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La Ballona Elementary School

30 reviews
10915 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 842-4334

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Excellent education in both the traditional school and bilingual programs. A wonderful community
Posted by a parent on 12/13/2018
An amazing school with a diverse population!
Posted by a parent on 8/9/2017
I logged on to review La Ballona because around this time two years ago we were anxiously touring the Culver City schools trying to decide which one was right for our child. I want to share our experience as we found it hard to find info on the school. We are zoned for a different CC school but chose La Ballona for the immersion program. I think the most important thing I can say is that our son has absolutely thrived here. He LOVES coming to school, and complains on the weekend that he can't. He comes home filled with enthusiasm about what he is learning, which is infectious - he wants to read more about what he has learned that day. For instance he was telling us all about how California was once part of Mexico, and wanted to get out our Atlas and look at a map. It certainly seems like he's getting a rounded education - not just learning to pass tests. Personally I also love that he is meeting children from all walks of life, not just ethnically different to him, but from different socio-economic backgrounds. I have been very impressed by how much the parents get involved in the school as well. The great thing about the immersion stream is that parents have to actively choose it for their child and opt in, so everyone seems really motivated to get involved and help the kids do well. He's only had two teachers so far, but both have been great, and we have also found that other staff at the school are really motivated and friendly. Oh and the after-school Star Nova classes are great too. We would really recommend this school.
Posted by a parent on 2/10/2017
My son is a kindergartener in the dual immersion program. He is a native English speaker but after just a few months can already have basic conversations in Spanish, and seems really inspired with a love of learning. He's made lots of friends and is happy. There is reading in Spanish every night (we don't speak Spanish, but it's fine), but that's the only homework. His teacher seems kind but capable and really knows her kids, and their strengths and weaknesses. We had to choose between this school and Farragut Elementary, and La Ballona felt like a bit of a gamble. However we took it and already we are pleased we went with the immersion option.
Posted by a parent on 1/23/2017
Two of my children attended this school and for the most part we loved it. Every teacher with the exception of one 5th grade, Immersion teacher, was dedicated to meeting the students where they were in order to help them grasp the concepts they needed to learn for the year. All the other teachers prior to this one were standouts who really went the extra mile with their students. In addition, there are parents here who are incredibly active and involved with both the PTA and the Booster Club. I only wish we hadn't had such a horrible experience with our son's teacher during his last year there, as she was the only thing that marred our view of La Ballona and how the administration handles complaints of their teachers. Fortunately, he was moved to another teacher's class - though we did have to leave the immersion program in order to do so- and once again my son thrived. So there are some bad apples but ultimately it's a great school!
Posted by a parent on 4/19/2016

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Culver City schools - La Ballona Elementary School is located at 10915 Washington Boulevard, Culver City CA 90232. La Ballona Elementary School is in the Culver City Unified School District. La Ballona Elementary School is a Public school that serves grade levels K-5.

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