Mr. Jenkins the principal of Coeur d'Alene Elementary school is fantastic, he knows every child's name in his school. He is always supportive, and fair to the kids.
He knows everything that's goes on in the school and never let you down if you have a problem to solve. He is giving such a positive energy to raise the money the school needs to finalize all art, sport and necessary programs for the kids. Most of all, Mr. Jenkins is very discrete and the kids have a lot of respect for him, they adore him. My son spend 6 years in that school and I want to thank the leader of this school as I truly believe he is the real conductor and the bandmaster of the well being of this little and beautiful school. I highly recommend this school to any parents wondering if a public school worth a private school... This school is just as wonderful any private school and even more because everyone is concerned about the well being of our child.
Thank you ms mccarthy for being such a wonderful librarian! The kids love coming to you after school, you provide a peaceful calm oasis for them and you taught them to knit on top of everything...they are so lucky to have you!
My children go to CDA. It is an amazing school and an amazing community. There is a very strong emphasis not only on academic learning, but also social and emotional development of the children. The booster club is very supportive, helping to pay for additional teacher aids in the classroom, PE, Arts, Dance, Music, Gardening, Theater, Librarian and more. We have after school STAR enrichment classes, Theater, Sports, Japanese and more. It really is a special place. Cannot recommend it enough.
To all the teachers and staff, but especially to Principal Jenkins, Mr. Rothschild, Ms. Fielding, Ms. Elson, Ms. Tepas, Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Morinego for instilling in our children a love of reading and writing, a passion for learning, critical thinking and boundless curiosity, and for giving them confidence to do anything they put their minds to - thank you for all of your hard work and care and efforts!! We appreciate you all!!
It pains me to say that Coeur D' Alene Elementary is highly OVERRATED! It is located in a great hipster area (Marina Del Rey bordering Venice). Academically, it's mediocre and while the school has several paid extracurricular programs for its students it does not provide very many academic enrichment programs to challenge its students or additional aid for remedial students. I have no clue where all the money goes from all of the fund raising that they do. I participated in my daughter's class as a volunteer for two years and noticed many of the lessons weren't often reinforced. I'm also not sure how the principal makes his selection each year for organizing students in classrooms. I get impression that there is somewhat of a pecking order at CDA. The disgruntled staff seems to just be getting by through the school year. No real goals with the exception of raising money and having get togethers. I wanted more for my daughter academically and now we have learned how far behind she is academically. I believe that CDA has great intentions for its students and school unfortunately it falls short because of administrative politics. I'm happy to hear all of the positive feedback about the school. I would like to see it do better. Only time will tell. At the end of the day CDA is still a LAUSD school and there is nothing distinguished about any of LAUSD schools.
I'm not usually one to write a review, but I have been so happy with the education and care Coeur d'Alene has given to my two sons that I felt like sharing. My husband and I are still amazed at how much parent participation takes place here daily & believe it is truly what supports the school and helps create such a wonderful learning atmosphere for our children, a real feeling of community. On top of the amazing fundraising the parents put together, there is a continuous flow of parent volunteers helping out in classrooms, the library, front office, PE, gardening, and wherever else is needed. All schools need a great leader and Principle Jenkins is. He makes it a point to know each child and who their parents are too. In the 4 years we have been here (7 classroom experiences) Mr. Jenkins has been easily accessible and returns a call or email w/in 24 hours. So far we experienced Pre-K, T-K, K,1st, and 2nd, and every teacher for both sons have been outstanding. All the teachers have given us their cell phone #'s and email addresses and encourage parents to ask questions, I have always received a reply back on the same day. It has been so refreshing to see that the teachers are current and aware of what is offered and available to kids locally, like free writing workshops. Each teacher we've had has been able to bond w/our sons in some way and has influenced them to learn something new. It is comforting to know you are part of a school that is open to listen to you and hear you. There is a vibe of constant growth and ability to change, as the world changes. :) I look forward to seeing how the next 3/4 years go!
The transformation of this school in the last few years has been amazing, it was good before, now it's even better. I have 2 children here and they are having a wonderful educational experience everyday. From the latest education programs to the up to date technology, and now they are looking to make massive campus improvements with huge learning features being part of the design. We could not be happier for our children.
We have 2 children at CDA and could not ask for a better school. The entire staff and all the teachers are completely engaged and committed to helping our children learn and getting them to love to learn.
The families of students attending the school are equally as committed creating a unique community to raise your kids within.
CDA is a good school, based on LAUSD standards. My child went there for two years and the experience was not that good. CDA has no support system for students and teachers. Students who need additional help are left to wander academically. The students aren't challenged. The teachers are very uninformative and difficult to reach. The principal lacks personality, character, and class. A lot of parents rave about this being a good school, but it's simply not true. This school is comprised of foreigners primarily from Europe, and people from other parts of the country who are living out their California dream. Therefore, they use the school environment to create a social life. This school has plenty of wine parties and activities for parents to gossip with one another. Don't be fooled by the rating, anyone who rates this school high, is someone who has never experienced a great elementary school. Also, disregard the API, because the kids haven't been tested in years.
The school my child now attends is in a nearby suburb and its way better. Classrooms are smaller, teachers and principal are more accessible, and its twice as challenging.