School Details

Lake Avenue Church School

393 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 844-4475

(out of 10)

Private Grades K 18 students 5 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Lake Avenue Church School is a private elementary school in Pasadena. The principal of Lake Avenue Church School is Ms. Kohar Jarlekian, who can be contacted at 18 students attend Lake Avenue Church School and are mostly Native American or Native Alaskan, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Lake Avenue Church School is 5:1. Friends Western School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native American or Native Alaskan 7% %
Hispanic 7% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 7% %
Multiracial 50% %
Asian 40% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% %
White, non-Hispanic 14% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is a very subjective one. I have personally been in each classroom at this school and some run well while others do not. Each classroom is a completely separate entity there is no cohesiveness or generalizations that can be made about the school as a whole. I hold a BA in Child Development and through my multiple interactions in the classes at this school the advice that I offer to potential parents is this You have the right to see proof of the teacher's qualifications I suggest that you ask to see your child's potential teacher's units any certification they may hold and proof that they are current on their CPR/First Aid certification. I also suggest that you make many visits to the classroom that you are considering enrolling your child in and that you inform the director that after the first scheduled tour you will be coming back to "drop-in" and "observe" at some point in the upcoming week or whatever the time period is. Then you can see the true interactions of the teachers and of the children. Barri Hicks is a mentor to teachers in training and she is an amazing teacher and Maria Sahagun is also a mentor and a very caring teacher and loves the children.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child had been in this school for one year. I heard many good things about it from a friend of mine who was a previous parent. But unfortunately It didn't take a long time before I realized I made a mistake. The head director was not what I expected as an educator. She was icy and bossy to her staffs and even to the parents. I don't think she is willing to interact with the kids and their parents and she is poor at handling issues. There was no diversity in the teacher group. You can easily notice all the teachers have the same nationality except only a couple. I heard it wasn't like this a few of years ago. Something must have been changed in recruiting. Some teachers are caring and kind but young teachers are concerned about how they look to the principal more than communicating with parents. Some parents seemed to have a strong connection to each other. I saw them gather and talk in the church yard very often. But their parent involvement is very poor. Only a small group of parents volunteer and interact with the teachers and kids. The facilities are clean but parking is pretty far from the school building. It may take you more efforts if you have another younger child.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is in his second year and loves it. The staff and teachers are warm and caring the school is clean and bright. I just wish more parents were involved.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is a well run Christian preschool. I agree that parental involvement is a little lacking but I'm not sure that it makes much difference to the kids - they are surrounded by lots of nice fun supportive teachers and aides. I also agree with the prior reviewer who said that the school handles issues poorly. This is our second year however and our teacher last year was great. This is a good safe well run school that I would recommend unless you are concerned about a solid academic program for young children - this and their communication/involvement with parents are probably their weakest areas.

  • (7 years ago)

    While the teachers are nice for the most part after 2 years I have found the curriculum lacking in academics. I found the school handled any issues that I brought up rather poorly. I suspect that most of the additional reviews are by members of the church and while I respect the enthusiasm take [I] it with a grain of salt.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is our son's second year at this school and we have loved it both years. It is very well run by the administration and the teachers have been there a long time. Our son was very shy the first year and his teachers really helped him to come out of his shell. The pre-school program is a good balance of developmentally appropriate activities and crafts and beginning academics. My son also loved Mrs. Scoville the lady who reads a 15 minute Bible story a few times a week. The school is also very safe. I don't agree with the person that said that there is little parental involvement. Both years I have seen a very high degree of parental involvement with parents volunteering with everything from readintg stories to the kids to clean up after the Thanksgiving Feast. I highly recommend this wonderful school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I believe the Toddler Program is understaffed. I recommend the Preschool and Kindergarten Programs.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academically it is among the best I've seen as they have their own workbook they use for pre-K. Some teachers are better than others but they seem short staffed on several occassions that I volunteerd. There are 10 mandatory volunteer hours or you forfeit $200. Sadly most parents just pay the money. Not many extracurricular activities but their focus is academics. Most of the teachers have been teaching for a while.

  • (9 years ago)

    Overall we found Lake Avenue to be a great place for our daughter to go to a year and a half of preschool. They really use the tuition money to do great crafts put on clever holiday programs and offer good experiences for the kids. They have their act together as an organization and our daughter loved the daily Bible stories too.

  • (9 years ago)

    My grandson has come here for five years. I've been very happy with the teachers the love and the environment. I really think this is a good school.

  • (10 years ago)

    While the level of parent involvement is low the dedication of the staff and teachers is incredibly high. Daily bible stories attentive & loving care and teachers who are understanding and easy to communicate with make this a great place for your child!

  • (10 years ago)

    LACS is a non-profit faith-based school that is affordable for many income levels. My daughter has attended since 2002. The teachers are incredibly loving caring and attentive. The Adminsitration listens to parents and makes every effort to assist with any requests. Children recieve regular evaluations so that parents knows if their son/daughter is on track. LACS has a great Parent Fellowship group that does a lot of work for the school (although parent involvement could be better). All in all - I am extremely pleased with Lake Avenue and plan on having my daughter attend through kindergarten.

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