Great school. Wonderful teachers. Amazing parent dedication. We've attended since my child was in K. Now she's in 4th. Feel very lucky to be here.
This is my 5th year as a parent at West Hollywood Elementary. I am writing this in response to the one posted on 9/2. Inaccurate and full of assumptions. But the worse was judging the teachers. I have had great experiences with all of my teachers and since I have more than I child, I have pretty much almost experienced all of them in one way or another. They are dedicated and they really care for our children. There are social dynamics at every school. But you should definitely go to another school if you think things are different elsewhere.
Dedicated teachers and amazing parent support/involvement. My children are thriving at this school. It is an extraordinary community.
Real mythology being perpetuated by the 5 star reviews. Firs truth--not much of a music program. The parent org does fund a singing program that also gives recorders to 2nd grade. There are 2 singing performances annually. TArts: this year only 2 -- same as any other LAUSA program. Our class gets dance and art . NOT every class even gets the basic 8 weeks of LAUSD art program. Its luck of the draw, and nothing extraordinary. Three good teachers left. Some of the teachers great; others, just average. There are many poorly planned split classes and parents I know personally who have had/have kids in them are not happy. There is a lot of instability in the school at the moment. Students left for Wonderland (and not all because of the gifted program there but just because it was a way out when Wonderland opened another 4th grade class this year). There are cliques for sure, and this school has social problems with parents, not so much with kids. We hope to get into a magnet or another school this year or next. Don't believe the hype. They ask is really big and I am not happy with the supposed perks my child gets (or doesn't get). No library and PE only once a week. BOO!
Great teachers who care for the children, very good education, excellent parent involvement bringing a lots of funds to the school.
Not sure what the reviews mean when they say no music? Or enrichments? Or an art teacher? Perhaps they don't know that we have a program called Education Through Music throughout the whole year for every class, and there were 2 performances last year showcasing what they'd learned. The older kids also learn the recorder and percussive instruments. As far as extra-curricular activities, there are after school programs and then a lot of extras. I saw buses outside of the school all the time taking kids on field trips. My child went to the theater and saw 2 different live shows throughout the year. There was also an art teacher (LAUSD provided) who went into every classroom last year, for the full year, perhaps some parents didn't meet him? If you are interested in sending your child to West Hollywood, the best thing to do is to come check it out for yourself. It was definitely the right choice for my family and I look forward to getting more involved. Reviews are easy to hide behind. I just wanted to put the correct facts out there.
There is no real music program. I was singing. How this school got is distinguished in arts is beyond me. We have moved on as well. Perhaps the parent org needs to do some soul searching and be more honest about the direction they drive their fractured community.
My Son is so blessed to be in this Public school. The parents care enough to collaborate with the school and raise enough money so that our kids get so many extras that LAUSD can't provide. I am a single mom who can't put in all the time or money they ask, but I am so happy to contribute what I can. The teachers here are also all so dedicated and a big part of the success of the school.
My child has been attending West Hollywood Elementary since kindergarten and we absolutely love it! My son has received an exemplary education and I have been incredibly impressed with the teachers and the school in general. I must say I disagree with some of the negative reviews. The parent/FOWHE board, in my opinion, has done a wonderful job of ensuring our school provides the kind of quality enrichments that have been cut at many other LAUSD schools. I am personally not an overly involved parent at the school (as I work full-time), so I am grateful there is a parent body who is so very dedicated to providing our kids with all the 'extras'. I don't think it's fair to point a finger at those parents and to call them cliquey just because they devote a lot of time and energy at the school. It's easy to criticize. I think both the faculty AND the fowhe board TOGETHER do a wonderful job of making WeHo a great school. As for the former principal (last year), I was not impressed. I'm happy we are on the hunt for a visionary principal who can fill the shoes of our prior principal Mrs Charles
We've decided to move our daughter to another school. The Parents Association is a closed organization who have created an unpleasant cliquish atmosphere. They pushed the new Principal out without explanation over the summer vacation and now the school is again looking for a new Principal at the start of the year. Another major reason we are leaving is that last year the school raised $550,000 thru badgering emails sent weekly asking for more money and threatening cuts in services . What services? There is no art teacher, no real music program,no librarian, no extracurricular activities. Where does this outrageous amount of money go? An audit is in order.
This school is really just average. Its smaller with approx 400 students, which gives it a homey feel, but the cliques mentioned previously do exist, and their presence was frankly dominating and bullyish this past year. The booster organization puts lots of pressure on the parentbody (and faculty and staff) but is not inclusive. The school did lose its library, one of the quaint features. It has no librarian, no fine arts, PE once a week...really, isn't any different than many other schools with comparable student demographic. The school is in transition, seeking a new principal and new teachers at this very time, just week before it opens its doors for the next school year. Things could go either way.
If you just want a place to send your child for daycare (which they don't seem to keep an eye on the kids) and donate money every other day. You have found a perfect place.
My child enjoys the school has had great teachers and many friends. The new principal seems to be more concerned with her resume rather than any of her principal duties or enhancing the children's learning experience. It's very hard to watch this once great school get destroyed by a selfish leader. We will be leaving the school first chance we get.
I think the teachers the previous reviewer mentioned who seemed 'burned out and have lost their cool' are probably reacting to all the intense demands from the 'cliques of parents' who have created the 'negative social environment'. The old parents who rolled up their sleeves and got things done and turned this school around have all graduated out. When the school turned around it attracted that new 'entitled' parent you now see on the front lawn. They demand more and more from an already over worked staff and expect things will continue as they did before without putting in the work and even after they dismantle systems and procedures that were tried and true because they weren't willing to work as hard as the previous parents. Great Schools have Great Teachers that are SUPPORTED by Great Parent Groups and that means more than being a fundraising machine, it means being a Community. When you loose that, you end up with a bunch of disgruntled groups of parents and teachers, complaining about everyone else instead of getting busy and working on making this the best possible place for children to learn, grow and develop.
This school isn't what it once was but I am a bit more hopeful since we got a new principal. This new principal at least seems open to talking to parents instead of avoiding us. Maybe we will actually be able to meet with this new one without having to email to request an appointment 3 weeks out. This new principal seems more down to earth and seems like she actually might put children before good statistics.
It's unbelievable the gains this school has made in the past several years, including in student scores, parent involvement, staff and principal collaboration, technology use, innovation reading and writing programs, and the list goes on. The school helps support kids at all ability levels, and parent fundraising goes both toward academic intervention and for additional enrichment. The earlier review (Aug. 23) about not offering a GATE program was inaccurate. The school offers differentiated classes (not just clusters) for 2nd through 5th grade gifted students.
This school is just okay, not bad and not great either, some teachers are good, but some are below avarage. It is a small school that just get rid of their library so they can use it as a new classroom for expanding school. The school asks for 100% participation on countless fundraising.
This is a GREAT school. We are in our 4th year here, and have two children and WeHo. The teachers have all been outstanding. Our children are learning so much, and our daughter's CST scores, her knowledge base and aptitude reflect that. That said, school is what you make of it - you have to work hard and follow rules. So many parents who wrote negative reviews below complain but don't take accountability - their child's success isn't only the school's responsibility - it's largely the child's and parents'. The principal has been incredible and really turned this school around (API scores >900 for two years in a row)! The fundraising helps make the school what it is for our kids (dance, music, art, PE, TAs etc...). Parents take these things for granted. I am disappointed that not all families contribute, even a little. All parents should participate with fundraising, for any amount they can afford, 100%. We are all fortunate to attend this great school. Finally, I STILL don't understand why greatschools.net continues to give We Ho a 9/10, and Wonderland gets a 10/10. Get with the program greatschools!
I'm always left shaking my head when people think that if you donate money your child will get into a particular class or have a certain teacher. Our principal has nothing to do with the funds that come in from parents. Privacy when it comes to donating is taken very seriously. So, to think that the principal shows any favoritism is patently false. And, I'm always leery when people say things like, "suck up to administration" - what does that even mean? Having been at the school for a couple years, I have nothing but great things to say about the principal, the staff and office. Do I honestly believe our principal would call parents and tell them their child could have the "good" teacher? Please. All of our teachers are excellent (are some better than others? of course), so this idea that there is "one good" teacher is offensive to every teacher at our school. People will always complain. And, they will complain about things that aren't even reality. School is a personal thing. If you're considering West Hollywood, take a tour, meet the teachers, meet other parents, see how it feels to you. This school is great because of what the staff, teachers and parents have done.
This is a good neighborhood school, but I feel like the school is doing fundraising all the time and they are getting greedy and asking for more donation every year (this year $325,000). The school is no longer offers SAS class, so if you are looking for gifted/GATE class, this is not a right school for you. My child just got into the GATE program, so we decided to leave the school.
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