Two things: 1. There is a hostile environment by some of the parents. And I have seen some people hanging around near the school and they are never sent away. In addition to some hostile personalities about, there is also hostile and careless driving. 2. Why does the city target parents picking up their kids with parking violations? The excuse is street sweeping but how long does it take to dismiss the kids? You might be disappointed by the situation at this school.
Daughter just ratting kindergarten and I am already impressed with the school. Had a lengthy conversation with the principl before she even informed me she was in fact the principal. So interested in my concerns I was impressed
Woodland Hills ES is great for academics - huge focus on testing. The Good Stuff: They offer an after-school care program and the usual variety of after-school enrichment classes. It's a large school (approx. 800), but maintains a smaller community feel. The Parent/Teacher group pays a significant portion of the cost for Teacher Aides and the Art Program. Parent involvement is strong and key to the art and P.E. programs. The Bad Stuff: The enrichment classes are more expensive than at other schools (roughly $100-150 / session). They do NOT participate in the Spelling Bee. They do NOT have essay contests, science fairs, or after-school library time. The art program is highly over-rated. The administration is very rules-oriented (think: 'no cowboys/Indians').
A kind, loving environment - my children always felt safe and at home here due to the amazing teachers and parent involvement! Every teacher has gone the extra mile to get to know my children when they have been in their classes. One thing is for sure: these teachers love what they do and we feel truly blessed to have been a part of this school!
This school ROCKS! We spent only 5th grade there after a long career at Serrania that turned sour, thanks to a horrible principal & her gestapo style take over when she came along during 3rd & 4th grade. Ms. Brusca is a wonderful principal and not to mention this school is a 10 with an API of 955. Need I say more! I usually give a slight bump down when I look at the API of any school so, in essence, this school still ROCKS, representing a 9. WOO HOO!
This is a great school despite all the negative comments. The principal doesn't lay off teachers; the school district does. The complaints about test scores are silly. Anyone who has taken a college level statistics class can tell you that you can't continue to improve scores in all subcategories forever. The ceiling isn't infinite! NCLB is totally flawed. The formula used to produce the API scores isn't perfect and is based on improvement. When you start at the top, there is less room to grow. If you really care about your children and the future of public education, you should write a letter to congress or President Obama reminding him he said he'd get rid of NCLB during his 2008 campaign. He knows it's flawed too! It's sad that a flawed assessment creates a school's reputation. If your child leaves school everyday happy, with a desire to be a life long learner, that's the right school for your child. I was an aide and a teacher at the school from 2001-2010 and the dedication of the staff and parents is what makes the school a wonderful place despite the district's incompetence.
We transferred our child to WHECS from another school and we are so pleased with the entire experience! The school is phenomenal. In less then a month we are amazed at all the things she is learning. She loves it! Her teacher is outstanding and the principal and office staff are fantastic. So glad we made the switch!
My Daughter started kindergarten this year and I am so unbelievably impressed with this school. The families are great, the children are great and the staff are pretty amazing too! I was so nervous about sending my child to a public school and so far I have not one, single complaint. I feel so lucky that we have such a high standard of public education for our Elementary children and do not doubt that my daughter will not excel at this school over and above.
We love WHES and are proud to be part of the family here. My daughter absolutely loves it. Despite district changes, demands, and cuts, this school offers a challenging academic program with all the fun and activities that have been taken away from most schools. These are trying times in public education and we must do whatever we can to support our schools. WHES allows for hope in a broken system that is critical to our community.
I know my experience at WHE has little to do with current quality, but I went to WHE from 3rd grade (1971) to 6th (1974) (it was K-6 in those days). The teachers were all magnificent, caring people, the school was very well run, and the quality of education put me well ahead of kids I was classed with at Parkman Junior High School. Very fond memories of my time there and I am happy to see it is still a very highly rated school.
To the last poster: Do not let a few people with sour grapes, prevent you from allowing your children to experience a school that is one of the top elementary schools in the STATE! You can not please everyone and that is what you are seeing in these postings. As a long term employee (over 10 years); rest assured, most parents and students are happy and proud to be members of the WHES family. We have a staff that is second to none and our parents community is wonderful. Administration and support staff (office, custodial and cafeteria) are behind the teachers 110%! Our curriculum is academically rigorous while serving each individual child's need specifically. We have a fabulous PE coach and our PATT (Parents and Teachers Together) group are quite supportive; they have provided our school with most of our aide time (if it were up to the district; we would have very, very little aide time), they also provide our students with an afterschool enrichment program filled with classes that span the interests of our school population (drawing, chess, creative writing, hip hop,cooking...) Please find out for yourself whether this is the school for you and don't let a few naysayers sway you.
I was considering this school for my children, but after reading all of the reviews it sounds like there is a lot of hostile energy at this school. I'm not sure if I want to subject my kids to that type of environment.
12. GENUINELY welcome all parents with open door policy excellent academics. 13. As parents we go over and beyond to educate our child and serve our child school. 14. I was an adjunct associate professor for fifteen years at UCLA. 15. We all as parents are professional educators with a strong academic base to analyze a school performance. 16. WHES does not cut the mustard not for all their student population. 17. We are outstanding community advocates and love serving our community and child school. 18. My husband and I have numerous awards from the community and my child s previous schools. 19. Our family comes from a high academic upscale neighborhood within a LAUSD district. .
Slowly the long-lasting work of Principal Feig is fading away. The 2006 kindergarten class graduates this coming year, and as this group of 5th graders plan to culminate, so will the end the aggressive student selection that Principal Feig initiated for many years that helped to propel WHES test grades so high. In 2007, she chose a more random selection process and then was succeeded by Principal Bluestein who modified students on permits and student selection in his 3 years at our school. Couple the student selection process with shortened school days two years in a row, and the naturally test scores will go down. If you look carefully 4th grade over all went up and that is the class that entered WHES in 2006. More importantly is the disillusion of the teachers chronically being threatened with layoffs and reductions in benefits and pay. We had angry, sad and depressed teachers last year. Not to mention that one or more teachers suffered with personal illness, especially in second grade.
The last poster is correct. The elite selection of kindergardeners did much to makes us a top school and we are not tops anymore... not so elite... not so special... but still good.
We love the new principal and teachers; we don't love a drop in test scores. What is going on? Lets fund more T.A.s and less office personnel. We can't keep going down hill.
I love WHES and love our new principal! I think everyone at the school couldn't be happier with her. She's friendly, warm, but also cares about the kids and the school. As far as the comment on cleanliness? I've never seen a problem. I've been a room mom for the three years I've been there, so not sure what that parent is talking about. Must have been a one-time thing. And yes, I did hear that Ricardo, the custodian has lost an assistant and is doing the work of many. But even still, I haven't noticed any problems. My son loves the school and is getting a better elementary education than I ever could have hoped for.
We are really wondering how much of the work at the school is being done on so little budget. I love working there, but full transparency in all the budgets is due really.
Mrs. Brusca is trying very hard to hold the school together in this budget, despite having to lay off two wonderful teachers. Even with the drop in test scores in 2nd and 5th grade and some 3rd grade classes, we will endure as z good school where kids are happy. Life is not all about test scores, but rather happy kids! :-)
This new principal is fantastic ! She has been such a breath of fresh air to the school. She is a hard worker who truly cares about the children. The classrooms are actually being cleaned more frequently since she has been principal. I've been wondering how she's been accomplishing so much with such limited funding. She really is amazing!
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