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K-5
Public charter
West Hills, CA
Students enrolled: 427
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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22627 Hamlin Street
West Hills, CA 91307

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(818) 348-4741
(818) 348-3506
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June 19, 2014
After spending the first half of the year at another very well known and sought after LAUSD school on the other side of the Valley, we moved and were assigned to Hamlin Charter Academy as our local school. I was concerned that my daughter might have difficulty adjusting to a new environment, but my fears were gone when I met her new kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Betts. Mrs. Betts is warm, gentle, and kind to her students. She is willing to address any concerns parents might have, and even gives out her personal phone number for calling or texting after school hours. Within a week of being in the class, my daughter became a "reader" and was excited to go to school everyday. The school also offers lots of extra programs like computer lab and weekly music classes. We feel very lucky that Hamlin is our school.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
My daughter just finished kindergarten at Hamlin, and it was a wonderful experience. Mrs. Klima is the best! This is a small elementary school in a nice little neighborhood with a principal that truly cares about the students. They put a great deal of thought into which students will be a good fit with certain teachers, and always seem to put the students first. Like most schools in LAUSD, the budget is a struggle, but they still managed to have art, computer and music classes. There are many great schools in the West Valley, but this one is a hidden gem.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
Part 1: What's a better way to appreciate your teacher during appreciation week then to post what a Great Teacher she is. To Miss Atalla our 4th grade Advanced Teacher. What are the qualities that make you a Great Teacher: 1.A great teacher respects students. In a classroom, each person s ideas and opinions are valued. 2. A great teacher creates a sense of community and belonging in the classroom. The mutual respect in this classroom provides a supportive, collaborative environment. 3. A great teacher is warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. she is approachable, not only to students, but to everyone on campus. 4. A great teacher sets high expectations for all students. She realizes that the expectations she has for her students greatly affect their achievement; she knows that students generally give to teachers as much or as little as is expected of them. 5. A great teacher has her own love of learning and inspires students with her passion for education and for the course material. She constantly renews herself as a professional on her quest to provide students with the highest quality of education as possible.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
You know your lucky if there is one teacher that really make a positive difference in your child's life, and that teach is Miss Atalia. This is Miss Atalia first year at Hamlin Charter Academy, teaching our 4th grade advance class and she is an incredible teacher. Her focus is always on all the children in her class. She is very organized with her lesson planning and is up-to-date with all the new curriculum, but keeps it fun and interesting, which helps our children in so many ways. My child loves how she taught them science with real experiments. She has taught the children to not only respect their teacher and other classmates, but to respect themselves and to always try their best and work hard to achieve their goals. Out of all the years we have been at Hamlin, there has only been a handful of teachers who you will ever see after school, wiling to make time to speak with parents and take extra time with children who might need it; you couldn't ask for a teacher with more passion and dedication helping our children succeed. The 4th grade advance class is her expertise, she really helps prepare our kids for the 5th grade better then any other 4th grade teacher here. THANK YOU!!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2014
We were formerly at a very expensive & well-known private school. We have 2 boys who are both at the top of their class and doing fantastic. They love their teachers & respect the principal. Mr Herrera, Mr Vazquez & Mr Heurta are some of the best educators I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and having impact our lives so deeply. My children admire them so much.My children make that extra effort because they know you all truly care about their success. Mrs Kaplan sets such high standards for both the children & the staff, I feel it far surpasses private school expectations. Keep raising the bar Mrs Kaplan. Our children deserve a great education. Veronica, Wendy & child is hurt, I know that Veronica, their teacher & Mrs Kaplan are caring for my child as if they are my child's parent. I picked this school very carefully and am very pleased with the education, attention and respect my family had received. I highly recommend this school & the teachers I listed. These are wonderful people who are very dear to my family. Thank you all & please continue the exceptional job you are all doing.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
I've had my child at Hamlin for the past 3 years and I have nothing but positive things to say. Principal, teachers, office staff even the janitor are nothing but nice, caring people. My child is very comfortable in class and at the school in general and so am I. This school is one in a million!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Hamlin Charter Academy is AMAZING........although there is not that much Parent involvement the teachers that Principal Kaplan has brought on board this year makes up for it. I have a child in the 4th grade advanced class with Mrs. Atalia and I can not say enough wonderful things about her. I'm sure it was hard for her to come into an already established school with students & parents who have already been there for a few years, but she is AMAZING. Her teaching styles are top notch, her communication with parents is awesome, her desire to be involved in all school related activities is breath of fresh air. My child has never been so excited to go to school. I highly recommend Hamlin and if you are one of the lucky ones to have your child taught by her you will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
This school is a hidden gem in the West Valley. Small class sizes, a very involved PTA, and lots of extracurricular activities are just a few benefits of enrolling your child in Hamlin. The principal is an innovator who is not afraid to push the boundaries of the LAUSD. She fights for her students, her teachers, and her school and when she says she is going to bring something new to Hamlin, she does it! The school is known for its diversity and strong academics. Every teacher is willing to go the extra mile to help the students achieve success.

- submitted by a teacher
September 26, 2013
Hamlin Charter Academy is a wonderful school in the west San Fernando Valley. We are a diverse school where children are accepting of cultures and languages. We have a fabulous staff of caring teachers who strive to assist all children with their needs. We have wonderful opportunities for children to participate in orchestra and even ballroom dancing. Our PTA and Parent Center are fabulous. Our state of the art computer lab and computer teacher help our children to learn critical technology for the future! We have a fabulous garden club for students too! Hamlin is a wonderful place to be!

- submitted by a teacher
September 26, 2013
Principal, teachers, staff and PTA work really hard to make this little school great! Full time computer teacher, YMCA on campus, new enrichment programs starting soon and great after care at Noble kids. More parent involvement would be the icing on the cake.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!! my daughters love the school, the teachers. They're learning a lot and I'm so glad for that! Principal, Teachers, Staffs, Volunter everybody help. I can say we are so lucky to have our kids in this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
I put my child in to Hamlin for the diversity factor. I Academically it is not up to a high enough standard, with such a diverse range of levels in a class. It is not enough to just teach the day before for assessment tests, and I am not surprised that there is a steady decline in CST results. My husband and I ready dislike the monthly certificates for attendance. I get that your child's attendance is important financially to the school but I would rather they focus on rewarding kids for good behavior or improvement in academics. I wasn't impressed with the administration staff, they could do better at keeping up with what is going on and look you in the eye when talking.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
The best thing about this school is the Principal She is amazing she always listen to the parents always concern about students. I am glad she takes action if parents are having issues with staff or teachers that means a lot, Mrs Kaplan is the best. I am glad she is the Principal in Hamlin 5 stars to her.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
This school is the worst everytime I have questions concerning my children the office is the worst attitude. Like if they even hate being there. I received a missed call from the school I call back and let them know I had a missed call. There response was I don't know I cant help you and they even laugh about it seriously this is not the first time I really think this a very rude. I trust them with my kids and this is the response I get. And teachers are rude maybe 3 or 4 of them are nice. they are giving there time to the children I don't recommend it

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
Hamlin has been a positive experience for my Kindergartner. The class teacher has shared knowledge on a wide range of topics and maintained the discipline standards so necessary for transitioning into higher grades.Kudos to the parent community for doing what they best can although I feel there needs to be more.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2013
I love this school!! My daughter is in Kindergarten there and although she's one of the youngest in her class she has not only excelled but is at first grade level in reading and math. Her teacher is very involved and keeps us up to date on our daughter's progress. I saw that the school has lost one point in rating since the last several years' score and I don't know what that's based on (guessing some kind of test scores) but I can say that we've been very pleased so far. We look forward to sending our younger daughter there as well, when the time comes.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2013
I was wondering if there were any parents who could give some more updated reviews of this school. We are looking to send our kids here next year but are concerned about the 5th grade scores...We know scores aren't everything. Is there a good blend of academics, enriching activities? Are strong students challenged enough? Behavior issues? Any info would be awesome!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
I am amazed how quickly the principal has incorporated the suggestions of parents this year. Walking into Hamlin on the first day and seeing how many parents were there carrying supply donations to their child's class just shows how much our parents care about this school. There was no confusion as to where your child needed to go, which classroom & teacher they were assigned to . The principal was out there greeting everyone, the teachers all looked well rested and enthusiastic to see our kids. I am looking forward to even a better year than we had last year. I give props to the Principal for turning this school around, for the teachers coming together with the parents to help this school achieve more than what LAUSD has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2012
Very disappointing year at Hamlin this year. Last year my daughter had a fantastic year and my husband and I were so pleased with her progress. This year the composition of the class was disastrous and there were several children with behavioural issues. There were two fourth grade classes and they actually put all bar one African American girl in the same class together. For a school that is so diverse in nationalities, I found this deplorable. I talked to the teacher and was told this was not allowed but as this was her first year and she didn't want to make trouble. As a parent I would always recommend volunteering. You really need to make sure that the teacher assigned to your child is a good fit. Parental involvment was an all time low in this class and I felt so deeply for the teacher and all she had to go through this year. When you have such large cass sizes and such an array of levels in one class you have to be an advocate for your child and make sure they are learning what they need to be learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
This listen hidden gem has been a blessing for us..Our son enetered kindergarten this year and Mrs. Esquer has been an amazing teacher..Love the PTA, the principal is very supportive and dedicated to making this school great!!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
After working here for 22 years, I am very proud of our growth. Dedicated teachers, administrators, and staff, hardworking parents, and challenging and inspiring students make up the formula for success at Hamlin Street School.

- submitted by a teacher
March 15, 2012
IVE HAD THE CHANCE TO WORK AT MANY SCHOOLS IN LAUSD....BUT NOTHINGS AS WONDERFUL AS HAMLIN. HAMLIN NOT ONLY HAS THE GREATEST STAFF, IT HAS THE MOST CARING AND LOVING ADMINISTRATION. HAMLIN IS THE BEST KEP SECRET IN LAUSD, I HOPE THEY GET WHERE CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISED SCHOOL HONORED IN 2012.

- submitted by a teacher
February 19, 2012
My son is enrolled in first grade and we recently moved here from Chicago, IL. I was very worried about the LAUSD school system and put a lot of time looking for the right school when we moved out here. I am very happy with the school , teacher and principal. The PTA is very active and really cares about the school and children. The principal makes it a point to talk to you when she sees you. Mrs. Taylor ( my son's teacher) is a great teacher and my son really likes her. He is reading way beyond my expectations for a first grader. The homework is challenging and they really demand a great deal from the students. We are planning to move and may end up out of school boundaries and I have contacted the school to find out how i can keep him enrolled for next year since I really want him to stay. I have been very happy so far!

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2011
We started at Hamlin in 2007 and every year just keeps getting better. We are so pleased with the teachers we've had. They are caring and want only the best for their students. Our principal is very proactive and always embracing to parents. Who would have thought that our little "gem" of a school could produce such amazing API scores. Our PTA is absolutely amazing and the best we've had in years. The only thing that would make this school perfect is more parent participation!

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
We love this school. I can't say enough wonderful things about this school. It has a outstanding PTA, wonderful caring teachers and staff and a great principal. My daughter had the most awesome kindergarten teacher Mrs. Sax and now has a amazing first grade teacher Mr. Hererra (all the teachers are wonderful). She loves to go to school everyday. We also love the after school program Noble Kids. They are open during spring, summer and winter breaks. They have been a real life saver during these times. My daughter actually asks me to pick her up later during the evening so she can stay.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2011
I can't say enough about Hamlin St. My family has been involved in the school since 2007. We have been assisted every time with ANY issue we have had with our children and in turn we assist the school when every and how ever we can. Their teachers have been supportive, encouraging, and down right GREAT! We are asked about Hamlin often and I brag that Hamlin is a Blue School, was recently awarded SAS status, and has a very active PTA. I personally know many of the parents and feel comfortable on campus. It is a community and this is so important for our students as well as important for my piece of mind. If I had to wish for anything for our students at Hamlin, it would be an instrumental music program but we do have a vocal music teacher. That would be my ONLY wish! Go Huskies!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
I love this school! The teachers really emphasize on reading. The principle really cares about her school. I love all the improvements she'd made so far. I'm glad it's our little hidden gem!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
We love Hamlin. The teachers are very dedicated to their students and have always made time to answer any questions a parent has. The PTA is amazing and has done so much to raise funds to provide more for the students..We love Mrs. Baim and Mrs. Taylor.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
The best school my child can have. Teachers are excellent and dedicated. The facilities are good. The computer lab is filled with Macs'. Teachers really impact the children and one such teacher still inspires my child.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
Hamlin is our home school and we are very fortunate to have this great school in our community. The school is under 450 students and people have never even heard about it. Blue Ribbon School 2009, School for Advanced Studies 2011, large Library with Accelerated Reader Program, fully functioning Computer lab, Music Teacher and a very committed PTA. The Teachers, Principal and Support Staff really make this little "jewel" a wonderful place to send my son.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
Hamlin Street Elementary is a diamond in the rough. The fact that the teacher to student ratio is better than any other school in the area speaks volumes to my children's education, as my son has a harder time learning certain things. His teacher takes time to answer all of his questions & explains things & teaches in a way such that he's starting to become excited about going to school, rather than discouraged like he was in the beginning of the year. The teachers really care about the students, and the administration and faculty are so pleasant to deal with, I feel like I'm dealing with real professionals.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
Hamlin is an excellent school. The staff is very helpful and all of the teachers are really knowledgable. The teachers at Hamlin go out of their way to help their students improve in areas they may need help and challenge them in areas where they already excell. Hamlin is helping prepare their students not only academically but for "real life" as well. My children will be better prepared as adults thanks to the principal, teachers, staff and parents associated with this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
My kid was there since 1st up to 3rd grade. In the first year everything was perfect, specially the teacher; but gradually the quality getting worse. The worst one was in the 3rd grade in 2010 which the teacher was so careless that I was forced to change her school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Hamlin Street Elementary is a perfect example of what is right about California's public education system. The teachers, parents and care-takers are involved, and genuinely concerned, with enriching the lives of Hamlin's student body through supporting the kids to success in academic excellence, and character building through leading by example.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
Hamlin school is very very good . Teachers work reaaly hard to encourage and motivate kids to learn. My kid's teacher always implements new and interesting ways to teach. They have a good librarian who encourages kids to read. But due to budget cuts they will not have this wonderful and librarian and one fantastic teacher. I hope they get their jobs back and the kids will benefit a lot

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
School is really good. Teachers and good and caretaking Principal have great leadreship

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
love this school i went ther when i was a kid and now my son goes there best school in west hills!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 24, 2009
Hamlin provides a good learning environment for my first grader. It has great teachers and a good librarian. The teachers are accessible and approachable. The librarian works hard and provides incentives to kids to motivate them to read. During back to school night, the teachers enacted 'The runaway pancake'. The story set and the costumes were made creatively.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
My daughter attends Hamiln Street School, now in the second grade. The school, staff, etc are all amazing. The optio of on site child care is a great advantage as well, Creative Kids has a wonderful staff and my 7 year old just adores them all. Blue Ribbon school for 2009 as well. I am so greatful that my child attends school here.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
Like millions of others, I'm a working mom with a demanding job. We all hope to find a school where our kids can get the best education possible and be well cared for. Hamlin's exceptional Principal, Asst Principal, and faculty challenge the kids with learing opportunities with positive reinforcement and an appropriate level of authority. And, although the Creative Kids program requires a minimal fee, it's well worth it. Homework is done, and constructive play is closely monitored by nurturing, qualified care-takers. Our child is getting a quality education in a CA public school. We're thrilled that Hamlin is our home school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
Even with the budget crisis, Hamlin continues to go above and beyond! The teachers, principal and staff are 100% dedicated. Every student that attends Hamlin succeeds. We are a proud Hamlin family!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Hamlin is an excellent school with caring, hardworking teachers. The principal is involved and friendly. Hamlin is a 2009 Blue Ribbon School. I love this school and I am so glad my children attend there.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Hamlin is an amazing school. Wonderful, hardworking teachers and principal. This school just earned the National Blue Ribbon Award from the US Secretary of Education. Outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
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August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 25, 2009
Hamlin is a great school. Both Principle and teachers working very hard to improve students learning abilities and get parents involved. The only thing is to improve the after school program. I would not mind to pay for if a better after school program is chosen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2009
Great school. Great staff. Good location. Good neighborhood!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 05, 2009
Hamlin is a wonderful school. Teachers who care and students who enjoy learning. This is a small school but it feels like a extended family. We have month PTA activities to promote togetherness. So happy that this is our home school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2009
This is a fantastic school. Hard working teachers and staff. I saw a complaint earlier about someone not feeling welcome with volunteering. There is a parent center with an endless list of volunteer opportunities, a library, 19 classrooms and at the beginning of every year there is an election for both a PTA board and school/parent councils. There is not a short list of volunteer opportunities for those who really want/can volunteer. Of course I understand that some of us work and can't be there during the day but I am sure if you ask, there are things that can be done from home. I've never been turned away when I asked where I could help.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 18, 2009
I love this school. My children were here since they started first grade and now my fifth grader doesn't want to leave for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2008
The school is a great school!! Great teachers-great staff and a principal that takes care of this school to be the best--For the last 5 years we are growing stronger and stronger-- It is amazing that people that complain on here still leave their kids there if it is so bad?! If you want your kid to learn--send them to Hamlin---that will be a blue ribbon school next year!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 23, 2008
The teachers yell at kids and embarrass them infront of their classmates all the time. My child was begging me to change the school. When I addressed my concern the adminiatration just turned me down. I was amazed and shocked ! The new principal is not responsive to the needs of the parent or the child and she is rude and mean. For your child to receive a lukewarm educational experience and deal with lofty, cold, and rude administration - send them to Hamilin!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2008
We are new to this school and very impressed. Their scores have jumped this last year and show a upward trend for the past 5 years or so. It appears the school is on the right track. I am very impressed with the committement of the Teachers and Staff, they appear to all be on the same page putting the students 1st. This looks like a model school, parents take note.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
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June 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
A negative review about a school my child attends is to my own surprise. Verbal abuse from students to my child and my complaints have been turned to make me as a parent seem like I'm the one doing something wrong. There is no cohesiveness between parent, child, teacher and administration. I thought that if I developed a good relationship with my chid's teacher, kept in communication with the administration then my concerns would be handled. Most of my frustrations have been brushed off while being subtly insulted by staff and administration. The principal is not responsive to the needs of the parent or the child. The old VP really listened to your concerns and you walked away confident that the situation would be handled in a professional manner. For your child to receive a lukewarm educational experience and deal with lofty, cold administratin - send them to Hamilin!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 01, 2008
Despite some of the negative comments about Hamlin, I have to agree with the positive comments. My son entered the 4th grade at Hamlin this year after four very disappointing years at a private school. We used to think that public schools could not compare with expensive, private schools...boy, were we wrong! Hamlin has proved to be a much better fit for him and he loves this school and his teacher. He's doing so much better this year than in the previous 4 years. The only word of advice I can give is what works for one student may not work for another. Don't waste time at one school complaining about its shortcomings...move your child to another school that is right for your child! When you find that school, stay there!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2008
My son entered Kindergarten at Hamlin this school year under open enrollment. His teacher, Ms. Skocilich, is a very experienced and dedicated teacher who truly cares about each child. She looks for the best in each child, and gives tremendous feedback to the parents. She is also very consistent in her classroom structure and what she expects from each and every student. A few of the office staff could use adjustment to their attitudes and communication styles, but for every one of those people, there are two who are absolutely a pleasure to deal with. As far as the PTA, parent involvement could be better, but part of the problem is the PTA board members' unwillingness to reach out to parents. I have volunteered to assist on numerous occasions, but have yet to be included, or even contacted. You can't complain about uninvolved parents when you don't let them be involved!

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November 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
Hamlin has a dedicated teaching staff and caring, capable paraprofessionals. Unfortunately, the principal is not responsive to either the needs of the parents or of the staff. This has caused a great dip in morale and the students cannot help but feel how beaten down and depressed many of most talented teachers are.

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June 18, 2006
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June 18, 2006
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June 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
Really not very impressed. There seems to be a lack of priority of offences that occurs between student to student, and student to teacher and vc. versa. Some dicsipline issues are made to big a deal of and others that are really an offense are not made of importance. Lack of good judgment in dealing with children seems to be an overwhelming problem.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
Great small elementary school. Caring staff that works hard.

- submitted by a staff
April 26, 2005
The school has improved a lot since the new principle has come in. The programs seem great. Parent involvement seems good, not great but good. They do have a lot of issues with parking and many people speed through and double park and I feel that there should be more supervision there. Overall I think this school is a lot better than what people have said.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
Im very satisfied with this school, but there are a few teachers that just dont have their heart in teaching in the kindergarten side. Not enough patience towards young one. I think the school is strict on the academic level and very happy with that parent. Not much extracurricular activitied that we have been made aware of.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
My son attended K and 1st grade for half a year at this school. We are so glad to have two wonderful teachers for our son, Mrs. Skocilich and Mr. Delli. They are just wonderful! They love kids, take very good care, get emotionaly involved with the kids, work very very hard for the kids. We had a very positive experience with them. About other aspects of the school, it does not provide a secured environment for the kids in my opinion. During Kindergarten Mrs. Skocilich disbursed the class in a very safe and watchful manner. I did not see that for others. Gates are left open during morning hours and school dismissal times for anyone to come and go or any kid to wander around. It has enough room to improve upon its extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2004
Great school, my son has a great time.

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2004
Hamlin Elementary is not a bad school. They really prioritize a child's education. For instance my son came from Canada where reading is taught in grade 1, but here in kindgergarten I though he would have a problem. But with help of Hamlin's special reading intervention, he has picked up quickly.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
This is one of the gold ribbon best kept secrets in the west San Fernando Valley! Hamlin Elementary has a history of putting out geat students who perform very well in both middle school and in the local high schools. The goals of the administrators and teachers to achieve higher standard scores has been met for the past 3 years. Hamlin now has one of the most progressive computer labs in any elementary school in the area. Also, the campus wide internet and centralized database for the Accelerated Reading Software is fast becoming the standard for all of LAUSD. The new wonder of Reading Library and Reading Garden give a restful atmosphere for all who visit, parents and students alike. Finally , safety is paramount at Hamlin. I have had three children go thru Hamlin Street Elementary and am very glad that we live in the area for this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
My children have attended this school for three years and I have been very satisfied with the teachers and staff. My kids love their school, classmates and their teachers! Hamlin has an excellent library, all classrooms have computers, (and there is a computer lab that each class attends weekly). The school could benefit from proactive, positive parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
My oldest child attended Hamlin from Kindergarten through 5th grade. My son presently attends Hamlin and is in the 3rd grade. This school is a wonderful place to send your children. It is a small neighborhood school that makes your child feel that they aren't lost in the shuffle. The teachers are excellent! They really care about your child's progress and are always willing to communicate with you. My daughter's elementary school experience was truly positive and she was extremely well prepared to enter middle school this year, thanks to her years at Hamlin. My son would not want to go anywhere else, he's very happy and enjoys attending school each day. I'm so thankful that we live in the neighborhood and that Hamlin is our 'home' school.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2004
There are not enough words or time to express the disappointment that we have suffered through this school. My child has suffered emotional trauma that has cost him time, pain, self confidence. This school needs new administration and new teachers. There are a handful of very good teachers, unfortunately my child did not recieve any of the good teachers for his education, my child will not be attending this horrendous school, I will homeschool or transfer to private. Very disappointing and disheartening.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
I have to agree with the other parents I have spoken with and other teachers. The administration of this school leaves lots to be desired. My children have been brutilized at this school by other students, they have sustained trauma by verbal onslauts from fellow students. There are a handful of talented and wonderful teachers. Several teachers have embarrassed my child with the schools endoursement of putting a childs name on a blackboard and negative symbols next to it. Then fellow students make fun of the child whose name is on the board. I cant begin to tell you the grief this school has caused my family. The principal refuses to take responsibility for the school misuse of discipline and hurtful words that have come forth from a teacher to my child. This is a very bad school and a terrible administration. Very disappointed. My child is out of there!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
I have been very disappointed with the administration at this school. There is little parental involvement and for the parents who are involved there is little support by the principal. I am moving my daughter to a different school district out of frustration. The teachers are wonderful. The assistant principal is wonderful! I can not say enough about her. The parents, teachers, and administration encounter difficulty with addressing any of the many problems 'within the system' if it conflicts with the hidden agenda of the principal. I am tired of beating my head up against the wall and as an active parent will move my daughter to a district that will view our children's education as a partnership between parents, teachers and administration not a battle. My daughter's education and will to even attend the 3rd grade has been irreparably damaged single handedly by this stubborn administration.

- submitted by a parent
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Hamlin Charter Academy
22627 Hamlin Street, West Hills, CA  91307
(818) 348-4741
Last modified Hamlin Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hamlin Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 80 reviews. Top