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About This School

Mark Keppel Elementary School is a public elementary school in Glendale. The principal of Mark Keppel Elementary School is Mary Mason, who can be contacted at mmason@gusd.net. 854 students go to Mark Keppel Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Filipino; and Unspecified. 38% of the Mark Keppel Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 43% of the 854 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mark Keppel Elementary School is 19:1. Glendale Pacific Montessori Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Korean
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 55%
Filipino 6% 6%
Unspecified 4% 3%
Asian 24% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 11% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 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 43% 43%
Limited English proficiency 38% 25%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My child just finished kindergarten here and started 1st grade this month. My husband and I have been very happy with our son's experience. The teachers we have gotten to know as well as the administrators have all been welcoming kind and gracious. I am a very involved mom at school and so far no question I have asked or comments I have made have been met with anything other than respect and courtesy. My son went in to 1st grade reading and loving school. The parents especially the PTA and the foundation work SO hard to raise funds for the school and host a variety of fun events. There are plenty of ways to get involved in the school. We applied to Keppel as part of the magnet program; it is not our neighborhood school so we had a lot at stake if it didn't work out. So far we are absolutely delighted and look forward to the coming years. Mrs. Sondergaard is a great principal and she and Mrs. Ouweleen (asst. principal) care deeply about the school the kids and their staff. It's obvious that they realize a happy "family" includes all stakeholders. The teachers and other staff seem happy to be there. What more can you ask for?

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a terrible school located in a lovely neighborhood. The teachers are terrible & completely out of touch with modern education. The parents are suffering from a mass delusion that the school is great. The front desk administrators are very rude. Do not send your child here if you think your child has any chance of going onto higher education. Principal only cares about the teachers not the kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    The best school ever...Excellent teachers. We are extremely happy and feel very lucky to have our child going to this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Mark Keppel is truly an outstanding Elementary. It is now a Magnet for the Visual and Performing Arts which is even better! Dr. Mason worked very hard on this grant and we are ever so grateful! The PTA here is strong and involved. This helps everyone to see that even the parents are supportive of all the handwork of the teachers principal and staff members. MKS a fund created by the parents help fund intervention teachers. Truly a wonderful learning environment for our children. Keep up the great work!!!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is an AMAZING school. I love that they incorporate dance and art now that they are an arts magnet school. The principal is absolutely great. Teachers are great. I have nothing negative to say about this school. We are extremely impressed and feel very lucky to have our child going to this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    We came from private school and are so happy at Mark Keppel The school offers so many extras in the arts that both public and private schools are cutting. It is a wonderful caring environment with great parent involvement. Our experience with the teachers and especially the principal have been outstanding.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school and my kids do as well. It's in a beautiful and and safe environment and my kids love everything about it. Glendale is a great city overall and this school is one of the better ones.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great School...Great discipline awesome education and wonderful teachers. A very proud parent of Mark Keppel.

  • (4 years ago)

    It has the best principal staff teachers PTA parents and kids! We are like a big family always united to achieve the common goal of educating our kids in an healthy environment and not being afraid of any challenge.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son loves his school his teachers MRS Pimenta and MR Hewitt.School have very good programs like drama dance music visual arts computer lab and many others.I love Harvest festival and Spirit day.A lot of activitis and fun for kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    My boy thinks Mark Keppel is a good school because it has good teachers long recess and good arts program. YAY! He loves Mr. Shelton's class!

  • (4 years ago)

    There's lots of school spirit at Keppel. The principal and teachers are responsive and available to parents. We have a wonderful computer lab and an amazing arts program.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mark Keppel was a great experience for my daugther . I am very grateful to Mr Shelton 5th grade teacher.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is in the Korean immersion program and it is the best thing going. In Kindergarten she learned how to read Korean and then transferred the skill to English immediately. She's now going into the first grade as a competent reader. There are kids in the class with no connection whatever with Korean ancestry or culture. I asked one of these parents why his child was in the class. He said 'Because it's the best education.' The person who runs this program should get 6 stars as well as all the teachers involved. There's no discipline problem because the teachers have them loving to learn! I went to a good private school myself and Keppel is just as good with more caring teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son had been with Mark keppel for 3 years and the discipline the school had attained to my son is excellent.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love mark keppel school my son goes there and i am very happy with the school. I am very thankful for his teacher ms stacey kim she is a great teacher thank you ms kim

  • (5 years ago)

    I transferred my children out of a private school to attend Mark Keppel. The standard of learning and content is MUCH higher at Keppel. It's a very organized school very clean and the staff offers a range of support for students of all levels. Keppel feels like a free private school. They have a range of amenities and children want for nothing. At the end of day it is the parent and the child that have to work together with the school to make the best of all that is offered at Keppel.

  • (5 years ago)

    The diversity of the school parent participation teacher quality and Principal quality warrant the high marks. tightly knit communciaty with the feel of a small town in the midst of LA county (Glendale has it's onw scholl distict) makes this a jewel.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teacher's my son's had at Keppel have been very attentive and communicative. I feel that his needs have been met and am happy with the progress he's made. He's testing at advanced levels and is excited about school. I am most impressed with how central reading skills are to the curriculum.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent with 2 children from Mark Keppel. The oldest promoted to middle school and my second is in the foreign language program in Kindergarten. He has received excellent education. He has been a part of the Gifted and Talented program for the past 2 years. He has excelled in all areas due to the guidance and direction of the dedicated Mark Keppel teachers. The principal assistant principal and the office staff have always been very helpful when questions arise. As for the foreign language program my daughter struggled to learn Korean (we are non-Korean) however halfway through the year she improved and thrived. The dual language program staff have created a supportive and nurturing atmosphere. The program director is very appoachable and she trully wants the children to succeed academically. I am trully grateful to have my children at Mark Keppel.

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