Mrs. Miller is an amazing teacher that blends social emotional learning with academics. She engages students in Common Core thinking and my son loves learning. We hope that his teachers in the upcoming years will be just as understanding of the balance between youth development and maintaining high expectations for all children while supporting them with rigorous and diverse lessons. My 1st grader writes reflectively, completes thinking maps to help develop his paragraphs, uses multiple modalities to demonstrate his understanding, consistently works on improving his ELA writing and reading comprehension and absolutely loves science, computer science, and math. I am a happy mommy reviewing his student work. And, when I had concerns, she returned my calls in a timely manner. Kuddos to an awesome LAUSD teacher.
The school does not have staff that are engaged in the development of the children socially nor educationally. The principal is overwhelmed and seemingly ill equipped to direct the staff in a way that promotes them to make conscious decisions on behalf of the families that are entrusting them with their loved ones. At this school money talks and while our family is in no way lacking in this area, we do not want to feel that this is the difference in our child getting the nurturing and development needed to become a responsible human being in society. Teachers are selected on their willingness to "take the job" and not their ability.
Chandler Learning Academy is a wonderful neighborhood school. We own a home around the corner from the school and decided to try our local school for kindergarten and now our son is finishing first grade and our daughter can't wait to start kindergarten. The school has a great community feel and we have become good friends with many neighborhood families. Chandler is a California Distinguished School and a charter school. Under Mrs. McIntire's leadership, Chandler has grown into a great school. The teachers are very well qualified, nurturing, accessible and get along with each other and the principal. The after school offerings are top-notch and include art, drama, music, cooking, karate, sports, Spanish and STEM robotics. The spring musical this year is "The Wizard of Oz". The PTA is very involved and receptive to new ideas. The school also has a strong GATE program for gifted students and effectively differentiates learning for all students. My son is very happy at his school and proud to be a Chandler Cheetah.
You wouldn't know it from the street view but once you enter the campus it's very warm and inviting. The teachers truly care about the students well-being and propel them academically. My student is in TK and we have Ms Meza as a teacher. We love her she is an amazing teacher. The principal is always on site and you can find her anytime walking around campus and interacting with people this school also has many events so the school spirit is very high. PTA is very involved and that makes all the difference . My family and I are really glad we found this hidden gem .
The principal, teachers and PTA are really dedicated to create a great learning experience for all students. My son has made many great neighborhood friends, enjoys going to school and is doing very well academically. The E3 after school program, which is new this year, is amazing. The students have different enrichment classes every day, complete their homework and have a lot of fun playing outside. There is also a beautiful vegetable garden in the center of the school where the different grades learn how to garden from a Farmer Educator every week.
There has been very little turn-over of teachers at Chandler and most of the teachers send their own children to the school. The teachers are experienced, nurturing and know how to get the best out of each student. Principal McIntyre is an effective administrator, listens to parent and teacher concerns, attends most of the PTA meetings and overall works hard to create a positive school environment for all of the students.
My first grade son is assigned homework Monday through Thursday and completes it in about 20-30 minutes. He is also assigned an additional 20 minutes of reading every school night. The first graders have also been assigned two long term projects this year and were given a month to do them. In kindergarten and at the beginning of this school year, my son was not thrilled about doing homework, resisted doing it and it would sometimes take up to an hour to complete. About halfway through this year, he stopped resisting doing his homework and now gets it all done at his after school program. The E3 after school program does a phenomenal job of supervising homework and I think the camaraderie of the students working on it together helps them finish it quickly. I think the amount of homework the students receive develops solid work habits because ultimately the students who matriculate from Chandler Learning Academy are very well prepared for Middle School. Many of the students attend the magnet programs at Millikan, Walter Reed and competitive private middle schools in the area.