Both of my children came from private school so of course we were leery about how they respond to public school. Our worries were quickly erased after the first day of school. Three years later and both kids have nothing but LOVE for OD. The teachers, staff, and principal are superb. Any great organization (including schools), start with a great leader. Ms. Grant is an outstanding professional and I have the utmost respect for her and the entire staff at OD. I am especially grateful to the learning center teachers who are a true class act. I honestly don't see how any other group of teachers could be better than this at OD. Thank you is simply NOT enough.
Wnhen I was a child I wnet to Orchard Dale Elementary. Its still a great school!!! Now I'm the legal Guardian of my grandson, 5 who will be starting Kindergarten there. Our lives went full cirlce, like the O in Orchard Dale. Personally, I couldn't be happoer!!!
We love Orchard Dale because the school is truly dedicated to the welfare of our students and promoting quality education. Their PTA works tirelessly to make the future of the school all that much better and it shows. Our API scores have been doing nothing but go up. Thank you!
we love Orchard Dale...i love that the whole school works together and that the teachers care so much about the kids that they all work together to make sure everyone leaves school safe :) and that even staff and principal come out to help too...hooray for Orchard Dale...and great parent involvement and PTA is awesome!! i am so proud of all the activites and everything that our school has to offer!! GO WILDCATS
We recently moved here from another school and district. Wow! It is like night and day! They offer so many extracurricular activities, an actual school play (Musical), after hour care for working families, and the community feel among the parents blew me away! Everyone takes ownership in parental involvement. We loooooove it here!
I have only high praise for Orchard Dale, its remarkable principal, outstanding staff and highly motivated and hard-working PTA. When I described activities in which my children participated while at Orchard Dale, both inside and outside the classroom, my coworkers often thought they attended private school. That's how rich and varied the curriculum is. A highly supportive community of parents and grandparents, of course, do what it takes to support all the 'extras'; but I would be remiss if I did not praise the many special OD teachers who go above and beyond to create experiences that leave students with those precious, indelible memories of childhood. And the greatest part, all kinds of great learning is going on at the same time!
Diana Grant is a valuable asset to this school. I have had children in attendance at this school since 1996. I have only seen things improving. The last 2 years have been the best years at Orchard Dale. The staff and teachers are amazing. Every child is met with their needs, in order to achieve success for that them.
My son just completed Kindergarten at Orchard Dale. We were very satisfied with the curriculum his teachers, and the co-curricular activities. I was impressed with the Kindergarten teachers and the principal's level of involvement in the kids' lives. O.D. had some terrific community activities like a Winter program (singing and performing)a Harvest Festival, great open house nights, a family Luau dance and a lot of other great stuff! A lot more than I expected from a public school! Although the East Whittier School District tried to do away with music enrichment, a brave group of volunteer O.D. parents made sure that there is still a music program at the school! Teachers there welcome parent involvement. I volunteered three times a month in my son's classroom and was very impressed with his teachers Mrs. Ogden and Mrs. Carlson My daughter will be going to Orchard Dale and I recommend the school to anyone who asks!