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About This School

Canyon Elementary School is a charter elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Canyon Elementary School is Joyce Dara and can be contacted at jdara@lausd.net. 390 children attend Canyon Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 3% of the Canyon Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 390 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Canyon Elementary School is 19:1. Carlthorp School 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 73% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 11%
Hispanic 10% 73%
Asian 10% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 646343%
Filipino 0.9% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Unspecified 0% 0.7%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 75%
Limited English proficiency 3% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 months 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.

  • (2 months 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'!

  • (7 months 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!

  • (7 months 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.

  • (7 months 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

  • (8 months 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.

  • (11 months 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!

  • (11 months 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.

  • (3 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

  • (3 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!

  • (3 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.

  • (3 years ago)

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

  • (4 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!

  • (4 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.

  • (4 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

    All around excellent school. Teachers are at every level superb. Students and parents very involved. All the students feel engaged in the school. It has the feel of a private school without all the inherent problems of most privates. The teachers here are far more experienced than at the privates we checked out. And the fund raising though aggressive (where isn't it nowadays?) is not off the hook as it is at the privates. We feel very lucky to have gotten into this school on the lottery system. Many families try.

  • (5 years ago)

    Thanks to a vigorous and strong Parent board the school survives despite the immaturity and poor judgement of the Principal. Teachers are dedicated equally to all of the children regardless of the child's skill level truly no one is left behind academically or socially. Differential methodology in the classroom creates targeted learning opportunities. Excellent teachers working under a grossly substandard Principal/Manager who does not hold herself accountable and is frankly quite alienating and unwelcoming.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have child in the second grade. Support staff and the rest of the faculty are masterful warm accessible and all obsessed with nurturing kids into being life long learners. Terrific Music program Art program and Computer Lab.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attended this school k-5. I found his teachers and other staff excellent involved and for the most part wise. The school has an active parent involvement which has its UP-side but there is a downside to this which I feel the principal for the most part navigates through extremely well lending a fair and firm hold on the school as overly enthusiastic parents push their little ones up the ladder of elementary school stardom with little regard to the integrity of the student body as a whole. Many parents bring in their expertise to the classroom offering a wonderful glimpse into areas that may sparkle the imagination of the students- chefs bankers scientist architects writers photographers drumming circles jazz bands...The teachers for the most part were fair and thoughtful as well as qualified. The 'family-time' element truly unifies the students and teachers and the librarian is just amazing!

  • (6 years ago)

    If it were not for the leadership of the teachers and parents this school would not be what it is today - A warm safe creative place to learn grow and discover. The Principal holds this school back from reaching it's full potential she is it's biggest detriment. She is inaccessible inconsistent dishonest and grossly insecure.

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