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About This School

Balboa Elementary School is a public elementary school in Glendale. The principal of Balboa Elementary School is Lena Richter, who can be contacted at lrichter@gusd.net. 556 students attend Balboa Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Asian. 45% of the Balboa Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 55% of the 556 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Balboa Elementary School is 23:1. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
  • Languages Taught

    • Korean
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% 55%
Unspecified 3% 3%
Asian 3% 13%
Filipino 2% 6%
Hispanic 13% 21%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.09%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 26187%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 43%
Limited English proficiency 45% 25%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    My son is a recent transfer student to Balboa and I am honestly beyond disappointed. As the previous review states there is no diversity here; my child is of mixed race and is constantly ostracized and made fun of. Almost the entire office staff is rude or unfriendly and from day 1 we did not feel welcomed. The teachers are strict which I don't mind but its almost to the point where its run like a military academy. We have not been on one field trip and its February and there are no creative projects. My child has had a horrible time adjusting and now dreads going to school every morning. As a parent it has been heartbreaking and we will NOT be returning next year.

  • (8 months ago)

    My kids are attending Balboa Elementary School in Glendale. This is their first year and so far I'm very happy with the education they are receiving. Their teacher is very nice yet strict. I have volunteered couple of times in the classroom and I was very satisfied with what I observed. The school seems to be very clean but the bathrooms do need work. I wish they could monitor it more often. There are kids from all kinds of nationalities same goes for teachers and staff. I have not seen any mistreatment so far. Balboa Elementary is located in a very safe and nice neighborhood. It's a very good school.

  • (9 months ago)

    I am so extreamly disappionted with this school. Starting with the front office. I have only experianced a negative energy almost like I am always in the way. Never someone to help sign out a child or answer a question. They lack knowledge as to how things should be to. The whole staff including the Kindergarten Teachers I have come into contact with seems to lack overall Human Kindness. My son was hurt ( Stitches were Required) during school hours and they were NOT helpful to him or myself. Also the other parents are pretty hard. Almost all Armenians! Not Caucasian. SO if you dont look like them they segregate you. It is terrible.... Also it seems the school DOES NOT have the childerns best interest as there number 1 priority. What matters most to this school seems to be there very strict Policies. The curriculum is good and school grounds are very nice. The only positive things I can say about Baboa school. You have to ask yourself what matters most to you as a parent. A school who teaches to be positive and careing young childern or Stictly based on there neatness of school work and school policies ect. I am not one to write reviews I wish I had known this aspect. (

  • (9 months ago)

    This is my daughters second years attending to this school. I'm so satisfied by principle teachers and staffs.

  • (9 months ago)

    I've had great memories at Balboa Elementary. Very good teachers friendly environment and a very safe school.

  • (9 months ago)

    I have been a parent at Balboa Elementary school for 8 years. I didn't even research the schools when we first registered basically it was being the closest to us that mattered. Now I can tell it is one of the best schools in the area. Balboa has a high API score thanks to the leadership and the teachers. Sending our kids to Balboa was the best step we took for our kids future.

  • (10 months ago)

    This school is a great school. Kids deserve to have everything needed for their education and growing.

  • (10 months ago)

    i love my kid school and i want the be more good i love the school

  • (11 months ago)

    I love our school because It feels like family. The principle is very approachable and always open to new ideas. The teachers are great and always lend a helping hand. Unfortunately due to budget cuts there are some programs that had to be cut. If we get picked we can use the money to bring back some of those programs which include Tallships and the Gate program. Thank you Marine Krikorian

  • (1 year ago)

    Balboa school is the best. The teachers are smart and friendly. The staff are nice. My two son's are happy. I love this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school It treats everyone the same and has no bad teachers or staff. I went from mommy and me and will continue until the end. Excellent school no problem with it.

  • (3 years ago)

    The standards I feel have dropped at this school since we started. At first this was a very nice little school over the years classes have gotten bigger budget cuts made teachers have left and the cultural mix becomes so diverse that I am often at the gate with no one else speaking english around me. My children all say everyone speaks armenian around them and I think they feel isolated too. The teachers try hard but we have seen this school really drop.

  • (3 years ago)

    I don't know what school Dec 2008 was visiting - but it wasn't Balboa. Balboa is a fantastic school with a very dedicated Principal staff and much involved PTA and parent base. There are monthly activities such as Halloween Pumpkin Patch Father-Daughter Dance socials and Spring Fling Carnival to name a few. With a tradition of good involved parent volunteers who help bring Music and Arts programs to the classrooms and help the kids. Yes the population is primarily Armenian. But we also have a large population of Hispanic and Asian. So it is by no means one dimensional. Speaking a particular language has never been required or stressed. And of all my years as a parent at Balboa - a child has nevered simply "walked out the gates." Is Balboa perfect ?- certainly not. But for a public school - I can not imagine much better

  • (4 years ago)

    Balboa is a really good school. The teahers students and the staff are really nice. allthough the food needs to be improved. Everything else is great.

  • (5 years ago)

    As far as education goes this school is fine. However culturally and socially this school is horrible. There is almost zero diversity at Balboa and students who are picked on for not being part of the majority get very little support from the faculty in those matters. I was even told that if I want my child to fit in I should enroll him in classes where he can learn to speak Armenian. The administrative staff has been unfriendly unhelpful and even hostile at times and the lack of supervision after school is ridiculous. Children are allowed to wander out of the gates without anyone watching.

  • (6 years ago)

    I pulled my daughter out of a private school and enrolled her in balboa last year during Kindergarten. I was very happy with the teacher and and the academics. She learned how to read and write in a 2nd grade level. I love the monthly spirtit rallies and the fact the principal knows every child by name. I made the best decision last year and am very happy with her 1st grade teacher this year.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a neighborhood school that truly feels as though the community is involved. My chidren have attended for the past five years during which the scores and programs have continued to improve. The PTA is active as is the Booster Club though as is typical a small number of parents run the activities of both. The principal is strict and yet imbues a sense of fun into the academics with monthly spirit rallies and theme days. Seasonal schoolwide activities also help bring out the comraderie among students. The vast majority of the teachers I have encountered are incredibly dedicated to their profession and the students and find ways to teach the standards that still allow for creativity and fun in the classroom. I would highly recommend this school to anyone considering moving to this pocket of NW Glendale.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers and principal are caring and responsive. Facilities are nice. The school administration is somewhat disorganized as far as procedures for picking up and dropping off children. The cultural majority of the students is Armenian. The major drawback to this school is the lack of cultural diversity. This is especially apparent in the lower grades where in my child's class there are only 2 non-Armenians in a class of about 25 students. If this school had a more diverse population I would rate it much higher.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have been very pleased with my son's progress at this school. His teacher is extremely helpful and approachable. The academics are good the homework not unreasonable and the principal is great! The spirit rallies once a month really encourage the students to try hard to achieve.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great caring dediated teachers and principal at this school. It has a friendly feel to it. My kids are getting a solid education. There are some afterschool sports and a afterschool care program. Music for all kids starts in 4th grade. PTA is very active and welcoming.

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