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PK-5
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Venice, CA
Students enrolled: 590

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810 Coeur D'Alene Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

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October 18, 2014
Simply the best lausd can offer. Although an hour shorter than private school on a daily basis, they do the most they can to make up for it with great after school programs. Super great principal , devoted and overworked. Your lucky if your in their boundaries.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
Our first year here and our child goes to K. Overall, I cannot say anything negative about this school; very friendly and professional staff, great after school program, wonderful principal who knows each and every family's names. This is a place where kids don't just learn but they are involved in every way to enhance each of their passion. Also I must mention how great the parents are here as well, its very diverse yet I feel many of them are participating in many ways to help maintain this wonderful community here. I am more than glad to have found this school for our child.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
This is our third year at Coeur D'Alene, and we've been consistently impressed with the warmth, diversity and genuine commitment of the entire community. The principal and his staff are always on top of things, and he literally knows every student's name within the first week of school. Every student. The teachers are experienced yet enthusiastic, and they work to keep curriculum lively and current. Because of the dedicated families and fundraising, we are incredibly lucky to have all the things that should be automatic but unfortunately are not for most of LAUSD; our students enjoy weekly PE, art classes, music, dance, gardening, and much more. The after school programs are widely varied and a wonderful support system for working parents. Bottom line: If you live in the Coeur D'Alene district, consider yourself one lucky parent!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
Wonderful neighborhood school, amazing community, inspiring teachers and administrative staff, great principal, excellent booster club and group of volunteers that supports the school - we cannot say more good things about it. Our son loves school and has grown so much in the last few years both academically and emotionally. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
We are now in our 2nd year at CdA and love it even more than the first year! CdA is a wonderful community with many parents who are so friendly and truly care about the school and their chid's education. I am impressed with the transition to Common Core Standards. Mr Jenkins the Principal is highly experienced and educated in training teachers at our school as well as teachers at other schools. He continues to excel in his own knowledge in order to share it with the teachers. He is always visible and knows not only all the children's names but knows the parent's names as well. My son loves going to school and comes home with stories of what he learned for the day. His teacher has wonderful tactics implemented in a structured environment to motivate learning and positive social behavior. Parent involvment is encouraged but not required. The teachers welcome parent volunteers to help in the classroom. I love this! I know exactly how my child is doing. CdA is a school that is beyond the expectations of the LAUSD. WIth the Parent booster club and the involvment of Mr Jenkins, CdA offers wonderful resources for learning and preparation for future years.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
My family has been so fortunate to call Cda our home for the past 7 years. Within the limitations set out by lausd, Cda has been able to break through those limitations and offer my daughters a well rounded diverse education. They start the day with cardio and yoga to get their synapses firing, and then enter their class room ready to learn. Large class sizes are rectified by small group learning, paired learning and independent learning. The grades are fully staffed with aides all paid for by the parent fundraising group. The fundraising gives our kids music, poetry, art, dance, theatre, PE and a librarian. The principal is committed to high academic standards for both the teachers and students and is a constant presence on campus. I appreciate how available he is to us as parents. We will be sad to say goodbye to Cda after 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
We are now entering our second year at CDA and love it more than the first year! CDA is a wonderful community where the families are so friendly and truly care about their child s education. The transition to Common Core Studies has been excellent with Mr Jenkin s, the Principals involvement. He has trained not only the teachers at CDA but teachers from other schools. He has continued to increase his knowledge and continues to share it with the teachers. We are so lucky to have him with the experience he brings. Mr Jenkins is always visible on the campus and not only knows every child s name but knows the parent s names as well. My son loves going to school and is excited to share what he has learned for the day. His teacher is extremely organized and has implemented a great structure for learning and positive social behavior. Parent involvement is encouraged but not required. The teachers welcome parents to volunteer in the classroom. CDA is truly a gem inside the LAUSD System. With the involvement of the Parent Booster Club and Mr Jenkins, CDA has been able to implement more than what LAUSD offers and has a great amount of resources for learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
Our child attended Coeur D'alene for three years and within the confines of LA Public it was an outstanding school. Good teachers, good leadership, amazing diversity and outstanding parent participation. BUT after moving to a FL school district we realized how truly broken LA Public is. CDA was a bastion in a broken school district. Teachers were committed, yet below par nationally. Principle Jenkins is proficient yet completely unapproachable (yet isn't being approachable part of the job description for an administrator?). Parent involvement was great . . . but also a necessity as without the financial contribution from parents ($300,000 a year) this school would go without a library and after school programs which other school systems take for granted and are fully funded without non profit contributions. In the end, CDA is a great school; prospects for middle and high school after CDA . . . horrific! CDA plays well to test scores that are designed to increase funding, but we are not sure if this is a good thing for the students. For these parents goodbye was the best choice for our child.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2014
My son just graduated after six years at CDA and I have no doubt that CDA has provided him with the solid foundation for middle school. He has had dedicated, hard working teachers and a principal who truly cares and wants every single student to succeed. He's even gotten some music & art education - and p.e. too.There is a committed group of parents who raise money to make sure CDA gets these extras. The CDA community is diverse enough that my son has had the privilege of making friends with kids from a wide variety of backgrounds. Though our experience at CDA was 99% positive, there are a few families who have had problems with teachers. Sadly, there are a few teachers who yell at students occasionally - and get away with it. I'm not sure if they're overwhelmed by the size of their classes (which got bigger due to LAUSD budget cuts) or if they are burnt out and ready to do something different. Other than those few teachers with attitude/anger management issues, the school shines!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
My daughter's first grade teacher is a phenomenal. She is so devoted and inspiring. I love her ability to be warm and yet set very clear boundaries. Every time I walked into the classroom, I was amazed at how good the kids were, they always seemed very engaged. One of the most exciting things for me this year was to watch was my daughter develop her reading skills. It seemed like over night everything clicked. My daughter now loves to read (after once being very frustrated by it). Principal Jenkins knows every child's and parent's name. He actually has lunch with the kids. He has high standards and is firm and the kids respect him immensely. The parents are so hands-on and involved, it is truly a community here. Fundraising is a well oiled machine and you can see where every penny goes to. We feel so lucky to be part of this school because of the principal, teachers, parents and the kids and we wouldn't want to go anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
We have been at Coeur D'alene (CDA) since first grade and it has been a great experience. Principal Andrew Jenkins is fantastic and has created a great neighborhood school. Our son was accepted to private schools for elementary school but we selected CDA and we don't have any regrets. Principal Jenkins is an educational leader who understands the kids, staff and how to make the school exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
The community created by the staff and families at CDA, coupled with an informed and active principal and enthusiastic and credentialed teachers makes this school superlative in our family's experience. As parents of 5th and 1st grade students, we feel so very thankful to have had the experiences thus far at our local school and look forward to many more. There is a lot of parent involvement, very caring teachers (both of our kids have been participating since pre-k and have truly had wonderful instructors) and above all, our kids are really happy at school and enjoy learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
THE GEM OF VENICE We are so happy and thankful that our kids go to and participate at Coeur d'Alene Elementary. Being novice parents (like a lot of us) and up until last year a fairly transient family, CDA has is not only advanced our kids academically way beyond anything we could have imagined, but also and probably most importantly to us, the teachers and the other parents at the school have given us a great sense of community. We look forward to many years at the school and a solid and stable foundation for our children.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
I have been a parent for three years at this exceptional school that has a leader and teachers who offer creative and enriching programs that have brought the students, parents, and faculty together to enable the students to obtain maximum value from their education. Their interest in extracurricular activities also illustrates their commitment to the education of their students. The programs which have been launched have encouraged the students to diversify their interests.The principal's strong academic profile coupled with his high level of energy and commitment make him one the most valuable assets to the District. He should be encouraged and possibly incentivized to remain with our school for the benefit of the students, faculty, and parents. I have had an opportunity to observe other schools and their faculty and have yet to find a comparable program for quality and content.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
I cannot say enough good about this school - Principal Jenkins has created a little "best-practice heaven" right in the middle of Venice. I have worked in education for about 10 years. When we relocated to L.A., I poured over the schools to find the one that would be the best fit, very concerned about finding a good fit for my two free-spirited, gifted children who were bored out of their minds in MD public schools. This school's focus is on critical thinking, inclusion, and learning through play. It is extremely NON-traditional for a public school, so I can see how other parents get freaked out by that. Trust me, you will never get a better public school experience.... But SSH! don't tell anyone. let's keep this little gem our little secret ;)

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This school is amazing; my son is in 3 grades and has a great teacher. He started 5 years ago with Mrs. Elson who is absolutely delicious and so kind with the little ones in Pre-K. My son loves her and hugs her each time he sees her. He will never forget his year with this fantastic teacher. Talking about academic skills, his entire teachers have been really good so far and they all brought so much to him, all those years. If you like to get involve in a great school community and like to follow your kids educations, there is no doubt that you will absolutely love this school. In 2 years from now, we will regret our time there and my son is already sad thinking that he will have to leave.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This school is amazing; my son is in 3 grades and has a great teacher. He started 5 years ago with Mrs. Elson who is absolutely delicious and so kind with the little ones in Pre-K. My son loves her and hugs her each time he sees her. He will never forget his year with this fantastic teacher. Talking about academic skills, his entire teachers have been really good so far and they all brought so much to him, all those years. If you like to get involve in a great school community and like to follow your kids educations, there is no doubt that you will absolutely love this school. In 2 years from now, we will regret our time there and my son is already sad thinking that he will have to leave.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
We just moved here from belgium this summer and are truly amazed as to what cda has offer - absolutely no comparison to public schools in belgium! Starting with teachers really devoted to their pupils it's a joy to watch them, a great staffed library, after-school programs so numerous that it's hard to choose and perhaps most importantly a principal that seems to have made it his life's mission to make the school as good as it could possibly get. He knows all 500 students by name on about the second day, extraordinary! Cda deserves all the support it can get as it really lifts the reputation of public schools in general.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
Wonderful neighborhood school! Great staff, parents and students working hard to be at their best every day. A model for LAUSD Elementary Schools, well rounded and offering enrichment in many areas!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
We are so exited to be a part of such an amazing school . Under a strong leadership of principal Jenkins , ever present and fully immersed in the students and schools growth the school is thriving ! It showcases the teachers that are more than qualified for this very important job of teaching and guiding our children with integrity into maturity . It is also comprised of a very involved , compassionate group of parents that give their energy and time to school lovingly . The spirit of school is one of strong community , progressive thought and proactivity .

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
Our family moved from Pennsylvania to MdR five years ago. My new employer said that CdA was an excellent school for our kindergarten son. Our daughter began the pre-K program with Ms. Elson the 18 months later. Son is now in middle school and daughter is in fourth grade at CdA. My husband and I feel so fortunate to be a part of an amazing community of students, parents and administrators. We face the same budget cuts of every school in LAUSD but we rally together and maintain an excellent learning environment for our children. One of our greatest strengths is our diversity--socioeconomic, religious and racial--CdA has it all. Our principal, Mr. Jenkins, is a skilled communicator and inspirational leader. He attends and WORKS at every single one of our fundraisers. Our teachers are creative and committed educators. Several of them recently applied for professional development grants and were successful in receiving funds and fellowships. I think the biggest testament to the strength of our school is the number of former parents who still support us with donations and volunteering long after their children have graduated. CdA is a hidden gem in LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
Coeur d' Alene Elementary is a wonderful school where the student body, parents, teachers and administration are constantly working together to enhance and enrich the academic and social experiences of it's students. CdA has been able to maintain many important enrichment classes and programs, ensuring art, music, dance, PE, and new technologies are a regular part of every child's school experience. Our close community, active booster club and superior principal and teachers together make CdA a truly great place to go to school!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
This school has such a wonderful environment. The teachers are caring and inspiring, I love the fact that they incorporate quite some enrichment experience into their curriculum, like music, drama, art and regular visits to the library. The parents involvement is what helps all work so good.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Truly an amazing school! The teachers are wonderful and the principle is super I involved and is always working hard to better the school, keep the kids safe, and make sure they are in an ideal learning environment. The community feel at this school is amazing. The parents really care about their children's education and everyone works together to make sure they have one of the best schools!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
I have 3 girls who go to this elementary school. As we arrive, at school, they each run in their own direction with big smiles and wide open attitudes. It makes me so grateful to be at a school that will produce a poet in 3rd grade, a strong reader in 1st and curious and social pre- kindergartener. This school has a community , parents and teachers who all feel the same way, PE, ARTS, LIBRARY are a must so we all work hard to make it happen. CDA rules

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
Each year I'm happier with Coeur d'Alene! My kids have loved every teacher they have had (pre-k all the way through 5th) and I feel so lucky to be a part of this community!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
CDA Elementary is a little gem in Venice CA. Having an amazingly diverse student body, an exceptional group of teachers, a great Principal and a super involved Parent Booster Club, the school gets an A+++. When everyone works together as a team, the kids really thrive and that's what's happening there. I couldn't be happier. I prefer this school over private school options since the diversity is exceptional and adds to a rich learning environment for my child. If only it went through to 12th Grade!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2013
I am a parent to a 2013 kindergarten "graduate". I also have a 3 year old. We had an incredible year from every perspective, but most importantly, on the night before the last day of kindergarten, my daughter said that she didn't want school to end. She was going to miss her teacher over the summer. We can't ask for more than that. The other reasons we love CDA are: (1) the most dedicated Principal I have ever seen (more below); (2) an incredible community of passionate parents and (3) an awesome teacher. In terms of (1), I went to public school and graduated high school in 1983. In my world, Principals were "figureheads". Perhaps they were doing something but you never really knew what it was. Principal Jenkins was at EVERY event I attended (including fundraisers on the weekends, school performances (STAR, music and more), Booster Club meetings, painting benches on the weekend to beautify our school and on and on). His passion is apparent in his dedication and commitment. He is approachable and he listens. (2) and (3) speak for themselves....our Booster Club raised $260,000 and our kindy teacher is unparalleled (I hope my son has her in a few years).

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
I highly doubt our incredibly dedicated Principal is sitting around GREATSCHOOLS.COM writing fictitious reviews. My son is entering his last year at Coeur d'Alene and the last 5 years have not been without challenges. But one of the wonderful things about Principal Jenkins, he listens to, and takes every comment/suggestion/complaint whether its from a parent or a child, very seriously. He then brings the kids together who have argued or name called, and makes the children work out the issues with him present. Our kids are lucky to have a Principal who cares about each and every child at his school...

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
My family has had a truly wonderful experience over the years at Coeur d'Alene. I have one child who has gone all the way through, another still there, and another starting in the coming school year. My children have thrived in a community of dedicated teachers, parents, and kids. I have always found the principal and teachers very communicative and interested - always willing to talk about my children and respond promptly to my questions. Academically my children have done well and my oldest entered a rigorous middle school very well prepared. One of the greatest joys for me is that every day my kids love to go to school - that happens when kids feel confident about where they are going and respected by their peers and teachers. So looking forward to my youngest starting in August!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
If you can't say something nice, please don't say it. This site should not be a sounding board for disgruntled parents. I am referring to the post from April 9th. Sending such negative energy towards a principal who has given so much of himself to this school community is uncalled for. I feel honored to work alongside a principal who dedicates himself to facilitating the best possible education for each and every child in our school...a principal who remains the leader while creating a team of teachers, staff, and parents who share in the leadership...a principal who always gives credit to the team...a principal who empowers and supports the entire school community...a principal with a vision that is directed at educating the whole child. Coeur d'Alene Elementary is indeed a beautiful school. The work of many has made it this way. The work of many will keep it this way! We must continue to teach one another to walk in each other's shoes in order to develop understanding, which in turn, can lead to more compassionate responses to one another.

- submitted by a teacher
April 23, 2013
As a small child, I went to private school for most of my education. I always thought that going to private school meant getting the best of everything. When my son was old enough to start kindergarten, I was certain that he would go to private school. My neighborhood friends suggested I look into Coeur d'Alene Elementary. After meeting with the Principal, I was ready to take a chance on public school. Now we have been there for a few years and each year, I am even more sure we made the right decision. Our Principal has improved our API rating to 924. He has made sure we have Art, PE, Music, Dance, Theater for all students. He never stops to think how we can improve our school to give our children even more. The community of parents are also what makes this school so amazing. I wish the school went to 8th grade. I won't know what to do when my son finishes 5th grade. I can't imagine any school being better than CdA!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2013
This is to no end a parent involvement school. With caring teachers who make sure education comes first. A stunning principal that has made this school what it is today. My daughter has been a student here since kindergarten and now this is her last year. I have been pleased with this school from the beginning. We will miss Coeur D'Alene and hope to be as happy with our next school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2012
Nous avons 2 enfants dans cette Incroyable Ecole. Nous sommes vraiment ravis de l'organisation, du programme et activit s extra-scolaires. Le Directeur, leurs professeurs et le reste du personnel sont sinc rement au niveau donn sur ce site! Nos enfants se sentent l'aise dans cette Ecole Coeur d'Alene et cela se refl te sur leur progr s scolaire.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2012
Excellent school. Feels like a private school without the "cliques" or without the competition of who has the fastest car or the most expensive toys. The emphasis is all about academics and being part of a local community that makes a difference in our world.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
I'm extremely satisfied with this school. It has so much parent involvement. and communication is sent thru email which is always answered appropriately. I have 3 kids in different grades from k-5 and they are all very happy and learning. They have great teachers and the principal sits in classes to see the students progress. They also offer tutoring to students if he sees where it is needed and that is a definite plus to see such great support. I couldn't be happier and it will be hard to find another school for my older child next year

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
Great teachers!!!!!! Wish Principle Jenkins had better interpersonal skills, would make sharing with less him confrontational.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
Great school, lots of options for after school. If it had a better science program it would be perfect public school

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
We moved to Los Angeles this summer and moved into this neighborhood specially because of the great ratings C D'A had received. The school has not disappointed. The school is made up of a wonderful community of families. It was important to me that a school be strong academically but also be diverse and have offerings in the arts and this school has all of that. There is a really great energy to this school and I credit the Principal, teachers and families that have come before me for that. I have also never seen anything like the fundraising that takes place at this school, it is phenomenal! This is the reason the kids at this school have so many great experiences. I couldn't be happier with my choice to send my daughter here.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
Strong parent community, caring and involved teachers, committed principal who stresses learning and values and the arts, high expectations, kids who meet them. It is especially wonderful that this school focuses on high achievement for all children, whether wealthy offspring of entertainment industry professionals or kids from the homeless shelter, and is largely successful. Every morning you see lots of local parents. The librarian is a gem and curates engaging books that kids want to read. Lots of fundraising events with high participation and the money goes directly to support arts, music, PE, and all those other things that all schools should have. Afterschool STAR program is awesome, my son loves his EcoStation class, 5 kids and the teacher brings in snakes and bearded dragons and tarantulas. We were new here this year and my kid is thriving.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
Coeur d'Alene Elementary is an outstanding school. It has an amazing cohesive staff who collaborate and work together by grade levels. A very dynamic principal who supports teachers and get things done efficiently and wonderful students who learn to be patient, give "I" statements, and who want to be here. The school is very ethnically diverse and a variety of children speak more than one language. The parents are whole-heartedly involved sponsoring one of the best booster clubs in the city. They donate time and money to make this public school a near private school with art, poetry, teaching assistants, etc. Being a teacher here, you really feel good about coming to work each day knowing that you are going to be productive and leave an impact!

- submitted by a teacher
July 19, 2011
We have an excellent principal at Coeur d Alene Elementary. He is the only principal in the several schools I have worked on over the years who actually regulary goes out on the school yard to supervise at recess and lunch recess.

- submitted by a teacher
March 21, 2011
THANK YOU Coeur D Alene. What an amazing community to belong to. Kudos to our new(ish) principal and all of the amazing teachers and staff who make this school the gem that it is. I have one daughter in 5th grade and another in 2nd. I send them to school every day knowing that they are happy to be there and that they are building academic, as well as social skills. All of the new enrichment opportunities in the last couple of years have been a great addition to daily standard curriculum. Lots of parent involvement, and great kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
Coeur d' Alene is a great school. I am a little surprised by reading some of the reviews below. Our new principal has definitely improved our school in so many areas. This will be the second year of our spelling bee, so fun! He organized a math night with kids and parents and has brought many choices for after school enrichment classes. I am thrilled with the direction Coeur d'alene is going. We have a wonderful, involved principal and a great staff. Keep it up CdA!!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
I've started to have concerns about the new principal. In his first year as a principal and his first at our wildly successful public elementary school, he has helped us lose 20 API points, alienated several families who moved their kids out of the school, cancelled popular advanced classes because he does not believe in them philosophically, and keeps on mentioning the idea of changing to a charter school. I can't believe that one person will "destroy" what so many have worked so hard to create here in our neighborhood, but this, along with the budget cuts we've been experiencing, has gotten me worried about the future of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
The great thing about this school is that the parent community is very active and engaged. Principal Jenkins is a great leader who is attentive to detail and really cares about the kids. There are lots of after school activities, full arts and music programs, and class sizes are still pretty decent.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
My child was in that Math Club. SHE LOVED IT and it brought her 2 up to a 3 in one grading period and she felt great about that. Boo to the new principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
THis school has a new principal. Check the major drop in the state testing!!! It will only get worse from here. He has cancelled math club because it "makes kids feel bad" if the aren't doing well. This new principal will not take feedback from parents. Is fixated on getting students "proficient" Instead of excellent. Our child dropped from being borderline gifted to barely proficient in 1 year with this staff. PARENT BEWARE!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2010
Every neighborhood should be so lucky as to have a public school like Coeur d'Alene. My children have had excellent teachers in the past 5 years and I am very happy with the new principal. He makes a point of knowing all the children in the school, visits the classrooms regularly and supervises the playground himself on most days. I do not agree that the yard is wild and I like the changes he's made so that students have grade level areas on the yard - more choices, fewer problems. The teachers are caring and have high academic expectations. The parents are very involved. Students have a great arts program during and after school. They just opened a STAR program this last semester with fun after school classes. Thank you Coeur d'Alene!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2010
Wonderful community of involved parents. Hard working, concerned teachers. Enthusiastic principal. Happy students. Bright future.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
There are too many people,on this site and others, that would rather complain about a problem than put forth the effort towards its resolution. We should all assist in the educational endeavor our children are confronted with. It seems we favor holding the State accountable for what we, as parents, are ultimately responsible for. I would challenge ALL who read, post and discuss to volunteer and assist the new principal, the hard-working teachers and our children to accomplish our mutual goal: a GREAT education. There are many opportunitites to assist and if you have not, you should; if you have already, do more . The bar is set far too low. Let's raise it together and make the school better each and every year!!! It starts with YOU tomorrow!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2010
Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in the negative review. The new principal seeks to neutralize any problems by pretending they don't exist. The school yard is wild, with very little supervision. My children have been very fortunate to have had only OUTSTANDING teachers, so I personally have no complaints there and I'm very grateful to those teachers for their excellence. I have heard some horror stories, however, about downright cruel treatment from certain other teachers towards their students. When these parents have tried to talk to the Principal about it, they've been treated badly and told they're not allowed to say anything bad against his teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
Great school, great teachers, great, new principal who is in his first year. Lots of involved parents and lots of happy kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
I disagree with the negative review about the principal and teachers. I have two kids at CDA over the last four years and have yet to see a mediocre teacher. The teachers are fabulous. They do their very best in a society that undervalues public education and that slashes the budget for our children while misappropriating those funds to benefit unworthy causes. The current Principal at CDA is raising the standards even more while working with less funding. I am sorry the bad reviewer had a negative experience. I don't think it is typical at all. CDA is an excellent public school.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
I don't know who wrote the negative review of the principal and the teachers at Coeur D'Alene, but as a very involved teacher I know there are good and bad at every school private and public. As far as schools go, this is a good school and a good principal. He has worked very hard this year and as a first time principal I think he is doing a very good job. Everyone is tired this time of year and sometimes things get said in the heat of the moment. I hope this parent calms down and thinks about the good that there is here at school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 20, 2010
The principle is immature and lacks knowledge and mediation skills, with a disdain for the parent volunteers. The teachers are mainly mediocre, a few good teachers and some downright harmful teachers who are too harsh- shouting at the kids and preventing them from going to the bathroom even. The good scores are probably more a result of parental involvement and Kumon than the teachers. .There is bullying prevalent in the school yard, with lack of supervision. Discipline IS a problem at the school, and the teachers seem disillusioned by all the LAUSD cuts. The mission statement that each child will be educated to its potential is a complete joke, with no individuality at all in the material presented to the kids. Mediocre, at best and not the kind of education that one hopes for.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
this school has a great enviornment for the students to learn and the teaching staff is amazing.

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2010
very high involvement from parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Active community (e.g. booster club!) means supplemental funding that LAUSD doesn't provide. That means music programs, art programs, teacher's aides, a school psychologist... You know, all the things that have been shown to help improve education and which the school district doesn't provide.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
great teachers! great parents supporting the kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Coeur D'Alene has excellent leadership, and are showing the children how to become good leaders

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
We love the teachers and the parent involvement. The atmosphere is perfect for the kids to grow and the faculty are totally responsive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Wonderful dedicated teachers. They try to provide as much activities and hands on learning experiences for the children as possible. They would do great things for the school with the money!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
The school is awesome. The reason why I know this, because my nephew came from East Coast and he fits right in. I am a military Spouse and I know all about change and adjusting. Coeur D'Alene Avenue Elementary School keep up the wonderful job that you do. He loves going to school and the only outcome of that is GREAT TEACHERS,and alot of LOVE for the job. That makes a school a school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
This school is an oasis in LA unified. A wonderful diverse community that genuinely works well together. Arts are a top priority here, parent involvement is high, genuine caring and quality teachers reside in the classrooms. My children are very happy, and so am I. I do have concern about the upper 4th and 5th grades with regard to class size, teaching styles, and the general behavior of the children in the older grades however. But overall, anyone who goes to this school is extremely fortunate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Dedicated principal, teachers and staff. Amazing parent, neighborhood & extended family support. Great academic achievement. A fun environment with enthusiastic learning by the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
A school in which children thrive. My daughter gets it all academics, music, art, and physical education. Along with great aftercare at the on campus YMCA. Thank you Coeur D'Alene Avenue Elementary School staff and Booster Club for all the extra effort you give.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
My grandson has been in this school since first grade. We are all very happy with the education and parent support. Very lucky to have such a great neighborhood school. We can only hope that it remains so.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2010
This school has it all. Academically rigorous, incredible arts education and a physical education program! The parent involvement at Coeur d'Alene is outstanding!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
It is a wonderful school with parents who are very involved. The principal is new and enthusiastic. The teachers are hard working, especially Mr. Bax and Ms. Romero. My daughter has been there since Kinder and she is about to graduate from 5th grade. She loves the school and we think she got a wonderful education there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
It cares about our children and gives a great education

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
this is a wonderful school - the parents are very involved, it's a great community and our principal rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Cd'A is an excellent elementary school that is blessed to have anenthusiastic, committed staff, forward thinking, tireless principal, and a network of caring and dedicated parents who give their all to school and it's community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I love Coeus D'Alene because the Teachers care, they are 100% dedicated, the Principal is wonderfull and the mom's are so wonderfull and dedicated to be volunteers, each person there really care for each child and to make this school a sucessfull one.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
this is a great school. The teachers are committed and the principal is a constant guiding force.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Fine curriculum and environment for children to be motivated to learn. Besides ensuring quality course of study, there is an interest in the welfare of the students.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2010
#1 school in Venice. Great staff, dedicated parents, outstanding students. What a team!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 03, 2010
Principal Jenkins knows every child at the school by name. Staff and parents are very motivated to continue delivering quality well-rounded education to their students, even in the face of district budget cuts. Parents are very involved and the children love their school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
we are very happy with the school. We just hope we can keep our Principal Mr Jenkins.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
We have two children at CDA. For the most part, the teachers are excellent. The Principal is a great leader, terrific communicator and thoroughly involved with all aspects of running a tight, diverse school. It seems, year after year, the same group of devoted parents bring their best to CDA. Their contributions include; volunteering, mentoring, coaching and helping out to make the CDA experience fulfilling. Pre K - 4th are excellent. Fifth grade is challenging for parents as the teachers seem a little detached from parental input.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
My son started kindergarten at Coeur D'Alene in September and we couldn't be more thrilled about our experience. His teacher has more than a decade of experience and is kind, nurturing and connected to the kids. My son is excited and enthusiastic about what he is learning. He has PE, art, music, science, and social studies in addition to the math and reading arts and all the wonderful creative projects they do in the class. The classroom is warm and inviting, full of books, puzzles, blocks, games, art supplies, and computers. The classroom walls showcase the kids work. Recess and lunch are well supervised on a small yard. Principal Jenkins is child centered and truly cares about kids and learning. We looked at 'progressive' private schools and are very glad we choose CDA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 27, 2009
Wow - I am very surprised by the comment made yesterday by the upset parent. We are a long time Coeur d'Alene family, and think the school is terrific. Yes, the class sizes got bigger. However, it is a California State/LA Unified budget issue, not a Coeur d'Alene issue. I feel my kids are safe and are very happy at CDA. My only real concerns are the budget crises and how LA Unified is spending 'our' money. As far as the new Principal goes, I am extremely pleased with him. He is much more involved and appears to care about the kids, not the personal awards that he could possibly win. He has great ideas and is inspiring the teachers to take learning to a new level!

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2009
I don't agree with the praises sung by the parents in the majority of the reviews. All classes are overcrowded except 2nd. Issues like safety, cleanliness, bullying need attention. There are problems with parents who are raising undisciplined kids--the result: bad behavior in school. This reality is minimized by the staff. By second grade all teachers are teaching cookie-cutter curriculums to standardized tests. Most of the energy is placed on bringing struggling kids up to the middle. The kids in the middle or higher are lost. The parental politics are out of control. There are parents who live at the school and get the best of the resources and teachers. The budget cuts have magnified the problem. The new principal, while he talks a good talk, caters to these parents. The principal lacks the maturity and the experience to manage this school fairly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I know the teachers work very well with the kids, school spirit is big and most important,the kids are very happy

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The school is strongly supported by an amazing community of parents. And the arts and music programs are top notch.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love Coeur d'Alene because it is a school full of caring teachers, parents, and staff. The kids love attending everyday

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
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February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 04, 2009
Coeur d'Alene is an amazing school. I feel very fortunate my kids had such a great elementary school experience. Coeur d'Alene is very lucky to have such a great principal, Dr. Patton and an amazing teaching staff. The parents at the school are very dedicated and the parent committee is a fun group of hard working parents who want to better the school for their kids and for future kids of Coeur d'Alene. Great school environment!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
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December 17, 2008
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October 16, 2008
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September 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2008
I was very pleased to see the large number of computers in each classroom and to learn that learning to effectively use the computer is such an important part of the curriculum. And this is the only elementary school I've ever seen with a full-time tech support person on-site. Amazing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 28, 2008
This school does not deserve its good reputation!!!! What a big disappointment! First it is not a safe environment; always a gate open. The school leadership is obsessed with fundraising, but kids are of little concern, if at all. I found them indifferent, uncaring. The focus is on standardized testing scores. Heavy involvement of some parents is just intended for a lot of politics to provide preferential treatment for their own kids. So the label of the best school in town is rather a result of a joint meditation than of real current conditions.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2008
Coeur D'Aelene is a fantastic school. The two teachers we've had so far have far exceeded expectations. The student body is diverse with a community feel that helps my child thrive socially as well as academically. It's wonderful to participate with other caring parents who are enthusiastic about helping to further improve the school and the community. The school has recently won several awards and a new library is on the way. If you are looking for strong academics integrated with a strong arts program, this school is probably better than most privates.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2008
As a grandma I have been very involved. It is as good as a pvt school and better than some: academically, arts & music, sports, social adjustment, special needs, gifted programs. Parents are very involved (and grams) admin & teachers have supportive approach that meets individual needs.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
We came over from Europe in the summer of 2006 to start the new schoolyear in 4th grade. Our daughter is very happy in her new school and lucky to have such a nice teacher, Mr Bax. She did hardly speak any English upon arrival, thanks to the school and her devoted teachers, she is getting better at it. I would recommend this school to all expats. Also for the parents this is a great school, since it is a nice community to belong to.

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September 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
It is a very good school and I only wish they offered middle school grades.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2006
Great neighborhood school, but lacking in afterschool programs- could never really get a straight answer as to why no STAR program.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
Great pre-k program and kindergarden teachers. Mandatory pre-k volunteer 1 x a mth and parenting classes that were extremely informational and helpful. Dr Rex Patton (principal) runs a tight ship.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
This is a solid little school. They offer PE, art, music and computers for the kids in addition to a strong staff and visionary principal.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
My son is in kindergarten, so I can only speak to what happens in the first year. But I must say that I have been incredibly pleased. His teacher (Ms. Pippin) is gifted -- soft, encouraging, caring -- everything one would hope for a kindergarten teacher. I have been pleasantly surprised with the amount of music and P.E. (for a public school). The school feels very local, very community oriented, and very sweet.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
I love many things about Coeur D'Alene. However, my one problem & it's a big one is that my son needed speech therapy from day one and although both of his teachers, myself and other parents made several verbal and written requests since the second week of school, he has yet to have one session with the school therapist. This seems to fall solely on the shoulders of the vice principal and speech therapy tutor and I've received no word from neither of them and it is now February. Even my sons teachers concurr that this is ridiculous. Meanwhile his best friend has had speech therapy since the third week of school because he was already tested at his last school. Otherwise, I am proud to have my son at this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2005
Ms Pippin and Ms Lali are wonderful Kindergarden teachers. Very patient, caring educators. We have yet to meet other teachers like these two.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
I think this is a great school. No public school is perfect, but Coeur d' Alene comes close. The teachers, principle and most parents are extremely dedicated. My kids are receiving a great academic education as well as being enriched with wonderful art and music programs. Just a great school.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2005
This school is a 10! The quality of academic programs is superb. My daughter is enrolled in the after school violin, tap, and dance programs and she loves them. The parent involvement is also top notch! The two teachers she has had, Ms. Romero and Mrs. Jenkins have been absolutely wonderful with her. I recommend this school very highly and am very thankful my daughter was able to attend.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
Coeur d'Alene elementary is truly a gem. My daughter, as a gifted student has thrived and grown under the extremely talented, caring and nurturing teachers in an environment that allows her to excel to her full potential. We are extremely happy with this school and the community of parents involved. Furthermore, with the many grants, this school has been able to bring back the arts and physical education which are essential components in a child's life. I recommend this school highly to all families of any background. It is truly a diverse school in so many ways.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
The facilities are absolutely stunning. Truly a gorgeous school. The staff seems very caring and truly dedicated to serving the children's needs. The principal goes above and beyond to make this great school even greater. No wonder there is such a huge waiting list to get in.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2005
The school is lucky to have a principal who is very adept at getting grants. CDA has PS Arts which allows the children to have music and art weekly. We have a new bungalow on campus dedicated to this program. There is an active parent organization for volunteers. Very diverse Venice community.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I enrolled my son here because we were living in Coeur d'Alene's boundary, I was looking at the same time for a good private school...Before december,I decided that both of my sons will go to Coeur d'Alene! I have been impress by the quality of the teachers, their involvement and the one of the parents,the diversity of students, the family ambiance of the school...much more things than my english vocabulary allowed me to writte! I am sure (and I checked and compare untill june) no private school will bring me more! My son learned so many things with Ms Elson and her assistant Ms Doramy (including speaking english, he arrives with out speaking a word!) But the best they did is that he loves his school and he is so excited to start Kindergarten...

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
My son had a wonderful experience in his Kindergarten class with Ms. Pippin, a truly talented and dedicated teacher. A small class size, and a warm welcome for parents to help out in the classroom made it like an extension of family.... a great way to start my son's first experiences with school.

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July 18, 2005
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July 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
Well rounded school with many cultural inputs that reflect the diversity of the Venice area. Because of the proximity to the beach and air quality, it allows the Principal to select better teachers from the LAUSD pool.

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June 14, 2005
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May 23, 2005
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May 12, 2005
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May 12, 2005
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April 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
Love the grade school program here. Staff and parents are supportive and it's a great community. The pre-school program is a bit too academic for that age group.

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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2005
The school is well-above our expectations. From the academic courses (during and after-school programs) to the athletic programs; the school has offered our 5th & 3rd graders a very positive experience. We've been particularly impressed with the 'parent participation/involvement' thru the 'Boosters Organization'. They have been a pivotal source of providing quality programs, services and extra-curricular activities to both the students and faculty. We've equally appreciated the emphasis the Principal and entire school faculty place on 'student safety'. Definitely, well beyond our expectations of a school in this area.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2004
I moved my child from private school mid-year when I learned about this small jewel of a public school. It has everything we wanted: small class sizes, a ethnically and economically diverse student body, involved parents, great test scores, technology and an upcoming Physical Education program. My daughter is so happy here. And, it's free!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
I am really pleased with my daughter's school. My son who is now in 7th grade and attends a middle school in Los Angeles, attended Couer d'Alene from 1st grade thru 5th grade. Because I felt the warmth and concern from the teachers of Coeur d'Alene, I knew that when my daughter became of age that this would be the school of my choice. Since this decision my daughter has received good grades and is very fond of her past and present teachers. I wouldn't trade Couer d'Alene for any other school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2004
One of my daughters attended the school from pre-k through grade 5, and the other is still in grade 4. Both kids have loved all their teachers, especially Mrs. Pippin, Mrs. Block, Ms. Estrada, Mrs. Saxton, and Mr. Bax. Oh, and Mrs. Elson in the pre-k! As a parent, I'm impressed with the level of parent involvement, with the commitment of the principal, and with the appearance of the campus (we have beautiful new grass, trees, plants, and murals). Best school in Venice, public or private!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2003
This is a rare gem of a school! The teachers are so committed to their children it is admirable! Parents are 2nd generation hippies which makes this a unique and homey experience! This is all we ever dreamed of for our child!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2003
Coeur D'Alene Elementary is a small school with excellent teachers and extremely involved parents. Our children have thrived there!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2003
This school is a wonderful place to be and learn!

- submitted by a former student
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Coeur D'Alene Avenue Elementary School
810 Coeur D'Alene Avenue, Venice, CA  90291
(310) 821-7813
Last modified Coeur D'Alene Avenue Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Coeur D'Alene Avenue Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 135 reviews. Top