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 (33 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (26 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-25
    "Wow! This school is amazing! I am very proud and honored to have my daughter attending here and I have had nothing but positive experiences with the teachers, counselor, and principal. Even when I got in trouble and had to have a meeting with my daughter, husband, and principal for her frequent lateness one year, I felt very proud of how it was handled by Mr. Lehmann. We were being held accountable respectfully yet seriously, and had to sign a contract to improve the matter, and we did :). As for the office staff they can be curt and cold, but it isn't always that way. It can be unnerving, but I brush it off as they are good at their jobs and are good to my daughter. The teachers and staff are hard working, caring, and all share the same goal and thats to give your child a great education and learning experience and I believe that every year that is achieved for the vast majority of their students. I am not close with any of the parents at the school, but the ones who volunteer are always nice and welcoming and I have yet to experience the cliques that were mentioned in comments below and I hope I never do. As for the fundraising I think its great and very beneficial."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-02
    "WCS is an amazing school. I have a child with mild special needs and the teachers and the school counselor are willing to work with myself and our OT. My other child is not a quick learner and her teachers have been amazing working with us to keep her moving at the same pass of the class and does not make her feel bad or awkward."
    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."
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