77 out of 10GreatSchools

Gardner Street Elementary School

Los Angeles, CA
  • Public
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  • Grades K-6
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  • Enrollment: 408


Gardner Street Elementary School
7450 Hawthorn Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 876-4710
Gardner Street Elementary School is located in Los Angeles, CA and serves grades K-6.It received a GreatSchool rating of 7 out of 10
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My husband and I assumed that we will have to go Private for our son's Elementary education, because of the urban myth of "there are no good public schools in Hollywood". As we were touring all the private schools in the area, we decided to stop by the Open House at our zoned public school, Gardner - just to see for ourselves how much worse it would be. We were shocked to find that we loved everything about Gardner! The way it looks and feels (happy! Filled with art, music and laughter), and mostly its progressive mindset. We were so shaken up that we went back two more times to confirm that our initial impression was not skewed in some way... Our son is now a thriving 2nd grader at Gardner, and we truly do love this school.Gardner Street Elementary is a neighborhood gem with an engaged principal, excellent teachers and helpful staff, and a small but very active parent body that makes things happen. Many students live outside the school zone but they and their parents like Gardner so much that they've chosen to permit in.What makes Gardner so special are its diverse staff and students, family-like atmosphere, and the many "extras". Thanks to annual fundraisers coupled with lots of fun events for kids and families throughout the school year, "non-essential" classes that are not paid for by LAUSD and not offered in many public schools - such as Visual Art, Music, PE, Yoga, Organic Edible Garden, and (new!) Science Lab - are part of the everyday curriculum and available to every child at Gardner. There are many really great afterschool programs to choose from, and occasional workshops for parents/caregivers. Campus beautification is ongoing.Besides all the fun, there is serious learning going on as well. Learning to truly *understand* and not just memorize to ace tests. So much learning goes on at school that - as supported by countless studies and best-performing schools in Finland - there are no homework requirements for the younger kids.Most importantly, my child has developed love for reading and learning, he is excited about going to school every day, and he feels safe there.
We just love Gardner and couldn't have had a better experience. The emphasis on strong values is just amazing and all the kids are so kind! We've found the teachers and admins to be really open to differently-abled kids and their needs. We feel very lucky to have found Gardner!
Originally, we were planning on going to private school then we checked out Gardner and it has turned out awesome.
We chose to go to Gardner as a transfer family. When we walked in it felt different than other schools. It was clean, people were friendly and it felt HAPPY! There were happy children around everywhere. It was bright and colorful and pleasant to be in. We have had good teachers, met wonderful parents, and became very involved. The school has a great group of parents running the parent group that raises money all year for the programs that LAUSD doesn't provide. PE, Music, Art, Yoga and Edible Gardening are all only provided because the parents raise the money. And it's not a crazy amount. They aren't hounding you for money. It's usually through fun events like carnivals or dances. They encourage a monthly donation of as little as 5-10 dollars a month and it's totally doable and worth it for what the kids get in the end. Parents don't realize that other public schools don't offer those programs. But Gardner students are thriving thanks to them. We believe in public schools. And LAUSD has a pretty rough reputation, but this is one of those schools that's a diamond in the rough. It is diverse both racially and economically. It's has three main languages spoken among students. It has loving and respectful teachers and administration. Parents that are involved and creating an enriching environment for kids and helping to create a healthier education for them. It's a great size and very inclusive and we are THRILLED to be a part of it.
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