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About This School

Gardner Street Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Gardner Street Elementary School is Kenneth L. Urbina. 456 students attend Gardner Street Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 41% of the Gardner Street Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 60% of the 456 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Gardner Street Elementary School is 17:1. Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 62% 9%
Asian 5% 4%
Hispanic 25% 73%
Unspecified 2% 0.7%
Filipino 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 646343%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 75%
Limited English proficiency 41% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I attended this school and I absolutely love it! I got a great education and made friends to last a lifetime(I hope) the teachers are great and really care about the students. There are so many fun events hosted by the PTA. I love this school so much! It's just wonderful!

  • (6 months ago)

    My daughter just entered kindergarten at Gardner Elementary and thus far it has been a pleasure. We decided against sending her to a very popular Magnate school in favor of sending her to a school in our neighborhood. We are so happy with our decision because our daughter is having a wonderful experience. Her teacher has a way of making the kids school work fun and engaging. I have a very difficult time tearing my daughter away from class at the end of the day. They have two options for the after school program Aviva and Star. The Aviva program is fee based and promotes academics arts and crafts and lots of play time. My child comes home from school every day with her homework complete. The Star program is free for kids in first grade and up. The kids in Star Program are very busy with Music dance cooking arts and crafts and many other enriching experiences. The new principal is from Wonderland Elementary an has his stuff together. He is attentive caring and welcomes suggestions. He has big plans for this school and a lot of support from the parent led group "Friends of Gardnerville". The future is very bright at Gardner Elementary and we are very happy to be a part of it.

  • (6 months ago)

    I'm so excited to have my son attending Gardner this year. It seems like positive changes are taking place all over the campus and I attribute this to the leadership and energy of the new principal. The office staff are friendlier and the teachers are more attentive than ever before. My son says the new rules which allow kids to play where they want and eat where they want are incredible. I think this shows that the school's leaders have a lot of respect for kids and trust in their ability to make good decisions. I'm looking forward to what's next and am doing my part to make our wonderful school even better. Let's keep up the positive and productive energy!

  • (7 months ago)

    Great school with caring administration and teachers. The parent involvement is higher than most schools in the area. All the kids seem happy and enjoy their campus.

  • (8 months ago)

    I am a former student and I've got to say I'm extremely proud of being a Gardner kid. No other school creates that healthy sense of pride in their children haha. The school is organized and most of the teachers are top notch. Exception with Ms. Hirata who made me clean up my friend's throw up off her chair in second grade (thanks!). I am now a freshman in college and my best advice is to make sure your child is tested for the GATE program! Many children aren't noticed in how intelligent they are and some teachers just aren't active in choosing students to be tested. This usually determines whether your child gets to be in honors classes in middle school so getting them tested now is just enhancing their education along the road. Also yes Ms. Popova is an amazing first grade teacher who creates this nurturing positive atmosphere for the first grade students. Luckily although I was not a Russian speaker (she helps those who have Russian as a first language I believe) I got to be in her class and enjoyed it very much. Ms. Simon is also a great teacher and so is Mr. Sigler! BEST TEACHER EVER. He will enrich your son or daughter's learning experience to the greatest extent.

  • (9 months ago)

    My daughter attended Gardner from grades 3-5. It was an excellent place. She had Ms. Suarez for both 3rd and 5th grades and she was the most caring sweet teacher we could have asked for.

  • (1 year ago)

    Average. That's the score I would give it based on my limited experience given this is an LAUSD school but below average based on my expectations. My daughter in in her second year at this school and what I've experienced is poor school communication and inconsistent teacher quality. However the school district never misses a beat to leave me unwanted voice messages. I am thoroughly dissatisfied with the quality of instruction my daughter is receiving this year with Ms. Hirata. She seems unwilling to adjust her style to meet the need of the child. She'd rather have a room full of well-behaved children (uh don't we all?). Rather than looking at her ability to motivate inspire and keep her students in check she'd rather blame it on the children. Just as children are a reflection of their parents. I believe the way children behave in the classroom is a reflection on the teacher. I have heard other people rave about other teachers. I find it disappointing that the students are selected based on primary language (Russian-speaking vs. others). As for the communication receiving monthly calendars on the 18th of the current month is unacceptable. And that's only one example.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has been truly blessed to attend Gardner. This school has advanced teachers that know how to teach and what to teach. Kids are not wild and the faculty is great. I recommended gardner to everybody. My child went to the school for 5 years. Special thanks to Mr.Sigler and Ms.Bulbenko

  • (2 years ago)

    i love the arts programs here but I have had the same experience with this teacher. She has threatened the students inappropriately several times and disciplines them by keeping them inside for recess when they need to be exercising. Unfortunately the requests to move my child to another class were ignored and the teacher went undisciplined. In the meantime my child has become used to the teacher and no longer cries or becomes upset by her treatment. My child loves the school and desires to stay with the good friends he has made and the excellent after school program which is very supportive for academic artistic and scientific learning!

  • (2 years ago)

    The school has a great principal but thoroughly disappointed with the first grade teacher Ms. Hirata. Clearly overwhelmed and unable to control or manage the class. Children are not supervised well and she is disorganized. Numerous parent teacher conferences are of no use. Stark contrast to the expertise and professionalism demonstrated by the other first grade teacher Ms. Popov who all the parents are raving about. Numerous complaints by multiple parents to the principal have been to no avail. Otherwise school has good programs great music lessons and well rounded curriculum. Need to get rid of this teacher.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is a great school. Mr. Sigler is the most talented creative carrying teacher you can asked for your child. We've been blessed since the first day at this school. This teacher with the help of Ms. Balbenko brought to 5th graders love for opera it was amazing to see my daugther very interesting in the Opera (LA opera came to the school to perform together with our kids) history science music. As a parent I can only be thankful for the teachers like Mr.Sigler and Ms Balbenko. My two kids are there and every year they said Thanks for the best year ever!!! Also all the staff are very friendly great school!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is a great school.A special thanks to Mr.Sigler and Ms.Bulbenko they are the best educators ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Gardner is a wondeful school. My daughter was in Mr. Sigler's class and she has a love for the arts and science after his teachings. This is the kind of experience that will be with her throughout her life. Thank you Mr. Sigler and Gardner Elementary School.

  • (2 years ago)

    Amazing school 5th grader teacher Mr.Sigler - the most talented creative carrying teacher you can asked for your child. We've been blessed since the first day at this school. This teacher with the help of Ms. Balbenko brought to 5th graders love for opera (LA opera came to the school to perform together with our kids) history science music. As a parent I can only be thankful for the teachers like Mr.Sigler and Ms Balbenko. Thank you for the best year ever!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school was very great!!!!!! I especially enjoyed Mr.Sigler and Ms.Bulbenko two very talented people. It was very ecstatic and I had a great year and was anything but ponderous. Thank you teachers and staff of Gardner. I am a thankful student.

  • (2 years ago)

    We recently moved outside of the Gardner school area and so now our daughter is attending another school. We can immediately see a big difference in the school quality and various programs between the schools as well as the teachers/faculty. Gardner school is wonderful!!!!! Principal Mr. Urbina and Coordinator Ms. Lali are both intelligent charismatic and helpful! My daughter wants go back and visit her teachers Mr. Sigler Ms. Bulbenko Ms. Sandoyan Ms. Aganyan and Ms. Popova!!! Starting from the ESL program my daughter became a gifted student with good grades! She passed the gifted child's test! Now she is in advanced classes. Also the cafeteria has good and healthy food. They have very good after school programs Aviva and Star as they help kids do homework. All staff members are very friendly and attentive. In Gardner school the kids are always safe and comfortable. Also most of the kids learn how to behave this is again from their teachers and staff. Thanks Gardner Street Elementary School for our kids!!! Viktoriya

  • (3 years ago)

    i hate this school....never enroll your child here. they don't know how to teach good. kid/s never learned anything.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is in 2nd grade her 3rd year here at Gardner St. I cannot say enough praise for Principal Urbina. He is charismatic seems to love his job and from my point of view he is working to elevate this school to the VERY HIGHEST LEVELS. He is engaging with parents students and staff and supports creative efforts by all. He brings a wealth of experience to this school both as a former educator and a leader. If I understand correctly he has navigated 2 other schools from average to accelerated. All the teachers we have encountered have something positive to offer students BEYOND the rising test score achievement. Many of which utilize the grand resources here in LA. The Geffen Playhouse LA Opera and the Environmental Outdoor Program (exact name?) to name a few. They are adding music enrichment programs right now. The parents are becoming very active in support of this school which will bring even more enrichment programs and teacher support. This IS a great school.

  • (3 years ago)

    The principal and much of the faculty are very friendly courteous & understanding. They have great after school programs & the diversity in the school is wonderful. A great mix of nationalities.

  • (3 years ago)

    Quality of education and fantastic dedicated teachers and principal as well as everyone at the office. Great small enviroment.

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