Unfortunately we had to pull our boys out due to unorganized teachers and lack of leadership.
Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School is a charter elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School is Kerry Harr. 841 children attend Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 12% of the Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 22% of the 841 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School is 19:1. Kester Avenue Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Video film production
- Cross country
- Martial arts self defense
- P.E. classes
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0.7%||646343%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.2%||0.3%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||22%||75%|
|Limited English proficiency||12%||32%|
I am overall happy with this school especially with the teachers and the parent involvement. The administration (read principle) could use some improvement. She needs to realize this is not her company that she is in charge of. It is our children's education that is the main concern and it would benefit them if she would listen to the parents and teacher's opinions with an open mind and not try to be a totalitarian ruler.
This school is awful if you have special needs child. Staff are not trained how to deal with people with disability. The principal is terrible and very unprofessional screams and yells at parents. She never wants to hear parent's side of the story she does not let you talk. There are some wonderful teachers in this school but too bad they have to work under her wing. She needs to be replaced school needs experienced principal who has social skills!
We will see how this year will go. I am a member of SOPA and I too think that there are parents way too involved and some parents are very difficult to work with in this group. Luckily some parents have left this year that were in that category so I think it will be A LOT better. We could do amazing things if we can work better with the administration. I hope we can get there!
The principal needs to be more professional and ethical. She screams at parents she is rude with many people. She is not approachable and she is not sensitive at all . She locks social skills and experience.
My children are very happy and academically challenged at this school. As a working parent I have felt in the past that there was some favoritism given to children of SOPA parents but it feels much more fair so far this year. My kid's teachers have been loving and great advocates for my kids. I haven't really had any interactions with the principal seems like behind the scenes there are good changes being made though. Honestly whenever there's been an issue I've always been able to go to the teachers and I feel like they're the most important factor at any school. I would definitely recommend this school.
We are very happy with this school. The teachers are great and the parent involvement is terrific. Both of our children (K and 2nd grades) are very happy here.
I recommend Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School because in addition to it's creative instruction to meet and surpass state standards for all demographics (including the state adoption of the common core which will begin instruction this year - one year before it's full implementation) it gives back to those kids who have lost a part of their culture and expands the knowledge of other children by acquiring a new language over the course of eight years - TK-6th grade. I see strength collaboration and care in the teachers who perform their daily activities in developing the young minds that attend the school. To clarify my point made above about giving children back a part of the culture they lost for those of Latin/Hispanic descent who lost their language two (span of siblings 15-20 years apart) or three generations down the line this type of school offers the next set of generations to learn what was lost to them. Coming from a third generation where my parent did not speak Spanish it is a great sense of regained pride. Not just Latin/American culture is celebrated; other cultures are celebrated and taught throughout the year to inspire diversity and acceptance.
Parking at the school is a nightmare. The teachers at this school are generally hard-working and caring professionals. The principal is a different matter entirely. The principal has been rude hostile and argumentative with me. I have witnessed her screaming at the top of her lungs at other parents. I have also witnessed her screaming at members of her office staff. Is there nobody monitoring her conduct?
My daughter will be a 5th grader and my son in 2nd grade next year. I am a teacher so understand how a school runs. The only reason we are staying at SOEC is that my daughter has been there for five years and has a great group of friends. Once she graduates we are pulling my son out. While the instruction at Sherman Oaks has never been strong (my daughter has had only 2 solid teachers) the favoritism towards SOPA and industry parents (they are always in the best teachers' classes; however several of the best teachers are sub par at best) the new principal's inability to communicate with parents the general lack of discipline from the parents the sense of entitlement from the community add up to a poorly performing school. When you look at the similar schools rank on the CDE website Sherman Oaks is a 3 (out of 10) when compared to schools with a similar demographic. As a teacher this tells me that most of the teachers at the school do not challenge students on a daily basis that students learn very little from year to year. As a parent this tells me that SOEC is not the school for most kids. I look forward to moving to a real charter school (independent).
I have been a happy parent for some time at Sherman Oaks Elementary even a member of SOPA. My child goes into 5th grade next year. I have volunteered at book fairs stop drop and roll given money to the school. This year though I have seen parents bully one another teachers bully parents and unfortunately we in SOPA have had to take administrative things in our own hands because our administrators have let us down. I am sad to say this but I do believe SOPA we need to revisit this because I am not sure if that is working and we do need a principal and a staff that doesn't support this type of bullying behavior. The most recent post does still promote that behavior as well and unfortunately that person is also probably in SOPA. It has to start with us obviously the mom who had a spelling error or errors as you say was upset. The fact is we are all fighting for our kids here something I think we can all agree on.
Its coming to the end of another school year and yes this year has been challenging with many changes its a very big school to manage the kids in the school not all but most have very little respect. The new principle is going to make some great changes which I am excited about and at least next year SOPA wont be able to pick and choose their teachers for their own kids as the old principle used to favor them Im hoping this year the system will be fairer for all especially us working parents who donate alot of money but have very little time to be actively involved but do what we can to make this a good environment for our children thats for all our children not just our own. I do agree to a certain degree of the review posted below that the SOPA are way more involved than they should be they do great things for our school but their should be a fine line between the admin and the SOPA This school is clicky only if you let yourself get involved too much just keep your head down remember you are their for your child's education not for all this high school drama as thats what it seems like sometimes.
My children have attended Sherman Oaks Elem Charter for over 4 yrs and we have been very happy here. My children have had amazing teachers (especially this year) and continue to thrive each and every year. Parent involvement is crucial at any school and it is one of the reasons I chose this school for my children. This is an amazing school with passionate teachers. Highly recommend it!
SOEC is a great school. I'm not sure what the complaints below are referring to. My children have been attending this school for over 4 years now and absolutely love it. They have had wonderful caring teachers and have made great friends. No school is perfect but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
There is too much parent involvement with SOPA I know that comment in itself is weird. They make too many decisions for the school that should be made by the administration. The school is clicky and stop drop and roll is horrible. They are so overcrowded due to the previous principalls accepting everyone lottery wise and now the new principal is left to clean up her messes. Because of this siblings do not take priority in attending the school. The lottery was run by SOPA and the office staff forgot to put a sibling in the lottery list and the raffle had to be done over making many parents upset because their lottery number changed. Something really stinks over at Sherman Oaks elementary many parents are pulling their kids. Teacher morale is bad. Get out if you can.
We are very happy with the new principal and the direction the school is headed. As a room parent it seems like the parents are partly responsible for making situations worse by blaming others than helping with coming up with solutions especially when they don't get what they want.
Awful school!!!! Parents DO NOT send your children here! It is overcrowded the teachers are stressed out and there is not enough adult supervision. I don't care if this now a charter school it does not change the fact that this is one of the worst schools in the area! If you can afford it send your kids to private school.....that's what we did and our daughter is so much happier now. SOEC is full of bullies without consequences!!!
I went here for testing a few times. It looked kinda nice for a public school actually.
New principal is totally unresponsive despite repeated written requests for a meeting. My daughter started 3rd grade and her teacher rules the classroom like she's running a board meeting. My "Gifted" child is so unhappy and struggling with the approach but I am unable to get a meeting with the principal to discuss my concerns. The few informal interactions I have had with the principal have been a nightmare. She does not have the experience to be leading this school. She does not respond to children or parents well at all and seems clueless on how to deal with them. In my personal conversations with her she has been flustered hostile and incompetent. I truly hope they find a new leader for this school or we'll be looking elsewhere for next year.
This is our third year at the school. The teachers are excellent. The parents involvement is over the top. There is arts music computers a science lab PE a library. My children love the school. However the new principal is not cutting it. She is not approachable. You can only speak to her if you make a written request. And then you will be lucky if you get a response and your issue is not passed off to someone else. She is not utilizing support staff as budgeted. Even the children have commented that they don't like her (and we never said anything in front of them.) This principal had poor reviews at her last school and I wish someone from LAUSD had reviewed them and addressed them with her.
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