This is my first year at CHAMPS and I love it so much the teachers are amazing like no other school I've been to or will ever go to. They take your personal needs into consideration and theres many teachers there that are just amazing, indescribable. The counselors/teachers have helped me try to accomplish my dream of theatre tech and college, something I'll always be grateful for. The atmosphere is amazing, no one judges you and it's a very nice, comforting environment to learn in an everyday basis.
Don't just read the reviews ... bring your student for a tour of the school during session ... you will see the encouraging, charismatic learning environment and student engagement for yourself! Another parent wrote this in their review ... but this is how we came to choose CHAMPS. My daughter and I visited three schools during her 8th grade year, and she chose CHAMPS as a result of what she saw during our tour. We weren't disappointed! She loves school for the first time I can remember. Come and visit ... you'll see, too!
I was a bit skeptical after transferring to this school a little more than a month after starting sophomore year. Having come from a poorly managed LAUSD high school that failed to address my needs - both socially and academically, I applied to CHAMPS in a last resort effort to salvage my high school experience. Hearing mixed reviews about the CHAMPS experience since my middle school years at the Walter Reed IHP, I wasn't too sure if it was the right decision to make such an abrupt change. Thankfully, I went with my gut instinct and transferred - proving to be one of the best decisions of my life. Though the school isn't perfect, I have been provided with the opportunity to take several rigorous AP classes, play at the House of Blues with the award-winning jazz band, and more recently be a part of the renowned debate team. Though kids at the school can be rude and cliquey at times, I have made far more meaningful social connections then I would have at my previous school. If you're a parent or student who is interested in a unique high school experience, definitely consider CHAMPS. College acceptance rates are eve on par with most LA private schools. Only downside is the campus..
We have a new principal at Champs that is continuing the great work of our previous principal with her own spin! She is helping to bring new programs to our school to benefit the parents and students. We have been having Parent ed type programs aimed at teen issues all parents need to be aware of. Looking forward to more new additions to this wonderful school. Come check it out!!!
My son is a freshman in the jazz band and he could not be happier. He had a tough time in middle school with his peers. The environment at CHAMPS harbors students who support one another. The curriculum is rigorous! This school is definitely for the more motivated student. New principal is very present and involved. School needs more parent involvement. There is no PTA/booster club president so meetings have been cancelled.
My daughter has thrived at Champs since she transferred here several weeks after starting 9th grade at another school. The teachers, for the most part, are young, enthusiastic and creative in their approach to teaching. They're not jaded like many LAUSD teachers who are just waiting for their retirement package to kick in. These teachers WANT to be here and they want to make a difference in their students lives. I'm not saying this is true of every teacher, but a good percentage of them fit this description. It's a great school for kids who don't necessarily want to be in a typical academic environment. There's much more room to express individuality and creativity. The new principal is a bit on the old-fashioned side and I hope she eases up on the strict rules she's imposed, like dress coding, since she started this year. She needs to have a more compassionate understanding of her student body. But overall, I couldn't be happier with the education my daughter is receiving at Champs.
CHAMPS young enthusiastic teachers. Changes this year at the administrative level are troublesome and confusing. It seems a little too top heavy with a principal, assistant principal, E.D, Etc. Weekly info from the school has declined. VERY limited sports. No orchestra, but there is great jazz band. Performing arts is strong, with multi media being 2nd. Robotics used to be very strong, but have not heard this year. Honors and AP classes.available. The college guidance team: If you want your kid to get into a college that is a good fit for them, Anne and Yasmine will make that happen. They are knowlegeble, passionate, and really like and understand teensagers. I overheard one mom say, "when Anne gets up to talk to the kids at meetings, she is greeted like a rock star" and that is true. There is a BOD, .I don't know what they are doing. They don't seem forthcoming. They seem to want to put more kids than can fit. (my opinion) because more kids=more money. And while that is true a lot of people like CHAMPS precisely because it is smaller. There is no PTA. There is a governance council, and booster club. My student agrees that the kids get along better than at most schools.
CHAMPS has made major, major headway in recent years. They have a college acceptance rate that rivals many of the top private schools. The college counselor Anne Cochran has been named national "College Counselor that Changes Lives", 2013 "YALE Educator of the Year" and is a correspondent on college success for FOX NEWS. Many of the educators at CHAMPS have many years of experience in the entertainment industry and continue to write, produce and direct professional theatre and film. There are several award winning teachers and the performing arts specialists are at the top of their game. Many arts educators at CHAMPS arrived from major universities, THE MUSIC CENTER and schools like LACHSA and Juilliard.
We love this school. The teachers and the staff are very committed to the students. My daughter has been really happy so far. The only downside of the school is the location. My daughter is okay with it though.
I think that CHAMPS gives different experiences for different parents and students. If you are in performing arts with their separate PTA and are wealthy, your experience can be very different from a student from the neighborhood with no money to donate. Having said that there are also great differences in different academies and departments. Math and science outside of the upper level AP and honors course and excepting some biology are abysmal. Test scores bear that out. English and social studies seem to be much stronger with exceptions. Communication has improved somewhat. There is still a distinct problem with teachers and administration failing to answer emails, return calls, address issues and teachers have a problem with timely entry of grades into Teacherease. BUT, I have seen the school working to weed out poorly performing teachers and only one of my child's teachers this year fails to answer any emails or phone calls. For an artistic child it's a good choice. For the more academically inclined it's a mixed bag and you need to be very proactive. The new ED seems very professional. Perhaps the new principal will remedyb the leadership vaccum.
I love CHAMPS! I am a sophomore and I love it here. The teachers are amazing and they are all very supportive and understanding. The staff is amazing and friendly. Overall CHAMPS is awesome.
This is my son's third year at CHAMPS. When we first started there was a fair degree of turnover at the administrative level, which I think has resulted in some of the anxious/negative comments, but that seems to be stabilizing. I like the teachers a lot and the relatively newer people coming in at the administrative level have been positive and responsive. My son loves the school. I give the school a 4 rather than 5 because the physical space has its limitations and because like any other public school CHAMPS is struggling with resources and student/teacher ratio, but that comes with the territory.
We are reading the varies comments posted by the parents; and I would like to know should I allow my son, to attend The CHAMPS school? Currently, we are in private, Catholic school and have been for 4 years; my son is interested into Media; and he is more the performing arts type. I don't want my desires or other parents dislikes about the school's administrative stand in his way? What are your suggestions? Ms. Clarification! Thank you...
My daughter LOVES this school. Everyone fits in with someone. Lots of diversity. She got straight A's her freshman year and loves her teachers. That is all that matters to me. She's happy! I don't love that they have two campuses...think the halls in Phoenix Bldg are toooo narrow, but the Church Campus is wonderful! The best thing about Champs...Brad Koepenick.
After having read many of the reviews, I was a bit skeptical before the beginning of this school year. My daughter is a freshman and she came from a much larger school. It is now December 1, 2011 and I am so pleased with my daughters teachers, their enthusiasm, their qualifications, their interest and their great communicaton. i ALWAYS know what happening on campus, and how she is doing in her classes. The Honors classes are challenging, but encompass many aspects of the arts as well. I must say that all in all I, my husband, and my daughter are VERY pleased with the education, the teachers, and the atmosphere. It has put me at ease and I am looking forward to the remainder of her years to be the same.
I wanted to share my wonderful experience at CHAMPS with you. My child entered as a freshman this year. Making that high school decision was a tough one. The reviews here were so varied. Without bias,I must say that we are delighted with CHAMPS. First off, the academics are first rate.My Honors student is extremely challenged and has plenty of homework to back it all up. I was so impressed with the teachers at Back To School night. Their qualifications and joy of teaching are thrilling. It's a great college prep education. The variety of electives and Academies are all the icing on the cake. The New Media program has been top notch and we were so impressed with the theatre presentations that we attended last year. When I toured the school last year. I was amazed at how nice and outgoing the children were. My child has found that to be true and told me yesterday that she has never been in such a friendly setting even in elementary school. I feel that the administration and all the office staff are very helpful.We had a slight schedule issue in the beginning of the year and it was handled with personal care. Great parent participation, amazing college counselor and lockers too.BRAVO!
It's interesting to read the criticisms of CHAMPS. To be sure, there have been some changes in the school, and it's not perfect. But the teachers are very dedicated and generally of high quality. They go above and beyond for the students. And, the API scores continue to indicate the high quality of education. It's still a relatively young Charter school, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better LAUSD school.
To parents concerned about the variation in positive and negative responses: When CHAMPS first opened it was an exceptional school but in the last year the newly appointed Senior Administrators have taken a financial focus which is never good for students. Whenever there is excessive turnover you can be assured there are issues. To verify just call the school and ask how much turnover they have had in the last year that will give you your answer. Champs is no longer selective with the entrance process if you have a heart beat you can be admitted. The entire school year the transcripts from my child s former school was never requested. Many teachers do not post grades for months on teacherease and they do not send out report cards.
The majority if reviews here are from parents and I am a student at CHAMPS here to reassure you. I am going to be a sophomore and I loved my freshman year. I am in the Drama Academy and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The freshman drama teacher changed me as a person. Don't be afraid of sending your kid to this school due to the parental reviews. I loved it. Most people who dont like it just really don't care about school in general and I saw that a lot. CHAMPS is making a lot of changes and for the better. I love my school and it's doing a lot better than other schools. And remember parents: private DOESNT mean better.
I think the whole "the parents are cranky but the students are happy" has pretty much been debunked by the the three (3!) student protests including the newly elected student council. It is ridiculous and extremely disrespectful to the parents who want a good education for their children, and the children themselves, to continue to deny, cover-up and if all else fails name call. Go to the GoPetition website (search CHAMPS) and look at some of the comments from students and parents and read whats going on with the executive board. I am not impressed with the new principal. He seems to find parents annoying and an intrusion at best. So many teachers are resigning. Also it's not a performing arts and media school anymore. Now more than 50% of the students aren't arts at all and the name is changing. Where was the consultation and communication for all of this? There is no communication at CHAMPS and you're a bad person if you think it should be otherwise. No one cared about my kid. She was taken out of a promised class and dumped in another with, again, no notice or consultation. Still no report cards or final grades. No schedules for next year.What a shame.
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