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.
I agree with the previous post...this school isn't what it once was. Cliques of parents have created a very negative social environment. You cannot miss them as they stand around the front yard gossiping every morning and seldom say hi to the other families as they pass by...even ones whose children have been in their kids classes/grades for years. PE only once a week, no real fine art at all even though the school says it has the arts. There is a mediocre music program paid for by the parent org. API scores slipped a bit last year, and not sure how the transition to common core is going. No library as its become a classroom. A few good teachers, but many who seem burned out and have lost their cool. No GATE program.
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.
This is our second year at West Hollywood Elementary. We are so excited to be part of this family oriented community. The school has so much to offer and the parents go above and beyond to make the school so AMAZING! Mrs Charles is an excellent principal who goes out of her way to not only meet all the children and parents, but get to know us one by one. The teachers really pay attention to what each child excels in and allows them to learn in ways that suit them specifically. My daughter is very nurturing and last year she paid special attention to a boy with special needs and her teacher allowed her to work with him and help him understand lessons and homework. This was extremely positive for my daughter and made her very secure in her new environment. I was so impressed by the style of teaching and feel both my children are excelling on behalf of this school.
My daughter is happy with her school. It was a tough transition for me coming from a small private school into this 450+ school. Fundraising is a constant as well as parent volunteer sign-ups which can become a headache, but I understand it is probably the only way to keep school programs going after all the budget cuts. I do wish the criteria for the "gifted" classes were transparent as no one seems to know how kids are placed into these classes.
Horrible!!! The school only cares about the scores. My child went thru 6 substitutes in first grade and another 7 in second grade. The school didn't anything about that. The school call the parents for the kids NOT to take the CST test because they don't want the scores to go down. It is a lot of bully in the school and they don't do anything.
West Hollywood Elementary School is a great community of hard working involved parents who have helped build the school to a thriving educational experience for the neighborhood children - and other families who have opted to go to the school through open enrollment. Many parents spend endless hours fundraising so that the children can have a top rate public educational experience since there is limited funding (less than $32k per yr) from LAUSD. The principal, Mrs. Charles vision for the school far exceeds the average public school and focuses on the best educational experience for the students. The teachers are happy, positive and really zero in on the students as individuals and how they learn. My child looks forward to going to school each day - it doesn't get better than that!
I've been at West Hollywood Elementary for 3 years and and I am so proud of the progress that the school has made in such a small amount of time. We are so lucky to have such an involved parent body and the ability to raise as much money as we do to help fill the gaps.Though I haven't taken the time to fully get to know the principal on a personal level, she has always taken the time to answer my concerns and questions in a very prompt manner. We are lucky she sets the bar so high, because our kids always rise to the occasion and amaze us!
I have 2 children at the school, and it is an incredible place. Very small, and most of the teachers are great. As with any public school struggling with budget issues there are challenges, but the parent group is very active and has raised enough money to keep music, PE, field trips, teacher's aides and other vital resources available to the kids. My kids love it there, and the administration is fantastic - very caring, positive energy, kid-focused.
As a dad it has been a rewarding experience having our child at WHE. He blossomed before our eyes. Is every grade perfect? Of course not. But is WHE a cut above the other offerings? Yes. Many parents show up and help in classrooms, help in carline, help bring in guest speakers or special assemblies. They clean up the campus or paint, they do a lot and they, like my wife and myself are happy to be a part of the community. Then tthere are those filled with bitterness and can only see negativity. And their ad hominem attacks on staff speaks more about them then WHE. Great school and proud to be part of the community.
To the 'parent' who posted yesterday, I wonder how you know so much about the teachers work environment? Calling out individuals and badmouthing the staff is in poor taste.
I personally LOVE West Hollywood Elementary, and many of the times I have been on campus, I have seen and often spoken to Ms. Charles. My kid has only been here a short time but is already doing well and making friends. The teachers and staff do the best they can with the limited budget that LAUSD gives, and a focus on fundraising is key in making up the difference. Like any other public school, you'll get out of it what as much as you put into it.
I have 2 children at West Hollywood Elementary and am very happy with everything about the school. No school is perfect but this school comes close and I love the involvedment opportunities in and out of the classroom which some public schools do not encourage. Mrs.Chatles, the principal is down to earth and no nonsense and runs a tight ship that manages to keep all of the amenities we have with a decreasing state budget. The parent volunteers are passionate and hard working and have always been kind and welcoming to me. This school possesses the vision of a charter school, technology that rivals private schools, after school programs that seem like summer camp and an eclectic group of families that are very involved in their children's education.
This is my son's fifth year at WeHo, and each year gets better and better. I'm amazed at what the parent group, teachers and principal are able to accomplish to give our kids so much -- technology, art, theater, music, sports, field trips, the list goes on and on -- despite extreme budget cuts. It's through creative fundraising that we're able to live up to the hype, so I'm happy to give what I can. I especially appreciate those parents who practically live at the school, giving so much of their time and expertise to make our school even more awesome. Due to work constraints, I'm unable to volunteer like I used to, but am always thanked for the little I can do. I'm still thrilled to be a part of this school -- for myself and my son's stellar education.
My son and, we, his parents LOVE this school! My son just started first grade and could not wait to get back to school and see his friends. I realize now what a golden opportunity it was for us to have found a place for our son here, because the school is so popular. The staff are really incredible. Maybe we are just lucky to get good teachers but I hear from everyone that they are all great at WHE. There are so many extras for the kids, arranged by the parents group FOWHE which is full of incredibly friendly helpful souls, many of whom devote a crazy amount of time to the school as volunteers. I have lots of friends with kids at other schools who don't get anything like the opportunities and experiences West Hollywood Elementary offers at all. There are so many people here who all work so hard to give the kids an amazing education, and that's what it's all about. Right?
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