GEORGE WASHINGTON CHARTER SCHOOL

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45768 PORTOLA AVE
PALM DESERT, CA 92260
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Phone: 760-862-4350
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: Desert Sands Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 30:1
  • Students/Grade: 139.5
  • Number Students: 837
  • Number Teachers: 48
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5355
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Allan Lehmann
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (31 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (24 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-27
    "It's pretty simple, if your child can fit within the WCS mold and you can stomach the social jockeying and labeling, this school is great. However, if your child is struggling or has innate differences, it can be a very cruel place. Try to avoid the front office and the gossip moms who are parked there much of the day (literally)."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-13
    "Is your child different? Quirky? Creative? Special needs? This is NOT the place for them. You will quickly learn that children (& parents) outside of the "norm" are less than welcome. Two teachers, and the school counselor, suggested retention and actually used the word "lazy" in describing my child, said they wanted to help, but offered zero solutions. Very quick to blame child and parents. Three way conversation via speaker phone with my child and the principal. Principal accused my child of lying, "I find it impossible to believe that you're reading so much yet have taken no AR tests. How is that possible?" Made no difference that my child was reading a large book at that time. Gossip/passive-aggressive/cliquey behavior from parents/staff who are old enough to know better. Many students are quick to exclude different kids from non-class activities. My child went from smiling and open to being withdrawn and sad. Heartbreaking that a school will not (cannot?) properly address children outside of the norm, and have little problem crushing a child's spirit for API scores. Improvements? Study and implement Finland's school structure, for true quality in education & learning."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-03
    "Gossip is a problem at this school. I've witnessed it in the front office with staff, self-important parents and teachers alike. Sadly, the subjects have no recourse and tend to be labeled as troublemakers. As long as you can avoid the "line of fire", you can have a positive experience at this school. I've found that the teachers who are not the most "popular" ones tend have better critical thinking skills and are more effective educators. The fundraising does provide extra programs and activities."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-30
    "We enjoy the school and the staff. The ladies in the front office are always polite to us. We never worry about the fundraising and it's never been an issue we have noticed over the last six years. Best school by far and staff is always nice."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-28
    "The truth is that all it matters is if you donate money at all times ( by the way it doesn't matter if you put many hours at the school helping in the classroom as a parent volunteer ), and also if you become good friends with the teachers. Some of the teachers are fair but others are not. Too bad Mr. Lehman who is an excellent principal is unawared of this issue. This will help your child get the top awards. If your child gets better scores on their Star testing and their academics well too bad!!! What counts is how much money you give and who you are friends with. So sad for the children that actually deserved high academic excellence. After all their scores help the school rankings. They make the school look good!!!!!"
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