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Van Nuys, CA
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13400 Erwin Street
Van Nuys, CA 91401

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(818) 988-6292
(818) 785-2674
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December 04, 2014
Erwin has a new principal who is very supportive of students, parents, staff, and faculty. We have a computer lab to prepare students for the new Smarter Balanced tests and life in a tech-driven world. Teachers at Erwin are very dedicated to their students and work collaboratively within and across grade levels. Our academic expectations are high, and we welcome parent participation. The school provides gifted education and intervention services, and we have a nurse and psychologist on staff. Thanks to a our dynamic PTA and Parent Center, we are able to raise money to provide extracurricular activities for our students. Erwin Elementary School has created a safe and caring environment with an emphasis on academic excellence.

- submitted by a teacher

October 14, 2014
I really love Erwin St. Elem. My child receives quality education. He loves his teacher and his friends. The principal is very attentive to the children's needs. The principal also listens to & responds to feedback (positive & negative). From what I have witnessed, he wants to make our school better. When we first started at Erwin, I was a little hesitant. I thought that the population (including a large number of "English learners") would be a hindrance in the classroom. My fears were far from the truth. My son is exposed to a melting pot of cultures (which is extremely valuable). He receives a great education. Few children seem to lag because of language barriers. Parents need the translation sometimes, but students seem completely competent with the English language. Another fear when entering the school was the score. I hate seeing the giant "5" on great schools. I spoke the principal about this recently. He explained that because of CA's move to a new testing system, the scores are stuck whether we improve or not. Until we are past the beta stages & until we integrate a new rating system that takes the new testing system into account, there's not much we can do.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2014
Don't let that 5 fool you. This school is a gem! The teachers are engaging, the administration is dedicated, and the students are sweet. The PTA is under new leadership, and they're strongly committed to creating a community at Erwin and raising money for our students. If you live in the Erwin district, you should really send your kids here.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2014
I have worked at multiple schools during my teaching career, and I have been happiest by far at Erwin (this is now my 7th year). We have dedicated teachers, a strong principal (Kevin McClay), and motivated students. Each year, the school invests in new technology and continued education and training for the staff. The focus never strays away from doing what is best for our students and helping them achieve their full potential.

- submitted by a teacher

August 14, 2014
This is a wonderful school to send your children to. The teachers are dedicated to providing an enriching and fulfilling education. Teachers are friendly and professional. The principal is welcoming to parents and is an excellent school leader. Don't be mislead, come check out this great school for yourself!

- submitted by a teacher

March 19, 2013
Great school great teachers in a great neighborhood! Our kids are happy and thriving here. So glad the school is off of any busy streets right in the middle of a wonderful neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2011
My child is in this school and the students who are English Learners they still,need more help in writing skills also in math all public schools need more after school programs or before school I wish the teachers,will volunteer and gave classes to kids.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2010
This school had a API score jump after a test taking methods/teaching to the test guru consulted with the school/teachers. A sure way to get scores up but does taking the SAT prep course really make anyone smarter - or just better at taking tests. There are some effective teachers but dismal quality afterschool programs which make it a hard choice for some parents in the area.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2010
Great school, nice teachers, It has a gifted and Talanted education program, which offers a more challenging and faced paced curriculum for identified 3rd 4th and 5th grade students. it Also has a free preschool program which is great, overall I'm very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2009
I graduated from there in 2005 it is a great academic school and has many after shcool activities to offer.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2006
My child is in the 2005-2006 kindergarten class at Erwin Street. She is learning to read and write far beyond the level that was expected for her age in the 1970's. Her teacher, Ms. Perros Barrett, is excellent in every way (lesson plans, presentation, involvement and communication). The new principal, Maria Awakian, encourages the staff and students to have school pride and to participate in celebrating various cultures. My only two regrets are that the schoolyard is all blacktop (no grass to play in) and that the PTA meetings are all scheduled during the daytime which excludes the working moms and dads. There could be more parential involvement if the PTA would meet in the evenings occasionally.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2005
I am very unhappy, that the school has no extracurricular activities or offer programs after school to help those students with help in reading, math, or homework clinic. I have brought this issue to the principal and other teachers and no one seems to care. I did my research and concluded, that a high percentage of students are either failling Math and Reading and the school would benefit of such programs.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2005
Kudos to the administration, teachers, parents, and students for raising the API scores to 4! The new principal, Maria Awakian is approachable, fair and well liked by the staff. I see further improvements in test scores and student learning, as well as a much needed repair in staff morale rise. Erwin Street School will return to a united front with 'students first' in mind. The rating indicated below is for the school year 2004-2005.

- submitted by a teacher

May 02, 2005
I feel that this school needs alot of work. I don't feel that the teachers are putting forth enough effort with our children. It's very unfortunate that this is the only public elementary school in my district, when it is so poorly ran.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2004
This is a very rough school. My daughter's introduction to the playground was being dragged across it by three boys with her blouse pulled over her head. The principle ignores most non hispanic parents and doesn't return calls. There have been problems with students getting hit by cars because there are no crossing guards and heavy traffic. Buses are forced to load and off load children by double parking. Vandalism is also an issue.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2004
My daughter goes to Erwin Street and I am amazed how much she has learned!! Her teachers are excellent and very caring and protective of the kids. If I ever move i will make sure i move into Erwins district. And i forgot to mention the office staff who are very caring and wonderful people.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2003
My name is Tabitha Cosentino I was a student at Erwin in the early 70's. I had some great teachers Mrs. McCoy, Ms. Bomb, Mrs. Cox, and Ms. Rosen they were all great. Erwin is a wonderful school I highly recommend it to anyone considering sending there child there. Thanks for all the great years.

- submitted by a community member

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Erwin Elementary School
13400 Erwin Street, Van Nuys, CA  91401
(818) 988-6292
Last modified Erwin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Erwin Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top