I currently teach Soccer at this School with eurosoccerusa.com and have found the Teachers, Staff and Children to be nothing less than brilliant. It seems to be a family environment and never have I seen any drama tears or mischief. The kids are super smart, well dressed and parents well to do people. Principle Mr Rusch loves the kids like their his own and I wouldn't hesitate bringing my own kids here when they are older. Long may their hard work pay off as thse kids are definetely going places.
I do not know what I would do without Venice Lutheran School. They have been instrumental in my child's development on every level: intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual. The children at this school learn how to be wonderful contributing members to our community. My child loves her school. She hates missing a day for anything. She has so much fun and they have really fostered a love of learning in her.
A wonderful, caring school with less than 90 students. Small class sizes, teachers who have master's degrees, and a postive environment. Must see to believe!
Everyone hears reports about petulant parents who shelter their spoiled children from any sort of accountability in school, sports, or life. They give the world to their children on a silver platter and wonder why those same children struggle at the first sign of difficulty in their lives. The negative posts here demonstrate this exact attitude from a small clique in this school. The teachers, especially those in middle school, require excellence from children and will settle for nothing less. The parents who are posting negative reviews here (and I doubt that there are more than one or two parents who are posting under multiple email addresses) would rather that the teachers reinforce their children s behavior, regardless of whether that behavior is constructive or positive, instead of genuinely work with those student to develop a positive character, strong work habits, and intellectual curiosity. I m proud that we send our child to a school with only 80-90 students where they are taught by a faculty (most of whom have advanced degrees) which has a proven record of caring support for growing young minds. If that's what you want for your kids, this is the place for you.
Although I have elected to not give my children any religious upbringing, I enrolled them in this school because I felt that a small educational environment would be conducive to preparing them for the rigors of a post-secondary education. Unfortunately, this school is inadequate in every respect. From using video cassettes to teach children Spanish (yes, really!) to a science curriculum that denies them a chance to learn about evolutionary biology, this school was an exasperating experience for all of us. Simply incorrigible.
I have two children at this school, one in middle school. As you can see from the comments, it is not for everyone. However the majority of us are able to enjoy the tight knit community, the personal care given to our children's education and the respectful behavior the school instills. If you don't mind a place with old fashioned values, and believe in small class size as a major plus, then this little school may work for your family.
It appears that one disgruntled parent is leaving multiple negative reviews about our school. I hope that anyone reading these reviews will take note of that. VLS is an amazing, small school that dedicates itself to the children. These children are taught to be independent learners, to treat each other with kindness, and they leave this school fully prepared for high school. If you are looking for a school where your children will face consequences and be held responsible, then VLS is for you. If you want a school where your child doesn't have to meet deadlines, isn't held accountable, and has their hand held throughout the middle school years, then you might look elsewhere. I honestly can say this school is a gift to my child in many ways.
Venice Lutheran is a great school! My son is in 4th grade and has been at the school since kindergarten. Initially I had been concerned because he has a reading disability. But the school has bent over backwards to accommodate him and he is flourishing. The principal and staff are terrific. Above all, it is a loving caring environment.
What a great school! I have had two children here. The first graduated and we found this school not only prepared her for high school but offered her a lot of great choices for high school as the reputation of the school is very good in the community. The school is known for high testing scores and turning out well educated, well rounded kids which helped in the admission process ! My second child is still there and flourishing as well. The attention he gets in the small class room is priceless and it shows in his grades and work habits. The school fosters good relationships between the students doing such things as having the older kids read to the younger kids and help them with things they need. Will really miss this community when my son graduates. I highly recommend this school!
We love Venice Lutheran for our children! It is a great community of families and the teachers and staff really care about the students here. With small class sizes, the academics are strong and they have a wonderful music program, as well as sports and other afterschool activities. While the students come from diverse backgrounds, we really appreciate the Christian and moral values that are taught here. It is a safe place for middle school kids and technology is regularly incorporated in the classroom. We highly recommend this school!
My daughter has flourished in her time at Venice Lutheran School! She is learning to read and problem solve with the guidance of loving teachers! She tends to be shy but has grown in confidence in this very nurturing environment. I appreciate that the school listens when parents bring suggestions and that the entire VLS community - students, staff, parents, and volunteers from the church that supports the school - all want to see each student become a well-rounded, productive citizen with good study and work habits. We are very happy with VLS!!!
We had been to 3 different schools before we found Venice Lutheran. This is the perfect school for our kids. Its small classroom size allows for the attention our kids need to learn. The teachers are willing to help do what it takes to make our kids successful. And the school's emphasis on integrity and character building are not found in public schools. This has been a blessing and the foundation we want our children being taught.
I too am a parent at this wonderful school. I am not affiliated with any religion, however I am not opposed to the structure and guidance a parochial school offers. The principal is hands on and walks children to their parents vehicles everyday after school and after teaching classes all day. The classes are small enough that the teachers can cater to each students abilities and needs. I've been at this school long enough to see students go on to prestigious universities with honors. The music department alone is amazing and worth the tuition. As far as private schools go, this is truly a gem.
My son has been at the school for a few years and is very happy there, I can see from homework and schoolwork that he is learning at a high level and his growing knowledge is impressive I have to give full credit to his teachers and how seriously the school takes the student's education as I work full time. The tuition is affordable. The children are polite and well mannered, I would highly recommend the school.
Last night Venice Lutheran had a screening of the documentary RACE TO NOWHERE. After seeing this film I am even more convinced that our children are attending a school that fits our priorities. The school places an emphasis on instilling the love to learn instead of pressuring the teachers and students to make the test scores because no child is exactly the same. Now more than ever I believe that this school is a great place to grow. The fact that this school is even willing to have this dialogue with parents and the community at large says a lot about the principal and teachers openness to new ideas.
As a parent of First Lutheran School for many years now, we feel the school speaks for itself. It has been there for over 60 years & the principal for over 25 years, how many schools can match that? Our Alumni students who have graduated have gone on to superior Hi Schools & Colleges. The school is SAFE, free from drugs & violence. It teaches a strong moral value. It is a small town feel in a big city. We wouldn't be any where else!
Very religious. School lacks leadership. Poor middle school. One teacher has been known to ridicule and shame students in front of class. Accreditation allowed expire. Too late to renew and Principal is advocating against reapplying. Combined classes. Excellent third and fourth grade teacher.
very bad middle school, lacking leadership from the Principal who seems to notice nothing. Poor teaching especially in Math area. Students are taught that non Christians go to hell. WEIRD Favoritism is very heavy in this school. Wish I had never sent my kid here. Not worth the money. Not meeting grade level for charter/public schools.......
First Lutheran has been a great for my daughter and the music program is excellent. Great after school enrichment program. Very dedicated teachers who push the kids to reach their highest potential.
What rare find and special school! From the school's principal and small campus to the mixed grade classroom and art and music programs, this Venice Lutheran may just be be the best kept secret in West LA. The principal was honored by the City of LA for his commitment to assuring the talents of all of our youth are developed to their maximum potential, and commended him for displaying a beautiful example of how learning and leadership are indispensable to one another. For our children this school continues to be a great place to learn and grow.
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