Students enrolled 519
School leader Kristine Mc Intire
Transportation options Yes

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14030 Weddington Street
Van Nuys, CA 91401

(818) 789-6173
(818) 995-7095
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4 stars
Based on 48 ratings

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November 19, 2014
My daughter, husband & I are very happy with this school. especially the T/K teacher Ms. Meza, she is an amazing teacher, she is perfect for TK kids in every way. I strongly recommend this school !

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
I'm only experiencing kinder, so I can only comment on that grade. Teachers who are great in kinder are Barragan and Meza. Most of the families in kinder are amazing, so that's the plus. For my taste there isn't enough emphasis on the emotional well-being of the kids. My teacher does care, but the school's main focus is learning/teaching their aggressive lesson plans. I admit this could be a LAUSD issue in any school that would make me feel disappointed. It certainly is a good enough school to send your child for a year to see if it is a happy place for your family. I just can't get on board with many of the rules and priorities that are set by the office. And I can't stomach some of the ways that children are yelled at by both administration and teachers - even at the kinder level there is a lot of yelling with angry intonations. It's not a place for lots of fun... it's for learning. For some that is great news. But I think kinder should be fun and should be more of a bridge between preschool (or no school) and 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
I grew up in the Chandler area & attended from kindergarten thru 6th (the norm then) during the 50's until 'promotion' to jr. high in Jan. '61 (we had mid-terms). In early years we were often so crowded that we had split sessions. I recall attending a.m. or p.m. sessions for a year during second grade. No problem! I've been back in the area for years & am amazed at how the school's 'look' has changed (for the better!) -- since I don't know what the actual teaching is like I can't comment (hence 4 stars) but kids playing outside look very happy when I drive by. I'm pleased at how nice the school looks--far nicer than in the 50's yet it was fine then, too. Now there's grass, trees, murals, & A/C in the rooms. Wow! When voting (in the aud.) one election, I took a tour of the school and memories came flooding back. It was great! Some gripe about class size but 30+ students was the NORM in the 50's and we had no problem LEARNING, even with intense heat and no A/C. There was bullying back THEN, too. It's normal & always was. You deal with it & get thru it. People today are so WHINY & pathetic. Buck UP! Chandler seems great! I'd send my child there if he wasn't 38 --

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
My son started kindergarten at Chandler this fall. Coming from a very small, close-knit preschool, I was nervous about the whole public school thing. I feel very lucky to be in Chandler's district because it was a seamless transition for all of us. My son absolutely ADORES his teacher, loves doing his homework (seriously), and comes home telling me what he has learned. In only a month, I have noticed extreme changes in the way he learns and what he finds interesting. I am very impressed with the way the school is run, and how passionate the parents are. Like ANY school, there are kinks that need to be worked out, but I see big things in the future for Chandler. They just opened a science lab, they have music and art, and the after-school options are great. I am happy we began our elementary journey here, and I look forward to seeing it grow.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My school is a wonderful little community school. The teachers are great and really care about the school and the children that go there. There are a lot of parents who are investing in making the school even greater, and that is HUGE. We live close enough to walk and my son loves that. There are trees and grass and that is rare for a public school, most are concrete jungles. My son is loving it, he's excited to go to school everyday and that is wonderful to see.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
Test scores are going down at this school and have been for a while. Poor parent involvement. Some teachers seem to really care about the kids, but you have just as many that seem checked out. The special education at this school is REALLY lacking. If you can go to Dixie, Sherman Oaks, Kester or Hesby Oaks you should.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
We are so lucky to attend Chandler. My son is thriving and learning. The staff is very supportive and the teachers are amazing. My son has never been bullied and he has a lot of good friends. The one incident we heard of was taken care of right away by his teacher and the administration. It is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
Chandler elementary is an awesome school. It pains me to see that one parent above stated negative comments about our principal. I have worked as a teacher at Chandler for over 20 years and I still love our school. The teachers are outstanding and the students are exceptional human beings. Our principal has done a tremendous job of providing technological resources for students and staff members to reach our full potential. This is clealy evident in the fact that we became a California Distinguished School. I am very proud to be a staff member at Chandler Elementary School.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
Both of my children have graduated from Chandler. I must say this elementary school has prepared them for middle school beyond my expectations. As for the review below, you can not please everyone and everyone can not have a wonderful experience. I am sad to read the review that the child was bullied and the parents were not happy. But it happens at every school. As for the Principal McIntyre, she is great. Bottom line. You will not find a more dedicated and attentive principal in the area. She gets the job done with flying colors. Chandler, thank for the great education. This was a great school for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
Principal, Kristine McIntyre, has no leadership abilities and lacks a total sense of responsibility. My daughter was in session for 6 months and had 4 different teachers. In that time, the class size was 30-35 students per classroom to one teacher. She was bullied twice: once when hit in the face with a lunch pail and the second, when a child kicked her in the stomach while she was on the apparatus. She had to find an adult to mediate the situation herself, Principal McIntyre, who neither called or sent a note home to inform us. It was not until our daughter complained of her rib hurting that we knew. I called principal McIntyre to seek to understand the situation, who took zero accountability for any of the events. Her only apology was, "I'm sorry you feel that way". Coincidently we received a letter home that week that stated our daughter was reading and writing below expectations. She is now in a private school where she has received 2 student of the month awards & 2 report cards above average. My 7 year old cringes when we now drive past Chandler Elementary. If you want an enriching, safe and tolerant environment, I would not recommend Chandler Elementary to you.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2013
My daughter attended Kester for her first 2 years but then moved to Chandler for 2nd grade last year. Kester was hit and miss. Her kinder teacher was amazing but her 1st grade experience was not good. Chandler has been a very nice change. Most of all, I love that there are only about 500 students on the whole campus. We were so used to Kester which is bursting at the seams with kids, that on the first day of school, I wondered "where IS everybody?". The teachers are kind and interested in the kids, the principle is wonderful, and the PTA is very active and doing so much for the school! It has the feeling of a small neighborhood school with friendly staff and great free after school care. Did I say FREE. Yes, I did. If you are looking for a school that is inviting, small, where you are able to have easy access to the principle and like cultural diversity, consider Chandler. You won't be disappointed. This year they are going to be an affiliated charted school as well. I'm excited to see what flexibility and changes that will bring.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
My son is beginning his 3rd year at Chandler. We are thrilled to be a part of this school community! His teachers have been excellent. The principal is outstanding; she genuinely cares about her teachers AND each student. The PTA is very active and has been helping improve the school in measurable ways every year for several years now. We are particularly happy with the size of the school, the diversity of the student body and INclusivity of the PTA!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2013
My son just graduated from Chandler from kindergarten to 5th grade. I can name all the great teachers. Ms. Barragan, Ms. Rubestein (sad she had to go) Ms. Combs, Mr. Gilmore and Ms. Cabrera all of them very caring and worried for the progress of every child. With not a question I recommend this school. My son LOVE it. Not to mention, the great principal :). Ms. Ajian should not be there tho.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
My children have been at Chandler their entire elementary careers and my daughter will be matriculating to middle school in June. We have had opportunities to change schools, but have stayed at Chandler because of it's size, the diversity of the student population, the quality of the teachers, the curriculum, and the administration, in addition to just feeling at home here. We could not be happier. I have been involved in many of the parent committees and have been thrilled with all of the parents who make the effort and take the time to do what they can to improve the school. It gets better every year, we even have a full time music teacher now, paid for by the PTA. It gives one hope to see people pulling together for the good of the school as a whole, and having become a CA Distinguished School this year, obviously it's working.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
My daughter started here last year after attending a Montessori Preschool. She already knew alot before going into kinder but we were fortunate enough to get an amazing teacher! She gives her enrichment work and my daughter is doing well.This is the school I love having my child in!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
Bottom line, you'd be fortunate to get in here. The school is fabulous. The scores are outstanding. They are Title One, which means they have a lot more money coming in for the extras to enrich the students. Things like an orchestra and science. They have plenty of help in the classrooms, and while a lot of kids don't come from English speaking homes, they all speak English themselves. There's a small, non-political core of active parents who run the PTA. They are free of snark and judgement, and the fundraising is very low-key. They are up for the much-coveted Distinguished Schools designation this year. So don't be off-put by the 7 on the Great Schools score -- I think that's about 3 points too low. You'll love it here!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
Excellent teachers and staff. API has grown to 863 which is right up there with Sherman Oaks and Dixie!! Chandler is a small school that has a newer (amazing, involved principal), and provides a very loving, learning environment for our kids. We are so blessed to have Chandler

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
I have been a volunteer reading partner at Chandler for over four years, helping lwith children typically on a one to one basis, but also helping out in the classrooms . I have also participated in special school activities. This is a terrific school! The teachers really do give their all. I've been around long enough to see exremely hard-working , dedicated staff and active PTA, along with enthusiastic , appreciative community participation. It's an honor to be incuded here.

- submitted by a community member
December 28, 2010
As a former Chandler student back in the 60's -70's I enjoy reading about my school. I did read some reviews and one mentioned how the teacher was "so far so good" but " a bit strict". I have to say that times have changed when teachers are a suppose to be "nice and friendly" and not to anger a child or consequence them. What a soft bunch of parents and kids we seem to have these days. Teachers have to defend themselves vs when the teacher called home the parent respected the call and addressed the problem at home. Too bad for the kids. Not everyone should get the ribbon for just trying. I'm speaking from experience as I became a teacher. I teach PE and more kids have little or no skills related to movement, coordination or basic understanding of games. Fault of the schools or teachers? Partly as many teachers are hamstrung by test scores and analytical thinking is lost. I'm happy that Chandler is still a fine school and is educating a diverse population. I know that there are great parents and teachers in all schools. Without parent support, regardless of the teachers, children do not learn.

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2010
Chandler is a gem! The school's API is right on par with Riverside & Dixie Canyon. We have a great PTA & Booster Club with active parents. Our principal, Ms. McIntire, was the AP at Lanai Road and she's worked very hard to get Chandler up to grade with some of the other schools in the area. Our teachers are extremely skilled, efficient and caring. The school is VERY clean, well maintained and has a SMALL teacher/child ratio. The PTA are active in implementing additional art, music, dance & physical Ed - while other school are getting cutbacks. We spent a fortune sending our daughter to different private schools, all the while Chandler was right under our nose! I highly recommend looking at Chandler before you give up on LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Chandler is really a wonderful, charming, diverse, gem of a school. We love it! Not only is it beautiful aesthetically, with its mature trees and clean grounds, it has a great Principal, teachers and administrative staff. Committed parent volunteers and PTA members have really stepped up to involve themselves and contribute to the school's success. The education is first rate and our child has flourished beautifully.

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July 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2009
My son attends chandler and so far so good...I like his teacher. She is nice but yet stricked. I also like the fact that this school doesnt have that manny student and therfore the teaches can focus on our childres education rather that the size of the class..

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October 21, 2008
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October 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 13, 2008
Well I am a former student from Chandler and I loved it. The teachers are very supporting and challenging. I love the environment it is in and even better the staff. Great School- Great Staff

- submitted by a student
September 06, 2008
My child recently culminated from Chandler and had a wonderful experience. The teachers and curriculum are terrific and more than challenging. For those of you who commented on the lack of parental involvement, where were you? The PTA sponsored many enrichments programs and there were always opportunities for parents to be involved. Parents need to beware of the gossip and 'hype' regarding certain schools which gets passed along as gospel. Fancy fundraiser dinner dances don't always translate into sound programs and committed teachers. Teachers and the effort they put into their classrooms is what counts and Chandler's teaching staff is superb!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
I would like to respond to those commentors here who mention a lack of parental involvement. As Gandhi says, Be the change you want to see in the world. In other words, are you part of the solution, or part of the problem? How many of you citing poor parental involvement have worked any of our numerous fundraisers, or raised your hand when the call went out for committee chairpersons? Poor parental involvement is rampant in most schools, and there s only one solution: Get involved! Don t depend on other parents to carry your load. My children have attended Chandler since my youngest was in kindergarten, and I ve been extremely satisfied with every aspect of the school. The principal is great, the teachers are first-rate, and any problems are addressed immediately and appropriately. Hardly any of the families in my neighborhood attend Chandler, but that s a topic for another place...

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2008
Chandler elementary is a good school if you don't want your child to have challenge. Lack of parent involvement because lack of support from staff and administration. Observe other schools before picking this one.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 06, 2008
This school has a good educational program but not enough parental involvement or extra curricular activities. Some of the teachers are not aggressive enough and there's not enough after school supervision. Speaking from my experience, the parking is terrible, they are somewhat disorganized and they don't address social issues well at all. If you have any choices to choose from, I would not pick this school as the first choice, but it would be taken into consideration.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
My daughter is finishing her first year at Chandler. I have been so pleased with my choice to send her here. The teachers are excellent, the administration is committed to students, teachers, and parents, the arts and pe program is more than I could have hoped for. As a former LAUSD teacher, I am pretty picky, and I have been thrilled with everything so far. The parent involvement is not strong, but the PTA talks about wanting to strengthen. There is some disorganization, but I feel like that is just an area for improvement, not a serious flaw. This is a great school

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
The SRLDP (Pre-K) program at Chandler is the best kept secret in the Sherman Oaks area. The teacher and teacher's aides are amazing. It rivals any private pre-school. My son and his classmates ended the school year more than ready for kindergarten, both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
Chandler Elementary is a wonderful school for your child to attend. Both of my children are attending Chandler and I could'nt be more happier with the education their getting. Teachers are very professional. We need more parent involvement at this school.

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June 04, 2006
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May 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
This school is wonderful, with an outstanding staff, especially the principal, Errol Haft. I have two children attending, and couldn't be happier with the curriculum and the learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2006
This is a small neighborhood school that is quickly climbing the ladder of success. Headed by it's principal, Errol Haft, it is well on it's way of becoming one of the top neighborhood schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
Really like the principal but don't like the curriculum or moving of students to different classrooms during the year.

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December 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
Chandler Elementary has excellent teachers who care and go the extra mile for their students. Chandler Elementary is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
Good school - great teachers!

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September 07, 2005
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August 29, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
August 19, 2005
I love Chandler Elementary school. My son has attended Chandler since grade K and is not entering 5th grade. The teachers are exceptional! If you ever have any sort of problem they are always there to help and to resolve the matter. Each teacher my son has had in the past has dedicated themselves to help each child learn and achieve the knowledge needed. I feel that the school should give working parents a chance to be involved in meetings in the evenings as opposed to the mornings.

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July 08, 2005
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no rating May 06, 2005
This is my area's home school. I did not send my kids here for pre-k because the program did not seem to have enough structure. I really liked the teacher though. their test scores are improving, too.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
My child is in kindergarten and I was very nervous about enrolling in Chandler due to its poor reputation and the fact that my child is fairly advanced and is working above grade level. However, I couldn't be happier. The teacher has gone to great lengths to ensure that my child is challenged both in individual and group instruction, while still instructing the class as a whole. My child loves going to school now, whereas tantrums were a daily occurance when we arrived at pre-school! The only drawback to Chandler is its lack of parent involvement. Whether that is due to economic, language or cultural factors I do not know, however I do plan to become actively involved myself and make a difference. Overall, I have been extremely satisfied with my experience with Chandler and plan to send my second child when the time arrives.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2004
Chandler is a wonderfully culturally diverse school. The principal is fantastic!!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2004
Chandler is a great school. The teachers are excellent and the staff is great!

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Chandler Learning Academy
14030 Weddington Street, Van Nuys, CA  91401
(818) 789-6173
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