Parent makes a pitch for Echo Park elementary school

When it came time to enroll his five year old daughter in kindergarten, restaurant owner Tad Yenawine looked at a wide range of schools, from Elysian Heights Elementary to Los Feliz Arts Charter in Glassell Park. He even considered enrolling her in the Glendale Unified School District. Instead, last September, Yenawine enrolled his daughter at an Echo Park school that many middle class parents often over look: Logan Street Elementary. He was won over by the start of a dual-language program and is now president of the school site council. But Yenawine concedes that it’s been tough convincing other parents to consider Logan, which shares its campus with Gabriella Charter School.”I have been talking to parents about sending their kids to Logan as well, with far from satisfactory results.”

Now, Yenawine, owner of Purgatory Pizza in Boyle Heights and the former owner of Chango Coffee in Echo Park,  is launching another effort to get parents to consider Logan as the school celebrates it’s 125th anniversary.

“I am very happy with[my daughter’s] progress at Logan and continue to work closely with the school to improve the student outcomes and impact,” said. Yenawine via email. “Parents can call or email me if they would like to discuss things.  I firmly believe that a  hand full of parents can make a huge difference to our schools and every conversation is meaningful in working toward that end.”

Here’s is Yenawine’s summary of why parents should consider Logan Elementary:

Logan Street School celebrating 125 years of serving Echo Park Families!

Logan Street school is on the rise, marking three years of steadily improving API scores, the launch of its dual language program for Spanish and English, and the complete transition to a K-8 span school!  Other exciting things going on at Logan include continued successful partnership with LA’s Best after school program, an established and growing advanced music program, the introduction of VTS curriculum instruction, innovative intervention strategies for struggling students, and the exploration of a partnership with the Arts High School.

Logan continues to be an inclusionary school, serving all students and meeting the needs of Echo Park families without reservation.  As always the parents continue to be a vital part of the school culture, and we are growing in our ties to the changing business and social communities of Echo Park.  The teacher culture at Logan is also strengthening under the leadership and care of Echo Park person of the Year Principal Luis Ochoa.

Please help us continue the legacy for the next century and help Echo Park and Logan celebrate 125 years of service and cooperation by considering enrolling your kids in this wonderful Echo Park institution.

Thank you!


  1. I just wanted to say how great this is—so sad to see no comments. Parents getting involved did wonders for Elysian Heights and Clifford, good luck to Tad in his efforts. I hope more folks join in!


  2. I’m a parent of a young child and we live in Angeleno Heights. In the Fall of 2010, I sent an email and left a voice message for Principal Ochoa offering to facilitate a grant opportunity to get Logan a school orchard from The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and/or to initiate greening efforts at the school. I never received a reply from anyone at Logan; hence, Placensia Elementary got the orchard grant, since the principal there (Ms. Gonzalez) came forward immediately with interest and enthusiasm. That has so far been my only experience with Logan Elementary.

    • It is unfortunate that Mr Ochoa was unable to respond. I have noticed an unfortunate tendency of the school culture to be less than responsive to email. It has been one of my major efforts there to shift this culture. As Mr Ochoa is extremely busy, it might be wise to delegate the responses to another staff person or interested parent…
      In any case, I certainly appreciate that you made an effort, even though it is unfortunate that the school was unable to take advantage of it. I hope you will think of Logan in the future if other opportunities arise!

  3. I have been trying to obtain information from Logan about the dual language program to no avail. It is our designated school, and I have wanted nothing more than dual language for my daughter. After my 4th attempt, leaving messages with the office, stopping by, calling, and getting no response to my inquiries, I gave up, deciding that their skills in recruitment would translate into the overall school experience. In contrast, Elysian Elementary and Micheltorena flooded us (in a very welcoming way), with prospective parent meetings last Spring, tours, informational packets, kindergarten day for my daughter’s preschool and more. I couldn’t enroll her at Micheltorena since Logan is also dual language. I think I could possibly be convinced to send her to Logan, (starting up here in a few days), but this is the first info I’ve been able to find about the school since I gave up last April. She’s signed-up for Gabriela (long story, but we wanted her to go across the street)…
    Thank you !

  4. Tad, if you could please tell us what we as community can do?

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