AN AMAZING SCHOOL WITH SO MANY ACTIVITIES PUSHING KIDS TO AIM FOR EXCELLENCE NOT PERFECTION BUT YOUR BEST
My son goes to this school because it is our neighborhood school. He has had some learning challenges and I have found his teachers to be open and helpful. Discovering your child has ADHD brings a new set of challenges, but the teacher he had last year as he was being diagnosed, and his teacher this year were right with me helping me to determine the level of medication he needs. Because of their help he is now doing well at his grade level. My son is getting the help he needs to succeed, he is happy and growing confident because of their open door and willingness to work with our family.
Having come from another school, I disagree with the comment about test scores being the main goal. At my other school, assemblies were held to call up the students who were advanced or got a perfect score on the state tests. Banners were up about the score and the principal met with children to set test score goals. Here my daughter said they blew bubbles on the yard and chewed bubble gum on the yard for five minutes to tell the kids to relax and try their best. I came here on a permit. Parents can go to other schools now and not just the one next to their house because all schools seem to have a charter permit application now and you can apply everywhere.
I am on my 3rd child at Welby Way and I must say this is a fantastic school. Our first born child attended another elementary school and it is like day and night. The teachers care, all students are challenged, those that need help get it, those that need advanced work get it, the administrative staff is professional and friendly, the grounds are kept looking great, my children feel safe and we have fantastic parental support. I don't think it truly gets much better and to think we are getting all of this at a public school! It will be a sad day when my last child leaves the school.
Welby Way has been excellent for my kids! They really do try to meet each kid where they are and challenge them so they find their potential. I love that it isn't all about academics, rather, they focus on being a good citizen, being active and healthy, and being part of a (global) community. Parents are invited to participate, and there is plenty of opportunities for stay-at-home parents and working parents alike.
I m sad to say it but I believe Welby has lost its way. The principal is blurring the line between the neighborhood school and the gifted magnet. The school is no longer a place that inspires children to reach higher but rather pushes and pressures them and they feel it all the way down to K and first. The principal s focus is on raising the test scores. In my opinion, when you are at 961 39 points from a perfect score, pushing for more isn t really about providing a good education for children but adult agendas and prestige. I got the feeling my children weren t so much people but potential test scores. First grade there completely squashed my children s natural excitement and curiosity with learning. They did learn, however, that they did not like to read, or do math, or go to school. The pressure had them stressed and burning out at 6. They are at a different school for second grade and once again I have two little boys brimming over with excitement. They love school and can t wait to share all the new things they have learned when they get home. Reading, math, and school is challenging and interesting. Leaving Welby Way was the best move we ever made!
Most magnet parents love this school but I think they confuse assigning lots of work with actually teaching on a higher thinking level. However, we actually live here and are stuck with this school. This is not a place that creates a love or joy in learning. It is all about test scores and pressure. Welby Way thinks pushing children really hard and assigning tons of homework (which the parents have to show them how to do) equals educating a child. If this principal had been here when we were buying our house, we would have moved to another school. My children's excitement and curiosity about learning has been completely stifled. I would put them in another school but the district doesn't let you transfer. I had hoped for and expected so much better.
Great school, good teachers & Principal. Especially for advanced kids. Moved my child here for second grade after 2 years in another good school, but Welby Way fit much more if your child is ahead in reading & math.
Too much hype for this school. Teachers are very rude and partial and do not encourage all the kids evenly.
It's difficult to assess Welby Way fairly. It is, in fact, two schools on one campus: a resident school and a gifted/high ability magnet school. You wouldn't know that from the test scores because the two school's scores are blended. And a casual walk around the campus would show resident and magnet classrooms side by side. The reviews here are largely from Magnet parents. Across the board, Welby Magnet parents are happier with the school than are the Resident school parents. That said, if you're child is naturally high achieving, then you will probably like the school a great deal. If your child struggles at all or has an unusual learning style, your experience at Welby is likely to be uneven. My experience was that the teachers and administrators don't have a very effective game plan for bringing the best out of students who don't come labeled "gifted." The principal has also opened the resident school to SAS (gifted and talented) students from other areas further tipping to focus of the school toward kids who would likely bloom wherever planted. I was a very involved parent, and my child was happy there. But if I had to do it all again, I would chose a different school.
I have had 2 kids go through Welby Way and it has been a mostly good experience. We magneted in for 2nd grade with both kids, and they did really well. The teachers are hit and miss - most are amazing, 1 or 2 leave a lot to be desired. We got one of these teachers for 3rd grade magnet last year. After listening to her speak at parent night, I asked to have my child transferred to another class to no avail. I asked twice during the year, also to no avail. The Magnet coordinator and Principal wouldn't move my child, insisting there wasn't room in any other class (I noticed several new kids starting in other magnet classes throughout the year. No room, huh?). They assured me that this teacher's test scores were very high, so she must be good. Her test scores are high because she has a bunch of high-acheivers whose parents value education, send their kids for tutoring, and help them constantly. On a happier note, I can't say enough good things about the good teachers and great experiences Welby Way offers such as field trips, science fairs, and special days they have for all grades. Overall a very good school. It's just hard when the staff won't do anything to help your child.
Awesome school.. amazing parent involvement.. my son is in the magnet program and loving it. The teachers are so dedicated and make learning fun. Very happy to be part of the Welby community.
Amazing school! We applied to just about every good private, magnet, and charter school we could for Kinder, but then we moved to West Hills and ended up at Welby by default. I hadn't toured the school and knew very little about it other than its test scores, so I was nervous. My son is now 1st grade Magnet, and I can say that this is one of the very best schools, public or private, in Los Angeles. The Principal and staff seem to love what they do, and they run a very tight ship. Teachers are dedicated, creative, and overall outstanding. Parent involvement is excellent. Diversity is excellent. It is definitely a rigorous academic environment, which worried me at first because I'm a very touchy-feely person, but I see Welby's high standards paying off in my kid, who LOVES his teachers and is learning like crazy. Welby is truly the best of both private school and public school.
Great school and great teachers! Our son is in the Magnet program and we couldn't be happier with the choice that we made to enroll him in this school. Looking forward to 4th grade! :)
My son just culminated from the 5th grade magnet program after 4 years of attending the school. The teachers, staff, and parent involvement at Welby Way is outstanding. To attend this school is to be part of a community, and it was the best choice we could have made for our child.
Welby Way is a true gem. The staff really understands what it means to educate our children. The teachers have high academic expectations, but they also focus on finding creative and innovative ways to teach. They care about helping the children become well-rounded people who care about the world. There is always a schoolwide activity going on. Living a block away from school, I see teachers and the principal at school late at night and on the weekends working or attending a school event on a regular basis. Even with the harsh budget cuts over the past two years, the school has managed to keep the music teacher, ballroom dancing, computer program, and the PE program. Everyone really cares and my children love going to school.
As a concerned parent who has been actively involved it is hard to say the truth about this school. Unfortunately the school is on a downhill path with an admin who only cares about test scores and wants to cancel all art and extra curricular programs. I question the schools test scores, teacher hiring practices, and overall future. It was once a great place and I am glad that my children will soon be moving on.
The Magnet program is comprehensive and gives a solid base for Middle School. Although LAUSD is in crisis and the school does not escape from budget problems, the POWW ( Parents Association ) contributes in many way to keep the standards high.
Welby is a great academic environment. My daughter started last year in full day Kindergarten and coming from private preschool I was skeptical. The teachers are very in tune and the small class sizes coupled with strong parental involvement make it easy to understand the high test scores. I would like to emphasize this school has strong parental involvement. All parents give both cash and time to the school. With N=22 kids in her kindergarten class and three slots per day for volunteers it takes everyone. ;)
The teachers and programs are first-rate and everyone makes you feel like you are a part of a family.
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