If you want your child to go to a school were teachers have no compassion or patience. Were they don't care about bullying or who is really at fault. This is the school to send your children too. This school taught my children to dislike/hate school and not ever want to attend . Makes me as a parent, really sad to see my kids this way.
Calabash is a wonderful school & is truly "the gem of the Valley"! I have 3 girls & my oldest just finished 5th grade & will be going on to middle school in the fall. I cannot begin to say how sad I am for her to leave Calabash! She has loved every day since we moved her from a Las Virgenes school that we were permitting into. Calabash is our home school & I wish we never permitted out of it! My other 2 girls just finished 2nd & 4th grades & also love Calabash!! We have had many of the teachers there & have not had a bad one in the bunch! The small school feeling is wonderful- we know so many people & feel it is like a tight-knit community. The principal runs a tight ship, but is approachable. The school has some wonderful events including a fall festival, trunk or treating, holiday program, multi-cultural festival & an award winning ballroom dancing program for 4th & 5th graders! There are so many opportunities for parental involvement & I have made so many great friends since coming to the school! My 5th grade daughter will certainly miss Calabash & I will continue to value my remaining time at this wonderful gem of a school! I
incomparable to any school out there! they are very tight close little family with not tooo many students
Calabash is a great school. What matters more than the principal (doesn't have great bedside manner) is the teachers and the families. The kids are challenged yet nurtured. The PTA is active and the small size makes is feel like a community. The kids have the opportunity to participate in computer lab, art programs, YMCA led PE, Drama, Band, science fair and do much more. The principal takes her job seriously and she endures the kids are safe. She is always available to address issues even if you may not agree with her, she will listen and take action.
this post is in reply to the parent that posted "Help!" yesterday...All 3 of my kids have attended Calabash since 2010 & all I can say is that I wish I had found this school sooner! as far as the principal it is just a personality thing (my point of view) she is definitely great from what I see. since I have 3 kids I think I have had encountered nearly every teacher there by now. I have not had any bad experiences with any teacher or any staff member. One of my absolute favorite things about this school is the level of parent involvement! it really is like a small community - we have family movie nights, father daughter dances, mother son events, restaurant nights, festivals, trunk or treat & countless other school events that really bring all the families (if not most) together. just yesterday we had open house where the school cheerleaders performed, we had an Alex's lemonade stand led by one of the families, the 3rd grade classes held a scholar "wax museum" where they dressed & played the part of a scholar they researched & we had the annual science fair with over 200 entries. my kids are definitely receiving a well rounded class A education...hope this helps
Help!! We are trying to decide if Calabash is the right place for our kids. We met the Principal and we are not sure what to think. She seemed a bit rude but I do not want to judge her too hastily. Can any parents out there let me know if this is just a personality thing or if she is hard to approach with issues? I want to give the school a chance but my first impression sort of scared me off a bit. Please advise if you parents out there have any input on this I would love to hear it.
The good: We've had two kids at Calabash since kinder and nearly all their teachers have been EXCELLENT. Many have gone way above and beyond the call of duty. The mediocre: Parent involvement at this school is weak. The PTA is dedicated and there's a small group of parents that volunteer their time but, for the most part, when it comes to fundraising and helping out at school events, most parents want nothing to do with it. The bad: Sergeant Gillis. She does absolutely nothing to create a nurturing, fun environment for the kids to learn in. It's pretty obvious to most of us that she has her sights set on climbing the LAUSD administrative ladder and all of her decisions are motivated by her own personal goals. Having said all this, our kids have received a great education at Calabash, made great friends and our overall experience has been very positive.
WOW! The rebuttal post about the parent who complained about the winter show has just been deleted. So much for free speech! Let me reiterate that the complaint was unwarranted -- this parent should be thanking the principal and administrators for complying with the City of LA Fire Codes. Due to the high enrollment, the auditorium cannot accommodate the large crowds that usually accompany the winter show.
I love Calabash... Great school, super friendly environment. I love that there is a lot of focus on academics, but arts are not forgotten :-) The teachers are very good and pretty friendly to us parents. Mrs. Gillis is a great leader. She is very strict; however she has a soft spot in her heart for the kids, she knows every kid by name and I love how she dresses up for Dr. Seuss day. Parents are very involved and they are very down to earth and friendly. It's a great environment for my kid and she is very happy here. I am happy too. So glad I chose Calabash for my daughter instead of our neighborhood school.
Please excuse my typo on my below review. Should read "principals" not "principles". Can an administrator of this site please edit for me? Thank you! Go Calabash! Calabash rocks!
I absolutely love Calabash. My son is in 2nd grade and has been their since kinder. The teachers are amazing as well as the principal and parent involvment.
Calabash is truly an amazing school. We have now two kids at this school. at k- and at 4th grader. The principal is always involved in all activities, always present on campus, she even knows most of the kids names. I thought that was impressive. The teachers are great , the office staff are very helpful and the PTA is so strong a lot of fundraisings . I am glad we chose this school . Go Calabash!!!!
This school is an absolute gem. It has a small, neighborhood school feel with an incredibly involved and invested group of parents. I'd rank Calabash a 6 out of 5 if I could. Principal Gillis is an incredible leader and sets the bar for what a school principal should be. The teachers are ALL wonderful here; truly not a bad apple in the bunch. Could not be happier with the school. Tax dollars well spent!
Calabash is truly a wonderful school with amazing leadership, parents, staff, and students. I am relatively new at this school, although I have been in teaching for many years. I am always amazed at the dedication of all administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, and staff (custodial, lunch, etc.) that put 100% of their energy into making Calabash an exemplary academic, safe, and respectful school for all students. I feel it a privilege to work here.
I LOVE CALABASH! My son just finished his first year in Kindergarden and I couldn't be happier. His teacher was expecting and would be having her baby during the school year but they made sure to keep their substitute teacher the entire year so the kids wouldn't be subject to too much change. The parents are great and even though the free after school program is for kids in 2nd grade and up, I am glad that I decide to send my son here. I can't wait until my daughter starts there as well.
My daughter has attended this school since 1st grade. I have been very happy with the teachers and parent involvement. I do like the current principal, but often feel that she needs to "update" the needs of the school and extend her knowledge of current technology. I often feel as if she refers to an outdated LAUSD manual and at times seems unwilling to explore options that could greatly improve the school. That said, I think she truly cares about each student and the families: she seems to know each child by name and has a caring interest in their educational future.
Calabash has changed tremendously over the past 6 years since a new principal arrived. Once the small gem of the valley the school has been overtaken by non sensical rules, little care for families with both parents working and a principal who is more like a dictator. It seems that rules and order have over taken concern, care and any sort of individual treatment of students. A shame that there is not a concern for the big picture. Since becoming a charter school in 2011 there has been little investment in technology, science or extra curricular activities other than a few more field trips. The leadership has become a little cold in the past few years.
Calabash simply cares. My daughter is in first grade and her teacher is simply amazing. The parents and staff work together to create a feeling of family. The school has only 400 students, so most of the staff knows your child by their first name. They challenge each child to be the very best they can be. They are integrating new technology like ipods into their class curriculum (which my child absolutely LOVES) as well as their after school intervention. A private school education for FREE!!!!
I have been a part of Calabash for the past 6 years. My son attends Middle School now. The first thing students are taught here is to be kind and respectful. As a sixth grader, he stands out from the rest of the students. He was not only taught the academics, but how to organize, prepare and learn. The principal is amazing! If you don't like her, it s probably because you don't like rules. She runs the school with a BIG picture in mind. The GATE classes don't have "only" GATE kids. And, that's the beauty of it. I didn t want my GATE child to be surrounded by only "gate" kids-when the real world is not that way. How would he learn to be patient, polite and thoughtful towards others learning with him? He was challenged from day one by with teachers, and he built self confidence and character. The quality of school Calabash is -is more than superb! Each staff member works towards the benefits of the students. Technology, the Arts and science and music play a big role in the curriculum at Calabash. I feel fortunate about being a part of Calabash because besides the students, principal, teachers and staff it has some great involved, caring parents too!
This is our first year at Calabash and I am very happy we chose this school. My child is in kindergarten and doing very well. I was concerned that my kid might not be challenged in a public school, but her teacher presents an exciting curriculum that allows her to deepen her understanding of the material. The children are all very respectful and very bright! The PTA is awsome and very welcoming. The principal seems on top of thing and In my experience very approachable. Overall, I would highly recommend this school.
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