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Carthay Center Elementary

33 reviews
6351 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 935-8173

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We love Carthay and our experience here. I'll try to see if I can capture what makes Carthay so special. It's really kind of hard to explain because it is so much more than just the test scores (which are going up by the way). The fact is that Carthay is a little bit of an underdog and completely underrated. Although Carthay is not a highly coveted elementary school like Melrose Elementary or Community Charter, I think it has much more to offer. There is an incredible sense of community and camaraderie among the parents, kids, teachers, staff and principal. Every day you can find parents in the Parent Center working on the next school event or just chit-chatting. We have gotten to know each other and our kids. I know that I can speak to the principal or teachers anytime if I have a question or a concern. The office staff are super efficient, warm and welcoming. Carthay just feels like a happy school and it is.The school is incredibly diverse - so many families from all over the world and LA - different races, ethnicities, cultures, languages and class. There are many motivated parents who travel far to come to Carthay. After we had some negative experiences at our child's South LA school, we slog through LA traffic from South LA to come to Carthay and so do many other Carthay parents who don't live in the area.The school offers project based and hands-on learning through their garden science program and outdoor classroom, and science experiments in the classroom. There's also music and PE, too. With lots of other extras like California Dance Institute and Young Storytellers. A beautiful garden with chickens! Not to mention big playgrounds and open green space with large old trees providing lots of shade.
Posted by a parent on 3/5/2019
This school had rave reviews and we looked forward to sending my sister here, but unfortunately this school fails to protect the students both mentally and physically, and how can a child learn if they are not in a safe environment?
Posted by a parent on 2/9/2019
We have been so pleased with this little gem of a school. A great diverse student body, a committed community of parents and teachers and administrators, a dreamy garden with chickens and shade trees, all make for a really great school experience. We have 3 kids there and it adds to our quality of life daily. The teachers we've had each year have been home runs. I would recommend Carthay to any parent.
Posted by a parent on 9/7/2018
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I would recommend this school to any parent. I have had a great experience at the school.
Posted by a principal on 5/28/2018
My son transferred to Carthay from a private school and we all have been very happy with the decision to attend a public school. Do NOT be deterred by the score of the school. It only recently converted into a Magnet Program. The school diversity is a huge plus for exposing your kids to a global community. This exposure cannot be measured by a score. The teaching style and curriculum is dynamic and the PTA is also dedicated to the philosophy of the school and supports programs such as GATE (Gifted and Talented), Girls on the Run, Star Physical Education, Garden Science Program (amazing!) and the Dance Institute Program. The scores of a school do not make the school, they are the students, parents, teachers and community make up the quality of the school.
Posted by a parent on 5/23/2018

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Los Angeles schools - Carthay Center Elementary is located at 6351 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90048. Carthay Center Elementary is in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Carthay Center Elementary is a Public school that serves grade levels K-5.

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