Everyone at Broadway is amazing. It is a school filled creativity, community and love. Both parents and students alike are happy and active. The staff is fabulous. The teachers teach with a heart. Principal Wang is proactive, thoughtful and a powerful woman with a great big heart. We love Broadway!!
Principal Wang is the vision, the fire, the tireless energy behind this program. When others saw a failing school and wanted to shut it down, she said not so fast. She is the driving force AND the glue that holds everything together. To be frank, I'm a little worried that a private school is going to scoop her up for 3x the salary of LAUSD -- if they did, they'd be getting a bargain. She's that good.
Wow wow wow. The teachers here are simply amazing. The Principal has done a great job of screening for and hiring only the most qualified, comitted teachers.
Think about it -- for the immersion programs' "team teaching" model, each teacher needs to do effectively twice as much work (e.g. grading two sets of homework) since the classes swap halfway through the day. You don't sign up for a job like this unless you are SUPER COMMITTED to the vocation of teaching.
A round of applause for Broadway teachers!
Look, if you want to enroll your child in an intellectually-rigorous program that will build strong cognitive muscles, you have to realize that this requires work. The immersion kids have, on top of the homework other schools have, additional work in their target language each night. I don't like how this question is worded, however -- is the extra homework "too much"? Or is it "just right" / what is needed to develop true fluency in another language? As parents, we are attracted to this school for its rigorous academics, so "additional" homework is actually welcome (especially if you look at how other schools in LAUSD fare!)
Learning another language, especially one that may not be spoken in your home, can be a heck of a challenge for any child. Kids here have to develop "grit", since they are not only learning Common Core, but they are learning a new language at the same time!
I also really like that there are so many different levels of language skill in each class -- this range of abilities will keep smart kids humble, and it means they will never get bored.
My daughter is currently in the Spanish immersion program at Broadway Elementary. She is receiving a first-rate education in a diverse and stimulating environment. Principal Wang, the teachers and the parents all work diligently to make Broadway an exemplary learning institution.
A really dedicated group of parents in both the SI and MI programs + an amazing principal is what makes this school a gem. My child is in the SI program and we love it. Fantastic teachers. He is getting such a quality education, a multicultural environment, and all this is at a free public school. I would just say be prepared to contribute. This is school needs the hard working parents - that either can give money or time to make this school the success it is.
My son has attended the SI (Spanish Immersion) program from the start of the program. I love the school and that the teachers are so passionate about what they do! It's wonderful to hear him starting to communicate in Spanish. The program is 50/50 split... he attends half the day in English and half the day in Spanish (they never hear the teachers speaking in English). I'm excited to have the opportunity to give my son this valuable education of dual languages without the private school cost. I highly recommend this program!!!