We love Chandler Learning Academy! The school truly is an amazing community of eager students, dedicated and talented teachers, caring administrators and committed parents. My husband and I initially chose this school for our children because Chandler is a California Distinguished School, a small charter school, walking distance to our home, has many trees, gardens and lots of green space. We have been impressed by how much our son has grown academically, socially and emotionally this year. His kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Mendoza, is an excellent educator and has taught him so much. I have gotten to know the other kindergarten teachers as well and they are all really dedicated, nurturing and perfect for the TK and kindergarten students.
Chandler Learning Academy is a wonderful neighborhood school. We own a home in the neighborhood and decided to try our local school for kindergarten. It recently became a California Distinguished School and a charter school. Under Mrs. McIntire's leadership, Chandler has steadily improved over the last few years. 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, Spanish, tennis, cooking, karate, and STEM robotics. The PTA is growing and they are very receptive to new ideas. The school has a GATE program for gifted students and effectively differentiates learning. Beginning in kindergarten, students are divided into three math groups once a week and grouped to meet their individual needs. My son is very happy at his school and proud to be a Chandler Cheetah.
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.
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 --
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.
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.
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.
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.