ERNEST LAWRENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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10100 VARIEL AVE
CHATSWORTH, CA 91311
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Phone: 818-678-7900
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 6
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 24:1
  • Students/Grade: 571
  • Number Students: 1713
  • Number Teachers: 75
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Danford Schar
  • 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 (62 ratings)
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    School Reviews (49 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-15
    "Warning!!! Do not select this school for their Magnet Program. They only have four teachers in each grade level so if you have a problem with a teacher they will not switch you out of the class you are stuck in it for the year. The magnet math teachers leave a lot to be desired. The Magnet program thinks that the highly gifted child means pile on more work. They are not teaching them differentiated teaching geared for gifted students. I am extremely disappointed with the way this program has killed the love of learning in my child. I have seen the light in her dim, it use to shine so brightly. Others will tell you that this is a great school, and for them it was. I can tell you that if your child can learn when a teacher stands at the front of the class lecturing and the students take notes and when a teacher puts a problem on the board and without teaching a lesson tells the students to figure it out (basically teaching themselves) and have multiple projects from the different class going on at the same time, then this is the school for you. My child needs differentiated teaching were the students participate more in the teaching and don't get weighed down with needless work."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-09
    "I love my school!! and all the teachers!!! They are super helpful and i can always go to them for help when it is needed. I have the best teachers."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-02
    "I can only rate the Magnet Program at this school, and that I have found to be top notch. The Magnet Coordinator actually answers her own phone and goes out of her way to make sure the needs of the magnet students are met. She has an open door policy for incoming parents and that continues after you are settled in. The school spends the first month of the year drilling the children on non-bullying policies and safety procedures. That pays off during the year since this is a large campus. Students go about their business and any issues are dealt with immediately by both teachers and administration. Our daughter is challenged and having fun while making new friends. Fifth to sixth grade transition is a hard one, especially within the LAUSD system. But the staff of Earnest Lawrence Magnet have made it as smooth of a transition as it could be. I am relieved that the choice we made has worked out well so far."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-12
    "Wonderful teachers, terrific principal (Mr Schar) and second-to-none amazing band program with Mr. Wamhoff. My two children attended here all three years until they culminated last week. I am pleased with the high quality of education at this school. My children were in the after school program - one in the sports program which was terrific and the other in the homework program in the library. The homework program was a bit long and tedious (but it allowed my son to finish his homework), but I typically arrived from work around 5 pm so my oldest was able to get some exercise once he arrived home. I was thrilled that this school provided free aftercare for the students! My children and I have great memories here - both utilized some portions of the special ed program and the teachers they had were phenomenal and caring. Really am so happy with the quality of their education!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-12
    "PROS: The magnet school has truly amazing teachers., and that is probably the most important thing at any school. They were able to make classes interesting, challenging and taught my child a lot. This school can be considered an exemplary one in the way bulling is handle. There were lots of field trips during the year and one overnight camp trip. CONS: After school program is beyond bad. Students are forced to sit silent and still in the library from 3 to 6. On the days that were too hot/cold/rainy/windy/etc PE classes turned into TV watching. Overall about 10% of PE classes students spent watching movies like "Chicken Little"."
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