Canyon Elementary School

421 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 454-7510
10

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-5 407 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

97%
54%
56%
100%
57%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
40%
46%
99%
65%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
58%
65%
92%
70%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
53%
60%
91%
61%
65%
94%
51%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Canyon Elementary School is a charter elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Canyon Elementary School is Joyce Dara, who can be contacted at jdara@lausd.net. 407 students go to Canyon Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 2% of the Canyon Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 2% of the 407 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Canyon Elementary School is 19:1. Carlthorp is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 11%
Hispanic 4% 73%
Asian 10% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Filipino 0.3% 2%
Unspecified 0% 0.7%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 75%
Limited English proficiency 2% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    As elementary school teachers with over thirty years combined my husband and I feel qualified to highly recommend Canyon Charter. Principal Sheard is one of the best we've ever met. Enthusiastic experienced and warm; she truly leads. Teachers many nationally Board Certified not only are experienced and masters of the art of teaching..they truly care about the children. All staff work very diligently to promote an exceptionally safe environment. The children are sweet with each other and families are wonderful kind and work tirelessly to make Canyon the rare gem of LAUSD which it is.

  • (9 months ago)

    My son just graduated from Canyon (he went K-5) and have to say it was an amazing experience for our whole family. Great students teachers parents! The school is very well funded by the caring community. Community is the word here. Roll up your sleeves and get ready for bake sales and Fiesta volunteer work if you are planning to attend this very high ranking school.

  • (9 months ago)

    A small caring school community with excellent teachers and a safe no-bullying environment. Our child thrived here in every way! We got in by lottery and I understand how other lottery parents might feel on-the-outs from the perceived clique of those who live in the surrounding upscale area. They're all neighbors and have know each other for years folks! So if you're a lottery parent here's what you do Volunteer! Get to know your fellow parents join committees be a room mom or dad volunteer at book fair pumpkin patch booster club - there are so many ways to get involved - be pro-active and very quickly you'll realize that you have a bunch of great new parent friends!

  • (1 year ago)

    We love this school!! Our daughter started this school about 2 weeks late we got in through the lottery system and cannot believe how lucky we are! She is so happy and completely thriving. Her k teacher is amazing and the parent involvement is beyond anything I have ever experienced.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two kids at the school. We have had great teachers and the kids feel very comfortable with the teachers and the administration. The campus has a warm and comfortable feel to it and feels like a real community. Facilities are very well cared for and constantly being updated. Parents are very active in the school and particularly in the classroom. There are always extra parents helping and lots of opportunities to participate in the class on field trips and for special school-wide events. It may not be a good fit for people who just need or want to drop their child off as there is significant emphasis on financial and actual participation. However if you want to be involved in your school I cannot think of a better place to do it..

  • (1 year ago)

    this is our first year at canyon. we couldn't be happier! we love my daughter's k teacher and the families are very nice. we're upset the principal is leaving because she is wonderful.

  • (1 year ago)

    Overall Canyon is a very good school with caring and involved teachers. I think the principal is excellent (although sadly leaving this year). Bullying is not tolerated at all. period. For the most part the kids are a great bunch and get along well with each other. There are many down-to-earth fabulous parents as well. But the person who said many of them are money-aware and will only associate themselves with others in their own "set" was sadly correct. It's a very affluent neighborhood and if you don't live it in you can feel like an outsider. It feels very clique-y that way. Like most other public schools Canyon is way to wedded to standardized test results and there is a lot of teaching to the test to the detriment of the kids. The Booster Club (and the core group of parents who essentially make it a full time job) do a fantastic job raising extra funds for things the school district would not otherwise provide. Unfortunately the lion share of the money goes toward buying more computers. When infrastructure is lacking and the arts and music program isn't nearly as robust as it should be I don't think every kid needs an iPad. Just sayin'!

  • (2 years ago)

    I love love love this gem of an elementary school. I was a teacher in LAUSD and before we moved to the neighborhood we were in SMMUSD so I have experience with other schools. Canyon's Parent Leadership Administration Teachers and support staff are TOP NOTCH!! We are so lucky to live in this neighborhood and able to walk to our fabulous school!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a small gem of a school. Part of LAUSD Canyon has been able to hire and retain excellent teachers and a caring Principal. The kids certainly love it and the tests scores are through the roof. However Canyon is still dependent on LAUSD and thus some of the infrastructure of the school is wanting. Repairs seem to take forever and key maintenance issues are delayed over and over again. Parents tend to step in when things get bad but it should not be necessary.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has had its principal replaced from 2008 - it's me! There seems to be some incorrect information between comments from 5 years ago and now. Canyon school is a warm welcoming school and I pride myself on the collaborative work we do at every level - and every person is welcome to be a part of the process and product. My door is always welcome. My staff is highly trained and always open to learn and improve. We are the best because we invest in our school and our students constantly and consistently! Come check us out! Canyoncharter.com joycedara.com

  • (2 years ago)

    We love most everything about Canyon! This is our second year. We feel fortunate to be here. The school has strong teachers fabulous fundraising efforts and parent involvement. I have had positive communication with the principal. There are some people with their noses in the air but arrogance masks fear so too bad for them! We simply choose to not be that way. We have met some very kind and down-to-earth people.

  • (2 years ago)

    Several of us agree fully with the parent who said that Canyon is a terrific school....in spite of....the immaturity (not by age) and poor judgments of the Principal. With such a strong parent involvement in this Charter School and so many people displeased with the Principal it's surprising that she's not been replaced. She's now been there enough years that any influence we have in changing her attitudes have taken whatever positive effect they could have achieved. She isn't changing....she 'knows it all'. But despite her the school brings out the best in teachers and students and the parent who commented on it being in a really safe even idyllic setting was ever so right. What a privilege to be a Canyon graduate!

  • (2 years ago)

    There are great and mediocre things about the school. One great thing is zero tolerance for bullying which the school admin takes seriously. Some of the school buildings are kind of shabby - they're a series of trailer-ish things. Most of the kids are very sweet to each other but the parents are very very very "money aware" and only socialize with parents of similar or better financial standing in the little canyon community. The parent organization is very highschool clique-y but it does a fantastic job raising money for the school and the events are fun. We've had terrific and mediocre teachers who were equally enthusiastic. The classes are big and the focus is very much about performance on the standardized tests. Overall a good experience but the teachers and principal are definitely far more interested in the wealthiest of the wealthy families. So if you can overlook the snarky parents the kids are mostly kind and it's a good school and a safe environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is our first year at Canyon and I couldn't be happier. The teachers and staff are incredible. They do a great job differentiating in the classroom so that those students who need extra work or are ahead get challenged. Parent involvement is what makes Canyon so unique and special. Canyon is like a private and public school rolled into one-- all the best of both. I feel so lucky to be able to send my kids to such a special school

  • (4 years ago)

    LOVE this school! My daughter came to Canyon as a 4th grader from a private school. Canyon was just what she needed! She was challenged academically nurtured and she now has friends she will probably keep for many years to come! Upon culminating from Canyon she went to New Roads in Santa Monica ( a great transition). Canyon prepared her very well for middle school. My only regret is that she couldn't have been there sooner!

  • (4 years ago)

    Canyon is a small idyllic environment where students receive an excellent learning experience. They leave well prepared to meet the demands of secondary school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children and grandchildren have attended this school and it is exceptional in parent involvment and teacher excellence

  • (5 years ago)

    We feel so blessed to have gotten into this school on the lottery system! Our daughter is in her third year there and is absolutely blossoming. Her understanding of the material is so much more than just facts and figures she is given experiences every day that give her a personal appreciation for everything she is learning. She adores her school and her teachers have been exceptional. Things got a bit bumpy as we received a new diagnosis of a learning disability last year but the resource staff have been unbelievably supportive and really care about our child. They have never said no to any request and have offered up support I didn;t even know was available. I can't imagine having to go through this anywhere else. Parent involvement is like nothing I've ever seen and the ideas of community and character are stressed in everthing they do. Simply awesome!

  • (5 years ago)

    Canyon is such a wonderful school. It combines challenging academics in a warm and nurturing environment. I really get the sense that all of the teachers care about each and every student. The parent involvement is phenomenal. The new principal is dynamic and energetic. The after school program is exceptional! I could go on and on but suffice it to say that Canyon is an outstanding example of what public school should be.

  • (5 years ago)

    Best elementary school on the Westside hands down! Great families wonderful teachers and a fantastic new principal.

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