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K-5
Public charter
West Hills, CA

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7633 March Avenue
West Hills, CA 91304

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October 20, 2014
It takes a village to raise children properly in this crazy world. I am so glad I have the Pomelo Charter Elementary School village in my corner of the world. In my opinion, this school is home to the L.A.'s greatest parents, teachers, and staff members. The Principal and administrators are caring and helpful. You couldn't find a better village in the San Fernando valley!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
The BEST school in the Valley! Compared to the personal reviews from friends with children in other schools in the west valley, I thank my lucky stars the my child is at Pomelo. My child has a few special needs, but nothing that the teachers and resource administrators can't handle. The Principal is on the ball! She is everywhere, all the time, going out of her way to ensure that the students are happy. And whenever I have concerns, she and her staff are exceptionally (EXCEPTIONALLY) helpful! It is clear that this school is all about the students, which is the way it should be!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
The school is great but that doesn't help when the principal is horrible. My child got bullied repeatedly and nothing was done about it. I had to go above and beyond and way over her head and up the channels to see anything done about it. Terrible principal. But the teachers are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
Pomelo was great my son went there. He is now at Hale 8th grader. I will always remember fondly his 1st grade teacher Mrs. Gilreath and Mr. Berstein who prepared him for middle school. At Hale he got straight A's last year. Thanks again for all the dedicated teachers. Babbett Goss Hope you win the 5,000 you deserve it!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Great school, teachers & staff. For our children to have the same opportunities as schools with more money, donations/fundraisers are a key factor to keep music, art, PE, computers, etc. as part of the students curriculum. Team Pomelo/PTA makes every effort in filling the needs of the school where LAUSD can not. As with any school - private or public - there will be conflict on individual levels between parents/faculty/administration/students. Overall, Pomelo has provided an amazing education and social environment for my GATE children.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
I expected a better school, but the principal has an attitude problem. I feel that If you are not the right ethnicity, social demographics and even religion than the majority, don't expect your child to fit in. The PTA is extremely pushy with donations. We all know LAUSD is broke, but no everyone can donate. It does have a beautiful campus, a good music program and academically is an OK school, but definitely over-rated. Parents are very involved and care, but when the leadership is not there, no much you can do.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
I am sure there are worse schools that your child could attend, but this one seems to have slid way downhill from where it was under previous leadership. Very strange dynamic in the school leadership which seems to wage war on some personnel and favor others to an extent that State requirements for classroom teaching are ignored. I think this school has a great legacy, but a very unpromising future. It seems the school is still coasting off of the past outstanding leadership it has enjoyed, not to mention the benefit of pulling from a strongly educated population. Nothing notable is happening there now. This is a C+ school at best.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
I wanted to donate $20 to put up Happy B-day on the Marque as I did last year, and I was told by the PTSA president Elisa Bobrosky that you had to bid on it at the silent auction and it was $100.00. I was told by Elisa my $5, 10, or $20 was not enough. I also spoke with Ms. Gardner and she said it was $100. Wow how sad it's all about money and they would turn away $20.00. I'd rather give it to a charity for NYC!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
This is a great friendly school. The principal and the staff are very helpful. This was the best change for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2011
Pomelo is a good, safe neighborhood school with caring teachers, involved parents and a dynamic principal. There are many dedicated, outstanding teachers and the atmosphere is warm and caring. The only drawback is that class sizes tend to get a bit large in the upper grades (e.g., 38 students per class) and the GATE program is basically non-existent. For gifted students, it is not an ideal choice since there is essentially no differentiation whatsoever for gifted students. This is unfortunate since it is otherwise a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
Pomelo is a great school. It is a community of teachers, parents, staff and children. The teachers, staff and parents work together and make this a wonderful place for the students. The parents appreciate the teachers and the work they do. It takes everyone to make a great school and Pomelo is defnitely great!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
Pomelo has a ton of helicopter parents, if you like that and over indulged children with $20 bills, cell phones and poor manners. Also join the PTSA if you want to be mixed up with a bunch of overbearing control freaks with nothing better to do then hoover over their children by being way over invloved in thier school life. Teachers are fine and principal is Great!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2011
Great school for neurotypical children. For children with disabilities, I have not seen such an inept professionalism anywhere in LAUSD. Pomelo wins the award for greatest detriment to the social and emotional development of children who don't fit the norm.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
Excellent school. Fantastic teachers, supportive principal, incredible parent support, and reliable support staff. There are many other activities that the children can participate in including ball room dance, computers, chorus, art, and music classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Pomelo is a great school because the parents are very involved at the school. There is always the opportunity to be a part of what's going on there. The parents are encouraged to help and are very appreciated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
This is a fantastic school with great students & tremendous parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
We have two children attending Pomelo and think the faculty and staff there do a great job within the limitations LAUSD places upon them. Our son is on the autistic spectrum and went to 4 different schools before Pomelo and it wasn't until he was at Pomelo that he found a caring, supportive environment to help him grow socially and emotionally. The parents seem very active and involved at Pomelo and although we do have some issues with the school (but is any school perfect?) we highly recommend this elementary school as probably one of the best public schools in the LAUSD system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
There is a tremendous partnership between the school and parents/families. It has ensured the success of many children that I know who have attended there and that in itself gives me great confidence in sending my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Ms Arrington truely loves music and cares for each of her kids.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 15, 2009
Pomelo Drive Elementary School is an amazing place to send your child to learn. The teachers are wonderful and nurturing. They really care about each student. I as a parent hold and cherish such sweet memories of Pomelo. I personally love spending time there helping wherever I can. This school has a large amount parent volunteers, I think that combined with an amazing staff makes Pomelo the best elementary school around. I would highly recommend people to move to our neighborhood just so their children could attend Pomelo and experience what I am talking about!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
both my children (now high schoolers) graduated from Pomelo. It was an excellent foundation for them with unforgettable teachers and experiences.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Caring teachers who challenge the kids. There's a reason why it's a California Distinguished School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
We love Pomelo - its faculty,students,family and community make it the best school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
It's all about the classroom. Individually, we have some of the best teachers around. It's amazing what one person can do with a classroom full of kids but year after year they continue to amaze me. And support from parents of students at the school is a big part of Pomelo's success as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I have two daughters that graduated from Pomelo, both former student body presidents. They are thriving in middle school and High School and it all started with the amazing education they received from Pomelo.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Great teachers and students who really care about the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Pomelo has the best teachers and PTA of any elementary school in the San Fernando Valley.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The office staff is number 1! Everyone in the office is happy to have you there (no matter who you are). Smiles all around. It's a great school!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 13, 2009
Experienced and caring teachers. Involved parents. Pleasant atmosphere for visitors.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 13, 2009
I love Pomelo because it feels like home. So many parents are involved and it's like everyone is one big happy family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Best teachers and parents ever

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 13, 2009
Pomelo Drive Elementary has the most outstanding Teachers, Students, and Parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Pomelo has the best staff, students and parents. We love Pomelo!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
Pomelo is a place that my girls love! It is warm, friendly and the education is amazing! Anyone who gets to attend Pomelo has a gift that only a few will have. We are so thankful that we have Pomelo in our lives.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
They care about the children. They take their time with the students and work with the parents to make sure the child is well served.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I'm astonished at the level of education that Pomelo provides. Unfortunately, my child attends another area school and compared to the development of my child to those attending Pomelo, I now wish we lived closer to Pomelo. I would not think twice about sending my child to Pomelo and neither should you.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
My grandson goes there and is so happy!!! The staff, the activities and academics are great.....

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
We love our neighborhood school. The staff and parent organization are tops!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The best teachers and Principal I know. My children have learned so much.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
The school has a wonderful and dedicated staff and terrific neighborhood support.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
It's extremely community based, great teachers, terrific education, wonderful families, and it's in a terrific neighborhood. What more could one ask for?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
We love Pomelo because of the high degree of parental involvement and the wonderful teachers in all grades.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
It's clear that parents and teachers are very involved, and concerned about upgrading the budget with fundraising to improve our school.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
Because everyone there from parents to staff cares about every child and does whatever they can to help out.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
Great parent teacher involvements. Everyone cares about the children's education and well being. Great loving community school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
this is my daughters first year at this school....we are very happy and love that it has alot to offer its students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
We are in our second year at Pomelo, and have been very happy. We have had good luck with teachers so far, and the level of parent involvement is great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Excellent teachers and wonderful campus

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
I love Pomelo Elementary school b/c they involve their parents on every level, they have a system in place to catch kids being great (Student of the Month, based on a virtue like 'responsibility' or 'kindness'), and the teachers put in extra time to make sure our kids succeed on every level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The teachers are amazing! They really make a difference in their student's education!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Pomelo is a great public school..lots of parental involvement, allowing for activites that the LAUSD school budget wouldn't normally cover.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Pomelo elementary is incredible. Qualities include safe environment, parent involvement, fun, clean, always striving to go the extra mile...for the children. It's also a 'green' school...recycle, reuse, no waste here!! my kids flourished when they started there education there

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
Pomelo is a great school because they have great teachers who are well-trained and enjoy their jobs and express enthusiasm for teaching and helping children learn. There is also a great parent organization that helps to include programs which have been cut due to state budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
Great school! The curriculum is overall one of the more outstanding in the area as far as public schools are concerned. The teachers that my student have had from K-3 have worked hard and dedicated themselves to each student individually.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
I truly believe Pomelo is overrated as a great school. Although there is alot of parent involvements in the school activities but it is very clickish with parents, which makes it hard to get involved. The principal seems too superficial. The teacher's are always yelling at students and not really teaching.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
Pomelo is a great school, not only good at the academy programs, but also good in art and music, every student have equal chance to profomerce, and a lot of parents volunteers for school activities. My girl 1st grade in Mrs. Mary Ellen Wong class, she is a great+ teacher, she taught students a great leaning attitude and taught students how to arrange their own time to handle weekly home work. my girl love to go to school everyday. Mrs Wong, pay attention on every student individually in her class. I was very surprised the end of semester, I received a special gift, my girl's own personal photo album, Mrs Wong she make each students a 'personal' photo album for the 1st grade, 2 semesters, all the activity in the class. I love this school and very happy we have such a great teacher.

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April 07, 2008
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September 01, 2007
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May 08, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 08, 2006
Alas, like at many other schools these days, Pomelo's students suffer the from the ill-named No-child-left-behind policy of the current administartion. The principal enforces this rote learning, teach-to-the-test model to the hilt. There are few, if any, classes in art. Music instruction is nonexistent. Test taking is honed to a fine art.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
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May 08, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 28, 2006
Pomelo has been great for our daughter. She is enrolled in the Special Ed resource program and is receiving wonderful attention at the school. Our only complaint is that the school is obsessed with test scores at the peril of other areas of education. I must say however, this has less to do with Pomelo than with LAUSD's mandates. Great school, great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
Good school and a lot of involvement from parents

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
Great teachers, great parents, great kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2006
This school is in a great neighborhood, great community. Teachers and administration really like seem to care.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2005
My child is a 5th grader at Pomelo. I think this is a very special school whose parents and students along with a caring staff make it an excellent public school. My child has done well academically and socially at this school. Their API is over 900 this year and they are up for the California Distinguished Schools award. Many parents volunteer, supporting the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2005
If your child has any special needs, you will not find any support at this school. They don't provide positive reinforcement measures and are often very punitive. I also don't reccommend the special day class at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2005
This is a wonderful community and school both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
Overcrowded. Principal does not take reports of problem seriously.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 23, 2005
This is overall a good school, particulary considering it is a LAUSD school. If your child is one of the regular, go-with the flow type, it will be OK. If your child has behavior problem due to whatever reason, then it can be pretty tough.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
School is too superficial and tries too hard to be a private school. Parents are more concerned with theri child's social status and appearances. Testing is more of a priority than teaching real life learning. Teachers are solid and great.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
School is too worried about standardized testing to teach kids about coping in real world. They always complain about money yet have these large teahcer apprication and founders day parties that cost $. Teacher's are great!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2005
Pomelo Drive Elementary is a great school. All teachers & staff are friendly and helpful. Academics are fairly strong. However, the GATE program lacks the challenge & emphasis - distributing the GATE students among the classes may benefit the under achievers, but certainly do not have any added value to the high achievers. Music, art, P.E. and other enrichment programs are available. PTA is real strong & has great impact for the school. Parents involvement are plenty, but it also puts a damper on the kids who have working parents & not able to participate!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
I have many relatives that have come out of this school, who were quite well adjusted and prepared for Chaminade. The setting is safe and residential. Standards seem to be exceptionally high.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
Very nice elementry school, but really hung-up on teaching to standards.

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May 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Both of my children have been at Pomelo for the past 5 years and we have been most pleased. The teachers are fabulous. The curriculum focuses a lot on the testing, however I don't think the teachers have been given a choice with regards to that. Pomelo has great school spirit and is a wonderful school community for any family!

- submitted by a teacher
March 14, 2005
The school curriculum is pretty good. There are plenty of activities to get the kids involved, including After School Enrichment courses. The principal leaves little to be desired however. She is condescending, even to parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
Great school with great teachers. Lots of extra- curricular activities for the kids.

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July 01, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
My daughter has been going to Pomelo since 1st grade. She loves the school and so do we. The teachers are excellent and my daughter enjoys all the projects and reports she has to do.

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Pomelo Community Charter School
7633 March Avenue, West Hills, CA  91304
(818) 887-9700
Last modified Pomelo Community Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pomelo Community Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 85 reviews. Top