School Details

Tarzana Elementary School

5726 Topeka Drive, Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 881-1424
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 493 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

53%
54%
56%
42%
57%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
40%
46%
66%
65%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
58%
65%
59%
70%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
53%
60%
62%
61%
65%
58%
51%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Tarzana Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Tarzana Elementary School is Vicki Lee, who can be contacted at vql7939@lausd.net. 493 students go to Tarzana Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 30% of the Tarzana Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 82% of the 493 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Tarzana Elementary School is 19:1. Vanalden Avenue Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 5% 4%
Hispanic 43% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 9%
Filipino 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.9% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 646343%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 75%
Limited English proficiency 30% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I really like the administration here at Tarzana but I think that theres a cultural divide. My daughter has been there for almost one year and has yet to make a friend. She not a trouble maker yet quiet and she has been bullied several times. It hurts my heart to know that the parents of these kids do not educate their kids on how to be good humans regardless of ethnicity or gender. I miss the private schools just because the kids were a lot kinder. The parents don't speak nor do they try to be apart of the community they just speak in their native language and feel that thats okay..If you don't want to be apart of the solution (a community) then you're apart of the problem (the divide) not a place where you can set up your own little world and exclude everyone else that does not look or speak as you do. Come together please for the sake of our children and our community.

  • (1 year ago)

    They should improve more on faculty & administration. Focus more on every child safety & learning techniques more productive more efficient and tangible teaching.

  • (1 year ago)

    I like the school. The teachers are great. Ms Inbar Romay an Faraji. The only complaint I have is Dr Lee could do more and quickly when several parents complain about certain problem children.Because of that issue last year three of my neighbors moved their kids to Calvert elem.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school. My son attended K-5 at Tarzana. All of his teachers were dedicated and hardworking and cared deeply. I think I will miss Tarzana more than my son will. Dr. Lee is a great principal. Can't say enough about the teachers Gibson Romay Ilger Farraji Khotsikian etc. All the great support staff. Tarzana rocks!

  • (1 year ago)

    Im very lucky to send my daughter to this school the teacher's staff are very enganged with the kids and the parents. My daughter was very happy on her first year in K now she is ready for first grade she can't wait to back to the school again!!

  • (2 years ago)

    A couple of typo's and mistakes! sorry...still don't prefer this school! my son is in honor roll and at this school it has very little weight!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a terrible school!!The bullying is unbelievable ! They have supervisors on the playground who should be watching the kids instead they are ignoring the children who are being bullied! All the supervisors look like if they don't want to be at work! If they are that tired of hearing children's complaints they need to get another job! The principle needs to really correct all the yard supervisors and remind them their job title!! I don't think anyone in this school realizes bullying traumatizes kids for life !! Perhaps they need to start with kindergarten yard supervisors to the upper grades! I've seen some great teachers in this school so I'm not giving them the one star they deserve more. The Kindergarten playground is just as bad on the bullying as upper grades. Don't send your kids to this school it's not worth their shinning personalities being destroyed by yard supervisors from K-5 letting these bully's get away with this!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Tarzana is a school filled with a diverse student poplulation and opportunities for all to grow academically and artistically!!! My children have loved being at Tarzana. They enjoy their teachers and the suppoort staff who are always there to help them. I have enjoyed the parent meetings and opportunities to learn more about the school and support for my children. I would highly recommend Tarzana Elementary School!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have worked in several schools as a teacher and I do have to admit that I am fortunate to be in an environment with such dedicated professionals who really care about their students their profession and the community they work in.

  • (3 years ago)

    Do not sent your kids to this school!!! First of all it's a PI school and you can choose a different one by law. Check out the Choices program. You will even be provided free transportation to and from school. I had a very bad experience at that school. The only true professionals there are the school psychologist and administrators. But your kid and you will have to deal with unqualified mean teachers. Who will be making inappropriate comments about you and your kid and will try to ruin your kids' future. Also they won't teach your kid anything but would expect him/her to know all the answers. This just doesn't make any sense. Oh well you have been warned...

  • (3 years ago)

    i am very disapointed with this school i do not recommend this school to anyone i wouldnt wish this school upon anyone. the only reason i would put 1 star up is because thats the only way i can get this review up

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent teachers. Good community.Perfect school for our kids. I recommend this school to everyone looking for high academic achievement AND diversity in the student population.

  • (3 years ago)

    What a phenomenal school! Dr. Lee is a terrific principal and treats every student and staff member with the utmost respect. All the school programs are designed to integrate with what is being taught in the classroom. This is especially true in the technology program. Both technology teachers work very hard to make certain all staff is supported and students receive the assistance they need. If every school in LAUSD was supported as well as this one is there would be few problems with our district.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers at Tarzana Elementary are amazing! I could not be happier with the curriculum academic standards and effort put into my child's education. The teacher's challenge every student the the classroom to achieve their highest potential as a student and a citizen. The Creative Kid's afterschool program is affordable and again focuses on homework success student responsibility and most importantly fun! I recommend this school to everyone looking for high academic achievement AND diversity in the student population.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child completed 5th grade here and she just blossomed at this school. She had been at her last school since Kindergarten and was scared to start at a new school. I loved the Faculty and the Diversity at Tarzana. Be prepared to have your child do lots of homework as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    We think this is a great school all the teachers the vice-principal Mr.Long and staff are very motivated friendly and easy to get along with they make it a wonderful environment. The amazing Principal Dr.Lee seems to really care about the children. Our daughter is now in 1st grade she enjoys going to school and we expect to have another wonderful school year with Ms.Pivaral like the Kindergarten year with Mrs.Kalmick. They have a big library and great after school activities.They help children with homework computers music art playground activities and more. Also they have lots of PTA involvement. We believe this school is doing an excellent job and our child has received a great education.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think this school is wonderful. My son is in Kindergarten and to be honest it was not my top choice as I was very adamant about putting him in private. Unfortunately his birthday didn't qualify him to go to a private school so I looked at Tarzana our local public school. When Ester gave me a tour of the school I fell in love with it. The library and the grounds were far more superior than a lot of the fancy private schools. I love the fact that the principal Dr. Lee knows all of the kids' names and can match the child to the parent. Ester is amazing. She runs all the fund raisers and is very comforting to the parents. I love the fact that the staff tries to make the most of what they have (funds) and my son has not ever complained about going to school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I LOVE THIS SCHOOL all four of my kids attended this school two of them are still attending this school has great and wonderful teachers. The Principal is just wonderful Dr. Lee and creative kids is a great program Mrs. Tate is the Director and she is WONDERFUL and her Staff. Very Happy Parent Virginia

  • (6 years ago)

    All three of my children went to this school. As a matter of fact my youngest still goes there and she loves it. They've all started since k-5. My two boys have already had their culmination and it was a wonderful moment. Dr. Lee is a wonderful Principal and her staff are easy to get along with. This school is very family oriented. They make parents such as I feel at ease knowing my kids are safe behind their gates. They have great after school programs. I never miss a holiday program especially Halloween and Christmas.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son just recently culminated from this school and I loved every minute he was there. I still have a younger son going into 2nd grade and I am looking forward to the next school year. We do have a lot of parent participation and we have wonderful teachers. I also think our principal is fantastic. She definitely has her own style. That style whether liked or not has gotten us to our high api and has taught the children respect for themselves and others. It has also allowed our extremely diverse population to excell in all academic areas. How great to have a school perform so well with the student population speaking over 30 languages fluently. What else can I say but Tarzana rocks.

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