Music Center come to the school to hold 12 weeks of music education workshops with each grade. Even my kindergartner got to participate in learning all about Latin American music and was able to learn how to make and play her own bamboo flute! The PTA also sponsors an after school orchestra and other after school enrichment programs like golf, cooking, wizard school and other fun classes that all the kids really enjoy. The only major criticism I have is that sadly, the administration has instituted very strict policies on the playground which deprives the students of being able to freely play unencumbered in the school yard.
Helmers has been a wonderful school for my two children. The principal is extremely helpful and caring and the staff is wonderful. My daughter learned to play the violin this year and the recent concert the orchestra gave was inspired! I moved to the neighborhood for the school and I made the right choice.
We love the school. They are preoccupied with the standardized testing. However, overall the students are the focus as well as their emotional growth. It is the best school that my children have attended. I would recommend it to others.
Helmers appears to be an excellent school from the outside. Awards are prominently posted at the entrance. This is due to an uninspiring focus on standardized testing. Test scores are the main source of pride and teachers are expected to use boring, cookie cutter curricular materials adopted by the district. Teachers who want to use inspiring materials and methods that would really stretch students' minds are told that they must use what the district has adopted. The students here, who at home have many of the advantages life has to offer, don't even have an up-to-date computer lab or ample playground space to run. They are disciplined for running on the playground. These kids could perform so much better and actually love learning if test scores weren't the priority. The PTA does its best to offer enrichment after school but they can only do so much in this stifling environment.
Both of my children have been going to school here since 2004. My oldest child started here in fourth grade and she has had a FANTASTIC time at Helmers. She loved all of her teachers. Recently she graduated in June with the best teacher of all. To any parents out there I recommend Mrs. Ray for your childs sixth grade teacher. On the other hand my son has been here since second grade and he will return to Helmers this year in fifth grade. He has had a horrid experience at Helmers. We have had very bad luck with all of the teachers that he has had. Otherwise the campus is great, the school is clean, and there is a great PTA system.
No accountability! Very disappointing, does not protect student's interest but protects teachers.
This is a great elementary school. Great teachers with great PTA membership. The school does spend a lot of time on state testing, however if the kids are learning state testing material or other material, at least they are learning. I am a little frustrated with the homework packets sent home, as sometimes the teachers assign these assignments during the kid's fall and winter breaks. I do not mind however the assignments should not be due right when they return, as there are some families that do vacation during this time.
My son has been attending Helmers for 5 years, and I must say I am fairly pleased with the way this elementary school is run. However, they do seem overly concerned with the award-winning agenda and state testing. The yard supervisors are overly restrictive durring recess. The principal is a great administrator, but is not active with the school populace. :,( It's hit or miss with the quality of the teachers; some are fabulous and some lack leadership qualities (some act like tyrants, some let the class go mad.) I am concerned with over population in this school.
Helmers is a wonderful school as long as what you are looking for in your child's education is the regurgitation of facts for standardized testing. They have received numerous academic accolades but seem to be content to sit on their laurels and are either uninterested or unwilling to go above and beyond for those students who might be capable of achieving more than the basic curriculum. The district has a wonderful plan for gifted education but the school seems incapable of implementing it effectively in every classroom. The administration has historically failed to effectively cluster GATE students in significant numbers and instead sprinkles them throughout all the classrooms in a grade, irrespective of whether individual teachers can differentiate education effectively. There are absolutely wonderful teachers at this school... but your child can lose an entire year of learning if they are unlucky enough not to get one of them.
This is a truly remarkable school with a Blue Ribbon Award. The teachers are very well qualified and caring. They communicate with parents on a regular basis. There is an excelent before and after school program. They also offer enrichment programs after school. This school provides a truly exceptional learning environment.
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