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K-5
Public district
Woodland Hills, CA
Students enrolled: 584
 

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22601 Liberty Bell Road
Woodland Hills, CA 91302

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(818) 883-0934
(818) 591-7056
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Map of Chaparral Elementary School address.

February 10, 2015
I am a student at chaparral in fifth grade. My teachers were: Kindergarten: Fogelman First grade: Lampert Second grade: Fitzner Third grade: Yollis Fourth grade: Krauss Fifth grade: Costantino All of these teachers are sweet, kind, educational, and understanding. I know that anyone who says that Chaparral is a bad school is not a parent of a Chaparral student and certainly not a student! I am going to Middle School next year and am very sad to be leaving Chaparral. I will always have Chaparral in my heart, and all my teachers. I think that Chaparral is definitely one of the best schools in LA.

- submitted by a community member

August 10, 2014
Great school, with caring teachers. The principal is very involved and she is into using new technologies. They started music and choir last year, which I hope they keep. We have a great art teacher. If they be able to keep the ratio low, this is a great school.

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2013
Great school community, but I do think the class rooms are too much for one teacher and no Aid. It's easy for the kids to fall behind if you do not do consistant homework at the home beyond what was handed out.

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2013
Amazing school community. The teachers are creative, hardworking and nurturing. The parents are very involved. PFC makes it possible for lots of technology, art, PE and music program!

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2013
DIRE SITUATION. There is a cadre of under motivated, change-resistant teachers who hold tremendous power at the school and have held back progress and made life on campus very difficult for other teachers, students, and parents. The PTA group sometimes means well, but is focused almost completely on fundraising, gossip, and popularity. The campus is ugly and ill-kept. Our midwestern small town had much more pride in keeping the school beautiful and cheerful for kids. Sad.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2013
VERY DISAPPOINTING! Educational approaches are traditional. Many teachers are just coasting - teaching the same dry material they have for 20 years, with minimal interaction and creativity required from students. The culture at school is warm, but there are many disgruntled parents who feel let down by teachers and administration. Our kids have friends at other local schools who have great art and music classes in school and can't understand why Chaparral does not offer these opportunities.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2012
A top rate school with excellent teachers. One of the wonderful things about Chaparral is that it is the center of the community and the kids grow up together.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2011
This school is excellent. Home prices have stayed stable in a bad economy due to everyone knowing about the great public schools in Calabasas. Teachers and parents and grandparents are all caring. Our grandsons love school and maybe the mother who complained should have volunteered to know more of what is going on. Our grandboys have started with K and now in grade 4 and grade 1. What a wonderful environment to learn. Teachers can be emailed and promptly answer parents concerns.

- submitted by a community member

July 25, 2011
The families are obnoxious, with poor values, the former principal very visibly cared little about anything but herself, and while some of the teachers are very good, some are mediocre. My daughter had first grade teachers who had NO reading groups and days went by when no reading instruction went on. My child is on grade level only because of the amount of time I put into helping and teaching her at home. It's like the hours she's there are wasted. And their "enrichment" program that the ridiculous PFC is always begging for money to keep consists of games played at PE and the same musical singing program at the holidays that all schools have done for generations.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2010
Great environment. Teachers and parents that care. Great fundraising for programs that have been cut in other schools.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2010
Chaparral is a great school. The teachers and staff are caring, and I know my children will get a great education.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2010
Chaparral has wonderful teachers, very involved parents and a great sense of community!

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2010
Great teachers, great students and great parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 10, 2010
I love chaparral elementary school because the parents are so involved and the teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 10, 2010
Great teachers, great parents!!!

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2010
All staff at Chaparral are AMAZING! Beautiful and clean school. My children excel in every subject due to the great teachers and environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 10, 2010
Great school in every way.........

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 10, 2010
All around a great school, with great teachers, parent Involvement and a wonderful staff...

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2010
sommer harding is inaccessible to anyone but the parent faculty club. she is not child oriented. she is trying to move up the ladder to administration. however after how she has treated people at this school as well as ac stelle as vice prinicpal and as a teacher in agoura, she has unfortunately made may enemies. try to get your kids into another school in the district until she is gone...

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 24, 2010
Wonderful school. Parents are very involved.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2009
This is a terrific neighborhood school. The teachers truly care about the individual students and the parents create a warm community. The principal is doing an amazing job with the limited resources available to public schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 15, 2008
I think Chaparral is a terrific school. The teachers in my experience (two graduates and one current 5th grader having gone through the school) have been very largely supportive and enthusiastic and I have found the administration to be supportiveWe have We have had 3 kids go through Chaparral. The administration and teachers have largely been enthusiastic and supportive. If I could choose from all the elementary schools in Calabasas I would have my kids at Chaparral. I truly think it is the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 14, 2008
Given the state of public education, I think it's too easy to look back whimsically on our own childhood experiences and expect the same. Sadly, it's a losing comparison. This is a wonderful school, with caring teachers and engaged parents. Too often comments from parents seem to address the way they think the school should be run, rather than viewing it through their kid's eyes. Mine love the school and thus so do I.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 20, 2008
Chaparral, like any other school, has both attributes that can be improved upon and appreciated. As a teacher, I'm disappointed that the reviewers can't appreciate a strong leader that supports her staff. We wouldn't think twice to 'drop by' and 'chat' with a lawyer and a doctor, yet an administrator that is managing 550 students and over 50 staff members should have an open door policy. Somer is a hardworking, fair, and thorough admin. who aims to balance the needs of teachers, parents, and students while maintaining the high expectations that LVUSD stands for. As adults, we might not always agree with decisions that are made, but I think it's imperative that remain objective. Chaparral is a great public school that aims to meet the needs of ALL of it's students and we are lucky that we have a new principal that can be actively involved in changing and improving the school.

- submitted by a teacher

August 18, 2008
Like the above poster, I had high hopes for Somar Harding as the new replacement for the completely ineffective Dr. Tomes. Unfortunately, she did not live up to my expectations. She seems to have a hard time balancing the needs of her staff, with the needs of the children and parents. Her focus seems to be primarily the needs of her staff. I also agree that she is abrupt and doesn't seem to ever have the time (nor desire) to spend a few minutes with a parent who has important issues. Other than that....the parent participation (though sometimes annoying), is through the roof. Since the bulk of the mothers seem to be SAHM they have the time, money and energy to put forth. I do wish sometimes that they would put a bit more emphasis on having fun and just being creative, or community minded. Teachers are very good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 30, 2008
summer harding has not been a great replacement as principal. i took my child out this year as he has some special needs. she is very abrupt and reluctant to help. the parents can only do so much when you have someone at the helm that just doesn't want to spend the money.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2008
This is a new year with a new principal. So far the school seems to have changed. I am still happy here with the education my children are recieving, but the leadership is not up to par.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2007
I loved this school when my children attended it, but then we were transferred out of state. Boy, were my kids behind at the new schools! They weren't adequately prepared in Language Arts (specifically, english grammar) or Science, although they were fine with Math. This was a shocker as they had both been gifted students at Chaparral! Anyway, they've caught up now and are fine, but it was certainly a lesson in how schools can differ from state to state.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2005
We have had a wonderful 5 years here. The programs are great. The kids were lacking a music teacher for a long time. Parent involvement is fantastic!

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2005
Quality of academic programs generally high; teachers well qualified in general education classrooms (K-5). Level of parent involvement in fundraising drives and big annual events is also high. Parents contribute to a supplemental fund to pay for music, art and computer classes. Parents tend to be well educated, affluent or both with high expectations for their children's school. School is not very responsive to needs of children with disabilities -- parents have to be strong advocates. Acting School Supt. Zimring has made public statement favoring cutting and limited special ed services. For 3 years (Fall 2001 to Spring 2004) a wonderful special ed teacher was on staff but after she left quality of services fell sharply. New special ed teacher started in January 2005.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2004
There is a lot of positive things to say about this school It's well run, the teachers work very hard to ensure a quality of success for students, however there are a few teachers who need to retire. The principal is a nice man. The community is very involved, upscale and extemlely competitive. Kids are hyper scheduled for success and a little too focused on academics, scores etc, even at a young age. Parents are good people for the most part, but like anywhere can be exclusive in their dealings. The district caters to over achievers and kids with learning disabilities, Average kids are left to wonder what happen.

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2003
One of the best schools ever!

- submitted by a community member

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Chaparral Elementary School
22601 Liberty Bell Road, Woodland Hills, CA  91302
(818) 883-0934
Last modified Chaparral Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chaparral Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top