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About This School

Cowan Avenue Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Cowan Avenue Elementary School is Richard Da Sylveira. 336 children attend Cowan Avenue Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 2% of the Cowan Avenue Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 30% of the 336 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cowan Avenue Elementary School is 17:1. Westchester Lutheran School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 67% 11%
Asian 4% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 20% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 646343%
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%
Filipino 0.2% 2%
Unspecified 0.2% 0.7%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 75%
Limited English proficiency 2% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Great teachers who communicate well with the parents care about their students. I like the after school activities and the use of the internet as a way for parent to keep in touch with the teachers.

  • (11 months ago)

    Our family recently moved to the area and our kids started Cowan this year. The school year started a bit rocky but the incredible urgency professionalism and most importantly compassion Mr. D the teachers and fellow parents put forth made it a smooth transition! We are so thankful for the staff and community here and wish everyone the opportunity to experience what makes this school so "special!"

  • (11 months ago)

    In the time that I have been teaching at Cowan I have enjoyed my students and the their parents tremendously. My students are interested in learning challenging themselves and me as well. Parent involvement is a welcome source of support and activism for the school community. The school has a varied and rich tradition which the students staff and community enjoy. A blossoming spirit of collaboration and focus has brought students and teachers together to make positive changes at Cowan. I'm excited about the direction and future of our school.

  • (11 months ago)

    I love Cowan Avenue Elementary School. We have had our children enrolled here since 2007 and I can't imagine going anywhere else. As with any school you have ups and downs and it is during the down times you see what the parents and administration are really made of. When others fled Cowan to attend newly built neighborhood schools the parents that stayed proved that team work and mutual respect is what makes a school great. Not only was the 6th grade Magnet class one of the top scoring Academic Performing in Math classes in the state but the reason those students excelled was thanks to the depth of teachers from K-5th that aided those students to success. Add to that the amazing parent involvement and you have students that have found a second home here at Cowan. I have read the criticisms listed here and no school is perfect. It is how everyone rallies together to exploit each other's strengths that makes Cowan awesome. I love the students. Cowan has impressive character.

  • (11 months ago)

    There have been a lot of wonderful changes implemented at Cowan. The students and parents are wonderful to work with and extremely helpful. I'm am so thrilled to be working here and happy to feel such a strong support from the community. Bravo to all for your efforts and commitment to our children's learning.

  • (11 months ago)

    Cowan elementary is an excellent school. Great teachers excellent staff and a wonderful Principal. The magnet program is awesome. The school even has "valet". The school has a great "PTO" this year 2013. The "dad's club is awesome.

  • (11 months ago)

    i have two Grandkids at Cowan ES. I love the Teachers and the team spirit!

  • (1 year ago)

    My family used to attend this school. We stayed for the first semester only. Too much parent involvement can be damaging to a school and the lack of diversity in teacher staff doesn't make it better. The principal is ok. He cares about the students but he seems to care more about the donations that comes in when it comes to teacher support. As much as I would like to I just can't recommend Cowan. My family ended up at Kentwood. My son has had a few challenges academically but that's because the teacher wasn't teaching everything in the curriculum but tested him on the material anyway. That's a BIG no-no in my book. He also wasn't applying himself as much as he could have (another no-no). All in all both situations have since been rectified and the teacher moved at the end of his 4th grade school year (she taught him in 3rd). This year he is thriving! His 5th grade teacher is a bubbly intelligent burst of creativity and happiness. My entire family is now at Kentwood and we couldn't be happier!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am disgusted with what is happening at Cowan. Simply disgusted! There is just so much wrong with the school that it is too much to express in this small space. I urge anyone considering Cowan to go talk to the parents at the school and not to rely on the positive comments on this site. Choosing Cowan will be the biggest regret of your life.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been happy with the quality of the teachers. The Principal is probably not the most effective administrator but he has some really good qualities. There have been issues throughout the years. A bunch of silly egos. Parents and administration. I never felt they were worth leaving the school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids & many relatives over the years have attended Cowan. Overall we think it is a great school especially for public/LAUSD. Most kids who went here got a great education & are well-prepared for middle school vs. their counterparts from other local public schools and often even private schools. Children who have graduated out of the Cowan Magnet program tend to fair at the top of their middle schools so this school is apparently doing something right. Is Cowan perfect by no means. This school & many others under LAUSD have their limitations. Unfortunately some of Cowan's challenges stem from 1 of its strengths The more parents participating the more strong opinions & irrationality in the mix. Yet many of my close friends & relatives with children in private or the most sought after public/charter schools face similiar challenges. As far as the principal is concerned we think he is a sharp man who genuinely cares about the greater good of all kids. Sadly some of his biggest critics who mean well often have personal agendas & interests that are not for the good of the whole or they truly don't understand his limitations. Overall we highly recommend Cowan to other parents.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter graduated from Cawan Avenue two years ago. Cawan Avenue was a good school "back in the day" and it can still be . But I think healing has to take place. Mr. D was one of the kindness people in the world and some of the parents did everything they could to get rid of him. People are human and we should try to work with the Principal and teachers for our kids sake. He didn't make the rules. He just delivered the message. The kids are the ones who suffer when the parents play politics. I believe Cawan will improve in the days to come but parents remember the "golden rule" and if nothing else remember you're modeling the person you want your child to be!

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with the last parent's post. My child has been at Cowan since kindergarten and is now in the 5th grade magnet. While the leadership of the school has been less than ideal by far my child has been blessed with wonderful and caring teachers throughout the time at Cowan. Currently the 5th grade magnet class does not have a permanent teacher. They had a wonderful teacher in that position for the past few years and she got pink slipped and can not be hired back at this time. MEANWHILE there is now a long term sub in that class position. A prepared qualified and motivated teacher was let go and the school had not been able to replace her. Finally the afternoon before school began a long term sub was hired. I think this first week of school has been really hard on the kids with an unprepared teacher and a classroom that was not ready for the students to enter. My heart goes out to this sub who had no time to prepare and I am willing to give her a few weeks to get her stuff together. I do feel that the students would have been better off at camp for another week and giving this teacher time to prepare. Also the school is no longer ethnically diverse. It was when we began.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in his final year at Cowan. He has had nurturing and innovative teachers especially in the Gifted Magnet Program. The administrator is not readily available and can be ineffective with communication. There are some amazing parents and families that continue to work hard to create the best environment for the entire school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I attended Cowan Ave from 1975 to 79 and I thoroughly enjoyed it as I remember the neighborhood was safe I rode my bicycle to school. My favorite teachers were Mrs. Arbogast and Mrs. Rockwood. I'm Patty Rowe and I approved this message. )

  • (2 years ago)

    Cowan is a fine school. The implication that the parents who are pleased with the school are fake comments by the administration is ridiculous. Who has time to do that? And according to the belief that the administration is not very organized when would the fake comment conspiracy have time to be organized? Yet the negative comments seam to come regularly. I find it hard to believe unhappy parents would continue to stay so I raise the question Are their parents who do not attend Cowan commenting negatively with an alternate agenda? If I took this personally I could be up set but I don't. I enrolled in the school I took the time to meet all the teachers and administration and I do my best to make the educational experience a memorable one for my children. I have had the pleasure of attending both Kentwood and Cowan and must say there is not that much difference. Yet I honestly like Cowan better. It has a small family atmosphere and the parents are wonderful! (But I don't choose because I am a parent of both schools ;0)) So parents who are reading these comments and really trying to consider if you should place your child at Cowan.Visit the school and find out for yourself.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school is cutting edge technologically and instructionally. The teachers care about the students and stay on top of their game to providethe best instructional opportunities and they seem to wok very well together. If you can get your kid into the magnet you've gotten him into one of the highest schools in the STATE and they are adding 6th grade next year. The magnet teachers are among the best in the district. The community school has started looking like an inner city school as many of the supportive fundraising families have been chased off.

  • (2 years ago)

    One may disagree with the positive comments but be clear Cowan family members wrote them. I am one of the parents who did so. There is genuine disagreement among Cowan families about the school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I completely agree with the previous posting. It seems as if the last few postings for December 2011 are indeed fake and probably written by someone in administration to hide the inadequacy of their leadership. Cowan is a sinking ship due to the lack of quality in leadership. The principal is an inept leader. We do not plan to keep our child at Cowan after this school year ends and are currently pursuing other options.

  • (2 years ago)

    I feel that all the reviews for the month of December 2011 seem to be a bit contrived. It is almost as if the same person wrote all the reviews and perhaps did it from different computers to build up the school. The writing style in all of the post for the month of December is almost exactly the same. Most of the reviews seem very surface. I believe they are fake. The school needs a lot of work and a lot of leadership. The principal seems a bit immature and inexperienced. I wish the school had more community partners like Kentwood such as the YMCA or the Los Angeles Clippers or other local community based organizations. The school doesn't have a sense of community.

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