School Details

Welby Way Elementary Charter School

23456 Welby Way, West Hills, CA 91307
(818) 348-1975
10

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-5 760 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

93%
54%
56%
90%
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

82%
40%
46%
93%
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

92%
58%
65%
94%
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

93%
53%
60%
94%
61%
65%
93%
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

Welby Way Elementary Charter School is a charter elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Welby Way Elementary Charter School is Jungun Yoo. 760 students go to Welby Way Elementary Charter School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 3% of the Welby Way Elementary Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 15% of the 760 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Welby Way Elementary Charter School is 22:1. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 46% 9%
Asian 31% 4%
Filipino 3% 2%
Unspecified 2% 0.7%
Hispanic 16% 73%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 646343%
Multiracial 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 75%
Limited English proficiency 3% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My 15 year old daughter attended Welby Way and I now have twins in 1st grade. We have very much enjoyed our years at Welby and are looking forward to our last few years there. My kids have received the best possible education with caring teachers strong principle leadership and a very high level of parental involvement. Our PTA (POWW) is second to non and provides our students with a wide range of extra programs through fundraising and a lot of hard work and commitment to the school.

  • (8 months ago)

    I have been a parent at this school for 10 years. The quality of teachers and staff is excellent and the parental involvement is much greater than other schools. My children all with different strengths and weaknesses enjoyed their years at Welby.

  • (8 months ago)

    My kids have been at welby for a few years and our experience so far has been awesome. The teachers provide a safe and welcoming learning space that really encourages each child to think above and beyond to exceed their potential. The teachers parent board (all heart and extremely dedicated ) and Principal Yoo are incredibly impressive. It's easy to see that the principal cares passionately about the students and staff and bonus.. Is approachable! School has always been readily available to answer questions I've had. Lots of programs offered great pe coaches Library sweet nurse.... My kids are thriving and love to learn! Thanks welby way!

  • (9 months ago)

    What a great school! Principal is amazing - hard working and focused on the students. Couldn't be happier. This isn't our local school so we had to apply to get and and its the best decision we've made for our 2 boys. Lots of extra activities and events. Great parent involvement.

  • (9 months ago)

    I have twins at this school one in the magnet program and one in the residential school. Both my kids are happy and learning at a level that is appropriate for them as individuals. I am thrilled with the quality or the teachers and the staff are open to working with parents when kids are in need of help. Being in the magnet is great for one of my kids but this other is doing well and is challenged to always put in his best work. Expectations are high...but realistic. I want my kids challenged but also enjoying the learning process and they get all this at Welby Way. We are very happy at this school!

  • (9 months ago)

    AN AMAZING SCHOOL WITH SO MANY ACTIVITIES PUSHING KIDS TO AIM FOR EXCELLENCE NOT PERFECTION BUT YOUR BEST

  • (10 months ago)

    I am on my 3rd child at Welby Way and I must say this is a fantastic school. Our first born child attended another elementary school and it is like day and night. The teachers care all students are challenged those that need help get it those that need advanced work get it the administrative staff is professional and friendly the grounds are kept looking great my children feel safe and we have fantastic parental support. I don't think it truly gets much better and to think we are getting all of this at a public school! It will be a sad day when my last child leaves the school.

  • (10 months ago)

    Welby Way has been excellent for my kids! They really do try to meet each kid where they are and challenge them so they find their potential. I love that it isn't all about academics rather they focus on being a good citizen being active and healthy and being part of a (global) community. Parents are invited to participate and there is plenty of opportunities for stay-at-home parents and working parents alike.

  • (10 months ago)

    Having come from another school I disagree with the comment about test scores being the main goal. At my other school assemblies were held to call up the students who were advanced or got a perfect score on the state tests. Banners were up about the score and the principal met with children to set test score goals. Here my daughter said they blew bubbles on the yard and chewed bubble gum on the yard for five minutes to tell the kids to relax and try their best. I came here on a permit. Parents can go to other schools now and not just the one next to their house because all schools seem to have a charter permit application now and you can apply everywhere.

  • (10 months ago)

    Most magnet parents love this school but I think they confuse assigning lots of work with actually teaching on a higher thinking level. However we actually live here and are stuck with this school. This is not a place that creates a love or joy in learning. It is all about test scores and pressure. Welby Way thinks pushing children really hard and assigning tons of homework (which the parents have to show them how to do) equals educating a child. If this principal had been here when we were buying our house we would have moved to another school. My children's excitement and curiosity about learning has been completely stifled. I would put them in another school but the district doesn't let you transfer. I had hoped for and expected so much better.

  • (10 months ago)

    I m sad to say it but I believe Welby has lost its way. The principal is blurring the line between the neighborhood school and the gifted magnet. The school is no longer a place that inspires children to reach higher but rather pushes and pressures them and they feel it all the way down to K and first. The principal s focus is on raising the test scores. In my opinion when you are at 961 39 points from a perfect score pushing for more isn t really about providing a good education for children but adult agendas and prestige. I got the feeling my children weren t so much people but potential test scores. First grade there completely squashed my children s natural excitement and curiosity with learning. They did learn however that they did not like to read or do math or go to school. The pressure had them stressed and burning out at 6. They are at a different school for second grade and once again I have two little boys brimming over with excitement. They love school and can t wait to share all the new things they have learned when they get home. Reading math and school is challenging and interesting. Leaving Welby Way was the best move we ever made!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school good teachers & Principal. Especially for advanced kids. Moved my child here for second grade after 2 years in another good school but Welby Way fit much more if your child is ahead in reading & math.

  • (1 year ago)

    Too much hype for this school. Teachers are very rude and partial and do not encourage all the kids evenly.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's difficult to assess Welby Way fairly. It is in fact two schools on one campus a resident school and a gifted/high ability magnet school. You wouldn't know that from the test scores because the two school's scores are blended. And a casual walk around the campus would show resident and magnet classrooms side by side. The reviews here are largely from Magnet parents. Across the board Welby Magnet parents are happier with the school than are the Resident school parents. That said if you're child is naturally high achieving then you will probably like the school a great deal. If your child struggles at all or has an unusual learning style your experience at Welby is likely to be uneven. My experience was that the teachers and administrators don't have a very effective game plan for bringing the best out of students who don't come labeled "gifted." The principal has also opened the resident school to SAS (gifted and talented) students from other areas further tipping to focus of the school toward kids who would likely bloom wherever planted. I was a very involved parent and my child was happy there. But if I had to do it all again I would chose a different school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had 2 kids go through Welby Way and it has been a mostly good experience. We magneted in for 2nd grade with both kids and they did really well. The teachers are hit and miss - most are amazing 1 or 2 leave a lot to be desired. We got one of these teachers for 3rd grade magnet last year. After listening to her speak at parent night I asked to have my child transferred to another class to no avail. I asked twice during the year also to no avail. The Magnet coordinator and Principal wouldn't move my child insisting there wasn't room in any other class (I noticed several new kids starting in other magnet classes throughout the year. No room huh?). They assured me that this teacher's test scores were very high so she must be good. Her test scores are high because she has a bunch of high-acheivers whose parents value education send their kids for tutoring and help them constantly. On a happier note I can't say enough good things about the good teachers and great experiences Welby Way offers such as field trips science fairs and special days they have for all grades. Overall a very good school. It's just hard when the staff won't do anything to help your child.

  • (1 year ago)

    Awesome school.. amazing parent involvement.. my son is in the magnet program and loving it. The teachers are so dedicated and make learning fun. Very happy to be part of the Welby community.

  • (2 years ago)

    Amazing school! We applied to just about every good private magnet and charter school we could for Kinder but then we moved to West Hills and ended up at Welby by default. I hadn't toured the school and knew very little about it other than its test scores so I was nervous. My son is now 1st grade Magnet and I can say that this is one of the very best schools public or private in Los Angeles. The Principal and staff seem to love what they do and they run a very tight ship. Teachers are dedicated creative and overall outstanding. Parent involvement is excellent. Diversity is excellent. It is definitely a rigorous academic environment which worried me at first because I'm a very touchy-feely person but I see Welby's high standards paying off in my kid who LOVES his teachers and is learning like crazy. Welby is truly the best of both private school and public school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school and great teachers! Our son is in the Magnet program and we couldn't be happier with the choice that we made to enroll him in this school. Looking forward to 4th grade! )

  • (3 years ago)

    My son just culminated from the 5th grade magnet program after 4 years of attending the school. The teachers staff and parent involvement at Welby Way is outstanding. To attend this school is to be part of a community and it was the best choice we could have made for our child.

  • (3 years ago)

    Welby Way is a true gem. The staff really understands what it means to educate our children. The teachers have high academic expectations but they also focus on finding creative and innovative ways to teach. They care about helping the children become well-rounded people who care about the world. There is always a schoolwide activity going on. Living a block away from school I see teachers and the principal at school late at night and on the weekends working or attending a school event on a regular basis. Even with the harsh budget cuts over the past two years the school has managed to keep the music teacher ballroom dancing computer program and the PE program. Everyone really cares and my children love going to school.

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