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Dearborn Elementary Charter School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Dearborn Elementary Charter School is Debrah Hirsch, who can be contacted at dwh0211@lausd.net. 538 children attend Dearborn Elementary Charter School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Filipino; and Hispanic. 12% of the Dearborn Elementary Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 42% of the 538 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Dearborn Elementary Charter School is 18:1. Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 11%
Filipino 6% 2%
Hispanic 46% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 33% 9%
Asian 13% 4%
Unspecified 1% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 646343%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 75%
Limited English proficiency 12% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    [Dearborn is great! We moved our oldest from a school where she attended an SRLDP program had established good friends and loved her teacher. Adult connections with staff/teachers were made BUT we chose to come to Dearborn for the academic challenges that it would provide our children. I have to admit that sometimes I was like "What?" but it was all well worth it when my little ones surprised me with what they've learned. Both my children loved their kindergarten teachers and I love that they continue to be challenged as they get into the upper grades. ]

  • (5 months ago)

    My daughter is in Kindergarten and she is thriving and enjoying the challenges the school is giving to her; 2-3 homework each day 310 minutes reading per month more reading log from 2 different sponsors challenging math problems projects animal research test and more test. So you see if your child is like mine you will like Dearborn. But if you want a less challenging school for your kid then send your kid to an under performing school so that your kid and you as a parent will not be stressed out.

  • (6 months ago)

    Love Dearborn! I was amazed by what my child can do at such a young age! Kindergarten and first grade is no longer glorified day care. It is amazing what my child is capable of! Thank you to all the great teachers at Dearborn.

  • (6 months ago)

    I would not choose this school again. It is very militaristic. The amount of homework for kindergarten is ridiculous. The homework tonight 5 sessions of timed 1 minute fluency test ( read 10-15 min by the time you instruct the child) 20 minutes of reading writing 2 sentences ( for a kid (at least 10-15 min) then make a drawing and color it ( another 10 minutes) then write all the numbers from 1- 100 then say the numbers 1-100 3 times then read and write the 4 words for Friday. Then work on the research of the animal you chose write the 3 sentences. It is at least 2 hours of homework in addition to being cooked up in the classroom for 7 hours. Tomorrow there will be more ... For a 5 year old. It is insane. i did just fine with much less homework and that didn't stop me from having postgraduate degrees from top institutions.

  • (8 months ago)

    The principal is hands-on very active and patient. She is genuinely caring towards the students teachers parents everyone and the school. The parents are very friendly kind and enthusiastic to participate! Students are motivated and excited to come to school and participate in various activities. It's an exceptional school with a strong initiative for a sense of community and health and well-being.

  • (10 months ago)

    My three kids have attended Dearborn Elementary. The teachers principal staff and parents are really involved. I have never had any issues with this school. Our experience with this school has been great.

  • (10 months ago)

    I love this school my childern had wonderful teachers. all the staff are amazing. Specially the ladies in the front office they always have a smile and they are willing to help sbove and beyond as long as is resonably possible. The Principal is wonderful always working hard for the safety and well being of the students teachers and staff. The school has amazing programs.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school for my daughter.. She is currently in the SAS class in 2nd grade. She learns a lot and have great activities for kids. Principal is very nice and teachers and staffs as well. Giving good education for kids! Parents are very involved as well!

  • (1 year ago)

    All three of my children have gone to Dearborn. I currently have two still at Dearborn and have been quite pleased with my experience here since day one. I sent my daughter to private school before attending Dearborn and was a little hesitant at first. (With all the negative comments about public schools)It has been the best decision I have ever made. I wish I could take back the years she was in private school! The teachers are all excellent as well as the principal. The principal was just awarded principal of the year! In my opinion she is what makes the school great! The same rules apply to everyone. The PTA is awesome as well. Very involved and raise extra money for things the school and kids need. I really do not have anything negative to say about this school. I am so lucky to have it as my home school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am very proud to have my 2 children attend Dearborn Elementary. The leadership is excellent & teachers are fabulous ! I would highly recommend this school to all.

  • (1 year ago)

    Dearborn Elementary is an excellent neighborhood school. My son has been attending since he was in Kindergarten and is now in third grade. He is not a student performing at the top of his class but all the teachers he's had to now have pushed him to to work hard. He loves going to school and I never get that "I don't want to go to school today." The administrator definitely works hard to keep this school in tip top shape! They have an extremely active PTA that helps fund many extras that the LAUSD does not provide. It is definitely a well rounded school and feel very blessed that my son gets to attend.

  • (2 years ago)

    Wow after four years attending Dearborn with 4 very different teachers and groups of classmates I am thoroughly pleased with the education our child received!! The PTA is very busy and involved in the school providing events activities field trip buses and PE where LAUSD funds were cut. These extra events like art music ballroom dancing psychomotor and after school activities make school fun and enjoyable for the children! The principal and staff are WONDERFUL and exceptionally hardworking which shows in the great test results and academic progress of the students. We will stay involved in Dearborn well after our child culminates from the school because supporting our local school is important and we have made so many friends we would hate to leave.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has just finished Kinder and had a great year. I am very happy with his growth both socially and academically. I know the Principal has been criticized for not being "warm and fuzzy" but this has not been a problem for our family. The school's policies are clearly explained and the only problems I have heard of are from parents who want an exception to them. I would recommend Dearborn to any parent there are different teaching styles within the Kinder classes and one is sure to match with your child.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our time at Dearborn Street Elementary was terrible. My child experienced issues with a cold and inattentive teacher and a principal on a power-trip. Any concerns were quickly disregarded which displayed to us that the principal cares more about the reputation of the school than what is best for the children. We are happily not attending this school anymore.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a parent of children at Dearborn I am very pleased with the education they are getting there. I have always felt welcomed and encouraged to be a part of my children's school life. The staff is very professional and welcoming. Although the principal is not a "warm and fuzzy" type person she is an excellent administrator who is fair and consistant with all of the students. I feel that my children are very safe on the Dearborn campus and the teachers there are absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this school!

  • (2 years ago)

    Be very careful....Principal favoritism. If you can't do for her she isn't interested in you.

  • (3 years ago)

    Dearborn is a great school in Northridge. Our API is 845 and we met all of our AYP accountabilities.Dearborn has won many awards including the 2011 Music Center Bravo Award the Inclusive School Award and Campus Beautiful. Dearborn is a California Distinguished School and also won the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award. Our PTA President won the 31st District "President of the Year" award and the Dearborn PTA was voted Unit of the Year in 2010. Our SAS program is excellent and we work with every child to reach his/her potential. We invite parents and community members to become involved in our school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Dearborn is an amazing school. They care about the kids and make the parents feel welcome. The level of instruction is outstanding and the teachers and staff are top notch. They offer so much to the children outside of the normal instruction.....ballroom dancing pyschomotor theater music dance...the list goes on.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is my home school and it's our 1st year attending after coming from another district where I work. I wish i would've put my daughter here in Kindergarten she is now in the 2nd grade. Her teacher is an amazing hands-on caring teacher. I wish all teachers were like her. I'm constantly getting updates of the current LAUSD issues fund raisers for the school information on after school activities etc....The Principal is everywhere all the time and always says hello and will be the 1st to help you when you walk into the office. The parent involvement is very high and there is ALWAYS something going on at the school. My daughter wakes up every single morning excited to come to Dearborn.

  • (3 years ago)

    Dearborn is a school where everyone is welcome. The academics are strong the library and computer lab and arts program have been fantastic! We are so glad to be part of this school where the principal and staff take the time to help everyone regardless of who they are. Mrs. Hirsch is helpful and the staff in the office really keeps the school running great.

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