Yesterday I attended the Holiday performance at West Hollywood Elementary and was delighted! After much worry about the production team from last year that had quit and left the poor tech guy (who isn't even an LAUSD employee and basically does ALL this extra stuff out of love for the kids and the school) high and dry the production moms from years prior that had graduated out the school the beloved music teacher who had moved on to greener pastures and the really late start the children were getting with their song choices --- I was bracing for a disaster. Well the first rate teachers & staff at WeHo EL swooped in to the rescue and once again produced a bright and sparkling little gem of a show! A couple of the 'go to' moms decorated the stage Peter was on lights and sound the teachers filled in with some songs the kids wrote and some they could actually learn in time. They staged and designed props and rehearsed their little hearts out. The auditorium looked great the kids were adorable and the show was its usual glorious production! Way to go WeHo! GREAT SHOW!
West Hollywood Elementary School is a public middle school in West Hollywood. The principal of West Hollywood Elementary School is Angela Marcano, whose e-mail is email@example.com. 433 students attend West Hollywood Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 9% of the West Hollywood Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 17% of the 433 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at West Hollywood Elementary School is 20:1. Maimonides Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.
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The review about 5 down about the school survey shows precisely the one problem at this school. Too many parents are only concerned about what they feel is best for them and their child and not about what is good for the school as a whole. Just because one parent felt that aides and PE were the priority were that greatest needs that may not reflect the opinion of the majority of the stakeholders. And to be clear there are lots of aides at the school...they are placed in the classrooms with the highest needs such as primary classes and split classes. So to boil it down 5 stars for the school and it's staff and about 2 stars for the parents.
I'm a tad frustrated with the negative reactions of some parents. No one could have predicted the issues that came up with the assigned principle- it's no one's fault. The folks who are referred to as the "clique do ALL the work volunteer more than most of us Including me my work schedule does not permit me to volunteer near enough time to the school I wish I could. The more you get involved the more influence you have. That is the way it works In ALL WALKS of life. Not just schools. . I am not a fan of cliques I am a fan of the consistent volunteers who are at the school. They spend more time then I do and more time then most parents. We can't even get parents to help with stop and drop! Which is a simple task and fun to boot. Stop and drop are the same faces over and over.Because of the volunteers our school is doing great. The board spends exhausting amount of time and energy trying to keep things running. If there is not enough PE then take your child out to exercise. Don't rely on the school to exercise your child. Come up with solutions not ongoing complaints. It benefits no one to keep complaining without having a solution !
I am disappointed in the school and in LAUSD for the way things gave gone. The district hired away the principal and a string of replacements and interim have not boded well for the school and its very sick "culture." A clique of parents who are far from aware of their exclusive nature have taken over and made decisions with the donations that are not in line with what the donors would like to see. As a result fundraising way down and many families left last year. More will likely go next year as well. True we lost the library and several good teachers as well as many great families. There is no fine arts program insufficient PE lack of supplies overall and a real paranoid parent body that makes the school an uncomfortable place for many families. Look CLOSELY as questions and open your eyes. The district is not providing what this school needs to even be good not to mention great.
Today I received a letter requesting more donations. But last spring I prioritized the spending in a parent survey putting PE and TA's on top. My child still has no TA and gets PE only once a week less that LAUSD's own mandatory minimum requirement for elementary school. This makes WHE substandard in basic fitness. They parent org funds things a bit out of order prioritizing luxuries like a full time computer repair guy over fine arts are more TA's. They pay a heafty price for an RTI coordinator that helps only a small group of kids whose needs could be met if the parents sought out special services through the district. Until the parent org goes back to its mission statement and is financing arts and the basics they will continue to lost financial support from the families as well as losing great families to other schools as they did in droves this past year. Ho Hum. Fourth principal in 3 years. Lost some great teachers too. Future not too bright.
We are in our 3rd year at this school and we truly love it. The teachers love what they do and are thoughtful hands-on and rigorous. I truly feel that the KIDS are what comes first at this gem of a school. The parent organization is one of the best boosters in all of LA. They work so hard to give our children art music PE TAs field trips writing and reading coaches technology and more. (All the stuff LAUSD no longer provides.) Sure they ask for money and run lots of fundraisers but 100% of the money goes to student programs and you can see how they spend every single dollar. (It's all published.) My child is thriving in this environment and I feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing community. We have a new principal who seems incredibly approachable and has a great vision as well.
Great school. Wonderful teachers. Amazing parent dedication. We've attended since my child was in K. Now she's in 4th. Feel very lucky to be here.
Dedicated teachers and amazing parent support/involvement. My children are thriving at this school. It is an extraordinary community.
This is my 5th year as a parent at West Hollywood Elementary. I am writing this in response to the one posted on 9/2. Inaccurate and full of assumptions. But the worse was judging the teachers. I have had great experiences with all of my teachers and since I have more than I child I have pretty much almost experienced all of them in one way or another. They are dedicated and they really care for our children. There are social dynamics at every school. But you should definitely go to another school if you think things are different elsewhere.
Real mythology being perpetuated by the 5 star reviews. Firs truth--not much of a music program. The parent org does fund a singing program that also gives recorders to 2nd grade. There are 2 singing performances annually. TArts this year only 2 -- same as any other LAUSA program. Our class gets dance and art . NOT every class even gets the basic 8 weeks of LAUSD art program. Its luck of the draw and nothing extraordinary. Three good teachers left. Some of the teachers great; others just average. There are many poorly planned split classes and parents I know personally who have had/have kids in them are not happy. There is a lot of instability in the school at the moment. Students left for Wonderland (and not all because of the gifted program there but just because it was a way out when Wonderland opened another 4th grade class this year). There are cliques for sure and this school has social problems with parents not so much with kids. We hope to get into a magnet or another school this year or next. Don't believe the hype. They ask is really big and I am not happy with the supposed perks my child gets (or doesn't get). No library and PE only once a week. BOO!
Great teachers who care for the children very good education excellent parent involvement bringing a lots of funds to the school.
Not sure what the reviews mean when they say no music? Or enrichments? Or an art teacher? Perhaps they don't know that we have a program called Education Through Music throughout the whole year for every class and there were 2 performances last year showcasing what they'd learned. The older kids also learn the recorder and percussive instruments. As far as extra-curricular activities there are after school programs and then a lot of extras. I saw buses outside of the school all the time taking kids on field trips. My child went to the theater and saw 2 different live shows throughout the year. There was also an art teacher (LAUSD provided) who went into every classroom last year for the full year perhaps some parents didn't meet him? If you are interested in sending your child to West Hollywood the best thing to do is to come check it out for yourself. It was definitely the right choice for my family and I look forward to getting more involved. Reviews are easy to hide behind. I just wanted to put the correct facts out there.
My Son is so blessed to be in this Public school. The parents care enough to collaborate with the school and raise enough money so that our kids get so many extras that LAUSD can't provide. I am a single mom who can't put in all the time or money they ask but I am so happy to contribute what I can. The teachers here are also all so dedicated and a big part of the success of the school.
My child has been attending West Hollywood Elementary since kindergarten and we absolutely love it! My son has received an exemplary education and I have been incredibly impressed with the teachers and the school in general. I must say I disagree with some of the negative reviews. The parent/FOWHE board in my opinion has done a wonderful job of ensuring our school provides the kind of quality enrichments that have been cut at many other LAUSD schools. I am personally not an overly involved parent at the school (as I work full-time) so I am grateful there is a parent body who is so very dedicated to providing our kids with all the 'extras'. I don't think it's fair to point a finger at those parents and to call them cliquey just because they devote a lot of time and energy at the school. It's easy to criticize. I think both the faculty AND the fowhe board TOGETHER do a wonderful job of making WeHo a great school. As for the former principal (last year) I was not impressed. I'm happy we are on the hunt for a visionary principal who can fill the shoes of our prior principal Mrs Charles
We've decided to move our daughter to another school. The Parents Association is a closed organization who have created an unpleasant cliquish atmosphere. They pushed the new Principal out without explanation over the summer vacation and now the school is again looking for a new Principal at the start of the year. Another major reason we are leaving is that last year the school raised $550 000 thru badgering emails sent weekly asking for more money and threatening cuts in services . What services? There is no art teacher no real music program no librarian no extracurricular activities. Where does this outrageous amount of money go? An audit is in order.
This school is really just average. Its smaller with approx 400 students which gives it a homey feel but the cliques mentioned previously do exist and their presence was frankly dominating and bullyish this past year. The booster organization puts lots of pressure on the parentbody (and faculty and staff) but is not inclusive. The school did lose its library one of the quaint features. It has no librarian no fine arts PE once a week...really isn't any different than many other schools with comparable student demographic. The school is in transition seeking a new principal and new teachers at this very time just week before it opens its doors for the next school year. Things could go either way.
If you just want a place to send your child for daycare (which they don't seem to keep an eye on the kids) and donate money every other day. You have found a perfect place.
My child enjoys the school has had great teachers and many friends. The new principal seems to be more concerned with her resume rather than any of her principal duties or enhancing the children's learning experience. It's very hard to watch this once great school get destroyed by a selfish leader. We will be leaving the school first chance we get.
I think the teachers the previous reviewer mentioned who seemed 'burned out and have lost their cool' are probably reacting to all the intense demands from the 'cliques of parents' who have created the 'negative social environment'. The old parents who rolled up their sleeves and got things done and turned this school around have all graduated out. When the school turned around it attracted that new 'entitled' parent you now see on the front lawn. They demand more and more from an already over worked staff and expect things will continue as they did before without putting in the work and even after they dismantle systems and procedures that were tried and true because they weren't willing to work as hard as the previous parents. Great Schools have Great Teachers that are SUPPORTED by Great Parent Groups and that means more than being a fundraising machine it means being a Community. When you loose that you end up with a bunch of disgruntled groups of parents and teachers complaining about everyone else instead of getting busy and working on making this the best possible place for children to learn grow and develop.
This school isn't what it once was but I am a bit more hopeful since we got a new principal. This new principal at least seems open to talking to parents instead of avoiding us. Maybe we will actually be able to meet with this new one without having to email to request an appointment 3 weeks out. This new principal seems more down to earth and seems like she actually might put children before good statistics.
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