We are in our second year at Broadway Mandarin Immersion and we are absolutely impressed by the quality of teaching that we are receiving in a Public School! Our son is learning Chinese, he adores his teachers and has made many friends. Our principal has amazing leadership and compassion. The parents are very involved and the population is diverse.
Broadway Elementary is trying to do something beyond what most parents in regular English programs can understand. Any negative reviews for this school by previous posters are most likely not in either the MI or SI programs. This was a failing school all but a few years ago. The MI program came in and raised up this school that no one in the local community really seemed to care about. The principal is currently being split between three programs, having to deal with LAUSD politics along with the daily issues of running a school. I applaud what the MI and SI programs are trying to do, it requires strong parental involvement, time and money. This is not just a drop your kids off at school place. The program's success is a reflection of how much the parents ARE the school.
This school is amazing academically but if you are looking for feel good, creative program-- do not look at the Mandarin Program. It is strict and lacks fun. It seems like the school could do something to make it a more enjoyable experience for kids. Also, they ask the parents for A LOT of money! There is no room for lower income families if you ask me. They cater to the rich.
Second time posting... seems like my first post was deleted. Here is goes again. My worst decision as a parent was to send my son to this school. The school is split into 2 programs and it is pretty clear to see which program is favored. The principal seems to undermine the intelligence of the parents and act as if this isn t obvious to see. The teachers lack enthusiasm for teaching and the office staff could learn some manners from my 6 year old son. The school hardly offers the opportunity for parent involvement which makes it difficult to have a strong relationship with the staff. Worst school in this district! Stay away!
Broadway is a great school. We went with the Mandarin program because research shows learning a pictorial language (Chinese, Arabic etc ) in conjunction with a phonetic language (English) challenges the brain even more. Plus, the Mandarin program parents have raised funds so every Mandarin classroom has a TA and the children (in every grade) get to take multiple field trips (unlike the other programs at Broadway, and the majority of schools within LAUSD). To date, LAUSD has not committed any funds towards moving the program to another location and has failed to execute any previous plans for such a move. I don t think they have the money to build anything, anywhere, on the Westside. Time will tell.
Our daughter is a kindergartner in the Spanish Immersion program. There is currently a lot of change happening at Broadway, namely, the Mandarin program has grown too big for the school and so is being moved to a new location over the course of the next three years. Currently there are only two SI classes but that will grow as Mandarin transitions. We are so incredibly happy with our experience here so far. Ole Maravilla (the Vice Principal and SI champion) is a fantastic leader and very passionate about the school and the kids.There is wonderful group of families and parent involvement is very high. Most importantly the teachers are phenomenal! I have an older child that went through the Santa Monica school system and I can say with out any reservation that both Mrs. Nagata and Sra Carvajal are among the best teachers I have ever worked with. I have always been heavily involved in the classroom, spending up to 15 hours per week at times, so have experience with many different teachers. I honestly can not say enough good things about them. Our daughter is absolutely thriving! We feel so incredibly blessed and grateful to be a part of this fabulous program.
The school does not embrace children with individual learning needs even with an IEP. The school psych is available once a week only as is the school nurse. The previous AP was shared with 2 other schools. The current AP is shared with 3 other schools. The teachers do not appear to want to duplicate best practices that work with specific children - instead preferring to use consequence/reward systems that did not work in kinder level for second graders and inconsistent enforcement of rules. Some seven year olds can be their legal and biological age at any time. Others are reprimanded for the same infractions. Still others are coerced into panel meetings with teachers and principal. This is a traditional school environment that will not follow what's in your child's IEP nor consistently communicate with parents. This school prefers to "grow and manage" academic test scores first and always.
I am the parent of a first grader at Broadway. My daughter transferred into kindergarten six weeks after school began last year. I have been delighted with the school, from the principal all the way down to the janitorial staff. The academics are challenging, but the teachers make the work engaging and fun. There is a tremendous amount of parent involvement, which lends itself to an overall sense of community. And, call it a personal bias, but I do not believe there is a better principal to be found in all of LAUSD. Her commitment to the students resonates in every decision she makes. I continue to be awestruck that my girl is going to leave elementary school with a great overall education and fluent in Mandarin. All this from a public school? WHAT?! I love it.
The Broadway Mandarin Immersion program is great. My daughter just started kindergarten there and is so excited for both her chinese and english classes. The teachers are excellent and the school is on top of EVERYTHING. The parents are also very involved (sometimes a little too much, but that's my own pet peeve) and the school is run extremely well. I wasn't sure if the school would be worth the trek and given that our local school is extremely good, but after only a month or so, i can say it definitely is worth it.
Wonderful principal and excellent teachers. Parents in the Mandarin Immersion program are quite involved. The after school program run by STAR is also very well organized.
This is a mandarin immersion school that started about 4 years ago, and has been doing really well since the new school started. The principle is highly motivated, the teachers are highly responsible and the parents are highly involved. Overall this is an excellent school, and highly recommended.
After three years of exploring options, we are now one month into the Broadway Mandarin Immersion Program with our kindergartener. Overall, we love the program. It's really fun seeing our child come home and sing Chinese songs and speak Chinese with classmates and family members. We have a 30 minute each-way commute, and opted out of a top rated neighborhood school to attend Broadway. Our only concern is that this is an LAUSD school, and is burdened with the same bureaucracy as every LAUSD school. Yet, Principal Wang is an amazing leader and she does a great job of managing within this system. Parent volunteers and donations further build upon the program that Principal Wang established. As we want our child to have a world class education, we also go one step further with after school and weekend enrichment programs. Now that we're on the inside of this school, it would be even easier if we had to make the choice again--the Broadway Mandarin Immersion Program was the right choice for our family.
Broadway Elementary has an amazing Mandarin Immersion program - - the teachers are so dedicated and do fantastic work with our kids. Parent involvement is excellent and it's evident how invested everyone is in helping the program to continue its incredible growth.
Broadway Elementary School started a Mandarin Immersion Program in 2010. My daughter was in the 2nd cohort that started in 2011. We are super impressed by the caliber of the Principal, Susan Wang, and the teachers involved in the Immersion Program. They are hard-working and loving toward the kids and amazing to see how quickly my daughter was able to pick up Mandarin writing and reading and improve her communications as well. The parent community is also very involved and committed to seeing the Mandarin Immersion Program do well and building up the Mandarin immersion community. I also love that there is a diverse population of families involved in the program interested in multi-cultural understanding. It is a fantastic program and we love it!!! Can't believe it's a LAUSD PUBLIC school!
We love this school. My son has learned so much both Chinese and English. Principle Wang is the best! She is so dedicate to all the students. Parents here are fully involved.
Our son is now beginning first grade at Broadway in the Mandarin Immersion program and we feel very happy with the school so far. The parent involvement is very strong and the teachers all seem very capable. Principal Wang has done a great job with this innovative LAUSD school.
Both of my children are learning and thriving in the Mandarin Immersion Program at Broadway. I can't agree more on all the great things that other parents said about this program. This is an unique and possibly the best public education within LAUSD. If you want your child to be bilingual (Mandarin), globally minded, and you don't mind the extra support required to help your child succeed, this is the program. The Principal is extremely dedicated, very open to parent input and cares deeply about each student's well-being. Teachers work hard to collaborate in their team-teaching model and to differentiate their teaching. The parent community is diverse and very active. This is a great program.
Broadway is a remarkable school on so many levels. On one small campus we harbor three successful elementary programs, English focused, Spanish focused, and Mandarin focused. When we all gather at assembly, all races mixed, with our hands over our hearts to do, The Pledge of Allegiance, it feels like the America we dream of; opportunity and peace for all of our children. The academics are great, and even rising each year, but most importantly, our children see the parents work together, wether it be volunteering for valet parking, beautification days, or just chatting while the children play.
My daughter is now in second grade. She loves the school, the teachers and her friends. We are in the Mandarin Immersion program. We are native first generation Mandarin speaking family. We find this program provide adequate challenges to our child in both Mandarin and English curriculum. Our extended family member oversea are amazed how fluent she is in reading, writing and speaking in both English and Mandarin. We are very proud of our child and very appreciated to this program and entire teaching-team of this program. Nevertheless, we understand this program may not work for every family, there is a certain level of commitment and parent participation involved in working with a child in this program. This is not a play-based school and there is homework and daily reading.
Amazing school! The Mandarin Language Immersion Program is fantastic! The teachers and administration are dedicated and talented! The parents are involved and the children happy. This school is truly a GEM!!
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